Posts tagged Thom Yorke
FAVORITE SONGS OF THE YEAR (PART ONE: #26-50) // 2013
The long delayed songs list is finally here - well, half of it anyway. Compiling a list of my favorite songs of the year is easy. Boiling it down to a suitable number for sharing is not. I realized a long time ago that I’m not a music critic. I don’t pretend to be. Look all over Perfect|Midnight|World and you’re not going to find me taking a piss on anyone’s artistic endeavors. If something doesn’t strike me as particularly note-worthy, it doesn’t mean that it’s bad or unlistenable or anything, it just means that it’s not really for me, and in turn won’t fit with what I’m doing at this time. Of course, there are plenty more songs that do hit me in the sweet spot, that I never get the chance to post, simply out of time constraints or whatever. Here’s where I get to remedy that for some of the tracks that never got posted, or got buried under something more popular. Throughout the year, I keep a log of those songs and I regularly come back to them, and I fall in love with them and share them and live with them and find inspiration in them. Ranking them seems like a fool’s errand in most cases because it’s not a competition. I want this to be a celebration of wonderful music. So, this year I’ve broken the tracks into two groups - the first being the songs that I couldn’t shake and that helped shape my year. The second being these twenty five songs. No less important, and down the road could easily help shape another year in an impacting way. I hesitate to call these the runners up, because they’re more than that. I love each of these songs, and they deserve to be noticed. The next batch that I highlight might have scored more listens and stuck with me for whatever reason, but these tracks - the back half - certainly deserve their place as well. 
So, without further ado - here are some of my favorite songs of 2013. The back half of the favorite fifty. I won’t bother with individual explanations till the front half, just rest assured that each of these tracks are exceptional, and worth your time. Click on the track title for a soundcloud or bandcamp link. At the bottom is a Spotify playlist of every song that is available on Spotify. Enjoy. 
THE BACK HALF // Alphabetical
"Sympathetic Strings" by ARMS
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace
"Reach for the Dead" by Boards of Canada
"Cherry Bark & Almonds (Jap Jap Rmx)" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters
"Where Are We Now" by David Bowie
"Academy Avenue" by Ducktails
"Pepsi/Coke Suicide" by Elvis Depressedly
"Aurora" by A Grave With No Name
"Unreal" by Hebronix
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses
"Goodbye Horses" by Jon Hopkins & Hayden Thorpe
"When the Tide Comes In" by Kids and Chemicals
"Snowflakes are Dancing" by Kurt Vile
"Interlude" by London Grammar
"Seasons of Your Day" by Mazzy Star
"What is Love" by New Found Land
"Song For Zula" by Phosphorescent
"John Denver" by Royal Forest
"Reverse Tectonics" by Seismograph
"July ‘09" by Spook Houses
"Ice on the Windowsill" by Teen Daze
"Honey" by Torres
"Ya Hey" by Vampire Weekend
"Collapse" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
"Peace and Quiet" by Waxahatchee
* Stream the PMW Favorite Songs of 2013 (#26-50) via Spotify
There you go. Half way done with the favorite songs of the year. The next batch will be en route shortly, with more detailed explanations for being chosen. In the meantime, please enjoy this wonderful collection of music. I’ve enjoyed putting it together for everyone. Thanks for listening. 
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FAVORITE SONGS OF THE YEAR (PART ONE: #26-50) // 2013
The long delayed songs list is finally here - well, half of it anyway. Compiling a list of my favorite songs of the year is easy. Boiling it down to a suitable number for sharing is not. I realized a long time ago that I’m not a music critic. I don’t pretend to be. Look all over Perfect|Midnight|World and you’re not going to find me taking a piss on anyone’s artistic endeavors. If something doesn’t strike me as particularly note-worthy, it doesn’t mean that it’s bad or unlistenable or anything, it just means that it’s not really for me, and in turn won’t fit with what I’m doing at this time. Of course, there are plenty more songs that do hit me in the sweet spot, that I never get the chance to post, simply out of time constraints or whatever. Here’s where I get to remedy that for some of the tracks that never got posted, or got buried under something more popular. Throughout the year, I keep a log of those songs and I regularly come back to them, and I fall in love with them and share them and live with them and find inspiration in them. Ranking them seems like a fool’s errand in most cases because it’s not a competition. I want this to be a celebration of wonderful music. So, this year I’ve broken the tracks into two groups - the first being the songs that I couldn’t shake and that helped shape my year. The second being these twenty five songs. No less important, and down the road could easily help shape another year in an impacting way. I hesitate to call these the runners up, because they’re more than that. I love each of these songs, and they deserve to be noticed. The next batch that I highlight might have scored more listens and stuck with me for whatever reason, but these tracks - the back half - certainly deserve their place as well. 
So, without further ado - here are some of my favorite songs of 2013. The back half of the favorite fifty. I won’t bother with individual explanations till the front half, just rest assured that each of these tracks are exceptional, and worth your time. Click on the track title for a soundcloud or bandcamp link. At the bottom is a Spotify playlist of every song that is available on Spotify. Enjoy. 
THE BACK HALF // Alphabetical
"Sympathetic Strings" by ARMS
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace
"Reach for the Dead" by Boards of Canada
"Cherry Bark & Almonds (Jap Jap Rmx)" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters
"Where Are We Now" by David Bowie
"Academy Avenue" by Ducktails
"Pepsi/Coke Suicide" by Elvis Depressedly
"Aurora" by A Grave With No Name
"Unreal" by Hebronix
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses
"Goodbye Horses" by Jon Hopkins & Hayden Thorpe
"When the Tide Comes In" by Kids and Chemicals
"Snowflakes are Dancing" by Kurt Vile
"Interlude" by London Grammar
"Seasons of Your Day" by Mazzy Star
"What is Love" by New Found Land
"Song For Zula" by Phosphorescent
"John Denver" by Royal Forest
"Reverse Tectonics" by Seismograph
"July ‘09" by Spook Houses
"Ice on the Windowsill" by Teen Daze
"Honey" by Torres
"Ya Hey" by Vampire Weekend
"Collapse" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
"Peace and Quiet" by Waxahatchee
* Stream the PMW Favorite Songs of 2013 (#26-50) via Spotify
There you go. Half way done with the favorite songs of the year. The next batch will be en route shortly, with more detailed explanations for being chosen. In the meantime, please enjoy this wonderful collection of music. I’ve enjoyed putting it together for everyone. Thanks for listening. 
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FAVORITE SONGS OF THE YEAR (PART ONE: #26-50) // 2013
The long delayed songs list is finally here - well, half of it anyway. Compiling a list of my favorite songs of the year is easy. Boiling it down to a suitable number for sharing is not. I realized a long time ago that I’m not a music critic. I don’t pretend to be. Look all over Perfect|Midnight|World and you’re not going to find me taking a piss on anyone’s artistic endeavors. If something doesn’t strike me as particularly note-worthy, it doesn’t mean that it’s bad or unlistenable or anything, it just means that it’s not really for me, and in turn won’t fit with what I’m doing at this time. Of course, there are plenty more songs that do hit me in the sweet spot, that I never get the chance to post, simply out of time constraints or whatever. Here’s where I get to remedy that for some of the tracks that never got posted, or got buried under something more popular. Throughout the year, I keep a log of those songs and I regularly come back to them, and I fall in love with them and share them and live with them and find inspiration in them. Ranking them seems like a fool’s errand in most cases because it’s not a competition. I want this to be a celebration of wonderful music. So, this year I’ve broken the tracks into two groups - the first being the songs that I couldn’t shake and that helped shape my year. The second being these twenty five songs. No less important, and down the road could easily help shape another year in an impacting way. I hesitate to call these the runners up, because they’re more than that. I love each of these songs, and they deserve to be noticed. The next batch that I highlight might have scored more listens and stuck with me for whatever reason, but these tracks - the back half - certainly deserve their place as well. 
So, without further ado - here are some of my favorite songs of 2013. The back half of the favorite fifty. I won’t bother with individual explanations till the front half, just rest assured that each of these tracks are exceptional, and worth your time. Click on the track title for a soundcloud or bandcamp link. At the bottom is a Spotify playlist of every song that is available on Spotify. Enjoy. 
THE BACK HALF // Alphabetical
"Sympathetic Strings" by ARMS
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace
"Reach for the Dead" by Boards of Canada
"Cherry Bark & Almonds (Jap Jap Rmx)" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters
"Where Are We Now" by David Bowie
"Academy Avenue" by Ducktails
"Pepsi/Coke Suicide" by Elvis Depressedly
"Aurora" by A Grave With No Name
"Unreal" by Hebronix
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses
"Goodbye Horses" by Jon Hopkins & Hayden Thorpe
"When the Tide Comes In" by Kids and Chemicals
"Snowflakes are Dancing" by Kurt Vile
"Interlude" by London Grammar
"Seasons of Your Day" by Mazzy Star
"What is Love" by New Found Land
"Song For Zula" by Phosphorescent
"John Denver" by Royal Forest
"Reverse Tectonics" by Seismograph
"July ‘09" by Spook Houses
"Ice on the Windowsill" by Teen Daze
"Honey" by Torres
"Ya Hey" by Vampire Weekend
"Collapse" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
"Peace and Quiet" by Waxahatchee
* Stream the PMW Favorite Songs of 2013 (#26-50) via Spotify
There you go. Half way done with the favorite songs of the year. The next batch will be en route shortly, with more detailed explanations for being chosen. In the meantime, please enjoy this wonderful collection of music. I’ve enjoyed putting it together for everyone. Thanks for listening. 
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FAVORITE SONGS OF THE YEAR (PART ONE: #26-50) // 2013

