The 2013 lists are done here at ATYP. So here’s a rundown. (Follow this blog at its new home: alltheyoungpunks.com.)
The No. 1 album of the past year is Arcade Fire’s Reflektor but I also loved Savages‘ Silence Yourself. See the full list here:
The best album by a Chicago band in 2013 was Disappears‘ Era. Read the post here.
Some of the year’s top reissues included the Microphones‘ The Glow Pt. 2 and the Coachwhips‘ Hands on the Controls. See the list here.
And here are 10 more favorite albums from last year, including Fidlar’s debut.
Finally, here’s a little history:
In 2012, the ATYP’s album of the year was Woods‘ Bend Beyond.
In 2011, the No. 1 album was Girls‘ Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
And, in 2010, the National’s High Violet was voted the year’s best release.
The coolest reissues this year have to be the vinyl releases of five albums by Phil Elverum’s the Microphones. And the star of the reissues is The Glow Pt. 2, the best known Microphones album (originally released in 2001).
Like another Elverum moniker, Mount Eerie, the Microphones was a solo act with rotating musicians. While Elverum has made great music performing as Mount Eerie, The Glow Pt. 2 may be his masterpiece. It was Hot, We Stayed in the Water, is another excellent release. Those two albums and three others, Song Islands, Don’t Wake Me Up and Mount Eerie (out August 20) can be ordered as a bundle on Elverum’s website if you want to buy all five.
Nirvana brought in the ’90s and Neutral Milk Hotel punctuated the end of the decade. Nirvana’s “Bleach” and both Neutral Milk Hotel’s albums, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” and “On Avery Island,” are reissued Tuesday.
They’re among several reissues, including Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” and “Freedom of Choice.”