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December 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

7 wildly different top 10 album lists of 2013

Whether you’re into the Seattle scene, hip-hop, jazz, dance, pop, country, Americana, punk or world music, it’s been a great year for music. Below is a collection, in alphabetical order (by writer) of The Seattle Times’ 2013 Top 10 lists.

It’s remarkable how few artists made more than one writer’s list — Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, The Head and the Heart, King Krule, Shelby Earl, Migos (warning: language), Young Thug, Earl Sweatshirt and ILLFIGHTYOU — and none made more than two. That speaks to the wide reach of our contributors, but also to the fragmented taste pockets in music these days.

We hope you see something here you loved but also something you haven’t heard yet. Because that’s what it’s all about. Finding the best new stuff, every year.

Happy New Year!

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December 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM

What Seattle band are you? | Quiz

If you were a classic Seattle band, which one would you be? That’s the question Stephen Tow asked on his blog. Tow is the author of “The Strangest Tribe” (Sasquatch), one of the best books about the Seattle music scene that set the world on fire in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Tow teaches history at…

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December 15, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Stumped for a gift for music lovers? Ideas, from Elvis to Ella

LeeazlewoodLITA109_DeluxeEdition0(henry)Though more than 50 percent of music sales are digital now, record companies still happily comply every year with our keen holiday desire to rip open packages full of actual, tactile recordings under the tree — especially box sets. And while some smarty-pants once wrote that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, if it was really as oxymoronic a task as all that, The Seattle Times wouldn’t be cluttered with good music books. Our critics, who are still working on that dancing thing, offer some music book gift ideas below, as well as suggestions for box sets (listed in order of price, from high to low).

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0 Comments | More in Country, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix

November 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The Head and the Heart debuts in the Billboard Top 10

You read it first in The Seattle Times. This week’s industry bible, Billboard magazine, arrived today and, as we predicted, the new disc by The Head and the Heart, “Let’s Be Still” (Sub Pop), debuted in the Top 10 on the album charts, with sales of 42,000 copies in its first week. And guess what…

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November 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Best and worst band name of the month

Anyone who has ever played in a band knows that coming up with a name is one of the hardest parts. If you doubt that, just look at the listings in The Seattle Times each week. We do. Whew! Some of these names are just, well, really dumb! On the other hand, some are wonderfully creative. Here’s our…

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October 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Best and worst band name of the month

It’s that time again — the SoundPosts award for: Stupidest and Most Creative Band Name of the Month! We’re guessing you have some nominations for this dubious award, so please don’t hesitate to send in your ideas on the SoundPosts comments thread. We welcome them. The winners for September are… Most Creative: March Fourth Marching Band http://marchfourthmarchingband.com/  Stupidest: Floater More

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September 3, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Best and worst band name of the month

Anyone who has ever played in a band knows that coming up with a name is one of the hardest parts. If you doubt that, just look at the listings in The Seattle Times each week. We do. Whew! Some of these names are just, well, really dumb! On the other hand, some are wonderfully creative. Though it’s borderline…

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