El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 24, 2013

I am El Somnambulo, and I’m a listaholic. I listen to lots of music so that you don’t have to. I don’t like my Top 25 list this year, I love my list this year.

If you sample these songs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some stuff you’ll want to investigate further. (BTW, Cecile McLorin Salvant‘s ‘Womanchild’ would have been high on this list if only I could have found an online version. She’s great and, if there’s any justice, she’ll make tons of money.)

So here we go, as always, counting down from #25 to #1:

25. Superchunk: Me and You and Jackie Mittoo


24. Slaid Cleaves: Voice of Midnight


23. Mikal Cronin: Weight


22. Elephant Revival: Birds and Stars


21. Savages: Shut Up


20. Foxygen: No Destruction


19. Coke Weed: Nightlife


18. Guy Clark: My Favorite Picture of You (written for his recently-departed wife Susanna, 1939-2012)


17. Chance the Rapper: Chain Smoker (NSFW)


16. Volcano Choir: Byegone


15. Patty Griffin: Don’t Let Me Die in Florida (A direct quote from her dad. So, she didn’t let him die in Florida.)


14. James Blake: Retrograde


 13. Thundercat: Heartbreaks & Setbacks


12. Neko Case: Night Still Comes


11. Frank Turner: Recovery (best non-Billy Bragg Billy Bragg song ever)


Coming real soon…The Top 10!!! (What, you thought I was gonna spare you the excruciating suspense?)


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  1. Turk 184 says:

    Oh my, I must be getting old. I don’t recognize any of these…….

  2. Don’t worry, Turk. I AM getting old. Probably won’t recognize any of ‘em by mid-January…

  3. John Manifold says:

    Where are the Enfields?

    Johnny Neel and the Shapes of Soul?

    The Adapters?

    The Dynamic Concepts?

  4. Stuck in a garage somewhere.

    If they’re lucky, it’ll be Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

    Along with the Lyres, the Del Fuegos…