the big list: the best in music for 2013

End of year lists are pretty much…the best part of the year. So here’s our (heavily biased) idea of what happened in music in 2013: 

Album of the Year:

(the nominees…)

 – Haim : Days Are Gone

– Kanye West : Yeezus 

– Arctic Monkeys : AM

– Arcade Fire : Reflektor

– Disclosure : Settle

– Jagwar Ma : Howlin’

– Rudimental : Home

– Tegan And Sara : Heartthrob

– Laura Marling : Once I Was An Eagle

– James Blake : Overgrown 

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WINNER: Haim – Days Are Gone 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record Of The Year:

(nominees…) 

– “Royals” – Lorde

– “Days Are Gone” – Haim

– “The Wire” – Haim

– “When A Fire Starts To Burn” – Disclosure

– “Latch” – Disclosure

– “Black Skinhead” – Kanye West

– “Blood On The Leaves” – Kanye West

– “Still Into You” – Paramore

– “DNA” – Empire Of The Sun

– “Master Hunter” – Laura Marling

– “Reflektor” – Arcade Fire

– “R U Mine” – Arctic Monkeys

– “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Taylor Swift

– “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu 

WINNER: Haim – “The Wire” 

Gig of the Year:

– Tegan And Sara – Sydney Opera House

– Lorde – Splendour In The Grass

– Laura Marling – Splendour In The Grass

– Haim – Splendour In The Grass

– Alison Wonderland – Splendour In The Grass 

– Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The HiFi 

– James Blake – Splendour In The Grass 

WINNER: Tegan And Sara

(Honourable mention to Alison Wonderland, for delivering the most badass/hectic DJ gig this year)

Best/ Weirdest/ Freaky Music Video of the Year: 

– “Bound 2” – Kanye West

– “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

….actually that just about covers it.

WINNER: Miley Cyrus…for making demolition work thoroughly traumatising. 

Biggest Musical Fuck Ups of 2013

– The One Direction Movie

– Festivals Cancelling (that’s you Harvest…Homebake)

– Bottle throwing at gigs (it’s not cool, see Azealia Banks) 

WINNER: The One Direction Movie

Biggest Musical WTF?? 

– Miley Cyrus

….there’s no need for any other nominees. 

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…yep. 

 

Breakthrough Artist

– Haim

– Lorde

– Jagwar Ma

– Vance Joy

WINNER: Lorde

Quote of the Year:

“Now is an important time not to Google myself.” – Miley Cyrus 

 

Let us know what you think (i.e. we want your outrage.) 

 

 

Retro Taylor time

 

Taylor Swift, “Begin Again”

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The third single from Swift’s upcoming LP (due out October 22) cuts back on the Max Martin produced bling, instead opting for retro Taylor- Nashville country pop with a deep hook and clever lines.

A warm, acoustic hum cushions the flourishes of strings and pedal steel whilst Swift spins her relationship troubles into an utterly catchy melody.

 

Taylor Swift releases new single

 

Taylor Swift, “Ronan”

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Premiered at the Stand Up To Cancer Benefit a few days ago, the second single from Taylor Swift’s upcoming record, Red, channels a mother’s heartbreak as she watches her son succumb to the disease.

The soft bed of twangy guitar and piano cushions Swift’s fragile vocals as she tells the true story of Ronan Thompson, a 3 year old boy who Swift learned about through the blog his mother was writing at the time, and who died of neuroblastoma in 2011.

Taylor Swift doesn’t want to get back together….like…ever.

Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

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Released via a web chat conducted yesterday, “We Are Never…” is the first taste of Swift’s upcoming fourth record (due out October 22nd). It took 3 hours for the song to be sitting at the top of the iTunes charts.

The track leans heavily to the pop realm (it was co-written by Max Martin, of Katy Perry fame), with a crunchy clap track cutting under some super-shiny guitars, but it’s the lyrical prowess of Swift that pulls it along, as she takes her scythe to an ex, and herself- “And you would hide away and find your peace of mind/ With some indie record that’s much cooler than mine.”

(Apologies for the audio, it was the best I could find…)