Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Ed Sheeran, The Shins, Valerie June, Jesca Hoop, and Lewis Del Mar.
It’s that time of year again, when I arbitrarily sort through the list of songs I’ve been obsessed with over the past 12 months, and try to whittle it down to a semi-reasonable list of 100 favorites. A lot of these were released in 2013, and a few even in 2012, but as usual, I was late to the party.
Music videos and some live performances are embedded for most of the Top 30. I didn’t want to go too far beyond that, for fear of crashing your browser. I’ve also created a Spotify playlist that explores a number of these favorites, more or less chronologically in the order that I discovered them.
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Broken Bells, The Farewell Drifters, Linkin Park, Elbow, Valerie June, Drive-By Truckers, Nickel Creek, and Ghost Beach.