2013: A Torrid Year in Music

by tigermanifesto

I don’t tend to write many lists. I find them difficult to compose and tedious to write. Additionally, an interested reader could find far more comprehensive and authoritative end-of-year lists elsewhere–I can’t compete with Pitchfork or the New Yorkerand I am not yet strong enough to attempt their overthrow. For this tiger, however, lists are not unintelligent or useless per se. They serve a vital role in preserving memories, provoking debate, and indicating both to others and to yourself what you seek in a work of art. Lists tell people both what the menu was like in a certain year and what one’s particular tastes are. With that in mind, I would like to present this unranked list of what I considered the most worthwhile musical releases for 2013. Consider it both an appreciative look back at the year that was and a hopeful wish for a similar bounty next year.

Best Music of 2013–Alphabetical


Ceramic Dog–Your Turn


Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society–Brooklyn Babylon


Forest Swords–Engravings


Jaimeo Brown–Transcendence


Kanye West–Yeezus


The Knife–Shaking the Habitual


Matana Roberts–Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

melt yourself down

Melt Yourself Down–Melt Yourself Down


Moonface–Julia With Blue Jeans On

Slippery-Rock mostly other people

Mostly Other People Do The Killing–Slippery Rock


Robert Glasper Experiment–Black Radio 2

Burn (Bonus Track Version)

Sons of Kemet–Burn

steven wilson raven refused to sing

Steven Wilson–The Raven that Refused to Sing


These New Puritans–Field of Reeds

Also, there were some older albums I heard this year that were equally if not more memorable than the new music I found.

ABC–The Lexicon of Love

Digable Planets–Blowout Comb

Eric Dolphy–Iron Man

Evan Parker–The Voice Is One

John Coltrane Quintet–Sun Ship

Medeski Martin and Wood–End of the World Party (Just In Case)


Peter Gabriel–Peter Gabriel (Car)

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet–Live at “A Space” 1975

Sunset Rubdown–Dragonslayer