From Washington State, with love.

A single Monday morning tear for Mr. Earle

Dolly Parton - Home

Some people will never get old.

Putting a second layer of butter on my toast this morning with 29 tracks off a playlist I put together for a shindig earlier this month. Buttery Toast is coming back, ya’ll

Rest in Peace, Pete

Blue skies for dream pop (LUUUL-Blue Skies EP)

Bounce. (Schoolboy Q - Man of the Year)

Dream pop all sounds the same these days. This is much more pleasing. (Yumi Zouma - The Brae)

Not Travelin’ Alone - Buttery Toast’s Best LPs of 2013

We’re all afraid of something. According to The Fear Project, these concerns span being afraid of working so hard one forgets to live, to not having certainty in one’s decisions, to having no control over losing a loved one. At the root of these Anxieties stems the humbling realization that being alone is a terrible feeling and that prolonged loneliness is a fear we all share.

It seems ironic that the proliferation of social media in 2013 correlates with such feelings of apathy and loneliness. For example, Drake’s Twitter following exceeds 13 million, yet he’s struggling to define himself as a psycho or an icon. In a similar vein, Yeezus converted some fans and made more enemies through Kanye’s ignorant (and lonely) declaration of supremacy in the artistic world.

Many artists included on Buttery Toast’s best albums of 2013 explore the topic of loneliness, albeit through differing ideals. In “Youth”, Daughter reveals the sobering truth that we’ll need to confront our frivolous pursuits one day. The frivolous fruits of our pursuits (earning likes on Instagram selfies, reaching inbox zero, gaining new Twitter Followers) are simply quick fixes to increase our endorphin levels while we battle our fear of loneliness.

Fortunately, there seems to be a silver lining. Kacey Musgraves made it out of her trailer park. Milosh seems to ooze love through every song. Jason Isbell is no longer traveling alone. Cheesy as it may seem, (in whatever capacity you deem fit) Love Has Come For many of our troubled artists of 2013.

I hope you enjoy listening to this list as much as I did in curating it. Be sure to keep an eye out for Buttery Toast’s orphan list of “favorite pieces of music that weren’t LPs” list before the new year, and treat yourself to a Spotify playlist of my favorite tracks from these albums at the very end of this post.

20. Giraffage - Needs

19. Steve Martin, Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You

18. Brandy Clark - 12 Stories

17. Lindi Ortega - Tin Star

16. James Blake - Overgrown

15. Beyonce - Self Titled

14. Savages - Silence Yourself

13. A$AP Rocky - Long. Live. A$AP

12. Holly Williams - The Highway

11. Kanye West - Yeezus

10. Night Beds - Country Sleep

9. GhostFace Killah - Twelve Reasons to Die

8. Milosh - Jetlag

7. Alela Diane - About Farewell

6. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park

5. Daughter - If You Leave

4. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

3. Rhye - Woman

2. Autre Ne Veut - Anxieties

1. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

As for the shameless self promotion, listen to my favorite tracks of the year, and holler at me on last.fm, iamxiaohan.com, and of course Spotify: