Album of the Year: This was a fabulous year for music. Honorable mention to the great albums from FIDLAR, HAIM, Jake Bugg, Palma Violets, MS MR, Surfer Blood, Sanglorians, and Arcade Fire. Third place to Ripley Pine from Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Second place to Yeezus from Kanye (by far his best yet). And first place to my favorite lo-fi punks Wavves with the fabulous Afraid of Heights.
Music Video of the Year: Much as I love me some prancercising, I love the stop-motion animation in Shugo Tokumaru’s “Katachi” more:
Cover of the Year: If I made a list of the top 20 covers of 2013 all 20 would be by the Chapin Sisters. Their album of Everly Brothers covers was one of my favorites of the year. My favorite track is “Crying in the Rain.”
Arcade Fire - "Afterlife"
Surfer Blood - "Say Yes to Me"
Sanglorians - "Seventh Avenue"
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - "The Nothing Part II"
The So So Glos - "Son of an American"
MS MR - "Bones"
Wavves - "Sail to the Sun"
FIDLAR - "No Waves"
Field Mouse - "Tomorrow is Yesterday"
Vampire Weekend - "Finger Back"
Kanye West - "Blood on the Leaves"
Diarrhea Planet - "Separations"
HAIM - "The Wire"
Tegan and Sara - "Closer"
Jake Bugg - "Two Fingers"
Phoenix - "SOS in Bel Air"
Palma Violets - "Best of Friends"
Song That Got Played to Death But I Still Love: Who’s glad to have JT making music? This girl. “Mirrors” is a fabulous enough song that I don’t even care that it was overplayed.
Concert of the Year: Well it certainly wasn’t the Knocks at the 9:30 Club. A lot of truly outstanding contenders including the Texas is the Reason reunion tour at the Black Cat, Chris Cornell acoustic at Lincoln Theatre, Of Monsters and Men at Merriweather, New Order at Merriweather, Neutral Milk Hotel at the National, Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, Laura Stevenson’s album release party at Bowery Ballroom, Sweetlife Festival, Diarrhea Planet at DC9, and many others. But the clear standout had to be the Postal Service at Merriweather. I’ve been obsessed with Give Up for ten years and I never thought I would get to see them live. They did not disappoint.
Guilty Pleasure of the Year: I caught myself singing “Wrecking Ball” yesterday. Make of that what you will.
Internet Meme of the Year: I’ll go with Downton Pawnee.
Sports Event of the Year: I’m a Broncos fan. This fall has been amazing. Even though I’m thrilled for The Special One to be back at Stamford Bridge, I couldn’t possibly pick anything else.
Celebrity Moment of the Year: Runner up goes to the bizarre and hilarious Kanye-Kimmel feud, but the clear top spot is James Franco and Seth Rogan doing a shot-for-shot remake of Bound 2:
Movie of the Year: Nothing is jumping to mind as truly outstanding this year. I still haven’t seen Anchorman 2. I guess my favorite was This is the End. But 2013 was a fabulous year for fake movies, my favorites being this and this.
Best TV of the Year: I’m thrilled that SNL is funny again and I loved the return of Arrested Development. The Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones left me speechless, jaw agape on my couch for a good ten minutes. But the best TV in 2013 was Orange is the New Black by a long shot. I can’t wait for season 2. Everything about this show, including the theme song, is top notch.
2014 Pop Culture Moment that I'm Most Looking Forward to: The Weezer Cruise returns in February and I’ll be back on the boat. The lineup is great and the first cruise was pretty much the best thing ever. I’m also headed to Austin City Limits for the first time in October and will be seeing Lady Gaga twice this spring, including her residency at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. So 2014 is looking on the up and up.