Posted in metal | music on November 21, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deafheaven

The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.

A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.

Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...

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Amazon's "Best Albums of 2013"

1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
2. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
3. Chvrches - Bones of What You Believe
4. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
5. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
6. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine
8. Bastille - Bad Blood
9. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
10. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
11. Drake - Nothing Was The Same
12. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
13. Haim - Days Are Gone
14. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
15. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get...
16. Deafheaven - Sunbather
17. Foals - Holy Fire
18. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
19. Fitz & The Tantrums - More THan Just A Dream
20. Icona Pop - This Is... Icona Pop

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Comments (42)

17 bands > miley cyrus on this list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 5:56 PM

More like Daft Heaven

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 6:01 PM

OOF.

285 Kent is such a pile of shit.

Posted by D | November 21, 2013 6:09 PM

are they not allowed to sell 'yeezus' or something?

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 6:21 PM

iceage deserved it

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 6:31 PM

Deafheaven have been obvious up and comers for about a year. Thanks to this corporate backslap from Amazon, they won't be playing places like Saint Vitus anymore. Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 6:45 PM

RUSH should be on that list

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 7:05 PM

Ahh, the early onset of year-end list making.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 7:28 PM

lists...enabling Dumb America not to have think for itself. Rebel I say!

Posted by Moses | November 21, 2013 8:08 PM

not to have think

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 8:20 PM

my stepmother just purchased a fantastic blue Mercedes E-Class Hybrid just by some part time working online with a computer. view it>>> F­B­3­9.C­OM

Posted by Patricia Lang | November 21, 2013 8:24 PM

have think

Posted by Discount Upholstery | November 21, 2013 8:26 PM

The best album of 2013 is My Bloody Valentine's mbv.

Amazon is clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 8:27 PM

No Melt Banana? Please

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 8:36 PM

trendy and predictable.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 8:57 PM

not to have to think okay? It was a typo after two beers!

Posted by Moses | November 21, 2013 9:36 PM

Haim fucking sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 10:09 PM

I agree with 10:09. Someone fucking recommend me some rock-n-roll podcasts or radio shows to listen to. Jesus fucking christ- I need some rock shows.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 10:21 PM

NO ANNA CALVI!! I'll never purchase from them again

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2013 11:58 PM

This is a joke right?

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:44 AM

621 Not including that junk is the only thing they got right.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:46 AM

Is Amazon still a subsidy of Discogs?

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:48 AM

"Haim fucking sucks!"

Their placement at #13 on this list WOULD SEEM TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:54 AM

i think they are

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:54 AM

Sorry, but KEN Mode should be in place of the top metal spot, not Deafheaven.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 10:29 AM

Every album on this list is crap, ESPECIALLY that Deafheaven album

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 10:33 AM

I would put Depeche Mode's latest higher then almost all of these!

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 10:36 AM

is this based on sales?

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 11:48 AM

Not a single album on that list that I'd want.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 11:57 AM

Everyone in deafheaven should be killed.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:18 PM

All these year end lists do is make me realize how weak the music scene is these days regardless of genre. No wonder people clamour for nostalgia and re-unions.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 1:47 PM

1:47: all applause. The only music that is decent these days is house, techno, and like organic electronic compositions. Mostly the stuff recommended on Resident Advisor. I've also found a lot of good dj mixes, but haven't come across many bands that I have enjoyed this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 2:12 PM

no Nekrofilth what is wrong with people who buy at amizon

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 2:27 PM

^ no shit! I can't believe that the (proper) release of Radioactive Vomit "Witchblood" isn't on there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 2:57 PM

bangerz is so bad :(

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2013 5:21 PM

Apparently the folks at Amazon make the distinction between "best albums (CD)" and "best albums (MP3)". Not sure why there would be a difference between the two, but the MP3 list is much different than the CD list (which is listed above).

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2013 5:39 AM

The music I like is good. The music you like is bad. That doesn't make you a bad person, but you probably are so why take chances.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2013 10:34 AM

I heard from a very close friend and person very close to the band that The Avalanches are finally gonna release their new album in December.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2013 12:48 PM

nekrofilth = album of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2013 1:40 PM

Astounded by how much attention such a boring band full of pussy screamo posers can get

Posted by Joe | November 28, 2013 11:00 AM

Amazon's "Best Albums of 2013"
1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories CRAP
2. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City DECENT
3. Chvrches - Bones of What You Believe NEVER HEARD
4. Jason Isbell - Southeastern WHO?
5. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob CRAP
6. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like ClockworK GOOD
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine WHO?
8. Bastille - Bad Blood WHO?
9. The National - Trouble Will Find Me DECENT
10. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park WHO?
11. Drake - Nothing Was The Same DECENT
12. Arcade Fire - Reflektor DECENT
13. Haim - Days Are Gone CRAP
14. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars WHO?
15. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get... CRAP
16. Deafheaven - Sunbather DECENT
17. Foals - Holy Fire CRAP
18. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz CRAP
19. Fitz & The Tantrums - More THan Just A Dream CRAP
20. Icona Pop - This Is... Icona Pop CRAP

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2013 11:36 AM

I have nothing to say about the song, I just wanna say how I fucking despise all these smug assholes defending any song I come across. The comment section isn't there for a circlejerk of people who approve of a song or any other YouTube video, it's there so anyone can share their thoughts about the video. Here's how it goes: 1. You hear about a song 2. You go to YouTube to check it out 3. Sometimes, you don't like the song 4. You share your thoughts in the comments section if you want to because that's what it's there for. So stop fucking telling people to stop commenting just because they don't share your opinion. Not everyone is here for the 10th time listening to the same song over and over, some of us have just discovered it. If VW or VEVO didn't want everyone's opinion to be heard, the comment section would be closed.

Posted by Farmer | October 27, 2014 2:21 PM

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