Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Party Like It's 1999 4/5/14

Another crazy night. Wow.
Peter Gabriel - “Digging in the Dirt”
R.E.M. - “The Great Beyond”
Counting Crows - “Hanginaround”
Blur - “Beetlebum”
Jimmy Eat World - “Lucky Denver Mint”
Pearl Jam - “Corduroy”
Nirvana - “Come As You Are”
Hole - “Doll Parts”
Weezer - “Undone (The Sweater Song)”
Liz Phair - “Never Said”
Bush - “Machinehead”
Blink 182 - “Dammit”
Gin Blossoms - “Hey Jealousy”
Oasis - “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
Everclear - “I Will Buy You a New Life”
Hootie and the Blowfish - “Hold My Hand”
Spacehog - “In the Meantime”
Eve 6 - “Inside Out”
No Doubt - “Just a Girl”
Beastie Boys - “So What’cha Want”
Notorious B.I.G. - “Hypnotize”
Puff Daddy - “Been All Around the World”
Coolio - “Gangsta’s Paradise
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg - “Nuthin’ But a G Thing”
Ginuwine - “Pony”
Next - “Too Close”
TLC - “No Scrubs”
Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue - “Whatta Man”
Positive K - “I Got a Man”
Tony Toni Tone - “If I Had No Loot”
Naughty By Nature - “Hip Hop Hooray”
Will Smith - “Miami
2Pac and Dr. Dre - “California Love”
Blacksteet featuring Dr. Dre - “No Diggity”
Destiny’s Child - “Say My Name”
Pras featuring Michel, Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard - “Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are)”
Lauryn Hill - “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
Mary J Blige - “Real Love”
Janet Jackson - “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
Mariah Carey - “Always Be My Baby”
Ace of Base - “All That She Wants”
Spice Girls - “Spice Up Your Life”
Spice Girls - “Wannabe”
NSync - “I Want You Back”
Britney Spears - “…Baby One More Time”
Backstreet Boys - “I Want It That Way”
Hanson - “Mmmbop”
The Proclaimers - “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Matchbox 20 - “Real World”
Blink 182 - “What’s My Age Again?”
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - “The Impression that I get”
Harvey Danger - “Flagpole Sitta”
Third Eye Blind - “Semi-Charmed Life”
Nirvana - “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Everclear - “Santa Monica”
Chumbawamba - “Tubthumping”
House of Pain - “Jump Around”
Lou Bega - “Mambo No. 5”
Aqua – “Barbie Girl”
Eiffel 65 – “Blue”
Fatboy Slim – “Praise You”
Cher – “Believe”
Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
Macy Gray – “I Try”
Christina Aguilera – “Genie In a Bottle”
Madonna – “Human Nature”
Aaliyah – “If Your Girl Only Knew”
Big Pun – “Still Not a Playa”
Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
Destiny’s Child – “Bills, Bills, Bills”
Salt-n-Pepa – “Shoop”
Jay-Z – “Hard Knock Life”
Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z – “Heartbreaker”
Janet Jackson – “If”
DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – “Fresh Prince Theme”
Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
Coolio – “Rollin With My Homies”
Brandy and Monica – “The Boy Is Mine”
TLC – “Waterfalls”
SWV – “Right Here/Human Nature”
Duran Duran – “Ordinary World”
The Black Crowes – “She Talks to Angels”
Goo Goo Dolls – “Name”
Seal – “Kiss From a Rose”

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Brooklyn Get Down 3/15/14

The folks at the Brooklyn Community Foundation threw a benefit Saturday night at Crossfit South Brooklyn and I was honored to provide them with a slice of Party Like It's 1999's greatest hits. They raised over $7000, which is pretty damn awesome and it will support people right here in Brooklyn.

