2013: My Year In Music

I have been scrobbling my listening habits to for almost seven years now. Below I have listed the bands that I listened to most during 2013. Two of the bands in my top ten this year were also on last years list.

  1. Ratatat
  2. Ween
  3. Songs: Ohia
  4. Against Me!
  5. Make Up
  6. Built To Spill
  7. Kanye West
  8. 10 Ft. Ganja Plant (6th last year)
  9. Beastie Boys (4th last year)
  10. Cloud Cult

Below is a wave graph of the top artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year.
2013 Wavegraph

Additionally, here is a list of my most listened to songs of 2013:

  1. Ratatat – Wildcat
  2. Ratatat – Tacobel Canon
  3. Ratatat – Tropicana
  4. Brassy – Who Stole the Show
  5. Ratatat – Swisha
  6. African Bush Doctor – Not for Sale
  7. Ratatat – Nostrand
  8. Cat Power – Good Woman
  9. Ratatat – Loud Pipes
  10. Junior Toots – This is Fire

Some of the best live shows I’ve seen this year included:
Dinosaur Jr.
Vampire Weekend
Of Monsters And Men

You can also see similar lists put together for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.




I get to check another goal off the old life list.

Having missed out on a couple opportunities in the past I finally had my chance to see Slayer at Magness arena. It was the loudest show I have ever seen (by far). Forget amps that go to 11, Slayer’s go all the way to 666. It was a full-on sonic assault on my ears and I loved it. They started off with two songs and then pummeled there way through the entire Seasons In The Abyss album. The encore whipped the crowd into a frenzy with “South Of Heaven”, “Raining Blood,” “Aggressive Perfector” and show closer, 1986’s brutal and harrowing “Angel of Death”. I can’t wait to see them again.

JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band

JoJo's Mardi Gras Band

Last weekend I went to see JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. JoJo is the keyboardist for Widespread Panic, but his side project is nothing like his main band – Jojo’s Mardi Gras Band plays nothing but fast moving Mardi Gras music that keeps you but shaking the entire time. They have that quintessential sound of New Orleans. I suggest the next time your in town you go check them out. JoJo’s MGB doesn’t have any recorded music but you can purchase a live album of their 2007 Denver performance. Somebody at the show on Saturday had a mic set up, so I’m sure there is a copy of it out there somewhere. Taper, if your reading this, I’d love a copy. As an added extra bonus to the evening I visited my secret bar.

Can You Taste The Waste?

Ween blew my mind (again). They started the show with the one song I wanted to hear and ended with one I never expected to hear. The whole thing was great, though the acoustic set was a little slow for me until Joppa and Buenos Tardes. Over all it was a great show. Anyway, here is video of the “Awesome Sound” encore everybody seemed to love.

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Here is the setlist for the night:
What deaner talkin bout
Piss up a rope
Learnin 2 love
Take me away
Don’t get 2 close
Woman and man
Bare hands
Yer party (only repaeat)
Stay 4 ever
Stroker ace
Dr rock
Did U see me
U were the fool
Back 2 basom
Buenos tardes
going gets tuff
i’m in the mood (wacky)
big jilm
awesome sound
squeal on the pusher into destruction of cluade’s drums

Here is a before picture:
Calm Before The Storm I

Here is a during picture:
Ween In Full Force

Here is an after picture:
Aftermath of the Ween Show
After the storm photo courtesy of JW.

And lastly, Ween had a secret free show in Fort Collins on Tuesday. You can download an mp3 of it if you’d like.

A Tall Cold One

Well WSP at Redrocks this year was once again amazing. They broke the record with more consecutive sellout shows at redrocks than any other band and the Mayor proclaimed Friday as an official Widespread Panic Day. No, seriously.

Here’s a stream of Saturday’s show.

I had a blast. Great company. Perfect weather. Incredible set list. It’s weird cause it seems like I always get a Talking Heads cover. This year it was “Life during Wartime”. The widespread shows are always one of my favorite parties of the year. Instead of bragging about here on Artifacting (too late?), I’ll do like I did last year and let a bunch of other blogs tell you how amazing the show was:

  • Two-month-old Ari almost made to the show but was foiled in the last minutes. Fortunately Dad got to go though. Next year Ari!
  • Two-year-old Evan, however, did make it to the show.
  • The Joker never fails to supply some of the best coverage of shows in the Denver area (This time on Coventry instead of Bathtub Gin).
  • MacG came in from out of town and nearly as much fun as I did. Worth visiting for the pretty girls in bikinis at red rock pictures.
  • Amber, over at Westword, hates jam bands but finds out that Widespread has a lot more than noodling to offer.
  • Zig is traveling around the country and made it out to this weekend’s shows.
  • And Alan in Alabama regrets not going.
  • Whatcha Whatcha Whatcha Want?

    Red Rocks Couple

    Caught a great Beastie Boys show at Red Rocks last night. I was pretty impressed with the whole crew but it was Mix Master Mike that blew me out of the water. He made each of their songs sound brand spankin’ new. Even instantly recognized songs like “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” were reworked with different beats to create a song that was fresh yet familiar. You can tell the boys were having a lot of fun and relishing their time on stage and that can really make or break a show to me.

    Sunset At Redrocks

    Whatcha Want

    I also forgot to mention I was in Salt Lake last week for business and got to stay at the wonderful Snowbird Cliff Lodge. I also made my first ever visit to an Ikea store. To describe it in a word – overwhelming.


    Built To Spill doing an acoustic sidewalk set in Boulder

    Purchase Built To Spill Tickets.
    Drive up to Boulder for the show.
    Go to will call to get tickets.
    Have will call reject you by being told they don’t have your name on file.
    Go back to the car to get the receipt.
    Look at receipt.
    Have it dawn on you that said purchased tickets are for tomorrow night.
    Go back to will call to see if the will exchange the tickets.
    Get rejected again because the show was sold out.
    Feel humiliated.
    Have Doug Martsch see that your having trouble.
    Have Doug ask what the problem is.
    Have Doug give door passes to everyone in your group.
    Have tons of margaritas.
    Watch Douge and Brett do a sidewalk set for those who couldn’t get tickets.
    See a kickass show.

    Thanks Boo Radley

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