PRINT December 2013

Music: Best of 2013

Johanna Fateman

Kanye West performing “New Slaves” on Saturday Night Live, New York, May 13.

1 KANYE WEST’S PERFORMANCE OF “NEW SLAVES” ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE West artfully used the dead vibe of the SNL studio to highlight the minimal instrumentation of “New Slaves” and to make the bitter political content of his lyrics and performance seem as out of place as possible. It was an unforgettable and poetic show of rage, restraint, and vulnerability.

2 NO BRA, CANDY (self-released) Susanne Oberbeck has very long hair, sings like a butch Nico, and performs shirtless. Layering menacing sprechstimme over skeletal electro tracks is her hallmark, but there are more live elements in the mix this time. The catchy lead track, “Minger,” sounds like the funk-inflected No Wave of the Bush Tetras.

3 DAWN RICHARD, WHITEOUT (Our Dawn Entertainment) Though R & B/pop songwriter Richard is best known as a member of Danity Kane, I love her cinematic solo stuff, which she sets in a sexy and

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