Here's the playlist:

Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones”
Blues Traveler – “Run-Around”
Matchbox 20 – “Real World”
Sister Hazel – “All For You”
Sheryl Crow – “All I Wanna Do”
Del Amitri – “Roll to Me”
Sixpence None the Richer – “Kiss Me”
James – “Laid”
The Cure – “Friday I’m In Love”
Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”
Smash Mouth – “All-Star”
Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”
Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression That I Get”
No Doubt – “Spiderwebs”

Cardigans – “Lovefool”
Hanson – “Mmmbop”
Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”
NSYNC – “I Want You Back”
Ace of Base – “The Sign”
Len – “Steal Your Sunshine”
Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre – “No Diggity”
Ginuwine – “Pony”
TLC – “Creep”
Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
Zhane – “Hey Mr. DJ”
Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
Janet Jackson – “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
Pras featuring Mya and ODB – “Ghetto Superstar”
2Pac and Dr. Dre – “California Love”
Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”
Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase – “Mo Money, Mo Problems”
Juvenile – “Back That Azz Up”
Robyn – “Show Me Love”
Corona – “Rhythm of the Night”
Real McCoy – “Another Night”
C + C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time”
Christina Aguilera – “Genie In a Bottle”
R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly”

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hot! Hot! Hot! 2/14/14

Another fun evening at Last Exit. I really enjoyed all three segues I did into and out of Hall and Oates this night.

The Cure - “Hot! Hot! Hot”
The Cult - “She Sells Sanctuary”
Yes - “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
Billy Squier - “Lonely Is the Night”
J. Geils Band - “Love Stinks”
Pete Townshend - “Let My Love Open the Door”
Joe Jackson - “You Can’t Get What You Want”
World Party - “Ship of Fools”
Paul McCartney - “Take It Away”
America - “You Can Do Magic”
Fleetwood Mac - “Hold Me”
Donald Fagen - “I.G.Y.”
Bob Welch - “Sentimental Lady”
Rupert Holmes - “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”
Robbie Dupree - “Steal Away”
Doobie Brothers - “What a Fool Believes”
Hall and Oates - “She’s Gone”
Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers - “Just the Two of Us”
Bobby Caldwell - “What I Won’t Do For Love”
Earth, Wind and Fire - “After the Love Has Gone”
George Benson - “Turn Your Love Around”
Tina Turner - “Better Be Good to Me”
Prince - “Little Red Corvette”
The Bangles - “Manic Monday”
The Go-Gos - “Our Lips Are Sealed”
’Til Tuesday - “Voices Carry”
Tracy Ullman - “They Don’t Know”
The Pretenders - “Show Me”
Eurythmics - “When Tomorrow Comes”
Psychedelic Furs - “Pretty in Pink”
A Flock of Seagulls - “Space Age Love Song”
Hall and Oates - “Kiss on My List”
Elvis Costello and the Attractions - “The Only Flame in Town”
Michael Penn - “No Myth”
Level 42 - “Something About You”
Tears For Fears - “Head Over Heels”
Toto - “Roseanna”
Olivia Newton-John - “Magic”
Blondie - “Atomic”
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - “Lost Weekend”
The Smiths - “Ask”
Billy Bragg - “Greetings to the New Brunette”
INXS - “This Time”
Hoodoo Gurus - “Death Defying”
Men At Work - “It’s a Mistake”
Midnight Oil - “Beds Are Burning”
The Outfield - “Say It Isn’t So”
.38 Special - “Caught Up in You”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - “You Got Lucky”
Bruce Sprinsgteen - “Cover Me”
John Mellencamp - “This Time”
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band - “On the Dark Side”
Scandal - “Goodbye to You”
Tears for Fears - “Everybody Wants to Rule The World”
The Moody Blues - “Your Wildest Dreams”
Alphaville - “Forever Young”
O.M.D. - “So In Love”
New Order - “True Faith”
The Smiths - “How Soon Is Now”
Paul Young - “Every Time You Go Away”
George Michael - “Faith”
Howard Jones - “Things Can Only Get Better”
Berlin - “No More Words”
Siouxsie and the Banshees - “Cities In Dust”
Depeche Mode - “Everything Counts”
Big Country - “In a Big Country”
Stray Cats - “Rock This Town”
Lone Justice - “Ways to Be Wicked”
Eddie Rabbit - “I Love a Rainy Night”
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton - “Islands in the Stream”
Stevie Nicks - “Edge of Seventeen”
Killing Joke - “Eighties”
The Clash - “Police on My Back”
The Godfathers - “Birth School Work Death”
Dramarama - “Anything Anything”
Huey Lewis and the News - “Do You Believe in Love?”
The Cars - “Magic”
The Cure - “Just Like Heaven”
George Harrison - “Got My Mind Set on You”
Prince and the Revolution - “Pop Life”
De La Soul - “Say No Go”
Hall and Oates - “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”
Duran Duran - “Rio”
Peter Gabriel - “Sledgehammer”
Steve Winwood - “Valerie”
Terrence Trent D’Arby - “Wishing Well”
Lionel Richie - “All Night Long”
The Commodores - “Night Shift”
Marvin Gaye - “Sexual Healing”
Crowded House - “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Phil Collins - “Take Me Home”
Human League - “Human”
Foreigner - “Waiting For a Girl Like You”
Christopher Cross - “Sailing”
Journey - “Faithfully”
Bryan Adams - “Heaven”
Bonnie Tyler - “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

