With another year at a close it's time for my favorite sort of self indulgence: lists! Lots of good releases that I suspect will stay in rotation. 2012 was a banner year for my favorites & new discoveries and 2013 proved no different. Almost nothing I heard was outright disappointing. Even Al Jourgensen drank his coffee and tried this time around. Splitting this list in three parts, the honorary mentions will be on the last segment so if you're offended I didn't include The Arcade Fire, just be patient.
– From The Ages (Tee Pee)
You know that old adage, the one about how writing about music is like dancing about architecture? San Diego’s own Earthless are why that was coined and a tempting compulsion to stop my writing right here and forget trying to describe what their music is all about. The average song (yes, I did the calculations) is 15.75 minutes long. A little daunting on surface level - - they’re not trying to climb mountains with their all-instrumental storytelling…