Best Albums of 2013: 125-101 | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Best Albums of 2013: 125-101

James Blake returned in 2013
  • James Blake returned in 2013

The countdown continues... And so does the winning!

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In this installment, we have the second entry from a Bend band. Local thrash-grass group Grit and Grizzle stormed onto the local scene this year, tearing up the BENT Lounge stage at Winterfest in February and then conquering the rest of the town from there. (see video)

Also included are Minnesota-to-Portland transplants, The Lower 48.

This band of retro-pop artists combine hazy harmonies with 70's rock sensibilities and turned in a smartly crafted album in 2013 that almost cracked the top 100.

Dig into those sounds and others from albums 125-101 by listening to the Spotify playlist below.

125. James Blake- Overgrown
124. Grit and Grizzle- Grit and Grizzle
123. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers- Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
122. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Push the Sky Away
121. El-P & Killer Mike- Run the Jewels
120. Phoenix- Bankrupt!
119. Jake Bugg- Shangri La
118. Blitzen Trapper- VII
117. Wild Ones- Keep it Safe
116. Snowden- No One in Control
115. Half Moon Run- Dark Eyes
114. Splashh- Comfort
113. leatherette- Letherette
112. Villagers- {Awayland}
111. Steve Hauschildt- S/H
110. Volcano Choir- Repave
109. Mother Falcon- You Knew
108. The Lower 48- The Lower 48
107. Sunny Levine- Hush Now
106. Bronze Radio Return- Up, On & Over
105. Jagwar Ma- Howlin
104. Josh and Mer- The Tithe
103. Afternoons in Stereo- 5
102. Bleached- Ride Your Heart
101. Pretty & Nice- Golden Rules for Golden People

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

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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