The long delayed songs list is finally here - well, half of it anyway. Compiling a list of my favorite songs of the year is easy. Boiling it down to a suitable number for sharing is not. I realized a long time ago that I’m not a music critic. I don’t pretend to be. Look all over Perfect|Midnight|World and you’re not going to find me taking a piss on anyone’s artistic endeavors. If something doesn’t strike me as particularly note-worthy, it doesn’t mean that it’s bad or unlistenable or anything, it just means that it’s not really for me, and in turn won’t fit with what I’m doing at this time. Of course, there are plenty more songs that do hit me in the sweet spot, that I never get the chance to post, simply out of time constraints or whatever. Here’s where I get to remedy that for some of the tracks that never got posted, or got buried under something more popular. Throughout the year, I keep a log of those songs and I regularly come back to them, and I fall in love with them and share them and live with them and find inspiration in them. Ranking them seems like a fool’s errand in most cases because it’s not a competition. I want this to be a celebration of wonderful music. So, this year I’ve broken the tracks into two groups - the first being the songs that I couldn’t shake and that helped shape my year. The second being these twenty five songs. No less important, and down the road could easily help shape another year in an impacting way. I hesitate to call these the runners up, because they’re more than that. I love each of these songs, and they deserve to be noticed. The next batch that I highlight might have scored more listens and stuck with me for whatever reason, but these tracks - the back half - certainly deserve their place as well. 

