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My Top 10 Singles: 2013

We’re a week into 2014 but I’m still “stuck” on a few songs that came out last year. These tunes NEVER seem to get old for me. I could listen to them on a loop and just turn it up louder and louder each time around. As I put this list together, it strikes me that I’ve never felt so strongly about a year-end list of songs. It may sound weird, but I think 2013 was a really solid year for SINGLES.

I also noticed a real common thread here – all are very epic sounding, strong tracks with lots of energy and soul.

Here are my favorite singles of 2013:

Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind”

Paul McCartney “New”

The Head and The Heart “Shake”

Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers”

Deer Tick “The Dream’s In The Ditch”

The Wheeler Brothers “My Time”

Sons Of Fathers “Roots & Vine”

Eric Clapton “Gotta Get Over”

Amos Lee “The Man Who Wants You”

Serena Ryder “Stompa”

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My Top 10 Albums: 2013

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1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

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2. Willy Mason – Carry On

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3. Lucius – Wildewoman

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4. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow

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5. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle

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6. Paul McCartney – New

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7. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

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8. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

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9. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay

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10. The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still

These were my favorites of a really solid year of music! It was tough to pick this top 10.

Vampire Weekend in the #1 spot is likely no surprise to you if you know me or read this blog. To me, there was no competition there. If you haven’t heard Modern Vampires of the City, try sitting down for a listen sometime, with an open mind. It saddens me that hype or reputation can sometimes turn people off of a band altogether, without a single note of the music being heard.

A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog, leaves comments, likes posts, etc.

I really appreciate you! I hope I helped you discover something new in 2013…here’s to another year of great music!

Happy New Year!
Jess

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Best Of 2013: The Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars

This album contains a lot of depth, power, emotion and passion…and some of that springs from the unique circumstances surrounding its release.

John Paul White and Joy Williams were gaining incredible momentum after their debut album in 2011. But relentless touring created issues between them, and they decided to call it quits shortly before this self-titled sophomore album was finished. They actually finished the recording process separately, and are still not on speaking terms.

Many are hoping for a reconciliation, but if this is indeed the last we hear from The Civil Wars, it will be an incredible farewell.

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Best Of 2013: The Head and the Heart

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Let’s Be Still

Here’s another album that I’m considering for my best of list. But like Tedeschi Trucks Band, it may be the power of the single that’s really sticking with me. From start to finish Let’s Be Still is a solid album, but the song “Shake” is extraordinary. Definitely one of my favorite SONGS of the year:

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Best Of 2013: The Milk Carton Kids

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The Ash & Clay

These guys are one of my favorite discoveries of the year. I’ve heard folks say they are just a “rip off” of Simon & Garfunkel, but to me, they bring back that familiar S&G sound but with a new twist. At times they are quirky, at times they are a bit bluegrass…and they are absolutely hilarious and charming live in concert.

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Best Of 2013: Tedeschi Trucks Band

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Made Up Mind

This album is dynamite, of course. No surprise there. I’ve been listening to it a lot the past few days, because I’ve decided I want to pick my TEN favorite albums, and I’m not sure how I feel about the entire album from top to bottom. It’s a serious contender for the list… and no doubt about it, the single “Made Up Mind” is one of my favorite tracks of the year!

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Best Of 2013: Lucius

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This NYC band came onto my radar this past summer, when I saw them perform live at Boston Calling. I have to say, I was completely blown away. I quickly learned the group was on the verge of releasing their DEBUT album… keep your eye on Lucius, they are one of the best new acts out there.

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