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YOUR FAVORITE SONGS OF 2013

1. Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

2. Royals – Lorde

3. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘em Up) – Fall Out Boy

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk

5. Still Into You – Paramore

6. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend

7. Falling – Haim

8. Drunk In Love – Beyonce

9. Tennis Court – Lorde

10. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

11. The Wire – HAIM

12. Reflektor – Arcade Fire

13. Black Skinhead – Kanye West

14. Hannah Hunt – Vampire Weekend

15. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

16. Step – Vampire Weekend

17. Afterlife – Arcade Fire

18. Forever – Haim

19. Bound 2 – Kanye West

20. My Number – Foals

21. New Slaves – Kanye West

22. F*ckin’ Problems – A$AP Rocky

23. Gun – CHVRCHES

24. Harlem – New Politics

25. Latch – Disclosure

26. Your Life is a Lie – MGMT

27. Song No. 5 – Haim

28. Honeymoon Avenue – Ariana Grande

29. There, There – The Wonder Years

30. When A Fire Starts To Burn – Disclosure

31. Worst Behavior – Drake

32. Come Walk With Me – M.I.A.

33. Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk

34. Started From The Bottom – Drake

35. Body Party – Ciara

36. Pink Rabbits – The National

37. Here Comes The Night Time – Arcade Fire

38. Fade Away – We Came as Romans

39. Don’t Lie – Vampire Weekend

40. Sea Of Love – The National

41. Hold My Liquor – Kanye West

42. Furthest Thing – Drake

43. Better Days – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

44. Numbers on the Boards – Pusha T

45. Angels – A$AP Rocky

46. Easy Easy – King Krule

47. #beautiful – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel

48. Paranoia – Chance The Rapper (Listen here.)

49. Wild For The Night – A$AP Rocky & Skrillex

50. Burgundy – Earl Sweatshirt

51. Nosetalgia – Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar

52. Help Me Lose My Mind – Disclosure

53. Mason Jar – Smallpools

54. Alive – Empire of the Sun

55. Black Out Days – Phantogram

56. Versace – Migos

57. Shabba – A$AP Ferg

58. Sh!t – Future

59. Pumpin Blood – NONONO

60. Work Remix – A$AP Ferg

61. I Blame Myself – Sky Ferreira

62. Song for Zula – Phosphorescent

63. Let Nas Down – J. Cole

64. U.O.E.N.O – Rocko

65. Dip – Danny Brown

66. She Will – Savages

67. Need u (100%) – Duke Dumont / Mnek

68. Ghetto Symphony – A$AP Rocky

69. Humdrum Blues – The Growlers

70. You’re In Love – Betty Who

71. Ohm – Yo La Tengo

72. Wakin’ on a Pretty Day – Kurt Vile

73. Santa Monica – The Front Bottoms

74. Mute – Youth Lagoon

75. Recover (Cid Rim Remix) – Chvrches

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YOUR TOP ALBUMS OF 2013

Our monkeys worked long hours through the weekend to tally your votes, and the results show that Beyoncé’s album came out just in time. Here are the top 50 albums of 2013, as selected by you.

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1. Arctic Monkeys – AM

2. Beyoncé – Beyoncé

3. Lorde – Pure Heroine

4. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

5. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock & Roll

6. HAIM – Days Are Gone

7. One Direction – Midnight Memories

8. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

9. Paramore – Paramore

10. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

11. Kanye West – Yeezus

12. Lady Gaga –  Artpop

13. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

14. Drake – Nothing Was The Same

15. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

16. Phoenix – Bankrupt!

17. Disclosure – Settle

18. Tyler, The Creator – Wolf

19. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

20. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

21. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

22. Foals – Holy Fire

23. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob

24. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

25. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

26. A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP

27. The Story So Far – What You Don’t See

28. Jay-Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail

29. J. Cole – Born Sinner

30. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation

31. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

32. James Blake – Retrograde

33. Local Natives – Hummingbird

34. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle

35. Charli XCX – True Romance

36. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

37. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow

38. Atoms For Peace – Amok

39. Bob Dylan – Another self portrait

40. AlunaGeorge – Body Music

41. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

42. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

43. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

44. Deafheaven – Sunbather

45. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

46. Panic! At The Disco - Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die

47. Savages – Silence Yourself

48. My Bloody Valentine – m b v

49. Peace – In Love

50. Major Lazer – Free the Universe

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I guess I never posted anything like this, so here are my favorite musical releases from 2013.

