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Our Favorite Records of 2013 from 10-1

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been breaking down our countdown of our favorite 40 new release albums of 2013. We broke it into four segments

Counting down from 40 to 31
Counting down from 30 to 21
Counting down from 20 to 11

We’re down to the final ten, and there’s no sense in messing around.

As with the other portions of the countdown, click on the album artwork to be taken to a place where you can buy the album.

10)Throwing Muses — Purgatory/Paradise
This is the ninth album by the seminal indie rock band who made their hay in the 1990s. It’s also their first in ten years. In the interim, frontwoman Kristin Hersh has been busy with her other band 50 Foot Wave. She’s also written a couple of books. This album has been in the works for about three years. While we hardcore fans waited with bated breath, we were constantly given updates on the status of the album. We were also given early versions of the new songs as “works in progress”. While this was nice, it also took away from some of the excitement about the new album. It’s a great album that I’m probably overrating due to the fact that they’re in my top three favorite bands of all time. Still, though, I had to place it in the top ten. The fact that I already knew the songs and the fact that she deliberately sequenced the 32 songs in a way that makes no sense hurt the album’s stock, but it’s still hard to vote against an album that has my name in the liner notes.

9)Low — The Invisible Way
This is the 10th album from the Duluth, Minnesota slowcore pioneers. It’s every bit as awesome as I expected it to be. I don’t know how it’s possible, but 20 years into their career, they just keep getting better.
I finally got my chance to see them at Hopscotch this year. They were the last band that I saw at the three-day festival, and it was a perfect ending to what was a very eventful time.

8)Besnard Lakes — Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
This is the fourth album from the Montréal indie/post-rock/shoegaze band centered around the husband-and-wife duo of Jace Lacek and Olga Goreas. I really loved their previous record, and I like this one just as much. If it wasn’t such a stout year for new releases, this would easily end up in the top five.
Like all of their albums, this album has a bunch of references to espionage and morse code and things like that. It’s a running theme with them, and there’s even a loose story line running through all of the albums with this spy guy and a mystery woman. That’s the story that they want us to believe anyway.
I got to see Besnard Lakes back in the spring, and it was really amazing. I had never seen them before, and I really hope that I see them again soon.

7)Boardwalk — Boardwalk
This is the debut album from the Los Angeles dream-pop duo who only met each other a little over a year ago. This is one of the many fantastic albums that I found out about through a mailbag submission. Amber Quintero and Mike Edge went on a road trip together, wrote one song, then a bunch more. The end result is a pretty spectacular work of dream-pop genius with just enough mainstream appeal to put them on the verge of something big. Overall, the album is pretty impressive, but it’s bookended by a couple of breathtaking songs in “I’m Not Myself” and “I’m to Blame”.
Don’t be surprised if this band soon takes the place that Beach House currently occupies as sort of the darlings of the dream pop world.

6)Black Hearted Brother — Stars are Our Home
This is the first record by the new band fronted by former Slowdive/Mojave 3 frontman Neil Halstead. He’s joined by Mark Van Hoen, formerly of Seefeel; and a guy named Nick Holton. This band is a perfect mix of shoegazey, spacey dream-pop and experimental electronic stuff. It leans more towards the ambience and the sun-kissed bliss reminiscent of Souvlaki, especially on the standout track “(I Don’t Mean to) Wonder, but there’s also a good deal of bleep-bloop going on, especially in “My Baby Just Sailed Away”. Most songs find a really happy medium between those styles.
This album totally caught me by surprise. I literally had no idea that Halstead had a new band until it just showed up in my soundcloud stream. I was just letting the stream do its thing one day, and “(I Don’t Mean to) Wonder” came on. It knocked me on my ass. And then when I went to find out what the story was, I was knocked on my ass again. It’s a really lovely album

5) Basia Bulat — Tall Tall Shadow

This is the third album by the Toronto indie-folk singer/songwriter, and by most accounts her most personal album. I absolutely loved her last album and couldn’t wait for this one. It didn’t disappoint at all. It has more of a “full band” sound than the other albums, and it even has a weird Radiohead-esque song in “Someone”, but there’s nothing about this album that disappoints. The new album was released at the end of September, making it part of the 2014 Polaris-eligible class. I should think that it’ll be a shoe-in for the shortlist. I was lucky enough to see Basia Bulat in November, as her band was one of the first to play a show at a new venue that’s attached to the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. It was a really great show, and just what I needed.
Although I no longer make a “Canadian” and “non-Canadian” list, it’s worth noting that this is BY FAR my favorite Canadian album of the year.

