2013 is going strong! Tons of great records coming out weekly and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down as far as we can tell, with new records still to come from Iggy Pop & the Stooges, The Flaming Lips, Julian Lynch, Deerhunter, Smith Westerns, Yeah Yeah Yeah, and tons of others. ย I’m sure there’ll be plenty of surprises and reissues as well that we’ll be flipping out over. So, we decided it’s time to take a breather and reflect on some of our favorites records…so far.

So here’s what we’ve been listening to the most in 2013:

-Water Liars “Wyoming” (Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum)

-David Bowie “The Next Day”ย (Columbia)

“Sorrow Come Pass Me Around” (Dust to Digital)

-Beat Happening s/t LP (K Records; reissue)

-Kurt Vile “Wakin On A Pretty Daze” (Matador; also the coolest packaging of 2013…so far, with The Knife’s new record, “Shaking the Habitual,” as a close secord.)

-Jacco Gardner “Cabinet of Curiosities” (Trouble in Mind)

-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Push the Sky Away” (Bad Seeds Records)

-Grouper LPs (Kranky)

-My Bloody Valentine “m b v” (finally!!!)

-William Tyler “Impossible Truth” (Merge)

-Yo La Tengo “Fade” (Matador; also one of our favorite live shows so far this year)

-Phosphorescent “Muchacho” (Dead Oceans)

-Plume “Seasons Change” (self released)

-Thai Funk Vol. 1 & 2 (Light in the Attic/Burger Records)

-Youth Lagoon “Wondrous Bughouse” (Fat Possum)

-“The Devil is Busy in Knoxville” (Mississippi Records)

I’m sure we’re leaving out some killer records, but here’s what we’ve got…so far.