2013 year-end music list

IMG_2918Once again, this by no means is a “best of 2013” list, but instead a list of things I stumbled upon and stuck with me. I found myself impressed with a lot of mainstream pop music this year, but only listed a few here. There’s so much I missed that I hope to investigate in 2014, such as the vast array of wildly differing 2013 Richard Youngs releases (I mean, seriously, what is up with that guy ?), all the awesome things that Devonté Hynes did, much of the Improv and/or composed music (etc) I missed out on, and a lot of early electronic/Musique Concrète reissues.

Most of my year was spent settling in Portland, after kind of throwing myself into a new city with absolutely no connections, after zigzagging Texas, the Southwest and California for three months. Since being here, becoming more connected with gardening, farm animals, working with kids, exploring the amazing state of Oregon and becoming involved with the Creative Music Guild has all been very engaging.

All of the album titles are linked to either a Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube or Discogs page which contains some or all of the music contained within said album/single.

In no particular order, other than roughly sectioned by genre:

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & 7-tette – Navigation (Firehouse 12 Recordings)

John Cage (performed by Jovita Zähl and Thomas Meixner) – The Piano Works 9 – First Recordings (Mode)

John Cage (performed by Gary Verkade) – The Works For Organ (Mode)

John Cage (performed by Sabine Liebner) – Solo for Piano (Wergo)

Antoine Beuger ‎– Cantor Quartets (Another Timbre)

Iannis Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962 (Recollection GRM ‎/ Editions Mego)

Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet – Photographs (Erstwhile)

Kevin Drumm – Tannenbaum (Hospital Productions)

Eliane Radigue – Adnos I-III (Important Records)

Total Life – Bender / Drifter (Debacle Records)

Grammies – Award Winning (self-released)

Marina Rosenfeld – P.A. / Hard Love (Room40)

Julia Holter – Loud City Song (Domino Records)

Angel Olsen – Half Way Home (Bathetic Records)

Autechre – Exai (Warp Records)

Tuluum Shimmering ‎- Raag Wichikapache / Lake Of Mapang (Space Slave Editions)

。-_-。)a – Soundcloud

D/P/I ‎- Espresso Digital (CHANCEIMAG.es)

Mark Fell – n-Dimensional Analysis (Liberation Technologies)

Death Grips – Government Plates (Third Worlds)

The Kniφe – Shaking The Habitual (Brille Records / Mute)

Arca – Fader Mix

Sensate Focus – Sensate Focus 2 (Sensate Focus / Editions Mego)

Rainer Veil – Struck (Modern Love)

Sophie – Bipp / Elle (Numbers.)

Shlohmo – Laid Out (Friends of Friends)

Annie – The A&R EP (Pleasure Masters)

Annie – Tube Stops And Lonely Hearts (Totally)

AlunaGeorge – Body Music (Vagrant / Island)

Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe (Virgin)

Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (RCA)

Sky Ferreira – You’re Not The One (Capitol)

Abigail Wyles – Mantra (MTA Records)

Laura Welsh – Cold Front (CFCF Remix) (Polydor / Outsiders)

Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Cash Money Records)

Kanye West – Yeezus (Def Jam Recordings)


Unfinished, published by the Creative Music Guild

An eBook entitled Unfinished has been released through the Creative Music Guild, based in Portland, OR.

Featuring interviews with Marisa Anderson, Linda Austin, Tracy Broyles, John Butcher, Loren Chasse, Ben Goldberg, John Gross, John Gruntfest, Buke and Gase, Catherine Lee, Tatsuya Nakatani and Nate Wooley.

It can be bought for 5$ here:

Cover designed by me.