Best Of 2013: Lane’s Favorite Releases Of 2013


Hello there! Like my partners in crime, I am here to share my favorite music releases of 2013. I have listened to an ungodly amount of music this year and out of what I had a chance to listen to, these thirty albums/EPs/etc stuck with me well after my first listen. It’s not just heavy music either! I know you don’t care about my opinion, nobody should, but you may find something worth listening to in the following list. Here goes nothing!

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Lane’s Favorite Releases of 2013…So Far


Six months in to this glorious year and I have been bombarded with so much good music that I can hardly handle it and there’s still six months left! My little heart may not be able to make to 2014. So out of all the new releases I have listened to this year, these are the handful that I keep going back to over and over because of their brilliance. Check these albums out before the year is up!

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LILACS & CHAMPAGNE Announce New Album

Obscure samples, trip hop beats and eccentric effects are what Lilacs & Champagne (Emil Amos and Alex Hall of Grails) are all about. Their self titled release of last year was one of my favorite records of 2012. So of course I am excited that the duo will release their sophomore effort, Danish & Blue, on April 23rd via Mexican Summer. The band have released a commercial for the album which can be viewed below. In Lilacs fashion, it features strange and obscure film clips set to psychedelic tunes. I cannot wait for this thing to drop. Check out the commercial below as well as the track “Babbling Brook”.

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GRAILS, Your Chariot Awaits: New Track Released

Following on the heels of last year’s outstanding Deep Politics, the psychedelic instrumental outfit Grails will be releasing volume 5 of their Black Tar Prophecies EP series. The sprawling, entrancing “Chariot” opens up the EP and plunges the listener into a murky world of spiraling, other worldly atmosphere. The EP will be packaged with a split with the equally trippy band Pharaoh Overload and should be released sometime next month around the time Grails tours Australia. Check out “Chariot” and the tour dates below:

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Generic Mid Year Post: Lane’s Favorite Releases of 2012…So Far

It’s currently July which means that 2012 is half way over. Just like any other run of the mill music blogger, I want to share with you the releases that have stuck with me for the past 6 months. So far, 2012 has brought me a plethora of good music but these few releases below have not been able to release their grip on me. In fact, some of these records grew on me quite a bit.  I could go into detail on why I loved this releases but since I am lazy today, I’ll let the songs speak for themselves. Check them out and tell me what you think:

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Review: LILACS & CHAMPAGNE-“Self-Titled”

By Lane Oliver  

Instrumental rock outfit, Grails, put out the phenomenal Deep Politics last year that ended up being number five on my Top 25 of 2011 list. Early this year I found out that one half of Grails, Alex Hall and Emil Amos, would be putting out a record under the moniker Lilacs & Champagne. After hearing the lead off single from the album, “Everywhere, Everyone”, I was very intrigued by what I heard and was anxious to hear more. I pre-ordered the album, received it in the mail, and gave it a few spins. If you want to hear about one of the best albums I have heard so far this year then you should keep reading.

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Watch LILACS & CHAMPAGNE’S New Video For “Everywhere, Everyone”

Lilacs & Champagne, the new project from Grails’ own Alex Hall and Emil Amos, have released the video for their song “Everywhere, Everyone”. The video is just as eerie as the song that contains many chopped up and altered scenes from old horror movies. It actually fits well with the song. Check it out below. Their self titled debut will be released on the 31st.

-Lane Oliver

Would You Like Some LILACS With Your CHAMPAGNE?

Alex Hall and Emil Amos of the band Grails have started a very interesting project that will release a self titled debut on January 31st, 2012. Lilacs & Champagne can best be described as a psychedelic experience. Alex and Emil have combined the trippy, psychedelic elements of Grails with sample-chopping hip-hop. They also add actual instruments into the mix as well as chilling film samples to create a very haunting yet beautiful atmosphere. Below you can listen to their first single, “Everywhere, Everyone” and well as find a link that will take to the Mexican Summer website so you can pre-order it if you wish.

-Lane Oliver