Windhand, Thalia Zedek Band, and more
● Inter Arma, Sky Burial
● Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Mind Control
● Paysage D’ Hiver, Das Tor
● Rotten Sound, Species at War
● Lil’ Ugly Mane, Prelude to Panopticon: On Doing an Evil Deed Blues
● Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork
● Moss, Horrible Night
● Kadavar, Abra Kadavar
● Bong, Idle Days on the Yann
● Abysmal Grief, Feretri
Doom metal band Windhand released its widely praised album Sona in September 2013 via Relapse.
Ten most listened to albums of 2013:
● Duane Pitre, Bridges
● MV & EE, Fuzzweed
● Date Palms, The Dusted Sessions
● Milk Music, Cruise Your Illusion
● Eleanor Friedberger, Personal Record
● Califone, Stitches
● The Necks, Open
● Howe Gelb, Dust Bowl
● The Howling Hex, The Best of the Howling Hex
● William Tyler, Impossible Truth
Also, so many great 2013 reissues, compilations and the like: Robbie Basho’s Visions of the Country, Alvarius B’s Fuck You and the Horse You Rode in On, Agencement’s Viosphere + Selected Works 1984-1991, Laurie Spiegel’s The Expanding Universe, the Red Rippers’ Over There…and Over Here, Moss Icon’s Complete Discography, the Howling Hex’s The Hildreth Tapes, Dylan’s Another Self Portrait, and I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America 1950-1990.
Biggest bummer: You have to ask? So long, Lou. :(
Wooden Wand released Blood Oaths of New Blues (Fire) in January 2013.
Wreck & Reference’s Felix Skinner
Events that temporarily occluded the void:
● Dean Blunt’s two dissociative monuments and spectral appearance at Complex
● Moin’s shatteringly good and far-too-short EP
● Raime’s harrowing and ending-just-before-I-had-an-actual-nervous-breakdown live performance
● Carey Mercer’s good news
● Locrian’s “Eternal Return”
● Discovering Limmy’s Show
● Circle and Mammifer’s luxurious haunting
● Deafheaven performing “Dream House” to a clamoring, enraptured swarm
● Planning for Burial performing his heartbreaking new album
● Our supportive friends/bands/audiences/tour saviors
● Majical Cloudz
● The Act of Killing
● Nick Cave giving hope to aging.
Wreck & Reference released the “No Content” 7” single in May 2013 via the Flenser.
Yellowbirds’ Sam Cohen
Best shows of 2013:
Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (Hamilton, Ontario): I got to play the festival hosted by Daniel Lanois as Trixie Whitley’s guitarist. Neil Young and Crazy Horse were scheduled to headline, but had to cancel due to Pancho Sampedro’s broken hand. Despite my crushing disappointment at not getting to watch Crazy Horse up close, it still proved to be one the most inspiring musical moments of my life when Emmylou Harris took the stage backed by Lanois and his band. She played at dusk, glowing in a golden halo of yellow light. Her voice seemed to travel out in beams, which were able to insert themselves somewhere deep in my torso and push emotion out from within. I’ve never been so affected by a singer. Getting to watch from sidestage had me on the verge of tears for most of her set. I don’t think I could have handled Crazy Horse after that. I’d have died.
Pickathon Music Festival (Portland, OR): Yellowbirds got to be part of this festival gone horribly right. The atmosphere is so relaxed, the setting beautiful, and such a stellar lineup of bands. Among the highlights were Jessica Pratt on the woods stage. She and a great accompanist were perfect in a forest setting, making music that is psychedelic and pastoral with an intimidating shyness, like a brooding Vashti Bunyan. Old Light, Portland natives, made euphoric riff rock that is simultaneously ecstatic and cool as a cucumber. Ty Segall, Andrew Bird, Kurt Vile, and Marco Benevento kept me in a constant state of inspiration. Not a bad weekend.
Flaming Lips and Tame Impala (Terminal 5, NYC): For me, Tame Impala are the most exciting band to come out in years. The show did not disappoint. They added improvised passages that stayed focused and took the songs to new places. They diced their material up, keeping it constantly exciting, with frequent “boom!” moments. I might have said “Whoa” a few times. The Lips have evolved into something entirely unique on this planet. The visuals and sound have to be taken as one, and it is a monolith. There are moments where they create the illusion that the physical world is in slow motion. It’s dizzying and incredible and totally, singularly brilliant.
Yellowbirds released Songs from the Vanished Frontier (Royal Potato Family) in May 2013, as well as the original soundtrack to Across the Whipplewash in July.
Thalia Zedek Band
Daniel Curry (viola):
● Musical recording: Esmerine, Dalmak
● Film: Pacific Rim
● Book: Ray Wilson, Make Analog Synthesizers
Jonathan Ulman (drums):
● Musical recording: Yo La Tengo, Fade
● Film: 20 Feet from Stardom
Mel Lederman (piano):
● Musical recording: Bill Callahan, Dream River
● Live performance: Tim Kasher at Brighton Music Hall (Boston)
● Television show: Boardwalk Empire
Thalia Zedek (guitar/vocals):
● Musical recording: Low, The Invisible Way
● Live performance: Besoin Dead at Instants Chavires (Paris),
● Film: Lucky (a documentary about Lucky Torres by Laura Checkoway)
Winston Braman (bass):
● Musical recording: Bob Dylan, Another Self Portrait
● Multimedia: Awesome samurai exhibit at the MFA (Boston) paired with Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa
● Foodie moment: Foot long hot dogs with toasted rolls from Simco’s on the bridge
● Sports moment: Red Sox winning the World Series!
Thalia Zedek Band made a triumphant return in March 2013 with the album Via (Thrill Jockey), which premiered on PopMatters. Thalia Zedek’s former band Come also came out with a reissue of its 1993 debut 11:11 on Matador.