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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.
2Deafheaven
Sunbather


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


I saw the messy end of my 18 month relationship. Highlight: Montreal AOTY Runner Up.
4Sadistik
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
Kveikur


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
8CHVRCHES
The Bones of What You Believe


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


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
Vertikal


I visited a recording studio for the first time. Highlight: I: The Weapon
12Cage
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
Dawning


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


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
Mappo


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
19Palms
Palms


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
21 BEST EPs
Of 2013
22Burial
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
Split


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
30Rosetta
The Anaesthete


Poopy. Biggest Disappointment OTY
31Tesseract
Altered State


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


Just plain meh.
33 Best Sputnik Releases
Of 2013
34bansheebeat
Spiral Power


Rev is a fucking maniac. Sputnik AOTY
35Sudatsuga
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
38Swans
The Seer


Manning Bar 13/2/13. Best live show of the year (and ever)
39Converge
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
42letlive.
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
45Mono
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
48Oslow
Field


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.
51Atmosphere
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.
55Glassjaw
Coloring Book


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


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