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GRIMEY'S STAFF PICKS - Best of 2013!
Here are our staff picks for the best music of 2013. Some are lists of new releases, some are fave albums plus live shows, some include reissues. This is what the staff of Grimey's like dug the most this past year. Feel free to use these lists as recommendations or as a gift-buying guide or to just make fun of our taste or ridicule us for not digging Kanye West. We don't care. We just love music and we're happy to share.

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D~Funk

Doyle "D-Funk" Davis:
(vinylist/co-owner/host of Indie Underground Hour):

new records:
Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare
White Denim - Corsicana Lemonade
Dr. Dog - B-Room
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Yo La Tengo - Fade
Jim James - Regions Of Light & Sound Of God
Robert Pollard - Honky Tonk Honey Locust 
Lady - Lady
Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle 
Jessica Pratt - JP
Bombino - Nomad
Dawes - Stripped Down At Grimey's
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

reissues:
Marcos Valle reissues on Light In The Attic
Grateful Dead - One From The Vault, Family Dog acoustic, Sunshine Daydream
Harry Nilsson - RCA Albums Collection box / Sessions 67-75 LP
Sly & The Family Stone - Higher box set
The Clash - Soundsystem box
Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat expanded 45th Anniversary reissue
William Onyeabor - World Psych Classics: Who Is William Onyeabor?

live shows:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at The Ryman
Goat at the High Watt
Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo
Bjork at Bonnaroo
Jim James at The Basement
Caitlin Rose/Steelism/Andrew Combs at Mercy Lounge
Dawes at Grimey's
Parquet Courts at Grimey's
Dr. Dog at Grimey's


Grimey

Mike "Grimey" Grimes (Grimey's co-owner / Basement proprietor):

1. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside 'Untamed Beast'
2. The Reneaus
3. Patrick Sweany 'Close To The Floor'
4. Tim Easton 'Not Cool'
5. White Denim 'Corsicana Lemonade'
6. Silver Seas 'Alaska'
7. Dr. Dog 'B-Room'
8 Tristen 'Caves'
9. Pond 'Hobo Rocket'
10. Courtney Barnett 'Avant-Gardener'


Anna

Anna Lundy (Indie Pop Princess / store manager):

1) Devendra Banhart - Mala
2) The Blow - The Blow
3) Nick Cave - Push The Sky Away
4) The Julie Ruin - Run Fast
5) The National - Trouble Will Find Me
5) William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor?
6) Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
7) Ty Segall - Sleeper
8) Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffins
9) Wooden Shjips - Back To Land
10) Yo La Tengo - Fade

Best Shows of 2013:

Nick Cave at the Ryman Auditorium
Goat at the High Watt
The Privates at Stone Fox
Elf Power at Track 29 (Chattanooga)
Half Japanese & Neutral Milk Hotel at The 40 Watt (Athens)


Josh

"Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer):

The Spinto Band-Cool Cocoon (most repeat plays this year)
Yo La Tengo-Fade
My Bloody Valentine-MBV
Joy Formidable-Wolf's Law
Eels-Wonderful Glorious
Mogwai-Les Revenants
Palma Violets-180
Low-The Invisible Way
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-Specter At The Feast
Junip-Junip
Edwyn Collins-Understated
Man or Astro-Man?-Defcon 5...4...3...2...1
Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
The National-Trouble Will Find Me
Primal Scream-More Light
Sigur Ros-Kveikur
Camera Obscura-Desire Lines
The Duckworth Lewis Method-Sticky Wickets
Editors-The Weight of Your Love
Whirr-Around
Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody-Black Horses
Medicine-To The Happy Few
Teen Getaway-Hits & Missives
Waxahatchee-Cerulean Salt
Franz Ferdinand-Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions
Crocodiles-Crimes of Passion
Superchunk-I Hate Music
Arctic Monkeys-AM
Tindersticks-Across Six Leap Years
Jensen Sportag-Stealth of Days
Suede-Bloodsports
Beady Eye-BE
Widowspeak-Almanac

As always...my favorite labels of the year. They can do no wrong in my opinion, seriously...check'em out!

