This is an ongoing and slightly intermittent "mix tape" for friends and future friends. I love these songs. Now you love these songs.

"New York Crunch" by Sundials

I’ve only heard this song a couple of times, but it gets me moving whether I want to or not. Simple and catchy.

"Do the Brown Nose" by the Dead Milkmen

Do the Brown Nose by The Dead Milkmen on Grooveshark

The very best song about sucking up.

The Best of My 2013

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The Best of My 2013 by Christopher Thomas! on Grooveshark

I bought more brand new music this year than maybe ever before. There were lots of great releases by bands new and old. The albums I kept coming back to kind of surprised me. Specifically – but not embarrassingly – Kanye West.

I also fell in love with some older releases that people have been listening to forever. Thanks to Regular Steve for the Masked Intruder suggestion and thanks to JadedPunk.com’s list of “36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear…" which I did need to hear – even the ones I didn’t like.

All in all, the music of my 2013 was sexy and satisfying. Just like me.

What ruled my year – New & Old
1. Run the Jewels – “Run the Jewels”
2. Their / They’re / There – “Their / They’re / There”
3. They Might Be Giants – “Nanobots”
4. Dillinger Four – “CIVILWAR”
5. Kanye West – “Yeezus”
6. Five Iron Frenzy – “Engine of a Million Plots”
7. El-P – “Cancer 4 Cure”
8. The Marked Men – whole catalogue
9. Mr. T Experience – “Love Is Dead”
10. Martin – “The Worst Part

Favorite releases of 2013
1. Run the Jewels – “Run the Jewels”
2. Their / They’re / There – “Their / They’re / There”
3. They Might Be Giants – “Nanobots”
4. Kanye West – “Yeezus”
5. Five Iron Frenzy – “Engine of a Million Plots”
6. Superchunk – “I Hate Music”
7. RVIVR – “The Beauty Between”
8. Martin – “The Worst Part”
9. Alkaline Trio – “My Shame Is True”
10. Into It. Over It. – “Intersections”

Honorable mentions for my 2013
- Masked Intruder – “Masked Intruder”
- POS – “Never Better”
- Stay Ahead of the Weather – “We’d Better Get Going If We’re Going To”
- The Ergs! – “Jersey’s Best Prancers”
- The Lonely Island – “The Wack Album”
- Teenage Bottlerocket – “They Came from the Shadows”

Things I enjoyed immensely in 2013
- London & Paris
- Noisey.com / JadedPunk.com / Dan Ozzi
- The “How Did This Get Made?" Podcast
- Everything Saves the Day did (other than their new album)
- Top Pot Doughnuts

Things I wish I had enjoyed in 2013
- Say Anything – “Anarchy, My Dear”
- A new None More Black album (please?)
- A Weezer break-up (They have hurt me too much)

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"Our Greatest Year" by Bad Astronaut

A rare slow jam on my list. And one with John Popper on harmonica? Sacrebleu!*

Our Greatest Year by Bad Astronaut on Grooveshark

* I looked it up, and yes that is how it’s spelled.

"Master Wicked" by The Marked Men

Fast, no-frills, and full of energy. A catchy, garage-y sound somewhere between new and classic without being either. It gets me pumped!

Master Wicked by The Marked Men on Grooveshark

"Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon" by the Blood Brothers

A song like high-grit musical sandpaper – abrasive in just the right way. 

Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon by The Blood Brothers on Grooveshark

"La Villa Strangiato" by Rush

This song distills everything I love about Rush and rock music into one song. (Aside from my deep obsession with lyrics, since it’s an instrumental.) It’s catchy, intricate, varied, driving, dynamic, chaotic, and structured all at once. It takes a little while to get going, but once it gets there it doesn’t let up. Plus it has some of my favorite drum parts of all time.

La Villa Strangiato by Rush on Grooveshark

"The Theme Fiasco" by MxPx

I’ve loved this song since I was a teenager. There’s something about a pop-punk band showing their bravado with some oddly-timed post-punk instrumental noisiness that really warms my heart. 

The Theme Fiasco by MxPx on Grooveshark

"Bigger Than Kiss" by Teenage Bottlerocket

KISS sucks. A no-name pop-punk band finally puts them in their place. Thanks, Teenage Bottlerocket.

Bigger Than Kiss by Teenage Bottlerocket on Grooveshark

Title: Dear Lover Artist: The New Amsterdams 0 plays

Years ago I happened upon this track from Matt Pryor’s New Amsterdams thinking it was a cover of a Foo Fighters b-side. Turns out it was just a different also-excellent song with the same title.

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