Neko Case has followed up 2009's Middle Cyclone with another solid album with several great tunes in The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I love You (2013). The usual collaborators are there (Calexico, members of The New Pornographers, and Kelly Hogan) and a host of new ones (M. Ward, Mudhoney's Steve Turner, and members of My Morning Jacket, Vizqueen, and Los Lobos)--all people I like and respect. The standout tracks for me include: "Night Still Comes," "Man," "City Swans," "Local Girl," and "Ragtime."
I don't know the music of The Roots well (seems that they've been Jimmy Fallon's house band and now are the band for The Tonight Show), but their collaboration with Elvis Costello on Wise Up Ghosts and Other Songs (2013) is a wonderful thing. He embraces hip-hop's sampling savaging by jamming together the lyrics of "Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)" and "Pills and Soap" for "Stick Out Your Tongue." My favorite tracks are: "Walk Us Uptown," "Sugar Won't Work," "Stick Out Your Tongue," and "Wise Up Ghost."
I've been a huge Stephen Malkmus and Pavement fan, so not sure how I missed 2011's Beck produced album Mirro Traffic. It might be his best all-around record since his solo debut. Standout tracks include: "Tigers," "No One Is (As I Are Be)," "Senator," "Jumblegloss," and "Curious Georgie."