THE FASHIONABLY LATE TOP 60 OF 2013: #49 - Ell V Gore

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Ell V Gore

WHAT: Sex Static EP

WHEN: June 2013

WHERE: Bad Actor

WHY: I almost don't know where to start. Ell V Gore is like nothing else I've heard this year, let alone in a good long while. This four-song EP is filled with taut, tense, sexy shit - which makes sense, if you consider their underground sex party background. At times sounding almost macabre, these Toronto deviants (led by Ell V) fell from the trees of bands like Bauhaus, Wire, and The Birthday Party, but bring some electric, frenetic energy to the dark demon of a party. One of the surprises of the year for me. 

MY JAMS: “Smack Me Up” “Death Strings (Los Angeles)”

[posted 2.21.14]


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