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AbsolutePunk.net Staff Mid-Year Top 10

Posted by: Drew Beringer (07/01/13)
It seems like the mid-year articles and lists arrive faster and faster each year. The first six months of 2013 brought listeners enough great albums to fill up an end of the year list, so it's somewhat overwhelming yet incredibly exciting that we have six more months of fantastic releases to look forward to. As for now, we'll put a bow on the first 181 days of the year by releasing our ten favorites thus far as well as individual lists from our staff. And to go along with this, we've released episode five of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Jason and I talk about our favorite albums so far and look forward to what the rest of the year has in store. You can check out the podcast here and dive into our lists in the replies. As always, feel free to share your lists and favorite releases as well.
        
 
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06:33 AM on 07/01/13
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AbsolutePunk.net's Mid-Year Top 10 2013


1. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)


2. Kanye West - Yeezus (Def Jam)


3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (XL)


4. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation (Hopeless)


5. Deafheaven - Sunbather (Deathwish)


6. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Whenever, If Ever (Topshelf)


7. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (RCA)


8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern (Relativity)


9. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll (Island)


10. Paramore - Paramore (Fueled By Ramen)
06:33 AM on 07/01/13
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AbsolutePunk.net Individual Staff Lists
(each staff name links to his or her personal twitter or profile page)

Jason Tate
1. Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
2. Lights & Motion - Reanimation
3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
4. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
5. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll
6. Kanye West - Yeezus
7. Hans Zimmer - Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
8. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
9. Bonobo - The North Borders
10. Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks

Drew Beringer
1. Deafheaven - Sunbather
2. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
3. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Whenever, If Ever
4. Kanye West - Yeezus
5. Baths - Obsidian
6. Dessa - Parts of Speech
7. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
8. Pity Sex - Feast of Love
9. Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
10. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

Thomas Nassiff
1. Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back
2. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
3. Daylight - Jar
4. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
5. The Story So Far - What You Don't See
6. Light Years - I Won't Hold This Against You
7. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, if Ever
8. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll
9. The Braces - Two Years
10. Turnover - Magnolia

Cody Nelson
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
2. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
3. Laura Stevenson - Wheel
4. Kanye West - Yeezus
5. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
6. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
7. Hanson - Anthem
8. Mikal Cronin - MCII
9. Savages - Silence Yourself
10. Deafheaven - Sunbather

Kyle Huntington
1. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
2. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
3. Savages - Silence Yourself
4. Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
5. Daughter - If You Leave
6. David Bowie - The Next Day
7. Tom Odell - Long Way Down
8. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
9. Iceage - You're Nothing
10. Disclosure - Settle

Jake Jenkins
1. Kanye West - Yeezus
2. Deafheaven - Sunbather
3. Kevin Gates - The Luca Brasi Story
4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
6. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels
7. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
9. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
10. Kelly Rowland - Talk A Good Game

Jack Appleby
1. Bad Rabbits - American Love
2. Paramore - Paramore
3. Twenty | One | Pilots - Vessel
4. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
5. I The Mighty - Satori
6. Deafheaven - Sunbather
7. Night Verses - Lift Your Existence
8. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll
9. Tilian - Material Me
10. Shone - Heat Thing

Keagan Ilvonen
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of The City
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
3. Deafheaven - Sunbather
4. Daughter - If You Leave
5. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
6. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
7. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
8. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, if Ever
9. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
10. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Chris Collum
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
2. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
3. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
4. Kanye West - Yeezus
5. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
6. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
7. Yo La Tengo - Fade
8. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
9. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
10. Jimmy Eat World - Damage

Blake Solomon
1. Turnover - Magnolia
2. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
3. This Old Ghost - Family Room
4. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
5. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
6. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, if Ever
7. The Story So Far - What You Don't See
8. The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk
9. The Strokes - Comedown Machine
10. Kanye West - Yeezus

Gregory Robson
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
2. Mikal Cronin - MCII
3. James Blake - Overgrown
4. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
5. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
6. Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room
7. Local Natives - Hummingbird
8. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
9. David Bowie - The Next Day
10. Morningbell - Boa Noite

Deborah Remus
1. Off With Their Heads - Home
2. The Bronx - IV
3. Broadway Calls - Comfort/Distraction
4. Elway - Leavetaking
5. Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True
6. Bad Religion - True North
7. The Thermals - Desperate Ground
8. RVIVR - The Beauty Between
9. Daylight - Jar
10. Kids and Heroes - Chalet

Jake Denning
(In no particular order)
Kenny Chesney - Life On A Rock
Terror - Live By The Code
Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
City & Colour - The Hurry and the Harm
The Color Morale - Know Hope
Mac Miller - Watching Movies With The Sound Off
I Can Make A Mess - Enola
August Burns Red - Rescue & Restore

Craig Manning
1. Jimmy Eat World - Damage
2. Dawes - Stories Don't End
3. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
4. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
5. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
6. Night Beds - Country Sleep
7. Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks
8. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
9. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
10. City and Colour - The Hurry and the Harm

Jeremy Aaron
1. Futurebirds - Baba Yaga
2. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
4. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
5. Caveman - Caveman
6. Heyerdahl - ØEN
7. Cowboy Indian Bear - Live Old, Die Young
8. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
9. The Doppelgangaz - Hark
10. Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God

