I’m ashamed to say that over the past few years of doing this column I haven’t been especially careful about compiling year-end lists, something that’s been to my detriment every December, when Pazz and Jop time finds me somewhat scrambling.  Putting this up here in a public forum I’m hoping will encourage me to tend to it like a garden.  Not counting the Box Tops compilation, this is how I would rate the nine records in this month’s column (to be published fairly soon) which happens to be the beginning of my 2013 list:
  1. Bettie Serveert: Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion)
  2. Kitty: D.A.I.S.Y. Rage (self-released, EP)
  3. Cakes da Killa: The Eulogy (Mishka download)
  4. Parquet Courts: Light up Gold (What’s Your Rupture?)
  5. The Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal (World Music Network)
  6. Yo La Tengo: Fade (Matador)
  7. Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (Warner Bros.)
  8. My Bloody Valentine: mbv (Pickpocket)
  9. Skrillex: Leaving (OWSLA, EP)

Tom Hull and Jason Gubbels also tend to make lists for B+ and everything below, which I’m not going to bother with.  I listened to that Solange EP enough, and that’s at the top of this month’s honorable mentions.

On to next month — or whenever, I guess.  Such a great feeling finally being done.