Slumberland Records: Weekend, Black Hearted Brother, Terry Malts, Girls Names, The Mantles, etc.
Erased Tapes Records: Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick, etc.
Ample Play Records: Beat Mark, Sufis, Sudden Death of Stars, Bed Rugs, etc.


Mia

Mia Krout (Beer Wench / Finder of Lost Things / Straight-A Student ):

Some things I liked from this year in no particular order:
David Lynch -- Big Dream
Nick Cave -- Push the Sky Away
Devendra Banhart -- Mala
Coupler -- Sunless
Yo La Tengo -- Fade
My Bloody Valentine -- MBV
The National -- Trouble Will Find Me
The Features -- self-titled
Luke Temple -- Good Mood Fool
Ty Segall -- Sleeper
Califone -- Stitches
Wooden Shjips -- Back To Land
Oblivians -- Desperation

Old stuff that came back around:

Harry Nilsson -- Sessions 1967-75
Townes Van Zandt -- Sunshine Boy
Marcos Valle -- s/t + Previsao Do Tempo + Garra
Lee Hazlewood -- Light In The Attic keeps putting out that LHI stuff
and it is killer!
Skip James -- Complete 1931 Sessions
Otis Redding -- Lonely & Blue

Just a few of the awesome shows I saw in the last year of the top of my head:

Coupler at Richland Ballroom and at The Stone Fox
Lambchop at Cropped Out Fest
Lone Official reunion at The Stone Fox
Nick Cave at The Ryman
Goat at High Watt
Walkmen at The Mercy Lounge
The Privates at The Stone Fox
Television at The Georgia Theater


Ryan

Ryan "Ryno" Norris (Hardest Workin' Man In Show Business /
Resident Music Snob
):

New releases and reissues in no particular order:
1. Nick Cave "Push the Sky Away"
2. Yo La Tengo "Fade"
3. David Lynch "The Big Dream"
4. Devendra Banhart "Mala"
5. The National "Trouble Will Find Me"
6. My Bloody Valentine "MBV"
7. Townes Van Zandt "Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions
& Demos 1971-1972"
8. Marcos Valle "Marcos Valle", "Garra", "Vento Sul" and
"Previsao do Tempo" reissues
9. Factory Floor "S/T"
10. Four Tet "Beautiful Rewind"
11. Aphex Twin "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" reissue
12. Public Image Ltd. "Public Image: First Issue" reissue
13. V/A "Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2: Experimental German Rock
and Electronic Music 1972-1983" compilation


Matt
Matt Neidich (In-house Artiste):

Boards of Canada - Tomorrows Harvest
Ensemble Pearl - Ensemble Pearl
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels
Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffins
Yo La Tengo - Fade
Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992
Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods
Flaming Lips - The Terror
Coupler - Sunless
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
Wooden Shjips - Back To Land
The Features - The Features


Jason
Jason Bennett (The Wonder Boy / Semi-Vinylist):

In alphabetical order:
Albums:
Devendra Banhart - Mala
Bill Callahan - Dream River
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get...
Mikal Cronin - II
Deerhunter - Monomania
Mudhoney - Vanishing Point
Ty Segall - Sleeper
Superchunk - I Hate Music
Kurt Vile - Wakin' On A Pretty Daze
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

Reissues/Archival Releases:
Anonymous - Inside The Shadow
Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me
Country Soul Sisters
Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2
Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait
Roky Erickson - The Evil One, Gremlins Have Pictures, Don't Slander Me
Hackamore Brick - One Kiss Leads To Another
Nirvana - In Utero
P.I.L. - First Edition
The Sixth Station - Deep Night


Rodrigo

Rodrigo "Rodriguez EvanDando" Avendando:

