A Geek’s Guide to Music in 2013


Another year gone by too quickly. Nothing left to do but try and recount all the great music releases of 2013. We saw the return of David Bowie, (3) new Mark Kozelek records, band reunions, and high-profile hip-hop releases. We also saw people upset with Miley Cyrus quite a bit and while I don’t enjoy her music I thought that the controversies were overblown. I was really looking forward to the new Eminem record but ended up liking only a few songs. Kanye West’s new record didn’t really do anything for me and I couldn’t get into the long-awaited My Bloody Valentine. My list is lacking some of those albums that are on other sites – some of them I didn’t dig all that much and some of them I just didn’t replay very much.What can I say? I march to my own beat. On the flip side, I loved every Mark Kozelek related album, discovered a few gems, and rocked out to Black Sabbath. So here’s a look at 50 music releases from 2013 that I played over and over again. I’ll see you in about a week with the 1st article of 2014.

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Billie Joe + Norah / foreverly


Verdict: 21st Century Broken Hearts

For Fans of: The Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jewel, Michael Nesmith, Sun Records


  1. Roving Gambler
  2. Long Time Gone
  3. Lightning Express
  4. Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  5. Down in the Willow Garden
  6. Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
  7. Oh So Many Years
  8. Barbara Allen
  9. Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rockin’ Chair)
  10. I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
  11. Kentucky
  12. Put My Little Shoes Away

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Green Day – ¡Dos!


We last heard from Green Day in September of this year with the release of the 1st part of their trilogy of records, ¡Uno!. Gone were the political posturing of the last two records – instead listeners were treated to party songs, 50’s inspired pop-punk songs, and a liberal use of the colorful metaphor “fuck”. Some people thought it was a nice return to the band’s roots, some thought it was a complete sell out – personally, I thought it was a fun record that got better with each listen. Here we are just a short time later with the 2nd installment of the trilogy, ¡Dos!. Consider me pleasantly surprised that this record is even better than its predecessor.

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Green Day – ¡Uno!

It is almost impossible to objectively review a Green Day record in the year 2012. There are segments of the fan base that have never really forgiven Billie Joe, Mike and Tre for moving on from pop-punk to overblown rock operas (with 2004’s American Idiot and 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown). There’s also a segment of fans that felt like Green Day really hit its stride when they moved on from silly songs about masturbation / drugs and love the political posturing of recent years. The release of not 1, not 2, but 3 records over the next 4 months will prove to be one of the most ambitious projects ever taken on by a mainstream artist (certain indie artists still release 3 or 4 records a year. Really – they do).  Despite any mainstream vs. punk, silly hipster / true punk arguments – I love Green Day.  There, I said it. I’m a huge Green Day fan.

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