Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Favorite Albums Of 2013

It's that time of year again to pick my favorite albums of the year. While there are many albums I didn't pick up yet, these are my favorites that I did manage to get. This list is in no particular order.

* Leeroy Stagger - Truth Be Sold

Leeroy's eighth studio album is another great release. If your a fan of Steve Earle and Neil Young this will be right up your alley. A musician that deserves more recognition. Good stuff!!!

Cities On Fire Video.

Leeroy Stagger - Goodnight Berlin

* Moistboyz - V

With it looking like there will be no Ween reunion anytime in the near future, it's nice to see that Mickey Melchiondo (better known as Dean Ween) is again putting out some new music.
This time with his side band Moistboyz, where he takes on the name Mickey Moist and teams up with Dickie Moist (Guy Heller). While it is no Ween record it is rocking and wacked out with some sick humour.

Moistboyz - Paperboy

Moistboyz - Chickendick

* The Sadies - A great roots rock psychedelic album from these Canadian rockers.

The Sadies - Leave This World Behind

The Sadies - The First 5 Minutes

* Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful

This album actually came out in 2012, but I only heard of them this year. This is a great album by the husband/wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.

Shovels & Rope - Kemba's Got The Cabbage Moth Blues

Shovels & Rope - Birmingham

* Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Solo album by one time member of the Drive-By Truckers. A very personal album with great story telling. One of my very faves of the year.

Jason Isbell - Super 8

Jason Isbell - New South Wales

* Mike Plume Band - Red And White Blues

After four long years, Canadian singer/songwriter (now based in Nashville) Mike Plume finally released a new album in 2013. Even though he now lives in the states, as you can tell by the album title he still has very strong ties to Canada. This is an independent release and is available through this link you can get it for free or pay what you want. I recommend donating a little something at least. Need to keep supporting artists or one day there will be no new records to purchase. And that would suck big time.

Mike Plume Band - Coming Home Again (Hey Hey What D'Ya Say)

Mike Plume Band - Live It Up Until They Lower Me Down

* Blitzen Trapper - VII

Blitzen's new album yet again gives me that feeling that I am listening to outdoor music, something about there sound that gives you a swampy outdoorsy feel. A mix of up-beat folk music with great harmonies, and yet still has a weird vibe to them.

Blitzen Trapper - Feel The Chill

Blitzen Trapper - Ever Loved Once

* Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up!

This is a collaboration that I never expected. This is an awesome blues album, sixty-eight year old Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and Ben Harper finally rocking some blues. The album feels loose like they are having fun making it. An old school blues album for sure.

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - Don't Look Twice

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up!

* Danny Michel with The Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me

Danny Michel and The Garifuna Collective - What Colour Are You?

Danny Michel and The Garifuna Collective - Sad And Beautiful World

This has been my favorite album of the year. If you are a fan of Paul Simon's Graceland and Rhythm Of The Saints albums you will love this album. Danny Michel's song writing is incredible and his back up band The Garifuna Collective from Belize, Central America make for an incredible collection of songs. If I need a pick-up this is the album I put on, it never lets me down. After many listens, I'm still not bored of it. Not a bad song on the album. Great stuff.

* Deer Tick - Negativity

This album is a little mellower then their last couple of releases. Still a good album that grows on you.

Deer Tick - The Rock

Deer Tick - Mr. Sticks

* Steve Earle & The Dukes - The Low Highway

I found Steve Earle's new album to be one of his better albums, more along the lines of his El Corazon release from years ago. It's rocking in places, a song that is piano driven and even a song that features his banjo playing. His voice sounds good and as usual some great song writing. All and all a really good album.

Steve Earle - Calico County

Steve Earle - Burnin' It Down

* The Bronx - IV

This was an album I was really looking forward to. And for good reason, it's a balls out rocker, maybe not quite as heavy as previous albums, but still a great punk album.

The Bronx - Youth Wasted

The Bronx - The Unholy Hand

* Jr. Gone Wild - Less Art More Pop!

An album that originally came out in 1986 (their debut), but was re-mastered and re-released this year with local cow punkers Jr. Gone Wild reforming. I totally missed out on this album back in the day. The album Less Art More Pop! that came out this year has a bunch of previously unreleased songs. This album still sounds fresh today. Great stuff!!!

Jr. Gone Wild - Fine Scotch

Jr. Gone Wild - Tragedy In E

So that's my list of favorite albums I purchased this year. I am sure there were many other great albums that I missed, but with any luck I will get those in 2014 and maybe they will make my list next year.

Don't forget to support your local record shop.
Happy New Year!!!! Thanks for checking out my blog. Good times!!!

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