4)Weekend — Jinx
This is the second album by the post-punk band from Brooklyn by way of San Francisco. Their 2010 debut album Sports got very high praise and their 2011 EP Red got as much. To say that this sophomore album was highly anticipated might be underselling the situation. The new record was everything that I hoped it would be and then some. Incredible, beautiful noise. Thicker and sludgier than I expected. Hotter and sweatier.
I saw them play this autumn not long after the album came out, and they were very good. It was quite fitting that there were no stage lights. No effects. Just a little bit of fog and pitch black.
There’s a lot of Unknown Pleasures and a lot of Disintegration in this album, and you’ll never hear me complain about that.

3)Typhoon — White Lighter
This is the first full-length album from the 11-member indie-folk orchestra from Seattle. They’ve got violas and violins and cellos and upright bass and horns and lots of percussion instruments and then, of course, they’ve got the standard rock band instruments. And a lot of the band members contribute vocals. In some ways, they’re a lot like the Milwaukee 12-piece post-rock/indie-folk band Altos. That’s fantastic company to be in.
I heard about this band through the mailbag, and I immediately fell in love with the scope of their sound. I’ve spent a LOT of time with this album, and it’s a lot of fun. And I love how some of the songs change styles mid-stream. I love how some of them start out like a folk song and end up like a post-rock song.

In the winter and spring of 2014, Typhoon will be touring North America and I’ll very much look forward to seeing them in the small space that is the Cat’s Cradle Back Room.

2)Torres — TORRES
This is the stunning debut by 23-year old Mackenzie Scott, who calls Memphis her home. This incredible album reminds me of everything that’s good about Cat Power and also everything that’s awesome about Sharon Van Etten. It’s indie-folk. It’s indie-rock. It’s the diary of a sad girl, and it’s breathtaking. It’s honest and it’s real. When she recorded this album, she made a choice to keep it really real. Most of the songs were done in one live take. There are some things that a perfectionist might have cleaned up with multiple takes and edits, but I really love how organic it sounds. Like a performance.
It’s impossible for me to pick out a favorite song from the album, and it’s also impossible for me to name a song that I don’t like. I usually listen to this album front-to-back twice in a row.
On the last day of Hopscotch this year, there was going to be a big scheduling conflict that would have made me have to choose between Torres and Low. Thankfully, Torres played one of the day party shows that day, and I got to see her then. Conflict resolved. She put on a fantastic set and it was a brilliant start to a brilliant day.
In addition to buying her amazing record, you should also treat yourself to a Daytrotter membership, where you can score this session. And go see the Torres band when they come through your town.

And the number one record, which probably won’t come as a surprise to anybody who knows me:

1)My Bloody Valentine — m b v
The third album by the genre-defining shoegaze band and the first since their seminal, game-changing 1991 album Loveless.
In the 22 years that passed between Loveless and m b v, rumors would sprout up every two or three years about a new album that was nearly finished, or a “lost” album, or a band reunion, or how they had announced that they were never going to play together again, or how Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields weren’t on speaking terms. All of these were just rumors. This new album became a confirmed rumor a couple of years ago, and every time it got delayed we thought that it was just an elaborate ruse. When Kevin Shields promised the record “before the end of 2012”, then failed to produce the album, we all thought that we were being had. When they started booking shows and actually playing shows, we all realized that it was real. When they announced that the album would be self-released and sold exclusively on their website, everybody got excited. When the website crashed on the release date, we all got frustrated. As we all tried to simultaneously refresh the page, we made matters worse. Finally, though, things worked out.

After 22 years of waiting and another few hours of waiting for the website to work, we all got our instant downloads.

I freaking love this record. From the opening notes of “She Found Now”, which is reminiscent of “Loomer” to the wildly original “Wonder 2” and its jet engine sound, I love everything about this album. It’s absolutely everything I was expecting and much much more. The LA shoegaze band Medicine returned this year after an almost equally long hiatus and disappointed me very much, but this is perfect.

