The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #13 – Joanna Gruesome

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 of 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: Joanna Gruesome

WHAT: Weird Sister

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: Slumberland

WHY: There’s a whole lot to love about Joanna Gruesome and their Weird Sister LP. To my ears, the band brings together the best bits of fellow Brits both current and from the generation prior: Elastica, Yuck, Veronica Falls, and Lush, combining breathlessly charming vocals with crunchy, lively riffs and incredible tunefulness. The result of this union is quite breathtaking. Both idyllically noisy and thunderously sweet, Weird Sister casts a spell from start to finish. It’s a tough but tender record, and I absolutely adore it.

MY JAMS: Each and every song on the record

[posted 3.18.14]


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