The MJR Top 5 Albums of 2013 Weekly Standings*
*Spotify links provided when available
1. ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age (Last Week: 2)
2. After Dark 2 by Various Artists (Last Week: 1) ^
3. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by Foxygen (Last Week: 3)
4. The Flower Lane by Ducktails (Last Week: 4)
5. Amok by Atoms For Peace (Last Week: NR) +
+No longer streaming online
^Streaming on SoundCloud
Other 2013 Contenders (in no particular order)
- MCII by Mikal Cronin
- Trouble Will Find Me by The National
- OutRun by Kavinsky
- Floating Coffin by Thee Oh Sees
- Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
- Curiosity by Wampire
- Specter at the Feast by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- Settle by Disclosure
Newly Added 2013 Contenders This Week:
3 Thoughts/Facts/Opinions/Lies/Kneejerk Reactions to/about Music This Week
1. Have the first six and a half months of the 2013 year in music felt like two years to anyone else? I feel like I'm having that nightmare I used to have as a kid--the one where I win the Nickelodeon/Toys "R" Us "Super Toy Run" contest--which was SUPER RAD--only for those jerks running the contest to give me a super tiny shopping cart with wonky wheels and I couldn't get nearly as much as I wanted/deserved--most notably the Transformers and I finished with my tiny shopping cart full of stuff but not enough to have reality meet "the dream"...And that's the first time I've ever talked about my traumatic childhood in this way. Thanks for listening. Anyway, that's how I feel about 2013's album releases. Lots of cool toys. But there's no way I can fit as many as I'd like in my tiny shopping cart.
2. Music is a talking sport largely because of the management of expectations. I want the new Franz Ferdinand album to be better than the first singles indicate (which it probably will be). I want the new Arctic Monkeys album to be as great as its first single suggests (which it probably won't be).
3. The fact that James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) doesn't want to record music of his own for the time being but would rather use his gifts to instead produce the new Arcade Fire album saddens me on many levels. It's like finding out that Heath Ledger has come back from the grave, but he's decided to eschew acting for the opportunity to exclusively direct Men In Black sequels.