Top 10 Albums of 2013

This is it folks! The most anticipated end-of-year list this side of the Tetons. Our volunteer DJs have sifted through the masses of great music that came out this year. It wasn't easy, but most of…

by | Jan 1, 2014 | Uncategorized


The Best Albums of the Year According to KHOL DJs

This is it folks! The most anticipated end-of-year list this side of the Tetons. Our volunteer DJs have sifted through the masses of great music that came out this year. It wasn’t easy, but most of them came out with a top ten albums list. Others came up with their own rules. Either way these are the greatest hits of 2014 (and the most over-rated hits) according to us.

After tallying up favorites from all of our eclectic volunteers, a couple of albums stood out with many  mentions. Portugal, The Man, Foxygen, Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend, The National, Arcade Fire –all albums which made multiple lists, which means you won’t wanna leave 2013 without them.

Here’s to great music in 2014!


Bob Millsap, host of The Hole Enchilada
Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm
“Top Ten of 2013-in no particular order”

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Push The Sky Away
Johnny Marr- The Messenger
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
The National- Trouble Will Find me
Cage The Elephant- Melophobia
Beach Fossils- Clash The Truth
Heavenly Beat- Prominence
Arcade Fire- Reflektor
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
Best Coast- Fade Away



Dylan Millsap, host of the Hole Enchilada 
Saturday from 1 pm-4 pm
“Top ten albums–no particular order”

Heavenly Beat- Prominence
Wavves- Afraid of Heights
Beach Fossils- Clash the Truth
The Strokes- Comedown Machine
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
Phoenix- Bankrupt!
Washed Out- Paracosm
Arcade Fire- Reflektor
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
Splashh- Comfort


Michael Moeri host of Tuesday Mornings at KHOL 
Tuesday from 7-9am
“Top Ten Albums of 2013”

Dr. Dog- B-Room
Local Natives- Hummingbird
Okkervil River- The Silver Gymnasium
Arcade Fire- Reflektor
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
The National- Trouble Will Find Me
Phosphorescent- Muchacho
Parquet Courts- Light Up Gold
Blood Orange- Cupid Deluxe
Portugal, The Man- Evil Friends


Dan Nelson, host of The Placebo Effect
Wednesday from 3-6pm.
Top Ten of 2013″

10. Volcano Choir- Repave
9.  Phoenix- Bankrupt!
8.  Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
7.  RJD2- More is than Isn’t
6.  The National- Trouble Will Find Me
5.  Atoms for Peace- AMOK
4.  Arctic Monkeys- AM
3.  Mikal Cronin- MCII
2.  Disclosure- Settle
1.  Portugal, The Man- Evil Friends


Dawn Rehill, host of Fridays
Fridays from Noon – 3 pm
“The List”

1-Ghetto Youth International- Set up Shop Vol i
2- John Brown’s Body- Kings & Queens
3- Congo Natty- Jungle Revolution
4- Fat Freddie’s Drop- Blackbird
5- Tricky- False Idols
6- AfroQben- Liquid Gold
7- Cut Copy- Free Your Mind
8-Aceyalone- Leanin on Slick
9- Fort Knox Five- 10yrs Remix
10-MC Zulu- Outlaw Speakerbox


Pete Ditmar, host of  Wednesday
Wednesdays from 10 – 1 pm
“My Top 10 Albums of the Year” No Particular Order

Arcade Fire- Reflektor
Chvrches- The Bones Of What You Believe
Haim- Days Are Gone
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
Cults- Static
Best Coast- Fade Away
Local Natives- Hummingbird
Foxygen- We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Neko Case- The Worse Things Get…
The National- Trouble Will Find Me


Andrea La Fevers, Host of “Across The Board”
Sundays 1 pm -32 pm
“Top 20 Albums of 2013”

1. Portugal, The Man- Evil Friends
2. Pickwick- Can’t Talk Medicine
3. Arcade Fire- Reflektor
4. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down- We The Common
5. !!!- Thr!!!er
6. STRFKR- Miracle Mile
7. Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
8. Foxygen- We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
9. Haim- Days Are Goen
10. The National- Trouble Will Find Me
11. Kurt Vile- Wakin On a Pretty Daze
12. Little Green Cars- Absolute Zero
13. Cave Singers- Naomi
14. Foals- Holy Fire
15.Born Ruffians- Birthmarks
16. DR. Dog- B-Room
17. Generationals- Heza
18. Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
19. Seasick Steve- Hubcap Music
20. Arctic Monkeys- AM


