Dropbox Notes July 28, 2015

Surprise! I’ve finally had a chance to update these notes! I think you’ll find in the two months since I last posted here that new music continues to be very interesting this year with some pretty terrific goodies to listen to in the dropbox. With new releases from some old favorites (Wilco, D.O.A, Matt Pond PA, Destroyer, Ryan Adams); some terrific new bands (Wolf Alice, White Reaper, Grave Babies, Rose Windows, Strange Wilds); and some surprising releases from bands long thought dead (K’s Choice, Everclear, Metro Station, Veruca Salt) this is a varied and diverse dropbox. Everyone should find something to listen to that they will love. Heck, if your old, check out the Replacements Albums box and The Jam’s Greatest Hits collection. Truly, this is as diverse as it gets from me, with Citizens! (the one with the !) lovely song “All I Want Is You” punishing me with its catchy melody and pop hook. Titus Andronicus’s latest is a rock opera “The Lamentable Tragedy” and it is not only challenging but upon reflection – pure genius.
I’ll post some reviews and the previous lists over the next couple of weeks so check back. If you are getting notifications from this list when new stuff is posted, then you will be first to know when the next set of releases is ready to roll two weeks from now. So work quickly, eh?
So, check things out – you know the drill. Here is the list:

  1. Wilco – Star Wars [2015]
  2. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool [2015]
  3. Turnover – Peripheral Vision [2015]
  4. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy [2015]
  5. Titus Andronicus – Sorry About The Delay Mixtape Volume 2A [2015]
  6. Tame Impala – Currents [2015]
  7. Teenage Time Killers – Greatest Hits Vol.1 [2015]
  8. Strange Wilds – Subjective Concepts [2015]
  9. Ryan Adams – Live At Carnegie Hall [2015]
  10. Replacements – The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990 [2015]
  11. Plain White T’s – American Nights [2015]
  12. Pile – You’re Better Than This [2015]
  13. Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love [2015]
  14. Metz – II [2015]
  15. Masked Intruder – Incriminating Evidence 2011 Demos [2015]
  16. Ducktails – St. Catherine [2015]
  17. Girlpool – Chinatown [2015]
  18. Grave Babies – Holographic Violence [2015]
  19. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Quarters! [2015]
  20. Matt Pond PA – The State of Gold [2015]
  21. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets [2015]
  22. Peach Kelli Pop – III [2015]
  23. Beach House – Depression Cherry [2015]
  24. Bear’s Den – Agape [2015]
  25. Citizens! – European Soul [2015]
  26. Citizen – Everybody Is Going To Heaven [2015]
  27. Clarks – Rewind [2015]
  28. Damaged Bug – Cold Hot Plumbs [2015]
  29. D.O.A. – Hard Rain Falling [2015]
  30. Destroyer – Poison Season [2015]
  31. Django Django – Born Under Saturn [2015]
  32. Du Blonde – Welcome Back to Milk [2015]
  33. Institute – Catharsis [2015]
  34. King Tuff and Ty Segall – Live At Pickathon [2015]
  35. Mac DeMarco – Another One [2015]
  36. Mac DeMarco – Some Other Ones [2015]
  37. Lvl Up – Three Songs [2015]
  38. Northern Faces – Northern Faces [2015]
  39. Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes [2015]
  40. White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again [2015]
  41. The Pre New – The Male Eunuch [2015]
  42. On An On – And The Wave Has Two Sides [2015]
  43. Metro Station – Savior [2015]
  44. Everclear – Black Is The New Black [2015]
  45. Jam – About the Young Idea The Very Best of the Jam [2015]
  46. American Wrestlers – American Wrestlers [2015]
  47. Ava Luna – Takamatsu Station [2015]
  48. Beach Slang – Broken Thrills [2015]
  49. Bop English – Constant Bop [2015]
  50. Rose Windows – Rose Windows [2015]

Remember, I listen so you don’t have to! Let’s be safe out there!


January 11, 2015 Dropbox Notes

Okay, so I have been off the grid for a while. Hopefully you’ve missed me, because I certainly have missed the interaction with you, each and everyone of you. Really, I think about the Starbucks gang quite a bit after having moved my office. Same goes for the Canadian group whom I missed this Christmas.  C&K&J if you are reading these notes, I miss you always when you are not around. Maybe one day you’ll explore the dropbox and find out why I really love this type of music.  Nuff’ said.

