Best Pop, Rock, Rap and Indie Albums of 2013

Halcyon Days, Ellie Goulding

Key tracks: “Burn,” “Under Control,” “How Long Will I Love You,” “Midas Touch,” “Flashlight” feat. DJ Fresh

Pure Heroine, Lorde

Key tracks: “Royals,” “Team,” “White Teeth Teens,” “Tennis Court”

Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara

Key tracks: “Closer,” “I Was A Fool,” “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend,” “Goodbye, Goodbye”

Cupid Deluxe, Blood Orange

Key tracks: “You’re Not Good Enough,” “Always Let U Down,” “It Is What It Is,” “Chosen”

Ciara, Ciara

Key tracks: “I’m Out” feat. Nicki Minaj, “Read My Lips,” “Backseat Love”

Days Are Gone, Haim

Key tracks: “Don’t Save Me,” “Falling,” “Forever”

Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam

Key tracks: “Getaway,” “Lightning Bolt,” “My Father’s Son”

The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake

Key Tracks: “Mirrors,” “Suit & Tie” feat. Jay-Z, “Body Count,” “TKO”

The Bones Of What You Believe, Chvrches

Key tracks: “Recover,” “The Mother We Share,” “Gun”

Long. Live. A$AP, A$AP Rocky

Key tracks: “1 Train” feat. Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, & Big K.R.I.T, “Fashion Killa,” “Fuckin’ Problems” feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar

Night Time, My Time, Sky Ferreira

Key tracks: “Nobody Asked Me If I Was Okay,” “Boys,” “I Blame Myself”

Free The Universe, Major Lazer

Key tracks: “You’re No Good” feat. Santigold, Danielle Haim & Yasmin, “Get Free” feat. Amber Coffman, “Scare Me” feat. Peaches & Timberlee, “Bubble Butt” feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic

Bitter Rivals, Sleigh Bells

Key tracks: “You Don’t Get Me Twice,” “Bitter Rivals,” “Love Sick”

Trouble, Natalia Kills

Key Tracks: “Problem,” “Saturday Night,” “Stop Me”

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Honorable mentions: Don’t Look Down, Skylar Grey, Nothing Was The Same, Drake, Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Weekend, The Sounds, My Name Is My Name, Pusha T, Yeezus, Kanye West, Delta Machine, Depeche Mode, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem



Sky Ferreira, I Love You, But WTF is ‘Omanko’ About?

Sky Ferreira wtfI’ve been pretty into Sky Ferreira since her As If EP and since her highly anticipated full-length album Night Time, My Time just dropped, I figure I’d take a second to talk about the non-single “Omanko.”

“Omanko,” a Japanese slang word for vagina, contains only a handful of lyrics, mainly “Oh, Japanese Jesus” and “I’m gearing up for a Japanese Christmas,” officially making it one of the weirdest pop songs ever.

So now that I/we SORT of know what it’s about, the question is WHY, Sky, why?

I don’t know much about her as a person besides that she’s a favorite of Terry Richardson and industry idols like Shirley Manson, but perhaps the heroin and ecstasy arrest earlier this year can help explain the incoherent weirdness. Continue reading “Sky Ferreira, I Love You, But WTF is ‘Omanko’ About?”

Video: Sky Ferreira – “Lost In My Bedroom”

Under-the-radar pop star Sky Ferreira is a favorite of both Terry Richardson and Spin Magazine, who included her As If and Ghost EPs on their 20 Best Pop Albums lists of 2011 and 2012.

The video for her single, “Lost In My Bedroom,” comes with an epilepsy warning, which is almost always a good sign (unless it’s The Hobbit).  Continue reading “Video: Sky Ferreira – “Lost In My Bedroom””

Semi-Obscure Pop Playlist #1 (Oooh Girl)

I’m assuming you all like pop music? And I’m guessing you’re sick of what’s on the radio so I thought I’d type up a quick list of uber pulpy organic juice for your sad ginger winter skin to soak up.

1. Nicola Roberts – “I.” Former Girls Aloud member gone Lily Allen solo, but 100% higher (pitched) and 200% more annoyed at England’s paparazzi.

3. Dev – “Take Her From You.” Pregnant “In The Dark” pop star + pro-bodybag dragger.

4. Natalia Kills – “Love Is Suicide.” Most underrated “Perfectionist” pop of 2010, 12 and 13.

5. Grimes – “Oblivion.” Circumambient Canadian helium/Rooney Mara-bangs expert Claire Boucher.

6. Lights – “Toes.” “Best New Artist” Juno-winner Valerie Anne Poxleitner.

Continue reading “Semi-Obscure Pop Playlist #1 (Oooh Girl)”