The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #25 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

WHAT: Specter At The Feast

WHEN: March 2013

WHERE: Vagrant

WHY: In the (amazing, incredible, must-see) rock documentary Dig!, there is a scene in which a young Peter Hayes is talking to the camera at a time when the Brian Jonestown Massacre is breaking down and breaking up. He is talking about another band he’s in, which just so happens to be this band, the band he’s still in, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. With the longevity of BRMC it would appear that everything worked out just fine for Peter. Specter At The Feast is their sixth LP, and is a no-nonsense, powerful American rock record. It haunts, it burns, it sings. Quietly, steadily, dependably, BRMC has made some of the finest music of last year, adding more goodness to their impressive cache of black-clad rock and roll with each song on this record. As the years roll on, I continue to be unapologetic about my love for this band.

MY JAMS: “Fire Walker” “Let The Day Begin” “Lullaby” “Hate The Taste” “Teenage Disease” “Sell It” “Lose Yourself”

[posted 3.15.14]


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