Swearin', Justin Trosper, and more
Keith Spencer and Jeff Bolt from Swearin’:
● R. Stevie Moore - Personal Appeal
● Acid Fast - Rabid Moon
● Yo La Tengo - Fade
● Vacation - Candy Waves
● Serafina Steer - the Moths Are Real
● Dead Dog - Precious Child
● Savages - Silence Yourself
● Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed
● Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky
● Radiator Hospital - Something Wild
● David Bowie - The Next Day
● Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
Underground faves Swearin’ released the full-length Surfing Strange (Salinas/Wichita) in November 2013; the video for the single “Dust in the Gold Sack” was selected among the best music videos of the year by PopMatters.
Tele Novella’s Natalie Ribbons
1. Jacco Gardner, Cabinet of Curiosities
2. La Luz, It’s Alive
3. Octopus Project, Fever Forms
4. Mirror Travel, Mexico
5. Chelsea Wolfe, Pain Is Beauty
Made up of members of Voxtrot and Agent Ribbons, Austin psych-pop act Tele Novella put out the “Don’t Be a Stranger” single in 2013 and is gearing up for a debut LP in 2014.
Test of Time’s Charles Chussinand
1. AFI, Burials
2. War Generation, Start Somewhere Never Surrender
3. Bad Religion, True North
4. Destructive New Age, Destructive New Age
5. Mindset, Leave No Doubt
Boston straight-edge heavies Test of Time released The Price EP (Bridge Nine) in September 2013.
The Three O’Clock’s Danny Benair
● Banksy taking over NYC for a month
● The Dodgers getting fairly far in the playoffs
● The band I was in—the Three O’Clock—reforming and playing Coachella and Conan Phil Smee doing our Paisley Underground December reunion artwork!
● New music by Temples, A New International, and Trans
● Reggie King reissue
● Headhunters, the film
● Vin Scully returning next season
● Short Term 12
● Breaking Bad
● Boardwalk Empire
● House of Cards
● Frances Ha
● Record Store Day release ripping off TMOQ ‘70s Deep Purple bootleg!
Revered L.A. ‘80s act the Three O’Clock released a reissue compilation, The Hidden World Revealed, and re-formed to play Coachella, on Conan, and for Paisley Underground reunion shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Favourite songs of ‘13:
● Autre Ne Veut, “Play by Play”
● James Blake, “Retrograde”
● These New Puritans, “Fragment Two”
● Kwes, “36”
● Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
● FKA Twigs, “Water Me”
● Chris Malinchak, “So Good to Me” (extended mix)
● Washed Out, “Don’t Give Up”
● Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
● Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins, “Garden’s Heart”
London alt-rockers Thumpers are readying their debut album Galore on Sub Pop, scheduled for release on 11 February 2014.
Favorite albums of 2013:
1. The National, Trouble Will Find Me
2. Diarrhea Planet, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
3. Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe
4. Marnie Stern, The Chronicles of Marnia
5. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ripely Pine
Favorite song of 2013: Rhye, “Open”
TORRES, aka Mackenzie Scott, released its striking striking self-titled debut in January 2014.
Tough Age’s Jarrett K.
Ten great reissues this year because I love reissues:
● Toy Love, Live at the Gluepot
● Victor Dimisich Band, Victor Dimisich Band
● Otis G. Johnson, Everything- God Is Love 78
● Urinals, Negative Capability
● The Clean, Vehicle and In-a-Live
● Human Expression, Love at Psychedelic Velocity
● Heron, Heron
● Scorched Earth Policy, Going Thru’ a Hole in the Back of Your Head ● Lee Hazlewood, Trouble Is a Lonesome Town
● Tronics, What’s the Hubbub, Bub?
Now, ten songs people in Vancouver made in 2013 I think are great
● Gal Gracen, “Love Fantasy My Beautiful Girl”
● Jay Arner, “Surf Don’t Sink”
● The Courtneys, “90210”
● Weed, “Your Right”
● Underpass, “Anything”
● Movieland, “Get Fucked”
● N.213, “Crossed Out”
● Koban, “L’ombre”
● The Ballantynes, “No Love”
● The Passenger, “A Stream Past the Meadow”
Vancouver’s Tough Age recently released a self-titled full-length on Mint in November 2013.
TRAAMS’ Leigh Padley
1. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience
2. Akron/Family, Sub Verses
3. Wolf People, Fain
4. Hookworms, Pearl Mystic
5. Patty Griffin, American Kid
6. Mount Kimbie, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
7. These New Puritans, Field of Reeds
8. Disconscious, Hologram Plaza
9. Vision Fortune, Mas Fiestas Con El Grupo Vision Fortune
10. Follakzoid, II
11. Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe
12. Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
13. Cass McCombs, Big Wheel and Others
14. Hooded Fang, Gravez
15. Factory Floor, Factory Floor
16. Pop.1280, Imps of Perversion
17. Kanye West, Yeezus
18. White Manna, Dune Worship
19. Kadavar, Abra Kadavar
20. Billy Woods, Dour Candy
London indies TRAAMS put out their full-length Grin on FatCat in September 2013.
Justin Trosper (Survival Knife and Unwound)
Top 11 or so:
● Bl’ast, Blood
● Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork
● Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
● Rodan, Fifteen Quiet Years
● Iasos, Celestial Soul Portrait
● Burzum, Sol austan, Mani vestan
● Adrian Sherwood, Survival and Resistance
● David Byrne, How Music Works paperback
● Morrissey, Autobiography paperback
● Alesmith Speedway Imperial Stout
● Holy Motors (Leos Carax) DVD
RIP Jeff Hanneman, Lou Reed
Justin Trosper’s new project Survival Knife released two 7” singles on Sub Pop in 2013, “Divine Mob” and “Traces of Me”. Underground legends Unwound kicked off a reissues series with the Numero Group in 2013 with Kid Is Gone; the second installment Rat Conspiracy—which includes seminal albums Fake Train and New Plastic Ideas—is due out in March 2014.
Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors: This dude changed my life. Being a part of such a fun and eclectic project by one half of the mighty OutKast is definitely the coolest feeling so far. We played “Apple Of My Eye” on Leno, Letterman, and Kimmel. Bucket list checked.
Between the Buried and Me, The Parallax II: Future Sequence: These are my big brothers from North Carolina. They’re pushing aggressive rock music to new places with the same fearlessness I’m trying to push pop and rap. Incredible technical proficiency and their creativity is very inspiring.
Kanye West, Yeezus: Not because I love all the music on it. But everything else with this project was amazing. The packaging, the promotion, the time spent on it, and now the tour and merchandise supporting it. Sham, my executive producer, worked on a few songs while we were wrapping up Double Black Diamond, so I was getting updates every day before anyone else heard it.
Earl Sweatshirt, Doris: My friends and I had been pretty anxious to hear what Earl was going to share with everyone for his debut. The track “Sunday” is my favorite, with Earl and Frank Ocean rapping over a track that reminds me a lot of the group Tortoise.
Tame Impala, Lonerism: Amazing driving music. All we do in LA is drive.
James Blake, Overgrown: No words. Just listen. Dude’s on another planet.
David Bowie, The Next Day: At his wise age, he’s still turning out amazing music. The music video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)“was wonderful with him and Tilda Swinton.
Jake Troth will be releasing his debut album Double Black Diamond in 2014.