Monday, February 03, 2014

Party Like It's 1999 2/1/14

Alice in Chains - “Rooster”
Def Leppard - “Promises”
Ugly Kid Joe - “Everything About You”
Aerosmith - “Cryin’”
Lenny Kravitz - “Spinning Around Over You”
Green Day - “Welcome to Paradise”
Rancid - “Time Bomb”
The Smashing Pumpkins - “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
The Cure - “Friday I’m In Love”
Eagle-Eye Cherry - “Save Tonight”
Hootie and the Blowfish - “Only Wanna Be With You”
Sister Hazel - “All for You”
John Mellencamp - “Wild Night”
Smash Mouth - “All-Star”
Fatboy Slim - “Praise You”
Beastie Boys - “Intergalactic”
Nine Inch Nails - “Closer”
Bjork - “It’s Oh So Quiet”
Spacehog - “In the Meantime”
Meredith Brooks - “Bitch”
No Doubt - “Just a Girl”
Third Eye Blind - “Semi-Charmed Life”
Chumbawamba - “Tubthumping”
Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre - “No Diggity”
Salt-N-Pepa - “Shoop”
A Tribe Called Quest - “Scenario”
Pharcyde - “Passing Me By”
Warren G and Nate Dogg - “Regulate”
Ice Cube - “It Was a Good Day”
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - “Theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - “Good Vibrations”
Bell Biv Devoe - “Poison”
Boyz II Men - “Motownphilly”
Jay-Z - “Can I Get A…”
Notorious B.I.G. - “Hypnotized”
2Pac and Dr Dre - “California Love”
Snoop Dogg - “Gin and Juice”
Next - “Too Close”
Heavy D. and The Boyz - “Now That We Found Love”
Digital Underground - “The Humpty Dance”
Naughty By Nature - “Hip Hop Hooray”
House of Pain - “Jump Around”
Green Day - “Basket Case”
Blink 182 - “All The Small Things”
Lit - “My Own Worst Enemy”
Eve 6 - “Inside Out”
James - “Laid”
Len - “Steal Your Sunshine”
Spice Girls - “Wannabe”
Ace of Base - “Beautiful Life”
Britney Spears - “(You Drive Me) Crazy”
Christina Aguilera - “Genie In a Bottle”
Mandy Moore - “Candy”
Natalie Imbruglia - “Torn”
Backstreet Boys - “I Want It That Way”
Backstreet Boys - “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
Mariah Carey - “Fantasy”
TLC - “Waterfalls”
Destiny’s Child - “Say Me Name”
Aaliyah - “Are You That Somebody?”
En Vogue - “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”
Pras featuring Michel, Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard - “Ghetto Superstar”
Usher - “You Make Me Wanna”
Ginuwine - “Pony”
Juvenile - “Back That Azz Up”
Sir Mix-A-Lot - “Baby Got Back”
Will Smith - “Miami”
Mark Morrison - “Return of the Mack”
Coolio featuring LV - “Gangsta’s Paradise”
“Weird Al” Yankovic - “Amish Paradise”
Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy”
L.L. Cool J - “Doin’ It”
Jennifer Lopez - “Waiting for Tonight”
Robyn - “Show Me Love”
NSync - “I Want You Back”
George Michael - “Freedom ’90”
Ace of Base - “All That She Wants”
Jennifer Paige - “Crush”
Amy Grant - “Baby Baby”
Sheryl Crow - “All I Wanna Do”
Wilson Phillips - “Hold On”
R. Kelly - “Bump N Grind”
Lisa Loeb - “Stay”
Sinead O’Connor - “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hot! Hot! Hot! 1/10/14

It was a whole lot of fun doing this last minute fill-in DJ gig at Last Exit Friday night. Hopefully I'll be back there again this spring.