Some of you are probably wondering if I forgot about the new album by The National, or the new one by The Arcade Fire, or the new one by Frightened Rabbit. I didn’t forget about those. I really like those bands, and I have their new records, but I hate two of them. The other just barely missed my list. I might write more about that stuff later, but probably not.

Our Favorite Records of 2013 from 20-11

Yesterday, I started the countown of my favorite 40 new release albums of 2013. Later, I continued the countdown. We’re halfway there, and in this installment, we’ll get from #20 on down to 11.

As with the other installments, you can click on the album artwork for a way to buy the album.

20)The Darcys — Warring
This is the third album from the Toronto indie rock band, and the three albums are supposed to be a trilogy. The first was the 2011 self-titled album that reminded me a bit of OK Computer. The second was the 2012 boldly interpreted tribute to Steely Dan’s Aja. Both of those albums were given away as free downloads by the band and by their label — Arts & Crafts. They didn’t give this new one away, and I’m having a hard time finding the thread between the three albums, but this is very good. I’m still reminded a little of OK Computer-era Radiohead. With strong doses of electro-indie rock, there’s also a little jazz and a little soul. The songs are “big” and forceful with lots of really lovely, fragile moments. Bull in a china shop. I guess the common thread with those three albums is the big 1970-style production.

19) Veronica Falls — Waiting for Something to Happen
This is the second album by the indie pop/twee quartet from London. When this album came out, I guessed that it might end up in my top five of the year. As much as I love this album, it just got really crowded near the top. Their acclaimed first record was a bit dark and dreary. This one is much warmer and brighter. They’re a more punk-rock version of Camera Obscura. The multi-part harmonies, the clever lyrics, the bounciness of it. It’s impossible to be in a sour mood whilst listening to this album.

18)Lemuria — Distance is So Big
This is the third album from the Buffalo trio. Sometimes sugary indie-pop. Sometimes crunchy punk rawk. Lots of coed vocals with harmonies that don’t always click. I’m reminded of a lot of things, but on more than one song, they remind me of That Dog.
This album and this band have some imperfections. That’s one of the things that I really like about the album. They didn’t airbrush the warts. Warts and all, it’s a great album.

17)Dråpe —Canicular Days
This is the debut album by the dream pop/shoegaze five-piece from Oslo, Norway whose name is pronounced like “draw-puh”. They preceded this album with a critically acclaimed EP and a couple of 7″ records, and they didn’t disappoint with their long player. Over the past two years, I’ve gotten a lot of stuff in the mailbag that I would have never known about otherwise. This is one of my favorites from that lot. They’re on a great Norwegian boutique label called Riot Factory, and a sub-label there called Sad Songs For Happy People.
This is sun-drenched dream pop at its best. Slowdive-y in some parts, Cocteaus-y in others.

16) Houses — A Quiet Darkness
This is the second album by the ambient electronic/dream pop duo. It’s a concept album about a couple who find themselves separated after a nuclear disaster. They make several attempts to reunite at designated points along California’s Highway 10. Abandoned houses, and places like that. All of their attempts fail, and in the end the both die. It’s a depressing story, but it’s a beautiful album. I saw this band at Hopscotch, and although they had a very long delay while they tried to get their gear to work, they still put on a good set. You really need to listen to this album from front to back uninterrupted. I love their warm electronics and their marvelous vocal harmonies.

15) Waxahatchee — Cerulean Salt
This is the second album by indie-folk/rock singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Back in her home state of Alabama, she was in a punk band with her twin sister Allison. Allison is now in Swearin’ and Katie is Waxahatchee. They both played at Hopscotch, and although I planned to see Waxahatchee, the delay at the Houses set meant that I was 45 minutes behind schedule and I was only able to catch one song of the Waxahatchee set. Still, very good.
While her first album is about a nasty breakup that she went through, this album is a little less personal in nature. Because of her vocal style, I’m reminded a lot of the Vancouver indie duo Drawn Ship. Even the slower songs are energetic, and I love it

14)Wax Idols —Discipline and Desire
This is the second album by the Oakland post-punk/goth quartet. The first album was pretty much a solo effort from frontwoman Hether Fortune. That one is more oriented towards pop-punk, and it doesn’t really tickle my fancy very much. She’s got a full band, and a lot more depth on this magnificent but gloomy album.
The thick bass lines, the heavy tone, the moistened gloomy tone of it all seems like it should totally be from London in the late 1970s instead of Oakland. It’s easy to pick out reference points like Joy Division and Siouxie and The Banshees. Even the early stuff by The Cure.
I missed my chance to see Wax Idols back in the spring. They played near here and I had a ticket, but on the night of the show, I just wasn’t feeling up to it. Hopefully, they’ll be back around soon.

