Second Quarter Report: Music Of 2013 [April-May-June]


The Really Good


Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires Of The City     (XL Recordings)

Deerhunter, Monomania    (4AD)

Barry Altschul, The 3Dom Factor     (TUM)

Ceramic Dog, Your Turn     (Northern Spy)

Dave Douglas, Time Travel    (Green Leaf Music)

The Knife, Shaking The Habitual     (Rabid)

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: Jama Ko   (Out Here)

Pistol Annies, Annie Up     (RCA Nashville)

Paramore, Paramore     (Fueled By Ramen)

Kate Nash, Girl Talk     (Have 10p)


The Pretty Good


Fantasia, Side Effects Of You     (RCA)

Peter Evans, Zebulon     (More Is More Records)

Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap     (self-released)

The Black Dog, Tranklements   (Dust Science Limited)

Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse     (Arista Nashville)

The National, Trouble Will Find Me     (4AD)

Bombino, Nomad     (Nonesuch)

Khat Thaleth, Third Line: Initiative for the Elevation of Public Awareness  (Stronghold Sound) 


The Honorable Mentions


The Stooges, Ready To Die     (Fat Possum)

Dur-Dur Band, Volume 5     (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

Homeboy Sandman, Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent    (Stones Throw)

Savages, Silence Yourself     (Matador / Pop Noire)

Dillinger Escape Plan, One Of Us Is The Killer   (Party Smasher, Inc. / Sumerian)

Steve Martin / Edie Brickell, Love Has Come For You     (Rounder)

Steve Coleman, Functional Arrhythmias     (Pi Recordings)

Anthony Branker & Word Play, Uppity     (Origin)

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, In A World Of Mallets     (Basin Street Records)

John Medeski, A Different Time     (Masterworks / Okeh)

Maxmillion Dunbar, House Of Woo     (RVNG Intl.)




She & Him, Volume 3     (Merge)

Jaimoe Brown, Transcendence     (Motema Music)

Dirty Beaches, Drifters / Love Is The Devil     (Zoo Music)

Tommy Flanagan & Jaki Byard, The Magic of 2: Live At Keystone Korner    (Resonance)

The Strokes, Comedown Machine     (RCA)

Lady Antebellum, Golden   (Capitol Nashville) 

The Black Angels, Indigo Meadow     (Blue Horizon)

Fall Out Boy, Save Rock And Roll     (Island)

Tyler, The Creator, Wolf     (Odd Future Records)

Marbin, Last Chapter Of Dreaming     (MoonJune Recordings)

Snoop Lion, Reincarnated     (RCA)

30 Seconds To Mars, Love Lust Faith + Dreams     (Virgin), #willpower     (Interscope)