2013 Staff Music Picks

In late 2013, Skokie Public Library staff were asked to select their favorite musical recordings listened to during the year. Here are the results!

Click on the call number to check the status of the recording in the Skokie Public Library catalog. And, in case you missed them, it's not too late to see our Annual Staff Picks for books, films, and music from 2002 to the present!


Cover of Pushin' Against a Stone  
Blood Orange. Cupid Deluxe. 2013.
Compact Disc J BLOO CD B22
June, Valerie. Pushin' Against a Stone. 2013.
Compact Disc P JUNE PS J66
Monáe, Janelle. Electric Lady. 2013.
Compact Disc MB MONA-J EL M10
Rhye. Woman. 2012.
Compact Disc J RHYE WOM R02

Best older album discovered this year...
Solange. Sol-angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. 2008.
Compact Disc MB SOLA SHS S85
               Selected by Amita L.
Cover of 12 Stories  
Clark, Brandy. 12 Stories. 2013.
Compact Disc MC CLSR-B TS C76
Haim. Days Are Gone. 2013.
Compact Disc MA HAIM DAG H97
Lee, Amos. Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. 2013.
Compact Disc MA LEE-A MSR L76
Lorde. Pure Heroine. 2013.
Compact Disc MA LORD PH L54
               Selected by Annabelle M.
Cover of What You're Looking For  
Backstreet Boys. In a World Like This. 2013.
Compact Disc MR BACK IWT B09
Belew, Cody. What You're Looking For. 2013.
Compact Disc ON ORDER
Fifth Harmony. Better Together. 2013.
Compact Disc MA FIFT BT F06
98°. 2.0. 2013.
Compact Disc MA NINE TWO N94
Perry, Katy. Prism. 2013.
Compact Disc MR PERR-K PRI P16
               Selected by Bill O.
Cover of The Lumineers  
Hawthorne, Mayer. Where Does This Door Go. 2013.
Compact Disc MB HAWT WDD H38
The Lumineers. The Lumineers. 2012.
Compact Disc P LUMI LUM L82
Mumford & Sons. Babel. 2013.
Compact Disc Q BRIT MUMF M78
Neville, Aaron. My True Story. 2013.
Compact Disc MA NEVI-A MTS N89
Tedeschi Trucks Band. Made Up Mind. 2013.
Compact Disc MB TEDE MUM T82
               Selected by Bruce B.
Cover of Polonaises  
Chopin, Frédéric. Polonaises. 2013.
Compact Disc GP CHOP POL C83
               Selected by Cheryl S.
Cover of Hagar's Song  
AlunaGeorge. Body Music. 2013.
Compact Disc J ALUN BM A28
Case, Neko. The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. 2013.
Compact Disc MC CASE WTG C71
Lloyd, Charles. Hagar's Song. 2013.
Compact Disc MJ LLOY HS L01
Smith, Alice. She. 2013.
Compact Disc MR SMIT-A SHE S54
Yo La Tengo. Fade. 2013.
Compact Disc MR YOLA FAD Y94

Best older album discovered this year...
Africa: 50 Years of Music: 50 Years of Independence. 2010.
Compact Disc MW AFRICA AFY D62
               Selected by Chris B.
Cover of The Very Best of Peter Allen  
Allen, Peter. The Very Best of Peter Allen. 2004.
Compact Disc MA ALLE VBP A34
               Selected by Dina K.
Cover of Pokey LaFarge  
LaFarge, Pokey. Pokey LaFarge. 2013.
Compact Disc MA LAFA PL L06

Best older albums discovered this year...
Shovels and Rope. O’ Be Joyful. 2012.
Compact Disc P SHOV OBJ S19
Wood Brothers. Loaded. 2008.
Compact Disc P WOOD LOA W65
               Selected by Jessica G.
Cover of Nanobots  
Depeche Mode. Delta Machine. 2013.
Compact Disc MR DEPE DM D63
Kinky Boots: Original Broadway Cast Recording. 2013.
Compact Disc K KINK KB M38
Perry, Katy. Prism. 2013.
Compact Disc MR PERR-K PRI P16
They Might Be Giants. Nanobots. 2013.
Compact Disc MR THEY NAN T31

