2013 A Year in Review

Since 2013 is closely approaching its end, I decided it was time for my readers to get a bit more inside my head.
This post is dedicated to the following artists who have made my 2013. I am including a favourite song from each album and highly urge my readers to support the artists!

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The musical year started out when Mindless Self Indulgence dropped their Kickstarter sponsored album, How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence,  on 14th of March. They certainly delivered hilarious and crass material they are well known for.

MSI  – Ass Backwards

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Following closely behind MSI, Chris Corner of IAMX also dropped his fan-sponsored album, The Unified Field, on March 20th. The response from the fans was overwhelming and love poured from all over the globe.

IAMX – I Come With Knives

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Unwoman is a Bay Area artist who is most known for her eccentric cello and a mixing of a variety of styles. On April 14th she released yet another covers album which included covers of Amanda Palmer, The White Stripes, Joy Division, and Florence and The Machine, to name a few and each cover chilled me right down to the bone. Lemniscate: Uncovered Volume 2 is a extraordinary!

Unwoman – Destroy Everything You Touch (Ladytron cover)

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On April 15th, Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their fourth album, Mosquito. Filled with much the same energy Karen O delivers on stage, it also showed more grown up song writing of the band. Sacrilege, which opens the album, is an anthem fueled by spiritual jubilee which begs to be sung loudly!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Despair

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Deviating a little from my usual taste in alternative  music, on May 10th I fell in love with the debut record from an indie-pop band named MS MR. Their pop songs are filled with intense lyrics and melancholy melodies that I couldn’t get enough of.

MS MR – Dark Doo Wop

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On May 28th, the industrial gods, Skinny Puppy dropped their newest album, Weapon. Compared to their previous 12 albums, this one was characterized by much more upbeat melodies yet more sinister lyrics.

Skinny Puppy – Illisit

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April 1st saw the ring master of dark cabaret, Joe Black drop his newest, also fan sponsored album, Satan in a Sunday Hat and it was no joke! Featuring new original songs, as well as a few covers, it was a ride through hell to be remembered!

Joe Black – Drink It Down

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As the heat of summer was just starting to sizzle, Studio Killers appeared on the scene and  released their first self titled album on June 14th. They first came to my attention when I saw the Ode to Bouncer video and proceeded to lust over Cherry’s sex appeal and proceeded to dance to them all summer.

Studio Killers – Jenny

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Just as fall started rolling in, Nine Inch Nails released their first album since 2008, Hesitation Marks on August 30th. The Industrial giants followed up with the Hesitation Marks tour which will continue well into 2014, much to the satisfaction of many fans, including myself.

Nine Inch Nails – Copy of A

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On 16th of September, alternative rock giants, Placebo released their 7th studio album, Loud Like Love. While it received mixed reviews from the media, many fans like myself grew to love this newest Placebo album and were only too eager to purchase tickets for the upcoming tour.

Placebo – Exit Wounds 

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Towards the end of 2013, The Tiger Lillies dropped their 27th (holy shit!) studio album, Either Or. This album coincided with the beginning of the latest Tiger Lillies tour in Russia, which I was lucky to be a part of. Much like all their work, filled with filth, wit and clever lyrics, Tiger Lillies had created another work of art!

The Tiger Lillies – Sailor

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To conclude 2013, on November 26, Puscifer released the soundtrack to their DVD, What Is… Puscifer. Including many live versions of previous songs, the CD showcases the energy and passion of their live shows, not to mention Carina Round’s extraordinary voice!

Puscifer – Rev 22.20 (live)

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