Favorite Full-Length Releases in Guitar-Based/Indie/Rock/Punk/Pop

  1. Six Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule
  2. Something Wild – Radiator Hospital
  3. You’re Nothing - Iceage
  4. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  5. Loud City Song – Julia Holter
  6. An Object – No Age
  7. Sunbather - Deafheaven
  8. Anything in Return – Toro y Moi
  9. FIDLAR – FIDLAR
  10. Lousy With Sylvianbriar – of Montreal

Favorite Full-Length Releases in Hip-Hop/Electronic/Blues/Soul

  1. Old – Danny Brown
  2. Shaking The Habitual – The Knife
  3. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  4. ESGN – Freddie Gibbs
  5. Overgrown – James Blake
  6. Yeezus – Kanye West
  7. 12 Reasons to Die – Ghostface Killa
  8. Japan – Suicideyear
  9. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
  10. R Plus Seven – Oneohtrix Point Never

Favorite Short-Length Releases in Guitar-Based/Indie/Rock/Punk/Pop

  1. To Be Close To You – Julia Brown
  2. Life’s a Bummer – R.L. Kelly
  3. Saturday – Dope Body
  4. LVL UP/Porches Split – LVL UP / Porches.
  5. Hazy Past – Four Visions

Favorite Short-Length Releases in Hip-Hop/Electronic/Blues/Soul

  1. Tape 2 – Young Fathers
  2. Deeper– Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
  3. Triadzz/Slasherr – Rustie
  4. Rival Dealer - Burial
  5. REMIXESS – Suicideyear

FAVORITE ALBUMS 2013:

  1. Six Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule
  2. Old – Danny Brown
  3. Shaking The Habitual – The Knife
  4. To Be Close To You – Julia Brown
  5. Tape 2 – Young Fathers
  6. Something Wild – Radiator Hospital
  7. You’re Nothing - Iceage
  8. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  9. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  10.  Loud City Song – Julia Holter

FAVORITE SONGS 2013:

  1. So It Goes – Ratking
  2. Library – Julia Brown
  3. Easy Easy – King Krule
  4. Kush Coma – Danny Brown feat. A$AP Rocky
  5. Hard In The Paint Remix - Suicideyear
  6. I Heard – Young Fathers
  7. Giorgio by Moroder – Daft Punk
  8. Retrogade – James Blake
  9. Leather Head – Dope Body
  10. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
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Best of 2013

Here at OCD, we like to do things slightly differently, like wait until the end of January to publish our ‘Best of 2013’ list.

So here are the top ten films we saw last year, we cannot recommend every single one enough:

1. Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D'Adele)

Winner of the Palme d'Or, Abdellatif Kechiche’s masterpiece, starring Adele Exarchopoulos & Lea Seydoux, is one of the best films I have seen in my entire life, let alone in the last year. Beautifully shot, mind-blowing and heart-wrenching performances. Simply stunning, a cinematic masterpiece. How storytelling should always be done. Watch out particularly for the bar scene at the beginning (above) and the cafe scene at the end, the most moving and truthful character and relationship development you’ll ever see.

2. Short Term 12

Adapted into a feature by Destin Cretton from his own short film of 2008, Short Term 12 is nuanced, delicate storytelling with a powerful message at its heart. Brie Larson shines as Grace, a supervisor at a residential treatment facility taking care of everyone but herself. The young cast provide brilliant support, particularly Keith Stanfield and Kaitlyn Dever as Marcus and Jayden, the rap sequence and shark story will steal your hearts.

3. 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen. Chiwetel Ejiofor. Michael Fassbender. Lupita Nyong'o.
A true story so important and so moving, it’s difficult to understand why it isn’t widely known. 

4. Side Effects

Very rarely am I tricked when watching a film. Soderbergh managed it here, and I loved every second of it. Mara steals the show as the troubled Emily, with great turns from Law & Zeta-Jones as two of the Doctors who treat her. A carefully crafted plot, allowed to play out beautifully by Soderbergh, in what was - at the time - to be his final film.

5. Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Sally Hawkins. Alec Baldwin. Peter Sarsgaard. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett.




Cate. Blanchett.

6. Blackfish

Watch it. Then make everyone you know watch it. You won’t believe it until you see it, then you’ll start to question a whole lot of things. Heart-breaking, anger-inducing. FUCK SEAWORLD.

7. In A World…

Winner of 'Best Screenplay’ at Sundance 2013, you’ll understand why only a minutes into the film. Bell manages to take a concept that on paper seems pretty dull, and turns it into a hilarious, moving, and brilliantly human film, where not one word is wasted. Not only the writer and director, Bell captains the film as its lead, one that you fall in love with instantly, and root for against all odds. Peppered with bizarre and brilliant cameos, with a great supporting cast, In A World will leave you grinning from ear to ear, and have you speaking in a trailer voice for weeks.

8. The East

Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s second feature-length collaboration might not have the diamond-in-the-rough charm of 'Sound of My Voice’ but its a film that proves they’re more than a match for - and better than -  the big players of Hollywood. A bigger (but still modest) budget allows for a more adventurous story, better cinematography and a cast including some of the best actors currently on the scene - particularly Ellen Page and Toby Kebbell. As with everything Marling, Batmaglij (and fellow collaborator Mike Cahill) seem to touch, you are guaranteed quality story telling told in an unconventional and thought-provoking fashion. It’s difficult to remind ourselves that these talented filmmakers haven’t been around for long. We cannot wait to see what’s next.

