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Top 50 Albums of 2013

1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires in the City

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2. Volcano Choir – Repave

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3. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr –The Speed of Things

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4. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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5. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

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6. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

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7. Elton John – The Diving Board

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8. Lorde – Pure Heroine

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9. Avett Brothers – Magpie and Dandelion

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10. Kanye West – Yeezus

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Bison Wisdom: January 16, 2013


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Breaking up with your girlfriend to the tune of Free Bird: A short dialogue
Boyfriend: If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? Girlfriend: Wait...what are you talking about? I love you baby, I could never forget you. Boyfriend: I must be traveling on, now, 'cause there's too many places I've got to see. Girlfriend: So...what...you’re like going on a trip? Is it one of those manly man trips? Boyfriend: If I stayed here with you, girl, things just couldn't be the same. Girlfriend: Oh my god...are you breaking up with me? Boyfriend: 'Cause I'm as free as a bird now, and this bird, you cannot change. Girlfriend: Free from what? Oppression, apartheid, the ties that bind you? Stop kidding around. Boyfriend: And this bird you cannot change. Girlfriend: I don’t even like birds.

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“Born and Raised” by John Mayer
A modern day mix of Billy Joel and James Taylor? One of the best guitarists in the biz today? A pop star whom desperately wants to be a blues legend? The world’s biggest douchebag?   What the hell are you John Mayer? The best answer I can come up with is a little bit of all of the above.

 

As easy at it is to pick on John Mayer from his heartfelt lyrics and silky rhythms, it’s also hard to bag on the guy from a critical standpoint. Sure, wearing a John Mayer concert tee shirt isn’t going to win you many cool points at the local watering hole, but the John Mayer style is unique, refined and dare I say, beautiful. “Born and Raised” puts these talents on display, just as you’d hope.   John Mayer continues to grow and change as an artist, though it’s slight. His sound

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Bison Wisdom: May 8, 2012


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“The Lion’s Roar” by First Aid Kit
Young. Swedish. Girls. Put your pants back on, we’re talking about folk music here. First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo comprised of sisters, Johanna and Klara Soderberg. They have caught a lot of buzz in recent months with their second album, “The Lion’s Roar,” but first hit the scene in 2007 when the sisters were 17 and 14-years old. They recorded a home demo they sent off to a local radio station and received a healthy amount of playtime in return. A year later they covered Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” which led them to touring with the Fleet Foxes. Their career has continued to snowball at each turn.

 

Their voices, harmonies and arrangements feel wise-beyond-their-years; a great blend of Emmylou Harris mixed with modern folk. Though their lyrics are mature and well-crafted and their composition even more so, it still feels like

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“Be the Void” by Dr. Dog
Taxi, Tables, Text, Teach and Thanks make up the band Dr. Dog. The band members have real names too apparently, but who cares about a real name when people refer to you as “Thanks” in close circles.

 

For those that have never heard Dr. Dog, their sound can best be described as a stripped down Wilco. It’s bluegrass style of indie rock, full harmonies in a baroque, garageband setting. They draw deep inspiration from music of the 60’s, as well as more modern indie groups like Pavement. At their best, Dr. Dog

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“Port of Morrow” by The Shins
Follow anticipation down to the corner of expectations, and at this intersection you will find The Shins’ fourth album. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be happy.  

  There have been some major changes in the band in the 5 years since their last release, including an overhaul of some of its core members. With a new lineup, “Port of Morrow” makes it clear that James Mercer is the real brain behind the operation. His singing and song writing have remained consistently fantastic over the years, earning him a spot as a true indie icon.

The meatiest track is the first single, “Simple Song.” Equal amounts indie and pop, it’s everything you

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Bison Reviews: “WZRD” by Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius
Cudi’s venture into the rock world, alongside Dot da Genius (producer of Cudi hit “Day ‘n Night”), is a solid one, scoring a 7.7 out of 10 in Bisonmetrics.

With Kid’s newfound sobriety he apparently has been busy, finishing up his third solo album, “Man on the Moon III”, and in the interim coming out with this collaboration with Dot da Genius. Cudi claims he had writer’s block for almost 5 months due to the sobriety, an issue

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A Planet in Peril

Not so far off on the planet Venus, children are waging war against each other to procure the limited milk supply of their planet. Every Easter the children have a standoff with dolls in one hand and rifles in the other. All for the glory of precious white gold. Viva la milk.