Psychedelic Furs - "Love My Way"
The Cure - "Hot! Hot! Hot!"
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Cities in Dust"
Eurythmics - "Love Is a Stranger"
LCD Soundsystem - "I Can Change"
Chromeo - "I Can't Tell You Why"
Mike Viola - "Steal Away"
Hall & Oates - "I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)"
Broken Bells - "The Ghost Inside"
A Flock of Seagulls - "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"
Duran Duran - "New Moon On Monday"
M83 - "Midnight City"
Capital Cities - "Kangaroo Court"
Depeche Mode - "Everything Counts"
Talk Talk - "Talk Talk"
The Fixx - "Red Skies"
The Cars - "Shake It Up"
Olivia Newton-John and ELO - "Xanadu"
Michael Jackson - "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)"
Prince and the Revolution - "Take Me With You"
Meet Danny Wilson - "Danny's Prayer"
Tears For Fears - "Shout"
Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"
Howard Jones - "What Is Love"
Cyndi Lauper - "All Through the Night"
Joe Jackson - "Stepping Out"
Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"
INXS - "Never Tear Us Apart"
Split Enz - "I Got You"
Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"
Men at Work - "Overkill"
A Flock of Seagulls - "Space Age Love Song"
Hall & Oates - "Kiss On My List"
The Go-Gos - "Head Over Heels"
The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"
The Motels - "Only the Lonely"
Missing Persons - "Destination Unknown"
David Bowie - "Blue Jean"
The English Beat - "Tears of a Clown"
The Specials - "Rudy, A Message to You"
War - "Why Can't We Be Friends"
Dan Hartman - "I Can Dream About You"
Steve Perry - "Oh Sherrie"
The Hooters - "And We Danced"
Billy Idol - "Hot in the City"
The Buggles - "Video Killed the Radio Star"
The Pretenders - "Back on the Chain Gang"
Asia - "Heat of the Moment"
Yes - "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Billy Squier - "The Stroke"
Pat Benatar - "We Belong"
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - "Ain't Nobody"
Ollie and Jerry - "Breakin' (There's No Stopping Us)"
Sheila E. - "The Glamorous Life"
Prince and the Revolution - "Kiss"
The Tubes - "She's a Beauty"
Tommy Tutone - "867-5309/Jenny"
Martin Briley - "Salt In My Tears"
Joey Scarbury - "Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)"
Toto - "Africa"
Christopher Cross - "Ride Like the Wind"
Nick Lowe - "Cruel to be Kind"
The Clash - "London Calling"
Ramones - "Rock and Roll High School"
Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen In Love"
Modern Lovers - "Roadrunner"
The Romantics - "Talking In Your Sleep"
Joboxers - "Just Got Lucky"
The Outfield - "Your Love"
Bryan Adams - "Summer of 69"
Greg Kihn Band - "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write ’Em)"
Thompson Twins - "Lay You Hands on Me"
Rick Springfield - "Don't Talk to Stranger"
Greg Kihn - "Jeopardy"
Squeeze - "Black Coffee in Bed"
Supertramp - "Goodbye Stranger"
Elvis Costello and the Attractions - "Everyday I Write the Book"
Marshall Crenshaw - "Someday, Someday"
Madness - "Our House"
Human League - "(Keep Feelin') Fascination"
General Public - "Tenderness"
Big Country - "In a Big Country"
The Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Adam Ant - "Goody Two Shoes"
OMD - "So In Love"
Belinda Carlisle - "Mad About You"
Madonna - "Like a Virgin"
ABC - "Be Near Me"
REO Speedwagon - "Can't Fight This Feeling"
Journey - "Open Arms"
Air Supply - "Lost In Love"
Bryan Adams - "Heaven"
Prince and the Revolution - "Purple Rain"
Supertramp - "Take the Long Way Home"