9. The Bling Ring

Somewhat overlooked by many, Sofia Coppola’s 'The Bling Ring’ is a very well put together piece of cinema. The story lacks depth, but so do those the story centres on, the shallow, celebrity-obsessed, media-fuelled youth - so in that respect it is a perfect representation of everything Coppola is trying to say. The performances from the five leads are pitch perfect, they are easy to hate and yet we can find ourselves very easily sucked into their world, wanting to see just how far they will get.
Based on a shocking true story, the film is beautifully shot, and there are certain facts uncovered that suddenly make the story seem inevitable, in fact, why had this not happened before? Coppola lets the story breathe, which works wonders, she doesn’t need to preach anything, she simply holds up a mirror up to Hollywood, and Hollywood does the rest. It’s not a pretty sight.

10. The Call

The film last year that we found ourselves sitting on the edge of our seats throughout. The film we saw last year that had the most active audience participation. People were gripping their seat arms, shouting out 'No!’ on multiple occasions. If you wipe from your memory the last 60-90 seconds of the film, you have yourselves the perfect example of a thriller.

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Favorite Photos of 2013 - #4: After The Storm

Our first night camping at Lake Chelan had been quite an adventure. What started out as a peaceful evening by the lake, quickly turned to chaos as a violent storm rolled in, tossing our tent (along with us in it) into another site and soaking everything we’d brought - sleeping bags, clothes, etc. We ended up spending a sleepless night in the car and woke up early the next morning to catch a ferry. We debated whether we should even continue the trip or head home in defeat (after all, we had no dry clothes and nowhere to dry our things out). Instead, we rallied and made it to the ferry in time for a long trip up to the head of the lake. There, in the tiny village of Stehekin, we rented bikes and road around, enjoying an impossibly beautiful sunny day that gave no indication there had been such a monstrous storm the previous night.

Contact
Daft Punk
Contact

Nick’s Favourite Music of 2013
DAFT PUNK - CONTACT
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That’s right. It’s not “Get Lucky”. I can’t deny how damn good that song is or, come to think of it, every song on Random Access Memories is. “Touch”, “Instant Crush” and “Motherboard” have all been big favourites for me this year, and the album has been far-and-away my favourite of the year.

But when it came to picking just one song from that album (a self-imposed rule for these lists), one thing became clear:
There’s “Contact”, and then there’s everything else.

I listen to a lot of music, and I’m lucky that I end up quite liking most of the stuff I hear. But this means that the likelihood of finding something that I have a really strong positive reaction to is almost as rare as a unicorn.
And “Contact” is a big, big, fucking unicorn of a song.

I mostly listen to music when I’m walking somewhere, at a leisurely pace. Whenever “Contact” comes on my iPod, it doesn’t matter what speed I’m actually walking at; I feel like I’m running.
My heartbeat quickens, my breathing becomes deeper, my footsteps get lighter. And all because this song features the greatest build to a crescendo I have ever heard.

It’d be wrong of me to pinpoint the moments that matter. You’ll know ‘em when you hear 'em.

This song is like a trip into space, and it’s little wonder that people on YouTube have been pairing the music with footage of 2001 (but, mystifyingly, not Contact. I mean, clearly that’s the better reference, right? They have the same title and everything! (See that film)).

This is a song that has one simple trick up its sleeve, and its grand enough for that one manoeuvre to give me goosebumps. This is the musical equivalent of a heavenly tunnel bathed in multicoloured light.
You can practically hear the synthesizers that made the music having to catch their breath once the song finishes.
I hear this, and think I understand the emotions that people went through when Pink Floyd dropped Dark Side of the Moon back in 1973.

This is prog, done in a way that only Daft Punk (assisted by DJ Falcon and Omar Hakim) could provide us.
And it’s the best thing I heard all year.

Winner of this year’s 'Best Album Ever’ award
[Last year’s winner]
and this year’s 'Play This Loud Or Not At All’ award
[Last year’s winner]

And we’re done! Thanks to everyone and anyone that’s read any of these posts over the past few weeks!
Nick

Staring At You
Diane Birch
Staring At You

My coffee hasn’t kicked in today so I figured I’d wake myself up with a little rage by reminding myself (and y'all) of the inexcusable absence of Diane Birch on any of my end-of-year/best of music lists? Oh. My. Gawd. These songs are…why didn’t anyone tell me? The album’s been out since October 2013. How is this possible? People, I could have died in these last 3 months and not heard this! Shame on me. Shame on you for not telling me.

Choo-choo-choosing a track to highlight as part of this post is kinda torturous (you must check out “Lighthouse”, “UNFKD”, Walk the Rainbow to the End" and “Pretty in Pain” which sounds like a Carly Simon opening song to an Ally Sheedy 80s movie) but I’m going with “Staring at You” because here I am, staring at you, angry that I’ve lost out on 3 months of listening to this. Rude.