The sight is so common these days that it almost passes unnoticed. Headphones, earbuds, whatever you prefer – it seems the majority of Americans in this day and age are wearing them daily. This constant market saturation excites Headset Buddy. After all, we offer several fine, custom products in the headset technology field. There’s another exciting factor at work right now. 2013 has been one of the most thrilling and expansive music years in recent memory. Several great releases have already dropped, but there are still some highly-anticipated titles appearing later in this year. We’re only now reaching “prestige” release season. 2013 has been like a prestige year to Headset Buddy’s ears.
At this point, in 2013 we’ve seen (er, heard) such amazing sounds as sonic shoegaze blowout artists My Bloody Valentine’s return after a 20-year absence. m b v, as the album is entitled, will make your eardrums feel like they’ve jumped into an icy lake, especially if you’re listening through Headset Buddy’s custom headsets. Another legendary adventurer also brought an unexpected return. David Bowie’s The Next Day consolidates many of the great artist’s stylistic periods into a rich, bountiful album that stands with his career best. And that’s saying something.
Further ear wonders await Headset Buddy wearers who pick up the latest albums by either Kanye West or The Flaming Lips. These two artists’ albums – Yeezus and The Terror, respectively – are the darkest and most bracing of either act’s careers. Listening in to these albums from headphones will be an intense journey through space and time. Other big name artists who drop new releases this year include The Strokes, Pearl Jam, Jay Z and Arcade Fire. Jay Z, of course, has emerged from “retirement” for Magna Carta…Holy Grail, striking the match for a giant tour that is rivaling even Jay’s friendly rival, Kanye. The Strokes showed that there would be no five-year wait for their follow up to Angles, Comedown Machine. The latest from the New York quintet finds them on even firmer footing in the second decade of the 21st Century.
Pearl Jam’s 10th record, Lightning Bolt, will hit stores in October. As one of the great American rock bands, Pearl Jam’s continuing resilience and vitality are truly a sound to behold. And Arcade Fire – whose frontman, Win Butler, hails from Houston (as any Texas fan of the indie rock icons would tell you) – are taking on all comers with Reflektor, a double album that charts bold new territory (read: production work from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy) for the Grammy-winning group.
It goes without saying that these artists, all at the top of their respective games right now, will provide plenty of powerful moments through ear buds. As will the new, self-titled record by the alternative psychedelic weirdos in MGMT (out now). There are emotional mountains to climb with The National’s Trouble Will Find Me (in Headset Buddy’s opinion, the top contender for “album of the year” status at this point) and prickly mind puzzles to play with on Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City.
Headset Buddy is practically overwhelmed by all the great music that has already come out this year. We are holding on tight for the final three months of 2013. There are records to come from Elton John, Cher, Kings of Leon, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Dr. Dog, Korn, Paul McCartney, TLC, Katy Perry, Eminem, M.I.A. and Lady Gaga. And many more. Phew, it’s going to be a wild ride. Or a wild listen. Probably both.