I also know that I was remiss in getting dropboxes and these notes out for the past couple of months, but life sometimes gets in the way of the music. Not that I stopped listening to new tunes in any imaginable way, but I just wasn’t able to get the writing part underway. I thought about it on a number of occasions but wasn’t able to properly put pen to paper or word document on screen. The dropbox was also kind of quiet, so if you are reading this in early January, give me a shout and I’ll help you out with the stuff that you missed along the way. However, I’ve dropped a new drobox to coincide with these notes so you should take a peek, eh?

As this is generally the time of year when I take a look at the past year and reflect on what I spent most of my time listening to, I seem to have reached a new level of listening diversity. I definitely enjoyed a more diverse year in terms of albums I enjoyed, discovered some new areas of listening enjoyment that were off my radar in the past i.e. pop records, and discovered that pop-punk and punk rock as genres are in really good shape with excellent albums by the Menzingers, Fireworks, Copyrights, and Masked Intruder last year. Most surprising is my new found appreciation for electronic albums. However, don’t get carried away. I still can’t appreciate EDM, most industrial, goth, classical or Hip Hop. I’m still kind of old so its not likely I’m going to move that far from where I’ve started.

If you are new to the Tales From The Dropbox, I only put in albums that I like. So, there are no negative reviews. If I didn’t like a record or was lukewarm or bored, or I missed it along the way, then it’s not going to show up. I’ve got enough to do in my life without wasting energy on things that don’t bring enjoyment or the cash necessary to buy enjoyment! It is called work because its not fun. If work was fun then you could use the terms interchangeable – I’m not there yet.  I do actually miss quite a few things because there were over 15,000 releases last year and there are only so many hours in the day. 24 hours I think, right? So if you don’t see it, you can point out what I’ve missed and lead me to discover a record that gives you joy. Truly exciting!

So, the next couple of issues of the Dropbox Notes is designed to accomplish a couple of important tasks:
1. Catch up on releases that I dropped but didn’t have time to give you a capsule review;
2. Give you my thoughts on my favorite records of last year;
3. Post the complete list of releases that made the dropbox;
4. Update you on the new releases in this month’s dropbox.

Whew! That’s a bunch of stuff. So, I’m going to break those tasks up into pieces and post as I go. So, there will be dribs and drabs for the next thirty days or so. Please bear with me. 2015 is already looking good for new music and we will get there….together! ….and hopefully all in one piece…

Finally, I hope that your 2015 is an exciting, prosperous, healthy, and successful year. After the major news events of the past couple of months including #icantbreathe, Ferguson, Ottawa parliament shooter, last week’s Paris attack on a newspaper, and last month’s Australian hostage situation, it, at least on the surface, appears that the degeneration of the human soul is accelerating. Hopefully these tragic events are only an anomaly.

Last year there was also some brilliant evidence of the compassionate and empathetic human spirit where people took it upon themselves to make the world a better and safer place. It is these stories of courage and compassion during difficult situations that give me hope that evil will not win even though these same “good” events don’t get the same press attention. And perhaps these quiet and individual efforts to erase the evil of murder committed in the name of religion will someday create a roar of positive life affirming goodness and we can begin again to enjoy life without the threat of darkness.
Looking forward, and back, at the same time. Happy New Year!

Now to the regular program…

First, you should take a look at what you might have missed in the second half of 2014. My last observations were in July, so here is the list of releases from the second half of 2014 that made the Dropbox:

