Here’s the soundtrack to my life in 2013. There’s been so much fantastic new music this year and plenty of older tunes to fall in love with all over again. I had a lot of trouble with the order of the first two songs in this list. They are both my favourite of 2013.
Thanks to John Stuart for turning me on to The Temples and Savages. John’s songs-in-progress are also among my favourite music of 2013.
Check them out one by one or play them all on this YouTube playlist.
Some new songs
Retrograde — James Blake (2013)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) — David Bowie (2013)
Amidinine — Bombino (2013)
Ruin — Cat Power (2013)
She Found Now — My Bloody Valentine (2013)
City’s Full — Savages (2013) These four women project so much passion and charisma that I fell in love with them instantly. I especially love the choreography of the bass and guitar parts. And the singer’s intensity. And the guitarist’s concentration. And the bass player’s groove. What a band. The New Musical Express described their performances as “frottage-inducingly intense affairs.” When I saw them in September, there was no frottage but otherwise it was an intense affair.
Open — Rhye (2013) Milosh’s voice slays me.
You Can’t Be Told — Valerie June (2013)
Some old songs
Shelter Song — The Temples (2012) Perfectly pitched English psych-pop. I can only find fault with the Temples in regard to their 2013 tour, which did not include a Vancouver date.
Animal (Mark Ronson Remix) (2009)
Tell Me the Reason — Bill Kirchen (2009) Just one guitar and voice, and a great song about heartbreak. Love it!
Fool — Cat Power (2003)
In the Morning of the Magicians — The Flaming Lips (2002)
Live with Me — Ghost (1999) I love it when a xylophone appears in pop songs, and here it takes centre stage in this Japanese band’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Live with Me.”
Smalltown Boy — Bronski Beat (1984)
Colony — Joy Division (1980)
Tell Me When My Light Turns Green — Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1980)
Sexy Sadie — The Beatles (1968) This was the year I introduced my sons to The White Album. It instantly became their favourite album and they played all four sides every day for a several months.
I Love the Woman — Freddie King (1961) This is how to sing and play the blues.
My Babe — Little Walter (1955) Is that the perfect R&B riff or what? I really wish I had written this.
Now check out my favourite songs of 2012.