Aaron’s Favourites of 2013: Albums, Singles, & Concerts

by Aaron Vanimere on December 29, 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Paramount Theatre, Seattle (Photo by Aaron Vanimere)

Top 20 Albums

I tried to figure what I actually listened to the most and came back to repeatedly. As a result, there are some newer releases (or ones that I only got into recently) that missed the cut. This isn’t intended to be a “best-of”, just a what I (subjectively) enjoyed the most.

20. Drake, Nothing Was The Same

19. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bonnie ‘Prince” Billy

18. Zola Jesus, Versions

17. Crash Of Rhinos, Knots

16. Dirty Beaches, Drifters/Love Is The Devil

15. SubRosa, More Constant Than The Gods

14. Low, The Invisible Way

13. Arcade Fire, Reflektor

12. Wax Idols, Discipline + Desire

11. The National, Trouble Will Find Me

10. Willis Earl Beal, Nobody Knows

09. INVSN, INVSN

08. Kanye West, Yeezus

07. The Wonder Years, The Greatest Generation

06. Majical Cloudz, Impersonator

05. David Bowie, The Next Day

04. Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans On

03. Deafheaven, Sunbather

02. Suede, Bloodsports

01. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away

Top 10 Singles

My definition of a single was a song that had an official video released for it in 2013 (this was the easiest way to make a list that was distinct from my albums list).

10. Altar Of Plagues, “Mills/God Alone”

09. Disclosure, “When A Fire Starts To Burn”

08. Drake, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

07. The Knife, “Full Of Fire”

06. Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”

05. Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”

04. Majical Cloudz, “Bugs Don’t Buzz”

03. Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”

02. David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”

01. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “Higgs Boson Blues”

Top 5 Concerts (Edmonton)

05. Death @ The Pawn Shop

04. Despistado @ The Wunderbar

03. David Bazan @ House Show

02. Majical Cloudz @ Brixx

01. Shred Island (Friday w/ Fury Things, The Courtneys, Peace, Johnny de Courcy, et al.) @ Barber Ha

Top 5 Concerts (Outside of Edmonton)

05. Ketamines w/ Tough Age, Big Dick, and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs @ Imperial Pub (Toronto)

04. Sky Ferreira w/ How To Dress Well @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver)

03. Superchunk @ Flames Central (Calgary)

02. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds w/ Sharon Van Etten @ The Paramount Theatre (Seattle)

01. The Replacements w/ Iggy & The Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket From The Crypt, and Dinosaur Jr. @ Riot Fest (Toronto)

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