Monday, January 06, 2014

Party Like It's 1999 1/4/14

Superchunk - “The First Part”
Pavement - “Cut Your Hair”
Pearl Jam - “Corduroy”
Soundgarden - “Fell on Black Days”
Stone Temple Pilots - “Vasoline”
Bad Religion - “21st Century Digital Boy”
Alice in Chains - “No Excuses”
Oasis - “Live Forever”
Jesus and Mary Chain - “Sometimes Always”
Tom Petty - “You Wreck Me”
John Mellencamp - “Wild Night”
Cake - “Never There”
Garbage - “Stupid Girl”
Jesus Jones - “Right Here, Right Now”
The Breeders - “Cannonball”
Spacehog - “In the Meantime”
The Offspring - “Self Esteem”
Green Day - “When I Come Around”
Nirvana - “In Bloom”
Hole - “Celebrity Skin”
Toadies - “Possum Kingdom”
Live - “I Alone”
Silverchair - “Tomorrow”
Everclear - “Father of Mine”
Eve 6 - “Inside Out”
Spin Doctors - “Two Princes”
Third Eye Blind - “Semi-Charmed Life”
Weezer - “Buddy Holly”
Semisonic - “Closing Time”
James - “Laid”
Natalie Imbruglia - “Torn”
The Proclaimers - “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
No Doubt - “Just a Girl”
Chumbawamba - “Tubthumping”
Len - “Steal My Sunshine”
Ginuwine - “Pony”
Salt-N-Pepa - “Shoop”
Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy”
Coolio featuring L.V. - “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Destiny’s Child - “Say My Name”
TLC - “No Scrubs”
Michael Jackson - “Black or White”
Will Smith - “Getting Jiggy Wit It”
Montell Jordan - “This Is How We Do It”
Lauryn Hill - “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
Tony! Toni! Tone! - “If I Had No Loot”
Bell Biv Devoe - “Poison”
2Pac and Dr. Dre - “California Love”
Next - “Too Close”
Ace of Base - “The Sign”
Savage Garden - “I Want You”
New Kids on the Block - “Step By Step”
Spice Girls - “Wannabe”
Britney Spears - “…Baby One More Time”
Backstreet Boys - “I Want It That Way”
New Radicals - “You Get What You Give”
Hanson - “Mmmbop”
Green Day - “Basket Case”
Nirvana - “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy”
Alanis Morissette - “Ironic”
Mariah Carey - “Always Be My Baby”
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme”
Aqua - “Barbie Girl”
Quad City DJ’s - “C’Mon N Ride It (The Train)”
Freak Nasty - “Da Dip”
Dee-Lite - “Groove Is in the Heart”
Sir Mix-A-Lot - “Baby Got Back”
Naughty By Nature - “Hip-Hop Hooray”
Outkast - “Rosa Parks”
L.L. Cool J - “Doin’ It”
Michael Jackson - “Remember the Time”
Janet Jackson - “Escapade”
Prince and the New Power Generation - “7”
Mase - “Feels So Good”
Jennifer Page - “Crush”
Oasis - “Wonderwall”
En Vogue - “Don’t Let Go (Love)”
P.M. Dawn - “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”
Fugees - “Killing Me Softly”

Monday, December 30, 2013

The 24th Annual RT 20

The 24th Annual (And Probably Final)

Reynolds Top 20 List


2013: I Hate Music, What Is It Worth?
So, as you’re looking at this you’re probably wondering a couple of things:

1) Why is this year’s RT20 so short? And why are there no pithy comments with each album and single?

2) How come you didn’t mail it this year?

3) Most importantly, what do you mean probably final?!??

Let me answer them point by point.

1) My ability to write lengthy copy like I did 5 to 10 years ago has seemingly disappeared. It could be the fact that I wrote close to 4000 items that were 125 words or less for my day job this year and that has robbed me of the brain muscle to go much further beyond that length. Or it could be used up all my creative juices editing (and then promoting) Fan Interference, the baseball book I co-edited with my friend Mike Faloon. We spent a lot of brain power in the late winter and early spring finalizing the manuscript. Then we spent a healthy portion of our summer getting the word out about the book. It was totally awesome to see this project finally come out after years of working on it and meeting great people in virtually every town where we did a reading. But I have to admit it was very taxing mentally and physically. (I tore the meniscus in my left knee in the spring, so that added to the physical and mental stress.)

2) The amount of mailing I did for Fan Interference and both issues of Zisk, the baseball zine that inspired the book, probably put enough money in the coffers of the US Postal Service to delay a first class stamp increase until early next year. (The piles of receipts I collected filled up two legal size envelopes.) There was no way I was going to mail 100 plus copies of anything in December. I’d rather mail myself to Florida (still number-one on my list of worst states in the union, 24 years running!) than go through that.