So, without further ado - here are some of my favorite songs of 2013. The back half of the favorite fifty. I won’t bother with individual explanations till the front half, just rest assured that each of these tracks are exceptional, and worth your time. Click on the track title for a soundcloud or bandcamp link. At the bottom is a Spotify playlist of every song that is available on Spotify. Enjoy. 

THE BACK HALF // Alphabetical

* Stream the PMW Favorite Songs of 2013 (#26-50) via Spotify

There you go. Half way done with the favorite songs of the year. The next batch will be en route shortly, with more detailed explanations for being chosen. In the meantime, please enjoy this wonderful collection of music. I’ve enjoyed putting it together for everyone. Thanks for listening. 

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
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FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
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FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
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FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
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FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 
Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 
"Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
"Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
"Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
"Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
"Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
"Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
"The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
"The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
"All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 
There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 
The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!
ZoomInfo

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS /// 2013 

Each year, music videos seem to be inching closer to extinction. Without the support of major labels, it’s become harder and harder to find the finances to invest in what is essentially a dying art form. That being said, there are still a solid amount of talented visual artists working and finding beautiful ways of marrying sound and vision. There may not be an outlet like MTV, and long gone are the days of the multi-million dollar music video (good riddance), but if you look, you can still find some intelligent, thought-provoking, and moving examples of what a great video can achieve. These are my choices for my favorite videos of the years. Click the title for links to the videos. 

