This year opbmusic listeners and readers responded to our poll with a great variety of choices. More than 150 different records received votes, and 34 records received at least 1 first-place vote. Some of you also voted “early and often” apparently, as two bands’ fans (members?) competed to get the top spot. The Slants received a crush of votes — 35 first-place votes and 176 points total — for last year’s release, The Yellow Album. But even that high mark was topped by another local band, Tuesdays Project, who received 330 votes and 66 first-place votes for their album More to Come. If you do the math, a first place vote was worth 5 points, so the ONLY votes Tuesday Project received were first-place votes, (and most of those votes were anonymous entries that didn’t list any other records in spots #2-5).
Leaving aside the apparent ballot-stuffing and prior-year releases for the moment, here’s how you voted for favorite record of 2013:
1. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze (55 points; 4 first-place votes)
2 (tied). Typhoon - White Lighter (48 points; 6 first-place votes)
2 (tied). Janelle Monáe - Electric Lady (48 points; 0 first-place votes)
4. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (30 votes; 3 first-place votes)
5. Arcade Fire - Reflektor (25 votes; 1 first-place vote)
6. Volcano Choir - Repave (24 votes; 1 first-place vote)
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (23 votes; 2 first-place votes)
8. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II (15 votes; 2 first-place votes)
9. Jason Isbell - Southeastern (13 votes; 2 first-place votes)
10. Devendra Banhart - Mala (12 votes; 1 first-place vote)
The Slants - The Yellow Album (2012 release)
While the band’s had to battle the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over their name (which the office deemed offensive), they released The Yellow Album in 2012 and this video in September:
Tuesdays Project - More to Come
Portland band Tuesdays Project released their debut album, More to Come, in March, with a release show at Mt Tabor Theater. You can find the music on Bandcamp.