Joe’s Top 20 Albums of 2013

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OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER

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I hate this time of year. OK, maybe hate is a little harsh, but I definitely feel ways about this time of year that aren’t exactly pleasant. I’m talking of course about the “best of the year” list season. For the past 4 years or so I’ve taken it upon myself, for whatever reason, to share my list of top ten or twenty (or forty) favorite albums of the year and every year I experience an abnormal amount of stress and pressure to get it absolutely right. This is next to impossible because I keep changing my mind every 2 to 3 hours. This year is no exception. In fact, I find myself 3 weeks into 2014 still contemplating if Arcade Fire should be lower or higher on the list than Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It changes every day. So it’s with this in mind (and the fact that the Grammy’s are on tonight) that I’ve decided to release my list for 2013, as is. I’ve written no explanations for each entry and the order (save for the top 3) will never stop changing, so I submit this as an idea of where my head was at and at the very least a representation of music I think you should listen to or at least be aware of that came out in 2013. Stress is for suckers. Enjoy.

20. The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law20140112-155102.jpg

19. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals20140112-155436.jpg

18. Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP 220140112-155613.jpg

17. MIA – Matangi20140112-155745.jpg

16. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
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15. Yeah Yeahs Yeahs – Mosquito20140112-160104.jpg

14. Arcade Fire – Reflektor20140112-155859.jpg

13. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow20140112-160204.jpg

12. Snoop Lion – Reincarnated20140112-160253.jpg

11. Nico Vega – Fury Oh Fury EP20140112-160347.jpg

10. Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork20140112-160444.jpg

9. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow20140112-160532.jpg

8. Savages – Silence Yourself20140112-160826.jpg

7. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories20140112-160903.jpg

6. HAIM – Days Are Gone20140112-161007.jpg

5. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires In The City20140112-161047.jpg

4. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks20140112-161124.jpg

3. Arctic Monkeys – AM20140112-161205.jpg

2. Kanye West – Yeezus20140112-161244.jpg

1. Lorde – Pure Heroine20140112-161320.jpg