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sean doyle
best of 2013

Albums:

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75 Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
Blood Orange: “Chamakay”
74 William Tyler: Impossible Truth (Merge)
William Tyler: “A Portrait of Sarah”
73 Mikal Cronin: MCII (Merge)
Mikal Cronin: “Peace of Mind”
72 Doldrums: Lesser Evil (Souterrain Transmissions)
Doldrums: “She is the Wave”
71 CHVRCHES: The Bones of What You Believe (Glassnote)
CHVRCHES: “Gun”

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70 Miley Cyrus: Bangerz (RCA)
Miley Cyrus: #GETITRIGHT
69 Perfume: LEVEL3 (Universal)
Perfume: “Spending All My Time”
68 Omar Souleyman: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)
Omar Souleyman: “Warni Warni”
67 Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia)
Daft Punk: “Giorgio by Moroder”
66 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Palace Records)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: “Triumph of Will”
65 Lady: Lady (Truth & Soul)
Lady: “Get Ready”
64 Elliphant: A Good Idea (Universal)
Elliphant: “Down On Life”
63 HAIM: Days Are Gone (Columbia)
HAIM: “The Wire”
62 These New Puritans: Field of Reeds (Infectious Music)
These New Puritans: “Fragment Two”
61 Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus (ATP Recordings)
Fuck Buttons: “The Red Wing”

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60 The Pastels: Slow Summits (Domino)
The Pastels: “Check My Heart”
59 Lonnie Holley: Keeping a Record of It (Dust-to-Digital)
Lonnie Holley: “Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants”
58 Arcade Fire: Reflektor (Merge)
Arcade Fire: “Afterlife”
57 Cass McCombs: Big Wheel and Others (Domino)
Cass McCombs: “Brighter!”
56 Classixx: Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure)
Classixx: “All You’re Waiting For” (feat. Nancy Whang)
55 DJ Rashad: Double Cup (Hyperdub)
DJ Rashad: “I Don’t Give a Fuck”
54 Huerco S.: Colonial Patterns (Software)
Huerco S.: “Prinzif”
53 Atom™: HD (Raster-Noton)
Atom™: “I Love U (Like I Love My Drum Machine)”
52 Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady (Bad Boy)
Janelle Monáe: “Dance Apocalyptic”
51 Kurt Vile: Wakin On a Pretty Daze (Matador)
Kurt Vile: “Wakin On a Pretty Day”

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50 Iceage: You’re Nothing (Matador)
Iceage: “Ecstasy”
49 Mount Eerie: Pre-Human Ideas (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
Mount Eerie: “Lone Bell”
48 Thee Oh Sees: Floating Coffin (Castle Face)
Thee Oh Sees: “Minotaur”
47 The Haxan Cloak: Excavation (Tri Angle)
The Haxan Cloak: “The Drop”
46 My Bloody Valentine: m b v (MBV Records)
My Bloody Valentine: “Only Tomorrow”
45 RP Boo: Legacy (Planet Mu)
RP Boo: “Speakers R-4 (Sounds)”
44 Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (Republic)
Ariana Grande: “Honeymoon Avenue”
43 Sean McCann: Music for Private Ensemble (Recital)
Sean McCann: “Character Change”
42 of Montreal: Lousy with Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl)
of Montreal: “Fugitive Air”
41 M.I.A.: Matangi (Interscope)
M.I.A.: “Bad Girls”

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40 Katie Gately: Katie Gately (Public Information)
Katie Gately: “Last Day”
39 Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti-)
Neko Case: “Man”
38 Dawn Richard: Goldenheart (Cheartbreaker)
Dawn Richard: “‘86”
37 Crystal Stilts: Nature Noir (Sacred Bones)
Crystal Stilts: “Star Crawl”
36 Deerhunter: Monomania (4AD)
Deerhunter: “Monomania”
35 Zs: Grain (Northern Spy)
Zs: “Grain” (excerpt)
34 The Field: Cupid’s Head (Kompakt)
The Field: “Cupid’s Head”
33 Yo La Tengo: Fade (Matador)
Yo La Tengo: “Ohm”
32 Deafheaven: Sunbather (Deathwish Inc.)
Deafheaven: “Dream House”
31 Julia Holter: Loud City Song (Domino)
Julia Holter: “Maxim’s I”