My 13 favorite records of 2013, in alphabetical order:
Bill Callahan- Dream River
Nick Cave- Push the Sky Away
Coupler- Sunless
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
Deerhunter- Monomania
The Features- The Features
Cate Le Bon- Mug Museum
My Bloody Valentine- mbv
William Onyeabor- Who Is William Onyeabor?
Parquet Courts- Light Up Gold
Ty Segall- Sleeper
Marcos Valle- Light In the Attic reissues
Neil Young- Live at the Cellar Door

Favorite singles/EPs
Michael Hurly & Cass McCombs- split 7"
The Joy of Painting- Tender Age
Hits from the Streets- Dirty Dreams, No Regrets Coyote, OGG, Weekend Babes
Manatees- Treehouse 7"
OGG- One Against Two 7"


Sam

(the other) Sam Smith:

In no particular order...
Bill Callahan- Dream River
Richard Buckner- Surrounded
David Lynch- The Big Dream
Hiss Golden Messenger- Haw
Steve Gunn- Time Off
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Push The Sky Away
My Bloody Valentine- mbv
Ty Segall- Sleeper
Califone- Stitches
Boards Of Canada- Tomorrow's Harvest
Low- Invisible Way
Yo La Tengo- Fade
Heliocentrics- 13 Degrees Of Reality
El Michels Affair- Enter the 37th Chamber
Bob Dylan- Another Self Portrait

Local Favorites:
Coupler- Sunless
William Tyler- Impossible Truth
Promised Land Sound- S/T

Reissues/Compilations:
Song: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Co.(10th Anniversary Reissue) R.I.P. JMo
V/A- Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992 (6.4=makeout!)
V/A- Six Feet Under (Mississippi Records)
Lee Hazlewood- Trouble Is A Lonesome Town


Katie

Katie "Fancytramp" Banyay:

#1 on my list is the opening of Grimey's Too, Howlin Books, and Frothy Monkey!
So stoked on the growth of family. Love it.

(Chronological order of when released)
Newbies:
Marnie Stern - "The Chronicles of Marnia"
Wavves - "Afraid of Heights"
Thee Oh Sees - "Floating Coffin"
Fielded - "Ninety Thirty Thirty"
Still Corners - "Strange Pleasures"
True Widow - "Circumambulation"
Joanna Gruesome - "Weird Sister"
Darkside "Psychic"
David Liebe Hart Band - S/T
Liminanas - "Costa Blanca"

Reissues and compilations:
V/A - "Enjoy the Experience - Homemade Records 1958-1992"
(Gary Wilson! "6.4 = Makeout")
All the Roky Erickson albums that Light in the Attic put out.
Thank you!
William Onyeabor - "Who is William Onyeabor?"
Soundgarden - "Screaming Life" EP

Locals:
Nudity - "Supernatty/Oh Yeah" 7"
Coupler - "Sunless"
Bully - S/T EP
Those Darlins - "Blur The Line"


Tyler

Tyler "T-Glaze" Glaser (Resident Film Buff / Semi-Vinylist):

Top 10 New Records
1. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
2. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
3. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
4. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
5. White Fence - Cyclops Reap
6. D. Watusi - Dark Party
7. Mikal Cronin - MCII
8. Josh Ritter - Beast In It's Tracks
9. Jacuzzi Boys - Jacuzzi Boys
10. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Top 5 Reissues/Compilations
1. Roky Erickson - Evil One
2. Roky Erickson - Gremlins Have Pictures
3. Roky Erickson - Don't Slander Me
4. William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor?
5. Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait


Emma

 

"The Supoilative" Emma Kimbrough:

Deerhunter - Monomania
Jean luc Godard - Bandes Originales 1959-1980
Four Tet- Beautiful Rewind
Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo - Prince Avalanche
Daft Punk -Random Access Memories
Mikal Cronin - mc 11
Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Phosphorescent - Muchacho
my bloody valentine - mbv
Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Happy Jawbone Family Band - Happy Jawbone Family Band
Pharmakon - Abandon
Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me
Daftside - Random Access Memories Memories
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
King Tuff - Was Dead
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.a.a.d city
William Tyler - Impossible Truth
Fleetwood Mac - Rumors reissue
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 11
Nas-Illmatic reissue


Luke


Luke "Steel" Schneider:
I spent most of the year listening to the Faces, Neil Young,
and Angel Olsen, but here is my attempt at a best of 2013 list...

