The Year In Music: 2013

Friday, December 20th, 2013, 2:27 pm by Ben Salmon

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In today’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin, we have eight pages dedicated to looking back at the year in music in Central Oregon and beyond.

This is the seventh year in a row that we’ve done such a thing, but the first time in six years that the print stuff didn’t come with a free, downloadable, double-disc compilation of the year’s best songs. That project — which we’ve called “Near/Far” — was fun while it lasted, but it was a lot of work, and I just couldn’t do it this year. Plus, in the age of streaming music services, I’m not so sure people even want to download two massive .zip files full of MP3s. So we put “Near/Far” to rest, at least for now. Maybe I’ll put together some kind of playlist in the coming weeks. We’ll see.

ANYWAY … here are links to today’s coverage. Enjoy. And if you have questions, comments, want to compliment me on my choices, or argue with me, or call me an idiot, please do so in the comments! Just don’t use four-letter words … I can’t approve those.

— Ten of my favorite albums of the year, plus 34 more great ones.

— The ten best local albums of the year, plus a roundup of other notable local releases.

— My eight favorite concerts of the year in Central Oregon.

My Feedback column, in which I talk about what happened on the Central Oregon music scene in 2013, and explain why I feel a bit unsettled about where it’s at right now.

I’m hoping to post some more thoughts on music in 2013 to this blog between now and the end of the year, so check back in and see if I can make that happen!


5 Responses to “The Year In Music: 2013”

  1. matt says:

    Well once again I find your list to be lacking. It’s kind of hard to fathom that your list represents the taste of the Bulletin’s core clientele — the retirees who actually still pay for a paper etc. But nevertheless, these are the most glaring omissions: the National (once again), Waxahatchee, Mutual Benefit, Sebadoh, Nine inch nails, and Arcade Fire.
    All great records. Also, kind of hard to believe that you didnt mention Vampire Weekend. Thought for sure you would be drinking the kool aid on that one!

    • Ben Salmon says:

      Thanks for the comment, matt! Two things:

      1) My list doesn’t reflect The Bulletin’s core clientele. It reflects what I loved this year. I don’t try to make a list of “Things I Think Many Of The Bulletin’s Readers Will Love.” I make a list of *my* favorite albums of 2013.

      2) I really liked The National’s album this year; it is much better than High Violet. It is just on the outside of this list, looking in.

      And I regret not putting Vampire Weekend on here. Not sure it would be top 10, but it’s certainly excellent and deserves to be listed. It should probably replace Haim or Gap Dream. A mistake on my part.

      Thanks, as always, for reading and commenting!

  2. DM says:

    Well, that’s a damn shame. :/ I only come to your “blog” once a year; to download the end of year Near/Far. Even with usually around 1/2-2/3 being crap I wouldn’t listen to, I always kept coming back for those rare gems you did reliably unearth at least one of every year. So much for that. No reason to come back again. As such, good luck to you, Mr. Salmon. It was fun while it lasted, indeed.


    • Ben Salmon says:

      Aw, that’s a bummer. Hey … something like Near/Far may reappear next year. We’ll see.

      Also: Send me your real email address (or tell me if the complicated one you left me is real) and I will put together a Spotify playlist of my favorite stuff and shoot you a link.

      Lastly: 1/2 to 2/3 crap? What? No! It’s been all gold all along? Or at least mostly gold… :)

  3. R. Snyder says:

    Spotify me up, Ben!

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