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The Music I Loved This Year

MUSIC I LOVED THIS YEARLet me start by offering a couple huge caveats with this list. Number one, very few of these are albums came out in 2013. I’m often significantly behind musical trends and it so happens that I tend to discover great music several years after the fact. Number two, these are all “new albums” to me, meaning either that I discovered them this year, or I reintroduced myself to the album this year and woke up to how truly great it is. Number three, I listen to a lot of hip hop, some of it censored, some of it uncensored, but I have the self-control to censor certain songs (meaning that if I find specific songs leading me towards sin, then I skip them). I believe this is an area of conscious and find that some of us have different limits. Please follow your limits, not mine! (Also, my limits have changed and evolved with time and continue to do so).

Having said all that, here are my favorite new (but really old) albums of 2013:

Without a doubt, my favorite album of the year is a mashup album of A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde (two 90’s hip hop groups) by Amerigo Gazaway, aptly named:  Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the Pharcyde.  If you haven’t heard this mashup yet, it was taken down due to copyright infringement, but can be found on YouTube. Do yourself a favor and go listen.

Things I haven’t bought / or haven’t listened to enough yet to put on this list:

  • Five Iron Frenzy – Engine of a Million Plots
  • Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  • Derek Webb – I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry, and I Love You
  • Several albums from top ten lists around the web.

Complete List of Favorite Albums:

  • Amerigo Gazaway – Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the PharCyde
  • Lecrae – Church Clothes Vol 2
  • Ghost Ship – The Good King
  • Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  • Amy Winehouse – Frank
  • Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
  • Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt
  • Alice in Chains – God Put the Dinosaurs Here
  • Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
  • Jill Scott – Beautifully Human
  • Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  • Nas – Life is Good
  • Nas – Illmatic
  • Neil Young & The International Harvesters – A Treasure Live
  • Wick-It The Investigator – The Brothers of Chico Dusty
  • Radiohead – OK Computer
  • Dustin Kensrue – The Water and The Blood
  • Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

 Singles I Love:

  • Ellie Goulding – Lights [Bassnector Remix]
  • Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Feat. Florence Welch) [Diplo + Grandtheft Remix]
  • KB – HCB Freestyle
  • Derek Minor – Dear Mr. Christian (Feat. Dee-1 & Lecrae)
  • Chris Tomlin – Once for All

The music of 2010 (70 albums I think)


This is a list (in no particular order) of the albums I purchased in 2010.  Some good, some bad.  See my previous post for my top albums of the year.

David Crowder Band – Church Music
Passion Awakening
Ascend the Hill – Ascend the Hill
Ascend the Hill – Hyms:  Take the World But Give Me Jesus
R.E.M. – Murmur
R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction
R.E.M. – Dead Letter Office
R.E.M. – Document
R.E.M. – Green
R.E.M. – Out of Time
R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
R.E.M. – Monster
R.E.M. – Around the Sun
R.E.M. – Accelerate

Radiohead – The Bends
Radiohead – Kid A
Radiohead – Insomniac
Making Malorie – The Steeple EP
Nathan Loxley – Haiti’s Song
Gwen Stefani – Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Justin Timberlake – Future Sex // Love Sounds.
Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae
I Am Alpha & Omega – The War I Wage EP
I Am Alpha & Omega – The Roar and the Whisper
The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
Neil Young – Sugar Mountain:  Live From Canterbury Hall
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Charlie Hall – The Rising
Soundgarden – Telephantasm
Lecrae – Rehab
Bob Dylan & the Band – The Basement Tapes
Hansen – Shout if Out
Hansen – Stand Up Stand Up EP
Hansen – Middle of Nowhere
Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs
Seth Philpott – Good Hearts
Death Cab For Cutie – Plans
Derek Webb – Democracy Vol 1
Derek Webb – Feedback
Japanese Cartoon – In the Jaws of the Lords of Death
Joe Cocker – With a Little Help From My Friends
Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
Metallica – Reload
Nickel Creek – This Side
The Sword – Warp Riders
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico
Kanye West – The College Dropout
Caedmon’s Call – Raising Up the Dead
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Abel – Lesser Men
Queen – Greatest Hits I
Showbread – Who Can Know It
The Dead Weather – Horehound
Zwan – Mary Star of the Sea
Billy Corgan – The Future Embrace
Smashing Pumpkins – Pisces Iscariot
Counting Crows – August and Everything After
Counting Crows – Recovering the Satellites
Counting Crows – This Desert Life
Toby Mac – Tonight
Underoath – Disambiguation
Girl Talk – All Day
Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run
The Roots – How I Got Over
The Rat Pack – Christmas with the Ratpack
Andy Hunter – Collide
B.o.B. – B.o.B. Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray
Flame – Captured
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

That’s 70 albums I think (but a good majority were bought on Amazon really cheap, were free downloads, or were purchased at a local used music store for about $1 each).  Still, I am pretty addicted to music.

Ben’s Favorite Albums of the Year

Top Albums

(these aren’t necessarily new albums, just the ones I’ve newly discovered / rediscovered or listened to incessantly this year)

1. The Roots – How I Got Over (edited)
2. David Crowder Band – Church Music
3. R.E.M. – Document
4. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
5. Andy Hunter – Collide
6. Ascend the Hill – Ascend the Hill
7. U2 – No Line on the Horizon
8. Lecrae – Rehab
9. Zwan  – Mary Star of the Sea
10. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
11. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (edited)
12. Hanson – Shout it Out
13. Underoath – Disambiguation
14. Derek Webb – Democracy Vol 1
15. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run
16. The Dead Weather – Horehound
17. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
18. The Ember Days – Finger Painting EP
19. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
20. Andy Hunter – Colour