Favorite “Under The Radar” Albums From 2013

Well….it’s that time of year and everyone’s got their lists. Actually, I sheepishly (in a guilty pleasure sort of way) look forward to all of the end of the year “Best Of” music lists. There have been some good ones making the rounds. So, instead of repeating some of the tried and true, here is a list of 2013 releases that flew way beneath the mainstream radar but succeeded in catching my ear. Raise a glass, here’s to great things done in obscurity and done for the love.

I will, of course, let you dig for these releases on your own. Good music requires good work.

Here are thirteen picks covering a broad range of genres, along with a few words of description:

Don Cavalli – Temperamental (Swampy, Blues, Funk, Old School, Hooks, Frenchman, Perhaps my Favorite Album on This List)

Zachary Cale – Blue Rider (Minimalist, Emotive, Acoustic, Sweetness)

1939 Ensemble – Howl and Bite  (Vibes, Drum Set, Percussion, Instrumental, Jazz?)

Echo Bloom – Blue (Folk, Blues, Guttural, Multi-Voice)

Bevel – twin knowledge (Folk, Prog, Psyche, Ensemble, Chicago)

sleepmakeswaves – …and so we destroyed everything (Post-Rock, Instrumental, Sometimes Epic)

Rickolus – Troubadour: Towns (Folk, Marriage, Love, Unpretentious)

Lonesome Leash – One Foot in Front of the Other (Accordion, Singer/Songwriter, Raw, Crazy Raw)

Matthew E. White – Big Inner (Southern, Quiet, Old School, Funk, Motown, Horns, Songcraft)

Pat Hull – Shed Skin (Sweet, Hush, Acoustic, Folk, Pop)

Steven Lugerner – For We Have Heard (Ensemble, Jazz, Horns, Composition, Jewish)

Kent Gustavson – A Tribute to Arthel Doc Watson (Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Pop)

Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (Rock, Pop, Emotional, Longing, Staccato)