As I alluded to in my December mix, I'm engaged in a prolonged wrestling match with Best of 2013 lists and all of the great music I missed. Here's my swing at making my own list, in which I've simply gone through all twelve of my monthly lists and plucked out the stuff that I remember particularly enjoying.
I've been kind of surprised that Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God hasn't shown up on any of the lists I've seen. It's easily one of my favorites of the year, if not my number one. Most of the music on this is from 2013, but I've included Chavela Vargas because she was a new discovery for me, and one that made a deep impression. Also, she fits well with the plethora of women making great music in 2013. It's my experience that this is kind of a golden age for great music made by women, in almost every genre. With that in mind I've rounded out my best-of list with one track each from each of this year's Guest Lists, five of which are from ladies in 2013.
I've been thinking about some "musical resolutions" for 2014, and I've come up with a few, including: exploring Soundcloud and Bandcamp as ways to discover new music that is not on Spotify, and listening to more new rap music. I'll let you know as more come to me, and feel free to share yours, too.
Happy New Year to everyone! And here's to great listening in 2014.
Chavela Vargas – Paloma negra
Jim James – A New Life
Gramma's Boyfriend – Glitter
Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni ba – Sinaly
Vampire Weekend – Step
Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
Deathfix – Dali's House
Bombino – Amidinine
Chris Thile – Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
Lucius – Nothing Ordinary
Arctic Monkeys – Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – BAD DANCER
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who - from Gabe Lyon
Laura Mvula – She - from Jon Martin
April Verch – Edward in the Treetop, Yellow Jacket, Quit That Tickling Me - from Dave Fox
Regina Spektor – You've Got Time - from Helean Lee
Savages – She Will - from Colby Starck
Flans – No Controles - from Ingrid Esparza
Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love - from Karen Mikki Brown