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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
"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 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013

This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 

So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.

THE TOP TEN FAVORITES

10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 

9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.

8.) Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.

7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.

6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.

5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.

4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.

3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.

2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.

1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.

AND THE REST OF THE BEST

I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.

There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 

A Grave With No NameAurora

"Aurora" by A Grave With No Name // Whirlpool (Out 7.15.13 via Lefse Records)

For the past few years, Alexander Shields has been releasing minimalist lo-fi beauties under the name, A Grave With No Name. Both albums that he has released so far (09’s "Mountain Debris" and 11’s "Lower") contained haunting, bedroom confessionals that were built around melodic guitars and whispered vocals. Now, Shields is back with his third album, “Whirlpool”, and with it, a new found sense of grandeur and exploration. The new album is his first recorded in a full on studio with a group of musicians, and the expanded roster has given Shields the confidence to aim for the stars. “Aurora” is a perfect place to start to get a feel for what awaits on “Whirlpool”. A distorted post punk rhythm launches the song as Shields’ voice (no longer sung in hushed tones) delivers a dreamy melody that melts into the shimmering guitar line and ambient synth textures. Suddenly, A Grave With No Name is a full fledged band swimming through the melancholic and sometimes eerie waters of autumnal dream pop and ethereal shoegaze. “Whirlpool” is one of the best albums of the year and with a little luck, Alexander Shields will soon be getting the credit he deserves for crafting this beautifully haunting music that lives inside of “Whirlpool”. Stunning and highly recommended. 

A Grave With No NameThe Outdoor Type (The Lemonheads Cover)

"The Outdoor Type" by A Grave With No Name // The Outdoor Type (2013)

Having always had a soft spot for The Lemonheads, I will always check out when someone drops a cover of the band’s work. This time around, I’m pleased to hear the cover coming from UK based lo-fi artist Alex Shields' band, A Grave With No Name. If you’re unfamiliar with AGWNN, they released the gorgeous, sparse 2011 album, "Lower", which was released on Daniel Blumberg’s (Yuck) label, Boiled Egg. Here, on this pretty, jangly cover of “The Outdoor Type”, you finally get the sense of what Shields’ work will sound like with a full fleshed out band, and it’s something pretty wonderful. Calling back to the alternative era of the original’s release, you get a worn-in, warm alt-country sound that feels like a fresh idea after all of these years away. Highly recommended. Click on over to AGWNN’s Soundcloud page for a download of the track. 

'Origami' - A Grave With No Name

"Origami" by A Grave With No Name // Online B-Sides (2012)

Last year, A Grave With No Name released a hushed and fragile album of lo-fi beauties, called “Lower”. It was a fantastic listen. Now, the man behind the band, Alexander Shields is prepping his next album and taking to his Soundcloud page to drop some tracks that won’t be making the cut. “Origami” is one of those tracks and it finds the artist shifting things up a bit and stepping out of the hushed tones of the last record to create something loose and loud and fun. Sounding something like a cross between Yuck (who’s lead singer Daniel Blumberg released “Lower” on his cassette label) and Guided by Voices, the track is a lo-fi stomper with a killer harmony and tons of charm. Highest recommendation!

(download) "Origami" by A Grave With No Name (via AGWNN Soundcloud)

SIX SONGS WORTH SPINNING /// (week of) 10.21.11 
Taking a cue from Danceyrselfclean and also returning to the days when I did it myself, I thought I’d start putting together a collection of my favorite songs from the week and posting them as an easy catch-all for anyone looking for a crib sheet on the fun stuff that might have slipped through the cracks. This has been the first week in a long time that I’ve managed to squeeze in enough time to actually (sorta) keep up with the releases that caught my ear. 
Click on the title to bring up the original post with audio and description and do what you can to support the artists who tickle your fancy. Happy listening and have a wonderful weekend!
PLAYLIST (in no particular order)
"We Passed the Moon" by A Grave With No Name
"Nuclear Seasons" by Charli XCX
"Moon Killer" by Small Black
"Grounded" by Astrid Swan
"Time" by Deptford Goth
"I Know You Will Suffer" by Top Girls
… and hell, why not a bonus seventh pick for an unsigned band who deserves to be heard!
"Midwest" by Grand Falconer
There you have it. Six (nay, seven) wonderful songs to help usher in a cool Autumn weekend. These are by no means intended to be some end-all list of everything worth hearing, but simply some of the tracks that I really loved this week that I hope you enjoy as well! 
Take care, get lost in the Halloween spirit, and be safe. Have a great weekend!

SIX SONGS WORTH SPINNING /// (week of) 10.21.11 

Taking a cue from Danceyrselfclean and also returning to the days when I did it myself, I thought I’d start putting together a collection of my favorite songs from the week and posting them as an easy catch-all for anyone looking for a crib sheet on the fun stuff that might have slipped through the cracks. This has been the first week in a long time that I’ve managed to squeeze in enough time to actually (sorta) keep up with the releases that caught my ear. 

Click on the title to bring up the original post with audio and description and do what you can to support the artists who tickle your fancy. Happy listening and have a wonderful weekend!

PLAYLIST (in no particular order)

… and hell, why not a bonus seventh pick for an unsigned band who deserves to be heard!

There you have it. Six (nay, seven) wonderful songs to help usher in a cool Autumn weekend. These are by no means intended to be some end-all list of everything worth hearing, but simply some of the tracks that I really loved this week that I hope you enjoy as well! 

Take care, get lost in the Halloween spirit, and be safe. Have a great weekend!