The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #36 – Surf City

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: Surf City

WHAT: We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: Fire Records

WHY: O, Surf City, why must you be so addictive? Another band of New Zealanders I just can’t get enough of, Surf City tempers their jaggedly fuzzy, rocky beach jangle with coos and lively, vibrant energy. The spirit of vintage Flying Nun is strong within them, friends. Prismatic washes of fuzz, vocals ever so slightly off-key, and an irrepressible charm make We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This a splendid listen.

MY JAMS: “It’s A Common Life” “Song From A Short-Lived TV Series” “NYC” “No Place To Go” “I Want You”

[posted 3.2.14]


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