Shawn’s Top 11 Albums of 2013

A quick note: This year I had a very tough decision – I changed my top ten to top eleven. I’m not going to lie, I did this under great personal tumult, as adding an extra number really goes against my own preferred aesthetic to these kinds of things. If you add one to make eleven, why not add another to make twelve if there’s a record you just really want to add? The idea of year end ‘best of’ lists has always – to me – been to whittle it down; to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak. How is it doing that if you add number positions, eh? Well, then I got to thinking, how did ten become the number? And on top of that eleven is a very powerful number for me, so why am I not already doing eleven instead of ten? In the end it occurred to me that while there were a lot of records I loved this year there were a solid eleven that I felt I must absolutely must talk about, so the number change stuck.

7.20.13: Summer Slaughter, HOB on Sunset

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Okay, first off, yes the name for this package tour is Summer Slaughter and yes it seems ridiculous to even repeat that out loud, let alone us it as a headline. However, I did not name it. Nor would I have been likely to go to it, despite my rabid love of headliners Dillinger Escape Plan, if not for the fact that The Ocean (Collective) were playing. Hailing from Germany, The Ocean does not make it to the States very often to play and whenever they do I go, buy a shirt, talk a bit and try and lend both financial and moral support. Now, nearly forty-eight hours on the other side of the, ahem, Slaughter I can tell you, stupid name or not, had I not attended I would have been missing out.

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