Don’t forget… I’ve mentioned it a bunch of times, but Slumberland Records is having a huge sale on their entire music catalog, so now’s the perfect time to stock up on this and other fantastic SLR records going all the way back to 1989.

13) Panda Riot — Northern Automatic Music
Panda Riot formed in Philadelphia back in 2007 or 2008 when the founding members were working together making a film about dolphins and porpoises. A couple of lineup changes later, they’re in Chicago, and they released their second album Northern Automatic Music. There’s a lot of drum machine and other synthetics, and they do come off as a bit dance-y at times, but it’s really just atmospheric shoegaze-y dream pop with a bit of a beat. The album is meant to “evoke nighttime, UFOs, and pyramids in the sky”. It’s pretty clear from this batch of songs that they’re really into bands like Curve and My Bloody Valentine.

12)Hayden — Us Alone
This is the seventh album for the Toronto indie-folk icon. As a rule, I’m a big Hayden fan, but I wasn’t especially keen on the albums that he released in 2008 and 2009. I was pleasantly surprised by Us Alone, as it got back to what I really like about Hayden. His songs are dark and sad and beautiful. The two albums that I didn’t care for had different production values and seemed really polished. and it felt wrong. With this one, he made a deliberate attempt to make the record sound like a band playing in a room. He played all the instruments himself, just like he did on his older albums. More intimate. More real.
I really like this album, and one of the highlights of it is the song “Blurry Nights”, on which the terrific Lou Canon provides guest vocals. It’s a bit creepy because it’s a song about having a dirty affair, and Lou Canon happens to be his sister-in-law. Here’s another song about having a secret affair

11)Bleeding Rainbow — Yeah Right
This Philadelphia noise-pop band used to be called Reading Rainbow until Carrie Brownstein told them that their name sucked. Bleeding Rainbow is a much more appropriate name for what they’re doing. Huge, fuzzy, noisy songs delivered in a very delicate way. I had never heard of them until I saw them open for A Place To Bury Strangers last autumn. They played most of the songs from the album, which didn’t get released until about five weeks after that show. Female vocals, lots of feedback, pedal stomping, and good old-fashioned noise. Wave after wave of sheer noise. Everything that I like in a noise-pop band. It was one of the first records that I got in 2013, and I knew than that it would end up with a good spot on my year-end list.

There are just ten albums left in the countdown. Stay tuned for those.

Our Favorite Records of 2013 from 30-21

This year, I’ve decided to do a countdown of my favorite 40 new release albums of 2013. Here’s how the countdown started, and now it continues, starting with my #30 album of the year 2013:

Click on the album artwork to be taken to a great place to buy each album.

30)The History of Apple Pie — Out of View
This is the debut album from the fuzzy, noisy indie pop band from London. It was one of the first releases of 2013 and it got a ton of buzz for a debut record. Like a lot of bands who have records in this countdown, they’ve been influenced heavily by the indie rock and shoegaze of the early to mid 1990s. I was tipped off to them when they had an excellent Daytrotter session last October. I pre-ordered a physical copy of the album and I was very pleased when it arrived.

29)Slowness — For Those Who Wish To See the Glass Half Full
This San Francisco-based noise pop/dream pop band has been around for about 6 years, but they just released their debut record this year. They have a bit of a brit-pop sound to them mixed in with their take on dream pop. It’s a bit like The Catherine Wheel or maybe even the poppier Ride songs.

28)Joanna Gruesome — Weird Sister
The debut album by this Cardiff five-piece is a very impressive piece of noise pop blended with twee. Quiet and loud together. Sweet and sour together. Lots of feedback and lots of lush harmonies. One of many fantastic releases by Slumberland Records this year. Slumberland is, by the way, having a huge sale at their web shop. All records, going all the way back to 1989, are on sale. Anywhere between 20% to 60% off the already good prices. You have every reason to treat yourself to this brilliant record and lots of others.

