Pearl Jam - Vitalogy Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight Volcano Choir - Repave - I was fortunate to get advanced exposure to this one. It might be because I have an unexplainable obsession with everything Justin Vernon touches (including The Shouting Matches, by the way), but this one is great.
I agree about Neutral Milk Hotel: headline the Outdoor Theatre. Justin Timberlake plays LA and Anaheim in November and a long year of touring ends in February, but that certainly doesn't rule him out. (I thought he might even play this past year: sasquatchfest.proboards.com/post/142669/thread)
Phoenix's various festival stage placements never cease to confound me. I don't know much about ACL, but it appears as if Barton Springs is neither the first nor the second stage. Phoenix headline it on Sunday after Queens of the Stone Age and The Shouting Matches headline it on Friday and Saturday. Phoenix will headline the second stage at both Osheaga and Lollapalooza and headlined Saturday at Coachella before being seemingly ripped off on a small stage at Glastonbury. I saw them at the Crystal Ballroom in March, and I thought they brought lots of energy and a great show. I just don't understand the inconsistencies in their various bookings at festivals.
El-P - Cancer for Cure Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? Kanye West - Yeezus OutKast - Stankonia Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City Pearl Jam - Ten Radiohead - The Bends Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Not great, but certainly not as bad as Here
Sigur Rós - Kveikur Devendra Banhart - Mala Nirvana - Nevermind The Flaming Lips - The Terror Daft Punk - Random Access Memories Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion Bon Iver - Blood Bank - EP Kanye West - Yeezus Elliott Smith - Either/Or Deep Sea Diver - History Speaks
Favorite albums through the first half of 2013: Kanye West- Yeezus Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience The National- Trouble Will Find Me Daft Punk- Random Access Memories Disclosure- Settle How to Destroy Angels- Welcome Oblivion Yo La Tengo- Fade Atoms for Peace- AMOK Phoenix- Bankrupt!
Honorable mentions who I need a little more time with whom I imagine will end up on my end of the year list: Boards of Canada, Camera Obscura, Chance the Rapper, David Bowie, Devendra Banhart, Eleanor Friedberger, Foals, Indians, James Blake, Phosphorescent, and Sigur Rós.
Excited for new releases from Run the Jewels, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, CHVRCHES, MGMT, Volcano Choir, and Justin Timberlake. I'm casually optimistic about Magna Carta Holy Grail. I'm also excited about prospective releases from Earl Sweatshirt, Arcade Fire, and Haim.
I recognize that thus far my list is fairly BNM-y, but for whatever reason, I've only been able to get myself to listen to Modern Vampires of the City once.
Kanye West- Yeezus x8 Radiohead- OK Computer Radiohead- Live at Bonnaroo 2006 Chance the Rapper- Acid Rap Queens of the Stone Age- ...Like Clockwork G.O.O.D. Music- Cruel Summer - The first half of this album is actually really good. Frank Ocean- channel ORANGE Nine Inch Nails- Pretty Hate Machine