The Well-Played List: Best of 2013 Edition, Part 1

The first round of year-ending Best of lists from the CL Team & beyond (audio)

For the next several editions of The Well-Played List, music tastemakers participating in the ongoing listening series (the CL Music Team and select staffers along with local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two) will be reflecting on our favorite albums of the year — the Best of 2013. Since we're off on consecutive Wednesdays (for Christmas and New Year's), and make up such a large group with varying tastes, I'll be breaking our lists up into four parts, running two this week (today and Friday), and the last two next week. Hopefully, all four will give you something to fill your ears while you enjoy your holiday breaks... and as always, a Spotify Playlist will be included at the end of each post, for your listening pleasure.

Check out past editions of The Well-Played List here. And on that note, what are your favorite albums of 2013? Tell us in the comments…

GABE ECHAZABAL
David Bowie, The Next Day

Arcade Fire, Reflektor

Johnny Marr, The Messenger

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City

Joan Jett, Unvarnished

Elvis Costello & The Roots, Wise Up Ghost

Mavis Staples, One True Vine

Manic Street Preachers, Rewind the Film

More selections after the jump...

KEITH ULREY | owner, Microgroove, New Granada Records
I honestly couldn't come up with a Top 10. I chose to only include albums released this year that truly impressed me, or had some impact.

1. Superchunk, I Hate Music

2. The Ocean Blue, Ultramarine

3. Permanent Makeup, The Void... It Creeps

4. Yuck, Glow & Behold

5. Minor Alps, Get There

6. Tracy Shedd, Arizona

7. Lemuria, The Distance Is So Big

ADAM KUHN | music fan and scenester with discerning taste

Deafheaven, Sunbather

Yuppies, Yuppies

Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold

Kvelertak, Meir

Disappears, Era

Nails, Abandon All Life

Jacuzzi Boys, Jacuzzi Boys

Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffin

Hookworms, Pearl Mystic

Dick Diver, Calendar Days

Honorable Mentions: Jesu, Every Day I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came; Perfect Pussy, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling; Sandrider, Godhead; Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels; Bare Mutants, The Affliction.

ALEX FEDELE | Local musician in Auto!Automatic!!, Poetry n’ Lotion, The Fix Up, The Apes.

A Wilhelm Scream, Partycrasher

Local Natives, Hummingbird

Junip, Junip

Foals, Holy Fire

Iron and Wine, Ghost on Ghost

Emancipator, Dusk to Dawn

Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork

Toro y Moi, Anything in Return

Atoms for Peace, AMOK

Charles Bradley, Victim of Love

Dillinger Escape Plan, One of Us Is the Killer

Portugal. the Man, Evil Friends

PHIL BENITO | Brokenmold Entertainment

The National, Trouble Will Find Me

Adrian Younge presents Ghostface Killah, Twelve Reasons to Die

Portugal. the Man, Evil Friends

Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork

MIA, Matangi

Futurebirds, Baba Yaga

Volcano Choir, Repave

Poliça, Shulamith

Deap Vally, Sistrionix