Tiger Bomb Promo & Friends pick their favorite releases of the year!

🎉 Happy New Year! 2023 was another incredible year, arguably our best yet! At the beginning of the year we welcomed in a new Tiger Bomber, Makenzie Creden, and she hit the ground running! With the addition of Mak’s great taste, creativity, passion, and hard work we were able to secure the #1 spot on the NACC Top 200 Chart for FOUR artists and their fantastic new albums:

Wednesday’s Rat Saw God x4 weeks
The Clientele’s I Am Not There Anymore x2 weeks
Slowdive’s everything is alive x2 weeks
Sufjan StevensJavelin x7 weeks

In addition to that, Gold Panda’s Work made it to #1 on the NACC Electronic Chart, and Dengue Fever spent 4 weeks at the top of the NACC World Chart!

As always: We would like to thank all of the radio stations, artists, labels, managers, publicists, booking agents, tour managers, venue staff, interns, talent buyers, music writers, distributors, record stores, fans, radio promoters, and everyone else who keeps working hard to propel music and art into the world.

We kept track of all the releases we sent to radio in the Spotify playlist below! The playlist represents one song from each release we went for adds on in 2023! Note that the widget on this page only displays the first 100 songs, but in total it contains 125 songs and represents 7 hours and 26 minutes of music by Tiger Bomb artists!

Now on to the lists! We'll start things off with lists from the Shil and Mak!

Shil K. Patel (Tiger Bomb owner and head of promotion)

My 23 favorite albums of 2023 that Tiger Bomb didn't promote, in alpha order:

The American Analog Set - For Forever (Hometown Fantasy)
Art Feynman - Be Good The Crazy Boys (Western Vinyl)
Being Dead - When Horses Would Run (Bayonet)
Bonny Doon - Let There Be Music (Anti)
ML Buch - Suntub (15 love)
Indigo De Souza - All of This Will End (Saddle Creek)
feeble little horse - Girl with Fish (Saddle Creek)
Helena Deland - Goodnight Summerland (s/r)
Hotline TNT - Cartwheel (Third Man)
IAN SWEET - Sucker (Polyvinyl)
Allegra Krieger - I Keep My Feet On The Fragile Plane (Double Double Whammy)
L’Rain - I Killed Your Dog (Mexican Summer)
Mary Lattimore - Goodbye, Hotel Arkada (Ghostly International)
MJ Lenderman - And The Wind (Live and Loose!) (Anti)
Gia Margaret - Romantic Piano (Jagjaguwar)
Mega Bog - End of Everything (Mexican Summer)
Arthur Russell - Picture of Bunny Rabbit (Audika)
M. Sage - Paradise Crick (RVNG Intl.)
Slow Pulp - Yard (Anti)
Joanna Sternberg - I’ve Got Me (Fat Possum)
Water From Your Eyes - Everyone’s Crushed (Matador)
Yves Tumor - Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) (Warp)


Makenzie Creden (Tiger Bomb radio promotion coordinator)

ten records I listened to a lot this year, excluding 🐯💣 releases:
The Alex French Revolution - Disappearing Act
Beach Fossils - Bunny
Being Dead - When Horses Would Run
George Clanton
- Ooh Rap I Ya
Nabihah Iqbal - Dreamer
Model/Actriz - Dogsbody
Narrow Head
- Moments of Clarity
Tanukichan - Gizmo
Temple of Angels
- Endless Pursuit
Water From Your Eyes - Everyone's Crushed

honorable mentions:

Gnoomes - Ax Ox
Debby Friday - GOOD TIME
The Drums - Jonny
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
- Crumble
Yves Tumor - Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)


This is the 8th year in a row we've compiled lists from friends of Tiger Bomb and we've got over 80 contributions this year! Thanks so much to all below who sent us their lists!


Will Adams (Alien Eyelid, Chrome Chasm)

Matthew J. Rolin
at Lawndale, Houston
Myriam Gendron at The Old Quarter, Galveston
Lewsberg at Echoes, Houston
Olivia Block 16 Degrees of Sky installation at James Turrell Skyspace, Houston
B L A C K I E at Blaffer, Houston
Unwound live Olympia, Dallas, Austin
Lexie Mountain at Lawndale, Houston
Mary Latimore at Secret Group, Houston
King Tuff at White Oak, Houston
The Cure at Basketball Arena, New Orleans, Houston


Jason Anderson

Favorite Books of 2023
I read over 100 books this year - here are a dozen that I loved!

Boulder - Eva Baltasar
The Guest - Emma Cline
Galore - Michael Crummey
Getting Lost - Annie Ernaux
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver
The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai
The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven - Nathaniel Ian Miller
The Private Apartments - Idman Nur Omar
Tom Lake - Ann Patchett
Various Positions - Martha Schabas
Lucy by the Sea - Elizabeth Strout


Martin Anderson (The Glow)

- Alogte Oho & his Sounds of Joy - O Yinne!
- Ana Frango Elétrcio - Me Chana De Gato Que Eu Sou Sua
- Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily - Love in Exile
- Blake Mills - Jelly Road
- Cleo Sol - Gold
- Irreversible Entanglements - Protect Your Light
- Natural Information Society - Since Time is Gravity
- Overmono - Good Lies
- Willie Nelson - I Don’t Know a Thing About Love (The Songs of Harlan Howard)
- Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World


Christian Arnder (illustrator, designer, artist)

Favorite Albums of 2023 (in no particular order):

- HELLMODE by Jeff Rosenstock
- Maps by Billy Woods/Kenny Segal
- And the Infinite Eternal Abyss by Future Magics
- Dogsbody by Model/Actriz
- Generational Curse by ICECOLDBISHOP
- VOIR DIRE by Earl Sweatshirt/The Alchemist
- Faith is a Rock by MIKE/Wiki
- From Whence It Came by YUNGMORPHEUS
- Integrated Tech Solutions by Aesop Rock
- On a Micro Diet by Mystic 100s
- Burning Desire by MIKE
- Zach Bryan by Zach Bryan
- Death is Nothing to Us by Fiddlehead
- 3D Country by Geese
- Concrete Cowboys by Buggin
- Rat Saw God by Wednesday
- Let's Hope Heteros Fail, Learn and Retire by Alice Longyu Gao
- Cartwheel by Hotline TNT
- Soft Rock by Thy Slaughter
- another triumph of ghetto engineering by Open Mike Eagle 


Emelia Austin (Gal Pal)

This and Other Gestures by Gal Pal
From Another Sky by Emelia Austin
New Blue Sun by Andre 3000
10,000 gecs by 100 gecs
Pure Music by Strange Ranger
Rat Saw God by Wednesday
Desire, I Want To Turn Into You by Caroline Polachek
Romantic Piano by Gia Margaret
Yard by Slow Pulp
Tomorrow’s Fire by Squirrel Flower
Girl With Fish by feeble little horse


Izzi Bavis (WYPR & WTMD, former Tiger Bomb intern & tour promoter)

  • Sundial - Noname
  • The Record - Boygenius
  • Rat Saw God - Wednesday
  • Javelin - Sufjan Stevens
  • Yard - Slow Pulp
  • Mind Palace Music - @
  • Desire, I Want to Turn Into You - Caroline Polachek
  • Heartbreak Rules - Horse Jumper of Love
  • All of This Will End - Indigo De Souza
  • The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We - Mitski
  • New Blue Sun - André 3000
  • Girl with Fish - feeble little horse

And now.. for what the viewers have all been waiting for: ten albums to listen to when you have no idea what you’re doing.

  • Sunken - Twin Peaks
  • Clean - Soccer Mommy
  • Feels - Animal Collective
  • Moveys - Slow Pulp
  • Songs - Adrianne Lenker
  • I Love My Mom - Indigo De Souxa
  • Telefone - Noname
  • Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
  • Saint Cloud +3 - Waxahatchee
  • Bon Iver - Bon Iver


Tori Benes (Polyvinyl Record Co., former Tiger Bomber)

  1. sufjan stevens - javelin
  2. yo la tengo - this stupid world
  3. yeule - softscars
  4. feeble little horse - girl with fish
  5. l’rain - i killed your dog
  6. amaarae - fountain baby
  7. tanukichan - gizmo
  8. natural wonder beauty concept - natural wonder beauty concept
  9. jessy lanza - love hallucination
  10. wednesday - rat saw god
  11. sofia kourtesis - madres


Jono Bernstein (Dropper)

Top 10:
Rat Saw GodWednesday 
Rides OnThe Nude Party
Flowers At Your FeetRahill
January Never DiesBalming Tiger
Spirit in the RoomActivity
Radical RomanticsFever Ray
Long is the TunnelDaneshevskaya
Let’s Start HereLil Yachty 

Green HatTzusing
HydranismOracle Sisters
My Big DayBombay Bicycle Club
Zach BryanZach Bryan


Paige Renée Berry (Half Dream)

Secret Spells - Jared Leibowich
Face to Face - Tearjerk 
Act Natural - Margaret Glaspy
Long night - Redbud
Vampire Empire - Big Thief 
Dying When I Met You - Brody Price
Split - Creekbed Carter Hogan // Large Brush Collection
Javelin - Sufjan Stevens
I Could Have Done Anything - Charlotte Cornfield 
When Horses Would Run - Being Dead
Planet Goblin - Billy Glitter
Conqueror - Rod Gator
Time Ain't Accidental - Jess Williamson
The Art of Forgetting - Caroline Rose
Life's A Bowl of Cherries...And All I Got Was Stems! - Magic Rockers of Texas
Bad Dream Jaguar - Sun June
the record - boygenius
Lay Me Down To Rest - The Stacks
(Self-Titled EP) - Van Mary 
Funeral Clown - Lady Chops & The Goddamn Jam

And the playlist:


Brendan Biesen (outer/most)

In no particular order some records I enjoyed this year: 


Patrick Brick (Futo)

My list:

1. Magic: The Gathering and specifically the 3rd edition of the card "Stasis". (see above for reference) 
2. Tecnifibre TF-40 305 16x19 strung with Tecnifibre Razor Soft polly at 48 lbs (my current tennis racquet) 
3. Fargo Seasons 1 and 2
4. Costco Executive Membership 
5. "Fireball" by Dan Reeder
6. Barbell squats 
7. Sea of Thieves 
8. 2004 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Double Cab 
9. Carrying cash 
10. Putting MSG on all food

Thank you for your time, I love you.


