Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor and Bachelor B. Greaves watch Jefferson's pyrotechnic displays.

Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor and Bachelor B. Greaves watch Jefferson’s NYE 2012 pyrotechnic displays.

2013 has been quite a year for us here at PoB, and we’re so grateful to everyone who has supported us and our artists by buying records and tickets to performances. This adventure only works with your participation, so thank y’all, for real. We really do appreciate it. We can’t wait to tell you about our 2014 releases to follow up Hiss Golden Messenger’s Bad Debt on January 14.

We also would like to thank all the writers, editors, and press outlets who have been kind enough to cover the work of our artists. We’re still a small homebrew operation, and the attention and critical insight you’ve contributed mean a lot to us. So without further ado, here’s an initial overview of year-end notices on we’ve been lucky enough to appear. Year-end lists are a venerable (some might say hoary) tradition, but their pleasure and utility lies in revisiting and curating all the sounds and statements made over the past twelve months, especially those of us with too many piles of records (ahem) might have forgotten or overlooked.

Anyway, it’s humbling and an honor to see our entire contemporary artist roster on these registers of worthies, plus some of our reissues as well. Please let us know if we’ve missed your list in the below compendium. You can purchase any of these fine records here.

Uncut Best of 2013 List: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #29; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #40


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Uncut Editor’s Choice (Allan Jones): Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #13; Promised Land Sound – s/t: #28


Uncut Wild Mercury Sound List (John Mulvey): Steve Gunn – Time Off: #9; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #10; Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #14, Promised Land Sound – s/t: #24

The Washington Post: Steve Gunn – Time Off: #10; Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #15 (Part 2 of list here)

The New Yorker (Sasha Frere-Jones): Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel

Urban Outfitters: Steve Gunn – Time Off: #10 (feature interview here); Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #50

Pitchfork: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: Honorable Mention

Pitchfork (Stephen Deusner list): Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #1

Aquarium Drunkard: Steve Gunn – Time Off (“A.D. Man of the Year?”); Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel

American Songwriter: Top 50 Songs of 2013: Hiss Golden Messenger – “Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)”: #7

Buzzfeed: 24 Reasons to Love Folk Music in 2013: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #5; Steve Gunn – Time Off: #12

Grantland (Stephen Hyden): Steve Gunn: Time Off: #17

PopMatters: Top 10 Overlooked Albums of 2013: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #6

eMusic: The Year in Music – Best Albums: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #61

Other Music: Steve Gunn – Time Off

The Wire Rewind 2013: Avant Rock Chart: Steve Gunn – Time Off

Matador Records (Picks by Yo La Tengo, Gerard Cosloy, et al.): Steve Gunn – Time Off; Chance – In Search

The Nashville Scene: Top Local Records: Promised Land Sound – s/t: #10 (Best New Local Band)

Frontier Psychiatrist: Best Albums: Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #34; Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #49

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top Country/Americana Albums: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #1

Philadelphia Magazine: Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #8

PopMatters: Chris Forsyth – Artist Picks

The Free-Times (Columbia, SC): Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel

Can’t Stop the Bleeding: Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel

Laura Snapes (NME, MOJO, etc.): Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #10

Arkansas Times: Steve Gunn – Time Off

Uprooted Music Revue: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw

The Deli Magazine: Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #2

The Turnaround: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #1; Steve Gunn – Time Off: #3; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #10;  Promised Land Sound – s/t: #13

Fuckin’ Record Reviews: Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel

A Place for Things to Go: Steve Gunn – Time Off

Mixtape Marathon: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #6

Time’s Thine Inequity: Steve Gunn – Time Off: #1

Erewhon: Steve Gunn – Time Off: #6

Eden on the Line: Steve Gunn – Time Off: #3; Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #6; PoB: Label of the Year

Side 1 Track One (Randy Reynolds): Steve Gunn – Time Off: #1

Small Town Romance: Steve Gunn – Time Off

J.P. Woodbury: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw; Steve Gunn – Time Off; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel

Hear Ya: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #7

The Greater Listening Area: Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw: #5; Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel: #19; Steve Gunn – Time Off: #21; Promised Land Sound – s/t: #24


Some other recent press items of note:

Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Drum,” from Bad Debt, was Austin station KUTX’s Song of the Day.

We Listen for You review of Steve Gunn’s Time Off.

New Noise Magazine review of Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel.

Portals review of Solar Motel.

Antimusic review of Solar Motel.

Google Play Antenna appearance of Promised Land Sound: free download of “Fadin’ Fast!”


Those of you in the U.S. and Europe, please be sure to check out these upcoming tour dates for Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Steve Gunn, and Promised Land Sound!