Dylan Metrano (Tiger Saw)
Top non-album things
1. Orphan Black. Favorite new show.
Runner-up: Hello Ladies.
Old favorites still gold: Justified, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Mindy Project, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Horror Story, Saturday Night Live, etc.
2. A Place Beyond the Pines. Other great films included Enough Said, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, The Great Gatsby. So many movies opening in the next few weeks though, so who knows?
3. Solange at the Paradise, Dirty Projectors at Port City Music Hall, James Blake at House of Blues.
4. Beck’s Song Reader
1. Rhye Woman
2. James Blake Overgrown
3. Bryan Ferry The Jazz Age
4. Beyonce Beyonce
5. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
6. Washed Out Paracosm
7. Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
8. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away
9. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience, pt. 1
10. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Ripley Pine
Peter Squiers (The Landladys)
The ten best live performances I saw in 2013:
Bellows at BUOY Gallery (Kittery, ME)
Rick Rude at Sonny’s (Dover, NH)
People Skills at The Red Door (Portsmouth, NH)
Tell Stories at The Red Door (Portsmouth, NH)
Snowblink at BUOY Gallery (Kittery, ME)
Mirror Travel at Sonny’s (Dover, NH)
Ghost Wolves at The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)
WAX MICE at a house show (York, ME)
ZZ Top at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (Hampton Beach, NH)
Reggie Watts at The Music Hall (Portsmouth, NH)
Guy Capecelatro III
Top albums in no particular order
Keaton Henson Birthdays
Laura Veirs Warp and Weft
The Front Bottoms Talon of the Hawk
The Blow s/t
Adam Gnade The Americans
David Francey So Say We All
Avians Alight Land and Sea
Throwing Muses Purgatory/ Paradise
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle Perils from the Sea
Lovers A Friend in the World
Hotel Alexis Raised on Fire
Bonnie Prince Billy s/t
Shannon Wright In Film Sound
Brown Bird Fits of Reason
Richard Buckner Surrounded
Holopaw Academy Songs Volume 1
Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse
TV Shows in no particular order
Hit Or Miss
Orange is the New Black
Game of Thrones
The Ultimate Fighter
The Walking Dead
Masters of Sex
The Mindy Project
Vegetarian restaurants in no particular order
The Blue Sage (Southhampton, PA)
Herbivore (SF, CA)
The Green Elephant (Portland, ME)
Casa De Luz (Austin)
Jim Rioux (Pale Wallace)
King Krule 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Matthew. E. White Big Inner
Unknown Mortal Orchestra II
Foals Holy Fire
Elvis Costello and the Roots Wake Up Ghost and Other Songs
Keaton Henson Birthdays
Majical Cloudz Impersonator
Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle Perils from the Sea
Christopher Holt (Smells Like… Tuna Time, Tiger Saw)
Arrested Development, Season 4: A motion picture Rubik’s cube, next level television. And hilarious, too. Watch it at least twice to catch everything you’ll miss the first time. Stream it on Netflix!
David Byrne & St. Vincent (live at the State Theater, Portland ME): Saw this band play in Boston and loved the show so much we went again. Got there two hours early to get front row. Could see the sweat dripping off them. 8 piece horn section, and two of the best singer/songwriters around. Hands down, my all time favorite musical experience.
Fez (Xbox Live Arcade): Starting playing this puzzle/platformer last week, and can’t get enough. The depth of the game is outstanding. You literally have to think outside the box. Keep an eye out for the Legend of Zelda, Twin Peaks, and 2001 references.
Gravity: How did they make this movie??? Go out and see it on the big screen in 3D while you still can!!! It will blow your mind!
John Dies at the End: Saw the movie and loved it so much I read the book too. Sci-fi for slackers. So good. I won’t attempt to the explain the plot. Stream the film on Netflix, and then read the book.
David Bowie The Next Day: Record of the year. Bowie’s first record in ten years has everything I want from a Bowie record; Great songs sung by one of the greatest voices of our time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 2013 has been a great year for TMNT fans with a top notch new show (nickelodeon), and a stellar new comic book (IDW). Both mediums take all your expectations of what the Turtles can be and pushes them further. THE best versions of TMNT!
This is the End: One of man kinds finest achievements in cinematography? YES!
El Toro (Six Flags, Jackson, NJ): Billed as “Worlds Best Wooden Roller Coaster”, with a drop height of 176 feet, and a top speed of 70 mph, I have to agree. This coaster does things I never thought a wooden coasters could do.
“Weird Al” Yankovic (live at Casino Ballroom, Hampton, NH): One of the tightest groups I’ve ever seen, and Al, now in his mid-fifties, is clearly having a blast, while perfectly hitting every note. The most fun you’ll ever have at a rock show!
Sean Hood (Eastern Mountain Time, Hello Shark)
10. Bob Dylan Another Self-Portrait (The Bootleg Series Vol. 10)
9. Small Houses Exactly Where You Wanted to Be
8. Songs: Ohia Magnolia Electric Co. (Reissue)
7. Kanye West Yeezus
6. Smog Dream River
5. Paper Castles Vague Era
4. Dawes Stories Don’t End
3. Phosphorescent Muchacho
2. Drake Nothing Was the Same
1. Jason Isbell Southeastern