31 Dec 2013, 21:42
Spurred on by a discussion of the Year in Metal with my friend Mathromancer, I'm reflecting back on the year in music. Bear with some navel gazing as I stare into the musical mixed bag that was 2013, as well as look forward to what 2014 has in store.
Side A: An Overview
2013 was a year of tempered steel. In spite of some major discoveries in metal, a quick look at my charts reveals some bizarre backpedaling:
The year began with lots of Billy Joel
during my annual S.A.D. fest. The Stranger helped me get through the winter doldrums, although it may be a long, long time before I put on 52nd Street
again. I don't know how I feel about saying that "Billy Joel got me through a long winter one time", but I might as well feel honest. Thanks, Piano Man.
Speaking of creature comforts: a rekindled affair with some old favorites, nostalgia trip or spiraling upwards? Black Sabbath
was my most listened-to artist of 2013 and I haven't even heard the new album. Nirvana
, Led Zeppelin
, and Green Day
all appeared in the Top 30. …