Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One WMBR Music Director's Best 30 Records of 2013


Dear all,

Well, we're at the close of another great year in music. Below, in alphabetical order, are the 30 pieces of music that really got to me this past year. I don't really have a favorite, per se, but if you made me pick I think I would choose the Moondoggies' Adios, I'm a Ghost. I have a real soft spot for bands that know who and what they are and simply play good, old fashioned rock and roll without the bullshit. Glossary is that kind of band and so are the Moondoggies, especially on this record. I'd love to hear what you think, what I've missed, and what you think I got wrong in the comments. Well, that's not true. I'd like to hear from everyone except my co-music director, Patrick Bryant. I have a general idea what he thinks. :-)

As always if you are curious about any of this music please support the artists and don't download them for free from the interwebs. Go buy 'em so they can keep on keepin' on.

Here's to 2014!

Happy holidays,

Christopher, Co-Music Director, WMBR, 88.1 fm


1860 / Artificial Daylight / Konunglega Siglingasambandi├░

Billy Bragg / Tooth & Nail / Essential Music

Caught A Ghost / Nightworks / +1 Music

Death Hymn Number 9 / Third Degree Moon Burns / Alternative Tentacles

Doomriders / Grand Blood / Deathwish, Inc.

Dylan Ryan Sand / Sky Bleached / Cuneiform

The Excitements / Sometimes Too Much Ain't Enough / Penniman Records

Greg 'Stackhouse' Prevost / Mississippi Murderer / Mean Disposition

Hidden Masters / Of This & Other Worlds / Rise Above

Hiss Golden Messenger / Haw / Paradise of Bachelors

John Grant / Pale Green Ghosts / Partisan Records

John Murry / The Graceless Age / Evangeline Recording

Joel R.L. Phelps & the Downer Trio / Gala / 12XU

Kurt Von Stetten / Broken, but not undone / Static Motor

Laura Mvula / Sing to the Moon / RCA

Love / Black Beauty / High Moon Records

Lucero / Texas & Tennessee / ATO Records

Mark Mulcahy / Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You / The Mezzotint Label

Missing Monuments / S/T / Dirtnap Records

Mona & Maria / My Sun / Jansen Plateproduksjon

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band / Promises To Deliver / Dead Broke Records

The Men / New Moon / Sacred Bones

Wooden Wand / Blood Oaths of the New Blues / Fire Records

New Model Army / Between Dog and Wolf / Eagle Rock Records

Paul Messis / Case Closed / State Records

The Resonars / Crummy Desert Sound / Burger Records

Rhys Chatham / Harmonie du soir / Northern Spy

Sam Amidon / Bright Sunny South / Nonesuch

Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) / The Low Highway / New West

The Moondoggies / Adios, I'm a Ghost / Hardly Art