This is my favorite album of 2013. I dont need to say anything about it, because i think if anyone were to study this album they would recognize for themselves how great it is.
Smashed 40: Slummer Jams Double Cassette tape (Folktale) - There is a lot of stuff on this release that i dont like. but this is still such an incredibly impressive release. the sound quality, the flow, the artists, the art work, the packaging, the novelty… all of it is so awesome and really solid. AND something extra neat about this release for me is its the first compilation i have bought in a long time where i have discovered new bands that i really like.
I.E. “Most Importantly” (Deathbomb Arc) - Honestly I still don’t have a physical copy of this, but this is one of those albums that i listened to online over and over and over and over again. for about a week in fact, every time i would go online i would go to bandcamp and start listening to this album while i checked the usual’s. I.E. is an artist i don’t think a lot of people outside of Los Angeles will really “get” but I still think this album rules.
IJI “Be Good Sessions” Cassette tape (Rubber Brother) - this album is so incredibly under rated. just sax and guitar on pretty much every song. also some of zach burbas best song writing in my opinion. iji has done a ton of stuff this year and rubber brothers has released a ton of albums in the few months its been around so i think most people don’t know this even exists it has been lost amongst everything else these prolific groups have been up to. but i think it rules.
Treasure Mammal “10 Years of Cumming Full Circle” (Related) - This is hands down, without a doubt the best recordings treasure mammal has ever done. and understandably so. It’s made up of 11 of Tmammals best songs from the past 10 years, completely re-done with amazingly talented drummers and produced by Ryan Breen of Back Ted-N-Ted who produced “Expect The Max” and “You Wish I Was Channeling Your Spirit” Sadly this album is only available through digital download or cassette. IT DESERVES Vinyl release. and someday i hope to make that happen.
Tthis is one of my favorite songs / videos of 2013.