The snow is falling outside. My new home in Bloomington, Indiana is expected to see another three inches of snow in addition to the five that have already fallen. My shoes are soaked, my feet are cold, but my heart is warm. Band practice is in three hours. Outside my brick walls and enormous window exists a blank white palette. The debut record from California hardcore punk act Drug Church is pumping through my stereo. The last song fades, and I switch to the new-school screamo act Vales. The youngsters in Code Orange Kids, who put out the heaviest record ever last year with Love Is Love // Return To Dust, is queued up. The American underground is alive with bands creating new and exciting music; bands that are jumping at the opportunity to play for 30 people in an Iowa basement, and will record new material for a limited pressing tape cassette put out by a college student’s record label. This is the world that my top 10 list has its origins. The outliers are obvious: I loved the new Lorde album, and the newest records from Odd Future teammates Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt are $wagadelic. Death Grips broke my heart by bailing on Lollapalooza in the name of performance art, but we made up with the surprise release of Government Plates, which I approximated to be my 16th favorite album of this year. This list, however, will focus on my top 10 LPs and top 10 EPs of 2013. On with the show.
10. Tigers Jaw – Hum (released November 19, 2013)
9. Dads – Pretty Good (released August 6, 2013)