27) No Joy — Wait To Pleasure
This is the second album from the Montréal doomgaze/dream pop band. I stumbled upon the new record somewhere and after about ten seconds of listening, I stopped what I was doing to buy a download of this fantastically noisy record.

26) Nightmare Air — High in The Lasers
It may be the worst album cover of the year, but I really like this album by the Los Angeles indie-pop/noise pop/shoegaze three-piece. It’s worth noting that Dave Dupuis, who is the co-front of this band, is also in the shoegaze-y band Film School. This is one of the many great releases by Saint Marie Records, who very quickly became one of my favorite record labels this year. At times, this band sounds like Metric. At other times, they sound like A Place To Bury Strangers. It’s like they’re the band that The Joy Formidable wishes they were.

25)SPC ECO — Sirens and Satellites
The new album by the multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia from Curve and his lovely daughter Rose Berlin is every bit as good as we’ve come to expect from this outstanding band. This is their fourth album along with a bunch of EPs, and it’s my favorite thing of theirs. Berlin is maturing and getting better at what she does while Garcia isn’t dropping off one bit. Berlin’s vocals are impossibly ethereal and angelic, even while she delivers a cold-hearted line like “You’re a fucking waste of space”. This album has a couple of spots where it gets a little rave-y for my taste, but I really do love it.

24)Mogwai — Les Revenants
I know that I said this list was supposed to be about proper albums and that I wasn’t considering movie soundtracks. This should be disqualified because of that, but I’m still going to allow it. This is an album of songs that the Scottish post-rock band was contracted to make for a French teevee show about zombies. They wrote the music without knowing exactly what they had signed up for, and it frankly took people by surprise. Mogwai is normally quite gloomy, quite loud and quite guitar-and-effects oriented. It’s still a bit gloomy, but this album is very low-key and very much built around piano and tuned percussion. It’s a lovely and very welcome departure if you ask me.

23) Jetman Jet Team — We Will Live The Space Age
This is the debut record by the Seattle shoegaze/space rock band. And it’s another of the very fine releases by Saint Marie Records this year. This band is all about Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, and that makes them alright in my book. They wear those influences on their sleeve, and they even made very quick work of covering one of the new MBV songs. It’s not on this album, but on an EP that they released earlier this year, they did a cover of “New You”. Just days after m b v was released.

22) Drowner — You’re Beautiful, I Forgive You
This is the first full-length album by the shoegaze/dream pop band from Houston. And this is another of the fine releases on Saint Marie Records. Although the production is a bit strange, this is a completely beautiful noisy record. There are moments of fragility juxtaposed against moments of sheer noise. In some moments, I’m reminded of something as ethereal and lovely as Siddal, and in others I’m reminded of something much denser and more grave than that.

21)The Fauns — Lights
This Bristol shoegaze band self-released a very good debut record four years ago. Without the benefit of a label or a PR firm, the album gained a bunch of traction both in the UK and in the US. This go-round, they have a bit of help in those departments, and the second album is also very good. It was released digitally right at the beginning of December, and like a couple of others on the list, I think that I might give it I higher spot if it had come out in July or something like that. Although I’ve listened to the album a bunch of times, I finally got my own digital copy just the other day, and I love it. Maybe I like the first half of the album better than the second half, but it’s still very good as a whole.

That completes the first half of the countdown. Look for the countdown to continue in a few hours, when I’ll highlight albums 20-11 of my favorite albums of the year.

Our Favorite Records of 2013 from 40-31

2013 has been a spectacular year for new releases. There were a lot of band reunions. There were a lot of “first new record in ten or more years”. There were a lot of great new records by familiar bands. Most importantly, there were a bunch of brilliant records by bands who are new to me, and a lot of brilliant debut records. It’s been a big year of discovery.
I got more new release albums this year than I have in any previous year. My first order of operation was the easy
one of narrowing all of my 2013 acquisitions down to a list of 80 that I liked a lot. I wanted to whittle that down to 60, then 35, then 28. It didn’t really work out that way. Every time I got the list below 30, I realized that it just wasn’t going to work. I finally settled on a top 40. A lot of albums that I liked a bunch didn’t make the list. A lot of albums that I had very high hopes for did not make the list. I might write something about those that didn’t make the list, but for now, I’m eager to share the ones that did make the list.

The rules are pretty simple. The albums had to have been released in 2013. They have to be full albums. They have to be new material. No re-issues. No tribute albums. No compilation albums. No motion picture soundtracks.

