T-minus 9 days until the adult circus that is SXSW. Like Vegas for hipsters and techies, it comes on like a red hot cacophony of deafening blogosphere tech hype, and then morphs into five-day music orgy.
Funny how folk music forked into a primarily indie art form at some point after the 60’s and 70’s. There was time when Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Donovan, and CSN were legit mainstream artists. The British folkies like Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and Robert Wyatt tended to be critical favs, but perhaps the music was too precious, too progressive, too sad to make a dent. I guess you can point to Elliot Smith as the godfather of modern indie folk almost twenty years ago, and in his wake hundreds of great artists have emerged.
I’m not sure you need me to tell you about the 2013 records by Kanye, Daft Punk and Arcade Fire. They were unanimously fawned over, richly produced concept pieces that actually hang together. Instead, I’ll focus on the handful of albums (yes I still tend to listen to albums – albeit in a digital form) that stood out and made 2013 another great year.
It was another amazing year for new music. But with every year it’s getting even harder to find these precious needles in the haystack.
We spent 2013 doing our best to solve this problem, believing still that people turn people onto music. With that in mind, we hope everyone takes the time to build an end of the year collection with your 12 favorite Artists.