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Best Albums of 2023?

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My list, in rough order:

  • Skrillex - Quest for Fire
  • LIES - s/t
  • Slow Pulp - Yard
  • Andy Shauf - Norm
  • Vacationer - Cherish
  • Bombay Bicycle Club - My Big Day
  • M83 - Fantasy
  • Tyler the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
  • Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
  • Skrillex - Don't Get Too Close
  • Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
  • Sunbears! - ENJOY!
  • Ben Folds - What Matters Most
  • Chris Farren - Doom Singer
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No order yet, but some records that have been blowing my mind this year:

  • LITURGY - 93696
  • BODY VOID - Atrocity Machine
  • USNEA - Bathed In  Light
  • FIDDLEHEAD - Death Is Nothing To Us
  • NIGHTMARER - Deformity Adrift
  • OAK - Disintegrate
  • THE ACACIA STRAIN - Failure Will Follow
  • BELL WITCH - The Clandestine Gate
  • GREAT FALLS - Objects Without Pain
  • BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS - Rejecting Obliteration
  • DOWNFALL OF GAIA - Silhouettes of Disgust
  • BIG BRAVE - nature morte
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Bruit ≤ - Apologie du temps perdu, Vol. 1

CADY – Forged From The Sun

Chained To The Bottom Of The Ocean - Obsession Destruction

Closetwitch - Chiaroscuro

Cursetheknife - There's A Place I Can Rest

Deathcrash - Less

Downfall Of Gaia - Silhouettes Of Disgust

Drop Nineteens – Hard Light

Explosions In The Sky - End

Godflesh – Purge

Great Falls – Objects Without Pain

Jeromes Dream - The Gray In Between

King Slender – Gold Days

Loma Prieta – Last

M83 – Fantasy

Mizmor - Prosaic

MSPaint – Post-American

Øjne – Sogno # 3

Open City – Hands In The Honey Jar

Ostraca – Disaster

Parannoul – After The Magic

Regarding Ambiguity - Abyss

Slowdive – Everything Is Alive

Soft Kill – Metta World Peace

Wreath – The Land Is Not An Idle God

Yuragi – Here I Stand


Splits / EPs / Comps

Chat Pile / Nerver

Graf Orlock – End Credits

Habak / Lagrimas

In Loving Memory – A Gentler Sun

VA -  Balladeers, Redefined


I'm sure the new Celeste and Panopticon will be making my list as well once they're released.


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This year has fucking rocked! I honestly think the last time I had this much new killer music to listen to was a decade ago.

Favorites in no particular order:

AJJ - Disposable Everything

Menzingers - Some of it Was True

Crime in Stereo - House in Trance

Gaslight Anthem - History Books

Blink 182 - One More Time


McLusky put out a bad ass EP called Unpopular Parts of a Pig, the new IDLES single is super promising and I can't wait to hear their new album. Only 2 albums that didn't meet my expectations were the new Taking Back Sunday and new Spanish Love Songs records. I need to spend more time with the former, the latter has a strong first half and ending but the middle is a snoozefest. Hoping 2024 brings us a new Iron Chic record 🤞

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My favorite records of the year thus far, in no specific order (this is stuff I actually physically bought on vinyl):

Ben Folds - What Matters Most

Paramore - This Is Why

The Hives - The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons

Ratboys - The Window

Baroness - Stone

Gaslight Anthem - History Books

Jeff Rosenstock - HELLMODE

Foo Fighters - But Here We Are

Superviolet - Infinite Spring

Lies - S/T

Chris Farren - Doom Singer

White Reaper - Asking For A Ride


I liked these albums too, but have only listened digitally:

Vacationer - Cherish

boygenius - the record

Paint It Black - Famine

Crime In Stereo - House & Trance

Fiddlehead - Death Is Nothing To Us

Rancid - Tomorrow Never Comes

The Dirty Nil - Free Rein To Passions

AJJ - Disposable Everything

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Hot mulligan - why would i watch

wilmette - hyperfocused

wstr - til the wheels fall off

blink 182 - one more time 

sincere engineer - cheap grills 

crime in stereo - house and trance

Jason isbell - weathervanes 

fall out boy - so much for stardust

Daisy jones - aurora 

Good hangs - good luck planet

The hold steady - price of progress

Rancid - tomorrow never comes

hawthorne heights - lost lights 


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