Three Year End Lists I Never Completed

Before I can get on to my Top 50 Songs and Top Concerts of 2013, I need to catch up on things from the past. In fact, the last time I actually completed a year-end-list was in 2010. So, without further ado, here are my top songs of the past few years (yes I realize none of these have ever been played on 93.7 KLBJ. I have to listen to something else in my off-hours).

What a life changing and pivotal year. 2012 was one of the strangest time periods I have lived through. I had just been promoted to my first full time radio gig (nights on KLBJ) when at the end of the summer, I was asked to fill in at middays on KLBJ (my current position). In addition to that, my girlfriend of five years and I decided it was best to go our separate ways. I also turned 30, moved to a new house in North Austin from South Austin. 2012 was a strange, tumultuous year and one of the best of my life.

My Favorite Albums of 2012
3) Lemonade – Diver

2) Twin Shadow – Confess

1) Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

Notable Albums
Crystal Castles – III
Purity Ring – Shrines
The Black Keys – El Camino
Tennis – Young and Old
Beachhouse – Bloom
Santigold – Master of My Make Believe
The Eastern Sea – Plague
Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension
Yeasayer – Fragrant World
The Sword – Apocryphon
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
The xx – Coexist

Top Concerts
3) Divine Fits – Stubbs 10/31
Halloween night I got to finally see the band I had been jamming to all summer long. A “super group’ lead by of Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and of Britt Daniel from Spoon.

2) Aerosmith – Frank Erwin Center, 10/16
Nothing beats seeing living legends live in concert! Well, one thing can beat that – having the drummer (Joey Kramer) give you front row tickets and backstage passes. This was one of the most amazing concert experiences I have ever had.

1) Bruce Springsteen – ACL Live, 3/16
I was drinking with some friends on Red River after KLBJ’s SXSW Broadcast had concluded. The three of us were dressed up as Bruce Springsteen because B-DOE had started a campaign to “Honor Thy Boss”. As though karma were paying it forward, B-DOE and another friend actually won the ticket lottery and got in to that evening’s exclusive Bruce Springsteen show. Around 7:15 I began to receive several texts and calls from B-DOE. He had found a way to get me into the show, but only if I could make it all the way to ACL Live (several blocks away) in five minutes. I dropped my beer, said goodbye and ran. I was hustled into a secret elevator and escorted to the floor to join my friends for an incredible three hours with the Boss and his friends (Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, Arcade Fire, Jimmy Cliff and Joe Eli.

Best Austin Band
The Eastern Sea

Most Frequented Bars
According to my receipts, these are the bars I frequented the most last year. I’m not even going to include restaurants… the amount of money spent would make me cry.
5) Stubb’s
4) Blackheart
3) Little Woodrow’s
2) Nomad
1) Barton Springs Saloon

Top 25 Songs of 2012
10) Twin Shadow – You Call Me On
09) The Eastern Sea – Wasn’t for Love
08) Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart
07) Lemonade – Neptune
06) Yeasayer – Henrietta
05) Tennis – Origins
04) Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
03) Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are – Major Lazer remix
02) Santigold – Disparate Youth
01) Divine Fits – My Love Is Real

This year set the scene for a coming storm. I was approaching 30, my relationship was on the rocks and I was unsure if my radio career was ever going to go anywhere. Despite all that, I had a really great time and grew a lot. I went from weekends, to overnights on 101x to a full time DJ on 93.7 KLBJ. Several of my online and YouTube stunts went viral, I continued to do the podcast I had started a year earlier and even began hosting live shows & trivia.

My Favorite Albums of 2011
3) Jay-Z and Kanye – Watch the Throne

2) Florence + Machine – Lungs

1) My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Notable Albums
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Alexander – Self Titled
Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
Beirut – The Rip Tide
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

Top Concerts of 2011
3) Weezer – Stubb’s, 06/06
2) Beirut – ACL Live, 06/08

1) Arcade Fire – The Backyard, 5/03

Top 25 Songs of 2011
10) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Stamp
09) Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
08) Alexander – Truth
07) White Lies – Holy Ghost
06) The Kills – Satellite
05) Radiohead – Codex
04) Foster The People – Helena Beat
03) And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Weight Of The Sun (or The Post-modern Prometheus)
02) TV On The Radio – Will Do
01) My Morning Jacket – Holdin on to Black Metal


My Favorite Albums of 2010

3) Brothers – The Black Keys

2) Transference – Spoon

1) The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Top Concerts of 2010
3) Passion Pit Venue: Stubbs Date: Jun 18 I got to hang out next to the stage with all my friends/co-workers in the 101X lounge and witness an amazing set! I danced my ass off and apparently there’s video.

2) Muse Venue: Stubbs (SXSW) Date: Mar 18
No way could I top my birthday and day one of SXSW. No way…. right? Well night two began with an epic 6th street roof-top session with Doug Benson followed by BDoe and I actually making it into Muse at Stubbs. We met up with co-workers, my lady and best friend just in time for Muse. About halfway through the set, a refreshing gust of cold wind timed perfectly with the beginning of Undisclosed Desires and lasers to send the crowd into a frenzy. This was probably the best overall concert experience I’ve ever had.

1) Neil Young Venue: Bass Concert Hall Date: June 5
Nothing, and I mean nothing, was more special to than getting to take my father to see his favorite artist. Since I was a kid both my dad and I shared an appreciation for music – especially Neil Young. When I found out he was coming to town I thought it would be impossible to get tickets but I knew I had to. I secured tickets two days before the show and my parents were able to drive nine hours to make it….

The show itself? Amazing. If you have yet to see a show at the Bass Concert Hall then you must do so. We could not take pictures or video but the experience itself would not translate even if I did. Between songs Neil appeared old, fragile and quiet. While playing he was an absolute beast! Young bounced between three organs/pianos, six guitars and two harmonicas. The man has not missed a beat! I was- and still am- amazed at how incredible this show was! I do not know what was better: hearing my dad sing along to songs like Hey Hey My My, Down by the River and After the Gold Rush; seeing  Neil wreck on his own 15 minute psychedelic version of Cortez the Killer or the fact I was sitting next to my Pa when Young came out for the encore and played Old Man.

Top 25 Songs of 2010
10) The National – Afraid Of Everyone
09) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
08) Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
07) Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
06) The xx – Crystalised
05) Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
04) Spoon – Nobody Gets Me But You
03) Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
02) Interpol – Lights
01) Caribou – Odessa

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