With Friends Like These -or- Our Favorite Albums of 2013 [Exclusive]

friendslikethese copyIt has been a long, yet wonderful 2 1/2 years of existence for Trainwreck’d Society.  We have been showcasing some pretty amazing artists in the world of music, film, literature, art, etc.  In fact the entire intention of the formation of this site was to do just that.  We wanted to get together artists from many different backgrounds and forms to come together as one right here on these pages.  And I firmly believe that the lists below is a wonderful way to make this happen.

With Friends Like These – or- Our Favorite Albums of 2013 brings together folks who have been a part of the TWS family for a while, as well as invites new friends to join the team.  And by showcasing their choices for their favorite albums of the year, it really does prove that TWS has become a real melting point of creativity. Thankfully, we had help from the Craig Francis Music store, otherwise this task would of taken much longer. You will find so many different variations and genres of music showcased here by some very wonderful and talent people in their own right.  I stand firm when I say that the music industry, though seemingly bruised and battered to the common on looker, is NOT dead.  And one look at this list should prove to you that their are so many great artists out there, whether “mainstream” or “indie” that are being heard, and there is a plethora of great music to be heard if you are willing to hunt it down for yourself.

So, with that in mind, I present to you With Friends Like These -or- Our Favorite Albums of 2013.  Enjoy!

Note:  Albums with a * also appeared on Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2013.

Beat, Matt

Matt Beat (musician, Electric Needle Room)

The Dead Girls – Fade In/Fade Out

Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Lindsay Katt – Picking Out Boxes

The ACBs – Little Leaves

Bernier, Luc

Luc Bernier (actor, Torment)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Sting – The Last Ship

Little Boots – Nocturnes

David Bowie – The Next Day

MS MR – Secondhand Rapture

Brown, Matthew

Matt Brown (musician, Trespassers William)

Daughter – If You Leave

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Volcano Choir – Repave

Rhye – Woman

Overgrown – James Blake

Bukowski, John

John Bukowski (musician, Ebony Sorrow)

Vaura – The Missing

Beastmilk – Climax

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control

Ghost – Infestissumam

Whirr – Around

Cacciola, Sophia

Sophia Cacciola (musician, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling)

Sarah Rabdau & The Self Employed Assassins – Free As Thieves

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys – Soft Time Traveler

Hallelujah the Hills – Portrait of an Artist as a Trash Can

Parlour Bells – Thank God For the Night

Faux On – Bhopal Hoax

Chaplin, Tim

Tim Chaplin (musician, Factory Kids)

Jackson Scott – Melbourne

Factory Floor – Factory Floor

RO Boo – Legacy

Babyshambles – Sequel to the Prequel

My Bloody Valentine – My Bloody Valentine

Cortese, Jared

Jared Cortese (musician, The Jesus Rehab)

Julia Massey – Songs From the Nook

Tangerine – Radical Blossom

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

The Flaming Lips – Peace Sword EP

Robb Benson and the Shelk – Cursive Fall From the Sky

Craigie, John

John Craigie (musician)

Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Marshall McLean Band – Glossolalia*

Holly McGarry & Benjamin Burns – Feathers

Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door

The Wood Brothers – The Muse

© 2012 Marcy May Photography, LLC

© 2012 Marcy May Photography, LLC

Sam Cregger (musician)

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Amos Lee – Mountains of Sorrows, Rivers of Songs

Courtney Marie Andrews – On My Page

Christopher Paul Stelling – False Cities

Holly Williams – The Highway

Daughterey, Mike

Mike Daugherty (musician, Nanaki)

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Low – The Invisible Way

Mudhoney – Vanishing Point

Sebadoh – Defend Yourself

Dead Wolf Club – RAR

Feigh, Ryan 

Ryan Feigh (journalist, The Portland Mercury)

Glenn Waco – NorthBound

Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

Epp – Chrome Plated Chronicles

Tope – Trouble Man

Sapient – Slump


Heather Fink (filmmaker/actress, Alleged)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation marks

Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Deerhunter – Monomania

Hardy, Jon

Jon Hardy (musician, The Pristines) 

Gallon Drunk  – The Road Gets Darker From Here

Crystal Castles – III

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti – Mature Themes

Tindersticks – The Something Rain

5th – Metric – Synthetica

Hill, Dustin 2

Dustin Hill – (musician, Black Pussy)

Vista Chino – Peace

Monster Magnet – Last Patrol

Red Fang – Whales and Leeches

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control

All Them Witches – Lightning At The Door


Hilary Holladay phD – (author, American Hipster: The Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement)

Indigo Girls – The Essential Indigo Girls

Iron and Wine – Ghost on Ghost

Lorde – Pure Heroine

The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

Emmylou Harris – Old Yellow Moon


Jason Hull (filmmaker, Krampus: The Christmas Devil)

Dream Theater – Dream Theater

Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

Anders Osborne – Peace

Fates Warning – Darkness In A Different Light

Death Angel – This Dream Calls For Blood

Hutchinson, Bryce

Bryce Hutchinson – (musician, Dedere)

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight

Grandhorse – Portraiturefolio*

Bubble Cats – Hiss/Mews/Purr

Hellyfyre Club – Dorner vs Tookie

Matthew Mishory

Matthew Mishory (filmmaker, Joshua Tree 1951)

