23 December 2013

Top Albums of 2013: Honorable Mentions

As the year winds to a close, year-end lists start popping up all over the internets. It's just one of those things. Some websites make lists, and people take notice and complain. Other sites make lists, and it's just a drop in the bucket. Here at No Gift for the Gab, we fall into the latter category. That being said, I've put together a list for each of the last four years and can't think of any reason not to do one this year. Things are still being tweaked, but what follows are the albums that didn't quite make the *very official* final cut. All of these records are terrific. I listen to them when I'm at work, and when I've had too much to drink. Anyway for one reason or another, they're listed here and not in the top 12 (which will run later in the week.) Until then...

Runner-Ups (in no particular order):
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty (Sargent House, Listen here)
Weekend Nachos - Still (Relapse, Listen here)
Inquisition - Obscure Verses of the Multiverse (Season of Mist, Listen here)
Locrian - Return to Annihilation (Relapse, Listen here)
Inter Arma - Sky Burial (Relapse, Listen here)
Russian Circles - Memorial (Sargent House, Listen here)
Windhand - Soma (Relapse, Listen here)
KEN Mode - Entrench (Season of Mist, Listen here)
Lumbar - The First and Last Days of Unwelcome (Southern Lord, Listen here)
Kurt Vile - Wakin' On a Pretty Daze (Matador, Purchase here)
The Blind Shake - Key to a False Door (Castle Face, Listen here)
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana (Carpark Records, Purchase here)
The Men - New Moon (Sacred Bones, Purchase here)
Potty Mouth - Hell Bent (Old Flame Records, Listen here)
Shannon & the Clams - Dreams in the Rat House (Hardly Art, Purchase here)
Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin (Castle Face, Purchase here)
Lantern - Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach (Sophomore Lounge, Listen here)
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator (Matador, Purchase here)
Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork (Matador, Purchase here)

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