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Fake Walls' Best Of 2013 (Terrance Pryor)

Those Mockingbirds

In my opinion, 2013 was one of the best years for music in quite some time. Whether you were bragging about being part of The Greatest Generation or simply realizing that Nothing Was The Same, there was something for everyone. On the New Jersey side of things, bands such as Brick + Mortar, Suburban Scum and Survay Says! continued to make their presence felt on a national level while acts like Those Mockingbirds and Titus Andronicus have planted several seeds in 2013, which shall blossom in the new year. The New Jersey scene was also rocked when legendary club Maxwell's announced its closing over the summer. While the spot officially closed at the end of July, the restaurant still remains open with some performances occurring irregularly, including one with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.

Speaking of shows, this year was bursting at the seams with tours and festivals. My favorite show of the year was Texas Is The Reason's final U.S. performance at Maxwell's. I've unfortunately missed their last few appearances in the area, but was extremely grateful to be present for the influential emo band's last show at the Hoboken venue. Other performances of the year that stood out are Mykki Blanco & Chuck D at the Afropunk Festival, Glassjaw, Dir En Grey, Anathema and KMFDM.

2014 will certainly bring forth some new moments in the ever-changing music scene. Which new bands will become the talk of Tumblr? Which producer/DJs will find themselves at the top of the EDM world? Which artist is slated to release the AOTY? Will Brand New even release a damn song? Whatever happens, it's surely going to be a sight to see and an absolute pleasure (or displeasure) to hear. Now, the moment you came here for: my top music choices for 2013. I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous 2014.


Top Albums

1) Benga - Chapter Two (Sony)
2) Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful (Epitaph)
3) Daylight - Jar (Run For Cover)
4) Mindless Self Indulgence - How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit... (Metropolis/Uppity Cracker)
5) Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy (dream.hax)
6) Bad Rabbits - American Love (self-released)
7) Kanye West - Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
8) Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Volume 1(RCA)
9) The Red Paintings - The Revolution Is Never Coming (The End)
10) Reggie and the Full Effect - No Country For Old Musicians (Pure Noise)
11) Andrew Wyatt - Descender (INGRID/Downtown Records)
12) Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Daft Life/Columbia)
13) Bad Religion - True North (Epitaph)
14) Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop)
15) Close Your Eyes - Line In The Sand (Victory)
16) Avicii - True (PRMD Music/Universal Island)
17) Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy)
18) Wumpscut - Madman Szpital (Metropolis)
19) Project Pitchfork - Black (Trisol)
20) Himekami - Voyage To Another World - Himekami TV Omnibus (Aten Recordings)

Top Songs

1) Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
2) Daylight - Youngest Daughter
3) Letlive - 27 Club
4) Kanye West - New Slaves
5) Daft Punk - Touch (feat. Paul Williams)
6) Those Mockingbirds - How To Rob A Bank
7) Orion - Love Like You've Never Been Hurt Before (feat. Hedvig)
8) Anamanaguchi - Prom Night (feat. Bianca Raquel)
9) Paramore - Still Into You
10) Andrew Wyatt - Harlem Boyzz
11) Cassie Veggies - Life Changes
12) Brick + Mortar - Keep This Place Beautiful
13) Eminem - Headlights (feat. Nate Ruess)
14) Jim James - State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U)
15) David Bowie - Where Are We Now?
16) The National - Sea Of Love
17) Nights Like These - Ox Plow
18) Nine Inch Nails - Copy Of A
19) British Sea Power - What You Need The Most
20) Biting Elbows - Bad Motherfucker



Top EDM Tracks

1) Juventa - Move Into Light (feat. Erica Curran)
2) Hazem Beltazui & Allen V.- The Fallen
3) Flux Pavilion - Standing On A Hill
4) Dirtyphonics - Walk In The Fire
5) Armin Van Buuren - Love Never Came (feat. Richard Bedford)
6) Seven Lions - Fevers (feat. Minnesota and Mimi Page)
7) Tiesto, Mark Alston, Baggi Begovic & Jason Taylor - Love & Run (feat. Teddy Geiger)
8) Hadouken! - Levitate
9) Rebecca & Fiona - Union
10) Moguai - Champs
11) Brown and Gammon - Dark Matter
12) Elvis Crespo - Suavemente (Kennedy Jones remix)
13) Tyler Sherritt - Petrichord (Alex M.O.R.P.H. remix)
14) Lush & Simon & Alex Martello - Everlast (feat. Brenton Mattheus)
15) Skrillex - Leaving
16) Avicii - Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc)
17) Adventure Club - Wonder (feat. The Kite String Tangle)
18) Mt. Eden - Air Walker (feat. Diva Ice)
19) Hardwell & Dyro - Never Say Goodbye (feat. Bright Lights)
20) Dillon Francis - Messages (feat. Simon Lord)