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The Unsung Best of 2013

As we’ve mentioned several times, the big publications and music outlets have spoken regarding their picks for “Best of 2013.”

And I feel they’ve left some really great offerings off the table. It’s a disservice to you to not mention them here, and give you the opportunity to discover some great picks for yourselves. So here we go.

(In no particular order)

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen
Album: Smoke and Mirrors

The voice is iconic, the mood of the album swings from the various shades of romance to personal emotion. Dennen doesn’t struggle to write lyrics that both grab your mind and heart as well as make your day pleasant. Beginning to end, the album is Top Shelf. Favorite picks include “Out Of My Head,” “Don’t Mess With Karma,” and “Who I Am.”

Jenny & Tyler Jenny & Tyler
Album: For Freedom-A Covers EP

We’re suckers for great covers anyways, but when you combine the feel of the male/female songwriting pair to some of our favorite songs, it just pops with savory musical flavors. We didn’t expect a folk version of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” to be so well-rounded (and to some of us be better than the original). Capping it off are other stellar covers including “The Sound of Silence,” and “Dreams.”






220px-Birdy_2012 Birdy
Album: Breath EP
Though her original release contained more than 5 tracks, this short EP allows us to track along with the songwriting maturity of one of music’s best prodigy’s. Still under the age of 18, Birdy has matured from being a folk-pop cover artist into a songwriting genius whose lyrical ballads will make you an instant fan. Favorites of this short album include “Wings (live)” and “Shine.”




Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine
Album: Ghost on Ghost

Continuing to offer his fans more than just folksy songwriting, Sam Beam adds another layer to his storytelling prowess by shuffling through various styles from the 70s. He’s at his best though when it’s mainly him and a guitar, telling a tale of love or a sorrow. Favorites from this album are many and include “Joy,” “New Mexico’s No Breeze,” and “Grass Widow.”




dresses_sun_shy_ep Dresses
Album: Sun Shy EP

The Cinderella band of 2013 is Portland, OR based duo Dresses. Not only is their short EP Sun Shy my favorite album of the year, this singer-songwriter pair found their music heard on more episodes of our program this year than any other artist. Our exclusive interview with them is heard HERE. Be sure to not only check out “Blew My Mind,” and “Tell A Lie,” but also “Friends Are Dead.”




Andrew Belle

Andrew Belle

Andrew Belle
Album: Black Bear

A few years ago we trekked with Andrew on his sophomore tour for The Ladder, and album that showcased his blooming style and songwriting. Following that album, the Ten out of Tenn member took some time off, got married, and started on this incredible new project that incorporated some electronica styles into his normal folk lore. The result is a breath taking album with a rejuvenated sound. Great tracks from the album include “Pieces,” “Sante Fe,” and “I Won’t Fight It.”


More of our picks from this year on are the radio episodes “Class of 2013″ and “2013 Picks.” Search for past menus to listen.

Class of 2013 Menu

It’s been a great year in music. We’ve done our best to cover not just the new releases but also serve you flavors of music from artists just getting started. Let us know what bands stood out as the #Bestof2013.

Timothy Heller and Jared Maldonado of Dresses

Timothy Heller and Jared Maldonado of Dresses


Enjoy.

Song / Length / Artist / Album / Label / Year Released

Hour 1

Nashville / 3:37 / Noah Gundersen / Family / Noah Gundersen / 2011

Honest Songs / 3:42 / Noah Gundersen / Family / Noah Gundersen / 2011

Close To You / 3:57 / Evie Acher / Living By A Coin Toss / Evie Acher Music / 2013

Bad Behavior / 3:56 / Evie Acher / Living By A Coin Toss / Evie Acher Music / 2013

I Believe In You / 5:13 / Kipyn Martin / Undercover Muse / Kipyn Martin / 2013

The Edge Of The Sea / 3:50 / Kipyn Martin / Undercover Muse / Kipyn Martin /

2013

Only Want You / 3:28 / Brett Dennen / Smoke and Mirrors / Atlantic Recording

Corporation / 2013

Out of My Head / 3:41 / Brett Dennen / Smoke and Mirrors / Atlantic Recording

Corporation / 2013

Humming / 3:19 / Swear And Shake / Maple Ridge / No Label / 2012

Marbles / 4:06 / Swear And Shake / Maple Ridge / No Label / 2012

Tell A Lie / 2:39 / Dresses / Sun Shy / Sideonedummy Records / 2013

Swingin Party / 3:42 / Lorde / The Love Club EP / Universal Music NZ Ltd. / 2013

Renata / 4:13 / Glen Hansard / Drive All Night – EP / Plateau Records Ltd. / 2013

Tree To Grow / 5:01 / The Lone Bellow / The Lone Bellow / Descandent Records /

2013

I Walked (Sufjan Stevens cover featuring Simone White) / 2:46 / Fol Chen / A

Timely Introduction to the Sounds of Fol Chen / No Label / 2013

Yellow Bird (Michal Menert Remix) / 3:35 / Pretty Lights / A Color Map of the Sun

(Remixes) / 8 Minutes 20 Seconds Records / 2013

Hour2

New Mexico’s No Breeze / 4:28 / Iron & Wine / Ghost On Ghost / Nonesuch Records

/ 2013

Native Son (feat. Brett Dennen) / 4:18 / Kate Earl / Stronger / Downtown Music LLC

