Monday, December 30, 2013

Steve McLean's favourite music of 2013

The top 10

1. Barrence Whitfield and The Savages - Dig Thy Savage Soul
2. Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox
3. Young Rival - Stay Young
4. J. Roddy Walston and The Business - Essential Tremors
5. Slam Dunk - Welcome to Miami
6. Bree - Bree
7. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
8. Rusty Ford - My Truck, My Dog and You
9. Two Hours Traffic - Foolish Blood
10. Hollerado - White Paint

The next 10
Lindi Ortega - Tin Star
Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
The Racoon Wedding - Racoon Dead on the Side of the Road
New Country Rehab - Ghost of Your Charms
Headstones - Love and Fury
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want
The Growlers - Gilded Pleasures
Eels - Wonderful, Glorious
Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
Stag - Chameleon

Honourable mention 

Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - The Low Highway
The Fall - Re-Mit
Brendan Benson - You Were Right
The Sadies - Internal Sounds
Richard Thompson - Electric
Robyn Hitchcock - Love From London
We Are Wolves - La Mort Pop Club
Elephant Stone - Elephant Stone


Reissues, compilations and live albums (alphabetical order)
Big Star - The Very Best of Big Star
The Bottle Rockets - The Brooklyn Side Reissue
The Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets, Southern Culture on the Skids - Mondo Zombie Boogaloo
Midnight Oil - Essential Oils
Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition
Roy Orbison - The Last Concert 25th Anniversary Edition
The Presidents of the United States of America - Get Back In The Van
Various artists - Garage Swim


Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy

Concerts (chronological order) 

Robyn Hitchcock, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey at SXSW
The Millwinders, Deke Dickerson and The Eco-Phonics, and guests - Jan. 12, Monarch Tavern, Toronto
Bob Mould - March 1, Horseshoe, Toronto
South by Southwest Music Festival - March 12-17, various venues, Austin
Canadian MusicFest - March 20-24, various venues, Toronto
Fidlar and Wavves - April 5, Horseshoe, Toronto
Various artists for Stompin' Tom Connors tribute - April 10, Horseshoe, Toronto
The Slackers - May 17, Horseshoe, Toronto
North by Northeast Music Festival - June 12-15, various venues, Toronto
Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) - July 4-7, Fort York, Toronto
The Specials - July 9, Kool Haus, Toronto
Chris Murray - July 24, Horseshoe, Toronto
Riot Fest (The Replacements, Iggy and The Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket From The Crypt) - Aug. 25, Fort York, Toronto
Robyn Hitchcock - Sept. 4, The Drake, Toronto
Patti Smith - Sept. 6, Massey Hall, Toronto
The Selecter - Sept. 17, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Pere Ubu - Sept. 18, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Kid Congo Powers - Oct. 24, Horseshoe, Toronto
Flamin' Groovies - Nov. 6, Lee's Palace, Toronto
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Dec. 3, Sound Academy, Toronto

The Sadies - Dec. 31, Horseshoe, Toronto