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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Best Albums of 2013: 50-26

Posted By on Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Matt & Kali play Silvermoon in Bend.
  • Matt & Kali play Silvermoon in Bend.

Two albums featured in the Source's Best Albums of 2013 have very close ties to Bend and are back-to-back here in this post.

The first album in at number 30 is Vegas Wedding from former Bendite Dan Pantenburg of The Autonomics. One of his many side projects this past year was the quiet release of a solo album under the name Steam Engines and it is brilliant. Folksy and rich sounding, this DIY album shines as a wonderful singer/songwriter record from an alt-punk rocker. Listen to it here.

The second album backs up to Steam Engines at number 29 and is from long-time Bend favorite's Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta whom most Bendites might remember as The Ascetic Junkies. Now, the duo record as There Is No Mountain and their sound is just as infectiously fun.

Their self-titled folk punk debut album saw the long awaited release of live-show favorites and end-of-the-world inspired songs "Good News" and "O! Painted Hills" while also turning in lighthearted moments with "The Nail Salon." Truly their music is precious, timeless and deserving of our countdown.

Check out the rest of the music below but before you do, don't forget to share our FACEBOOK post for a chance to win some music!

This time we're giving away an album from last year's best-of list and one that finally became quite popular in 2013. English folk band Passenger took a year to catch on in the states, but their music can now be heard on top 40 radio stations across the country. For those that didn't pay close attention to the pages of the Source's SOUND section last year, here's a review of that album which can now be yours for sharing.

50. Portugal. The Man- Evil Friends
49. The Flaming Lips- The Terror
48. Hot As Sun- Night Time Sound Desire
47. Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
46. Janelle Monae- The Electric Lady
45. Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience
44. Dr. Dog- B-Room
43. Indians- Somewhere Else
42. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II
41. Neko Case- The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love…
40. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion- Wassaic Way
39. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper- Ripely Pine
38. Braids- Flourish/Perish
37. Waxahatchee- Cerulean Salt
36. Local Natives- Hummingbird
35. Pacific Air- Stop Talking
34. On An On- Give In
33. Phosphorescent- Muchacho
32. Jacco Gardner- Cabinet of Curiosities
31. Concrete Knives- Be Your Own King
30. Steam Engines- Vegas Wedding
29. There Is No Mountain- There Is No Mountain
28. Washed Out- Paracosm
27. Night Beds- Country Sleep
26. Pavel Dovgal- Bedouin

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Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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