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Top 30 Albums 2013

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Brent Ables

1. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
2. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
3. Moonface :: Julia With Blue Jeans On
4. Dan Friel :: Total Folklore
5. Gold Panda :: Half of Where You Live
6. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
7. Califone :: Stiches
8. Deerhunter :: Monomania
9. The Men :: New Moon
10. Danny Brown :: Old
11. Vampire Weekend :: Modern Vampires of the City
12. Run the Jewels :: Run the Jewels
13. Jenny Hval :: Innocence is Kinky
14. Friendzone :: DX
15. Yo La Tengo :: Fade
16. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
17. Julianna Barwick :: Nepenthe
18. Noah23 :: Lotus Deities
19. Eluvium :: Nightmare Ending
20. Boards of Canada :: Tomorrow’s Harvest
21. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
22. The Strokes :: Comedown Machine
23. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
24. Viet Cong :: Cassette EP
25. Black Milk :: No Poison No Paradise
26. Fuck Buttons :: Slow Focus
27. The Dodos :: Carrier
28. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
29. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
30. A$AP Rocky :: Live Love A$AP


Mark Abraham

1. The Courtneys :: The Courtneys EP
2. Dawn of Midi :: Dysnomia
3. Laurel Halo :: Chance of Rain
4. Huerco S. :: Colonial Patterns
5. Aye Nako :: Unleash Yourself
6. Eve :: Lip Lock
7. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
8. Pure Bathing Culture :: Moon Tides
9. Jenny Hval :: Innocence is Kinky
10. Autre Ne Veut :: Anxiety
11: Blood Orange :: Cupid Deluxe
12. Pharmakon :: Abandon
13. Doldrums :: Lesser Evil
14. Factory Floor :: Factory Floor
15. Linckoln Public Library :: Mannequin
16. Shigeto :: No Better Time Than Now
17. FaltyDL :: Hardcourage
18. Savages :: Silence Yourself
19. Blue Hawaii :: Untogether
20. Black Pus :: All My Relations
21. Frightened Rabbit :: Pedestrian Verse
22. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
23. Arca :: &&&&&
24. Digital Natives :: It’s All Point Blank
25. The Knife :: Shaking the Habitual
26. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
27. Zeroh :: Bred: A Dedication
28. Torres :: Torres
29. Brick Mask :: B/B/S/
30. Haim :: Days are Gone


Christopher Alexander

1. Low :: The Invisible Way
2. Kanye West :: Yeezus
3. Savages :: Silence Yourself
4. A$AP Rocky :: Long.Live.A$AP
5. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
6. The Baptist Generals :: Jack Leg Devotional to the Heart
7. Danny Brown :: Old
8. Waxahatchee :: Cerulean Salt
9. Superchunk :: I Hate Music
10. Yo La Tengo :: Fade


Conrad Amenta

1. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
2. Jenny Hval :: Innocence is Kinky
3. Run the Jewels :: Run the Jewels
4. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
5. Neko Case :: The Worse Things Get…
6. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
7. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
8. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
9. Julianna Barwick :: Nepenthe
10. Eluvium :: Nightmare Ending
11. Fuck Buttons :: Slow Focus
12. Eleanor Friedberger :: Personal Record
13. Viet Cong :: Cassette EP
14. James Blake :: Overgrown


Alan Baban

1. Friendzone :: DX
2. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
3. Pure X :: Crawling Up the Stairs
4. Kelela :: Cut 4 Me
5. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
6. Danny Brown :: Old
7. Yo La Tengo :: Fade
8. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
9. Cass Mccombs :: Big Wheel and Others
10. Moonface :: Julia With Blue Jeans On
11. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
12. Nosaj Thing :: Home
13. Diana :: Perpetual Surrender
14. Viet Cong :: Cassette EP
15. Rhye :: Woman
16. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
17. Bill Callahan :: Dream River
18. Jenny Hval :: Innocence is Kinky
19. Run the Jewels :: Run the Jewels
20. Laurel Halo :: Chance of Rain


Corey Beasley

1. Waxahatchee :: Cerulean Salt
2. Autre Ne Veut :: Anxiety
3. The National :: Trouble Will Find Me
4. Baths :: Obsidian
5. Chvrches :: The Bones of What You Believe
6. Los Campesinos! :: No Blues
7. Speedy Ortiz :: Major Arcana
8. King Krule :: 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
9. Blood Orange :: Cupid Deluxe
10. Vondelpark :: Seabed
11. Run the Jewels :: Run the Jewels
12. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
13. Disclosure :: Settle
14. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
15. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
16. Boards of Canada :: Tomorrow’s Harvest
17. The Field :: Cupid’s Head
18. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
19. Savages :: Silence Yourself
20. Friendzone :: DX
21. Rhye :: Woman
22. Lorde :: Pure Heroine
23. Marnie Stern :: The Chronicles of Marnia
24. Courtney Barnett :: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
25. Darkside :: Psychic


Chet Betz

1. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
2. Danny Brown :: Old
3. Califone :: Stitches
4. Friendzone :: DX
5. Viet Cong :: Cassette EP
6. Black Milk :: No Poison No Paradise
7. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
8. Justin Timberlake :: The 20/20 Experience, Pt 1
9. Bambara :: Dreamviolence
10. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring


Jordan Cronk

1. The Knife :: Shaking the Habitual
2. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
3. Burial :: Rival Dealer EP
4. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
5. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
6. Forest Swords :: Engravings
7. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
8. Jenny Hval :: Innocence Is Kinky
9. Waxahatchee :: Cerulean Salt
10. Autre Ne Veut :: Anxiety
11. Torres :: Torres
12. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
13. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
14. Rhye :: Woman
15. Boards of Canada :: Tomorrow’s Harvest
16. Fuck Buttons :: Slow Focus
17. Julia Brown :: to be close to you
18. These New Puritans :: Field of Reeds
19. Pharmakon :: Abandon
20. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
21. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
22. Aye Nako :: Unleash Yourself
23. James Holden :: The Inheritors
24. Blood Orange :: Cupid Deluxe
25. Wooden Wand :: Blood Oaths of the New Blues
26. Julianna Barwick :: Nepenthe
27. James Blake :: Overgrown
28. Dawn of Midi :: Dysnomia
29. Koreless :: Yugen EP
30. Yo La Tengo :: Fade


Adam Downer

1. Kayo Dot :: Hubardo
2. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
3. Justin Timberlake :: The 20/20 Experience, Pt 1
4. The Dodos :: Carrier
5. Saint Pepsi :: Hit Vibes
6. Janelle Monae :: The Electric Lady
7. Nam Le :: Nam Le
8. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
9. The Flaming Lips :: The Terror
10. Ariana Grande :: Yours Truly
11. Yo La Tengo :: Fade
12. James Blake :: Overgrown
13. Lorde :: Pure Heroine
14. HAIM :: Days Are Gone
15. King Krule :: 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
16. These New Puritans :: Field of Reeds
17. Friendzone :: DX
18. Mount Eerie :: Pre-Human Ideas
19. Sigur Rós :: Kveikur
20. Jon Hopkins :: Immunity
21. The Knife :: Shaking the Habitual
22. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
23. Factory Floor :: Factory Floor
24. The Men :: New Moon
25. Iceage :: You’re Nothing
26. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song


Joel Elliott

1. Califone :: Stitches
2. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
3. Pharmakon :: Abandon
4. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
5. Baths :: Obsidian
6. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
7. The Knife :: Shaking the Habitual
8. Janelle Monae :: The Electric Lady
9. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
10. Boards of Canada :: Tomorrow’s Harvest
11. James Blake :: Overgrown
12. Dirty Beaches :: Drifters/Love is the Devil
13. Phosphorescent :: Muchacho
14. Mazzy Star :: Seasons of your Day
15. Neko Case :: The Worse things Get…
16. Low :: The Invisible Way
17. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
18. The Flaming Lips :: The Terror
19. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
20. Julianna Barwick :: Nepenthe
21. Braids :: Flourish/Perish
22. Sigur Rós :: Kveikur
23. Apparat :: Krieg Und Frieden (Music for Theatre)
24. Koreless :: Yugen EP
25. Colin Stetson :: New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light


David M. Goldstein

1. Savages :: Silence Yourself
2. The National :: Trouble Will Find Me
3. Yo La Tengo :: Fade
4. Disclosure :: Settle
5. Phosphorescent :: Muchacho
6. Steve Mason :: Monkey Minds In the Devil’s Time
7. Foals :: Holy Fire
8. Vampire Weekend :: Modern Vampires of the City
9. St. Lucia :: When the Night
10. White Denim :: Corsicana Lemonade
11. The Stepkids :: Troubadour
12. Kvelertak :: Meir
13. Arctic Monkeys :: A.M.
14. Earthless :: From the Ages
15. Torres :: Torres
16. Beaches :: She Beats
17. Pusha T :: My Name is My Name
18. Danny Brown :: Old
19. The Strokes :: Comedown Machine
20. The Dismemberment Plan :: Uncanney Valley


Kaylen Hann

1. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
2. A$AP Rocky :: Live Love A$AP
3. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
4. Pharmakon :: Abandon
5. Moonface :: Julia With Blue Jeans On
6. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
7. Danny Brown :: Old
8. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
9. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
10. Boards of Canada :: Tomorrow’s Harvest
11. Juicy J :: Stay Trippy


