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Top 15 Tracks: 2013

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17Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

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16Surfer Blood
14Toro Y Moi
Anything In Return
13Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

the good stuff
Tennis Court

Royals ~ I have to thank that Canadian guy Aids for turning me onto this, because it's doubtful I would have heard it otherwise -- which is sad, because this girl belongs on the radio. Nothing would make me happier than hearing her cool, calm, drawl drip lazily over the radio waves, because Lorde has a serious knack for this type of track. *edit* Apparently she?s bigger than I thought, after the tiniest bit of research.
11Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City

Unbelievers ~ I can?t quite put my finger on VW's latest. It certainly doesn?t have the immediate charm of their self-titled, but it?s leagues above their sophomore album, which I didn't care for. Is it more complex? Is it contrived? I'll definitely need to listen to the album more, but regardless, "Unbelievers" is a blithe, bouncy track that, much like "A-Punk" did years ago, showcases the heights VW are capable of.
10Mount Kimbie
Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Meter, Pale, Tone ~ King Krule and Mount Kimbie have revealed themselves to be one of the most fitting duos as of late. On Kimbie's newest, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, Krule's verses add an element of depth and personality to the pulsing electronics and tingling percussion. Krule's presence on two of the album's tracks only further highlights the budding artist?s ability to pick and choose perfect complements for his sound, and nowhere is that more clear than in the laid-back give-and-take of "Meter, Pale, Tone."
9Miley Cyrus
The Time of Our Lives

We Can't Stop ~ HOLD ON. Okay, any little ounce of credibility I may have had may go out the door with this pick, but I can't help but love this song. I refuse to apologize. Miley's antics aside, her does her voice meshes damn well with the production on this track. The chorus is ace. This is what Lana Del Rey would have sounded like at her best had she not been pretending to be so glum about becoming famous. I'm about 90% sure I'll fall out of love with this in the coming weeks; but for now, I'm entranced by this single.
8Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

Pusher Love Girl ~ It;s difficult to choose one from 20/20, such a solid album, more so than just about any other album represented here. I went with "Pusher Love Girl" not because it?s the best, per se, as that title probably goes to "Mirrors" or "Tunnel Vision" or "Blue Ocean Floor." Yet it's far and away the track I listen to the most, and doesn?t that epitomize what this album's all about anyway? (Second to "copious amounts of drugs, of course)
L'Ami du Peuple

Blues to Black ~ Owen sails by with yet another album that is very decent, and his biggest fault is not releasing another At Home With Owen or I Do Perceive. Its the type of album that could easily be described as pleasant or lackluster by the same listener, but it has its standouts that maintain a position in the Kinsella-canon. "Blues to Black" is my choice at the moment from L'ami du Peuple and its quirky album art, if for nothing other than the beautiful intro so reminiscent of "A Bird In Hand."
6ASAP Rocky

Fashion Killa ~ The song took a lot of shit early on, and I get why. "Fashion Killa" is the epitome of everything that ASAP does wrong (?) on his latest (i.e. lazy flow, lyrics consist solely of name-dropping designers), but I could not care less. "Goldie" is the obvious favorite from the album, but "Fashion Killa" has an undeniable x-factor of playability that I can?t seem to escape, and I don?t mind one bit.
5Daft Punk
Random Access Memories

Get Lucky ~ When I first heard it, "Get Lucky" seemed to be the peak of pop music of all time ever, a peak of everything danceable and catchy and fun and funky. While my opinions of the track have simmered from that primary zest, the song remains a staple of my summer/party-worthy playlist for good reason - it's a crowd-pleaser.
4The National
Trouble Will Find Me

Graceless ~ It?s odd that the most bombastic song on Trouble... is my favorite, as that's always been one quality of The National I haven't appreciated as much as others (consequently, not the biggest fan of Alligator). It doesn't have the lyrical subtlety and prowess of "I Need My Girl," another favorite, but the draw of "Graceless" is in its quiet, forceful power that gains steam as it progresses and then finally erupts, gloriously. And as always, Devendorf's drumming is a key component, impossible to ignore.
3Kanye West

Black Skinhead ~ In keeping with the theme of "overestimating tracks simply because it's summertime" comes Yeezus's latest miracle. While "Bound 2" might be the more skillful, opus-y song that I think could have fit on MBDTF, "Black Skinhead" is perfectly indicative of Yeezus in that it?s all at once abrasive, energetic, and ridiculously catchy -- but most of all, it showcases Kanye's expert songwriting ability, highlighting what needs highlighted and accentuating the unexpected, which really makes this track shine. That, and more incredibly-apt samples.
Totale Nite

Anxiety's Door ~ One of the reasons "Anxiety's Door" is such a stunning notch in Merchandise's large repertoire is because, like a microcosm for the band, it characterizes the band's charm and draw with such accuracy. The ebb and flow of the vaguely post-punk track trades off with the Carson Cox's blithe singing and it creates an atmosphere concocted for the most detail-oriented listeners. The new Totale Nite EP is another one of Merchandise's works that artfully combines woe and bliss, but nowhere does the mixture sound as poignant and mesmerizing than on "Anxiety's Door."

Dream House ~ Holy fuck. I could spew out 10 paragraphs of hyperbole over how incredible this song is but nobody wants to read that and I don?t want to sound stupider than I already do. I'd much rather simply take the song at face value than try to describe it and inevitably not do it justice.
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