Daniel Bryson (a.l. west)

Here's my list, in no particular order. it's a mix of LP's and EP's:

Gia Margaret - Romantic Piano
Hana Stretton - Soon
Hotline TNT - Cartwheel
Babyxsosa - Babyxsosa 
proun - form
SURF GANG and 454 - FAST 5
Toro y Moi - Sandhills
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
Wednesday - Rat Saw God
Greg Mendez - Greg Mendez


Shannon Lee Byrne (Adult Decisions Management

6 favorite albums released this year (among many more) were:
  • Being Dead - When Horses Would Run
  • @ - Mind Palace Music
  • Allegra Krieger - I Keep My Feet on the Fragile Plane (+ the B Sides even if it's cheating)
  • Stuck - Freak Frequency
  • Spirit of the Beehive - I'm so lucky (ep)
  • feeble little horse - Girl with Fish

5 older albums I discovered revisited and fell in love with:
  • Robyn - Honey (2018)
  • BRONCHO - Bad Behavior (2018)
  • Zero Percent APR - Higher and Higher Forever (2022)
  • The Everywheres - The Everywheres (2013)
  • Jimmy Buffet (RIP) - Down to Earth (1970)

5 movies that I watched and loved in 2023:
  • Poor Things
  • Saltburn
  • Wicker Man (the original) 
  • Showing Up 
  • Past Lives 

Fav books I read:
  • Rachel Cusk's entire Outline trilogy (Outline, Kudos, Transit)
  • Jordan Kissner - Thin Places
  • Deborah Lavy - Hot Milk
  • Anne Lamott - Bird by Bird

Bonus: the most under-known / underrated shown:
  • Starstruck from Rose Matafeo 


Mike Caulo (Sipsman)

En Attendant Ana Principia
Colin Stetson When we were that what wept for the sea
Loraine James Gentle Confrontation
The Clientele I Am Not There Anymore
Freak Heat Waves Mondo Tempo
Pelada Ahora Más Que Nunca
MSPAINT Post-American
Louis Michot Rêve du troubadour
Helena Deland Goodnight Summerland
Ulrika Spacek Compact Trauma

me annual favorite song mixtape


Garrett T. Capps (The Lonesome Rose)

here are some releases from this year that I've enjoyed!

Sunjammer - Relatively Decent Weather
Jolie Laide - S/T
Little Mazarn - Honey Island General Store
Croy and the Boys - What's the Good Medicine?
Jerry David DeCicca - New Shadows
Iris Dement - Workin' On a World
Craig Brown Band - Let's Never Leave This Filthy World
Heavy Meddo - Vol. 1
Jon Dee Graham - Only Dead For A Little While
The Hushabyes - Music Box
Will Johnson - No Ordinary Crown
Being Dead - When Horses Would Run
The Tender Things - That Texas Touch


Ray Colgan (Manager of Antone's Record Shop, singer in The Crack Pipes)

Here are ten albums I jammed hard in the year 2023, not in a ranked order

Cat Power - Cat Power Sings Dylan - two of my favorite artist combined into a beautiful experience
The Remains - The Remains - great power pop band's 1966 release, their only official full length album
Glorium - Eclipse (reissue) - this amazing album from Austin scene kings of the late 90s reawakened my love for this band
Sonic Youth - Brooklyn NY 2011 - time capsule of the last concert in the U.S. by one of my favorite bands, Mark Ibold on bass an added bonus
Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance - how young these kids are vs how great this album is vs how it sounds like a lost 90s underground classic
Minutemen - 3 Way Tie (For Last) - had never listened to this album, it sent me on a deep Minutemen dive
Danzig - Danzig Sings Elvis - it's not a joke one off, this is a heartfelt, well executed ode to one's musical idol
Claudine Longet - Let's Spend The Night Together - the production team on this album elevates the artist (who would murder her husband 4 yrs later)
Taj Mahal - The Real Thing - double live album...answering the question of how much tuba can one band have?
Ivan "Boogaboo Joe" Jones - Snake Rhythm Rock - track it down kids, it's groovy


Daniel Cooper (Lucky Bird Media)

Here's my list of my favorite releases;

Washer - Improved Means To Deteriorated Ends
Debby Friday - GOOD LUCK
Militarie Gun - Life Under The Gun
Scowl - Psychic Dance Routine
End It - Unpleasant Living
Jeff Rosenstock - HELL MODE
@ - Mind Palace Music
MSPAINT - Post-American
Jess Williamson - Time Ain’t Accidental
Model/Actriz - Dogsbody
Provide - For Me


Ian Cunningham (Head of Catalog at ADA Worldwide, Acid Tongue member)

1. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy (Ninja Tune)
3. Sextile - Push (Sacred Bones Records)
4. Sufjan Stevens - Javelin (Asthmatic Kitty Records)
5. W.I.T.C.H. - Zango (Desert Daze Sound)
6. Model/Actriz - Dogsbody (True Panther Records)
7. The Hives - The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons (Disques Hives)
8. Bully - Lucky For You (Sub Pop Records)
9. Genesis Owusu - STRUGGLER (Ourness)
10. Strawberry Fuzz - Strongs Dr. (Self Released)

Honorable Mentions:
Little Dragon - Slugs of Love
Depeche Mode - Memento Mori
James Blake - Playing Robots Into Heaven
MSPAINT - Post-American
Mick Jenkins - The Patience
Sampha - Lahai
DAIISTAR - Good Time
Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Data Doom
Spirit Award - The Fear
Youth Lagoon - Heaven Is a Junkyard
Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here
Yaeji - With A Hammer
Yves Tumor - Praise a Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume…
Nation of Language - Strange Disciple

  • Depeche Mode with Young Fathers at The Forum (3/28 & 12/12) & Climate Pledge Arena (11/26)
  • Sextile at Freakout Festival (11/04)
  • Iggy Pop & the Losers (Chad Smith, Duff McKagan, Jamie Hince, Andrew Watt & Slash) at the Hollywood Palladium (4/27)
  • AC/DC at Power Trip Festival (10/07)
  • The Hives at the Troubadour (5/09)
  • Benmont Tench at Largo (10/04)
  • Gabriels at The Ford (8/12)
  • Strawberry Fuzz at the Santa Monica Pier (5/18)
  • The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl (5/23)
  • Four Tet at the Hollywood Palladium (5/03)


The Curls

Premium Art Consumption of 2023

Torn Hawk - Ramada Thoughts
Star 80 - New View
Matthew Danger Lippman - Once You Get Low You’ve Gotta Start Flying Baby
Locate S,1 - Wicked Jaw 
Glyders - Maria’s Hunt
Luge - I love it here, I live here
Rubber Udder - PIN PRIK FUK YU !
Sunburned Hand of the Man - Hypnotrance 
Natural Information Society - Since Time Is Gravity
Fran - Leaving 
BCMC (Bill MacKay n Cooper Crain) - Foreign Smokes
Rami Atassi - Dancing Together 
Turbo Nut - Turbo Nut Forever
Cnidarians V - Dissonant Dessert 
John Martyn - Piece by Piece 
Suicide - A Way Of Life
David Bowie - Lodger 
The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights 
Happy Mondays - Live

Live Shows
Ween in Chicago 
Les Claypool in Chicago 
Matt Farley of Motern Media in Boston 
SJOD in Chicago 
Traysh in Chicago 
Sunburned Hand of the Man in Kingston NY
Matthew Danger Lippman in many cities 
Milkweed/Hartwell Hospice House Band in Buffalo
Luge in Toronto 
Matthew Shelton/Nora Barton in Cincinnati 

World Record Podcast with Brendon Walsh

Beau is Afraid
The Idiots 
Bone Tomahawk 
In The Mouth of Madness 

VH1s Band on the Run
This Time with Alan Partridge


Charlie Davey (Full Time Hobby)

fav music:
april magazine - wesley’s convertible tape for the south
lil yachty - let’s start here
natalia beylis - mermaids
nydia gonzalez - s/t
yo la tengo - this stupid world
health - rat wars
arooj aftab, vijay iyer, shahzad ismaily - love in exile