Maura McAndrew

1. Waxahatchee :: Cerulean Salt
2. Bill Callahan :: Dream River
3. Eleanor Friedberger :: Personal Record
4. Mark Mulcahy :: Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You
5. Mazzy Star :: Seasons of Your Day
6. Parquet Courts :: Light Up Gold
7. Courtney Barnett :: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
8. Phoenix :: Bankrupt!
9. The Men :: New Moon
10. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
11. Julia Brown :: to be close to you
12. Yo La Tengo :: Fade


Colin McGowan

1. Young Thug :: 1017 Thug
2. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
3. Friendzone :: DX
4. Califone :: Stitches
5. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
6. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
7. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
8. Danny Brown :: Old
9. A$AP :: Long. Live.A$AP
10. Moonface :: Julia with Blue Jeans On
11. Blood Orange :: Cupid Deluxe
12. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
13. Kevin Gates :: The Luca Brasi Story
14. DJ Mustard :: Ketchup
15. Lil Durk :: Signed to the Streets


Clayton Purdom

1. Danny Brown :: Old
2. Friendzone :: DX
3. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
4. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
5. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
6. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
7. Rhye :: Woman
8. Chvrches :: The Bones of What You Believe
9. A$AP Rocky : Long.Live.A$AP
10. Pusha T :: My Name is My Name


Scott Reid

1. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
2. Burial :: Rival Dealer EP
3. Califone :: Stitches
4. Jenny Hval :: Innocence is Kinky
5. Run the Jewels :: Run the Jewels
6. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
7. Julianna Barwick :: Nepenthe
8. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
9. Danny Brown :: Old
10. Friendzone :: DX
11. Viet Cong :: Cassette EP
12. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
13. Deafheaven :: Sunbather
14. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
15. My Bloody Valentine :: m b v
16. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
17. Bill Callahan :: Dream River
18. Gold Panda :: Half of Where You Live
19. Matana Roberts :: Coin Coin Chapter 2
20. The Courtneys :: The Courtneys EP
21. Neko Case :: The Worse Things Get…
22. Janelle Monae :: The Electric Lady
23. Moderat :: II
24. Black Milk :: No Poison No Paradise
25. Bambara :: Dreamviolence
26. Rhye :: Woman
27. Arca :: &&&&&
28. Pharmakon :: Abandon
29. Julia Brown :: to be close to you
30. The Heavy Blinkers :: Health


Dom Sinacola

1. Majical Cloudz :: Impersonator
2. Danny Brown :: Old
3. Moonface :: Julia With Blue Jeans On
4. Rhye :: Woman
5. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
6. Califone :: Stitches
7. Friendzone :: DX
8. A$AP Rocky :: Long.Live.A$AP
9. Run the Jewels :: Run the Jewels
10. Braids :: Flourish // Perish
11. DJ Koze :: Amygdala
12. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
13. Blood Orange :: Cupid Deluxe
14. Tim Hecker :: Virgins
15. Chvrches :: The Bones of What You Believe
16. The National :: Trouble Will Find Me
17. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
18. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
19. Julianna Barwick :: Nepenthe
20. FIDLAR :: FIDLAR
21. Baths :: Obsidian
22. Fuck Buttons :: Slow Focus
23. James Blake :: Overgrown
24. Justin Timberlake :: The 20/20 Experience pt. 1
25. Vampire Weekend :: Modern Vampires of the City
26. Dethklok :: The Doomstar Opera
27. Pusha T :: My Name is My Name
28. Black Milk :: No Poison No Paradise
29. Ducktails :: The Flower Lane
30. Man Man :: On Oni Pond


Robin Smith

1. Okkervil River :: The Silver Gymnasium
2. Neko Case :: The Worse Things Get…
3. Julia Holter :: Loud City Song
4. Jenny Hval :: Innocence is Kinky
5. ONSIND :: Anaesthesiology
6. Laura Stevenson :: Wheel
7. Oneohtrix Point Never :: R Plus Seven
8. M.I.A. :: Matangi
9. The National :: Trouble Will Find Me
10. Marnie Stern :: The Chronicles of Marnia
11. Jerusalem In My Heart :: Mo7it Al-Mo7it
12. Frog Eyes :: Carey’s Cold Spring
13. Yo La Tengo :: Fade
14. Eleanor Friedberger :: Personal Record
15. Janelle Monae :: The Electric Lady
16. Cloud Rat :: Moksha
17. The Knife :: Shaking the Habitual
18.Dean Blunt :: The Redeemer
19. Kanye West :: Yeezus
20. Dodos :: Carrier
21. Factory Floor :: Factory Floor
22. Deerhunter :: Monomania
23. Dirty Beaches :: Drifters / Love Is The Devil
24. Bill Callahan :: Dream River
25. Chance the Rapper :: Acid Rap
26. Pharmakon :: Abandon
27. Allison Weiss :: Say What You Mean
28. Speedy Ortiz :: Major Arcana
29. Ghostpoet :: Some Say I So I Say Light
30. Arca :: &&&&&

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