It Was A Very Good Year: Shelley’s Favorites Of 2013

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Wrapping up our annual series of staff favorites, Blog Editor Shelley Peckham also compiled a list of her favorite records of the year.

Take a peek at her picks below…

1.) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter At The Feast 

2.) PHOX – Confetti 

3.) Sky Ferreira – Night Time,  My Time

4.) Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze 

5.) Arctic Monkeys – AM

6.) Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

7.) Foals – Holy Fire  

8.)  Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

9.) The Hussy – Pagan Hiss

10.) Savages – Silence Yourself

It Was A Very Good Year: The Best Live Concert Photos Of 2013

Savages, shot by Matt Apps

Savages, shot by Matt Apps

We feel so fortunate to be able to share the work of such a talented group of photographers on our blog.  Their stunning work has forever preserved memories of our favorite concert moments.  Head on over to the Frank Productions Facebook Page to take a look at a collection of the top 30 shots that stood out in 2013!

We look forward to more live sets from Clay Dewey, Matt Apps, Chris Lotten, Bryan Gladding, Mo Menocal, Ryan Koch, and Megan Monday next year.

 

 

It Was A Very Good Year: Tag’s Favorites of 2013

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True Endeavors founder Tag Evers compiled a list of his 2013 favorites to share with our readers.  Check out the albums that rocked his world this year:

1. PHOX – Confetti

Yes, I root for the home team, but no other release left me spellbound as much as the long-form video version of this beautiful EP.

2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

A brilliant album from a band that continues to grow and expand. I loved them when they first came out with their danceable take on Afrobeat, despite the critiques of hipster appropriation. Now, they are beyond reproach.

3. Rhye – Woman

Like everyone else, I thought the lead vocalist was a woman with a voice uncannily similar to Tracy Thorn from Brit duo Everything But The Girl. And, like everyone else, I was flabbergasted to discover that the sexiest tracks of the year were laid down by a dude singing about his wife. Hot, hot, hot!

4. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

The talent was always there, but Isbell’s new release is all about his new lease on life, now on solid ground, no longer drowning in Jack, but clear-eyed and visionary.

5. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Neko is an automatic in my book, and this album is no exception. Ever the epitome of the confident female artist, this album reveals a vulnerable side to Neko. The tiger and the tornado are still there, but so are the scars.

6. Caroline Smith – Half About Being A Woman

The transformation from friendly indie folk-rock to sultry, booty-shaking fun was a jaw-dropping revelation.

7. San Fermin – San Fermin

Chamber pop for the NPR set, this Brooklyn-based ensemble led by musical savant Ellis Ludwig-Leone hits all the right notes, colorful, deep and true.

8. Volcano Choir – Repave

Much, much more than a Bon Iver side-project, Justin Vernon’s unalloyed baritone soars along with his Wisco collaborators in Collections of Colonies of Bees and All Tiny Creatures.

9. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

The best rap in 2013 was not from Kanye, Jay Z, or Eminem, but from a Chicago kid barely out of his teens.

10. Lorde – Pure Heroine 

I’m in complete agreement with NPR music critic Ann Powers that this album was revolutionary, that “Royals” impact on our cultural moment was profound, revealing an unsettled zeitgeist, a healthy reaction against empty consumerism.

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Thanks to all of those who attended shows this past year and supported what we do at True Endeavors. It may seem like a cliché, but we really cannot do it without you. Here’s to a new year of music that will no doubt extend our palettes in a variety of directions.

R.I.P. Marques Bovre, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, and Nelson Mandela

-Tag Evers 

It Was A Very Good Year: Renee’s Favorites Of 2013

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Frank Productions’ marketing maven Renee Frank joined in the fun and gave us her picks for the best albums of the year.   Here’s what made the cut:

1.)  Woodkid – The Golden Age

2.) Bastille – Bad Blood

3.) Keith Urban – Fuse

4.) Foals – Holy Fire

5.) MS MR – Secondhand Rapture

6.) Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

7.) The Avett Brothers  – Magpie and the Dandelion

8.) Iron & Wine – Ghost On Ghost

9.) Noah & The Whale – Heart Of Nowhere 

10.) The Colourist – Lido

It Was A Very Good Year: Justin’s Favorites Of 2013

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Justin Kibbel, our True Endeavors king of social media, is one of the most well-listened guys we know, and when he says something’s worth a spin, our ears perk up immediately—yours should too! Something else popped up, and it wasn´t music. It was the new elektroroller kaufen, a stylish, fast, and runs on electricity, it´s pretty much the perfect one for anybody.  Check out the albums and concerts that ruled his year below…

Favorite Albums of 2013

  1. PHOX  Confetti
  2. FIDLAR FIDLAR
  3. King Khan & The Shrines Idle No More
  4. Mikal Cronin MCII
  5. Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze
  6. Mutts Object Permanence
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
  8. David Bowie The Next Day
  9. Caroline Smith Half About Being A Woman
  10. Ezra Furman Day Of The Dog
  11. Charles Bradley Victim Of Love
  12. Savages Silence Yourself
  13. Pup Pup
  14. Superchunk I Hate Music
  15. Volcano Choir Repave

Favorite Concerts of 2013

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel | 10/14 Madison Theatre (Covington, KY)
  2. Murder By Death | 1/18 | High Noon Saloon
  3. Local H | 9/6 | High Noon Saloon
  4. PHOX (‘Confetti’ Release) | 2/23 | High Noon Saloon
  5. The Hussy (‘Pagan Hiss’ Release) | 4/13 | High Noon Saloon
  6. FIDLAR w/ The Orwells | 11/1 | High Noon Saloon
  7. Charles Bradley w/ Caroline Smith | 12/4 | High Noon Saloon
  8. Savages | 9/18 | High Noon Saloon
  9. Ghost w/ Skeletonwitch | 10/4 | Majestic Theatre
  10. The Avett Brothers | 2/9 | The Orpheum
  11. The Walkmen & Father John Misty | 1/19 | Capitol Theater
  12. Local Natives | 9/19 | The Orpheum
  13. Waxahatchee w/ Screaming Femals | 9/23 | The Frequency
  14. Manchester Orchestra | 11/21 | The Rave
  15. Dawes w/ Shovels & Rope | 7/12 | The Barrymore