August 07, 2014 Dropbox

  1. Anti-Flag – A Document of Dissent [2014]
  2. Army Navy – The Wilderness Inside [2014]
  3. Courteeners – Concrete Love [Deluxe Version] [2014]
  4. Spoon – They Want My Soul [2014]
  5. Rise Against – The Black Market [2014]
  6. Nico Vega – Lead to Light [2014]
  7. The #1s – The Number Ones [2014]
  8. Ghost Wolves – Man, Woman, Beast [2014]
  9. Downtown Fiction – Losers & Kings [2014]
  10. Bleachers – Strange Desire [2014]
  11. Bishop Allen – Lights Out [2014]
  12. Big Deal – June Gloom [Deluxe Edition] [2014]
  13. Allison Weiss – Remember When [2014]
  14. Angus And Julia Stone – Angus And Julia Stone [Deluxe Version] [2014]
  15. Colony House – When I Was Younger [2014]
  16. Engineers – Always Returning [2014]
  17. Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt (Deluxe Edition) [2014]
  18. Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals [2014]
  19. Interrupters – The Interrupters [2014]
  20. J Mascis – Tied to a Star [2014]
  21. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again [2014]
  22. Muffs – Whoop Dee Doo [2014]
  23. Stiff Little Fingers – Original Album Series [5CD][2014]
  24. Rentals – Lost In Alphaville [2014]
  25. Baby Ghosts – Maybe Ghosts [2014]
  26. Bats – Volume 1 [3CD] [2014]
  27. Dry The River – Alarms In The Heart [2014]
  28. Literature – Chorus [2014]
  29. Raglans – Raglans [2014]
  30. Real Friends – Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing [2014]
  31. Thousand Foot Krutch – Oxygen Inhale [2014]
  32. Dead Stars – Slumber [2014]
  33. Twin Atlantic – Great Divide (Deluxe Version) [2014]
  34. Ty Segall – Manipulator [2014]
  35. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose [2014]
  36. Allah-Las – Worship The Sun [2014]
  37. Dylan In The Movies – Sweet Rebel Thee [2014]
  38. Dirt Farmer – Free BBQ [2014]
  39. Darlings – Made Of Phantoms [2014]
  40. Arkells – High Noon [2014]
  41. Empire! Empire! I Was a Lonely Estate – You Will Eventually Be Forgotten [2014]
  42. Lucero – Live from Atlanta [2014]
  43. Courteeners – How Good It Was EP [2014]
  44. Neighbors – Failure [2014]
  45. Neighbors – Will You Please Be Quiet, Please [2014]
  46. Wax Witches – Center Of Your Universe [2014]
  47. Philip Selway – Weatherhouse [2014]
  48. Quietdrive – The Ghost of What You Used to Be [2014]
  49. Roadkill Ghost Choir – In Tongues [2014]
  50. Sports – Sunchokes [2014]
  51. Cool – Paint [2014]

December 18, 2014 Dropbox

  1. Hard-Ons – Yummy [2014 Reissue Expanded Edition] [2CD] [2014]
  2. Royal Blood – Royal Blood [2014]
  3. Screaming Females – Live at The Hideout [2014]
  4. Merchandise – After The End [2014]
  5. Moon Duo – Live in Ravenna [2014]
  6. OBN IIIs – Third Time to Harm [2014]
  7. Ballroom Babies – Change To Silver [2013]
  8. Bad Things – Bad Things (Deluxe Edition) [2014]
  9. Colourist – The Colourist [2014]
  10. Copyrights – No Knocks [2014]
  11. Twin Atlantic – Great Divide (Deluxe Version) [2014]
  12. Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen at 21 [2014]
  13. Gob – Apt 13 [2014]
  14. War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream [2014]
  15. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent [2014]
  16. Alvvays – Alvvays [2014]
  17. Yo La Tengo – Extra Painful! [2014]
  18. Pixies – Doolittle 25 B-Sides, Peel Sessions and Demos [2014]
  19. Wilco – Alpha Mike Foxtrot Rare Tracks 1994-2014 [2014]
  20. Republic Of Wolves – Covers (Vol. 1) [2014]
  21. Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea (Official) [2014]
  22. Springtime Carnivore – Springtime Carnivore [2014]
  23. Superfood – Don’t Say That [2014]
  24. Ty Segall – SINGLES 2 [2014]
  25. Viet Cong – Viet Cong [2015]
  26. Big Star – Live in Memphis [2014]
  27. Walk The Moon – Talking Is Hard [2014]
  28. Cult of Youth – Final Days [2014]
  29. Girlpool – Girlpool [2014]
  30. Fox & The Law – Stoned To Death [2014]
  31. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways [2014]
  32. Baby Ghosts – Ghost Walk [2014]
  33. Chumped – Teenage Retirement [2014]
  34. Ex Cops – Daggers [2014]
  35. Fugazi – First Demo [2014]
  36. Game Theory – Blaze of Glory [Expanded Edition] [2014]

So, which of these releases should you have not missed? Well, the next Tales From The Dropbox Notes will cover the key releases that belong in everyone’s collection! (No…. the Foo Fighters record is not one of them. Sadly, not in the top releases of 2014. Solid record, but not one that I’m going to keep coming back to listen. Shelf life = 3 months, perhaps 6 months at best.)

