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Top 25 of 2013
12/21/13 at 09:21 AM by dan.is.empire
TOP 25 RECORDS OF 2013

25. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
24. Andrew Belle - Black Bear
23. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
22. Daughter - If You Leave
21. Arctic Monkeys - AM
20. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
19. Houndmouth - From the Hills Below the City
18. Volcano Choir - Repave
17. Ivan & Alyosha - All the Times We Had
16. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
15. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
14. The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man
13. Atoms for Peace - Amok
12. Hellogoodbye - Everything is Debatable
11. Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly

10. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Standout Track - "It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)"

09. Gregory Alan Isakov - The Weatherman

Standout Track - "Second Chances"

08. Washed Out - Paracosm

Standout Track - "Don't Give Up"

07. Haim - Those Days Are Gone

Standout Track - "Forever"

06. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Standout Track - "Hannah Hunt"

05. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Pt. 1

Standout Track - "Pusher Love Girl"

04. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Standout Track - "I Need My Girl"

03. John Mayer - Paradise Valley

Standout Track - "Badge & Gun"

02. Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull

Standout Track - "Temple"

01. Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks

Standout Track - "Joy to the City"



HONORABLE MENTIONS

Quote:
This year my honorable mentions are mostly in this category because I needed more time with them

Daughter - If You Leave
Local Natives - Hummingbird
Ducktails - The Flower Lane
Generationals - Heza
James Blake - Overgrown
Fortress Social Club - Dreamin’ By Day
Frankie Rose - Herein Wild
She & Him - III


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

Relient K - Collapsible Lung
Jimmy Eat World - Damage
City & Colour - The Hurry & The Harm


MOST OVERRATED / WORST RECORD
Lorde - Pure Heroine


2012 REDONE

10. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
09. Bahamas - Barchords
08. The Shins - Port of Morrow
07. Mumford and Sons - Babel
06. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
05. Vacationer - Gone
04. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
03. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
02. From Indian Lakes - Able Bodies
01. John Mayer - Born & Raised
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Top 2012
11/18/12 at 12:00 PM by dan.is.empire
TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2012

30. Joshua Radin - Underwater
29. Now Now - Threads
28. Neon Trees - Picture Show
27. Passion Pit - Gossamer
26. Walk the Moon - Walk the Moon
25. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
24. Good Old War - Come Back As Rain
23. Grizzly Bear - Shields
22. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
21. Minus the Bear - Infinity Overhead
20. Sugar & The Hi-Lows - S/T
19. Right Away, Great Captain - The Church of the Good Thief
18. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
17. Glen Hansard - Rhythm and Repose
16. Jack White - Blunderbuss
15. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
14. The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now
13. Beach House - Bloom
12. Anberlin - Vital
11. Sigur Rςs - Valtari

10. Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal
Standout Track: "Little Talks"
9. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
Standout Track: "Slow it Down"
8. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
Standout Track: "Biloxi Parish"
7. The Shins - Port of Morrow
Standout Track: "40 Mark Strasse"
6. Bahamas - Barchords
Standout Track: "Lost in the Light"
5. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Standout Track: "I'm Getting Ready"
4. From Indian Lakes - Able Bodies
Standout Track: "We Are Sick"
3. Mumford & Sons - Babel
Standout Track: "I Will Wait"
2. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Standout Track: "Be Mine"
1. John Mayer - Born & Raised
Standout Track: "Born and Raised"
HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Circa Survive - Violent Waves
• Fun. - Some Nights
• The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
• Bad Books - II
• Father John Misty - Fear Fun (need more time with this one)


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

• Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear
• Circa Survive - Violent Waves
• Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock and Roll
• Future of Forestry - Young Man Follow
• Minus the Bear - Infinity on High
• mewithoutYou - Ten Stories


TOP TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad
2. Fringe
3. Parks and Rec
4. Modern Family
5. Revolution


MOST ANTICIPATED 2013

• Jimmy Eat World
• Local Natives
• I Am Empire
• Brand New
• John Mayer
• The Black Keys
• Kings of Leon
• The Head and The Heart
• Relient K


2011 REDONE

10. MuteMath - Odd Soul
09. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
08. The Black Keys - El Camino
07. Young the Giant - Young the Giant
06. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
05. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys
04. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
03. Feist - Metals
02. The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart
01. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
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Top 2011
11/29/11 at 01:24 PM by dan.is.empire
TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2011:

25. I Am Empire - Kings (had to)
24. Abandon Kansas - Ad Astra Per Aspera
23. The Lonely Island - Turtleneck and Chain
22. Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain, In the Cloud
21. The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
20. The Maine - Pioneer
19. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
18. Blink 182 - Neighborhoods
17. Foster the People - Torches
16. Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours
15. New Found Glory - Radiosurgery
14. City and Colour - Little Hell
13. Four Year Strong - In Some Way, Shape, or Form
12. States - Room to Run
11. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
10. Thrice - Major/Minor
09. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
08. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
07. MuteMath - Odd Soul
06. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
05. The Black Keys - El Camino
04. Young the Giant - Young the Giant
03. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
02. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys
01. Radiohead - The King of Limbs


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Jack's Mannequin - People and Things
Sainthood Reps - Monoculture
Feist - Metals
She and Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire

TOP EPS

1. Wavorly - The EP
2. From Indian Lakes - Acoustic EP
3. Brighten - I'll Always Be Around
4. k Flay - I Stopped Caring in '96 Vol. III
5. The Frantic Voltz - The Frantic Voltz EP

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

- Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
- Bright Eyes - The People's Key
- Dredg - Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy <- AWFUL
- Jack's Mannequin - People and Things
- Yellowcard - When You're Through Thinking Say Yes

BEST SONGS OF 2011

"I Got" - Young the Giant
"Perth" - Bon Iver
"Apprehension" - Manchester Orchestra
"After Midnight" - Blink 182
"In the Company of Wolves" - Incubus
"Stuck in the Middle" - Four Year Strong
"Odd Soul" - MuteMath
"Give Up the Ghost" - Radiohead
"Waiting (For Too Long)" - States
"In the Sunshine" - A B & the Sea
"One More Try" - Wavorly
"Home" - Death Cab for Cutie

TOP TV SHOWS:

1. Fringe
2. Breaking Bad
3. Parks and Rec
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Modern Family

TOP MOVIES:

1. Moneyball
2. 50/50
3. Hesher
4. High Cost of Living
5. Super 8
(really crappy movie year...)

MOST ANTICIPATED 2012:

- John Mayer
- The Gaslight Anthem
- Children 18:3
- Minus the Bear
- Foxy Shazam
- Jimmy Eat World
- The Shins
- Relient k

2010 - REORDERED

10. Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
09. Foxy Shazam - Foxy Shazam
08. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
07. Vampire Weekend - Contra
06. Jimmy Eat World - Invented
05. The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
04. Neon Trees - Habits
03. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
02. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
01. Minus the Bear - OMNI


This was a pretty disappointing year. Nothing that really blew my mind.
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The End is Near
09/21/11 at 12:24 AM by dan.is.empire
Coming up on Fall there are already a good amount of releases in the running to top the 2011 list, though there are a good amount of high rollers still on the way.

One of the surprises, The Horrible Crowes - Elsie. If you haven't heard it, find it. Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) has created a perfect night drive album...and if you're unaware, night drive albums are the best kind.
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