The regulars discuss their favorite music of 2023

The regulars discuss their favorite music of 2023

We asked artists to give us lists of their favorite music of 2023, and Connecticut dance music Standing Take a unique approach. The band, which released an extended version of remastered material this year, has selected and compiled their favorite album, single, EP, reissue and compilation, with a review of each followed by honorable mentions in each category. Take it away, old man…

Best Album: The Hives – Randy Fitzsimmons dies

The greatest band on Earth returns with the best punk album of 2023. Catchy and expertly crafted as I have a video of the episodeIt was also produced with an adventurous spirit Black and white albumSharp and focused like Tyrannosaurus cells (Best garage punk album of the century so far), Randy Fitzsimmons dies It is a stylized and propulsive marvel. You can convince me it’s their best record; Five experienced audio experts demonstrate impeccable vocal taste for 30 minutes. Each song is instantly memorable (last month we saw The Hives together as a band and six selections from Randy Fitzsimmons dies They fit seamlessly alongside their already impressive list of hits), every turn of phrase Hives esque, and every riff ruthlessly coupled. It’s encouraging to see a band this hungry and inspired and this Hazar After more than 30 years in business. It’s the record we’ve been listening to the most in 2023. I’ll probably put “fake operation” in there the minute I finish writing this sentence. Randy Fitzsimmons dies It’s the kind of record you aspire to; The kind of LP from which you point enthusiastically to different standout moments, different quirks of new production, and new bits of enigmatic brilliance that just happen to catch your eye at any given time. What an album. What a band. cells.


El-Shabazz Palaces – Dressed in rarity

labrador – Hold the door for strangers

Minus points – Never again for now

Best Song: Belle and Sebastian – “Give a Little Time”

Their sarcastic nerdiness has gently faded into a warm, humane poetry (which, truth be told, was always there among the barbs even in their harshest moments), but Belle and Sebastian remain indie pop’s most accomplished architects. There is no band in the world that I trust more with electric piano and Thin Lizzy’s music. Late developers, their latest LP, is their best in years, and “Give A Little Time” is the album’s highlight. The song features the kind of Motown-like 1970s power pop that characterized its best moments Dear disaster waitress And The pursuit of life (For my money, still the band’s two best LPs), a homemade wall of sound equal parts sun-bleached and delightfully overcast. But this being Belle & Sebastian, there’s a wit and sarcasm that underscores all the main warmth. “Destroy your correspondence, re-read it, it is nonsense / Old letters, feed it into the shredder; you can leave the past silent.” The vocals may have the nostalgic glow of AM pop radio, but the lyrics offer something more nuanced and more poignant. Hard-earned wisdom from a band that has tracked hundreds of types of heartbreak.


Beehives – “Fake Operation”

Chime School – “Coming to your city”

Blur – “The Poem”

Best EP: Lightheaded – Good good great!

A quarter hour of impressionistic basement pop that rewards all the relistenings you’ll inevitably devote to it, Lightheaded’s Good good great ideal. Every clever production flourish (the vocals swirling from headphones from right to left on the first verse of “The Garden”, the triplet stacking on “Be My Baby” and the synthesizers on “Love Is Overrated”, the rich baroque pop Layered in “The Garden” highlights a band with a real imagination and a knack for applying all that knowledge in a pocket symphony to a three-minute gem. Currently available on cassette, it’s the kind of recording you might leave in your tape and let the auto-reverse loop the tracks over and over again While spending the afternoon… Slumberland Records has been on a tear lately (Chime School! Peel Dream Magazine! The Umbrellas!) and Lightheaded’s new EP is an unmistakable highlight.

Best Re-release: The Dream Syndicate – Days of wine and roses

A simple vinyl reprint may be the au courant reissue format of the day (see: the great half-speed masters of The Who’s early production), but my favorite copy of an anniversary reissue will always be a multi-filler. CD Scholarship. and the extended version of The Dream Syndicate’s psychedelic pop classic Days of wine and roses He is a perfect model. A brilliant remastering of the original record, plus all the contemporary B-side and EP tracks, demos, alternative versions and live stuff. It’s comprehensive and beautifully packaged: a definitive artifact of the band’s final work, with all the material that led up to that breakthrough and blossomed in the months that followed. Consider it the perfect antidote to all the ways your streaming experience remains unsatisfying and shallow. Four discs of Velvet Underground inspired bedroom jam with which you can spend a few pleasantly hazy hours.


From the soul – 3 feet high and rising

Global Health Organization – From Next / Life House

rapid eye movement – higher

Best Compilation: V/A – Come Together: Adventures on the Independent Dance Floor 1989-1992

Similar to the “everything’s in the vaults” style expanded reissue, there’s a certain charm to this era/genre-specific box set. Time and place, impressionistically committed to the dial and perfectly designed for your car’s glove box. This is exactly the kind of thing that Cherry Red Records’ bread and butter has made (our truck is full of garage and mod kits across the UK label). Come Together: Adventures on the Independent Dance Floor 1989-1992 is a great example of the genre, four discs of kaleidoscopic dance music featuring both bands you might know (The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans) and bands you might not, celebrating a special adventurous moment in underground music, where electronica, Psychedelic pop, soul, funk, mod revival, dub and post-punk are all major components. Plenty of late 80s/early 90s hallmarks emerge (yes, Paul Oakenfield’s remix of Happy Mondays’ “WFL” actually got a “Think About The Future” subtitle via a sample of Jack Nicholson in the Tim Burton film). Batman), but the multi-layered, expansive aesthetic of the scene as sampled here ends up feeling more alive and moving than a mere nostalgic remembrance of a bygone moment.


Sonny Rollins – Go west! Contemporary record albums

Black eyes – Speaking in Tongues: Black Eyes 2001-2004

the Beatles – 1962-1966 (2023 edition)

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