Uh-oh, another list. I used to LOVE Spin but that was probably back about 20 years ago. Most of what they include these days is garbage. Spin's 50 Best is certainly not my best and thus I'll continue not to read Spin.
Stereogum has 50 too and whereas Paste has Phosphorescent at number one here they are at number fifty. Go figure, but lists are fun anyway. Not sure they are very meaningful when Kanye takes the top spot.
Here are the 50 Best Albums of 2013 according to Paste, and what they really mean is "These are the albums that our 19 music writers and editors voted highest in our year-end poll". In the top ten, Chvches, Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, Mikal Cronin and Phosphorescent.
It was impossible not to be touched in some form if you lived in Chicago in the 90's by the Smashing Pumpkins. I was lucky and started off with Gish while much of the country caught on a couple years later. Here's Stereogum and their rankings of the albums. Unfortunately I was pretty much done with the band a few years later.
I dig Cults and will be checking out their new one Static on NPR Music. Dismemberment Plan is another story. Although I was a fan back in the day these guys have been so darn annoying the last couple times I saw them (Riot Fest, ugh) that I think I'll just stay away and hope they retire again.
Here's a post from a gal that I assume lives here in Chicago. I would suggest that the next time she takes in a 3-day festival that she tries to enjoy more than only the Sunday Night Headliner. There were truly several fantastic acts over the weekend and plenty more that were fun & exciting.