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(31) Days of Good: 12.4.13

A few of my favorite Summer 2013 jams…

 

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James Murphy co-produced this track and even though it didn’t make the final cut for the band’s 2013 LP (Dynamics) it’s still a must listen. In my opinion, the track is so good, it deserved it’s own separate release.

♩ Holy Ghost! – Teenagers in Heat [single]
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Ever wonder how to make a good track great? Have The Weeknd remix it is one way. I really wish Kavinsky and The Weeknd will team up for a full length. Make it happen boys.

♩ Kavinsky – Odd Look (ft. The Weeknd) [from OddLook EP]
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“Get Lucky” gets all the love, and it’s a great track as well, but I don’t think i’ll ever get tired of this particular track, which features Panda Bear (Animal Collective) on vocals.

♩ Daft Punk – Doin’ it Right (feat. Panda Bear) [from Random Access Memories]
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Probably my favorite cover of 2013. Personally, I find Soulja Boy’s original uninspired, but this track is anything but. The production and vocals are spot on. Honestly, Purity Ring could cover One Direction and I’d love it.

♩ Purity Ring – Grammy (Soulja Boy cover) [single]
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The average age of this foursome is 18.5, but don’t let that fool you. These Chicago rockers carried a well deserved buzz from 2012 into a breakout 2013. I first heard this song on NPR: All Songs Considered, while in the middle relocating from Southern to Northern California. There’s really nothing good about an 8 hour drive, but this song definitely made it better. No joke, I probably listened to this track at least 20 times in a row on that trip.

♩ The Orwells – Who Needs You [from Who Needs You EP]
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And speaking of the aforementioned 8 hour drive, 10 minutes of good ole’ fashioned metal does wonders.

Deafheaven – Sunbather [from Sunbather]
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Favorite Albums of 2013 (so far)

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We’re halfway through 2013 and it’s shaping up to be quite the year in music.

Highlights definitely include the return of My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, and David Bowie, along with some really fantastic debuts from Disclosure, Ex Cops, Little Green Cars, On An On, and Rhye.  But with high comes the low, and though I was super excited for new albums from The Knife and Phoenix, they were quite the letdown in my opinion.

These are simply in alphabetical order.  It’s hard enough to rank my top 10, i don’t want to do it more than once a year.  Enjoy all of these on Spotify, which i’ll continue to update throughout the rest of 2013.  And with some highly anticipated releases still on the horizon, including new albums from Porcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, and Elton John, i’m sure this list will evolve.

But enough babbling, enjoy my favorite albums of 2013 (so far) and please check back in December to see which (if any) make the cut for my top 10 of the year.

 

Autre Ne Veut//Anxiety

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Baths//Obsidian

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Buke & Gase//General Dome

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Camera Obscura//Desire Lines

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Christopher Owens//Lysandre

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CHVRCHES//Recover EP

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The City and Horses//Strange Range

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Daft Punk//Random Access Memories

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David Bowie//The Next Day

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Disclosure//Settle

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Eleanor Friedberger//Personal Record

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Evenings//Yore

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Ex Cops//True Hallucinations

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Gliss//Langsom Dans

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Guards//In Guards We Trust

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The Joy Formidable//Wolf’s Law

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeeper//Ripely Pine

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Little Green Cars//Absolute Zero

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Local Natives//Hummingbird

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The Mary Onettes//Hit the Waves

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The Men//New Moon

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My Bloody Valentine//m b v

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The National//Trouble Will Find Me

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Oberhofer//Notalgia EP

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On An On//Give In

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Rhye//Woman

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Saturday Looks Good To Me//One Kiss Ends It All

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Sigur Rós//Kveikur
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Surfer Blood//Pythons

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Surrogate//Post-Heroic

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Telekinesis//Dormarion

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TRAILS AND WAYS//Trilingual EP

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Vampire Weekend//Modern Vampires of the City

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs//Mosquito

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Yo La Tengo//Fade

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Youth Lagoon//Wondrous Bughouse

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[new music roundup] 5.21.13

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A few of my favorite new releases this week, including the highly anticipated new albums from Daft Punk and The National.  As always, be sure to visit Largehearted Boy for more new music.

 

The Baptist Generals//Jackleg Devotional to the Heart

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Daft Punk//Random Access Memories

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Majical Cloudz//Impersonator

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The National//Trouble Will Find Me

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A few more worth a listen:
Dirty Beaches//Drifters/Love Is the Devil
Public Enemy//25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection (9-LP box set)
Scout Niblett//It’s Up to Emma
Talking Heads//Speaking in Tongues (reissue) [vinyl]

[on repeat] Daft Punk//Get Lucky

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The first single from Daft Punk’s upcoming Random Access Memories is out now.  “Get Lucky” features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers and it’s fantastic.  I’m pretty much obsessed with this track right now, it’s all i’ve been listening to since I woke up this morning.  Stream the track below or on Spotify.  Random Access Memories is out May 21 on Columbia.  Pre-order the record now.

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