Howdy. My name is Connor LaRowe and I’m a professional Facebook event maker and email sender for Fusion Shows. Instead of doing my homework, I made this list of the best albums of 2013. Normally I struggle really hard with this but 2013 has been an insane year for record releases. I bought a record in 2013, two actually, that’s how good it was. Also, I started getting sleepy by the end of writing this. It’s really quiet in the Ferris State library right now.
1. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
A while ago I saw an agent tweet about being at this band’s show and I spend way too much time on the internet and immidiately Googled it. The album hadn’t come out yet, so there were like 3 songs I could listen to. I spent the next 47 minutes listening to “Recover” on repeat. Eventually, I moved onto “The Mother We Share.” I fell in love with everything about this band. A lot of people don’t get it, but I do, and I love it.
Best songs: Gun, Recover
FFO: Sleigh Bells, The Naked and Famous, Lorde
2. Saves The Day - S/T
If you’ve ever met me, you should know already that my favorite band is Saves The Day. See, I had a lot of beef when Daybreak released because there were a lot of songs about hope on the record. Saves The Day has always been “the emo” band for me. Like, I love being sad and listening to Saves The Day. So when I heard rumors that this was going to be a “happy” album, I was bummed. Then it came out, and it’s still catchy as all get out and I just can’t help but love it. I don’t want to love because it’s not that sad, but I do.
Best songs: Xenophobic Blind Left Hook, Ring Pop
FFO: The Get Up Kids, Hot Rod Circuit, Into It. Over It.
3. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
This album makes me want to yell really loud and fall in love with an English girl.
Best songs: The Way I Tend To Be, We Shall Not Overcome
FFO: The Gaslight Anthem, Fake Problems, ???, The basement of a punk bar in and English town you’ve never heard of
4. Hoodie Allen - Crew Cuts
I don’t really know how rap/hip-hop works, but I don’t think this is technically an album but Spin has Acid Rap on their top 50 so, it must be allowed. I love Hoodie with all my <3 XOXO (#hoodiemob). This song is half really good songs and half really mediocre songs. I wasn’t really disappointed because I didn’t have high hopes for it.
Best songs: Cake Boy, Fame Is For Assholes
FFO: Music played at sorority mixers like Mac Miller
5. Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
This album has probably the best songwriting on the entire list. Dude is such a great songwriter. I don’t really get the flow of the album which makes it not as easy to listen to as a whole as it could be. I’m not sure if that makes any sense to anyone, but that’s the best way I can word it. Also, I absolutely love that they’re a two piece. That’s cool.
Best songs: Ode To Sleep, Migraine
FFO: New Politics, Walk The Moon, anything played on 94.1 WVIC
6. The Front Bottoms - Talon Of The Hawk
I’m new on The Front Bottoms bandwagon (one word or two?), but thisbandissocool. Any time the legendary Skotty Bell goes on tour with a band, I listen to them roughly 6 months after, then fall in love with them. Side note, just learned I don’t really know how to spell mattress, so that sucks. ALSO, you get a little bit of a language lesson in the first song. I’m not very cultured, so I thought that was neat.
Best songs: Au Revoir, Twin Sized Mattress
FFO: Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Mansions
7. Lydia - Devil
I probably should appreciate this album way more than I do. It’s so good. But I guess I just don’t like that nice of things. (Note: Hoodie Allen is 4 on my list.) Illuminate is probably one of my favorite albums of all time, and I’m always afraid Lydia won’t be able to live up to it, but they always do. (Another note: My mom had a look of disgust when she saw the album title. lolmom)
Best songs: The Exit, Hurry Back Tonight
FFO: From Indian Lakes, Copeland, Brighten
8. Little Green Cars - Absolute Zero
I saw an agent post a picture of this band on Instagram and was really impressed with how clean their stage was.Then I heard the song “Harper Lee,” pretended that I was good as singing for like 12 minutes, remembered that I’m not, then listened to the album on repeat for like 3 months.
Best songs: Harper Lee, The John Wayne
FFO: I just went to Last.fm and didn’t recognize any of the “Similar Artists.” But it’s folky and catchy. Mumford & Sons?
9. Hellogoodbye - Everything Is Debatable
I have not listened to this album enough to say anything constructive about it. But it’s really good and I really like it.
Best songs: The Magic Hour Is Now
FFO: The last Hellogoodbye record, YMAEWK
10. Big Sean - Hall of Fame
Best songs: Ashley
FFO: Miguel’s voice, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar’s verse in that A$AP Rocky song.
Well, this is my list. It features two rappers, two bands from Scotland, a band that sucked when I was in middle school, and bunch of other stuff I just started listening to. I hope you had fun reading it and I hope you give some of these records a listen ‘cuz they’re all really good. Except, I don’t really know if that Big Sean record is any good, I just listen to Ashley five times a day. If you haven’t seen The Bling Ring yet, Emma Watson is really cute in it, so you should go rent it.
I have high hopes for 2014. I really hope Red Bull comes out with a bigggger can.
My top 10 albums of 2013.
keep on keeping on
I miss a simpler time. When the house would smell like cinnamon apples from the candles my mom would burn. John Denver’s greatest hits album softly playing throughout the house.
I miss being trapped in my room with only my imagination because my dad would mop the kitchen floor. I had to wait for it to dry, until it would no longer be molten lava. Every time I still managed to rescue the pretty damsel in distress. She had a British accent.
I miss building forts with my brother. With comforters so big, I felt I were an ant. The castle that could withstand any intruder (as long as they didn’t destroy the drawbridge made of pillows).
I miss the re-runs of Will & Grace and Friends. Chandler’s jokes were never funny but I would laugh anyway. My parents never found cartoons amusing.
I miss Sunday’s after church. Cleaning day, where Windex became the drug of choice. The cat in her weekly battle with the ferocious vacuum, that she never did end up winning.
I miss when my biggest concern was that I couldn’t find my most beloved Pokemon card or what was for dinner.
I miss a simpler time.
I fall in love in my dreams.