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

My Bloody Valentine – My Bloody Valentine

Kanye West – Yeezus

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Kramer, Vince

Vince Kramer (author, Death Machines of Death)

Amorphis – Circle

Carcass – Surgical Steel

Broken Hope – Omen of Disease

Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam

GWAR – Battle Maximus

Nordstrom, Sanna

Sanna Nordstrom (radio and magazine profile)

Ghost – Infestissumam

Carcass – Surgical Steel

Annihilator – Feast

Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Nyberg, Ola

Ola Nyberg (musician, Before I Got Convenient)

Eve & the Last Waltz – The Shame and the Blame

Superchunk – I Hate Music

Ef – Ceremonies

Guided By Voices – English Little League

Yo La Tengo – Fade

Michael Ornstein1

Michael Ornstein (actor/artist, Sons of Anarchy)

Jagwar Ma – Howlin

Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

Mike Carton Kids – The Ash and Clay

Elvis Costello and the Roots – Wise Up Ghost

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

 Phil The Tremolo King

Phil The Tremolo King (musician)

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

Mozura – Skinny Fingers

Jim O and the Swanky Psychos

Lonesome Leash – One Foot in Front of the Other

Orquestra Basura

Photo by Alicia J. Rose

Photo by Alicia J. Rose

Jon Ragel (musician, Boy Eats Drum Machine)

Flaming Lips – The Terror

Quasimoto – Am I Confused

Apparat – Krieg und Frieden

Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die

Rat, Ira

Ira Rat (musician, Neon Lushell)

Teaadora – A Jamais Vierge/Virgin Forever

David Bowie – The Next Day*

Pixleated Deer – S/T EP

Devo – Hardcore Devo (Re-Issue)

Gloom Balloon – You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Disaster…

Bob Rice

Bob Rice (DJ/musician, KYRS Thin Air Community Radio, Spokane, WA)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind

California Transit Authority – Sacred Ground

Stone Diamond – We Stole The Stars From The Black Night

Eric Taylor – Studio 10

Cody Beebe & The Crooks – Out Here

Rudick, Ezekiel J

Ezekiel J. Rudick (musician, Violent Psalms)

Overseas – Overseas

Low – The Invisible Way

John Vanderslice – Dagger Beach

Modern Kin – Modern Kin

Sebadoh – Defend Yourself


Sadistik (hip hop artist)

Cage – Kill The Architect

Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

Freddie Gibbs – ESGN

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

ASAP Rocky – Long Live ASAP

Schrag, Ember

Ember Schrag (musician)

Josephine Foster – I’m A Dreamer

Various Artist – 75 Dollar Bill

Horse Lords – Mixtape Vol. 2

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Love Has Come For You*

Val Glenn – Trade

Shirley, Devon Christian

Devon Christian Shirley (musician, Grandhorse)

Phoenix – Bankrupt

Empty Palace – Empty Palace EP

Rubedo – Love is the Answer

Kurt Vile – Walking on a Pretty Day

Atoms For Peace – AMOK

Skolrud, Nathan

Nathan Skolrud (musician/producer, The Mix Position)

The National – Trouble WIll Find Me

Atoms For Peace – AMOK

The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Tegan and Sara – Closer

Sleep (hip hop artist, 2 Man Cypher)

Kue The Vandal – The Prelude to the Gun Smoke and Brain Matter

Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

J Cole – Born Sinner

Cocaine Chris – Cain & Glory

Caskey – The Transient Classiks

Smith, Adam

Adam Smith (musician, Grandhorse)

Dedere – Little Ease in the Bell Jar*

Washed Out – Paracosm

The National – Trouble WIll Find Me

Kurt Vile – Walkin On A Pretty Daze

Phoenix – Bankrupt

Smith, Anthony

Anthony Smith (musician)

Gabrielle Aplin – English Rain

The Legendary Ten Seconds – Loyaulté Me Lie

National Pastime – All Our Yesterdays

Mozura – Skinny Fingers

Adam Ant – Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter

Best wishes, Anthony

Spencer, Angelo

Angelo Spencer (musician, K Records)

Harafinso – Bollywood Inspired Film Music From Hausa Nigeria

M.I.A. – Matangi

Mammane Sani Et Son Orgue – La Musique Electronigue Du Niger

DJ Arafat – Ketebo

Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq (Volume 2)

Star Anna

Star Anna (musician)

Widower –  Fool Moon

Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Pearl Jam – Lightening Bolt

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Curtis Sutton

Curtis Sutton (blogger/TWS contributor)

HAIM – Days Are Gone

Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Kanye West – Yeezus

CHVRCHES – THe Bones of What You Believe

Tackett, Chris

Chris Tackett (musician, Dream The Electric Sleep)

SubRosa – More Constant than the Gods

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Corrections House – Last City Zero

Russian Circles – Memorial

Williams, Anna-Lynne

Anna-Lynne Williams (musician, Lotte Kestner)

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Washed Out – Paracosm

Widower – Fool Moon

Sigur Ros – Kviekur


Billy D William (musician, Fake Flowers Real Dirt)

Omar – The Man

Thundercat – Apocalypse

Skribe – Less Is More

Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner

Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit

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