Here are the albums from 40-21. For each album, click on the artwork to go to a place to buy the album. And please buy the albums. Don’t fileshare or pirate them.

40) Rachel Zeffira — The Deserters
This Canadian-born, UK-based classically trained singer has been working with a band called Cat’s Eyes, and released her solo debut early this year. It was a late 2012 release in the UK, but in the rest of the world, it was released in March of 2013. It’s super-dreamy and cinematic. But instead of heavily delayed guitar bits, there’s a ton of piano on her record. It’s like Julee Cruise minus David Lynch, plus Tim Burton. The album features a magnificent cover of the My Bloody Valentine song “To Here Knows When”

39) Mazzy Star — Seasons of Your Day
I’m a big fan of all things Hope Sandoval, and I was really looking forward to this, the first new Mazzy Star record since the 1996 album Among My Swan. Two of the new songs were released two years ago as a bit of a teaser, and the album finally came out on September 24. I really like the first half of the album, but the second half doesn’t strike me as “worth the 17-year wait”. Even with that second half letdown, the album still got a bunch of spins at my house. “California” is one of the standout tracks from the first half of the album:

38) Eluvium — Nightmare Ending
Eluvium is one of many noms de plume for the Portland experimental/ambient/electronic musician Matthew Cooper. He’s released a bunch of records under this and other names, but this double album is the first one that I’ve ever gotten. Very nice atmospheric stuff. Serene. There’s a ton of piano on this record, but not so much on this song:

37) Widowspeak — Almanac
This is the second album by the Brooklyn dream-pop/indie-folk duo. They don’t write a bunch of songs that sound like each other, and it’s not really easy to describe them for that reason. What they certainly are, though, is a hard-working band. This album came out in the spring, followed by an EP of new material in the autumn. They have a new record scheduled for release sometime in the first half of 2014.

36) San Fermin — San Fermin
San Fermin is an eight-piece band when they play live, but it’s entirely the work of one Brooklyn man named Ellis Ludwig-Leone. He wrote all of these songs knowing that he would eventually collaborate with a bunch of musicians, but he purposefully did it before he even started trying to fill out the band. I saw about 10 minutes of their set at Hopscotch, and was pretty impressed. They’re better live than on the record, but it’s still a great record somewhat reminiscent of The National and Sufjan Stevens

35)Girls Names — The New Life.
The second album from the Belfast surf-rock/shoegazers. One of many fantastic new releases by Slumberland Records. It might be one of the most overlooked new releases of the year.

34)Bleached — Ride Your Heart.
This is the debut album by this LA band centered around a pair of sisters who have a lot of love for 1990s punk rawk. Their album came out in the spring and had a ton of advance praise. I loved it after only about ten seconds. Actually, I loved it before I even heard a note of it. They had me hook, line, and sinker with that album cover.

33)Fear Of Men — Early Fragments
Technically, this shouldn’t be in this list. This isn’t properly a new album. Early Fraagments is actually a singles collection from the Brighton lo-fi dream pop quartet. They were supposed to have a new album out this year, but I guess that it never happened. However, this stuff is way too good not to include here. I’m reminded quite a bit of the Canadian duo Memoryhouse, and that’s a really good thing.

32)Cumulus — I Never Meant it To Be Like This
Debut record by the Seattle indie-pop trio. They channel a lot of early 1990s twee and cuddlepunk, and that’s why I love this special new band. This was a late addition to the group of 2013 releases, and in a different version of this list, I had this album place much higher.
They already had me with their look and their sound, but I’m a sucker for sassy lyrics like this:

You said you were so lonely
I’ll make you less lonely
Come get un-lonely with me

Uh… Yes, ma’am!

31) Ceremony — Distance
This is a very late addition to the list. The album was released digitally just a couple of days ago. If it had been released in June or something like that, it would be much higher in this list. The band is named after the Joy Division song, and is made up of two guys who used to be in a band with Oliver Ackermann from A Place To Bury Strangers. It’s no surprise, then, that this sounds like it’s made of the same wood as APTBS. Just a good old-fashioned relentless wall of distorted noise.

So there’s the bottom ten. Look for 30-21 either late tonight or sometime tomorrow. When it’s all done, I’ll post the composite list without commentary.

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