August 9, 2013 Dropbox Notes

As we approach the dog days of summer, this month’s dropbox echoes, perhaps, this time of the year. There are some summer sunny pop gems sprinkled with a little coolness portending the approach of fall (except for Pop. 1280 which is, frankly deep winter).As J is in the middle of summer school in Santa Barbara, and K is continuing to work at the golf course until he begins at Santa Cruz in September, I’m also cognizant that the dropbox is also reflective of a change in seasons. ( That last sentence was vaguely metaphorical if you ask me).

Boxed Wine - Cheap, FunStarting off with sounds of summer, New Jersey’s Boxed Wine provide that sunny garage pop that will make you tap your feet and sing along to these sunny positive tunes. In short, Boxed Wine is the antidote for the blues. Cheap, Fun, the bands debut LP, carries on the summer dance party with this well-crafted  pop gem. Why this is not on Alt98.7 or KROQ (for those of you who live in LA) is beyond me. The four piece (Chris Mactire (vocals), Ralph Nicastro (guitar) , Mike Cerisano (bass), and Steve McCarthy (drums)), really is a throwback in some ways – a traditional rock quartet lifting early Joe Jackson / Elvis Costello grooves and recombining it with early 80’s new wave. They are self- described as indie pop with dance sensibilities, but the sound is more power pop with dance – think of Grouplove or Walk The Moon’s “Anna Sun.”  Opener “Into the Nite” is stunning in its catchiness and sets the tone for the entire record with all of the songs as enjoyable as the firstl. Sure, as a whole this album, lyrically, is not too weighty, but if you are looking for something to shake off the doldrums, you can’t go wrong here.  Try “Into The Nite”, (http://youtu.be/RI4xQoy6Vo4 ) “On The Run” and “Overboard.”

Buchanan - Human SpringA little different approach to dance pop, Melbourne’s Buchanan on its debut Human Spring, combines the current elements of Australia’s pop scene into club ready guitar pop a la San Cisco and Two Door Cinema Club but Josh Simmons vocals are way smoother. There is definitely a trend developing for this kind of music, and the band already has airplay on Australia’s alternative radio – Triple J. A good change of pace if you are listening to a diet of punk rock and metal. All kidding aside, this record would fit nicely into your growing Australian record collection. Try “Run Faster”(http://youtu.be/Y53zoaFWi64 ), “Human Spring”( http://youtu.be/-fokIF1fhLs ), and “Act Natural.”

Camperdown-OutCamperdown & Out - Couldn't Be BetterSpeaking of Melbourne, Camperdown & Out have just released Couldn’t Be Better which is connected to a different aspect of Australia’s pop scene derived from the same scene that more than 20 years earlier produced the dropbox favorite  – legendary Hoodoo Gurus. Yes, you heard it here first, jangle pop is back. A genre that was in danger of becoming extinct, is finding a rebirth in the recent wave of garage acts. However, the jangle pop variant which was huge on college radio in the late 80’s and best exemplified by Let’s Active, Beat Farmers, The Clean, Fleshtones, and early Smithereens, is beginning to see new life at the fringes of the alt-rock scene. Camperdown & Out are essentially a Melbourne super group – Nathan Roche (Marf Loth), Alex Kiers (Raw Prawn), David Akerman (Dead Farmers) and Chris Shortt (Royal Headache) – formed to pay tribute to their jangle pop heroes and the originators of the genre – The Velvet Underground. The subject matter of the record drifts from the normal boy-girl relationships treading into political social issue territory and literalism e.g. “Manly” is about what you would do in Manly, a beach side suburb – drinking a beer at the pub, walking down the street, sitting in the shade, lying on the sand etc. , and  “Don’t Have a Dog” is about not having a dog…no surprise) which may prevent some listeners from connecting, but I found it an enjoyable turn and worthy of inclusion. Try “Manly” (http://youtu.be/gl77zL8LF40 ) , the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed sounding “Tropics of Capricorn” and “Don’t Have a Dog.”

Chinaski - You Might Like This Better Than MeWho would have thought that there were four bands all named Chinaski that existed on this planet? See if you can guess which one is in the dropbox this month. According to Last.fm

1) Chinaski is a chilean stoner doom psych band from Curico, Chile.

2) Chinaski is a czech pop group formed by a leader Michal Malatný. Playing for years, started as a formal “garage rock group”, nowadays they are a popular pop group in the Czech Republic.

3) Chinaski (Los Angeles) is also a post-grunge group from California

4) Chinaski is also a group from the French Riviera.

