Holy shit, it’s a blog post. I actually forgot how to log into this thing it’s been so long.
Anyway, gonna keep this relatively simple. Fairly certain the days of me writing anything more than a sentence or two on music are over. Bummer, I know.
My top 8 records of 2013-ish:
8. Bad Sports – Bras
7. Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial
6. Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio – Gala
5. Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
4. Mikal Cronin – MCII
3. Superchunk – I Hate Music
2. Radioactivity – Radioactivity
1. Deleted Scenes – Lithium Burn
(Cheating a bit, as the Deleted Scenes record isn’t out until February, but I’ve been listening to it nonstop since October. Best thing I’ve heard this year. BUY IT when it comes out.)
My favorite records from former members of Silkworm:
Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial
Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio – Gala
My favorite Austin record of the year:
Wiretree – Get Up
My favorite Baltimore record of the year:
Roomrunner – Ideal Cities
My favorite Chicago record of the year (other than Bottomless Pit):
Robbie Fulks – Gone Away Backward
My favorite DC record of the year:
Tereu Tereu – Quadrants
My favorite LA record of the year:
LA Font – Diving Man
My favorite albums that made me feel like I was in 8th grade again:
Queensryche – Queensryche
Stryper – No More Hell to Pay
My favorite 2010 album that I discovered in 2013 that also makes me feel like I’m in 8th grade again:
Bad City – Welcome to the Wasteland
My favorite shows of the year:
Diarrhea Planet – Saw them 7 times, all great, though best was the Volcom show at SXSW. My favorite show of any kind of 2013.
Dismemberment Plan / Deleted Scenes @ 9:30 Club – Two of my favorite bands. And Deleted Scenes may have put on the better set.
The Evens @ Logan Hardware – So fantastic.
Living Colour @ Park West – First time ever seeing them. Sounded amazing.
OBN IIIs @ some plant store in Austin/SXSW – Saw them 5 (?) times this year, and this was the best.
Rocket From The Crypt – Saw them at Riot Fest and at the Double Door. Fucking incredible. Must see them many more times if at all possible.