Chillest vibe:
freak heat waves - how do we come alive

best solo:
Blake Mills - skeleton is walking

fav reissues:
techno animal - re-entry
pharaoh sanders - pharaoh
dorothy carter - waillee waillee
amon - akh
vidna obmana - terrace of memories

best live:
devo - green man festival


Alex DePompei (Merge Records)

Top Ten Albums/EPs of the Year in No Particular or Special Order
Cory Hanson - Western Cum
Rozi Plain - Prize
Ostraca - Disaster
Truth Club - Running from the Chase
Sofia Kourtesis - Madres
Mega Bog - End of Everything
maya ongaku - Approach to Anima
Sluice - Radial Gate
jellyskin - In Brine
Ana Frango Elétrico - Me chama de gato que eu sou sua

Top Song I Keep Hearing On Pop Country Radio
Jon Pardi - "Heartache Medication"

Top Ten Vanity Plate Sightings


Timm Donohue (Adult Decisions Management)

Timm’s End of Year List for 2023 in playlist form:


Donny Hart

Here's 10 in no particular order:

1. Layla by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
2. Clarity by Xin Xin
3. Hard Times, Easy Love by The Violet Mindfield 
4. Never Need by Bodegas
5. Sneak Attack by Shaman Cult
6. Head Explodes by W I R E S
7. This House is Burning Down by PennFrancis
8. No One Danced in LA by Dabble
9. Honey Lips by Part Time
10. Out Loud by Alejandro Aranda


Bucky Driedger (Birthday Cake Records)

Ten albums I loved this year (that I didn't work on)

Paradise Crick - M. Sage
Heaven is a Junkyard - Youth Lagoon
Maps - billy woods & Kenny Segal
Cousin - Wilco
I Killed Your Dog - L’Rain
Welcome to Hell - Joseph Shabason
Mossripper - Mossripper
…So Unknown - Jesus Piece
When the Roses Come Again - Daniel Bachman
Could Have Done Anything - Charlotte Cornfield


Al Dubois (Feels So Good Records)

2023 was more of a podcast/new-age kind of year for me. It was also a break-up year - glaive & Troye helped me get through all that. Most of these albums and tracks came out this year, but you'll see that some did not. The photo attached was shot on film and taken on a trail sentimental to me just outside of Marfa.

Steve Gunn, David Moore - Let the Moon Be a Planet
glaive - i care so much that i dont care at all
Troye Sivan - Something To Give Eachother
John Carroll Kirby - Blowout
Cut Worms - Cut Worms

Southstar, Ellie Goulding - By The End Of The Night (southstar Remix)
St. Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Masters at Work Dub)
Milky - Just The Way You Are
J.J. Cale - Drifters Wife
MBV - Soon
Woods - White Winter Melody
Elizabeth Cotten - I don't love nobody


Justin Ellis (Slow Teeth / Easter Island / Ravary / To Be Heard Booking)

1. No One Mind - Secondary Gain
2. Peter Gabriel - I/O
3. Wunderhorse - Cub*
4. Slowdive - Everything Is Alive
5. Sigur Ros - ATTA
6. Bombay Bicycle Club - My Big Day
7. Scivic Rivers - Scivic Rivers
8. Color Palette - Pacing Like A Lion EP
9. Andre 3000 - New Blue Sun
10. Temples - Exotico
11. Waldo Witt - Long Daze, Dark Nights
12. Drab Majesty - An Object In Motion
13. Blur - The Ballad Of Darren
14. Jacob Slater - Pinky, I Love You
15. The Rolling Stones - Hackney Diamonds
16. Can't Even - Green Screen Crime Scene

*Released in 2022, technically


Enny Owl

Hozier - Unreal Unearth
Florence + The Machine - Dance Fever 
Etta James - At Last
Carole King - Tapestry 
False Lankum - Lankum
The Cranberries  - No Need To Argue
The Oh Hellos - Dear Wormwood 
Anne With An E (Music From The Netflix Original Series) 
The Complete Ella And Louis On Verve
Perter Paul And Mary: In Concert


Nick Faidley (Darling Recordings)

Ten 2023 Releases I've Loved
100 gecs - 10,000 gecs
Allegra Krieger - I Keep My Feet on the Fragile Plane
billy woods - Maps
feeble little horse - Girl with Fish
Katie Gately - Fawn / Brute
Mandy, Indiana - i've seen a way
Model/Actriz - Dogsbody
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
Water From Your Eyes - Everyone's Crushed
Wednesday - Rat Saw God

Ten 2023 Songs I've Had On Repeat
Amnesia Scanner - Cat
Big Thief - Vampire Empire
boygenius - Not Strong Enough
MJ Lenderman - Knockin (Single Version)
MSPAINT - Delete It
Squirrel Flower - Full Time Job 
Video Age - Away From The Castle
Wishy - Too True
YHWH Nailgun - Castrato Raw (Fullback)

A Few Special 2023 Live Sets
Angel Du$t @ Lodge Room
Beyonce @ SoFi Stadium
Big Thief @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
billy woods @ Resident
boygenius @ Re:Set Festival
Fleet Foxes @ Belasco Theater
Gabriels @ The Ford
Jessie Ware @ Hollywood Palladium 
Joanna Newsom @ Belasco Theater
Jockstrap @ The Fonda 
Mike Adams @ Resident
MJ Lenderman @ Lodge Room
MUNA @ Greek Theater
Sadurn @ SXSW 2023
Steve Marino @ Zebulon
Tim Bernardes @ Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
Wednesday @ Teragram Ballroom


Pedro Franke (Bonifrate, Guaxe)

Here's a quick Top 5 list with some new music I had the opportunity to listen to this year and that has stuck in my head for a while. It's all Brazilian, because we rock and we're back! Ranking is just a silly exercise in establishing hierarchy in chaos. 

5 - Betina - Rasante
I love Betina's songs and here they're built with the help of Diogo Valentino and Dinho Almeida. It's a great album by some of my best friends and I guess I played some bass somewhere.

4 - Lê Almeida - I Feel In The Sky
So beautiful to see Lê and his friends flying high! Always the boldest indie rock you can have.

3 - Luiza Lian - 7 Estrelas / Quem Arrancou O Céu?
Speaking of boldness, this is a labyrinth of an album, you will never listen to it the same way you had before and it will always lead you somewhere new.

2 - Ava Rocha - Nektar
Ava is a Queen, she rocks! Jonas Sá's production and Ava's songs will lead you through a journey in the coolest clouds of Brazilian Music, fresh and new!

1 - Julia Mestre - Arrepiada
This was THE big surprise to me! What a record! Rio's won!


Ali Genevich (Laveda)

Here are my top 10 albums of 2023 (in no particular order)

1. Principia - En Attendant Ana
2. Blue Rev - Alvvays
3. Careful! - Deeper
4. Rat Saw God - Wednesday 
5. Traveling Exploding Star - Paper Lady
6. SOS - SZA
7. Memory of a Mirror Image - Hotspit
8. I Love To Lie - Lowertown
9. Desire, I Want To Turn Into You - Caroline Polachek
10. Memorial - Thus Love 


Ben Goldberg (Ba Da Bing! Records)

Naujawanan Baider - Khedmat Be Khalq (Feeding Tube) This Afghan-American guy in Arizona makes sound collages of Afghan folk music which sound like overwhelming orchestras. It's a completely distinct sound, really unique, and totally immersive. The closest comparison is Muslimgauze, but this is more Maximalgauze.

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - These Things Remain Unassigned (Bulbous Monocle) - Much needed compilation of this nineties group who took Beefheart atonalism and set it to melodies, mash-ups, and simple lovely ballads. Bonus Flex: one of the tracks from my zine, Badaboom Gramophone, appears on it.

Sylvester - Private Recordings (Dark Entries) Nothing innovative here, just someone playing standards on a piano and singing over it, but I always love intimate recordings that sound so personal and unadorned. Also, thinking of it in the context of this being made by the person who is known for this makes it extra special.

She Spread Sorrow - Orchid Seeds (Helen Scarsdale Society) - Alice Kundalini is from Italy and makes creepy, sparse, ominous songs, which she talk/sings in a hushed whisper over. It's very Grouper's Evil Sister, but more along the electronic experimental bent than sparkling in guitar sound.

Spirit Possession - Of The Sign (Profound Lore) - Extremely satisfying black metal/thrash hybrid. Great playing.

Laurel Halo - Atlas (Awe) - A descendent of GAS, with a full-on "everything" sound that nonetheless seems so quiet and entrancing. You can focus on something different every listen - it should come with a sticker that says "1000 Possible Listening Approaches!"

Eiko Ishibashi - For McCoy (Black Truffle) I've never listened to her before, and that was my mistake. These are longform compositions that sit somewhere between jazz, post-rock and experimental, and perform the difficult task of holding my interest.

Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal - Snakeskin (Beacon Sound) Two Beirut musicians making pop songs from elements that are anything but. Lots of errant sounds, mesmerizing loops, discordance...but so melodic and beautiful. This is what I always wish 98% of dreampop sounds like.

