The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #26 – Mind Spiders

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: Mind Spiders

WHAT: Inhumanistic

WHEN: October 2013

WHERE: Dirtnap Records

WHY: It happened when I least expected it. Mind Spiders crawled inside my brain one day and I haven’t been able to shake them (or wanted to) for a while now. Inhumanistic comes across with a jerky, jaggedly scuzzed-up energy that really reminds me of The Buzzcocks in all their glory. It’s that inherent pop sensibility mixed with bratty punkishness that hallmarks most of the album that they’ve managed to bring together so well, and the combination really makes it hard not to be caught up in the undeniable catchiness of these songs. It’s a brash, brazen, and utterly wonderful listen. As an added bonus, some T. Rex/Roxy Music glammed up sass seeps in at times (see: “I Want You”), which just serves as icing on the cake.

MY JAMS: “Inside You” “Suicide” “City Stuff” “Electric Things” “You Are Mine” “I Want You” “The Steady”

[posted 3.15.14]


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