SPECIAL: Feed The Dog’s Top Albums of 2013

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Second verse, same as the first…

Yes, this is very late. Yes, I do this every year. Yes, I am much too lazy to piece together some poorly-written blurbs on why the following albums were the best albums of 2013.

General thoughts on this year in music….

– Amazing year for hip hop. Best album yet from Kanye. Exciting debuts from Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, and two A$AP Mobsters. Childish Gambino and Mac Miller followed up unfortunate debuts with impressive sophomore efforts. Mainstream talents like French Montana, Gucci Mane, Pusha T, Ace Hood, and Tyga had some hits. Blue Chips 2. Some rich homie named Quan. Versace, versace, versace.

– P.S. on that – some great rap mixtapes that DIDN’T make my list included releases from The Underachievers, Kevin Gates, Le1f, Denzel Curry, King Louie, and Rich Homie Quan.

– Women continue to dominate in indie music. HAIM blew my socks off. Savages punched me in the dick. British dames/dame-led bands Charli XCX, AlunaGeorge, CHVRCHES, and Jessie Ware made some nice records. Braids and Tennis returned from 2011. Sky Ferreira released a killer album and was a role model to young drug abusers everywhere. Not to mention M.I.A., Blue Hawaii, Sally Shapiro, Dungeonesse, Sleigh Bells… women killed the game in 2013.

– Maybe I don’t get My Bloody Valentine. Maybe I don’t get The Knife. I definitely don’t get Oneohtrix Point Never. Does that make me a bad person?

– The Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, and Vampire Weekend albums were beautifully produced, but not nearly worthy of the hype. Perfect examples of music you’re “supposed to like”. Nevermind the songs aren’t there. “Get Lucky” was annoying. Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City was actually solid, but about 30 spots shy of my top 10. Album of the year my ass.

– I don’t think any album was as overlooked as The Strokes’s Comedown Machine. Every song on that record is a hit. I don’t understand.

I guess that’s all I have to say for 2013. Remember, you can listen to my whole list on Spotify. There are a couple notable albums that you can’t find on Spotify but CAN download for free (legally) on DatPiff.com – Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap and Action Bronson & Party Supplies’ Blue Chips 2.

1. Kanye West – Yeezus

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2. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return

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3. HAIM – Days Are Gone

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4. FIDLAR – FIDLAR

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5. Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time

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6. Disclosure – Settle

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7. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap

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8. The Strokes – Comedown Machine

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9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

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10. Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

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11. James Blake – Overgrown

james-blake-overgrown 12. Charli XCX – True Romance

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13. AlunaGeorge – Body Music

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14. DJ Rashad – Double Cup

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15. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

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16. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

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17. Braids – Flourish // Perish

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18. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2

bluechips2 19. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety

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20. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord

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21. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

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22. Deerhunter – Monomania

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23. Tennis – Small Sound EP

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24. Savages – Silence Yourself

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25. John Wizards – John Wizards

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26. M.I.A. – Matangi

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27. Blue Hawaii – Untogether

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28. iceage – You’re Nothing

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29. Sally Shapiro – Somewhere Else

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30. Sleepies – Weird Wild World

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31. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

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32. Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities

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33. Deafheaven – Sunbather

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34. Slava – Raw Solutions

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35. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon

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36. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

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37. A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP

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38. Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse

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39. Born Ruffians – Birthmarks

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40. Siriusmo – Enthusiast

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41. Gauntlet Hair – Stills

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42. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals

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43. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

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44. Katy Perry – PRISM

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45. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Nanda Collection

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46. Wavves – Afraid of Heights

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47. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

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48. POLICA – Shulamith

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49. The Bloody Beetroots – HIDE

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50. DJ Earl – Obstacles

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Honorable Mentions
Childish Gambino – because the internet
Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
French Montana – Excuse My French
No Joy – Wait To Pleasure
California X – California X
Splashh – Comfort
Girls Names – The New Life
Diana – Perpetual Surrender
Prodigy & Alchemist – Albert Einstein

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