Various Artists: Preds le temps d'ecouter: Tape music, sound experiments and Free Folk Songs by Children from Freinet Classes 1962-1982 (Born Bad Records) Célestin Freinet was an educator who came up with a concept for teaching that allowed children to explore and invent. This is a compilation of LPs made from what resulted when they were allowed to play with a wide range of instruments and electronics. I always loved the Langley School Music Project for it's earnestness, but this is a whole different level, given how wild and inspired the sounds are - it goes from noise to folk to electronic to straight out experimental.

Cruel Diagonals - Fractured Whole (Beacon Sound) Layers of vocals expand and release with deft touches of electronics and percussion. Obviously, the singing is great, but this is the album where Cruel Diagonals reached a whole new level of songwriting.


Jeremy P. Goldstein (Goldstein United Management)

DMA’s - How Many Dreams?
Black Honey - Fistful Of Peaches
The Utopiates - The Sun Also Rises
The Slow Readers Club - Knowledge Freedom Power
Soft Science - Lines
Teenage Wrist - Still Love 
Emma Anderson - Pearlies
The Sherlocks - People Like Me & You
The Kynd - Timelines
Lumari - En Phases
Greenhouse - Centre Of The Universe
heavenward - Pyrophonics
George Hennessy - If You Can’t Find What You’re Looking For, Please Ask…
The Clockworks - Exit Strategy
SENSES - Little Pictures Without Sound
Slowdive - Everything Is Alive
Las Robertas - Love Is The Answer
ROMY - Mid Air
Coach Party - Killjoy
Apollo Junction - Here We Are


Jorrit Hermans (CMON CMON)

Here are my Favorites of 2023

1. Eyelids - A Colossal Waste Of Light
2. The Beths - Expert In A Dying Field
3. Palehound - Eye On The Bat
4. Boygenius - The Record
5. Teenage Fanclub - Nothing Lasts Forever
6. Uni Boys - Buy This Now!
7. Corvair - Bound To Be
8. The Replacements - Tim (Let It Bleed Edition)
9. Ratboys - The Window
10. The Tubs - Dead Meat



Design: Melanie Drew Chambers
Photo: Tim Race

ML Buch - Suntub
Youth Lagoon - Heaven is a Junkyard
Oracle Sisters - Hydranism
Thy Slaughter - Soft Rock
Rozi Plain - Prize
Jenny Lewis - Joy’All
Mac Demarco - One Wayne G
Mega Bog - End of Everything
Caroline Rose - The Art of Forgetting
Model/Actriz - Dogsbody


Oliver Hopkins (Volunteer Department)

here’s a top ten that I kept coming back to or at least thinking about this past year - and certainly in no particular order!!

Rough Magic by Roomful of Teeth
A Year From Monday by John Cage
Art Garfunkel’s solo discography 
Meantime by Mike Leigh
The Sopranos
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Orlando by Virginia Woolf 
Ship’s in the Harbor by Tommy Prine
Bernstein’s Norton Chair of Polemics Lectures
Al Menne @ Gold Diggers


Hannah Houser (This is Meru)

  • Album: Desire, I Want To Turn Into You, Caroline Polachek
  • Book: When We Lost Our Heads, Heather O’Neill (published 2022)
  • Essay: “Inside the Weirdest Oscar Performance of All Time,” Jason P. Frank for Vulture
  • Experience: attending the Oscars (!)
  • Insta Account: @catmusicvideos
  • Meal: Chai Pani, Asheville, NC
  • Movie: Saltburn
  • Podcast: Ghost Story, BBC/Wondery
  • Song: “Lost Everything,” A.G. Cook and Easyfun
  • TV: Succession season 4


Sara Houser aka S.L. Houser

Top 2023 Albums
André 3000 - New Blue Sun
The Japanese House - In the End it Always Does
Haiku Hands - Pleasure Beast
Blur - The Ballad of Darren
Becca Mencari - Left Hand
Janelle Monae - The Age of Pleasure
Youth Lagoon - Heaven is a Junkyard
Sigur Ros - Átta
Wye Oak - Every Day Like the Last
Troye Sivan - Something to Give Each Other

Non 2023 Honorable Mentions/Heavy Rotation
Weyes Blood - And in the Darkness Hearts Aglow
Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret, Julian Santorius - Danse
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention
Amyl and the Sniffers - Comfort to Me


Will Johnson

positive encounters in 2023

Anders Parker - The Black Flight LP
Connie Converse - To Anyone Who Ever Asks (book)
Quelle Chris - Black Cottonwood LP
Wednesday - Rat Saw God LP, and live - Milwaukee - Sept. 12
Kathy Heideman - Move With Love LP
Duff Thompson - Shadow People LP
Califone - villagers LP
Hermanos Gutiérrez - El Bueno Y Malo
Adrienne Lenker - abysskiss
Ron Rash - Something Rich And Strange (book)
Killers Of The Flower Moon (film)
Apollo Brown - Sardines
Deer Tick (live) - San Diego, July 12
BLK ODYSSY - Diamonds and Freaks LP
S.G. Goodman (live) - Asheville, NC, August 11
George Singleton - You Want More (book)
Free Range - Practice LP
Joanna Sternberg - I've Got Me LP
Justin Bloss - Termina EP
Little Mazarn - Honey Island General Store LP
Stalley - Somebody Up There Loves Me LP
Izzy Heltai (live) - Nashville, Oct. 12
Buck Meek - Haunted Mountain LP
Marisa Anderson - Still, Here LP
John Moreland - Live at Third Man Records
Tony Earley - Somehow Form A Family (book)
Oogwei (live) - Austin Tunnels, Austin, TX - Dec. 15
Travels, noisemaking/gong hitting with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Acquired a riding lawn mower


Jared Jones (Winspear)

Here are my fav non-Winspear records from this past year :)

ML Buch - Suntub
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin 
Being Dead - When Horses Would Run
@ - Mind Palace Music
Jouska - Suddenly My Mind Is Blank
Bonny Doon - Let There Be Music
Blonde Redhead - Sit Down for Dinner
Durand Jones - Wait Til I Get Over
Hana Stretton - Soon
feeble little horse - Girl with Fish
Julie Byrne - The Greater Wings
Mali Velasquez - I'm Green
Feist - Multitudes
Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
Vagabon - Sorry I Haven't Called


My, Bryan, Jarrod, and Patrick of Jupe Jupe

Jupe Jupe 's compiled list of 2023 records (as well as a few older records we've recently discovered)

  1. The Waeve by The Waeve (2023)
  2. Radical Romantics by Fever Ray (2023)
  3. Exotico by Temples (2023)
  4. Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd by Lana Del Rey (2023)
  5. The Book Beri'ah, Vol. 10: Malkhut by Secret Chiefs 3 (2019)
  6. The Ballad of Darren by Blur (2023)
  7. Pacific by Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki and Tatsuro Yamashita (1978)
  8. Careful by Deeper (2023)
  9. Life is Yours by Foals (2022)
  10. One Man Band by Miles Kane (2023)


Michael Kaufmann (This Is Meru, Punksyndrome)

1) Saya Gray - 19 MASTERS (2022)
2) Grischa Lichtenberger - Die Wiederholung der Geschichte der amerikanischen Heimatlosigkeit (2023)
3) Laurel Halo - Atlas (2023)
4) Tujiko Noriko - Crépuscule I & II (2023)
5) Romperayo - Asi No Se Puede Muchaches (2022)
6) Quelle Chris - Deathframe (2022)
7) Christian Mirande - My Friend Went to Heaven on the Frankford El (2020)
8) Viêt Tài Chính & Láu Cá & Pilgrim Raid - Hài Dôc Thoai (2022)
9) Wave Temples - Panama Shift (2023)
10) Andreas Brandal - False Light Authority (2022)


Emi Grace Knight (Strawberry Runners)

Here are our favorite albums this year:

Water Words by Asha Wells
Nico Hedley Wants To Sing It So Loud That It Makes It Alright by Nico Hedley
Jasmine On A Night In July by Scree
Expectations by Diamond Grinder
I Keep My Feet on the Fragile Plane by Allegra Krieger
Growing at the Edges by Mutual Benefit
“Carsick” by youbet
Could Have Done Anything by Charlotte Cornfield
Jelly Road by Blake Mills
s/t by Greg Mendez
Atlas by Laurel Halo
When It Comes by Don Piano
s/t by Canary Room


Mark Lipsitz (Bar/None Records)

Here's my personal best of 2023 list:
Girl Ray - Prestige
Jenny Lewis - Joy'All
Mountain Goats - Jenny from Thebes
Daneshevskaya - Long is the Tunnel
Slow Pulp - Yard
CMAT - Crazymad, For Me
Foyer Red - Yarn Away the Hours
Remate - Dos Galgos Blancos
Weeper - Weeper
Madder Rose - No One Gets Hurt Ever

Pardoner - Peace Loving People
Diners - DOMINO
koleżanka - Alone with the Sound the Mind Makes
Darren Jessee - Central Bridge


Skyler Locatelli (Freakout!, KEXP)