Chad Grossenburg, host of Left of the Dial
Mondays from 1 pm – 4pm
“2013 top ten”

Phosphorescent- Muchacho
Portugal, The Man- Evil Friends
Deerhunter- Monomainia
The Oh Sees- Floating Coffin
Daughter- If You Leave
Wampire- Curiosity
M.I.A- Matangi
Kurt Vile- Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Foxygen- We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & magic
Youth lagoon- Woundrous Bughouse


Skippy Lingo, host of The Other Side
Wednesdays from 1 pm- 3pm.
“The Best 33&1/3 of 2013 in the opinion of John T. Sackman”

1. Portugal, The Man- Evil Friends
2. Wimps- Retreat
3. PVT- Homosapien
4. Milk Music- Cruise Your Illusion
5. Tricky- False Idols
6. The Pack AD- Some sssongs
7. Foxygen- We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
8. Pond- Hobo Rocket
9. Cate Le Bon- Mug Museum
10. Speedy Ortiz- Major Arcana
11. Girls Names- The New Life
12. Neil Young- Live At The Cellar Door
13. Yo La Tengo- Fade
14. The Postal Service- Give Up (10th Anniversary)
15. Pixies- EP1
16. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Blue Record
17. The Multiple Cat- The Return Of The Multiple Cat
18. Mum- Smilewound
19. Dump- Superpowerless (Remastered)
20. Magik Markers- Surrender To The Fantasy
21. You Are Plural- RAbbit RAbbit
22. Summer Cannibals- No Makeup
23. Bosnian Rainbows- Bosnian Rainbows
24. Saturday Looks Good To Me- One Kiss Ends It All
25. The Low Frequency In Stereo- Pop Obskura
26. The Flaming Lips- The Terror
27. Deerhunter- Monomania
28. Daft Punk- Random Access Memeories
29. Depeche mode- Delta Machine
30. New Order- Lost Sirens
31. Cloud Cult- Love
32. La Luz- It’s Alive
33. Queens of the Stone Age- …Like Clockwork

and 1/3 for the exceptional compilations. Subpop 1000 & PDX Pop Now! 2013


Erika Nash, host of The Playlist
Saturdays from 7-10 pm
“TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2013- Organized by Release Date”

A$AP Rocky- Long Live A$AP- 1/14/13
Foals- Holy Fire- 2/14/13
The Neighborhood- I Love You- 4/19/13
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City- 5/13/13
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories- 5/21/13
J Cole- Born Sinner- 6/14/13
Big Sean- Hall of Fame- 8/27/13
Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks- 9/3/13
Arctic Monkeys- AM- 9/9/13
Drake- Nothing Was The Same- 9/24/13
Lorde- Pure Heroine- 9/27/13
HAIM- Days Are Gone- 9/30/13
Cage the Elephant- Melophobia- 10/4/13
RJD2 – More is than Isn’t- 10/8/13
Sleigh Bells- Bitter Rivals- 10/8/13
Pusha T- My Name is My Name – 10/8/13
M.I.A- Matangi- 11/5/13
Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP2- 11/5/13
Childish Gambino- Becasue The Internet- 10/3/13


Rosie Read, host of The Lesser Known
Mondays from 5 pm-7 pm
“TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2013”

1. Baths- Obsidian
2. Earl Sweatshirt- Doris
3. Way Yes- Tog Pebbles
4. Enemies- Embark, Embrace
5. And So I Watch You From Afar- All Hail Bright Futures
6. On An On- Give In
7. Ill Bill- The Grimy Awards
8. Sigur Ros- Kveiker
9. K Flay- West Ghost
10. Cloudkicker- Subsume
11. Sango- Otra Vez
12 Deafheaven- Sunbather
13. Lights & Motion- Reanimation
14. TTNG-
15. Inc.- No World
16. Danny Brown- Old
17. The Ansion- When The Clyde Floods, We’ll All Get Carried Aways
18. Astrid Engberg- Poetry Is Gone
19. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels
20. Chelsea Wolfe- Pain Is Beauty-
21. Tree- Sunday School II
22. Russian Circles- Memorial
23. Houses- A Quiet Darkness
24. Lily & madeleine- Lily & Madeleine
25. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Loner Afraid To Die- Whenever, If Ever


