The Best St. Louis Music Releases of 2013

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Pretty Little Empire: Pretty Little Empire

This third, self-titled record achieves what the band was driving at with its two previous (and worthwhile) LPs. Justin Johnson's songs simmer with a sometimes-quiet, sometimes-raucous intensity, and his bandmates match him with an almost cinematic scope throughout the album.

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The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra: Revue Songs

For a musical troupe built around prioritizing instrumental music over lyrics, the group's first proper recording turns that around. Instead of soundtracking silent films (as is its wont), R&PMPO paired up with Wax Wine's Natalie Huggins for a six-song tour of American poet Wallace Stevens' work that is dramatic and forceful.

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Tower Groove 7-inch Series

Yeah, it's a bit of a cheat to include this catch-all collection of 24 local bands spread over 12 slabs of wax, but we're saluting the aesthetic and execution as much as the inspired A-side/B-side pairing. The Tower Groove honchos didn't stick with one genre or design principle for this series, and that's a hopeful thought for whatever comes next for the DIY label.

Top Ten Songs from other notable 2013 releases

Bruiser Queen: "In Your Room" (single)
Jon Hardy & the Public: "In the Morning" (single)
Humdrum: "Electric Dice" (We Are Electricity)
Pokey LaFarge: "Close the Door" (Pokey LaFarge)
Cassie Morgan: "A Day Longer" (single)
Parisian: "Sean" (single)
Picture Day: "Mandoline" (Every Day is Picture Day)
Ransom Note: "Are You Waiting" (Big Soul)
Sleepy Kitty: "Hold Yr Ground" (Projection Room)
Tight Pants Syndrome: "Cherry Don't Quit" (All Alive)



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12 comments
Peter En Passant Stewart
Peter En Passant Stewart

No Aaron Kamm and the One Drops? Not sure this list can be taken as anything more then a bad joke.

Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson

I agree with James.... its all about the hipster life apparently

Travis Scheaffer
Travis Scheaffer

Uuuuuh... Foxing and The Lion's Daughter/Indian Blanket split??

Dan Chandler
Dan Chandler

Yeah what about The Urge "Galvinzed" record

James Harris
James Harris

I think the author may be biased toward hipster-tunes, hip-hop lite, and shit my mom would listen to.

Ryan Paluczak
Ryan Paluczak

Really sad that Foxing's "The Albatross" isn't on here. I don't know how an album can be so good and so unmentioned local (especially with the widespread attention it's gained).

kangoids
kangoids topcommenter

Best reissue?

The first two Bottle Rockets albums, plus a bunch of bonus tracks, on Bloodshot.

Get it.

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