Ryan Gardner
1. Kanye West - Yeezus
2. Lydia - Devil
3. Deafheaven - Sunbather
4. Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back
5. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
6. The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
8. Citizen - Youth
9. Allison Weiss - Say What You Mean
10. Polyenso - One Big Particular Loop

Ryan Dennehy
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
3. Julia Brown - to be close to you
4. Elvis Depressedly - holo pleasures
5. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, if Ever
6. Deafheaven - Sunbather
7. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
8. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
9. Mikal Cronin - MCII
10. Coma Cinema - Posthumous Release

Joe DeAndrea
1. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll
2. The Summer Set - Legendary
3. Paramore - Paramore
4. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
5. Kanye West - Yeezus
6. Demi Lovato - Demi
7. Jimmy Eat World - Damage
8. Big Time Rush - 24/Seven
9. Hawthorne Heights - Zero
10. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Alex DiVincenzo
1. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
2. Killswitch Engage - Disarm the Descent
3. Shai Hulud - Reach Beyond the Sun
4. The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk
5. Black Sabbath - 13
6. Half Hearted Hero - Whatever
7. The Story So Far - What You Don't See
8. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, if Ever
9. Deafheaven - Sunbather
10. Paramore - Paramore

Kelly Doherty
1. Old Gray - An Autobiography
2. Tiny Moving Parts - This Couch Is Long & Full Of Friendship
3. The Front Bottoms - Talon Of The Hawk
4. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
5. Paramore - Paramore
6. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
7. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, if Ever
8. To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery
9. Villagers - Awayland
10. Local Natives - Hummingbird

Jonathan Bautts
1. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
2. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock And Roll
3. Jimmy Eat World – Damage
4. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
5. Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
6. Kanye West – Yeezus
7. Paramore – Paramore
8. The Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic
9. Cartel – Collider
10. She & Him – Volume 3
06:37 AM on 07/01/13
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I think for the lyrical content on the album, Kanye was way too high on the overall. But really I'm just shocked to see The National at #1 when I don't ever see them in the news feed.
06:38 AM on 07/01/13
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Fall out boy has to be biggest disappointment for me, I just can not get into it, what a departure and for someone from Chicago who's been listening to them since before TTYG (cool brag I know) and has loved absolutely everything they've done up to this point, this just saddens me.
06:42 AM on 07/01/13
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What a great year for music so far, with many highly-anticipated releases still to come. Thus far, most releases have really met my expectations, but Phoenix's Bankrupt! is probably my biggest let down.
06:44 AM on 07/01/13
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Let me crank out a quick one

10. Paramore - Paramore
9. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires
8. Polyenso - One Big Particular Loop
7. Local Natives - Hummingbird
6. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
5. Rhye - The Fall
4. Disclosure - Settle
3. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
1. Laura Stevenson - Wheel

Captain We're Sinking first out, Bad Rabbits, A$AP, TTNG, On An On, JT, Iron and Wine, Caravels all up there. Gotta listen to these a lot more.
06:45 AM on 07/01/13
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/Yeezus and August Burns Red aren't tied for #1. So confused.
Good list. Cool to see so much love for TWIABP!
06:46 AM on 07/01/13
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1. Vampire Weekend
2. The Wonder Years
3. Lydia
4. She & Him
5. Cartel
6. Transit
7. I Can Make a Mess
8. The Story So Far
9. The Front Bottoms
10. Frank Turner
06:49 AM on 07/01/13
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daylight - jar
the story so far - what you don't see
paramore - s/t
citizens - s/t
city and colour - the hurry and the harm
alcoa - bone & marrow
brighten - peace and quiet
hillsong united - zion
06:50 AM on 07/01/13
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Great lists but Kelly being the only staffer with Old Gray on their list is disappointing that album is wonderful. Also Drew, did you mean Feast of Love for Pity Sex? Dark World was their 2012 EP which was fantastic but it wasn't released this year
06:51 AM on 07/01/13
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interesting to see daft punk not making almost any lists, after all the hype and excitement
06:53 AM on 07/01/13
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good list. i would have included Foxygen, Portugal. The Man, & Jim James. also possibly Steve Gunn & Bosnian Rainbows.
06:58 AM on 07/01/13
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1. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
2. Yo La Tengo - Fade
3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
4. Kanye West - Yeezus
5. Lydia - Devil
6. Driver Friendly - Peaks + Valleys
7. Crystal Fighters - Cave Rave
8. I Can Make a Mess - Enola
9. Jimmy Eat World - Damage
10. Daylight - Jar
06:58 AM on 07/01/13
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The National at number one is awesome, somehow I didn't expect that.



1. The Wonder Years- The Greatest Generation
2. I Can Make A Mess-Enola
3. The World Is A Beautiful Place- Whenever, If Ever
4. Jimmy Eat World- Damage
5. The National- Trouble Will Find Me
6. Fall Out Boy- Save Rock and Roll
7. Lydia- Devil
8. Justin Timberlake-The 20/20 Experience
9. Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires Of The City
10. Allison Weiss- Say What You Mean
11. Have Mercy- The Earth Pushed Back
12. Tegan and Sara-Heartthrob
13. Phoenix-Bankrupt!
14. Young Statues-Age Isn't Ours EP
15. Some Stranger-Some Stranger EP
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