Here's a playlist of my favorite songs from fav records:

Best Film: Killers of the Flower Moon
Best TV show: Fargo Season 5
Favorite Podcast: Club Random w/ Bill Maher
Favorite Concerts: Dead & Co Final Tour, Gorge Amphitheater; Brandi Carlile And Joni Mitchel, Gorge; Sextile at Freakout Fest; Son Rompe Pera at Shrine/Treefort; Ritmo Cascabel at Whiskey's in Ketchum, Viagra Boys and Frankie & The Witch Fingers at Crocodile; Widespread Panic, Napa; Slowdive at Webster Hall; Nation of Language at Crocodile; WITCH at KEXP
Biggest Loss: Sixto Rodriguez +Robbie Robertson 
Photo: Skyler with W.I.T.C.H @ KEXP



ravepack - Madge
BOXJAR - Madge
You Must Remember This (Podcast)
Moon Beams - Bill Evans Trio
Heut ist Mein Tag - Blümchen
Torn - Natalie Imbrugia
POPSTAR - Instasamka
Details - Frou Frou
Past Lives (movie)
American Football - American Football 


Barbara Manning

1. Music on Fire - s/t, (s/r)
No doubt, some will think I am placing this LP here at number 1 because the artist is my husband, Dan Vargas, but instead it’s here because of it’s intensive, undefinable, 3-D volume scariness that makes my hair stand on edge. Listening to the song Dagger Down, I feel as if I am surrounded by a gang of Dan Vargas’ all flashing steel and making stabbing motions toward me.  I feel myself spin around in avoidance, but I don’t know when to dodge the thrusts.  Exciting!
My favorite song is Work on Time, a commuter’s nightmare song that enhances morning panic attacks.  (musiconfire.space)

2. Sufjan Stevens - Javelin (Asthmatic Kitty Records)
There was some chattering on Postcard about Stevens being a flavor of the week, or some such nonsense.  No, this guy is the real deal.  The album Javelin is a multi-faceted art piece, if you bought the deluxe edition with book, like I did. Simultaneously absorbing all the visual art, short essays, and dense musical taffy certifies, for me, Sufjan Steven’s brilliant legacy.  However, at times the music feels over tracked.  He hides behind the production, me thinks.  I like his quieter numbers on this record best. I’ve recently decided that my late-mother’s love for Cat Stevens is kinda like my love for Sufjan Stevens.  Favorite song: Everything Rises

3. Sparklehorse - Bird Machine (Anti)
This album received instant love on the first day of its release, and multiple plays since, in our home.  So glad to have one more record from Linkous!  Because the record is without much visually, the white cover has me thinking what I’d decorate the cover with if I could have, so I dropped the album a notch. Musically, this album is more of a favorite than my 2nd choice because it rawks, is real, and gave me countless times of bouncing in front of the speakers to my Favorite song: Daddy’s Gone

4. Harry Von Zells - Play It Backwards (Igor Records)
In a place of honor, I give this Pittsburgh band my top 4th spot! Lyrically, the words make me squirm with familiarity. They are so…honest. Check out Dear John.  Insecurity Rules! Musically, I was reminded of that magical time when 100 Flowers and the Embarrassment were heard with regularity at parties I attended.  This is the new party record for the Indie nerdy people! I wish. Favorite song: Play It Backwards

5. Tiny Ruins - Ceremony, (Milk! Records/BA DA BING!)
I’m hooked on this New Zealand band, lead with soothing female vocals (Hollie Fullbrook) and equipped with such lovely songs. Listening, I think of Glen Campbell, Paul Simon, but with a perfect female voice, not too showy, not too shy. Incredibly listenable, Ceremony quickly became a repeat on our turntable, especially because of this Favorite song: Out of Phase

6. Nighttime - Keeper Is the Heart, (BA DA BING!)
I thought this was an older folk record when I heard it.  High lilting female voice, I thought of Opal.  The earthy instrumentation clearer than the lyrics-sometimes her voice sounds as murky as a catholic boy choir. I can’t make out a word of lyric and they’re written by hand in 6 font on the back of the record.  This record is enchanting.  It sounds ancient for being born this year.  Favorite song: When the Wind Is Blowing

7. Harp - Albion, (harpband.com)
Only having this album 1 day I know it is going to be regularly sought after for more listens over the years.  THAT SMITH SOUND! His voice scratches a long aching itch.  His band supports perfectly.  The “M” word needs not be mentioned. After only a few listens, already my Favorite song: Country Cathedral Drive

8. Rain Parade - Last Rays of a Dying Sun, (Label 51)
This is a nice record with easy-going tempos, melodic leads and multiple vocalists. None of the songs are as poppy as their early days, instead the songs are well-blended psychedelia with pleasing choruses and middle 8s written and sung by wizened guys who have been there and know that it is good. Favorite song: Last Rays of a Dying Sun

9. Famous Mammals - Instant Pop Expressionism Now (Siltbreeze Records)
An energetic record that has a wide range of modern cacophony, from slow intimate leg winders to songs that remind of pogoing on the beer keg.  A record for fun times, when you can have some. (siltbreeze.bandcamp.com) Favorite song: Let the Light In

10.   Cuticles-Major Works, (Siltbreeze Records)
Pop tunes done punk rawk, with a w.  That means it is fun and slightly sloppy, and when played loudly enough, gives you an impulse to dance with little regard to what is around you.  Nice male/female voices and zero lead guitar! Credits on the record include thanks to Emily Dickenson and Buster Keaton. Favorite song: Cheese in my Brain

11.   Barbara Manning-Charm of Yesterday, Convenience of Tomorrow, (BA DA BING!)
All of these songs were recorded in solitary sessions. Most of these recordings were a lucky break during periods of food insecurity and lack of self-esteem.  Things are better now. I’m grateful to those at BA DA BING for throwing this fragile compilation together. Favorite Song: Don’t Hold Back


Eric Martinez (Secretly Group)

Some of my fav things this year:

Nourished by TimeErotic Probiotic 2
Wednesday Rat Saw God album release at TV Eye
My 3-month binge of all 10 seasons of Vanderpump Rules
ANOHNI and the JohnsonsMy Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross
Big Thief show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Meeting Conan while watching Alvvays side stage at Outside Lands
Lana Del Rey set at Outside Lands
The Hinoki hand soap from Le Labo
Mitski Amateur Mistake stripped down shows in LA and NY
Kirsten Dunst’s “Why isn’t this dude #1 on the charts? @cutworms” post on her IG
ML BuchSuntub
Watching Love Island UK seasons 1 thru 4
Hua Hsu’s memoir Stay True


Jenny Mason (Sis)

Be Good the Crazy Boys - Art Feynman
Rainbow Revisited - Thandi Ntule
New Blue Sun - Andre 3000
I Killed Your Dog - L’Rain
Javelin - Sufjan Stevens

Happy Hours Pt 1, 2 and 3
Killers of the Flower Moon
Showing Up

The Curse
Evenings with Sraddhalu
The White Winged Consciousness of Nine/Magenta Pixie

The Diamond Codex - Magenta Pixie
Inner Work Path - Lisa Romero
Encounters with Vidar - Are Thorneson
Book Of Innocence - James Selig

Against Everyone with Conner Habib


Joey Massa (Space Agency Booking)

My favorite albums of 2023!

1. El Michels Affair w/ Black Thought - Glorious Game
2. Babe Rainbow - Fresh as a Head of Lettuce
3. Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Data Doom
4. Iguana Death Cult - Echo Palace
5. Rogê - Curyman
6. Skinshape - Craterellus Tubaeformis
7. Ulrika Spacek - Compact Trauma
8. Varnish La Piscine - This Lake is Successful
9. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - The Silver Cord
10. Sababa 5 - Aspan


James Mejia (Hand Drawn Dracula, Mejia Design)

Here are some highlights form my 2023 Mixtape. Also this year has seen so many Toronto indie bands worth checking out... Slash Need, Kali Horse, Theo Vandenhoff, Uh Huh, Burner, Tomb Mold, Sap, Thermal, Secret Sign, Headcrack, Oil Giant, Roach, Lavoro and so many more bands making the local scene really great.

