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My favourite music of 2013.

I have a hard time calling this list the “best of 2013” since my sample size is very small and I typically listen to what I like and bands I know.  But I did discover some new acts this year that were very good.

Records:

13. RVIVR - The Beauty Between
songs: ‘Spider Song’, ‘LMD’, ‘Paper Thin’

12. Freightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
songs: ‘Last March, Death March’, ‘Acts of Man’, ‘The Woodpile’, ‘Holy’

11. Captain We’re Sinking - The Future Is Cancelled
songs: ‘Montreal’, ‘Brother’, ‘You Have Flaws’

10. The Flatliners - Dead Language
songs: ‘Tail Feathers’, ‘Birds of England’, ‘Resuscitation Of The Year’

9. John Moreland - In The Throes
songs: ‘Your Spell’, ‘Blues & Kudzu’, ‘Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore’, ‘I Need You To Tell Me Who I Am’

8. Austin Lucas - Stay Recklass
songs: ‘Alone in Memphis’, ‘Let Me In’, ‘Stay Reckless’, ‘Small Town Heart’

7. Red City Radio - Titles
songs: ‘Don’t Be A Hero, Find a Friend’, ‘Purple Heart Paper Weight’, ‘Show Me On the Doll Where the Music Touched You’

6. The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk
songs: ‘Lone Star’, ‘Twin Sized Mattress’, ‘Funny You Should Ask’


5. Restorations - LP2
songs: ‘D’,’New/Old’, ‘Let’s Blow Up The Sun’, ‘Civil Attention’, ‘Quit’

4. Dave Hause - Devour
songs: ‘We Could Be Kings’, ‘Autism Vaccine Blues’, ‘The Shine’, ‘Damascus’

3. Off With Their Heads - Home
songs: ‘Start Walking’, ‘Come Find Me’, ‘Nightlife’, ‘Always Alone’

2. Drag The River - Self Titled
songs: ‘Wichita Skyline’, ‘Other Side of OK’, ‘Not That Kind’, ‘Here’s To The Losers’, ‘Song For My Roommates’

1.  Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
songs: ‘The Way I Tend To Be’, ‘Oh Brother’, ‘Losing Days’, ‘Cowboy Chords’, ‘Where For Art Thou Gene Simmons’, ‘Polaroid Picture’

EP’s:

Smith Street Band - Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams

Lucero - Texas & Tennessee

Frank Turner - Losing Days

Records I was hoping to like but never made it:

Elway - Leavetaking

Mixtapes - Ordinary Silence

The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors

Live shows (in Saskatoon):

This was a special year for me personally seeing three of my favorite acts live in Saskatoon is something that likely won’t happen again in my lifetime.

1. Scorpios live at Amigo’s.


1b. Frank Turner live at Louis’


1c. Lucero live at Louis.

Most anticipated of 2014:

The Menzingers

The Lawrence Arms

Modern Baseball

The Gaslight Anthem

Against Me!

Lagwagon

The Ataris (??? ha)

Fake Problems

Scary Halloween Crew. (at Stonebridge)

Scary Halloween Crew. (at Stonebridge)

He’s a lot nicer in person, less whiny too. (at Rosewood)

He’s a lot nicer in person, less whiny too. (at Rosewood)

Campfire backyard (at Lammers Residence)

Campfire backyard (at Lammers Residence)

Me, Jon and Ladine. (at Amigos Cantina)

Me, Jon and Ladine. (at Amigos Cantina)

Berry pals.

Berry pals.

Stella golfing (at Riverside Golf Club)

Stella golfing (at Riverside Golf Club)

Sofia golfing (at Riverside Golf Club)

Sofia golfing (at Riverside Golf Club)

Bunny (at Montana’s Cookhouse  Saloon)

Bunny (at Montana’s Cookhouse Saloon)

Purple kitties (at Montana’s Cookhouse  Saloon)

Purple kitties (at Montana’s Cookhouse Saloon)