3) I touched upon it in last year’s list--I found myself listening to more and more podcasts and less new music. That trend continued this year. The albums I enjoyed (say anything from number-four on down on this year’s Top 20) I probably listened to three to four times at the most. (The top three got many, many more listens than that.) I found people discussing their lives, career, their fictional lives, telling engrossing stories or reacting to bizarre video clips infinitely more engaging to me than hearing almost anyone’s album.

Now that could always change in 2014. It would be the 25th edition of this list, and that might be the best time to send off this project that has consumed each late fall for more than half of my life. And I’m a sucker for acknowledging a big anniversary (which you well know if you were a reader in 1999, 2004 or 2009).

Oh, and there was one more reason why I just didn’t feel compelled to write down my music and pop culture rantings--I read too many crappy examples of music and pop culture writings this year. A good 40-percent of these types of stories I came across were lists. I mean, once a year is fine for a doing a list. But doing it over and over and over again just to get quick page views? Blergh. It makes me want to completely unplug from the Internet for a long while and just read that 900 page Beatles book that’s been looking at me from my desk at the home office. Heck, that still might happen in January (well, except for when I have to work, I suppose).

I could point you to a ton of “listicles” that have sucked my soul clean, but I’d rather direct you to an article that offended not only my creative side but offended the way I approach my job as well. It ran, sadly, on the Village Voice’s website, ending any pretense that the one great paper was worth pay attention to anymore. The piece was titled “I Pissed Off Megadeth, My (Former) Favorite Band.” Click here to read it. I’ll wait at the next paragraph.

In case you didn’t read it, let me sum it up -- the author talks about their love of the band, gets the assignment to preview the band’s upcoming show, isn’t able to schedule an interview until two days before the show and then laments the fact that he has less than 24 hours to prepare for it, cancels, then reschedules, then gets miffed when the bass player calls at the original time allotted for the interview the next day and then basically calls out the band’s publicist. It’s rare that I’ve wanted to punch someone for what they’ve written, but the fucking gall of this guy overwhelmed me with anger. If you can’t prep for a 15 minute phoner with a band you’ve loved all your life, you probably shouldn’t be writing about fucking music. After reading it I thought, “Why bother even doing this any more?” If this asshole can get paid (not much, I’m certain) for writing such a bullshit “me me me” piece, then I don’t want to bother any more. I mean, that article was posted in September and here we are in late December and I’m still getting violently angry.

(Pardon me. I need to go cool down for a second.)

(Okay, this iced tea is making things better.)

I took the title for this essay from the opening line to Superchunk’s “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” The next part of the line is, “Can’t bring anyone back to this earth.” That combo sounds as if it would be a total downer, but it’s not. It’s a song that somehow captures deep loss, wonderful memories of youth and how we process music as middle aged adults – all in the space of two minutes. It’s simply amazing. And the rest of the album lives up to that song’s high water mark. Many of the tracks on I Hate Music were inspired by the death in 2012 of a close friend of the band. I can’t imagine a greater tribute to a dear friend than this piece of work. It’s a high point in Superchunk’s career, which is stunning to think they’ve been around for almost 25 years.

Fan Interference wouldn’t have been published without some Kickstarter support, and that trend of people getting involving on the ground floor of a project is pretty exhilarating. My friends in The Gravel Pit used Pledge Music to pay for their new album (the first in 13 years) that’s due out in early 2014. I felt so honored to be able to give the band some cash to support their art. I felt the same way when Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom announced he was doing a solo project in 2012 and accepted donations to help fund the project (which later turned into a full Pledge Music campaign). He posted demos with lengthy notes about each as he was working on Walt Whitman Mall, and it was fascinating to be able to hear this project take shape as Janovitz crafted a loose concept about his youth in Long Island. It’s some of the best songwriting in his career, which isn’t too bad for a guy whose first album was released over 25 years ago.

Superchunk and Bill Janovitz gave me hope that people of my age will continue to figure out a way to age gracefully through their music. Neil Young and Bob Dylan found ways to make compelling, adult-minded albums in their mid-40 through mid-50s (and beyond), so it can be done. Perhaps I can figure out a way to have this list age gracefully as well. Maybe I’ll start selling it in a Starbucks?

One more note: if you’re really interested in hearing my specific take on one or any of these albums, songs or reissues (or need to know why a Katy Perry single is in the Top 10) email me. I’ll probably be able to dash off a quick reason you should purchase one of them. But give them a listen yourself. There’s a reason they’re on this list--I like them and they’re worth owning. Have I steered you wrong before? (Okay, don’t answer that.)


