A Music Lover’s Favorite Albums in 2013

First, a couple of disclaimers:

1. Not all of these albums were released in 2013; some of them came from my music research and discovery, and others simply came off my “to get” list and I actually finally got them.

2. I’m not a music critic specialist so to save you from me ranting, I’ve tried to be succinct on the whys of my choices.

I hope you check ones out that maybe you don’t know yet, or respond about ones you do, and enjoy!

In no particular order:

indexBlow Up (Colombia)

Bomba Estereo (Colombia), Released 2009

Genre: Electric beats, Dance (Columbian rhythm)

*Straight up dance influence

*I like some of the electronic music coming out of central/south America, but this is one album I like to listen to all the way through.


Debut (L.A.), Released 2012

Genre: Garage surf

*Simple yet resonating lyrics

*Fun beats

index An Awesome Wave

Alt-J’s Debut (United Kingdom), Released 2012

Genre: British Indie Rock

*Unique  and Experimental Sound

*Puts me in a good mood every time


Wilde Belle’s Debut (Chicago), Released 2013

Genre: American Indie Rock

*Female/Male siblings that features her voice

*Honest and raw lyrics from a female’s gut

TBT-Blue-Sky-Cover-220x220Blue Sky and the Devil

Trampled by Turtles (Minnesota), Released 2005

Genre: Straight Up Bluegrass

*A bluegrass band that actually has variety in their lyrics

*Real get down and boogie bluegrass, kind of competes with Greensky Bluegrass for me

*A-MAZING mandolin player (Erik Berry)


Rhye‘s Debut (L.A.), Released 2013

Genre: Lounge R&B

*She (Milosh) has a alto/soprano combination that is sexy and perfect

*Instrumentalist Robin Hannibal mixes a combination of styles that are super fun

cd-made-possibleMade Possible

The Bad Plus (Minnesota), Released 2012

Genre: Jazz

*I usually try to discover jazz that is new to me each year that I like, and usually, I fail, but thanks to my little brother, I now know about these guys. I can’t believe I’m just getting to them. They are astounding, shocking, unpredictable, modern, epic…

*I want to see them live so badly!!!!! If you don’t know them and like crazy jazz, just go listen to them.

1341188456_Room_of_Mirrors_defRoom of Mirrors

Kekko Fornarelli (Italy), Released 2011

Genre: Jazz Piano

*Speaking of jazz, I’m also always trying to find good jazz pianists that I can listen to for longer than 1-2 songs. Kekko does this for me. Like Keith Jarrett, although probably not the same caliber of talent yet, Kekko has won me over.

*Plus, he’s Italian. What’s not to like?

doughty-hm_screenHaughty Melodic

Mike Doughty (Kentucky), Released 2005

Genre: “alternative”/Indie Rock

*There’s Soul Coughing and then there is Mike Doughty, he can stand alone

*He makes me dance and that is always good

00602537136599Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka’s Debut (United Kingdom), Released 2012

Genre: Acoustic soul and mellow funk

*He is keeping Bill Withers and Otis Redding alive!

*Bursting with soulful talent

indexSeasons of  Your Day

Mazzy Star (Santa Monica), Released 2013

Genre: Ambient/Acoustic

*People started copying her genre so she came back!

a1870626778_2Canary Island

Houndstooth (Portland), Released 2013

Genre: Indie Rock

*Another cool sounding woman

*I like how it takes you all over musically

Music is so incredible. I’ll stop there, but this has been a fun post for me. Hope all of you out there are enjoying some tunes!

2 thoughts on “A Music Lover’s Favorite Albums in 2013

  1. Laura, this is a great list! I was familiar with a few of the artists (love Michael Kiwanuka), but you’ve introduced me to so many new albums – perfect listening for this weekend. Thanks! ~Terri

    1. Thanks! Great, love sharing new music with folks-such a joy of our lives! Let me know what you think, and feel free to send me some cool international stuff as you find it.

Speak to me

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s