Top 15 Austin Albums of 2013
Man. Austin had a pretty incredible year; it was a far better year than I’ve encountered recently, making my ears, mind and heart quite proud of our hometown. ¬†While it’s obviously difficult to get in on every single band in Austin, I made a list of the albums that were most impactful throughout the year, 2013. ¬†I purposefully left off EPs and singles, not because I didn’t enjoy those, but because this is a list of top ALBUMS! ¬†I’m sorry to those we left off, and encourage you all to send us your music as we continue our push to be a great voice for Austin music. ¬†Without further ado…this is how we do it.¬†
15 – Slugbug – Truck Month
This is an LP for those willing to take that extra step into the odd. ¬†Careful thought and detail are put into every note.
14 – Aisha Burns – Life in the Midwater
Multi-instrumentalist for Balmorhea steps out on her own to wow us with her beautiful voice.
13 – Friendly Savages – O, Joshua
Modern folk music being made the way it should be.
12 – The Zoltars – Walking Through the Dark
This is a record that emphasizes the perfect meld between pop sensibility and garage pop ethos.
11 – East Cameron Folkcore – For Sale
No band made a bigger name for themselves than this large organic beast, leaving us with gutsy folk music that holds onto the rough edges.
10 – Sweet Talk – Pickup Lines
Never a bad time to make pop-punk in Austin, especially when you’re doing it this well.
9 ¬†– Jesse Woods – Get Your Burden Lifted
Jesse was one of those artists that we were happy to discover at our offices this year. ¬†This is an artist waiting for throngs of Austin fans.
8 ¬†– Frank Smith – Nineties
Frank Smith is a band, not a man. ¬†They play great alternative influenced rock n’ roll; they killed their set at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year.
7 – Black Books – s/t
Promise of their early sounds finally came to fruition on this magnificent LP; I’ve never heard them sound as huge as they do here.
6 – A Giant Dog – Bone
Sabrina might get more notice for Bobby Jealousy, but when she fronts this group, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
5 – Knifight – Dark Voices
This LP reminded us that despite our adoration for moderately poppy tunes, that we still have a dark animal inside all of us.
4 – Love Inks – Generation Club
The dreamiest pop record to be made in our hometown this year. Ignore the de facto husband and wife nod…they’re so much more.
3 – Ola Podrida – Ghosts Go Blind
Dave Wingo added a full band sound for this LP, but he still maintained the intimacy that’s made his music so important to us.
2 – Royal Forest – Spillway
This song wears Austin on its sleeve. You want a group that encompasses the past and future of Austin music? Here it is.
1 – Mirror Travel – Mexico
The band formerly knows as Follow That Bird delivered a gem of an album that’s great for any time of year, thus deserving of a number one spot.
This is just our arbitrary list based upon our own likes, but we are aware it’s not an end-all-be-all. ¬†But, before you get angry or disagree, take some time to go enjoy some of these great records; buy them if you like them. ¬†Our city only continues to grow if we continue to invest in our artists. ¬†Thanks Austin bands for a great year, and we look forward to a solid 2014.