As we come up on 15 years existing as a blog, we are pleased to present our favorite releases of the decade. When we did this back in 2009 — that list still mostly holds up, with a few exceptions — we got Carles to write the foreword. It's a relic of an era that feels like an eternity ago, but one thing he said still rings true: "We have lived through this. Now we shall reflect upon this".
As we approach the midway point of 2019, here's our constantly evolving recap of our favorite albums, songs, and videos from the first half of an already insane year. In an era when truly special new records seem to evade or evaporate from the internet's collective consciousness at an unsettling rate -- in many cases before they're even officially released -- it's not easy to keep up, but I've done my best...
We're not quite halfway through 2018, but here's our annual recap of the albums + songs of the first half of the year anyway. I’ve excluded any records that we’ve released on our new label Luminelle Recordings; otherwise, the stellar new ones from Helena Deland, Anemone, and Hana Vu would have all figured prominently into both of these lists. Also, I guess a few of these aren’t officially out yet. Sorry!
As we approach the halfway point of 2017, here are our favorite albums + songs from what is shaping up to be a frenetic, kind of convoluted (we are not on board with the teaser trend, just drop the jams), and overwhelmingly great year for new music:
01 PANDA BEAR - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
02 LEON BRIDGES - Coming Home
03 JAMIE XX - In Colour
04 LOWER DENS - Escape from Evil
05 SUFJAN STEVENS - Carrie & Lowell
06 BOP ENGLISH - Constant Bop
07 JESSICA PRATT - On Your Own Love Again
08 YOUNG THUG - Barter 6
09 YUMI ZOUMA - EP II
10 CHASTITY BELT - Time To Go Home
11 RAE SREMMURD - SremmLife
12 BULLY - Feels Like
13 SUSANNE SUNDFØR - Ten Love Songs
14 DOMENIQUE DUMONT - Comme Ça
15 THE GALLERIA - Calling Card / Mezzanine EP
16 STEALING SHEEP - Not Real
17 KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH - Euclid
18 VALET - Nature
19 VIET CONG - Viet Cong
20 BOSQUE BROWN - Us
21 ANTHONY NAPLES - Body Pill
22 TEI SHI - Verde EP
23 RECYCLE CULTURE - Trapped Goddess EP
24 THE SANDWITCHES - Our Toast
25 PENDER STREET STEPPERS - The Glass City / Golden Garden 12"
01 GRIMES - REALiTi
02 D'ANGELO - The Charade*
03 METRO THUGGIN - Free Gucci
04 JAMIE XX - Loud Places (feat...
These are our favorite things from the first half (roughly) of 2014, complete with an incomplete soundcloud playlist:
01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty
02 DOSS - Doss EP
03 LEWIS - L'Amour (reissue)
04 FEAR OF MEN - Loom
05 FREDDIE GIBBS + MADLIB - Piñata
06 YUMI ZOUMA - Yumi Zouma EP
07 THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost in the Dream
08 ANA CAPRIX - For Seven Nights This Island Is Ours
09 SCHOOLBOY Q - Oxymoron
10 JEROME LOL - Deleted / Fool EP
11 ANGEL OLSEN - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
12 MARK BARROTT - Sketches From An Island
13 CEO - Wonderland
01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Forerunner Foray
02 FUTURE - Benz Friendz (feat...
This is always the most difficult and ridiculous list to make, but we spent a lot of time thinking about it (about 11.5 months), and these are the songs that stuck with us this year. Following last week's list of the albums of the year, we present our favorite songs of 2013. Check the list + a nearly comprehensive 4-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd love to see your favorites too. Thanks for hanging out with us this year.
Here is the list of our favorite releases of 2013: not quite as deep as last year's list, which probably has more to do with our increasingly/intently focused listening habits (I feel like I listened to nothing but Anxiety for a month straight early this year, thus its spot at the top) than the quality of this year's offerings. Check our selections + a very emotional accompanying BEST OF 2013 mix (and Spotify playlist) below, and as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on anything we might have overlooked. Stay tuned for the GvsB songs of 2013 list -- easily my favorite post every year -- coming soon...