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The Best—My Favorites—of 2013: Music, T.V., Films, & More

At the end of every year I like to think about the best music I’ve heard, the best movies and television shows I’ve seen, and the best books I’ve read. Granted, I’m not the biggest movie or television show watcher, but it’s about what I have seen and what has been my favorite. Below are my favorites of 2013.

Best Album: Glaciers by Blue Sky Black Death


Best Concert: Active Child at Lincoln Hall, Chicago; it was so overwhelmingly beautiful and much too short.


There were about 16 people crammed on this little stage. There were violinists, a cellist, keyboard players, a choir, and so much more. His harp playing and voice are simply magnificent.

Other favorites include Nils Frahm at Chopin Theater and Slow Magic at Township

Worst Concert: Tricky. Technically not the worst concert, because it didn’t happen; he was cancelled twice due to the U.S. not giving him a VISA. I was really upset because I was so excited to hear him live. It’s not his fault or anything and I’m sure it would have been a fantastic show. I didn’t see any bad shows this year; they were all pretty great.

Best Music Video: 3D’s Battle Box collaboration “Jupiter”

I’m not sure that this is the best, but definitely the most intriguing that I have seen lately.

Best Music Artist Discovery: Deniro Farrar; I love Cliff of Death.

Best Video: “What Kind of Asian are You?”

Best T.V. Show: “Hannibal”; this new show on NBC is the most amazing show I have ever seen on local television. It is beautifully made and seems like a lot of thought was put into the details. The dialogue is excellent and quite philosophical at times and the imagery is artistic, albeit quite grotesque. The actors are really good and it is definitely one of the most underrated shows. I have never felt this way about a T.V. show before. I can’t wait until Season 2.

Best Movie: “Fruitvale Station”

Other favorites include “12 Years a Slave” and “Now You See Me”

Worst Movie: “Fast & Furious 6”; it was so unrealistic, even more so than it ever was, that I wish the franchise would end already.
R.I.P. Paul Walker

Best Book: Cities of Salt

Worst Book: A Confederacy of Dunces; it is probably unfair to rate it as the worst because I did not finish it yet, but I am just having the hardest time doing so because I find Ignatius too annoying and the content too uninteresting to trudge through. I hear it gets better, but for now, it is the worst. I have been reading this for months and I still have not finished half the book.

Most Overrated Song: “Get Lucky”; it’s a good song, but it definitely isn’t the best thing I have ever heard, contrary to what music blogs and magazines suggest. I think music magazines need to stop rating music based on the popularity of the musicians and start analyzing the music itself.

Worst T.V. Show: “Revolution”; it seems like every episode is the same thing over and over: new enemies and more fighting. I gave up watching after the first two episodes of Season 2.

Funniest News Story: “Cookie Monster Shoves Boy in Times Square
“Cookie Monster…he give me boo boo.” Maybe he had low blood sugar…not enough cookies.

Best Artist Discovery: Kelli Anderson, because she recreated book covers from paper and they look awesome!

Worst Artist Discovery: Clayton Pettet, because simply performing an act for the first time in front of a crowd is not art.

Tired of Seeing: Infographics

Would Like to See More: Street art in Chicago

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