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Best of 2013

January 6, 2014

It was a crazy busy year here at the bike shop, and aural stimulation is key component to staying motivated.  With the stereo running 8-10 hours a day, six days a week, the classics get burned out quickly and the thirst for new sounds can at times feel insatiable.  All that said, here are the best wrench-spinning/bike-riding albums of 2013:

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The Flaming Lips, “The Terror” – An engrossing album of dark, lo-fi psychedelia.  How does a band 30 years into their recording career still make sound this inspired?!

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RVIVR, “The Beauty Between” – Major chords, sing-a-longs, and pick scrapes galore.  The frozen block of ice that resides in my chest started to melt just a little bit when I saw this band play a couple months ago, and their record has been on repeat ever since.

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Wavves, “Afraid of Heights” – The evolution of this band’s sound from cutesy beach rock to full blown rock powerhouse was one of the biggest musical surprises of 2013.  Another great live show!

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Chance the Rapper, “Acid Rap” – This isn’t your usual collection of rap hits and guest spots, this is a transcendent journey of beats and rhymes that reveals new layers with every listen.

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Deafheaven, “Sunbather” – What’s not to love about a blend of black metal and shoegaze that made every Top Ten list on the face of the planet?  Incredible live show!

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Chelsea Wolfe, “Pain is Beauty” – Building on a string of albums that feature strong songs set in rich atmospheres, this is her most fully realized album to date.  Another must see live act!

 

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