mbvListener Poll results give My Bloody Valentine’s mbv the most fervent love. Perhaps because they waited nearly twenty years for it. No internet release besides Beyonce caused nearly as much instant twitterpation, and quite understandably.

Ultimately it was a watershed year for great releases in both shoegaze and dream pop genres, and probably generated as much great music as could be heard in 1992, if not more.


  1. 1. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  2. 2. Solar Powered People – The Scars We Own
  3. 3. No Joy – Wait to Pleasure
  4. 4. Soft Shadows – Reverb is for Lovers
  5. 5. Medicine – To The Happy Few
  6. 6. The Stargazer Lilies – We Are the Dreamers
  7. 7. Dead Leaf Echo – Thought & Language
  8. 8. Orange Yellow Red – A Rose Made of Galaxies
  9. 9. Tape Deck Mountain – Sway
  10. 10 Drowner – You’re Beautiful, I Forgive You


Staff Picks for 2013

We don’t play albums, we play singles, so we’re not about to rank a darn thing here. We will, however, give away our own album of the year award, and list some of the great achievements we heard in the past year.

candy-clawsDKFM Album of the Year: Candy Claws, Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time

For sheer chutzpah, consistent inventiveness, rule-breaking and all-around tunefulness, we couldn’t find a better full LP than the new offering from Candy Claws. From the opening bars of “Into the Deep Time (One Sun)”, you immediately recognize you’re not in Kansas anymore. Call it a concept album, call it a musical adventure from beginning to end. We call it a masterpiece that nobody else in 2013 could come anywhere close to.

To recap some of the best albums not mentioned above, we list some of the truly impressive LPs which graced our airwaves this past year, in no particular order.

  • Dråpe – Canicular Days
  • The History of Apple Pie – Out of View
  • Silver Swans – Touch
  • Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home
  • Weekend – Jinx
  • SULK – Graceless
  • skip skip ben ben – Sacrifice Mountain Hills
  • 유카리(Yukari) – Echo
  • Panda Riot – Northern Automatic Music
  • Edweena – Solar Days and Lunar Nights
  • Toy – Join the Dots
  • Decades – Decades
  • Winkie – One Day We Pretended To Be Ghosts
  • きのこ帝国 (Kinoko Teikoku) – eureka
  • White Poppy – White Poppy
  • Yuck – Glow & Behold
  • Picnic – The Weather’s Fine
  • Waldo & Marsha – Zoo
  • True Widow – Circumambulation
  • SPC ECO – Sirens and Satellites
  • Lovesliescrushing – Ghost Colored Halo
  • Jesus On Heroine – Tremolo Eastern Salvation
  • The Fauns – Lights
  • IO Echo – Ministry of Love
  • New Canyons – Everyone is Dark
  • The Sorry Shop – Mnemonic Syncretism
  • Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Corruptible Faces
  • Jetman Jet Team – We Will Live the Space Age
  • Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
  • Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion
  • HollAnd – Happiness Falls & The Bitter Blue
  • Screen Vinyl Image – 51:21
  • Tripwires – Spacehopper
  • Bored Nothing – Bored Nothing
  • Splashh – Comfort
  • Violens – True
  • Blouse – Imperium
  • WL – Hold
  • The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
  • Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right
  • Exit Calm – The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be
  • Nightmare Air – High In The Lasers
  • Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
  • Eros and the Eschaton – Home Address for Civil War
  • Power Pyramid – The God Drums
  • Slowness – For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full
  • Baby Formula – Baby Formula


And even that’s just a partial list of the impressive sounds we were treated to this year. We can only hope next year will be even half as impressive (and abundant).