Top 40 Albums | Mike Koehler

bestof music2013 has been a very up and down year for me. Musically, it’s been a ridiculously great year for music. Sadly, I’m way behind—way way way behind—on music right now. I’ve got probably 30 albums still to spin from 2013 that I’ve missed throughout the year. I wanted to preface that, as this list is going to seem somewhat disjointed and incomplete.



Let’s hope 2014 is a much better year personally and just as good of a year musically. Seriously, so many great albums this year. This is in no particular order.

  1. Queens of the Stone Age: …Like Clockwork | I’m shocked I liked it as much as I did. Their last few albums have been ehhh.
  2. Palma Violets: 180 | My good friend in London, Andrew, sent me a copy of this. He knows me well.
  3. pacificUV: After the Dreams You Are Awake | Synthy glorious.
  4. Arctic Monkeys: AM | Fuck, this is a really, really good album and their best since their debut. One of my contenders for my album of the year
  5. No Age: An Object
  6. Mark Lanegan/Duke Garwood: Black Pudding
  7. Suede: Bloodsports | One of the pillars of the Britpop scene returns with a stellar reunion album.
  8. Splahh: Comfort | I owe fellow contributor Mike Rengel a debt of gratitude for this one. It’s the sound of summer.
  9. Bill Callahan: Dream River | Absolutely stellar album. One of my contenders for my album of the year.
  10. J Roddy Walston & the Business: Essential Tremors | ROCK. Has a certain Zeppelin swagger to it.
  11. Pelican: Forever Burning
  12. Yuck: Glow and Behold | Seemingly, I’m one of the few who love this album.
  13. Foals: Holy Fire | Jesus, this is a great album. I think it’s better than Total Life Forever, which was spectacular. One of my contenders for my album of the year.
  14. Son Volt: Honky Tonk | So freaking good.
  15. Suuns: Images Du Futur | Just as odd as their previous release. And that is a great thing.
  16. Peace: In Love
  17. I Am Kloot: I Let It All In | Sad how no one knows who these guys even are.
  18. Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold | These guys are so out of our time, totally channeling Modern Lovers. Close your eyes and you can hear Jonathan Richmond.
  19. Free Energy: Love Sign | Bubblegummy guitar pop. Again, sounds like summer.
  20. My Bloody Valentine: mbv | The wait was worth it. Amazing album. One of my contenders for album of the year
  21. Russian Circles: Memorial | I’m a late comer to these guys, along with Pelican. Fantastic post-metal instrumental arraignments.
  22. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City | It took me a long time to like this.
  23. Pure Bathing Culture: Moon Tides
  24. Primal Scream: More Light
  25. Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse | Froppy Scottish self-loathing excellentness.
  26. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away | Come on, it’s Nick Cave. Did you expect anything less?
  27. Manic Street Preachers: Rewind the Film | Damn good late-career album from my favorite Welshmen.
  28. Mazzy Star: Seasons of the Day | Brilliant reunion album.
  29. Jason Isbell: Southeastern | It will break your freaking heart.
  30. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Specter at the Feast | Fantastic. Love these guys so much.
  31. Dawes: Stories Don’t End | I almost forgot about this album, even though I caught them earlier this year.
  32. Frank Turner: Tape Deck Heart | The modern breakup album. One of my contenders for album of the year.
  33. Grant Hart: The Argument | I’m not normally a huge fan of Hart’s solo work, as I’m very much a Bob Mould fan, but this is such a great collection of songs.
  34. Frankie & the Heartstrings: The Days Run Away | Great sophomore effort from these guys.
  35. Johnny Fucking Marr: The Messenger | Stellar album. Stellar, and one of my contenders for album of the year.
  36. The Flaming Lips: The Terror | This is so incredibly bleak, it’s beautiful.
  37. Neko Case: The Worse Things Get… | I love everything she does. Written during a bad period in her life, most of which I can relate to. Not too many people can belt out “get the fuck away from me” and have is sound beautiful.
  38. Billy Bragg: Tooth & Nail | Good gawd, it’s good. One of my contenders for album of the year.
  39. The National: Trouble Will Find Me | This album hit me so incredibly hard. One of my contenders for album of the year.
  40. Kurt Vile: Wakin’ on a Sunny Daze | His best album to date.

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