Model/Actriz - Crossing Guard
yeule - dazies
deary - Fairgorund
bar italia - Nurse!
Jonathan Bree - Pre-Code Hollywood
Current Joys - Cooking
Johnny Goth - Everybody Just Wants To
Autobahn - Post-History
Dermabrasion - Goblin Dance
Special Interest - Concerning Peace
Machine Girl - Frenesi
Debby Friday - I Got It
The Umlauts - Non e Ancora
Shiloh Dynasty - novacaine (sad song)
Home Front - Contact
Breeze - Heart Attack Waiting To Happen
George Clanton - I Been Young
Prince Josh - The Glory Reprise
Nabihah Iqbal - Dreamer
Lewsberg - An Ear To The Chest
Castlebeat - Dreamgaze
Cathedral Bells - All Under The Sky
Bonnie Trash - Shades Of You
Surf Curse - Freaks
Slowdive - Kisses
Drab Majesty - Vanity
Zoon - Dodem
bdrmm - Pulling Stitches
Black Market Karma feat. Tess Parks - The Sky Was All Diseased
Pale Blue Eyes - More
A.S.O. - Go On
Sextile - Crash
Odonis Odonis - Beast
Forest Swords - Munitions
Michael Peter Olsen feat. Owen Pallett - Sweet Meet
Ruby Haunt - Nightjar
Bodywash - Inner City
Lightheaded - Mercury Girl


Josh Mills (It’s Alive Media)

In no particular order:

* Thinking Fellers Union 242 - These Things Remain Unassigned LP (Singles, compilation tracks, rarities and unreleased recordings) (Bulbous Monocle)
* Goulash soup at Lánchíd Söröző in Budapest, Hungary
* Ernie in Kovacsland (Fantagraphics)  (I’m biased)
* England Swings - Lux and Ivy Dig That UK Sound CD (Righteous) 
* Bomp Records mail order
Dean & Britta subscription on Patreon
Trunk Records Greedbag
* Bored Teenagers Vol. 14 30 Great British Punk Originals ’77-’82 CD (Bin Liner)
* De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising CD reissue (AOI/Chrysalis)
Little Steven’s Underground Garage - Sirius XM 


Pamela Nashel (Siren's Call PR)

I have a lot of catching up to do on songs released in 2023 but in the meantime, here are 20 songs I loved listening to (on repeat) in 2023:

1. Arthur Russell - "You Did It Yourself"
2. Faust - "Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft"
3. Tuxedo Moon - "No Fears"
4. Her's - "What Once Was"
5. Blur - "The Universal"
6. Peel Dream Magazine - "Due To Advances In Modern Medicine"
7. Electrane - "Birds"
8. Cloud Nothings - "Hey Cool Kid"
9. Boogarins - "Lucifernandis"
10: Lion - "You've Got a Woman"
11. Sam Prekop - "The Company"
12. Animal Collective - "Fireworks"
13. Jean Claude Vannier - "La Horse"
14. Kadhja Bonet - "Joy"
15. Duretti Column - "Otis"
16. Domenique Dumont - "Comme ça"
17. The Fall - "Psycho Mafia"
18. Cola - "Blank Curtain"
19. Web Web - "Warlock"
20. Melanie Velarde - "Wind"


Isabel Olive (Half Gringa)

Here are my favorite records of 2023: 

Julie Byrne - The Greater Wings
Wednesday - Rat Saw God
Jamila Woods - Water Made Us
Feist - Multitudes
Núria Graham - Cyclamen
Sun June - Bad Dream Jaguar 
Fran - Leaving
Y La Bamba - Lucha
Jess Williamson - Time Ain’t Accidental
Noname - Sundial
Gia Margaret - Romantic Piano
Doom Flower - Limestone Ritual


Omar Sonics (Host of "Hooked on Sonics" CJLO 1690am, Montreal QC)

20 Fave Records of 2023
Slowdive - everything is alive
Soft Kill - Metta World Peace
Fiddlehead - Death is Nothing to Us
Mandy, Indiana - i've seen a way
Hotline TNT - Cartwheel
Debby Friday - Good Luck
Sunforger - Sunforger
Sparklehorse - Bird Machine
FACS - Still Life in Decay
Militarie Gun - Life Under The Gun
Big Brave - Nature Morte
Markus Floats - Fourth Record
Wednesday - Rat Saw God
Parannoul - After The Magic
Kali Uchis - Red Moon in Venus
Bully - Lucky for You
Ky - Power Is The Pharmacy
Blonde Redhead - Sit Down for Dinner
Andrew Sisk - Adrift
Blondshell - Blondshell

10 Most Used Gifs of 2023











5 Fave Pastas of 2023


Allen Orr (Paper Pools)

Top 10 of 2023

Sam Gendel - Audiobook
Slowdive - everything is alive
Peter Gabriel - I/O
Rejoicer - While You Are There
Brian Eno & Fred again - Secret Life
Blake Mills - Jelly Road
King Krule - Space Heavy
Long Tall Jefferson & Fai Baba - Löwenzahnhonig
Svaneborg Kardyb - Over Tage
Everything But the Girl - Fuse


Chris Parham (The Weekly Soundtrack)

Favorite 10 Albums
Feist - Multitudes (Polydor)
Beach Fossils - Bunny (Bayonet Records)
Cleo Sol - Heaven / Gold (Forever Living Originals)
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin (Asthmatic Kitty)
Oracle Sisters - Hydranism (22TWENTY)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Weathervanes (Thirty Tigers)
The Bures Band - Birds Nest (The Bures Band)
Wednesday - Rat Saw God (Dead Oceans)
Dean Johnson - Nothing For Me, Please (Mama Bird Recording Co.)
Yussef Dayes - Black Classical Music (Brownswood)

Favorite 10 Songs
Toro Y Moi - “Back Then” (Dead Oceans)
Helena Deland - “Spring Bug” (Chivi Chivi)
William Tyler, Kieran Hebden - “Darkness, Darkness” (Psychic Hotline)
Helado Negro - “LFO (Lupe Finds Oliveros)” (4AD)
Royel Otis - “Kool Aid” (Ourness)
Slimdan - “Nosebleeds” (Sonder House)
Blonde Redhead - “Snowman” (Partisan Records)
Sam Evian - “Life Go Low” (Thirty Tigers)
Charlotte Cornfield - “You and Me” (Double Double Whammy)
Tyler Childers - “In Your Love” (RCA Records)


Winston Parker (Ohmu)

Some of my fav 2023s:
Tim Hecker - No highs
Oneohtrix Point Never - Again
Fever Ray - Radical Romantics
Loscil, Lawrence English - Colors of Air 
Bendik Giske - self titled
Caterina Barbieri - Myuthafoo
Oliver Coates - Aftersun OST
Mong Tong - Tao Fire
KMRU - Dissolution Grip
Aho Ssan - Rhizomes

Non 2023 records in big rotation this year:
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Async
Tim Hecker - Mirages
Alessandro Cortini - Sonno
Grouper - A I A : Alien observer
Mabe Fratti - Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos


Ben Parrish (Jamboree Mgmt)

Show of the year: Natural Information Society at Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA

Tour of the year: Etran de L’Air US tour

Album of the year: Marnie Stern - The Comeback Kid (Joyful Noise)

Album of the year from last year (2022) that I listened to at least once a week in 2023: The Casual Dots - Sanguine Truth (Ixor Stix)

Best argument for public media of the year: Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet’s Tiny Desk Concert

Best new artist: The Driving Crooner

Online record store of the year: Courtesy Desk

Tape of the year: Soup Activists - Live at Sharon’s House (Rotten Apple)

Best Rolling Stones song of the year: Wimps “Animal” (Youth Riot Records)

Reissue of the year: Byard Lancaster - It Is Not Up to Us (Superior Viaduct)

Bucket list concerts of the year: Devo at Revolution Hall, Portland, OR and The Breeders at Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA (duh)

Food cart of the year: Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine, Portland, OR

Sandwich shop of the year: Aunt Tillie’s Deli & Pub, Portland, OR

Pizza Slices of the year: Scarr’s Pizza, New York, NY

Bandcamp-exclusive live recording of the year: Kilynn Lunsford on WFMU

Music video that made the world wonder if it’s elder abuse if two of the band members are dead: The Beatles “Now and Then” (dir. Peter Jackson)

Best album that I had many chances to buy for $10 in the early 2000s and finally bought for $29 (including shipping) in 2023, but it’s okay because I appreciate it more now than I would have then: Thee Headcoatees - Girlsville

Solo album that was even better than the artist’s much hyped and very good *other* band: Silicon Prairie - Vol 2 (Feel It)

Best scene in Mandalorian Season 3: When Grogu gets the robot exoskeleton that says “yes” and “no” and gets REALLLLLLY into it

Best “legacy” indie band: New Built to Spill line-up live in Pioneer Square, Portland

Best punk album: Tyvek - Overground (Ginkgo) + Thee Retail Simps - Live on Cool St. (Total Punk) (tie)

Best “free punk” album: XV - On the Creekbeds on the Thrones (Ginkgo)

Band that got me putting on shows for the first time in 5 years(!): Feeling Figures

Best cats: Kimmswick and Sterling


Tim Regan (Nine Mile MGMT)

(Top 10 in no particular order)

Solid Lines - Solid Lines
RVG - Brain Worms
Shakey Graves - Movie Of The Week
Cut Worms - Cut Worms
Being Dead - When Horses Would Run
Man On Man - Provincetown 
Scott McMicken and the Ever Expanding - Shebang
Uncle Lucius - Like It's The Last One Left
The Replacements - Tim (Let It Bleed Edition)
Bull - Start A New


Sean Rhorer (Distance Management)

