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.
Driving to the Jersey shore, school out for summer. Radio blasting (do you remember rock n roll radio?) “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by The Smashing Pumpkins. Cruising the streets of Philadelphia with the sun beating down, looking for something to do – blasting “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (yes, before the Prince changed his name to Will Smith). Or how about attending a local car show checking out the…um…cars while the radio blasted”Live Forever”by Oasis. (all things I did in my teens / early 20’s. (the places are specific to me, but this cycle repeats all over the world). The summer anthem typically brings up feelings of nostalgia, evoking memories of a carefree time not weighed down by the complexities of life. Try too hard to create the summer anthem and the song can get buried under the weight of the effort.