Best older album discovered this year...
Duran Duran. Diamond in the Mind: Live 2011. 2012.
Compact Disc MR DURA DM D72
               Selected by Julie M.
Cover of Alma Adentro  
Best older album discovered this year...
Zenón, Miguel. Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook. 2011.
Compact Disc MJ ZENO AAP Z16
               Selected by Lee L.
Cover of Heartthrob  
Chvrches. Bones of What You Believe. 2013.
Compact Disc J CHVR BYB C47
Grouplove. Spreading Rumours. 2013.
Compact Disc MR GROU SP G19
Lorde. Pure Heroine. 2013.
Compact Disc MA LORD PH L54
Phosphorescent. Muchacho. 2013.
Compact Disc MR PHOS MUC P50
Teagon and Sara. Heartthrob. 2013.
Compact Disc MR TEGA HEA T32

Best older album discovered this year...
Swift, Taylor. Red. 2012.
Compact Disc MC SWIF RED S00
               Selected by Louise T.
Cover of No Morphine No Lilies  
Boom Tic Boom. No Morphine No Lilies. 2013.
Compact Disc MJ BOOM NMN B31
Clapton, Eric. Old Sock. 2013.
Compact Disc MR CLAP OS C15
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. 2013.
Compact Disc MR EDWA ESM E96
Marling, Laura. Once I Was an Eagle. 2013.
Compact Disc MR MARL OIW M31

Best older album discovered this year...
The Bird and the Bee. The Bird and the Bee. 2006.
Compact Disc MR BIRD BB B51
               Selected by Lukie M.
Cover of Sandra Boynton's Frog Trouble  
Allan, Gary. Set You Free. 2013.
Compact Disc MC ALLA SYF A73
Boynton, Sandra. Sandra Boynton's Frog Trouble. 2013.
Compact Disc ZM BOYN SBF W17
The Mavericks. In Time. 2013.
Compact Disc MC MAVE IT M00
Musgraves, Kacey. Same Trailer, Different Park. 2013.
Compact Disc MC MUSG STD M29
Pistol Annies. Annie Up. 2013.
Compact Disc MC PIST AU P05

Best older album discovered this year...
Williams, Hank. Hank Williams Forty Greatest Hits. 1978.
Compact Disc MC WILL-H FGH W33
               Selected by Lynnanne P.
Cover of My Head is an Animal  
Of Monsters and Men. My Head Is an Animal. 2012.
Compact Disc MR OFMO MHI O90
Sigur Rós. Kveikur. 2013.
Compact Disc MW ICEL SIGU S06
               Selected by Mikael J.
Cover of Direct Hits  
The Civil Wars. The Civil Wars. 2013.
Compact Disc MC CIVI CW C50
Head and the Heart. Let’s Be Still. 2013.
Compact Disc P HEAD LBS H60
The Killers. Direct Hits. 2013.
Compact Disc MR KILL DH K22
Lee, Amos. Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. 2013.
Compact Disc MA LEE-A MSR L76
Lone Bellow. The Lone Bellow. 2013.
Compact Disc MC LONE-B LB L70

Best older album discovered this year...
Sande, Emeli. Our Version of Events. 2012.
Compact Disc MB SAND OVE S67
               Selected by Sharon W.
Cover of The Civil Wars  
The Civil Wars. The Civil Wars. 2013.
Compact Disc MC CIVI CW C50
Griffin, Patty. Silver Bell. 2013.
Compact Disc MR GRIF SB G6
Moby. Innocents. 2013.
Compact Disc J MOBY INN M42

Best older album discovered this year...
Mair, Amanda. Amanda Mair. 2012.
Compact Disc MA MAIR AM M42
               Selected by Steven J.
Cover of Run Fast  
Callahan, Bill. Dream River. 2013.
Compact Disc MR CALLA DR C53
Case, Neko. The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. 2013.
Compact Disc MC CASE WTG C71
Daft Punk. Random Access Memories. 2013.
Compact Disc MR DAFT RAM D62
The Julie Ruin. Run Fast. 2013.
Compact Disc MR JULI RF J01
Yo La Tengo. Fade. 2013.
Compact Disc MR YOLA FAD Y94

Best older album discovered this year...
Reed, Lou. Transformer. 2002.
Compact Disc MR REED TRA R32
               Selected by Toby G.