The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.
Has an album ever made you feel dirty? Guilty? Like your wife busted you in perv row at a strip club when you were supposed to be out buying diapers?
Not since 2 Live Crew, likely, but it’s lately been the go-to reaction when confronted with Thee Oh Sees albums—even before you hit PLAY. Take a long look at that cover, up above, and you’ll understand. Give the video a spin too; it’s from their prior record (Putrifiers II), but seems relevant here (check out two videos from Floating Coffin *here* and *here*).
Floating Coffin is rock ’n’ roll that crawled out of a gutter. It’d be a fitting soundtrack to the various stages of the narrator’s disintegration in Fight Club (“I am Jack’s Raging Bile Duct”), and it manages this downward spiral without having to resort to swearing or sex.
Thee Oh Sees’ booking agent put a scare into us, a couple of weeks ago, when she told SF Weekly that the band was going on indefinite hiatus—we’ve gotten used to them delivering 2-3 records per year. Singer/guitarist John Dwyer later provided clarification: “THE BAND IS NOT BREAKING UP. THIS IS JUST A WELL DESERVED BREAK.” He even promised a new album in early 2014, so we’ll be back on perv row in no time.