Pyles' Picks for 2013

FM 94/9's Tim Pyles compiles a list of the best 13 local music releases of 2013

We're lucky to live in San Diego, and, yes, most of it has to do with the weather. I mean, can you believe how beautiful Christmas Day was? We're also lucky when it come to our local music community and its diversity. It's exciting for me to witness a band get recognition in town for their hard work -- a band like Schitzophonics, for example.

So I'd like to submit my Top 13 SD Releases of 2013, which shares some of the same acts Dustin [Lothspeich, SoundDiego associate editor] posted last week (read them here), but some that aren't -- so take a look. If we both picked a record, it must be really good! So now, in no particular order:

  • Old Man Wizard, Unfavorable: Epic progressive, heavy-rock band.
  • The Frights, s/t: These kids kill it with their surf-inspired garage punk.
  • Barbarian, City of WomenPsychedelic alt-rockers are set for big things in 2014.
  • Mrs. Magician, B-SidesI can't believe one of the best bands in San Diego called it quits and Dec. 27 was their last show EVER (read our review of their farewell show here).
  • Gayle Skidmore, Sleeping BearHer sophomore album is filled with songs that take her from the coffeehouse to the rock clubs.
  • Spero, Rational Paths: Young alternative folk-rockers who are only just beginning to hit their stride.
  • Transfer, Shadow Aspect: Come on, it's Transfer!
  • Tiger Milk Imports, s/t: Synth-pop rock band almost secretly releases one of the best albums of the year.
  • The Touchies, Mess With the Unicorn ... Get The Horn: Great local punk rock & roll band; Definitely for fans of the Muffs or Groovie Ghoulies -- and fun!
  • Octagrape, Red UFO: Killer art-punk with rock & roll flair.
  • Neighbors to the North, Starfisher: Rock & roll power trio has had a really good year -- you should check them out.
  • Ottly Mercer, Big Noise: Representing Imperial Beach, these guys lay down some great retro-reggae, as they call it, playing original old-school sounding tunes.
  • DPI, SmashedPunk rock like it should sound. Paying homage to the great era of punk: The beginning!
Even though I did my best compiling this group, I may have left your favorite band off (these lists are so subjective, after all), so leave a comment below and tell me what I may have missed. Coming up next: My list of the Top 13 releases from bands with local ties (e.g Wavves, who used to live here). I have to say?: Every year, this town gets better and better for local musicians and fans, so let's go big in 2014! Happy New Year, local music lovers!

Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music who hosts The Local 94/9 via FM94/9 every Sunday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House Of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here

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