Posted in music on December 1, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...

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Mojo Magazine - Top 50 LPs of 2013
1. Bill Callahan - Dream River
2. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
3. David Bowie - The Next Day
4. Arctic Monkeys - AM
5. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
6. Deerhunter - Monomania
7. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
8. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle - Perils from the Sea
9. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
10. John Murry - The Graceless Age
11. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
12. Prefab Sprout - Crimson Red
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Holden - Inheritors
15. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
16. Factory Floor - Factory Floor
17. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
18. Arcade Fire - Reflector
19. Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
20. Pet Shop Boys - Electric
21. Mavis Staples - One True Vine
22. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
23. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
24. Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record
25. James Blake - Overgrown
26. Villagers {Awayland}
27. Disclosure - Settle
28. Manic Street Preachers - Rewind the Film
29. John Hopkins - Immunity
30. Primal Scream - More Light
31. Elvis Costello and The Roots - Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs
32. Glenn Jones - My Garden State
33. Bill Bragg - Tooth & Nail
34. Karen Gwyer - Needs Continuum
35. Midlake - Antiphon
36. Low - The Invisible Way
37. Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
38. Kanye West - Yeezus
39. Roy Harper - Man & Myth
40. Black Sabbath - 13
41. Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
42. Paul McCartney - New
43. Haim - Days Are Gone
44. Johnny Marr - The Messenger
45. These New Puritans - Fields of Reeds
46. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
47. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
48. The Flaming Lips - The Terror
49. Tim Hecker - Virgins
50. Time is a Mountain - S/T

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Comments (43)

Prefab Sprout??

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 12:51 PM

the new prefab sprout album is good. crimson red.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 12:54 PM

good choice...my favorite of the year as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 12:54 PM

Manic Street Preachers? Still? Long dead...move on Brits! What a shit list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 12:58 PM

Haim

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:10 PM

shitty year

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:17 PM

Dream Theatre

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:17 PM

^ STFU faggot

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:18 PM

no Grimes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:18 PM

They obviously didn't listen to Darkside or Anna Calvi.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:19 PM

fuck the brits...

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:28 PM

This list turned its back on hardcore.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 2:48 PM

bad year in music

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 2:50 PM

Primal Scream still around? I'll be right back as soon as I get home from the record store!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 3:53 PM

Lots of exotic hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 4:52 PM

Much deserved for Mr. Callahan

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 5:35 PM

Andy Mineo - Heroes For Sale deserves a mention

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 6:09 PM

Ty Segall- Sleeper, most underrated release this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 6:11 PM

Surprised Derek Minor's Minorville and Basia Bulat's Tall Shadow weren't on the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 6:15 PM

Haim

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Posted by Sonia Kelly | December 1, 2013 7:58 PM

Haim

Posted by obd2 | December 1, 2013 9:46 PM

Hiam in your mouth!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 10:41 PM

Haim should be much higher. Fuck ta haters.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 12:16 AM

What a shit year. List is like the worst records of 2013. This is sad. Music is officially dead and done.

Posted by Tepco Princess | December 2, 2013 4:37 AM

Foxygen ? The worst of the worst shit ??? Kidding me ?
P.S: Why is Yellow Dogs not listed? They were the shooting stars of 2013.

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Posted by Udemy Course | December 2, 2013 5:57 AM

Haim bros, check out Amy Grant & Shania Twain for a deeper look

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 6:33 AM

1:18's uncle anally raped him at a Dream Theater show. That sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 7:11 AM

Rich Homie Quan > Bill Callahan. all day.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 7:12 AM

Goldfrapp should be much higher

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 9:57 AM

uh, 2:48 - hardcore isn't music. it's a fetish.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 10:20 AM

Haim is lame...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 10:24 AM

What a farce.

David Bowie?
Vampire Weekend?
Daft Punk?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 10:24 AM

Cate Le Bon

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 4:45 PM

Probably looking forward to The Wire. That is all. These are silly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 7:54 PM

McCombs? Cass McCombs?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 1:01 PM

That sabbath record was so weak

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 4:31 PM

Good to see Kanye NOT making the Top 30

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 3:29 AM

These type of lists are always great for a good laugh!!! Why Savages or the Mallard are on here is beyond me? Paul McCartney? Really???

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 2:22 AM

Just like Nick Lowe thought he was finally getting good by age 40 or so, Bill Callahan is really becoming a master. Then again, I'm unfamiliar with Smog, so maybe he's always been this good. But his last 3 albums...man!

Posted by Fatima | March 3, 2014 6:04 AM

I think Ezra is feeling sorry for God because no one loves him. "The faithless they don't love you, the zealot hearts don't love you." I think he can't understand how a loving God can exist and love you back when no one loves Him. Then he questions why God has to be so mysterious and not "say his name" or in other words, not reveal Himself to mankind. I think he'd like to believe but he also finds it incredulous. I know of some atheists who wish they believed but they just can't and it depresses them.

Posted by Mari | October 28, 2014 4:51 AM

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