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



Tegan and Sara Pose for the NOH8 Campaign

Tegan Quin noh8Indie/folk/pop group Tegan & Sara posed for the NOH8 campaign, created after the gay marriage ban in 2008 by celebrity photog Adam Bouska, who has been joined by Liza Minnelli, JWoww, Rex Lee, Pete Wentz and Emmy Rossum for previous shoots.

“Although we are Canadian, we have both vowed to remain unmarried in solidarity with the millions who don’t have the same rights as us around the world,” Tegan Quin, one-half of the identical, openly gay duo explained. “We hope that our voices (and in this case our photos) help raise awareness and assist in bringing equality to the masses.”

Aw. So amazing. I wish I could say that that’s why I’m not married, and that I don’t drive because the emissions are bad for the environment, and I eat tons of candy to save others from diabetes…
Tegan and sara noh8Sara Quin no h8

Sadly, I’m just another selfish witch who uses her minor powers for evil (h8ing Justin Bieber) and not good.

Video: Tegan and Sara – “I Was A Fool”

Canadian Indie darlings Tegan and Sara recently changed their entire sound, replacing folky guitar tracks with sweet piano ballads like “I Was A fool” and synth anthems like “Closer.”

Straight pop music felt like the obvious evolutionary step after The Con, Sainthood and the two appearances (“Video” and “Body Work”) on Morgan Page’s electronic album, In The Air.
Mae Whitman I was a fool still
At first I strongly disliked half of the songs on Heartthrob. Now I love almost all of them. This new single, with a video featuring Parenthood star  Mae Whitman, happens to be one of the best.  Continue reading “Video: Tegan and Sara – “I Was A Fool””

Stories I’m Too Lazy To Write About [11-30-12]

Tegan & Sara Closer Tegan and Sara get crazy for “Closer” karaoke/Glee sleepover party video. (Spin)

Nightclub victim Tiffany Mitchell says racist Lindsay Lohan called her a gypsy. (TMZ)

Trey Songz is latest Leatherface victim in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D trailer. (ohmyGAHH!)

Country Clarkson (Carrie Underwood) to fill Julie Andrews‘ SOM shoes. (Celebuzz)

Kim Kardashian shows Kuwait her boobs while drinking a milkshake. (Starpulse)

Marvel director James Gunn apologizes for homophobic superhero sex blog. (Huffington Post)

Coroner report reveals Sons/O.C. star Johnny Lewis was NOT on drugs at time of death. (Radar)

Video: Morgan Page – “Body Work” Feat. Tegan & Sara

L.A. DJ Morgan Page has said that he always aims for big drums and beats that stick, “If the song doesn’t touch any emotions, it doesn’t leave the studio.” So what does “Body Work” emote?

It’s kind of like guests Tegan & Sara’s Sainthood track “The Cure” meets “D.A.N.C.E.” by Justice. T&S fans can (and will) rejoice in anything they do, especially this.  Continue reading “Video: Morgan Page – “Body Work” Feat. Tegan & Sara”