  • "Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens (Dir. Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson) // One of my favorite songs of the year married with an excellent visual that follows a couple scrambling to reconnect as the world around them starts to spin out of control. A gorgeously lensed story of love lost and trying to be found at the end of the world. 
  • "Afterlife" by Arcade Fire (Dir. Emily Kai Bock) // Emily Kai Bock is quietly becoming one of the best in the medium. After a couple of wonderful collaborations with the Creator’s Project (Grizzly Bear, Grimes), she’s back with her finest achievement yet. In the heartbreaking short film that accompanies “Afterlife”, we see the varying effects of a mother’s death on her surviving family - as explored through their dreams. It’s powerful stuff that is handled with a loving eye for detail. I am excited to see Emily Kai Bock make the leap to features. She’s definitely an artist to watch. 
  • "Wishes" by Beach House (Dir. Eric Wareheim) // Comedian and filmmaker, Eric Wareheim manages to take a supremely weird concept and create something of hypnotic beauty.
  • "Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace (Dir. Garth Jennings) // Surely, seeing Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase’s expressive modern dance moves in Garth Jennings’ video for “Ingenue”, was one of the more surprising and enjoyable moments in 2013’s music videos. Plus, the song is pretty damn incredible.
  • "Lilies" by Bat for Lashes (Dir. Peter Sluszka) // Natasha Khan is an artist who always works with great directors to achieve something special. This time around, on “Lilies” (from last year’s brilliant album, "The Haunted Man"), she shares the screen with menacing, yet oddly lovable puppets, as a psychedelic dream world pours out of her mind. It also features an excellence performance from the artist herself as she spins, dips, and sings throughout the strange creations. 
  • "Manhattan" by Cat Power (Dir. Greg Hunt & Chan Marshall) // Chan Marshall’s smoky, world weary voice has a way of taking me nostalgic for times and places when I first experienced whatever song is at play. Here, in her video for “Manhattan”, she makes me nostalgic for a city that I once called home. Her most recent album was not one of my favorites of hers, but this track always stood out, and seeing her having an absolute blast traversing those familiar streets, makes me enjoy it even more. Her exuberance makes the memory of three thousand dollar rent bills momentarily disappear.
  • "Atlantis" by Postiljonen (Dir. Ty Olson) // Sure, at quick glance, the luxurious setting and the beautiful people make you almost feel like you’re watching a car commercial, but potent closing offers a nice reprieve from that sort of glorification. In the video, a young man looking for an out from his false surroundings, ditches his place and makes his way to a gorgeous new place where money isn’t the reason for the living. Plus, that killer sax solo.
  • "The Next Day" by David Bowie (Dir. Floria Sigismondi) // Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, and Bowie himself star in this bloody clip which is loaded with religious iconography. Star power aside, the video is wildly entertaining and it’s not too often that you get Bowie churning out his brand of awesomely strange videos, so this is one to savor. 
  • "The Beauty Surrounds" by Houses (Dir. Dan Monick) // Another tale of love lost at the end of the world. This time following a couple who are seemingly no longer together as we flash back over their attempts at building a life in the desert. It’s gorgeous and somber, much like the song. Definitely a strong collaboration that links both sound and vision perfectly.
  • "All I Know" by Washed Out (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen) // This collaboration with Urban Outfitters resulted in a surprisingly effective story about two friends (one heartbroken from a recent break up, and one hell bent on helping him forget) on a road trip to escape pain. The video captures that era of youth magnificently when heartache can feel terminal one minute and the next you can find yourself blazing down the highway in search of new adventure. Everything is heightened and here, under the score of Washed Out’s shimmering “All I Know”, everything is alive with youth and energy. 

There you have it. My ten favorite music videos of 2013. In no particular order. Each video was elevated by the sounds within, and each song was brought new life by the visuals presented. 

The list of favorite albums of the year is up next, followed by songs of the year, and then a long form year in review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening!

