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Music, Life And Everything In Between

My year, my year in music.
1 Top 20 2013 Albums
And Accompanying Life Events

2013 was a pretty packed year for me. Here are some of the highlights. Albums are in loose order.

Was accepted into and completed first year of a Bachelor of Science (Advanced).
Highlight: Dream House/Irresistible.
3 Captain, We're Sinking
The Future Is Cancelled

I saw the messy end of my 18 month relationship.
Highlight: Montreal
AOTY Runner Up.
Flowers For My Father

So I fucked bitches.
Highlight: Exit Theme.
AOTY Runner Runner Up.
5The World Is A Beautiful Place...
Whenever, If Ever

And got money.
Highlight: Gig Life.
6Sigur Ros

And promptly spent that money on new music equipment.
Highlight: Isjaki
7Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

I took up playing the guitar after six years as a bassist/vocalist.
Highlight: Mirrors
The Bones of What You Believe

I took up playing the lap-steel.
Highlight: Gun
9Laura Stevenson

I took up playing the harmonica too.
Highlight: The Move
10Janelle Monae
The Electric Lady

I even started a band with fellow Sputnikmusic user, Captain North, and played our first gig.
Highlight: Dance Apocalyptic.
11Cult of Luna

I visited a recording studio for the first time.
Highlight: I: The Weapon
Kill The Architect

I started wearing facial hair for the first time in my life. I've been through soul patch, goatee, van dyke, and plain 'stache so far.
Highlight: Fuck This Game
13The National
Trouble Will Find Me

I passed the one year mark in my retail job. Don't ever get a job in retail, kids.
Highlight: I Need My Girl
14Mouth of the Architect

I threw out all my old band shirts and baggy shorts and got a proper wardrobe.
Highlight: It Swarms
15James Blake

I took up writing fiction again after a long hiatus. Boy does it feel good. I even completed my first actual poem. So hey.
Highlight: Overgrown
16Sed Non Satiata

I stopped making excuses, went back to the gym and started on the path to getting fucking aesthetic again.
Highlight: Extrospection
17Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels

I went eight months without drinking alcohol.
Highlight: Sea Legs
18Killswitch Engage
Disarm The Descent

I swapped out glasses for contact lenses and started getting regular haircuts after going nine months without one.
Highlight: Beyond the Flames

On the more sombre side, my grandmother had an amyloid stroke and became basically vegetative.
Highlight: Future Warrior
20The Uncluded
Hokey Fright

But most importantly, I came out alive.
Highlight: Teleprompters
Of 2013
Rival Dealer

Highlight: Rival Dealer. Sneaky end of year release. EPOTY
23 Vance Joy
God Loves You When You're Dancing

Highlight: Snaggletooth. Sneaky Aussie folk. EPOTY Runner-up
24Touche Amore/Pianos Become the Teeth

Because Gravity, Metaphorically is a complete and utter 5.
25 Best Local Releases
Of 2013
26The Red Paintings
The Revolution Is Never Coming

Amazing live band too. I'd put them in the best gigs list if they weren't here. Local AOTY
27 The Sweet Jelly Rolls
I Don't Think You're Ready (For This Sweet Jelly)

Unashamed plug for a friend of a friend's band. Awesome live country jam band.
28 Dear Seattle
Words Are Often Useless

Same as last release. Awesome live too.
29 Biggest Bummers
Of 2013
The Anaesthete

Poopy. Biggest Disappointment OTY
Altered State

Double poopy.
32Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Just plain meh.
33 Best Sputnik Releases
Of 2013
Spiral Power

Rev is a fucking maniac. Sputnik AOTY
Hain-Ba Sun Hex

Potsy is fucking awesome.
36 Love American
Hollow Crosses

Calling it. The only thing that will be better than this is that redskyformilesdavis review.
37 Best Live Shows
Of 2013
The Seer

Manning Bar 13/2/13. Best live show of the year (and ever)
All We Love We Leave Behind

Manning Bar 16/2/13. Runner up Best Live Show of the Year
40Old Man Gloom
Seminar III: Zozobra

Manning Bar 16/2/13
41 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

The Enmore Theater 15/2/13
The Blackest Beautiful

The Roundhouse 15/5/13
43Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Acer Arena 27/4/13
44Death Grips
No Love Deep Web

The Oxford Arts Factory 19/1/13
You Are There

The Hi-Fi 27/6/13
46Leonard Cohen
Songs of Love and Hate

The Sydney Entertainment Centre 16/11/13
47We Lost the Sea
The Quietest Place On Earth

The Hi-Fi (I also now own one of these guys' guitars that was used during these sessions. Suck on that, bitch) 14/6/13

BlackWire Records 23/11/13
Bonus: My band Cittagazze were the support!
49 Other Albums That Had A Huge Impact On Me
In 2013
50Woven Hand
Blush Music

The reason I took up lap-steel and harmonica.
Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs

Because fuck you.
52Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Let Love In

Because I love sputnik and everyone here.
53City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar

Because it's the best loneliness jam ever.
54Dirty Three
Horse Stories

Because they're vastly underrated.
Coloring Book

Because I hadn't heard Glassjaw till AFTER I joined a post-hardcore band.
56Cliff Martinez

That's all folks! Peace, love, and a happy new year.
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