saki/CTD Best of 2013!

To whom it may concern, these are quite a few records that we, the ladies and gentlemen of CTD and saki have thoroughly enjoyed this year. These lists very in format - some are ordered, some are not... whatever. We hope you can nod in agreement to some of these, or even better, find a few albums that you hadn't heard before, and subsequently decided to buy.

We have also gathered a veritable gaggle of lists from some of our friends in the music industry in Chicago and around the world, which you can check out here.

Adam Hirzel (saki manager)

1. Limiñanas - Costa Blanca
2. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
3. Darkside - Psychic (Matador)
4. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator (Matador)
5. Implodes - Recurring Dream (Kranky)
6. Bardo Pond - Peace On Venus (Fire)
7. Lazy - Obsession (Moniker)
8. Julia Holter - Loud City Song (Domino)
9. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
10. Swearin’ - Surfing Strange (Salinas)
11. Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind (Text)
12. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)
13. Low - Invisible Way (Sub Pop)
14. Cass McCombs - Big Wheel and Others (Domino)
15. Pillars and Tongues - End-Dances (Empty Cellar)
16. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana (Carpark)
17. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge - 12 Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)
18. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
19. Jessica Pratt - S/T (Birth)
20. Bottomless Pit - Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One)
21. Hospital Ships - Destruction In Yr Soul (Graveface)
22. Sleeping Bag - Women of Your Life (Joyful Noise)
23. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti)
24. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister (Slumberland)
25. Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)

Reissues, V/A, other…
Cleaners From Venus - Vol. 2 box set (Captured Tracks)
Disappears - Kone 12”
Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap mixtape
Caribou/Manitoba - various reissues (Leaf)
Action Bronson - Blue Chips 2 mixtape
William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
S.E. Rogie - Sounds of S.E. Rogie (Mississippi)
Hailu Mergia - Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Microphones/Mount Eerie - various reissues (PW Elverum and Sun)
Marcos Valle - various reissues (Light In The Attic)
Swamp Dogg - various reissues (Alive!)
Songs: Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co. 10th anniversary edition (Secretly Canadian)
Molly Drake - S/T (Bada Bing)
Cross Record - Be Good (Bada Bing)
Devo - Hardcore Vols. 1 and 2 (Superior Viaduct)

Ed Post (CTD buyers/sales)

Chris Darrow - Artist Proof (Drag City)
Exquisites - S/T (Asian Man)
Mikal Cronin - MCII (Merge)
Dentists - Some People... (Trouble In Mind)
Milk Music - CruiseYour Illusion (Perennial)
Scout Niblett - It's Up To Emma (Drag City)
Double Dagger - 333 (Thrill Jockey)
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)
Heavy Times - Fix It Alone (Hozac)
Califone - Stitches

Joel Beeman (CTD head buyer)

Landing - Wave Lair (These Are Not Records) / II (self-released)
Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)
Tim Hecker - Virgins (Kranky)
Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
Sigur Ros - Kveikur (XL)
Raum - Event of Your Leaving (Glass, House)
My Bloody Valentine - m b v (self-released)
Mind Over Mirrors - When The Rest Are Up At Four (Immune)
Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)

Matt Byrne (CTD warehouse manager, saki events coordinator)

Top 15 in alphabetical order
Califone- Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Chance the Rapper- Acid Rap (self released)
Heavy Times- Fix It Alone (Hozac)
Joanna Gruesome- Weird Sister (Slumberland)
Majical Cloudz- Impersonator (Matador)
Cass McCombs- Big Wheel and Others (Domino)
My Bloody Valentine- m b v (self released)
Ty Segall- Sleeper (Drag City)
Swamp Dogg- Total Destruction To Your Mind (Alive)
Thee Oh Sees- Floating Coffin (Castle Face)
V/A- King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label (Numerophon)
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
Kurt Vile- Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)
William Tyler- Impossible Truth (Merge)
Yo La Tengo- Fade (Matador)

Honorable mentions in alphabetical order
Julianna Barwick- Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
California X- S/T (Don Giovanni)
Bill Callahan- Dream River (Drag City)
Darkside- Psychic (Matador)
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Yonge- Twelve Reasons to Die (Soul Temple)
HAIM- Days Are Gone (Polydor)
Honey LTD- The Complete LHI Recordings (Light In The Attic)
Eiko Ishibashi- Imitation of Life (Drag City)
Liminanas- Costa Blanca (Trouble in Mind)
Montibus Communitas- Hacia Aquellos Bosques de Inmensidad (Trouble in Mind)
Pink Frost- Sundowning (BLVD)
Run The Jewels- S/T (Fool's Gold)
Speedy Ortiz- Major Arcana (Carpark)
Superchunk- I Hate Music (Merge)
Swearin'- Surfing Strange (Salinas)

Mary Wells (Carrot Top Records manager, saki events coordinator)

top 10
Parquet Courts - Tally All the Things That You Broke EP
Songs: Ohia - The Electrical Magnolia Co. - 10yr anniversary
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Juana Molina - Wed 21
Fuzz - Fuzz
Son Lux - Lanterns
Mikal Cronin - MCII
William Onyeabor - Who is William Onyeabor?
Swearin' - Surfing Strange
Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe

honorable mentionsss
Bill Callahan - Dream River
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
Wooden Shjips - Back To Land
Ty Segall - Sleeper
Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record
Darkside - Psychic

Danny Cohen (saki/CTD warehouse and mail order employee)

1. of Montreal - Lousy With Sylvianbriar
2. Elvis Costello and The Roots - Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs
3. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
4. Low - The Invisible Way
5. James Blake - Overgrown
6. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
7. Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils
8. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
9. Any Kind - O T H E R
10. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

Honorable Mentions
(In no particular order)
Andrew Bird - Pulaski at Night
Haim - Days Are Gone
Superchunk - I Hate Music
Mavis Staples - One True Vine
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Tim Kasher - Adult Film
The Milk Carton Kids - The Ash and Clay
Kanye West - Yeezus
Mikal Cronin - MCII
Jamie Lidell - S/T
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - We The Common
Laura Stevenson - Wheel
She & Him - Volume 3
Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
Rhye - Woman

Brook Stokes (CTD general manager)

Maston-Shadows(Trouble In Mind)
Devo-Hardcore Vol. 1 & 2 (Superior Viaduct)
Ben Von Wildenhaus-Great Melodies From Around (Molasses Manifesto)
William Onyeabor-World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor (Luaka Bop)
Mark J Mulcahy-Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You (Mezzotint)
Yo La Tengo-Fade (Matador)
Flaming lips-The Terror (Warner Bros)
Tim Hecker-Virgins (Kranky)
Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra-II (Jagjaguwar)

Karl Meier (saki manager)

In no particular order...

Dentists - Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now
Craig Leon - Nommos
Stave - Reform
Patrick Cowley - School Daze
William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor?
Pan American - Cloud Room, Glass Room
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
Come - Eleven:Eleven deluxe reissue
Miles - Faint Hearted
Birthday Party - Mutiny/The Bad Seed reissues

Tricia Scully (CTD.... accountant)

Son Lux - Lanterns
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man
Indians - Somewhere Else
James Blake - Overgrown
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Homeboy Sandman - All That I Hold Dear
Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Bibio - Silver Wilkinson
Patty Griffin - American Kid