It’s that time again! It seems so strange to be writing another top 10 list but, 2013 is nearly over and it’s been a great year for music. Being able to share some of the worlds greatest music with all of our readers is a privilege that I hold near and dear to my heart and I hope to be doing this for the next 30 years. I hope you’ve all had a great year, here’s some of the best music of 2013 to help get you situated in the big ’14. @LeahDingus
SandCastle have been one of my favorite DIY groups since I started writing for Dingus and they continue to deliver with each release. Kisses For Witches is the bands second release and it comes in at number 10 on my list.
Happy Lives continue to be one of my favorite local bands. Their shows are always fun and I constantly look forward to hearing their new releases. Happy Lives never stop surprising me and I am very much looking forward to seeing whats in store for 2014.
Stereoscopy are a band I reviewed more recently but they have quickly captured my heart and oh, oh I love them so. They bring a new wave/synthy sound that will make your foot tap for eternity.
Hollow & Akimbo are another band I have been following since day 1. 2013 birthed the release of Pseudoscience, a post-rock wonderland that will leave your ears in awe. I genuinely wish the best for Hollow & Akimbo, nothing would make me happier then to see their faces on the cover of Rolling Stone. I want the best for all of the acts mentioned on Dingus but H&A are one of my favorites, I’m really pulling for them.
One thing I love about making these lists is remembering the standout tracks that really made my head spin. Coastal Cities delivered ‘Entropic’ and it was easily my go to song for the summer. It’s pop, it’s fun, you don’t need much more than that.
Time to round out the final 5 and we’re starting with Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, another local Brooklyn band. Just try not to go crazy when ‘It’s On’ starts playing, it’s impossible. TGSM were another one of my favorite summertime bands, perhaps I’ll play them all through the winter and trick my mind into thinking that it’s not THAT cold outside.
Coal Bed Duet brought in some of the best rock and roll of 2013. The Ballad Of Lawrence Wilson is no joke, its raw and rough and rock and roll perfection. This is music The Kinks, The Cramps and even Elvis would be proud of.
Uneven Beats grabbed my attention since the first second I started listening to their music and I haven’t been able to shake ‘em. Their larger than life sound is perfectly suited for large venues and outdoor festivals. Our Wild Love are made for the big time, fingers crossed that they get there soon!
Honduras, what can I say? I remember seeing them for the first time during CMJ 2012 and I’ve loved ‘em ever since. They rose to the top of everyones list this year, becoming one of the most active bands in the Brooklyn music scene and with the way things are going it wouldn’t surprise me if they were signed within the next few months.
The one, the only, Wyldlife, are crowned for #1 album of 2013. The Time Has Come To Rock And Roll is perfect and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you’re a fan of classic punk then this is THE album for you. If you’re sick of dream pop and voice effects then come over to the Wyld side….let me have a moment to make a corny joke. What makes this album so good is its playability. First off, you can understand the lyrics and second, each song is catchier than the last. These boys know how to write music and anytime I see any other band, I’m usually standing there wishing I were seeing Wyldlife.
The following albums may not have made my top 10 list but they well deserve a mention.
Los Flamingos by Indian Rebound (New York, New York)
Watching Every Channel At Once by Slonk Donkerson (Brooklyn, New York)
‘Bullet Head’ by Fangclub (Dublin, Ireland)
‘Be Easy’ by Rumors (New York, New York)