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Correction

I had not updated my Top 10 albums of 2013 before posting the list, which should have included My Grandma’s Basement at No. 2. Just to clarify. 

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Why I Could Never Be A Music Writer

Here is a group of seven music writers’ lists of Top 10 albums of 2013 so far. 

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/07/the-best-albums-of-2013-so-far.html

Here’s mine:

  1. Daughter - If You Leave
  2. The Mergers - Monkey See, Monkey Do 
  3. Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon
  4. Emmy Rossum - Sentimental Journey
  5. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
  6. Hem - Departure and Farewell
  7. Bonobo - The North Borders 
  8. The Delta Riggs - Hex.Lover.Killer
  9. Major Lazer - Free The Universe
  10. Golden Grrls - Golden Grrrls 
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Every once in a while, there comes along a piece of music that reaches out and captivates you. Sometimes that’s in a polite, beautiful way. Sometimes that’s in a shocking, “Holy shit” way. This is the latter.

It’s not like nobody has rapped about killing their ex-girlfriend before. Eminem famously did so on “Kim,” one of the most haunting hip-hop tracks of its day. 

This is what “Kim” sounds like today, delivered by hip-hop’s new angel of death, Jarren Benton.

The fact is: Benton is a rapper with the talent to change the game. He does owe much to his producer, the Korean-born Kato. Together, these two have the potential to be an important tandem. 

You don’t have to love everything Benton talks about. You probably won’t. He’s a cross between Tyler The Creator and Eminem in terms of lyrical content and intensity, comparisons he acknowledges on the album. Among his favorite words: “murder,” “rape,” and “faggot.” This music isn’t pleasant. It’s violent, brutal, disgusting and completely unapologetic. 

What makes him great though, going beyond just what he talks about, is the way he blends multiple rap influences. 

He’s got enough of that mainstream hip-hop sound to please the Ace Hood- and Rick Ross-loving crowd, he’s got Lil Wayne’s similes, he’s got enough trap to be edgy and he’s got enough alt twisted in to keep it from sounding like everything else you hear on rap radio today.

That’s why I think Jarren Benton is important. His words may be a tough listen, but he is an excellent rapper who knows how to bridge influences and create visceral, intense music that I think — as time goes on — is going to matter. 

That’s why I have My Grandmas Basement (sic,) his recently released debut, rated as my No. 2 album of 2013. This is a must-listen.

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I see what you did there, Pink Floyd. 

Once people listen to I Wish You Were Here 1,000,000 times, their entire catalog becomes available and the holdout is done forever.

Get it? Cause like, we wish they were here? It’s FUNNY! 

Anyway, I’m spreading the word and listening to it like 10 times today. I just hope “Live at Pompeii“‘s soundtrack is one of the albums they unlock. 

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I normally hate chillwave. Exceptions: Tycho and Washed Out. These guys sound like the latter. 

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A Little Food For Thought

Best Albums of January Playlist: 61 tracks

Best Albums of February Playlist: 33 tracks 

Best Albums of March Playlist: 31 tracks 

Best Albums of April Playlist: 314 tracks 

Music blew its load in April, methinks.

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Do you like Elvis Costello? Hit play. 

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They just don’t make them like this anymore. 

I kind of want to live in this time period just to see this live with my own two eyes. 

P.S. When Benny Goodman hired Lionel Hampton, it was one of the first high-profile integrated bands in music history. 

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"I Want Candy" just came on at work.

They totally ripped this song off. 

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