This week’s featured artist is not only one of my all-time favorite artists, they are also still going strong, with a new album coming later this year. When most people think of Tears For Fears, they probably think of the 1980’s, when they had many radio hits including “Shout”, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, “Mad World” …. but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the band has stayed fairly active over the years, releasing albums through the 90’s and 2000’s. Late last year, they even started releasing cover songs of current indie artists (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, and Hot Chip so far). (more…)
Before we get too far into the new year, I thought it might be nice to compile a few of my favorite songs from 2013. As with the Best of Beck that I posted last week, these songs are currently my favorites. If I made this same playlist tomorrow, it might be completely different. At the very least, I have over 50 songs in my own personal 2013 playlist, so I put together an hour’s worth of the best material for this first “volume”.
For this first collection of songs, I decided that I would choose no more than one song per artist, and tried to pick a few favorites that I consider a little more obscure. A couple of the standout tracks include Tears For Fears covering Arcade Fire, as well as the first new Pulp song in years.
The Best of 2013 — Volume One
1. Dent May – Born Too Late
2. The Black Angels – Don’t Play With Guns
3. Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
4. Arcade Fire – Normal Person
5. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
6. Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn
7. Beck – I Won’t Be Long
8. Pulp – After You
9. TV on the Radio – Mercy
10. Alpine – Gasoline
11. Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving
12. Man Man – Hold On To Your Heart
13. Of Montreal – Colossus
14. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
15. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
16. In The Valley Below – Peaches
2013 was a decent year for music. I plan on posting more of these yearly-compilation playlists over the next few months.