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MiG jumps into the year end ‘Best of’ lists, with Craig McManus leading off with his Top 20 albums of the year:

In the past, I’ve always written a blurb about each album explaining it’s inclusion on my list.  Over the years of checking other people’s lists, however, I’ve noticed that I rarely read similar blurbs.  Instead I scroll through to see what made it, what I agree with, what I disagree with, and with what I am unfamiliar.  Then I move on to the next list.  As I highly doubt I’m alone in this technique, I’m going to dispense with the paragraph of explanation and instead simply note the word or phrase by which it is best encapsulated.  Think of it as a ‘Best of’ word association.  It’ll save me time, and perhaps someone will actually read it rather than skimming to the next image.

Before getting to the Top 20, though, here’s a few albums that aren’t on my list, but I think deserve some recognition (in no particular order):

fka Twigs – EP2

Foals – Holy Fire

Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety

Beat Club – Something Better Maxi Single

Marijuana Deathsquads – Oh My Sexy Lord









The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

Knifey.  (These will get more interesting, I promise.)









My Bloody Valentine – mbv

Worth the wait.









Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Nile Rodgers FTW.









Pusha T – My Name is My Name

Marlo approves.









The Field – Cupid’s Head

Dark trance.









Haim – Days are Gone

Bass face.









Iceage – You’re Nothing

Punk: Not dead.









Run the Jewels – s/t

Free, and haaaaard.









M.I.A. – Matangi

Righting the ship.









AlunaGeorge – Body Music










Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

Prince approved.









Disclosure – Settle

UK dance inroads.









Lizzo – Lizzobangers

Top local release.  (Twin Cities Top 10 coming soon!)









The National – Trouble Will Find Me










Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold

Garage: Also not dead.









CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

2013 is the year pop and indie collided.









Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Growing up.









Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap

Free, and the future.









Savages – Silence Yourself

This concert.









Kanye West – Yeezus

Utter brilliance.

An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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