Grez’ Top 10 Albums of 2013: Remember…regardless of Release Date

So last year, I reviewed my Top 12 albums of 2012. If you’ll remember it was my preferential form to disregard the release dates and aim for what moved me during that year, regardless of origin. What I ended up with was a collection of albums to which I first listened within that calendar year, and which defined that year for me. I’d like to keep that idea for this year but bolster the list to 10 albums, because I think I have a killer ten. Most choices this year are recent, perhaps even within ’13, but one is a bit of an outside throwback and another three (yes 3!) belong to one band. Although they are listed this way, there is no particular order to the albums. However, I do note my Album of The Year, as well as my Group of The Year (and again, for the Group nomination they may not have released anything this year).
2013 has been great for me musically for many reason that will come to fruition soon. I’d like to think these artists had a hand in influencing me. So without adieu, my Top Albums of 2013.

The Phenomenom of The 1975 & Concert Review @ The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

Preshow portal of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Preshow portal of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Average Joe Photography #3: Skateboarding in Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach Skatepark (Joe Grez - Joup)

Venice Beach Skatepark (Joe Grez – Joup)

Flying back from the Far East took me through Los Angeles and with it a reunion with none other then my co-publisher at Joup, a man by the name of Shawn C. Baker. It was most certainly a homecoming and LA, for better or worse, is quite the slice of Americana. Bakes had some time off so we decided to head north from his home in San Pedro out to Venice Beach and it’s post-hippie-chic-glitz-glam. Our main objective wasn’t the show though, it was to catch Sunday skateboarding at the recently renovated Venice Beach skatepark. After all, this is where all the four-wheel action began. So let’s take a look at the shots and go into a bit of detail about them.

Chicago Business: Growing a Brand with Vintage Underground

Vintage Underground on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago (photo: Joe Grez)

Vintage Underground on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago (photo: Joe Grez)

Part 2 of 3 of a short series where small business meets new technology. Who benefits and how? Joup uses Vintage Underground as the small business and Reppio.com as the new technology.
Read Part 1 about Reppio.


Chicago, IL – It’s everywhere. It really is. Especially in the Western world and more so in the States. Branding. Time and time again we see a label, phrase or idea associated with countless amount of products and services immediately identifying them for better or for worse. (Wow, sounds like a marriage really.) But you know something? It works…well if done correctly. Research says so:

Chicago Music Concert Review: The Sons, Celestial Crumb, Bittersweet and The B-Sides, The Bag you Live In: The Abbey 8.6.13

The Sons (Photo: Joe Grez)

The Sons (Photo: Joe Grez)

Music Review: Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Random Access Memories - Daft Punk (image courtesy of Daft Punk and Sony Records)

Random Access Memories – Daft Punk (image courtesy of Daft Punk and Sony Records)

Average Joe Photography #2: Night Sports Photography with Chiang Rai United FC

Chiang Rai United FC v. Samut Songkhram F.C. 12.5.13 (Joe Grez/Sesame/Joup)

Chiang Rai United FC v. Samut Songkhram F.C. 12.5.13 (Joe Grez/Sesame/Joup)

The Raging Mackerel of Samut Songkhram were visiting the The Fighting Beetles of Chiang Rai this past Sunday so I decided to take my camera to United Stadium near the airport for this Thai Premier League clash and capture the action. Now in retrospect, I should have seen if I could garner a press pass. Joup after all is a publication, but I caught wind of the game a bit late so I was subjected to the stands and certain positions that were still within 5m of the action. Using my normal average Joe set-up I stuck with my 55-250mm the entire night because of the necessity for distance shots. Let’s look at what we came up with and go into detail about the shots:

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