Burial - Hiders

"Hiders" by Burial // Rival Dealer EP (Out Now via Hyperdub)

By now, you’ve probably heard news (and generally heard) of the new Burial EP, Rival Dealer. The enigmatic producer has once again slipped a new batch of songs into the world with very little heads up, and honestly, I’m not sure any more warning would have prepared me for the power of one track in particular. “Hiders” is the middle song on the three track EP, and it’s also one of the most arresting works of the producer’s career. Burial’s work has never been short on dark energy, often sounding like some imagined film score for a pitch black film about the lure of the streets. That’s not to pigeonhole the artist, not by far. Burial’s sparse, shadowy creations are never far from brilliant, but that’s why “Hiders” feels like something special. Where as so many of his creations have felt like late night walks through neon hued city streets, “Hiders” sounds like coming out on the other side into the disarming glimmer of a new day. I’ve read several comments pointing out that it’s a mournful R&B dreamscape, and in the opening moments it does feel fragile and elegiac, but half-way through a shimmering pulse slides in over a steady electro beat and the vocal track, breaking through a warped synth line offers the optimistic refrain, “You don’t have to be alone.” and for a minute the song transcends everything that’s come before it. It becomes absolutely beautiful. It becomes perfect. The entire song is a wonderful addition to the Burial catalog, but when that moment arrives, something magical happens and you want nothing else but to live there in that moment

"Before Your Very Eyes" by Atoms for Peace // Dir. Laura Merians

The creative juices seem to be constantly swirling in the Atoms for Peace world. It feels like the band has stayed in the music news since the release of "Amok" earlier this year - with the band regularly offering up glimpses into their rehearsal process, dropping full live shows online, popping up on popular late night shows, a plethora of random DJ appearances, and of course, the rare music video. This is one of those rare treats. The video for “Before Your Very Eyes” features some pretty impressive visuals that focus on an undulating desert landscape that flows around a cracked and deteriorating Thom Yorke who appears in the mountains and rocks that surround a stop motion city that seems to rise and fall within the psychedelic desert landscape. All in all, it’s a pretty excellent visual companion to the haunting vocals and rhythmic skitter-beats of the audio track. 

ATOMS FOR PEACE // Live at Austin City Limits 10.13.13

After some weather cancellations and shifts to other venues, Atoms For Peace made their set on Sunday at the Moody Theater. Luckily, the set was streamed and now the video is available from Youtube. The setlist is as follows:

Before Your Very Eyes // Default // The Clock // Ingenue // Unless // And it Rained All Night // Harrowdown Hill // Dropped // Cymbal Rush // Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses // Rabbit in Your Headlights // Paperbag Writer // Amok // Atoms for Peace // Black Swan

*Fast Forward to 42:00 for the start of the show. 

"Got to Give it Up" by Atoms for Peace // Originally by Marvin Gaye 

Well, I’ll be damned. It would appear that Thom Yorke was feeling some of Flea's bass heavy grooves last night in Mexico, because Atoms For Peace whipped up a pretty by-the-books cover of Marvin Gaye's classic, “Got to Give It Up”. Naturally, there was a shaky camera phone on hand to capture the event. The recording leaves the vocals a little muffled, but you get the idea of what was going down. It's good to see the band playing it loose and trying new things. At any rate, it's a fun little clip that you might not get a chance to experience otherwise. 

"The Clock" by Atoms for Peace // Live at Roundhouse (7.24.13)

Hearing the full band versions of the songs from Thom Yorke's “The Eraser” is always intriguing, especially when shot and recorded professionally. Here we get a muscular take on “The Clock”, which finds pretty much everything about the song amped up. It's a damn good version, even if you prefer the less aggressive original. Check out Soundhalo for more audio and video from this week’s shows. 

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"Honey Pot" by Thom Yorke // KCRW DJ Set (2013)

While visiting KCRW with Nigel Godrich to spin records and promote the new Atoms for Peace record, Thom Yorke dropped this beautiful little nugget into the mix. The track, which started as a remix of “All I Need” (from the brilliant, “In Rainbows”), morphed into an entirely new track entitled “Honey Pot”. Yorke talks over the track a couple of times, but that’s just fine - it’s an incredible listen, even in a rough form. This new semi-Radiohead jam is a dreamy, mid-tempo electro-hued beauty that features twinkling textures floating over a slightly foreboding ambient hum that sways in and out of a programmed beat and warped vocal samples of Yorke that eventually build to a short, but sweet bit of a vocal performance. It’s a fantastic treat and one that hopefully arrives soon in a non-radio rip release. Highest recommendation.

"Rabbit in Your Headlights" by Atoms for Peace // Originally by UNKLE & Thom Yorke

Sure, it’s a little difficult to call this a cover considering Thom Yorke wrote the lyrics and performed the vocals on the original UNKLE version (back when DJ Shadow was still involved), that being said - this is Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace taking on the trip-hop classic from 1998, in their rehearsal studio as they prep for their upcoming tour. It’s pretty incredible to hear the brilliant track coming out of Yorke after all of these year. Still gives me goosebumps. 

PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE 1990s
Over the years I’ve managed to whip up a shortlist of my favorite albums of the 80’s, as well as my individual lists of my favorite albums of each year of the 00’s (as written based off of old journal entries from those years), but somehow I’ve managed to miss the nineties. This needed some correction, so in my recent time away, I’ve pieced together a list to correct that absence. Truth be told, it was in no way easy, as the 90’s were my formative years. I was born in the 80’s, but came into my own throughout the 90’s, so it’s a decade of albums that I hold very dear. That being said, I did my damnedest to keep the list to a top ten, but ended up settling for a top 50, with a numbered top 20, and a back 30 of runner’s up that could just as easily be listed in the top 20 on any particular day. So, here is a simple list of things that have moved me over the years. I’ll keep my words light, so that you can see the list. Everything on this list is worth a look, so I’ve included links to stream the albums via Spotify. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, so feel free to let me know how badly I have botched this gig. Without further ado - 
/// THE TOP 20 ///
"OK Computer" by Radiohead
"The Bends" by Radiohead
"Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" by Pavement
"Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine
"Agaetis Byrjun" by Sigur Ros
"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel
"The Sophtware Slump" by Grandaddy
"The Soft Bulletin" by The Flaming Lips
"Out of Time" by R.E.M.
"There is Nothing Wrong With Love" by Built to Spill
"Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
"Endtroducing" by DJ Shadow
"Mezzanine" by Massive Attack
"Heaven or Las Vegas" by Cocteau Twins
"Fantastic Planet" by Failure
"Grace" by Jeff Buckley
"In the Presence of Nothing" by Lilys
"I Become Small and Go" by Creeper Lagoon
"Moon Pix" by Cat Power
"In Ribbons" by Pale Saints
/// THE BEST OF THE REST (in alphabetical order)///
"Moon Safari" by AIR
"American Football" by American Football
"Selected Ambient Works 85-92" by Aphex Twin
"In Casino/Out" by At the Drive-In
"Three EPs"  by The Beta Band
"Post" by Bjork
"13" by Blur
"Chrome" by Catherine Wheel
"Wish" by The Cure
"Voodoo" by D’Angelo
"ULTRA" by Depeche Mode
"Either/Or" by Elliott Smith
"Tidal" by Fiona Apple
"Polydistortion" by Gus Gus
"Clarity" by Jimmy Eat World
"The Buried Life" by Medicine
"The Lonesome Crowded West" by Modest Mouse
"Bona Drag" by Morrissey
"Dummy" by Portishead
"This is Hardcore" by Pulp
"Automatic for the People" by R.E.M.
"Since" by Richard Buckner
"Nowhere" by Ride
"Pisces Iscariot" by The Smashing Pumpkins
"Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space" by Spiritualized
"Blind" by The Sundays
"Dulcinea" by Toad the Wet Sprocket
"Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos
"The Man Who" by Travis
"A Northern Soul" by Verve
"I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One" by Yo La Tengo
And there you have it - a long list that should be longer, but for my money, those those albums are all stunning achievements and beautiful listens. If you’ve never heard one or more, I would not lead you wrong. Check them out. Feel free to question my picks, but rest assured, I’ve spent plenty of time of each choice and none were made with an ounce of doubt. I love them all. Hope you enjoy them as well. 

PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE 1990s

Over the years I’ve managed to whip up a shortlist of my favorite albums of the 80’s, as well as my individual lists of my favorite albums of each year of the 00’s (as written based off of old journal entries from those years), but somehow I’ve managed to miss the nineties. This needed some correction, so in my recent time away, I’ve pieced together a list to correct that absence. Truth be told, it was in no way easy, as the 90’s were my formative years. I was born in the 80’s, but came into my own throughout the 90’s, so it’s a decade of albums that I hold very dear. That being said, I did my damnedest to keep the list to a top ten, but ended up settling for a top 50, with a numbered top 20, and a back 30 of runner’s up that could just as easily be listed in the top 20 on any particular day. So, here is a simple list of things that have moved me over the years. I’ll keep my words light, so that you can see the list. Everything on this list is worth a look, so I’ve included links to stream the albums via Spotify. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, so feel free to let me know how badly I have botched this gig. Without further ado - 

