Stacy Owen’s Top 10 of 2013

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It’s so hard to place these picks from 1 to 10 because I love each of them for different reasons. So…I’m using my Program Director’s prerogative and arranging these in no particular order.

HaimDays Are Gone
Throwback pop perfection

Little Green CarsAbsolute Zero
I like quirky lyrics!

Jason IsbellSoutheastern
Songs you feel down deep…a fantastic songwriter!

Dr. DogB-Room
Unique, fun, great live show!

Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
Roots music with an original twist.

PhosphorescentMuchacho
My chill out album of 2013…gorgeous.

Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
There’s always one that sneaks up on me…this gets better every time I hear it.

Jake BuggJake Bugg
This young whipper snapper is too talented for his own good.

Anders OsbornePeace
Wow! This one took me by surprise…found my way back to him.

Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle
That voice, that guitar work, those lyrics…mind blown.

Danny O’Bryan’s Top 10 of 2013

headshot-full-danny10. Squeeeze-botSweet Dreams are Made of Squeeze
9. Jerry TolsonJ.T. and Friends Fresh Squeezed
8. Mark Winkler and Cheryl BentyneWest Coast Cool
7. Bruce BarthThree Tings of Beauty
6. Bill CunliffeJazz and the Abstract Truth Take 2
5. Cecile McLorinWoman Child
4. Roberto MagrisCannonball Funkn’ Friends
3. Fred Hersch and Julian LageFree Flying
2. Rene MarieI Want to be Evil – the Songs of Ertha Kitt
1. Etienne CharlesCreole Soul

John Timmons’ Top 10 of 2013

Here are my top 10 of 2013…based on the amount of hours in my listening devices and stuck in my head:

Jason IsbellSoutheastern
David BowieThe Next Day
Patty GriffinAmerican Kid
Jake BuggShangri La
Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get…
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
Johnny MarrThe Messenger
Sir Paul McCartneyNew
Patty GriffinSilver Bell
Pearl JamLightning Bolt

Matt Anthony’s Top 10 of 2013

10. Jake BuggShagri La
This snarley Brit is equal parts Lennon and Lydon. His writing is beyond his years.

9. Booker TSound the Alarm
This modern album from the Soul legend proves Booker T will be funky forever.

8. Bob MarleyLegend Remixed
The smart remixes hint at a sound the always trailblazing Marley would have been making now had he not left us too soon.

7. Charles BradleyVictim of Love
Mr. Bradley is one of the greatest living Soul singers, and shows true talent can’t be stopped.

6. TrickyFalse Idols
An edgy, dark dream of Hip-Hop beat poetry, reflecting London’s dangerous underbelly.

5. Jose JamesNo Beginning No End
D’Angelo meets Nat King Cole in this well written modern crooners latest.

4. Tunesmiths – Derby City
The album captures the intensity of the Tunesmiths live shows with anthems for the local favorite’s hometown.

3. Boxer RebellionPromises
Dreamy, driving, intelligent, spacious. I’ve listened to this album for entire days on repeat and I’m still interested.

2. Peaking LightsLucifer
Husband and wife team make a stew of downtempo styles into a coherent brew. Brilliant from the first note to the last.

1. Elastic BondReal
My favorite new band that has the country buzzing. Hailing from Miami, and reflecting the beauty of their beach city’s diversity. Livian Hernandez sings in English and Spanish and the music contains elements of Soul, Reggae, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Dub, Chill Wave which is so effortless blended classification is irrelevant.

Duke Meyer’s Top 10 of 2013

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Picking a top 10 from a year’s worth of music isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Every time I think I’ve got it another album pops into my mind. This year’s list has the 10 albums that made me think about what we used to say about vinyl records: anywhere you drop the needle, it’s good. Here they are, in no certain order.

Pearl JamLightning Bolt
Neko CaseThe Worst Things Get…
Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
Kings of LeonMechanical Bull
Noah and the WhaleHeart of Nowhere
Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellOld Yellow Moon
Aiofe O’DonovanFossils
Tedeschi TrucksMade Up Mind
HoundmouthFrom the Hills Below the City
Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone

By the way, Jim James’ Regions of Light and Sound of God is haunting me this year, so let’s put him at 11. Thanks for listening and enjoy the new year.

Marion’s Top 10 of 2013

laura-headshot-full10. King Khan and the Shrines – Idle No More
9. The Wild FeathersThe Wild Feathers
8. LordePure Heroine
7. Neko CaseThe Worst Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
6. HaimDays Are Gone
5. Sun Kil MoonAmong the Leaves
4. PinbackInformation Retrieved
3. Brett DennenSmoke and Mirrors
2. Cayucas Bigfoot
1. Jason IsbellSoutheastern