Best of 2013 (so far)

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we're right on the halfway point and whatever may come out in the next month has probably already leaked.




-Favorite Albums

-Favorite Songs

-Late Pass in getting into a certain band, something from 2012

-Most Disappointing


-Breakthrough Artist/Band

-Best Debut

-Best video/live performance

-What you're still looking out forward to coming out

-Best Show


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Jesus can we just stick to "best so far"?


I think at year's end, Random Access Memories, Shaking the Habitual, and ...Like Clockwork will still be in my Top 5.

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Best: Wakin' on a Pretty Daze - Kurt Vile

This. This multiplied by a thousand.




Strawberry Girls - French Ghetto (progressive rock, instrumental rock)

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (ambient-electronic, trip-hop, downbeat, downtempo, IDM)

Milk Music - Cruise Your Illusion (noise rock)

Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (indie rock, folk rock, '60s revival)


These are in no order thus far.



There's probably a few more, but none that I can think of at the moment. I'll come back to edit and expand this throughout the year, I suppose.

Edited by Capricancerous

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#1 for me is Iron and Wine - Ghost on Ghost. The rest of these are in no specific order. Jim James, Local Natives, Harvard, The Dear Hunter, The Veils, Portugal the Man, The National.

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So far it has been a good year. Here are some of my highlights: 


Torres - Torres

Camera Obscura - Desire Lines

Daughter - If You Leave

Edwyn Collins - Understated

Hiss Golden Messenger - Haw

Hookworms - Pearl Mystic 

Local Natives - Hummingbird

Night Beds - Country Sleep

The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Overseas - Overseas

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

Wooden Hands - Blood Oaths of the New Blues 

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse


Big ups to Torres and Overseas. Check em out. 

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local natives



mount kimbie

dillinger escape plan




on an on


off the top of my head

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fidlar - s/t

the men - new moon

savages - silence yourself

deerhunter - monomania

the national - trouble will find me

foals - holy fire

william tyler - impossible truth


2012 missed/been listening to a lot in 2013

alt-j - an awesome wave

john fullbright - from the ground up

killer mike - r.a.p. music

diiv - oshin

white lung - sorry

goat - world music

METZ - s/t

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Thee oh sees


Vampire Weekend

Kurt Vile



Albums that I heard were good but found pretty boring:


Daft Punk





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I'll just list my favorite 13 songs for now (with a one song per band policy). But my favorite album by a mile is Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City.


Daft Punk - "Lose Yourself to Dance"

FOALS - "My Number"

Local Natives - "Heavy Feet"

The 1975 - "Chocolate"

Frightened Rabbit - "Holy"

James Blake - "Retrograde"

Killswitch Engage - "Beyond the Flames"

Little Daylight - "Overdose"

Major Lazer - "Jah No Partial"

The National - "Sea of Love"

St Lucia - "Before the Dive (CHVRCHES Remix)"

Phoenix - "Entertainment"

Vampire Weekend - "Unbelievers"





And look, I even made a Youtube playlist of these songs for all of you to check out in your spare time:


Edited by Mixhail

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Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

Disclosure - Settle

The Appleseed Cast - Illumination Ritual

The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Rhye - Woman

Olafur Arnalds - For Now I Am Winter

Local Natives - Hummingbird

James Blake - Overgrown

Eluvium - Nightmare Ending

Atoms For Peace - Amok

Olafur is probably my favorite release from this year so far.

Edited by Vito

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I can never tell if a year has been good or bad for music anymore (who can accurately judge that stuff anyhow). However, there have been at least five albums that I've been listening to on a fairly stringent loop. I'd attach songs, but I'm supposed to be working and can't get past the firewall to get onto youtube. Still, you should all take my advice and seek out the songs/artists:


The Front Bottoms: Talon of the Hawk (These guys remind me of -- and I hate when people do this whole 'combine two bands shit,' but it makes sense here -- The Thermals mixed with Andrew Jackson Jihad)

  • Check out Skeleton, Twin Sized Mattress, and Santa Monica

Laura Stevenson (and the Cans): Wheel (I love this album so much. Each person I suggest it to has a different, altogether interesting perspective on the album as a whole. It's been fun to discuss and super fun to listen to)

  • Check out L-DOPA, Sink,Swim, and Eleonora

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (This one was a grower and I'm sure plenty of you have checked it by now. Dance your dick off, boys)


Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse (Excellent songwriting, especially on Holy)


RVIVR: The Beauty Between (This is just some good ol' fashioned anthemic punk rock. Dig it)

  • Check Spider Song


I still need to listen to a lot from this year including Pure Love, Nightmares for a Week, The National, Daft Punk, and the new Timberlake, which I've heard pieces of and didn't mind. Oh and my favorite album from last year, The Menzingers' On the Impossible Past, is still my favorite from last year. Usually, in hindsight, those opinions can change, but that album still kicks my ass with nostalgia and memory and I can't wait for more from those dudes.


Aside: Looking at all of these lists, I've noticed that the collective taste of TheBoreds has really evolved over the years. I'd say that your tastes have kinda grown up with you. I see less and less pure shit on this board and I like what I see.


Also, stop hating on Cassidy you pricks. Just be happy that someone is interested in your opinions, tastes, and suggestions beyond some bullshit top ten list with no breadth.

Edited by Vince

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No order. Just a list of albums I have at the least enjoyed. A few I absolutely love though. 



Pretty & Nice - Golden Rules for Golden People

Local Natives - Hummingbird

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires In The City

Portugal The Man - Evil Friends

James Blake - Overgrown

The National - Trouble With Find Me

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Bonobo - The North Borders

Enemies - Embark Embrace

Camera Obscura - Desire Lines

Dawes - Stories Don't End

The Physics House Band - Horizons Rapture

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse

Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God

The Cave Singers - Naomi

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

Olafur Arnalds - For Now I am Winter

Lite - Installation

Strawberry Girls - French Ghetto

Edited by donwayneleach

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I had no idea there were new albums from:


Frightened Rabbit

Camera Obscura 

Olafur Arnalds


Thanks Boreds


Did St. Lucia come out with new stuff or is he only now getting some attention?  

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My favorite music video of the year:



This amazingly, bizarrely hilarious. Haha. This is now my favorite music video of the year as well. Thank you.

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Still need to listen to:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; Cold War Kids; Dillinger Escape Plan; Josh Ritter; Justin Timberlake; Local Natives; Lonely Island; the National; Queens of the Stone Age; Vampire Weekend


Favorite Albums:
Wonder Years-the Greatest Generation

Jake Bugg-s/t

Tegan and Sara -Heartthrob


Best Debut: Jake Bugg

Kind of Bob Dylan-esque. And young (19). 


Late Pass: the Wonder Years

never heard of the band before their new album. Slowly got into it. I haven't gotten into new pop-punk bands since high school really and didn't really expect that to happen ever again. But man, this delivers. Like the lyrics and the way there is a theme throughout the record. It's a great record about depression/coming of age. Just bought all their earlier albums this week.


Favorite Songs

The Wonder Years-"There, There"; "the Devil in my Bloodstream"; "Dismantling Summer"

Tegan & Sara-"Closer"; "Drove Me Wild"

Jake Bugg-"Simple as This"'; "Broken"

Vampire Weekend-"Dyan Young"


Couldn't get into, may have to give another try: Frank Turner-Tape Deck Heart"

I've given each of his albums one listen and just haven't gotten into him the way others have. May have to let it build or something

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