1. Bully--Brainfreeze EP
2. Grateful Dead--Sunshine Daydream
3. Sturgill Simpson--High Top Mountain
4. Julian Lynch---Lines
5. Yo La Tengo--Fade
6. Juliana Barwick--Nepenthe
7. Daft Punk--Random Access Memories
8. Tristen--Caves
9. Liquor Store--In the Garden
10. Still Corners--Strange Pleasures
11. D. Watusi--Dark Party
12. Beachwood Sparks--Desert Skies
13. Unknown Mortal Orchestra--II
14. Deerhunter--Monomania
15. Grouper--Man Who Died In His Boat
16. T. Hardy Morris--Audition Tapes (great record, check it out


Will

(lil) Will Orman:

1. Blue Hawaii - Untogether
2. Braids - Flourish // Perish
3. Juana Molina - Wed 21
4. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
5. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
6. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
7. Dutch Uncles - Out of Touch in the Wild
8. Rainer Veil - Struck EP
9. Pretty & Nice - Golden Rules for Golden People
10. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
11. Lapalux - Nostalchic
12. Huerco S. - Colonial Patterns
13. Glasser - Interiors
14. Bonobo - The North Borders
15. Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live
16. Autechre - Exai
17. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
18. Austra - Olympia
19. Dalhous - An Ambassador for Laing
20. Letherette - Letherette


Jacob

 

Jacob "The Kid" Eckert:

My Top Tens of 2013 (in no particular order):

Albums:
Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Steve Gunn - Time Off
Deerhunter - Monomania
Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
Primal Scream - More Light
Ensemble Pearl - Ensemble Pearl
Ty Segall - Sleeper

Songs:
Kurt Vile - "Goldtone"
Deerhunter - "T.H.M."
Thee Oh Sees - "Toe Cutter / Thumb Buster"
Steve Gunn - "Water Wheel"
My Bloody Valentine - "If I Am"
Boards of Canada - "Split Your Infinities"
Beck - "Defriended"
Death Grips - "Birds"
Queens of the Stone Age - "I Sat by the Ocean"
Primal Scream - "Hit Void"

Reissues:
R. Stevie Moore vinyl reissues (Personal Injury Records)
Robbie Basho - Visions of the Country (Gnome Life Records)
The Cleaners from Venus reissues (Captured Tracks)
All the Lee Hazlewood related things (Light in the Attic)
Public Image Ltd. - First Issue vinyl reissue (LITA)
Roky Erickson vinyl reissues (LITA)
J Dilla Donuts box set (Stones Throw)
Boards of Canada Reissues (Warp)
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue (Nonesuch)
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92 (Apollo)


Aaron

 

Aaron Briggs (the pinch hitter):

Favorite New Records:

Neko Case -- The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight,
... The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Goat -- World Music
Elvis Costello and The Roots -- Wise Up Ghost
Vampire Weekend -- Modern Vampires of the City
Yo La Tengo -- Fade
Wild Nothing -- Empty Estate EP
Okkervil River -- The Silver Gymnasium
Califone -- Stitches
HOTPIPES -- Dust
Caitlin Rose -- The Stand In
Bill Callahan -- Dream River
The National -- Trouble Will Find Me
William Tyler -- Impossible Truth
Frightened Rabbit -- Pedestrian Verse

Reissues and Assorted Whatnot:

Harry Nilsson - RCA Albums Collection box / Sessions 67-75 LP
Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me
R.E.M. -- Green 25th Anniversary Remaster



Dillon
Dillon:

My top 13 of '13 in reverse alphabetical order:

Washed Out - Paracosm
Volcano Choir - Repave
Phosphorescent - Muchacho
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On
Knife Party - Haunted House EP
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band - Bubblegum
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
Keaton Henson - Birthdays
James Blake - Overgrown
Dr. Dog - B-Room
A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP
Arctic Monkeys - AM