/ 2012

Adelina / 3:40 / Johnnyswim / Heart Beats / Big Picnic Records / 2013

Lonesome Child / 4:46 / The Grahams / Riverman’s Daughter / 12 South Records /

2013

We’re Long Gone / 2:10 / Matthew Good Band / Arrows Of Desire / FrostByte Media

Inc / 2013

Begging My Weakness / 4:02 / Barnaby Bright / Wake the Hero / Barnaby Bright /

2013

There’s a Rumor / 3:48 / The August Empire / Before the Hereafter / The August

Empire / 2013

Keith And Donna / 6:41 / Futurebirds / Baba Yaga / Fat Possum Records / VL4L

Records / 2013

Love Laid Down / 4:40 / Green River Ordinance / Under Fire / Green River

Ordinance / 2012

Pray To You Now / 3:34 / The White Buffalo / “Shadows / Greys & Evil Ways” /

Unison music Group / 2013

Superstars / 4:54 / Diane Birch / Speak A Little Louder / S-Curve Records / 2013

Something to Sing About / 3:07 / Thea Gilmore / Regardless / Fullfill / 2013

Sing / 4:16 / Benjamin Dunn And The Animal Orchestra / Fable / No Label / 2012

DFW / 2:45 / Citizen Cope / West Of Memphis: Voices for Justice (Soundtrack) /

Compilation (P) Sony Music Entertainment / 2013

2013 Flavors Menu

As we near the end of 2013, music outlets are reviewing what really stood out this year. Rolling Stone and Paste have released their “Top Songs of 2013.” But we feel they left off some really dynamic flavors of music, mostly because they were not on the big scale publications’ radar.

So to do justice to some of the lesser well-known and emerging indie bands who had new releases (or were featured for the first time on our show this year), our presentation this week covers that gambit. We’ve also included a few brand new tunes from Brett Dennen. Listen to the Current Week’s show by clicking on the LISTEN NOW button above.

Enjoy.

Song / Length / Artist / Album / Label / Year Released

Hour 1

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

Who Am I / 3:27 / Brett Dennen / Smoke and Mirrors / Atlantic Recording

Corporation / 2013

Don’t Mess With Karma / 4:11 / Brett Dennen / Smoke and Mirrors / Atlantic

Recording Corporation / 2013

Sugar Dyed Honey Pants / 2:37 / St. Paul & The Broken Bones / Greetings From St.

Paul & The Broken Bones / St. Paul & The Broken Bones / 2012

Broken Bones & Pocket Change / 3:49 / St. Paul & The Broken Bones / Greetings

From St. Paul & The Broken Bones / St. Paul & The Broken Bones / 2012

Tonight, Tonight (feat. Levi Weaver)” / 4:45 / Jenny & Tyler / For Freedom-A

Covers EP / Jenny & Tyler / 2013

We Will Become Silhouettes / 4:45 / Jenny & Tyler / For Freedom-A Covers EP /

Jenny & Tyler / 2013

Run Away / 4:30 / Cary Brothers / Let Me Be – EP / Procrastination Music / 2013

Wrecking Ball / 4:31 / Swear And Shake / Maple Ridge / No Label / 2012

Suddenly / 3:35 / Swear And Shake / Maple Ridge / No Label / 2012

Her Name Was December / 3:09 / Matthew Mayfield / Five Chances Remain Hers /

Matthew Mayfield / 2009

Miles & Miles (Acoustic + Strings) / 4:22 / Matthew Mayfield / Irons In The Fire /

Sweet Exchange Records / 2013

Shine / 4:04 / Birdy / Breathe – EP / Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde / 2013

Can’t Be Broken / 3:35 / Twin Forks / EP / Twin Forks / 2013

Hurricane Caroline / 4:19 / Nicolette Good / Monarch / Nicolette Good / 2012

The Road / 3:43 / Nicolette Good / Monarch / Nicolette Good / 2012

Hour 2

Drafty Rooms / 4:06 / Fialta / Summer Winter / Fialta / 2013

Baby If This Is Nowhere / 3:55 / Over The Rhine / Meet Me At The Edge Of The

World [Disc 2] / Great Speckled Dog / 2013

Set If Off / 3:45 / Goodbyemotel / People EP / Nice Bike Records / 2013

All Shades of Blue / 3:34 / Gregory Alan Isakov / The Weatherman / Suitcase Town

Music / 2013

A Lot Like Magic / 3:59 / Josh Rouse / The Best of the Americana Music Festival

2013 / Yep Roc / 2013

When You’ve Got A Woman / 5:00 / Zane Williams / Overnight Success / Be Music &

Entertainment / 2013

Great Horned Owl / 4:12 / Grant Lee Phillips / Walking In The Green Corn / Grant

Lee Phillips / 2013

Still Here / 4:47 / Caitlin Canty / Golden Hour / Mishara Music / 2013

What If / 3:52 / All the People / Into the Sea / ? / 2013

Don’t Keep Heaven Busy (Without Me) / 3:36 / Johnnyswim / Heart Beats / Big

Picnic Records / 2013

Back in Your Love / 4:46 / Truth & Salvage Company / Pick Me Up / Megaforce

Records / 2013

Did to You / 4:21 / Tessa Torrence / Feel No Evil / Free and Alive Records / 2013

If You Stay / 4:16 / Rosi Golan / If You Stay – Single / Gypsy Betch / 2013

Clarity / 4:22 / Leftover Cuties / The Spark & The Fire / Leftover Cuties / 2013