WCFM’s Albums of the Year for 2013

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2013 has come and gone! WCFM DJs have voted on their favorite albums of the year! The results are in, and here are WCFM’s top 10 albums of the year:

1. Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
2. Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
3. HAIM- Days are Gone
4. Arcade Fire- Reflektor
5. A$AP Rocky- Long Live A$AP
6. Disclosure- Settle
7. Deerhunter- Monomania
8. Lorde- Pure Heroine
9. Arctic Monkeys- AM
10. The Front Bottoms- Talon of the Hawk

Thank you to everyone who voted! 2013 was a great year for music, and let’s hope that 2014 is great as well! The lists of everyone who voted are below, ordered alphabetically by their first names.

Brady Hirsch
1. Psychic — Darkside
2. Settle — Disclosure
3. Anxiety — Autre Ne Veut
4. Truant / Rough Sleeper — Burial
5. Yeezus – Kanye West
6. If You Wait – London Grammar
7. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
8. Jai Paul — Jai Paul
9. Old – Danny Brown
10. R Plus Seven — Oneohtrix Point Never

Charlie Gailard
In no particular order:

Lorde- Pure Heroine
Mac Miller- Delusional Thomas
Yung Lean- Unknown Death 2002
Toro Y Moi- Anything In Return
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
King Krule- 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
High Highs- Open Season
Billy Woods- Dour Candy
A$AP Rocky- LONG.LIVE.A$AP

Honorable mention:

Earl Sweatshirt- Doris
Tyler, The Creator- Wolf
Action Bronson- Blue Chips 2
A$AP Ferg- Trap Lord
Childish Gambino- Because The Internet
Drake- Nothing Was The Same
KOOL A.D.- Not O.K.
Justin Bieber- Believe Acoustic
Flying Lotus- ideas+drafts+loops
Skrillex & Cliff Martinez
Spring Breakers [Soundtrack]
Armand Hammer- Race Music

Dylan Meacham

1. Deerhunter — Monomania
This is wonderful, guitar-driven rock music, perfected in the noisy tracks “Leather Jacket II” and “Monomania”, which blows everything else released this year out of the water for me. Deerhunter’s best to date in my book.
2. Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio — Gala
The drama and emotional force of ex-Silkworm member Joel RL Phelps’ voice and guitar playing is still unmatched and up to par with his performances on the Silkworm classics “In the West” and “Libertine”, the final album of that band that he appeared on. Just listen to “The Nashville Sound” if you need convincing that this album is worth a listen.
3. Bottomless Pit — Shade Perennial
With the release of the above “Gala”, this album, and the Silkworm documentary Couldn’t You Wait, it’s been a bit of a big year for the remaining three ex-Silkworm members and the legacy of their former band. “Shade Perennial” is powerful guitar music from the quartet including ex-Silkworm members Andy Cohen and Tim Midyett which, unsurprisingly, you will probably like if you like Silkworm.
4. Queens of the Stone Age — …Like Clockwork
I’ve really liked every album the Queens have put out so far and this one, which very noticeably changes-up the sound from the last one to keep things fresh and interesting—as all of their albums have done relative to their one before it—is no exception.
5. Chelsea Light Moving — Chelsea Light Moving
A great debut from Thurston Moore’s post-Sonic Youth band which, while bearing an obvious similarity to Sonic Youth’s sound, is a lot heavier than most of Sonic Youth’s stuff; listening to the album, it just sounds like Thurston and the band were having a lot of fun making this album.
6. Iceage — You’re Nothing
Excellently loud, fast, and hectic punk. Also check-out this year’s track “A Rifle” from their “Ecstasy” EP, which brings the loudness, speed, and chaos to a maximum and would definitely be my favorite track of this LP were it included on it.
7. Boards of Canada — Tomorrow’s Harvest
Yep, still sounds like Boards of Canada—the Secret Weapon must still be working.
8. Burial — Rival Dealer
Enough of a stylistic change from last year’s “Truant/Rough Sleeper” to feel truly new and interesting, while still retaining Burial’s mastery of aural texture and mood.
9. My Bloody Valentine — m b v
For me, this has some duds on it, but enough great tracks—particularly the second and third ones—to make up for them.
10. Parquet Courts — Light Up Gold and Tally All the Things You Broke EP
While Parquet Courts’ releases this year might not be the most original music ever—see Wire (especially) and The Fall to see what I mean—this is undeniably good and fun punk rock.

Jesse Sardell

1. The Neighbourhood – I Love You.
2. Grouplove – Spreading Rumours
3. Atlas Genius – When It Was Now
4. Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends
5. Panic! At the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
6. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
7. Arctic Monkeys – AM
8. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart
9. Lorde – Pure Heroine
10. Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

Lani Wilmar

1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
2. The Front Bottoms -Talon of the Hawk
3. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
4. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
5. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
6. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing of the Seasons
7. Tennis – Small Sound (EP)
8. The Head & the Heart – Let’s Be Still
9. STRFKR – Miracle Mile
10. Arctic Monkeys – AM

Luke Warren

1. Muchacho – Phosphorescent
2. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
3. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
4. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
5. Old – Danny Brown
6. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic – Foxygen
7. Pure Heroine – Lorde
8. Monomania – Deerhunter
9. Major Arcana – Speedy Ortiz
10. My Name Is My Name – Pusha T

Peter Drews

1. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
2. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper
3. Days are Gone, Haim
4. Yeezus, Kanye West
5. I Want to See Pulaski at Night, Andrew Bird

Rahul Nath (in no particular order)

Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
Days Are Gone – HAIM
Long. Live. A$AP – ASAP Rocky
Random Access Memories- Daft Punk
Body Music- AlunaGeorge
The Electric Lady- Janelle Monae
Speed of Life – Dirty South
Overgrown – James Blake
Settle – Disclosure
AM – Arctic Monkeys

Wade Phenicie

1. The Front Bottoms- Talon of the Hawk
2. HAIM- Days Are Gone
3. Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
4. AlunaGeorge- Body Music
5. Janelle Monae- The Electric Lady
6. Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
7. Arcade Fire- Reflektor
8. Laura Marling- Once I Was An Eagle
9. Chvrches- The Bones of What You Believe
10. Deerhunter- Monomania

Will Hayes

since i don’t have 10 albums, i have 5 albums and 5 songs that weren’t on those albums that i enjoyed in 2013. they aren’t in any particular order:

foxygen – we are the 21st century ambassadors of peace and magic
autre ne veut – anxiety
phosphorescent – muchacho
vampire weekend – modern vampires of the city
pure bathing culture – moon tides

mikal cronin – weight
haim – the wire
arcade fire – afterlife
daft punk – instant crush
robin thicke et al. – blurred lines

Will Schmidt

1. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
2. Vic Mensa – Innanetape
3. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
4. Saudade – Tei Shi
5. A$ap Rocky & co. – Long Live A$AP
6. J. Cole – Born Sinner
7. Drake – Nothing was the Same
8. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
9. Disclosure – Settle
10. NOT YEEZUS. – love Kanye West, Not Kanye Kardashian.

One Comment

  1. Not a single mention of Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City? I am disappoint.

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