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2013: Halftime report

Greetings Foam Friends! In case you haven’t seen my Twitter feed over the last few weeks, we have a new addition to the Foam Hands family: my beautiful baby daughter Poppy, who has been taking up pretty much every second of my time since she arrived at the start of the month. But I did promise that I’d be back, and since the little bundle of joy has now discovered – contrary to what must be natural baby instinct – that nothing bad will happen if she actually goes to sleep now and then, I thought I’d take the opportunity to post my mid-year Albums Of 2013 (So Far) list. Out of fairness/ respect/ whatever, I haven’t included anything that won’t have been officially released by the end of June, or anything that I haven’t actually heard yet (i.e. the Run The Jewels album, which drops for free online in a few days and, I expect, will land somewhere pretty high up the list); nor have I included unsanctioned releases like the Jai Paul “album”, which is excellent but essentially a bootleg of demos never intended for public consumption. Positions are not set in stone; my opinions change on a daily basis depending on what I’ve listened to, for example whilst Daft Punk hold the top spot at the moment, Yeezus hasn’t had nearly as much chance to sink in and could quite feasibly overtake it in time. Entries with *asterisks* after them have been reviewed on this site previously (Google “Artist” + “Title” + “Foam Hands”), and after the top 50 are another 100 or so “honourable mentions” which I would also recommend checking out, many of which have also been covered on Foam Hands.
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1. Daft Punk Random Access Memories

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2. Kanye West Yeezus

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3. Deafheaven Sunbather

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4. Majical Cloudz Impersonator*

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5. Autre Ne Veut Anxiety*

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6. Phoenix Bankrupt!

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7. DJ Koze Amygdala*

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8. Chance The Rapper Acid Rap*

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9. The Knife Shaking The Habitual*

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10. Pissed Jeans Honeys*

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11. Baptist Generals Jackleg Devotional To The Heart*
12. Purling Hiss Water On Mars*
13. Disclosure Settle
14. Italians Do It Better After Dark 2
15. Melt Yourself Down Melt Yourself Down*
16. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City
17. The National Trouble Will Find Me
18. Savages Silence Yourself*
19. Queens Of The Stone AgeLike Clockwork
20. A$AP Rocky Long Live A$AP*
21. Iceage You’re Nothing*
22. Kvelertak Meir*
23. Harry Fraud Adrift
24. Toro y Moi Anything In Return*
25. James Holden The Inheritors
26. Doldrums Lesser Evil*
27. Classixx Hanging Gardens
28. The-Dream IV Play
29. Marnie Stern Chronicles Of Marnia*
30. Kurt Vile Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
31. Deerhunter Monomania*
32. Hey Colossus Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo*
33. Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light*
34. Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky
35. Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record
36. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Kismet
37. Western Tink & Beautiful Lou Mobbin’ No Sobbin’*
38. Poisonous Relationship Garden Of Problems*
39. Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf Perils From The Sea
40. Black Pus All My Relations*
41. Milk Music Cruise Your Illusion
42. Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys Ready For Boredom
43. The Thermals Desperate Ground*
44. Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
45. Matmos The Marriage Of True Minds
46. Miles Faint Hearted*
47. Diamond Terrifier The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow*
48. Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
49. Young Galaxy Ultramarine
50. Unknown Mortal Orchestra II*
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Honourable mentions: Foxygen, Thee Oh Sees, Banque Allemande, Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano, Dirty Beaches, VHOL, KEN Mode, Locrian, John Hopkins, John Roberts, Charli XCX, Austra, Pure X, Koreless, Youth Lagoon, Boards Of Canada, The Haxan Cloak, Slava, RP Boo, Thundercat, Rhye, Justin Timberlake, Ghostface Killah, The Men, Phosphorescent, Var, Merchandise, Autechre, Maxmillion Dunbar, Stellar Om Source, Atoms For Peace, Clipping, Jan St.Werner, These New Puritans, Pharmakon, Zs, Black Host, Lost Animal, David Bowie, Mikal Cronin, Beach Fossils, Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs, Sonny & The Sunsets, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Jagwar Ma, Wise Blood, Airhead, Owiny Sigoma Band, AraabMuzik, Major Lazer, Small Black, Dungeonesse, Lightning Dust, Ensemble Pearl, Melvins, Gobby, The Cyclist, Zomby, Sean Nicholas Savage, Wolf People, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, John Grant, Dean Blunt, Inter Arma, Power Trip, Wolf Eyes, Man’s Gin, Antwon, Generationals, Blue Hawaii, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine, Justin Walter, William Tyler, Julian Lynch, The Flaming Lips, Cayucas, Lescop, FIDLAR, Nails, Baptists, Hookworms, Trus’me, Function, Grouper, Low, Widowspeak, Oblivians, Caitlin Rose, Kevin Gates, Pearl Necklace, Night Marchers, White Fence, Alasdair Roberts.
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What a great year for music, and we’re only half-way through!

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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