I know you want to guess Number 1 or Number 2, but its number 3 in the list and it is a darn good rock record. I’m not to sure about calling it post-grunge. Does this even make sense? So a grunge band formed after the death of the genre is considered post-grunge. Grunge may have died, but how does this explain post-hardcore, where hardcore never died? Say what you mean.  I’d characterize this more like pop-grunge. Apparently, a few people have read the works of Charles Bukowski. In this case, this is a non-metal rock record with some grunge flashes, such as the opening to the burner “I Will” which leads off You Might Like This Better Than Me. Don’t be fooled with the timing of this release. You Might Like This Better Than Me isa reissue of Chinaski’s second LP which was originally released in 2001. The band was killed in the death to grunge movement and the post Gilmore Girls backlash which played a couple of tracks from the record. (See how I did that – Post-Gilmore Girls). This fits nicely into the early 2000’s guitar rock/college rock with bands like the Refreshments. Its a record I missed, and in places sounds a little dated, but still has loads of charm. Try “I Will”, “Our Song” and “Even Now.”

Electric Soft Parade - IDIOTSI miss Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood, better known as Fountains of Wayne. Well, I shxx you not, The Electric Soft Parade could be a light version of Fountains of Wayne. On Idiots, the Electric Soft Parade traverse the same musical notes as what appeared on Fountains of Wayne’s  Welcome Interstate Managers, the breakout album that produced “Stacy’s Mom” and “Hackensack”. Apparently being copyists, does not please everyone. The reviewer at NME gave this a 6/10 claiming “[s]adly there’s a deal-breaking second half to this album, exemplified by a regrettable harmony overload on the cloyingly twee meltdown ‘Mr Mitchell’, a song so drippy it’s as unlistenable as a million malfunctioning taps.” So, one duff track – and that’s the deal breaker. As I’ve reiterated elsewhere, anytime you traverse into Beatles territory, you are going to get the critical slogging as most reviewers will claim that everything the Beatles wrote was gold straight from the King’s anus. Ah… that is not the point. This is a good album with a few songs you’ll play repeatedly, and like 99 percent of the other albums in your collection, you’ll largely forget.. The White brothers, Tom and Alex, are not reinventing the wheel on Idiots – their fourth album. The band which was hugely popular in England upon the release of their debut in 2002 (Holes in The Walls) dropped off the face of the earth by 2004 with troubles at the record label and a significant change in sound. The formula is simple: Successful radio band = same sound on every record. People want to hear what makes them comfortable. Few bands are successful at changing their sound and still keeping their audience. Thought cloud opens up to reveal: Rolling Stones had a freaking disco period, Neil Young had a bizarre electronic period, U2  had a dismal dance period and R.E.M. had a dramatic lack of good songs period, etc. So, on balance, there are some pop gems on Idiots, so enjoy those. Try ”The Sun Never Sets Around Here,”, “Summertime In My Heart” and “Never Again.”

Jagwar Ma - HowlinAs you might have already noticed, everything old becomes new again. With the resurgence of Stone Roses as a touring act, it was inevitable that some band would pick up on how good the original baggy/ Madchester scene of the early 90’s was and bring it back to life. Jagwar Ma have accomplished that feat  on their debut Howlin and people are noticing (see Noel Gallagher on Jagwar Ma: http://www.nme.com/news/temples/70028  ). Jagwar Ma is based in Sydney Australia and the duo has the knack for capturing the intersection of the best Manchester had to offer, without sounding like a poor version. Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma play tight grooves, the lyrics are glassy eyed and not too serious, but the groove rules on this record. Try: “The Throw” (http://youtu.be/1vU6a7Haw78 ), “Come Save Me” and “Uncertain.”

It Hugs Back - Recommended RecordYou just have to know that if a member of Wire is involved with a record, that it is likely to be….well, awesome! Coming in at a blistering 35 minutes, and filled with Lo-fi psych pop ( like Tame Impala) and shoegazing (nods to the Catherine Wheel), Matthew Simms ( guitarist for Wire) side project, It Hugs Back, should be a full time occupation. On this record it is all about pacing – one song launches into the next and at the end you are exhausted. Recommended Record is the third release from the quartet and traverse quite a wide range of music. Think of it as a singles collection from the 90’s. You can spot the influences but in many ways this is a better record than some of the touchstones you could identify. Try “Go Magic”, “Teenage Hands”( Here it is live @ The Lexington, London March 21, 2013: http://youtu.be/FwpWIPOyzS4 ) and the early Replacements, styled “Big Sighs.”