/// THE TOP 20 ///

  1. "OK Computer" by Radiohead
  2. "The Bends" by Radiohead
  3. "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" by Pavement
  4. "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine
  5. "Agaetis Byrjun" by Sigur Ros
  6. "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel
  7. "The Sophtware Slump" by Grandaddy
  8. "The Soft Bulletin" by The Flaming Lips
  9. "Out of Time" by R.E.M.
  10. "There is Nothing Wrong With Love" by Built to Spill
  11. "Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  12. "Endtroducing" by DJ Shadow
  13. "Mezzanine" by Massive Attack
  14. "Heaven or Las Vegas" by Cocteau Twins
  15. "Fantastic Planet" by Failure
  16. "Grace" by Jeff Buckley
  17. "In the Presence of Nothing" by Lilys
  18. "I Become Small and Go" by Creeper Lagoon
  19. "Moon Pix" by Cat Power
  20. "In Ribbons" by Pale Saints

/// THE BEST OF THE REST (in alphabetical order)///

  • "Moon Safari" by AIR
  • "American Football" by American Football
  • "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" by Aphex Twin
  • "In Casino/Out" by At the Drive-In
  • "Three EPs"  by The Beta Band
  • "Post" by Bjork
  • "13" by Blur
  • "Chrome" by Catherine Wheel
  • "Wish" by The Cure
  • "Voodoo" by D’Angelo
  • "ULTRA" by Depeche Mode
  • "Either/Or" by Elliott Smith
  • "Tidal" by Fiona Apple
  • "Polydistortion" by Gus Gus
  • "Clarity" by Jimmy Eat World
  • "The Buried Life" by Medicine
  • "The Lonesome Crowded West" by Modest Mouse
  • "Bona Drag" by Morrissey
  • "Dummy" by Portishead
  • "This is Hardcore" by Pulp
  • "Automatic for the People" by R.E.M.
  • "Since" by Richard Buckner
  • "Nowhere" by Ride
  • "Pisces Iscariot" by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space" by Spiritualized
  • "Blind" by The Sundays
  • "Dulcinea" by Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • "Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos
  • "The Man Who" by Travis
  • "A Northern Soul" by Verve
  • "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One" by Yo La Tengo

And there you have it - a long list that should be longer, but for my money, those those albums are all stunning achievements and beautiful listens. If you’ve never heard one or more, I would not lead you wrong. Check them out. Feel free to question my picks, but rest assured, I’ve spent plenty of time of each choice and none were made with an ounce of doubt. I love them all. Hope you enjoy them as well. 

PMW’s Favorite Albums // First Quarter of 2013 
Three months in and we’re already inundated with a plethora of wonderful music. Surely it would already be enough to maintain a pretty spectacular year, but we’re only three months in and there are a couple of dozen stellar releases still on the horizon. With that being said, I thought that I’d slap together a quick list of my favorite albums so far in 2013. To celebrate the end of the first quarter, here are 13 for 2013. 
* note: I’m trying to adhere to physical release dates and not leaks. there are currently several albums that have not been released in the first quarter of the year that belong on this list, but they’ll have to wait their turn. 
FAVORITE 13 of the FIRST QUARTER of 2013 (In no particular order):
"Clash the Truth" by Beach Fossils
"Ride Your Heart" by Bleached
"MBV" by My Bloody Valentine
"Recurring Dream" by Implodes
"Amok" by Atoms for Peace
"Anxiety" by Autre Ne Veut
"Almanac" by Widowspeak
"Dead Gaze" by Dead Gaze
"The 20/20 Experience" by Justin Timberlake
"Muchacho" by Phosphorescent
"The New Life" by Girls Names
"Seabed" by Vondelpark
"Cerulean Salt" by Waxahatchee
I decided against writing up descriptions of each band because I can’t exactly break down what makes each piece of art work in a few words, and my hope is that if you’ve liked my posts in the past that you might take a shot and jump at one or two in which you might not be familiar. 
Suffice to say, 2013 is shaping up to be a special year for new and old artists. These 13 don’t even scratch the surface and surely, I’ve forgotten more than one along the way, but you get the point. I love these albums and hope that you might as well. Let me know know what you think. Who am I missing?
Enjoy!

