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The Best of Lists for NewBandDay 2013 & The Final Thoughts

31 Dec
The year is over and here are our lists

The year is over and here are our lists

Wow, this was an amazing year for music. Too many bands, too many songs and not enough minutes in the day. I hope you’ve enjoyed our Hummingbird Awards and now we present our best of lists. The final cherry on top of 2013. The Arizona Turk and I want thank each and every one of our readers. We love music, because it’s takes talent that we don’t have. Keep playing, keep making COMPLETE albums and let us help you find more fans. Don’t forget to favorite, follow, like and listen to our favorite best new artists! They need your support to keep making great music.


Russ “NBD Editor In Chief”
The Arizona Turk “Music Curator and Still a CD Buyer”

Russ The Editor’s 13 Favorite Songs of 2013:
1. Mutual Benefit “Let’s Play/Statue of a Man”
2. Yuck “Middle Sea”
3. Bill Ryder-Jones “Hanging Song”
4. Vampire Weekend “Step”
5. Blood Orange “Time Will Tell”
6. London Grammar “Wasting My Younger Years”
7. The War On Drugs “Red Eyes”
8. Autre Ne Veut “Play By Play”
9. Kurt Vile “Walking on A Pretty Day”
10. Holograms “Lay Us Down”
11. Volcano Choir “Comrade”
12. Conan Mockasin “Caramel”
13. Local Natives “Heavy Feet”

Russ The Editor’s Favorite Albums:
1. Deerhunter Monomania
2. Bill Ryder-Jones A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart
3. Mutual Benefit Love’s Crushing Diamond
4. Autre Ne Veut Anxiety
5. Yuck Glow and Behold
6. Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe
7. Dustin Tebbutt The Breach EP
8. London Grammar If You Wait
9. Diane Coffee My Friend Fish
10. Jonathon Wilson<Fanfare
11. Califone Stitches
12. Rhye Woman
13. Daughter If You Leave

Arizona Turks Favorite Songs:
1. Breton “Envy”
2. London Grammar “Metal & Dust”
3. Telegram “Follow”
4. Crystal Fighters “Bridge of Bones”
5. Holograms “Meditations”
6. Toy “Endlessly”
7. Hausu “Gardenia”
8. Holy Milk “Born and Die”
9. Eagulls “Nerve Endings”
10. Deafheaven “Vertigo”
11. Swim Deep “King City”
12. Mikal Cronin “Shout It Out”
13. Sub Focus “Endorphins”

Arizona Turks Albums
1. London Grammar If You Wait
2. Dustin Tebbutt The Breach EP
3. Hookworms Pearl Mystic
4. Holograms Forever
5. Forest Swords Engravings
6. Hausu Total
7. Daughter If You Leave
8. Savages Silence Yourself
9. Haim Days Are Gone
10. Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana
11. Rudimental Home
12. Rhye Woman
13. Disclosure Settle

These are Bands of 2014:
Dustin Tebbutt
All Dogs
The Bohicas
The Amazing Snakeheads
Holy Milk
Breton (They will crack the US in 2014)

Best Reissue:
Cabaret Voltaire: Collected Works (1983-1985) The 4 LP 6 CD 2 DVD version….an amazing history lesson!

Hummingbird Awards – ALL YOUR BEST NEW BANDS FROM 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013:

Hummingbird Awards 2013 RECAP – The Definitive Best New Artist List
#13 MS MR
#12 Swim Deep
#11 Holy Milk
#10 Mutual Benefit
#9 Diane Coffee
#8 Haerts
#7 Holograms
#6 Autre Ne Veult
#5 Hookworms
#4 Blood Orange
#3 Dustin Tebbutt
#2 London Grammar
#1 Bill Ryder-Jones

Hummingbird Awards 2012
Hummingbird Awards 2011
Hummingbird Awards 2010

Band of the Day (8.25.11) The War on Drugs

26 Aug

The War on Drugs was no war, but just a name for a cause...good music cause

Band of the Day (8.25.11) The War on Drugs

I’m definitely a kid of the 80’s. Watching Nancy on stage passing out T-shirts telling me I shouldn’t. While Ronnie was on the 11pm news telling us how we’re winning the “War on Drugs” against the Colombians. Do you know what I really think…by calling it a war, it helped fund an industry and kept the economy moving forward. Maybe it was just a ploy to help us get our get our favorite band of the day. Ironically, The War on Drugs is down home Americana, the likes of Dylan and Springsteen…just like Reagan’s war on Angel Dust. TWOD are more of a collective, starting back in 2005, with Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile touring Oakland, Philly, etc. then Vile bailed and Adam got serious with Dave Hartley and Mike Zanghi. They make up a super trio of electronic Americana. The threesome have Americana roots, with a Adam sounding a lot like Dylan fronting and the boys adding their best My Bloody Valentine. Love the new record Slave Ambient and the tracks posted below. Think Wilco meets Dylan meets Eels.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, samplers)
Dave Hartley (bass, guitars)
Mike Zanghi (drums, percussion, sampler)
Kurt Vile (guitar)
Kyle Lloyd (drums)
Charlie Hall (drums, organ)
Sonic Soulmates™: Bob Dylan, Springsteen, My Bloody Valentine, Eels, Grant Lee Phillips
“Baby Missles”

“Come To the City”

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