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30 Autre Ne Veut: Anxiety (Software)
Autre Ne Veut: “Play by Play”
29 Ikonika: Aerotropolis (Hyperdub)
Ikonika: “Mr Cake”
28 inc.: no world (4AD)
inc.: “The Place”
27 Natasha Kmeto: Crisis (Dropping Gems)
Natasha Kmeto: “Idiot Proof”
26 Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury)
Kacey Musgraves: “Follow Your Arrow”
25 Lapalux: Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)
Lapalux: “Flower”
24 Bill Callahan: Dream River (Drag City)
Bill Callahan: “The Sing”
23 Logos: Cold Mission (Keysound)
Logos: “Menace”
22 Arca: &&&&& (Hippos In Tanks)
Arca: &&&&&
21 Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Cash Money)
Drake: “Worst Behavior”

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20 Various: After Dark 2 (Italians Do It Better)
Chromatics: “Cherry”
19 Jon Hopkins: Immunity (Domino)
Jon Hopkins: “Open Eye Signal”
18 Cosby: Hands Together (100% Silk)
Cosby: “Swap”
17 Kelela: Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind)
Kelela: “Bank Head”
16 The Knife: Shaking the Habitual (Mute/Brille/Rabid)
The Knife: “A Tooth for an Eye”
15 Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time (Capitol)
Sky Ferreira: “You’re Not the One”
14 Tim Hecker: Virgins (Kranky)
Tim Hecker: “Virginal II”
13 Maxmillion Dunbar: House of Woo (RVNG Intl.)
Maxmillion Dunbar: “Woo”
12 Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels (Fool’s Gold)
Run the Jewels: “36” Chain”
10 Laurel Halo: Chance of Rain (Hyperdub)
Laurel Halo: “Chance of Rain”

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10 Jai Paul: Jai Paul (unofficial)
Jai Paul: “Str8 Outta Mumbai”

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09 Danny Brown: Old (Fool’s Gold)
Danny Brown: “Kush Coma” (feat. A$AP Rocky & Zelooperz)

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08 Charli XCX: True Romance (IAmSound)
Charli XCX: “You’re the One”

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07 Beyoncé: Beyoncé (Parkwood/Columbia)
Beyoncé: “XO

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06 David Bowie: The Next Day (ISO)
David Bowie: “Valentine’s Day”

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05 Quadron: Avalanche (Epic)
Quadron: “Hey Love”

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04 Dean Blunt: The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)
Dean Blunt: “Imperial Gold” (feat. Joanne Robertson)

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03 Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven (Warp)
Oneohtrix Point Never: “Problem Areas”

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02 Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
Vampire Weekend: “Step”

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01 Kanye West: Yeezus (Def Jam)
Kanye West: “Bound 2”

EPs:

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10 Mykki Blanco: Betty Rubble: The Initiation (UNO)
Mykki Blanco: “Feeling Special”

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09 Wild Nothing: Empty Estate (Captured Tracks)
Wild Nothing: “A Dancing Shell”

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08 DJ Rashad: Rollin’ (Hyperdub)
DJ Rashad: “Rollin’”

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07 FKA twigs: EP2 (Young Turks)
FKA twigs: “Papi Pacify”

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06 Recycle Culture: In Transit (self-released)
Recycle Culture: “Pt. 1”

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05 Alex Calder: Time (Captured Tracks)
Alex Calder: “Fatal Delay”

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04 Viet Cong: Cassette (self-released)
Viet Cong: “Unconscious Melody”

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03 Pete Swanson: Punk Authority (Software Records)
Pete Swanson: “Life Ends at 30” (excerpt)

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02 Annie: The A&R EP (Pleasure Masters)
Annie: “Back Together”

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01 Burial: Rival Dealer (Hyperdub)
Burial: “Hiders”

Songs:

10 Kacey Musgraves: “Merry Go ‘Round”

09 David Bowie: “You Feel So Lonely You Could Die”

08 Oneohtrix Point Never: “Still Life”

07 Tove Lo: “Habits”

06 Burial: “Come Down to Us”

05 Sky Ferreira: “I Blame Myself”

04 The Knife: “Full of Fire”

03 Janelle Monáe: “Q.U.E.E.N.” (feat. Erykah Badu)

02 Kanye West: “Blood on the Leaves”

01 Charli XCX: “SuperLove”

GONNA DIEapril anxiety
01 Iggy Pop: “Sister Midnight” [00:28]02 The Knife: “Crake” [04:38]03 Tove Lo: “Habits” [05:10]04 James Blake: “Every Day I Ran” [08:33]04 Autre Ne Veut: “Gonna Die” [11:38]05 Kavinsky: “Odd Look” [14:26]06 Yellow Magic Orchestra: “Castalia” [19:08]07 Solange: “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work” [22:28]09 The Ronettes / The Beach Boys: “So Young” [27:25]10 Britney Spears: “Everytime” [30:12]11 Fripp & Eno: “Wind On Wind” [33:56]12 Justin Timberlake: “Blue Ocean Floor” [36:18]
LISTENDOWNLOAD
Every Sunday, as an especially weird and friendless child, I spent at least a couple hours reading the Sun-Times once my parents were done with it. The news was always boring and the comics were always pointless but I would pore over every line of the entertainment section, particularly anything written by Roger Ebert. The Sunday edition always featured one of his essays on the “Great Movies”, those films from the past and present which he held in the highest regard. At 12 years old, I’d seen barely any of them, and I had little idea who Kubrick, Herzog or Tarkovsky were. It never mattered. The writing was so perfect, the sense of appreciation and love for good art was communicated so effectively, an essay could leave my mind reeling over a film I’d never even heard of.
Whether in print or on television, I was inspired by the passion and the ease with which he wrote and spoke, how clearly he could translate his love or his hatred for a work of art into words. Every time I find myself agonizing over the structure of a sentence or struggling to find the right words to describe a sound or an image, I think of how effortless and assured his writing was. Even when I disagreed (and that happened more and more often as time passed), I could always see exactly where he was coming from. Whether he was railing against something or lauding it, he stated his opinions so eloquently and so confidently that he could never be dismissed. And that’s what it’s all about, really. I still hear from so many who think criticism is essentially pointless, that it’s just elitists telling other people what to think. Ebert certainly heard that a lot. What they don’t seem to understand is that criticism isn’t a competition of opinions, but a conversation, without winners or losers. It’s the ancient dialogue that all art—the great and the terrible—can inspire, moderated lovingly by people who’ve dedicated their lives to studying it.
Roger Ebert taught me the importance of that dialogue, and how to engage art beyond simple opinion. I owe him that, and so much more. Without Roger Ebert I might never have realized how fulfilling it is to write and think about art at all. I might never have started submitting to my school’s newspaper, I might never have gone to college to study writing, and I might never have realized that it was truly what I wanted to do with my life. I will miss him greatly. It breaks my heart that I’ll never get the chance to thank him, but I hope he died knowing how many people he inspired as a writer, a critic, and a human being.
STATE OF GRACEmarch malaise
01 Taylor Swift: “State of Grace” (Recycle Culture remix)02 Rhye: “3 Days” [4:20]03 David Bowie: “Golden Years” [08:06]04 Lukid: “Laroche” [11:48]05 Kendrick Lamar: “Poetic Justice” [14:19]06 Curtis Mayfield: “Get Down” [18:38]07 Dadub: “Vibration” [24:00]08 Miguel: “Pussy Is Mine” [27:44]09 Lauryn Hill: “Ex-Factor” [30:22]10 inc.: “Black Wings” [35:42]11 Recycle Culture: “Pt. 1” [39:42]12 Rihanna: “Stay” [43:16]
LISTENDOWNLOAD

oolongs:

The Beach Boys / Brian Wilson: “Caroline, No” (Original Speed)

After Brian Wilson’s double-tracked vocals were overdubbed, the entire recording was sped up by a half step. This was done at the suggestion of Brian Wilson’s father Murry. Although Murry was no longer managing the Beach Boys, it is often speculated that Brian Wilson was pressured into this decision. Brian, however, maintains that he preferred the “sweeter” sound of the sped-up version.

Brian later stated, “‘Caroline, No’ was my favorite on the album, the prettiest ballad I’ve ever sung. Awfully pretty song.” [x]

(via memorialcorridor-deactivated201)

The Walker Brothers: “Nite Flights”

"Glass traps open and close on night flights.
Broken necks, feather weights press the walls.
Be my love, we will be gods on night flights.
With only one promise, only one way to fall.”

Prince: “If I Was Your Girlfriend”

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