Kick Down The Doors: 2013

New thing, Songdrop, allows you to make a mix from online songs from most sources. So here is one highlighting some of the best songs of 2013.

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Top Albums of 2013.

I used to do this regularly. I haven’t done it for a while.  Here are my favourite albums of 2013:

1. Dream River – Bill Callahan (Drag City)
2. Pearl Mystic – Hookworms (Gringo)
3. How Many Times Have You Let Me Die – The Blanche Hudson Weekend (Odd Box)
4. De Flechettes – Ela Orleans and Skitter (Clan Destine)
5. Trace The Tension – Cars Can Be Blue (HHBTM)
6. Dress Up – The Spook School (Fortuna Pop)
7. First Base – First Base (Hozac)
8. Anaesthesiology – Onsind (Discount Horse)
9. Weird Sister – Joanna Gruesome (Fortuna Pop)
10. Antenna To The Afterworld – Sonny And The Sunsets (Polyvinyl)
11. Now That You Are A Dancer – Kid Canaveral (Fence)
12. Tricolore – Haiku Salut (How Does It Feel To Be Loved)
13. Passing Strange – The Wednesday Club (Cath’n’Dad)
14. Run Fast – The Julie Ruin (Dischord)

No apologies for including the only album released on Odd Box this year.


Sweet Benfica

Sweet Benfica are from South Wales. They’re good. Very good. Catchy songs made in a lovingly lo-fi way. Give them your ears.

Dog Party

Oh yeah. Just been tipped off too Dog Party. A teenage duo from  Sacramento CA in the US of A. This track is from their 3rd record. It’s pretty damn awesome.

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Alex Chilltown

I know very little about Alex Chilltown. But I checked out their (his?) soundcloud today. I liked it. Dirty lo-fi recordings.

The Fireworks – Runaround

The Fireworks 2nd 7″ (again on Shelflife) is a humdinger. This is pop music distilled into it’s purest form. Sharp buzzy guitars and a swirling tune. To die for.

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Firestations are new to me. Kinda down tempo pop music. The singer has one of those voices that can grab you if your mood is right.

Night Flowers

From London. New to me, are NIGHT FLOWERS. A tiny hint of early Pains of Being Pure At Heart on this one. Nice.