Top 20 Albums of 2013

20) Dead Trend - False Positive (Cut the Shit!)

17) The Avett Brothers - Magpie and the Dandelion (American/Universal)

14) (tie) Pete Donnelly - Face the Bird (PD)
14) (tie) Mike Gent - The Rapid Shave (Stomper Music)

12) Dawes - Stories Don’t End (HUB Records)

10) Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (Halo/Nothing/Columbia)

  9) Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench/Republic)

  8) David Bowie - The Next Day (ISO/Columbia)

  7) Minor Alps - Get There (Barsuk Records)

  6) BOAT - Pretend to Be Brave (Magic Marker)

  4) Tired Pony - The Ghost of the Mountain (Heaneyville)

  3) Telekinesis - Domarion (Merge)

  2) Bill Janovitz - Walt Whitman Mall (Janoclair Music)

  1) Superchunk - I Hate Music (Merge)

Top 20 Singles of 2013

20) Peter Gabriel - “Courage” (Real World)

19) Foxygen - “San Francisco” (Jagjaguwar)

18) The Lone Bellow - “You Never Need Nobody” (Descendant Records)

17) The Dismemberment Plan - “Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer” (Partisan Records)
16) Neko Case - “Man” (Anti)

15) Paul McCartney - “New” (Hear Music/MPL/CMG)

14) Pet Shop Boys - “The Last to Die” (Kobalt)

13) Electric Six - “Show Me What Your Lights Mean” (Metropolis Records)

12) Mike Gent - “Last Boat to Japan” (Stomper Music)

11) Young Fresh Fellows - “Loud, Loud, Loud Guitars” (New West)

10) Pearl Jam - “Sirens” (Monkeywrench/Republic)

  9) Katy Perry - “Roar” (Capital)

  8) Prince - “Breakfast Can Wait” (Purple Music)

  7) Belinda Carlisle - “Sun” (Geffen)

  6) Superchunk - “FOH” (Merge Records)

  5) Daft Punk - “Get Lucky” (Columbia)

  4) Capital Cities - “Safe and Sound” (Capitol)

  3) Phoenix - “Trying to Be Cool” (Glassnote)

  2) Justin Timberlake - “Mirrors” (Just In Time/RCA)

  1) Superchunk - “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” (Merge Records)

Reissues, Compilations, Etc

10) Various Artists - Songs for Slim: Rocking Here Tonight (New West)

  9) The Worlds End Soundtrack (ABKCO)

  8) Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition (DGC/UME)

  7) The Breeders - LSXX (4ad)

  6) The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (Legacy Edition) (Arista/Legacy)

  5) Charlie Chesterman - Solid Gold Electric Chestnut Dispenser (Bandcamp)
  4) Belle and Sebastian - Third Eye Centre (Matador)

  3) Mike Viola - Ghoul (GMMR)

  2) Bottle Rockets - Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side (Bloodshot)

  1) The Figgs - The Figgs Anthology: 1000 People Grinning (Stomper Music)


10) Jedidiah Parish & The Spokespersons, Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY 8/2
  9) Guster, Beacon Theater, New York, NY 11/30

  8) They Might be Giants, Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 8/10

  7) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Beacon Theater, New York, NY 5/21

  6) Wilco, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 10/5

  5) Pearl Jam, Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn 10/18

  4) Phoenix, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 10/6

  3) Bob Mould, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 2/26

  2) Superchunk, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 9/27

  1) Superchunk, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 9/28


Top 5 TV Shows

5) Person of Interest (CBS)

4) Brooklyn 9-9 (FOX)

3) Bob’s Burgers (FOX)

2) Parks and Recreation (NBC)

1) Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Top 5 Podcasts

5) Tell the Bartender

4) Ronna & Beverly

3) Harmontown

2) WTF with Marc Maron

1) The Fogelnest Files with Jake Folgenest

Other good stuff from ’13: “I’d like to order pancakes for the table,” Nightingale 9’s opening night, heavy metal BBQ, covering “Cut Your Hair” at a wedding, Seinfeld in the booth with Gary, Keith and Ron, The World’s End, Premier League on NBCSN, the return of Keith Olbermann to ESPN, Okkervil River’s cover of “Give Me the Night.”