Guest Post: Seven Albums That Came Out in 2013 That Mike Listened To and Enjoyed the Most

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[ As per our annual tradition around here, my friend Mike has stopped by to share some of his favorite albums of 2013 with us. Enjoy! -S ]

This was a bizarre year for me. I had to buy a new car and as such could not go to Lollapalooza, and as such was . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Seven Albums That Came Out in 2013 That Mike Listened To and Enjoyed the Most

Marissa Nadler, “The Sister”

Tweet Marissa Nadler’s been busy lately, with two releases in a year. The Sister is her follow-up and companion to 2011’s self titled album. While last year’s release was heavy on heartbreak and longing, Nadler looked a little more broadly for inspiration on this one. It’s still not a perky affair, as Nadler’s etheral vocals . . . → Read More: Marissa Nadler, “The Sister”

Amanda Mair, “Amanda Mair”

Tweet Amanda Mair is further proof that there is something strange and maybe mystical going on in Sweden. Mair is only 17 years old, singing about love and break-ups and longing. For everyone who needs to take a moment to feel really old right now, go ahead. I know what I was doing when I . . . → Read More: Amanda Mair, “Amanda Mair”

Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, “Perlas”

Tweet Josephine Foster teams up for a second time with husband Victor Herrero and his band on this collection of Spanish folk songs and poems. This is a follow-up to their 2010 release Anda Jaleo, which has a similar old world sound to Perlas, which was recorded live to tape in Spain. The recording has . . . → Read More: Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, “Perlas”

Rocky Votolato, “Television of Saints”

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Rocky Votolato is another former kinda-punk rock singer (Waxwing, Lying on Loot) who discovered that he also had an aptitude for dreamier, more sentimental folk rock over the past ten years. Television of Saints is a fan-funded album via Kickstarter, and is a bit more bare-bones than some of his other releases. . . . → Read More: Rocky Votolato, “Television of Saints”

Father John Misty, “Fear Fun”

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Father John Misty is the newest project from former Fleet Foxes drummer J. (Josh) Tillman, although the album for the most part doesn’t sound particularly Fleet Fox-y, which is probably the sound that Tillman was going for. The album bounces between several different sounds — dreamy, high harmonies; straight up country rock; . . . → Read More: Father John Misty, “Fear Fun”