Saturday, September 5, 2015

Top Ten Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend! Kurt Vile! Parquet Courts! Janelle Monae! More!

Top Ten Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend put together one of the year´s top albums.
Vampire Weekend put together one of the year's top albums.

My annotated list of the Top Ten albums of 2013, running alphabetically from Bombino to Kanye West, is in Sunday's Inquirer A & E section. You can find that here and punch in access code J85T if you're not (yet) a subscriber.

Below, check out 10 videos, one for each of the selections. Make sure you make it down to Kurt Vile's "Wakin' On A Pretty Day" for a time lapse video of the making of the  "Wakin On A Pretty Day" mural near I-95 by Steve "ESPO" Powers that is the Wakin On A Pretty Daze album cover.  The animated William Onyeabor clip is also quite cool.

Previously: 2013 Songs of the Year Follow In The Mix on Twitter

Bombino, “Azamane Tiliade,” from Nomad (Nonesuch).

Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone,” from Southeastern (Southeastern)

Laura Marling, “Master Hunter,” from Once I Was An Eagle (Ribbon Music)

Janelle Monae, “Q.U.E.E.N.” feat. Erykah Badu, from The Electric Lady (Bad Boy)

Ashley Monroe, “Two Weeks Late,” from Like A Rose (Warner Bros.)

William Onyeabor, “Atomic Bomb,” from Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)

Parquet Courts, “Stoned an Starving,” from Light Up Gold (What’s Your Rupture?)

Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young,” from Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

Kurt Vile, “Wakin On A Pretty Day,” from Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze (Matador)

Kanye West, “Black Skinhead,” from Yeezus

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