Here’s where it gets even better – there is also a terrific assortment of singles from releases from artists and bands that many people have never heard of that collectively adds up to one kick-ass playlist of 2013. In celebration of spring, we encourage streaming this playlist uninterrupted from start to finish – it should run itself without having to click each song.
Once you fire it up and let it run all the way through, we think you’ll agree it’s a kick-ass playlist, and it’s a spring-feeling kind of playlist too, even while spring is still struggling to break loose to full bloom for millions of Americans this year (Ground hog ESP my ass).
Again, from our point of view, this is one of 2013’s best variety of singles playlists highlighting new album releases of the week, and there have been a lot of good Best New Music Releases (click for more) weekly playlists this year, making 2013, so far, a great year for music from lesser-known bands, and almost completely unknown, or brand new, DIY bands we’ve been profiling for months.
The firey surf rock, punk pop band Wavves has dropped “Afraid of Heights,” the band’s newest album, and perhaps the most anticipated of the week after music lovers started discovering that perhaps the top album of the week was not going to be The Strokes latest effort, as we explore in our review of Comeback Machine, an album that will likely take Strokes’ fans some time to process, including yours truly.
In fact, the Strokes mediocre paved the way for Wavves new album to clearly take the spot for Album of the Week – a review of that coming soon. Stream Afraid of Heights on Spotify.
Add it up: big new albums from Wavves and The Strokes spark some passionate debate among critics and music lovers, but overall are considered successes, and long-time veterans of the music world, Depeche Mode and Wire, also please fans with well-received new albums and the singles that have emerged from them. And then it starts to get really interesting; there are even more impressive singles of all flavors from new albums out this week by artists that many people may have never heard of before, including Little Green Cars (a favorite new folk rock band), Tartufi (amazing sonic journey), The Milk Carton Kids (Simon and Garfunkel, circa 1967), Mwahaha (celebration of love) Twinstar (dream pop groovin’) and Lapland (warm and smooth).
Plus, Julian Lynch, Crime and City Solution, Wax Idols and Warm Soda all chime in with decent singles too; obviously, can’t speak for the albums themselves, but we expect that some of these singles will compel some music lovers to get the albums.
Afraid of Heights on Mom+Pop/Warner Bros.– Wavves from
Official Music Video for “Demon to Lean On”
Absolute Zero on Glassnote Records– Little Green Cars from
– The Milk Carton Kids from The Ash & Clay on Anti- Records
– Crime & The City Solution from on Mute
Lines on Underwater Peoples– Julian Lynch from
– Tartufi from These Factory Days on Southern Records
– Twinstar from The Sound of Leaving on Commercial Suicide
Lapland on Hundred Pockets Records– Lapland from
Discipline & Desire on Slumberland Records– Wax Idols from
– Warm Soda from Someone For You Out on Castle Face Records
(ft. Busdriver) – Lapalux from Nostalchic on Brainfeeder