Glassmaps: You Never Called Me

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

At the recent launch of RBMA’s new book “For the Record,” we caught up BBC Radio 1’s highly respected DJ and presenter Benji B. While Benji believes that if you like something, there should be no shame is people knowing it, he did let us in on his favorite #PrivateJam, an album which people might not expect him to enjoy so much. “The Hejira album …

Joni Mitchell: Hejira

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

The words “national public radio” may make you think of the station you listen to in the car with your parents, but NPR is far from standard or predictable. Since launching its music programming in 2007, NPR has become a major voice for sophisticated listeners spanning all genres, with Bob Boilen’s “All Songs Considered” a weekly must. The non-profit has released an exciting list of …

NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2013

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

Every day this week the Vinyl Factory released a batch of 20 LPs, reissues, box-sets and first-pressings which have culminated in the discerning enterprises’s top vinyl releases for 2013. Be sure to check out the now-complete list, which serves as much as a place for personal discovery as it does an intelligent musical compass. Highlights include William Onyeabor, Psychemagik, Digable Planets, The National, Thelonious Monk, …