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2013 Musical Musings (aka Year End List)

These are just my favorites. The music that made the year... the songs I'll remember this crazy, wondrous year by. This is in no way intended as a critic's list. 

I had to deviate a lot from my usual rock radio to find the music I loved in 2013. The "alternative" songs of the year paled to other year's tunes and pop and rock seemed to ravel in a ball that suited my ears only here and there.

There are still a couple of major albums I haven't listened to from beginning to end that I expect to like but couldn't take the hype...or whatever.  Kanye West's Yeezus and The Arcade Fire's Reflektor are on my to listen to list. The thing is, music is relevant always and new whenever you discover it. I have heard enough to know I'll probably love both albums, in my own sweet time.

Here's what I listened to in 2013

Biffy Clyro, Opposites
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Arctic Monkeys, AM
Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork

I was also majorly stuck in 2012 and three of my most listened to albums of the year were

Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods
Matisyahu, Spark Seeker
Alt J, An Awesome Wave

Honorable Mentions

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City. From start to finish so why is it not on that top 5 list above? I just don't quite associate it with any "times" this year. It's not ingrained in my heart.
Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt. I don't listen to it that much surprisingly. When I do, I think it's great.
Weekend, Jinx Any anytime listen, any mood, just plain good.
30 Seconds to Mars, Love Lust Faith and Dreams. An about face from This is War. I enjoyed this record so much more.
Anthony Green, Young Legs. His voice and honest songwriting are always pure pleasure.
Volcano Choir

Songs (in random order)

Daft Punk, Get Lucky
Arctic Monkeys, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Bastille, Pompeii
Biffy Clyro, Black Chandelier
Justin Timberlake, Don't Hold the Wall tied Pusher Love Girl
Vampire Weekend, Hannah Hunt tied Diane Young tied Unbelievers (maybe this should move to my top albums list after all)
Queens of the Stone Age, My God is the Sun
The Mallett Brothers Band, Blue Ridge Parkway tied Take it Slow and In the Fold  (could keep me homesick for a long time)
The Limousines, Love is a Dog from Hell (this was my big road trip song I jammed to all the way down the east coast this summer)

Shows of the Year

Muse with Biffy Clyro in Boston 
Sevendust in Portland, Maine
Silversun Pickups in Portland, Maine
Mike Doughty in St Pete, Fl
NIN in Orlando, Fl


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