PMW’s Favorite Albums // First Quarter of 2013 

Three months in and we’re already inundated with a plethora of wonderful music. Surely it would already be enough to maintain a pretty spectacular year, but we’re only three months in and there are a couple of dozen stellar releases still on the horizon. With that being said, I thought that I’d slap together a quick list of my favorite albums so far in 2013. To celebrate the end of the first quarter, here are 13 for 2013. 

* note: I’m trying to adhere to physical release dates and not leaks. there are currently several albums that have not been released in the first quarter of the year that belong on this list, but they’ll have to wait their turn. 

FAVORITE 13 of the FIRST QUARTER of 2013 (In no particular order):

I decided against writing up descriptions of each band because I can’t exactly break down what makes each piece of art work in a few words, and my hope is that if you’ve liked my posts in the past that you might take a shot and jump at one or two in which you might not be familiar. 

Suffice to say, 2013 is shaping up to be a special year for new and old artists. These 13 don’t even scratch the surface and surely, I’ve forgotten more than one along the way, but you get the point. I love these albums and hope that you might as well. Let me know know what you think. Who am I missing?

Enjoy!

"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace // Dir. Garth Jennings (2013)

"Amok" by Atoms for Peace has been spinning near me for past couple of weeks now, and the track that I find myself most drawn to is the subject of the band’s newest music video, “Ingenue”. Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow, Blur's “Coffee & TV”, & many more) directs the video that features Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase dancing on stage, as choreographed by Wayne McGregor (this is the same team behind Radiohead's “Lotus Flower” video).

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"Mixtape Vol. 4" by Stumbleine // (2012)

Criminally underrated dream pop/glo-fi band, Stumbleine have a knack for creating gorgeous, ethereal dream pop layered with glitch beats and warped vocal samples. They also do wonders with crafting killer mixtapes in the same vein. Recently, they’ve gone and posted a new mix featuring their own work peppered with tracks from Sigur Ros, Thom Yorke, Broken Social Scene, Burial, Holy Other, and many more (full tracklist below). It plays like an otherworldly lullaby,and makes for a lovely listen on any chilly late night, but especially under an autumn sky. Definitely check this one out. 

Tracklist…

The Appleseed Cast - The Walking Of Pertelotte // A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears // XXYYXX - About You // Stumbleine - Colourvision // Hammock - I Can Almost See You // Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A 17yr Old Girl // Stumbleine - The Corner Of Her Eye // Stars Of The Lid - A Meaningful Moment Though A Meaning(less) Process // Sigur Ros - Fjogur Piano // Miracle Legion - All For The Best (Thom Yorke Cover) // Mum - Nightly Cares // Giraffage - Elysian // Burial - Night Bus // Stumbleine - Cherry Blossom // Lucky Paul - Elephant Island (Midland Remix) // Esmerine - Why She Swallows Bullets & Stones // Helios - Vargtimme // Stumbleine - Ember // Sparklehorse - Most Beautiful Widow In Town // Sun Glitters - Softly & Slowly ft Rob Boak // Jonsi & Alex - Danell In The Sea // Tycho - Hours (Teen Daze Remix) // Holy Other - Past Tension // This Will Destroy You - Villa Del Refugio // Apparat - Ash/Black Veil // Stumbleine - Honeycomb // Stars Of The Lid - Fac 21 // Scuba - Before  //Flying Lotus - Aunties Lock/Infinitum Ft Laura Darlington // The Books - A Little Longing Goes A Long Way // Stumbleine - Catherine Wheel Ft Birds Of Passage

Reverie (From 'Ark', No Pain In Pop 2012)

"Reverie" by Halls // Ark (Out 10.15.12 via No Pain in Pop)

Sam Howard, the man behind Halls, just keeps getting better with each release. In a very short time, his production work has become more detailed and layered and cryptically beautiful. “Reverie” from the forthcoming debut full length, “Ark’, is one of Halls’ best releases yet - dark and intense, with a brooding atmosphere and delicate, melancholic vocals. The glitchy electronic beat and shaded delivery call to mind work by The XX and Thom Yorke (on The Eraser more than the Atoms for Peace material). It’s a fantastic single, and an exciting sign of what might be in store for us when “Ark” is released.