The end of the year is almost upon us, which of course means its time for every music aficionado with a keyboard and an opinion to throw up a list of the best albums of the year. Here’s the 10 best as per yours truly, Shaman.
10.) Marijuana Deathsquads – Music Rocks, Vol. I and II
It’s rather interesting, as there really isn’t much for me to say about “Catching Fire”. It was a good film, it was extremely enjoyable, and had fun and more mature performances from its leads, but it just ended up feeling artificial to me. The post-apocalyptic nation of Panem is nightmarish, and the ideas behind the “Hunger Games” are wonderfully inventive, but to me, any teen-centered film series based on books after the “Harry Potter” films have a huge weight on their shoulders. Films like the “Hunger Games” are challenged to remain loyal to the books they were based on, while also making the films fun to watch over and over again. J.K. Rowling’s series was able to do this; I don’t feel the same way about Suzanne Collins’. With each successive “Harry Potter” film, I was able to re-watch each picture multiple times, discovering something new on every occasion. I have now seen the first “Hunger Games” three times, and it offers nothing more to me. It’s a shame that I have to compare these two film series and I can’t just let each stand alone, but that’s the way it is in the world of movies. Next week catch my review of “Dallas Buyers Club” right here at wcyt.org. Until next time, I’m Matt Hamilton and I have a severe aversion to books.
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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)