overgrown-city

Often in my travels, I come across buildings that are becoming overtaken by nature.  Vines crawl through broken windows in derelict asylums, reaching in to meet the moss that blankets the walls.  On the top floor of a crumbling school in Harlem, a tree has been growing for decades.  But nowhere is this theme more obvious than at Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island.  Kudzu and other climbing vines have overwhelmed the former quarantine island that once played home to “Typhoid” Mary Mallon, creeping up the sides of buildings, cascading into top-floor rooms through holes in ceilings.  Here, in what was once an open field in front of the now-collapsed chapel, the kudzu is so dense that one must move slowly so as not to get tangled up in it.  In the distance, it is overwhelming the coal house and obscures any view of the power plant besides the looming smokestack.  This is truly a place where nature is winning the battle.

Prints available here.

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1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

2) Arcade Fire - Reflektor

3) Pacific Air - Stop Talking

4) MGMT - MGMT

5) Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

6) James Blake - Overgrown

7) Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe

8) Atoms for Peace - Amok

9) Washed Out - Paracosm

10) Kanye West - Yeezus

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Honorables Mentions:

Volcano Choir - RepavePorcelain Raft - Permanent SignalLorde - Pure HeroineOn and On - Give InArctic Monkeys - AM, Dale Earndhardt Jr. Jr. - The Speed of Things, Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

  • 1. James Blake - Overgrown
  • 2. AlunaGeorge - Body music
  • 3. Chvrches - The bones of what you believe
  • 4. Lorde - Pure heroine
  • 5. Devendra Banhart - Mala
  • 6. Triángulo de amor bizarro - Victoria mística
  • 7. Sky Ferreira - Night time, my time
  • 8. Vampire Weekend - Modern vampires of the city
  • 9. Charli XCX - True Romance
  • 10. Washed Out - Paracosm
  • 11. M.I.A. - Matangi
  • 12. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
  • 13. Disclosure - Settle
  • 14. Torres - Torres
  • 15. Jessy Lanza - Pull my hair back
  • 16. Daughn Gibson - Me moan
  • 17. John Grant - Pale green ghosts
  • 18. bigott - Blue Jeans
  • 19. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
  • 20. Joe Crepúsculo - Baile de magos
  • 21. Moderat - II
  • 22. Factory Floor - Factory Floor
  • 23. Janelle Monáe - The electric lady
  • 24. David Bowie - The next day
  • 25. Arctic Monkeys - AM

This is my top albums of 2013. It was hard to decide… also, i kinda miss “Shaking the habitual” on the list but it’s already done!

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My favorite albums of 2013

From right to left:

1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

2. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

3. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories 

4. Arctic Monkeys - Am

5. Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals

6. Phoenix - Bankrupt!

7. The Strokes - Comedown Machine

8. James Blake - Overgrown

9. Wavves - Afraid of Heights 

10. Foals - Holy Fire

11. Daughter - If You Leave

12. Cults - Static

13. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe 

14. Best Coast - Fade Away 

15. Washed Out - Paracosm

16. Tennis - Small Sound

17. Austra - Olympia

18. Empire of The Sun - Ice on the Dune

19. Flume - Flume

20. Cut Copy - Free Your Mind

21. Baths - Obsidian 

22. Disclosure - Settle

23. Selebrities - Lovely Things

24. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

25. Rhye - Woman

26. Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

27. Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back

28. Lorde - Pure Heroine

29. Dan Croll - From Nowhere

30. SZA - S

31. Summer Camp - Summer Camp

32. Local Natives - Hummingbird

33. Starfucker (STRFKR) - Miracle Mile

34. RAC - Don’t Talk To 

35. The Head and The Heart - Let’s Be Still

36. Devendra Banhart - Mala