Coble’s 2013 Top Albums List

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Coble’s Top Albums of 2013:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience part 1

In all seriousness, Justin Timberlake wins 2013. When this album first came out, it took a couple of listens before it sunk in. Life was empty without a song about courting in space (only he could make a song about that sexy) but now I can’t go back– no I won’t go back to a world without it. Everyone in our house loves it and it is the go-to music when we don’t know what to listen to. Whether it’s my speakers, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, my heart etc; I bow in front of the king, JT.

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Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal

This album is so rich and fulfilling. I discovered it in the spring and truly haven’t been able to wear it out. Harmonies are my weakness and so is catchy folk music, apparently. It’s been a theme this year for me.

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The Lumineers

Again with the catchy folk music. Jeremiah Fraites voice is young and vulnerable and perfect for this Americana sound. “Ho Hey” sucked me in and I haven’t left. It’s reminiscent of Cold War Kids in all the best ways.

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Bastille – Bad Blood

Everything is Bastille and nothing hurts.

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Fall Out Boy – Save Rock n’ Roll

This is the best comeback album of the decade so far, I will fight anyone who argues (with this album as a soundtrack, and I will win). Perhaps my opinions are blurred by nearly ten years of strong appreciation for this band, but I have no apologies for it.

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Note: Arcade Fire has a special place in my heart but I regret that this year’s album has not yet spoken to me.

Laura’s 2013 Top Songs List

Guest Post By: Laura

Laura’s Top 20 Songs of 2013:

20. Follow Your Arrow :: Kasey Musgraves

19. Young & Beautiful :: Lana Del Rey

18. Laura Palmer :: Bastille

17. Skip to the Good Bit :: Rizzle Kicks

16. Sex :: The 1975

15. California :: Mazzy Star

14. Wrecking Ball :: Miley Cyrus

13. The Perfect Life :: Moby & Wayne Coyne

12. Resolution :: Matt Corby

11. Shot At the Night :: The Killers

10. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? :: Arctic Monkeys

9. Royals :: Lorde

8. Long Way Down :: Tom Odell

7. The Wire :: Haim

6. Bad Girls :: M.I.A.

5. Say Something :: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

4. City of Angels :: Thirty Seconds to Mars

3. Let Her Go :: Passenger

2. Plain Sailing Weather :: Frank Turner

1. My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) :: Fall Out Boy

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Read more of Laura’s reviews at her music blog, Lyrique Discorde

Chelle’s 2013 Top Albums List

Guest Post By: Chelle

Things I was spinning nonstop this year:

8. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock n’ Roll

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7. Bastille – Bad Blood

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6. HAIM – Days Are Gone

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5. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience part 1

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4. Jay-Z – Magda Carta Holy Grail

Magna Carta Holy Grail


3. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

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2. Disclosure – Settle

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1. Everything Everything – Arc

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and like eleventy billion plays of all One Direction albums but I know you don’t wanna talk about that. 🙂

my top track of the year is Chris Malinchak, “So Good to Me.”

*all mp3s, streams & videos uploaded by & posted w/ permission of artists, labels and/or their PR reps

Fall Out Boy: New Album & Tour!

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Fall Out Boy recently announced an end to their “haitus” and their new album, Save Rock N Roll, comes out April 16th. For those who can’t wait until release day, the band has made a free, legal stream of the album available on Soundcloud. It’s pretty great, not even gonna lie about it. Check out the album stream and tour dates below…

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Fall Out Boy 2013 Tour Dates

9/5 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
9/6 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
9/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
9/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center
9/10 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
9/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
9/14 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
9/15 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9/18 – Broomfield, CO @ First Bank Center
9/20 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ America’s Cup Pavilion
9/22 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
9/25 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/26 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prarie
9/28 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore
9/29 – Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome

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Various Artists: Listen to Me: A Tribute to Buddy Holly

Listen to Me: A Tribute to Buddy Holly was released so shortly after the Rave On Buddy Holly that it got lost in the shuffle of my review folder last year. Even months later, Listen to Me still suffers by comparison to the other Buddy Holly tribute. This is at least in part due to what seems to be a bit of a musical identity crisis – some truly great folk and rockabilly moments are lost betwixt bland pop covers and random classic rock. It’s good enough to bother reviewing, but had the potential to be so much better.

The opening cover of “Not Fade Away” by Stevie Nicks can’t hold a candle to Florence & The Machine’s wailing, quaking rendition on Rave On Buddy Holly, but it is nonetheless endearingly peppy and handclappy.

Imelda May‘s brassed up, punk meets rockabilly take on “Lookin’ for Someone to Love” and Linda Rhondstadt’s classic 1976 cover of “That’ll Be The Day” are highlights.

The stand out track is a beautiful piano and vioin rendering of “Learning the Game” by Natalie Merchant.

Fall Out Boy singer, Patrick Stump, gives a surprisingly gentle and melodic version of “Everyday,” but I was disappointed with Zooey Deschanel‘s “It’s So Easy.” I usually love anything she sings, but this particular arrangement weighs her voice down.

The humorous spoken word “Raining in My Heart” by Monty Python’s Eric Idle is the tribute’s bizarre finale. Otherwise, this is a very safe, adult contemporary collection of Buddy Holly covers. Which isn’t a bad thing, just nothing to get excited about.

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