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Favourite Albums of 2013

So much music passes through the TWG studio, and everyone loves a good recommendation, so why not make a list? Last week over lunch we all jumped into a Google doc and shared our favourite albums and songs of 2013.  Turns out TWGers are serious about their music and some had a hard time choosing just one. Fraudulent ballots were cast, someone voted over 12 times (I’m looking at you Eric), but after narrowing things down to only one pick each, we present our “best of 2013″ music list, for those of you who require fuel for your headphones.

Listen to the playlist using the above 8tracks mix, or checkout the Rdio playlist.

Willy Mason – Carry On

“The video alone for I got gold should be enough to convince you to listen this album” – Marty

Song pick: What is This

Siriusmo – Enthusiast

“Brilliant Berlin techno/electronica. Every song is awesome. Some serious dance-y stuff, some rap (British + German) and some tracks that are ridiculously layered/beautiful/complex. Has been on repeat for a month.” – Peter

Song pick: Doctor Break

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

“This was a much harder task then I thought it would be. Turns out my two favourite albums of 2013 came out in 2012. BOO! But this album still gets heavy rotation at my house. I love Josh Homme’s voice and dig the lyrical themes of the songs. But it’s the guitar riff in “Fairweather Friends” that gets me everytime. Because I don’t follow instructions well, I want to give honourable mentions to White Lies and Vampire Weekend for stellar albums as well. ” – Amber

Song pick: Fairweather Friends



Song pick: WHO I AM

Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

“LA produced Folk Pop. Similar to Local Natives, with a few more stops along the train tracks” – Eric

Song pick: Lonesome Dreams

Kavinsky – Outrun

“There’s a lot of 1980s resurgent retro-techno out there, but Kavinsky manages to build a prog-rock style theme into this album, taking it over the top. “Night Call” alone makes it a top pick.” – Scott

Song pick: Protovision

Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail

“The one lyric won me over ‘And somewhere in America . . . . Miley Cyrus is still twerking. . . . twerk, twerk, twerk Miley Miley twerk'” – Amanda

Song pick: Somewhere in America

Haim – Days are Gone

Este Haim’s legendary bass face says more than I ever possibly could about how happy this band make me” – Holly

Song pick: The Wire

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Young – Twelve Reasons to Die

The instrumental version of Ghostface’s latest solo release completely stands on its own as a dirty, funky masterpiece” – Derek

Song pick: The Sure Shot (Parts One & Two)

Gesaffelstein – Aleph

“Kickass industrial techno. Music for real men.” – Oleg

Song pick: Pursuit

Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

“Smooth and ethereal and wistful.” – Chris M.

Song pick: San Francisco

Drake – Nothing Was the Same

“(Determined solely by Rdio play count) Almost every track is solid. Reminds me of some early Drake stuff I loved.” – Brian

Song pick: Worst Behavior

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

“It’s Never Over” – Emerson

Song pick: Reflektor

Death – For All the World to See

“I’ve never really been into punk at all but happened to check out a doc on Netflix titled A Band Called Death about this little known and well-ahead-of-their-time pre-Ramones punk band” – Mark

Song pick: Where Do We Go From Here

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

“This album (and particularly, ‘Get Lucky’) was a celebratory soundtrack to the onset of warm weather in 2013. Get Lucky was the jam: smooth, danceable disco-funk overlayed with Pharell’s smooth crooning and Daft Punk’s signature vocoders. Awww yeah…” – Irfan

Song pick: Get Lucky

David Bowie – Next

“With the greying of my hair and the impending realization that my outmoded musical tastes and dad-like appreciation for 70s Rock is alienating me from my peers, it was a breath of fresh air to see new work from an artist I’ve heard of. The Next Day delightfully pays homage to Bowie’s musical heritage while breaking new ground, bringing appreciation for his work to the modern youth much in the way of Cher’s Believe.” – Tom

Song pick: Where Are We Now

Cut/Copy – Free Your Mind

“A grower, but an excellent piece of electro” – Rob

Song pick: We Are Explorers

Times Neue Roman – Vehicle

“Toronto-based hip hop duo, fresh beats” – Jessica

Song pick: So Many Females

Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

“Great synth tracks topped with some strong vocals and great music writing make this the top for me. Some great picks include Recover, Gun, The Mother We Share and Science/Visions. Recover in particular has a great pre-chorus build up that transitions into some solid verses that transition the sound in a similar way that you would in the bridge. Some other great related artists include Haim, HAERTS and St. Lucia.” – Steph

Song pick: Recover

Caravan Palace – Panic
caravan palace

“Came out in 2012, but fantastic and it’s been on my coding rotation this year. The whole album is a gooder.” – Shane

Song pick: Cotton Heads

Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap

– Andrew

Song pick: Acid Rap

Protest the Hero – Volition

– Stephen

Song pick: Plato’s Tripartite

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

– Chris E.

Song pick: Tesselate

Dawes – Stories Don’t End

– Andres

Song pick: From a Window Seat

The Bloody Beatroots – Hide

– Matt

Song pick: Spank

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