60 New Releases in 2023 I Enjoyed (alphabetical):
Adrienne 'Summer's Beginning' EP
Agriculture 's/t' LP
Arlo Parks 'My Soft Machine' LP
Balmora 'With Thorns of Glass and Petals of Grief' EP
Belle & Sebastian 'Late Developers' LP
Bélver Yin 'Para Mi Madre' LP
Beverly Glenn-Copeland 'The Ones Ahead' LP
Blackbraid 'II' LP
Blood Runs Cold 's/t' EP
Celeste 'Epilogue(s)' EP
Cran 'Natë' LP
deary 's/t' EP
Drop Nineteens 'Hard Light' LP
Dying Wish 'Symptoms of Survival' LP
Emma Anderson 'Pearlies' LP
Flyying Colours 'You Never Know' LP
Gabestok 'Med Freden Kommer Hadet' LP
Godflesh 'Purge' LP
Harms Way 'Common Suffering' LP
Home Front 'Games of Power' LP
Hydroplane 'Selected Songs 1997-2003' LP
Incendiary 'Change the Way You Think About Pain' LP
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit 'Weathervanes' LP
JayWood "Dirk Gently (Know Yourself)" Single
Kommand 'Death Age' EP
McKinley Dixon 'Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?' LP
Mentalite 81 'Generation Sacrifiee' EP
Mizmor 'Prosaic' LP
Moin 'Clocked Off' LP
Morning Again 'Borrowed Time' EP
A Mourning Star 'A Reminder of the Wound Unhealed' LP
nabeel (نبيل) 'shams (ش​م​س)' EP
Nabihah Iqbal 'DREAMER' LP
nour 'daydreamer' EP
Pachyman 'Switched-On' LP
Parannoul 'After the Magic' LP
Peace Vaults 'I & II" LP
Poison Ruïn 'Härvest' LP
Ragana 'Desolation's Flower' LP
Rancid 'Tomorrow Never Comes' LP
Raspberry Bulbs 'The World is Empty, The Heart is Full' LP
The Reds, Pinks and Purples 'The Town That Cursed Your Name' LP
Savageheads 'Service to Your Country' LP
Seablite 'Lemon Lights' LP
Serration 'Simulations of Hell' EP
Slant 'Demo 2023' EP
Slowdive 'everything is alive' LP
The Social 'Class Warfare' EP
Sparklehorse 'Bird Machine' LP
The Streets 'The Darker the Shadow the Brighter the Light' LP
Sufjan Stevens 'Javelin' LP
Teenage Fanclub 'Nothing Lasts Forever' LP
Tithe 'Inverse Rapture' LP
Tolerance 'Anonym' LP
Tolerance 'Divin' LP
Truth Cult 'Walk the Wheel' LP
Tyrant 'Release the Animal' LP
Wild Nothing 'Hold' LP
Year of the Knife 'No Love Lost' LP
Yves Tumor 'Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)’ LP

Best Live Shows of 2023:
The Cure (at Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Yves Tumor (at Coachella - weekend 1)
Blackbraid (at Canal Club)


Sarah Ronan and Matt Galceran of Queen Serene

Yo La Tengo This Stupid World
bar italia Tracy Denim
Godcaster s/t
Medicine Silences
Lewsberg Out and About
American Analog Set For Forever
Holy Wave Five of Cups
Heavy Meddo Atonal Choir File
Being Dead When Horses Would Run


David Rodriguez (Merge Records)

things I liked a lot in 2023:

Mary Jane Dunphe - Stage of Love (Pop Wig)
Bong Wish - Hazy Road (Feeding Tube)
Electric Chair - Act of Aggression (Iron Lung)
En Attendant Ana - Principia (Trouble in Mind)
Magic Tuber Stringband - Tarantism (Feeding Tube)
Melenas - Ahora (Trouble in Mind)
Miss España - Niebla Mental (La Vida Es Un Mus)
Mutant Strain - Murder of Crows (Sorry State)
Sharp Pins - Turtle Rock (Tall Texan)
The Sundae Painters - Sundae Painters (Leather Jacket)
Sweeping Promises - Good Living Is Coming For You (Feel It)
Ruth Mascelli - Non-Stop Healing Frequency (Disciples)
Tozcos - Infernal (Quality Control HQ / Toxic State)
Truth Club - Running From The Chase (Double Double Whammy)
Zorn - Zorn (Sorry State)


David Rogers (Tremolo Fields)

Some things that rocked my world and made me think and feel in 2023:

* Fever Ray's performance at Roadrunner in Boston, MA on May 5
* The Breeders' 30th Anniversary of Last Splash show at House of Blues in Boston, MA on Sept 24
* Bonnie Prince Billy outdoor show at the Greenwood Garden on Peaks Island, ME on Oct 3 (Bitchin Bajas' opening set was also magical)
* Bad Bad Hats’ Undertow basement show in Tolland, CT on Apr 19
* Annie Hart's set at Space in Portland, ME on Oct 20
* Marisa Anderson set at First Parish Church in Portland, ME on May 20

* The Elephant 6 Recording Co — a documentary about their musical collective/label
* Even Hell Has Its Heroes — a documentary about the slow metal band Earth
* Rewind and Play (2022 release) — unnerving time capsule video recording of Thelonious Monk being interviewed in Paris 1969

* While We’re Warm by Upper Narrows (Repeating Cloud Records)
* Breaking and Mending by Lisa/Liza (Orindal Records)

* Dear Dairy's fennel lemon ice cream


Esther Rose

Dean Johnson - Nothing for Me, Please
Required listening for anyone going through a breakup with another person, with themselves, or with reality. 

Gia Margaret
- Romantic Piano
This album is ketamine approved.

Squirrel Flower
- Tomorrow's Fire
Perfect vocals, perfect shredding.

Duff Thompson - Shadow People
Duff produced my first album and his finesse in the studio always brings me home. 


Mattie Safer (lovetempo)

79.5 - S/T
Adi Oasis - Lotus Glow
Madison McFerrin - I Hope You Can Forgive Me
Say She She - Silver
Hnry Flwr - Visions of the Daytime Moon
Meernaa - So Far So Good
Sextile - Push 
Captain Planet - Sounds Like Home
Rahill - Flowers At Your Feet
aja monet - when the poems do what they do


Dr. Michael Seman (Director of Arts Management at Colorado State University, Vocals and Guitar at Shiny Around the Edges)

My top ten music experiences of 2023 in no particular order:

1. Alan Palomo: World of Hassle – A Sade album crossed with a Bryan Ferry solo record in a William Gibson future, filtered through Alan’s exceptional insight, wit, and usual sonic brilliance. As with all his work, it takes you on a journey.

2. Ghost Canyon Fest – Shiny Around the Edges was fortunate to play the inaugural edition of this eclectic music fest in Denver, Colorado. We thought it would be largely filled with noise-rock bands, but it was refreshingly diverse in genre, ethnicity, and gender.

3. OFF! live at Saint Rocke – I had no idea what a force of nature OFF! is live. I caught their set at the venerable Hermosa Beach venue Saint Rocke and have thought about it ever since. I can’t wait to see them again.

4. Starfruit: Be Begin Beginning Begging – Yet another fantastic band from Denton, Texas. This album is upliftingly unhinged with excellent songwriting. I implore everyone to listen to this album and see Starfruit live… you will not be disappointed.

5. Bob Mould live at Washington’s – I didn’t know how a solo electric Bob Mould show would go, but, spoiler alert, it was awesome. Held at Washington’s in Fort Collins, Colorado (where everything sounds amazing), Bob absolutely delivered. Songs from Husker Du, Sugar, and his solo albums… there was no downside to this equation.

6. Tori Amos at Red Rocks – If you are a fan, you know. If you are not a fan, check out her YouTube channel. A magical night.

7. TreeFort – On my list every year. A great music festival in a great city with great people. This is what happens when everyone is on the same page in a city and there are solid people in charge of a festival. The Cumbia bands this year were awesome and I thinnnnnk it was the 14th time I’ve seen Built to Spill. Make this a vacation destination for 2024. If you do go, be sure to swing by Bar Gernika for Basque cuisine – outstanding.

8. Dolo Tonight – My former student is signed to Epitaph and released the EP, Life’s a Party then You’re Dead in 2023 (maybe 2022? Meh, time is a flat circle after the pandemic). I often found myself singing the hooks from this release throughout the year. Infectious pop with much deeper undercurrents lyrically. Definitely checkout the song, “Hotels,” if nothing else.  

9. Since were here, also listen to the EP I Hope Hell Isn’t Real by Roe Kapara. Another Epitaph artist, Roe draws from 90s grunge and that era’s polished singer-songwriters, then thrust those ingredients into today’s future present. Again, so many hooks to sing for days.

10. The PBS documentary, Chinatown Punk Wars is an absolute must see. The development of Los Angeles’ punk rock, new wave, and hardcore scenes is documented in various books, yet there hasn’t been much attention paid to the venues in Chinatown – Madam Wong’s and the Hong Kong Café – that significantly helped develop those scenes. Again, an absolute must see.


Sharks’ Teeth

​S/T - Kid Charleroi
This Stupid World - Yo La Tengo
The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We - Mitski
The Greater Wings - Julie Byrne
Maps - Billy Woods
Rat Saw God - Wednesday
Zion VIII - 9th Wonder
Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) - Yves Tumor
Intercepted Message - Osees
Don & Eye - 9th Wonder & The Musalini
Collegrove 2 - 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne


Wes Simms (Keeled Scales)

Here are some non-Keeled Scales favs from this year!

