Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Best Albums of 2013... so far

So, here we are at mid-year, and it's time to recognize some of the excellent releases that have come out in the first half of 2013. As always, I've enlisted the help of some of my friends to provide some additional insight and coverage of the wide musical spectrum. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions, so feel free to leave some feedback (and even your own lists) in the comments section below - or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page. If you would like to purchase any of the albums on my list, please click here. Okay, let's get started. - Bret

Bret Helm
Life On This Planet Blog, the band Audra

Suede - Bloodsports
They are back with their first album in 11 years - SO good.
Key Tracks: It Starts And Ends With You, Hit Me, For The Strangers

Low - The Invisible Way
The band celebrates their 20th Anniversary with another great record.

Key Tracks: Plastic Cup, Amethyst, Clarence White

OMD - English Electric
Wow! Totally blown away by this one - I highly recommend you buy immediately!
Key Tracks: Helen Of Troy, Stay With Me, Metroland

David Bowie - The Next Day
What a surprise it was to have Bowie sneak up on us with a new album this year. One of my favorite artists of all time.
Key Tracks: Where Are We Now?, Heat, (You Will) Set The World On Fire

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
The fifteenth album from The Bad Seeds is a total winner. Definitely one of the best albums of the year... so far. :)
Key Tracks: Jubilee Street, We No Who U R, Water's Edge

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy - You Are Everything
The third collaboration from The Church's Steve Kilbey and All India Radio's Martin Kennedy. 
Key Tracks: Lorelei, I Wouldn't Know, Brother Moon Sister Sun

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
While The National doesn't break new ground on their sixth LP, they still do what they do best - write great songs.
Key Tracks: Humiliation, I Should Live In Salt, Demons

I've also enjoyed...
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle - Perils From The Sea

Gitane DeMone - The Reflecting Shadow
Savages - Silence Yourself
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine

Looking forward to these upcoming releases...
Zola Jesus - Versions (August 20th)
Placebo - Loud Like Love (September 17th)
Lycia - Quiet Moments (August 20th)
New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf (September)
Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - s/t (August 20th)
Glen Campbell - See You There (August 13th)
White Lies - Big TV (August 20th)

Purchase any of the above albums here.

Sarah Quarrie
Nashville, TN | Good eye

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
Local Natives - Hummingbird
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Charli XCX - True Romance
Palma Violets - 180
Savages - Silence Yourself
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
Disclosure - Settle

Jaymz Todd
Phoenix, AZ | Jaymzilla

Amateur Best - No Thrills
Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love
Cheetahs - Extended Play
!!! - Thr!!!er
The-Dream - IV Play / Climax
Foals - Holy Fire
On And On - Give In
Snowden - No One In Control
Still Corners - Strange Pleasures
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Ivan Rose
Phoenix, AZ | my good pal from the band Cultures

Johnny Marr - The Messenger
Tennis System - Teenagers
Iceage - You Are Nothing
United Ghosts - s/t
Savages - Silence Yourself

Jesse Deitermann
Mesa, AZ | Dream Pop Jesse

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Wild Nothing - Empty State
Girls Names - The New Life
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
Phoenix - Bankrupt
Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
Palma Violets - 180
Palms - s/t
Surfer Blood - Pythons

Anthony Camplone
Melbourne, Australia | Champs

The Knife - Shaking The Habitual
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
Savages - Silence Yourself
Autechre - Exai
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
The Cosmic Dead - The Exalted King
Colour Haze - She Said
Something For Kate - Leave Your Soul To Science
Suede - Bloodsports
Tricky - False Idols

Rick James Buttery
Melbourne, Australia | The Colonel

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
Rhye - The Fall
Something For Kate - Leave Your Soul To Science
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
Foals - Holy Fire
Sunbather - Deafheaven
The Bronx - Bronx 4
Calexico - Spiritoso
Kanye West - Yeezus


  1. So far,,,,,,,,,,
    Suede "Bloodsports" #1 right now
    B.R.M.C. "Specter At The Feast"
    David Bowie "The Next Day"
    Deer Tick "Negativity"
    Dr Dog "The B Room"
    Eisley "Currents"
    Ghost BC "Infestissumam"
    Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "Unvarnished"
    Paul McCartney - "New"
    Superchunk "I Hate Music"
    Ty Segall "Sleeper"
    Smith Westerns "Soft Will"
    Travis "Where You Stand"
    also: Depeche Mode, Placebo, OMD, Artic Monkeys, f(x), The Virgins, Surfer Blood, Pixies, Low, Kara, Franz Ferdinand, Carla Bruni, Jake Bugg, All Sensory Void, Dal★Shabet, Devendra Banhart, Bass Drum Of Death, The Feeling, Juliana Hatfield, Black Sabbath, MGMT, Babymetal, The 1975, The Strokes, Sigur Rós, B.P Pop

    1. Excellent choices, Sean. Lots of great releases this year... gotta start working on my year end list here very soon.... Yeah man, the new Suede is so killer. OMD, Placebo. Man. :)