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The Year In Music: Joe Keyes' Picks; A Holiday Gift Guide; Why NYC Ruled In 2013

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Laura Mvula performs in the Soundcheck studio. Laura Mvula performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

All this week, Soundcheck is looking back at the music of 2013 -- from best albums and unstoppable songs to pop music hype to our favorite in-studio performances, and much more. Plus, each day Soundcheck host John Schaefer reveals a new pair of entries in his year-end list: "10 Reasons Why New York Music Ruled the World In 2013."

Kicking things off, eMusic editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes shares his top five albums of the year.

Then, Soundcheck’s very own Katie Bishop unveils our Holiday Gift Guide, a collection of great albums intended for extremely specific loved ones in your life.

And hear some of our favorite in-studio performances from 2013.

Live in-studio performances heard in this episode:

Guests:

Katie Bishop and J. Edward Keyes

The Year In Music: eMusic's J. Edward Keyes Shares His Favorite Albums Of 2013

Hot on the heels of eMusic's immersive "Year in Music" recap, editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes shares his five favorite albums of the year, including a "hidden gem" from, yes, the Bed Wettin' Bad Boys.

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Soundcheck's Hyper-Specific 2013 Album Gift Guide

Music can be the perfect gift at the holidays: It's entertaining, inexpensive, and oh-so-easy to wrap. But matching the right album to the various people in your life can be a bit of a challenge. So if you're looking for inspiration, Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop has put together a gift guide of albums released during the past year, perfectly tailored to your very specific shopping list.

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The Roots' Questlove seemed to be everywhere in New York in 2013 -- from Late Night to DJ sets to book author and more.

Why New York Music Ruled The World In 2013

It may seem odd to trumpet New York’s musical clout in a year when New York’s biggest names did not rise to the occasion. But New York music still ruled the world in 2013. Soundcheck host John Schaefer counts down his top ten reasons why.

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Dawn Landes' new album Bluebird is out Feb. 18, 2014 on Western Vinyl.

Song Premiere: Dawn Landes, 'Love Song'

Hear "Love Song," a vulnerable and emotional new song from Dawn Landes's upcoming album Bluebird

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Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

12 Days Of Soundcheck: Dirty Projectors, 'Impregnable Question'

On Monday, December 16 download a special live performance of the Dirty Projectors' song "Impregnable Question," recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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