A.L. West - The Store
Batty Jr. - Do A U E!
Bill Dank - Marcella feelingly
Blake Mills - Jelly Road
Buck Meek - Haunted Mountain
Font - It
Hazel City  - Old Friend
Hovvdy - Bubba
Jonathan Rado - For Who The Bell Tolls For
Other Vessels - Empty Afternoon
Punty - Meeko
Quiet Light - Blue Angel Sparkling Silver
Quiet Light - Fourth of July
Sentimental Family Band - Face To A Name
sleep well. - It’s Getting Brighter
Smushie - Tulip Schmaltz in A Minor
Stalefish - Cold and Still
Steven Leftovers - Wallcreeper
The Slaps - This is My First Day at Drawing


Max Skaff

Here are my top 10 Albums for 2023 🌀

  1. Karol G - Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season)
  2. Kali Uchis - Red Moon in Venus
  3. Shygirl - Nymph
  4. La Gooney Chonga - La Hora de Perrear
  5. Safety Trance - El Alma Que Te Trajo
  6. Barbie Soundtrack
  7. Tainy - DATA
  8. Princess Nokia - I love you but this is goodbye
  9. Travis Scott - UTOPIA
  10. Rauw Alejandro - Saturno


Tyler Steinley (Sleeping Jesus)

Top 10 new projects:
1. Wednesday - Rat Saw God
2. Slow Pulp -  Yard
3. MJ Lenderman - Live (and Loose)
4. Earl Sweatshirt + The AlchemistVOIR DIRE
5. We Are the WillowsEverything Changed
6. Buck Meek - Haunted Mansion 
7. Strange Ranger - Pure Music
8. Geese - 3D Country
9. Dante DeGraziaNothing Ever Happens
10. New Salty Dog - No Name Bar 1.20.23

Favorite Discovered Album: 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul

Favorite TV Show: Scavenger's Reign

Favorite Movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Favorite Book: The Dandelion Dynasty by Ken Liu (Series)


Marnie Stern

1. Snõõper - Super Snõõper
2. Deerhoof - Miracle-Level
3. Little Richard - “Long Tall Sally”
4. Little Richard - “Tutti Frutti”
5. Little Richard - “Slipping and Slidin’
6. Little Richard - “Good golly Miss Molly”
7. Little Richard - “Lucille”
8. Little Richard - “The Girl Can’t Help It”
9. Little Richard - “Ready Teddy”
10. Little Richard - “Rip It Up”


Macie Stewart (Finom)

Favorite cake recipes this year: 
1. This Cardamom Cake from Niloufer Ichaporia King 
2. This Olive Oil cake from Stella Parks

Favorite music this year (didn't all come out in 2023, but I listened to it a lot this year):
1. Shleep by Robert Wyatt
2. In Electric Time by Jeremiah Chiu
3. <atrás/além> by O Terno
4. Prize by Rozi Plain
5. Tender Buttons by Broadcast
6. Pripyat by Marina Herlop
7. Glass by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto
8. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul
9. Hermits on Holiday by Drinks
10. Yasuragi Land by Foodman

Favorite poetry collection:
1. The Best of It by Kay Ryan

Favorite new food:
1. Lithuanian Fried Bread

Favorite TV shows:
1. The Great
2. Seinfeld
3. The Last of Us

Favorite Movie
1. Monster


Trevor Stovall (Snake Charmer Inc.)

A collection of songs that really resonated with me this year : )

Favorite Songs of 2023
~ "Moon" - Teethe
~ "Planted a Thought" - Arthur Russell
~ "Daisy" - Kate Davis
~ "Warned Her" - Lutalo
~ "Love in Passing" - Adeodat Warfield
~ "Keys Down If You Stay" - Cola
~ "Gud Gudbyez" - Nia Archives
~ "Top Dog" - Magdalena Bay
~ "Shining" - Grapetooth ft. Squirrel Flower
~ "Snake Charm" - MIKE (no pun intended here!)


Jake Tittle (Anxiety Blanket Records)

  1. When You Loose The Light by Braden Lawrence
  2. Love the Stranger by Friendship
  3. For Everyone by Joe Vann
  4. Let There Be Music by Bonny Doon
  5. Dark Fire Heresy by Draag
  6. Teal Pop by Teal Pop
  7. They Move And They Shine by L.A. Takedown
  8. This Stupid World by Yo La Tengo
  9. Be Good the Crazy Boys by Art Feynmen
  10. Dope Girl Chronicles by Field Medic


Mike Turner (Crashing Through Publicity / HHBTM Records / Wax Galaxy Records)

Memorials - Film Music
Ryan Wong - The New Country Sounds of Ryan Wong
Dancer - Dancer
Seablite - Lemon Lights
Lewsberg - Out and About
Drop Nineteens - Hard Light
Gal Musette - Pendulum
Collate - Generative Systems
The Human Hearts - Viable
Connie Lovatt - Coconut Mirror


Um, Jennifer?

Eli's List:

2023 Listens

The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We - Mitski
The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess - Chappell Roan
GUTS - Olivia Rodrigo
Pornstar2000 - Stevie Doll 
Settle Down In A Guest Bedroom - The Cavves
I Am The Dog - Sir Chloe 
TCNM - Truth or Consequences New Mexico (EP)
Songs4U - Akiva Henig (EP)
“Rupert!” - Birthday Girl (single)
SICK! - Earl Sweatshirt (2022)

Fig's Listens:

Favorite albums of 2023
Norm - Andy Shauf
Rat Saw God - Wednesday 
I’m Green - Mali Velasquez
Everyone’s Crushed - Water From Your Eyes
Heartbreak Rules - Horse Jumper of Love
Lucha - Y La Bamba
Blondshell - Blondshell
In The End It Always Does - The Japanese House
Flounder - Quinnie
Heaven is A Junkyard - Youth Lagoon

Favorite albums of Not 2023!
~~~ - Ana Roxanne
Revealer - Madison Cunningham
Wovoka - Redbone
Kamaal The Abstract - Q-Tip
Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown
Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet - Disq


Michael Venutolo-Mantovani

A short and very much incomplete list of things I loved this year, most of which wasn't actually made this year. 

Black Country, New Road - Live at Bush Hall (Ninja Tune, 2023)
Labi Siffre - The Singer and The Song (Pye International, 1971)
William Eggleston - 512 (Secretly Canadian, 2023)
Marnie Stern - The Comeback Kid (Joyful Noise, 2023)
Romolo Grano and Gianni Oddi - Le Montagne della Luce (Four Flies Records, 2019)
2nd Grade - Hit to Hit (Double Double Whammy, 2019)
Battiato - Fetus: Ritono al Mondo Nuovo (Superior Viaduct, 2017) 
Water From Your Eyes - Everyone's Crushed (Matador, 2023)
Robert Lester Folsom - Sunshine Only Sometimes (Anthology Recordings, 2022)
Midlake - Live in Denton, TX (Bella Union, 2015)
Olivia Rodrigo - Guts (Geffen, 2023)
Sonic Youth - Live in Brooklyn, 2011 (Silver Current Records, 2023)

My Cousin the Saint by Justin Catanoso (William Morrow, 2008)
The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero by Michael Kranish (Scribner, 2019)
I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell (Ecco, 2014)

Reservation Dogs (FX)
How To with John Wilson (HBO)
Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God (HBO)
Hotel Portofino (PBS)
The American Buffalo by Ken Burns (PBS)

We have two young kids at home and I can't remember the last adult movie I watched. Also, they just don't make many comedies anymore, huh?


Nate Welker (Saddle Creek)

Comedy Bang! Bang! (and all of CBB World)
Doughboys (podcast)
The Dollop (podcast)
You Wanted a Hit (podcast)
The Last of Us (show, games, everything all the time)
Sparks - The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem OST
Kevin Morby - "Rock Bottom"

The Curse


Stephen Wells (Birthday Club)

Photo by Patric Johnston

Here's my top 10 favorite albums that I've been spinning in 2023!

1. Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru - Jerusalem (2023)
2. Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! - Analog Africa No.20 (2016)
3. La Lom - La Lom (2022)
4. Lionmilk - I Hope You Are Well (2021)
5. Knower - Knower Forever (2023)
6. Happy End - Kazemachi Roman (1971)
7. Zero 7 - Simple Things (2001)
8. Yo La Tengo - They Shoot, We Score (2008)
9. Myanmar: Music by the Hsaing Waing Orchestra - The Burmese Harp (1998)
10. Ballake Sissoko - At Peace (2012)


Peter Wiley (Fat Possum / House Arrest)

here's a link to my top 10 songs of 2022 (that aren't affiliated with Fat Possum)


Conner Yarbrough (Polyvinyl Record Co.)

Favorite Listens by Artists I Didn't Know Before

  • Dogsbody by Model/Actriz
  • Egg by Blimp
  • Mind Your Business by Public Appeal
  • 001011 by Salvia
  • Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love? by Kara Jackson
  • Atlas by Laurel Halo
  • going...going...GONE! by hemlocke springs
  • My 21st Century Blues by RAYE
  • Headplate by Kumo 99
  • Airborne Fantasy: Unlimited by Lucia Beyond