Rachel Ravitz, host of Mondays
Mondays from 8 am- 10am
“2013 Favorite Tracks”

1. Vampire Weekend- Unbelievers- Modern Vampires of the City
2. Vampire Weekend- Worship You- Modern Vampires of the City
3. Fort Know Five- Uptown Tricks- 10 Yrs Fort Knox 5 Remixes
4. Asheru- So Amazing- Sleepless In Soweto
5. Daft Punk- Give Life Back To Music- Random Access Memories
6. Daft Punk- Get Lucky- Random Access Memories
7. Afrolicious- Never Let No One- California Dreaming
8. Afrolicious- Revolution- California Dreaming
9. Congo Natty- REbel- Jungle Revolution
10. Mc Zulu- Crowd Control(Moombah Mix)- Outlaw Speakerbox
11. Morcheeba- To Be- Head Up High
12. Lorde- Royals(Weeknd Remix)- Pure Heroine
13. Lucius- Until We Get There- Wildewoman
14. John Scofield- Cracked Ice- Überjam Deux
15. John Scofield- Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely- Überjam Deux


Rebecca Heisinger, Co-host of The Placebo Effect
Wednesdays from 3 pm- 6 pm
“Top 25 Tracks of 2013”

Disclosure- Intro- Settle
Disclosure- When A Fire Starts To Burn- Settle
Souleance- Georgian Kiss- Brotha EP
Jessy Lanza- Giddy- Pull My hair Back
Tears For Fears- Ready To Start- Ready To Start
Fiona Apple- Pure Imagination- Pure Imagination
Bonobo- Heaven For The Sinner- The North Borders
Vince Guaraldi TRio- A Charlie Brown Christmas(Remastered)
Mayer Hawthorne- Her Favorite Song- Where Does This Door Go
Quadron, Kendrick Lamar- Better Off- Avalanche
Jessie Ware- If You’re Never Gonna move- Devotion
Toro Y Moi- Say That- Anything In Return
Zo!- Count To Five- Manmade
Pharrell Williams- Fun, Fun, Fun- Despicable Me 2
Cee Lo Green- Scream- Despicable Me 2
Pharrell Williams- Happy-
Arcade Fire- WE Exist- Reflektor
Big Harp- Good News- Chain Letters
Dr. Dog- Broken heart- B-Room
TV on the Radio- Million Miles- Million Miles
Vince Guaraldi Trio- O Tannenbaum- A Charlie Brown Christmas
!!!- Slyd- Slyd
Hot Natured- Reverse Skydiving- Reverse Skydiving
Prince- Breakfast Can Wait- The Breakfast Experience


Mark Byall, Host of “By All Means
Saturdays from 4-7 pm
“Top 10 Albums of 2013”

10. Poets of Rhythm – Anthology
9. Shaheed & DJ Supreme – Knowledge, Rhythm, and Understanding
8. of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvanbrier
7. Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Haunted Head
6. Madchild – Lawnmower Man
5. Basement Freaks – Funk From The Trunk
4. Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love
3. Shannon & The Clams – Dreams In The Rat House
2. Brent Amaker & The Rodeo – Year Of The Dragon
1. Black Angels – Indigo Meadow


Johnny Dangerous, Host of “The Rhythm & Groove
Thursdays 4-7 pm
“Top 20 of 2013” In No Order except #1

Poets of Rhythm- Anthology
ODESZA- My Friends Never Die EP
Keep Shelly in Athens- At Home
Flume- Flume Deluxe Mixtape
A$AP Rocky- Long Live A$AP
Pretty Lights- A Color Map of the Sun
Cut Copy- Free Your Mind
Naked & Famous- In Rolling Waves
Morcheeba- Head Up High
Small Black- Limits of Desire
Washed Out- Paracosm
Baths- Obsidian
Portugal, The Man- Evil Friends
JJ Grey & Mofro- This River
Chvrches- The Bones Of What You Believe In
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City

#1 Album of the Year
Lorde- Pure Heroine/Love Club EP



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