All-About - Suburban HeartMaybe its time for a missive about the transitory nature of bands and music. New York based, Zac Coe, nee’ of Fast Forward which had a life span of about a minute but left some great tracks, has moved on with a self-produced, self-released, and apparently, self-played album under the name The All-About entitled Suburban Heart.Here is an autoharp version of title track “Suburban Heart” (http://youtu.be/Gy0ztcNxORA played by Coe in what looks like his bedroom. These are pure pop tunes, with just enough variation to avoid the disease of repetition. These are definitely songs for summer. Try “Nashville”, “Suburban Heart” and “Heat Wave.”

Animal Flag - The Sounds Of SleepAnother one man band, Matthew Politoski, aka Animal Flag, on his second long player, The Sounds of Sleep, picks up where his debut from last year left off. If you recall, Everything Will Be Okay (2012) ended up in my Top 100 albums of last year with the brilliant song “The Management of Grief” making my singles playlist. If you recall this is essentially electronic folk music utilizing a sound collage technique. If you like the album, check out Animal Flag’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/animalflag/posts/526741247374579 to give it a shout out. I am amazed by the quality of these recordings as the technology available today produces studio quality recordings – without a studio. So, Try “You Will Always Wonder”, “Wake Up in Heaven” and “Trap of Time.”

So, that should give you a good start until the next update, and hopefully you’ll have a chance to explore some of the many gems in this month’s box. To point you a little deeper into the list, try the Dandy Warhol’s, Teardrop Explodes, Devo, and Chixdiggit! reissues as well as Wilco’s all cover songs live show.

Here is this month’s list:

  1. Boxed Wine – Cheap, Fun [2013]
  2. Buchanan – Human Spring [2013]
  3. Camperdown & Out – Couldn’t Be Better [2013]
  4. Chinaski – You Might Like This Better Than Me [2013]
  5. Electric Soft Parade – IDIOTS [2013]
  6. Jagwar Ma – Howlin  [2CD] [2013]
  7. It Hugs Back – Recommended Record [2013]
  8. All-About – Suburban Heart [2013]
  9. Animal Flag – The Sounds Of Sleep [2013]
  10. Bronze Radio Return – Up, On And Over [2013]
  11. Wilco – Roadcase 018 [2013]
  12. Computers – Love Triangles Hate Squares [2013]
  13. Mama Kin – The Magician’s Daughter [2013]
  14. Makeshift Innocence – Yours To Keep [2013]
  15. Little Children – Falling [2013]
  16. Little Children – In Hau [2013]
  17. Deap Vally – Sistrionix [2013]
  18. Daughn Gibson – Me Moan [2013]
  19. Throwing Up – Over You [2013]
  20. Wiretree – Get Up [2013]
  21. Traindodge – Supernatural Disasters [2013]
  22. Shivas – Whiteout [2013]
  23. Sugar Stems – Can’t Wait [2013]
  24. Superchunk – Me & You & Jackie Mittoo bw Sunset Arcade [2013]
  25. Tallhart – We Are The Same [2013]
  26. Teardrop Explodes – Wilder [Deluxe Edition] [2013]
  27. Leash – We Need To Talk [2013]
  28. Matt Nathanson – The Last Of The Great Pretenders [2013]
  29. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Any Port in a Storm [2013]
  30. Love Language – Ruby Red [2013]
  31. I Is Another – I Is Another [2013]
  32. Young Statues – Age Isn’t Ours EP [2013]
  33. World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Whenever If Ever [2013]
  34. Spider Bags – Singles [2013]
  35. Coke Weed – Back to Soft [2013]
  36. Primitives – Lovely [25th Anniversary Edition] [2013]
  37. Devo – Hardcore [2013]
  38. Autoheart – Punch [2013]
  39. Banquets – Banquets [2013]
  40. Pond – Hobo Rocket [2013]
  41. Pop. 1280 – Imps of Perversion [2013]
  42. Blood Arm – Infinite Nights [2013]
  43. Chewing on Tinfoil – Marrowbone Lane [2013]
  44. Chixdiggit! – Double Diggits! [2013]
  45. Dandy Warhols – 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia (Thirteenth Anniversary Edition) [2CD] [2013]
  46. Cobalt Cranes – Head In The Clouds [2013]
  47. Crystal Head – Crystal Head [2013]
  48. Valleys – Are You Going to Stand There and Talk Weird All Night [2013]
  49. Super Happy Fun Club – All Funned Up [2013]
  50. Driver Friendly – Peaks and Valleys EP [2013]