Monday, 23 December 2013

My favourite shows of 2013 (and my list of 154 in total)

After listing my favourite albums of 2013 I thought I should list my favourite shows, and a complete list since I managed to get to 154 in total!

I won't elaborate too much but here is my top 10:

Deerhunter: 18th September - Webster Hall
I hadn't seen Deerhunter before despite being a fan for years, they were just perfect and what a setlist. I mean really, check this out, one could scarcely ask for a better setlist when popping your Deerhunter cherry.

Follakzoid / The Holydrug Couple: 21st March - Mercury Lounge
I've elaborated briefly on this show HERE. This show was significant as I discovered so many great acts from Chile this year and it was an amazing treat to see two of the best.

Fuzz:  13th of October - Death By Audio
Ty Segall is possibly superhuman, and Fuzz put on one of the best rock shows possible.

King Khan and the Shrines: 30th October - Webster Hall
I was in a bit of an "I can't be bothered" mood for this one, but sometimes music turns your mood around spectacularly. There was so much energy coming from the stage and the blend of the brass among the 60s nuggets-like songs were a perfect marriage.

John Grant: 2nd of December - MHoW
I reviewed this show HERE.

Vivian Girls: 15th of Feb - Music Hall Williamsburg
I reviewed this show HERE.

Mikal Cronin / Roomrunner / Shannon and the Clams: 20th of June - Bowery Ballroom
What a lineup! Both Mikal Cronin and Roomrunner released albums that made my top 10 of the year and are both great live acts. Something great and/or weird happens every time I see Roomrunner and Mikal Cronin was down to about 2 strings (starting with 12) by the end of his set.

Perfect Pussy / Total Slacker / Sisu / Hunters / Tweens / Lodro: 16th of October - The Flat
I reviewed this show HERE.

Fuck Buttons: 18th of October - Le Poisson Rouge
I reviewed this show HERE.

Medicine / Weekend: 16th of August - MHoW
It seems like once a year a band reforms that you really didn't expect to, this year Medicine made a comeback with a new record and some shows. I had fairly high expectations but I didn't expect them to be quite as good as they were, it really was an immense show. With support coming from Weekend, one of the best bands of the year, it just made things even better.

Some 2013 stats for the nerds...

The acts I saw the most were Hector's Pets (5 times, a support slot for King Tuff at Bowery is not listed in the table below), then Sisu, Pop Zeus, Weekend and Liquor Store, 4 times each.

The venue I went to the most was, surprise surprise, Death By Audio, 13 times, next up was Glasslands which I went to 10 times.

I only went to 1 venue outside of New York, which was The Windmill in Brixton, London.

In total I went to 58 different venues.

Here is my complete list of shows for 2013. Note that the dates are in UK format.

Holy Fuck12/01/2013Death By Audio
Diiv, Magic Trick13/01/2013Brooklyn Bowl
Yo La Tengo 14/01/2013Barnes and Noble - Union Square
John Darnielle (Mountain Goats)16/01/2013Studio X
Total Slacker18/01/2013285 Kent
Soundgarden22/01/2013Hammerstein Ballroom
Soundgarden23/01/2013Hammerstein Ballroom
The Growlers24/01/2013Knitting Factory
Cat Power29/01/2013Terminal 5
Ty Segall, Mac DeMarco01/02/2013Webster Hall
Memory Tapes, Teen06/02/2013Glasslands
Nuclear Santa Claust, California X, Brick Mower07/02/2013Death By Audio
Slutever09/02/2013Death By Audio
Bleeding Rainbow, Daytona11/02/2013Cake Shop
Total Slacker, Cassie Ramone14/02/2013Webster Hall Studio
Vivian Girls15/02/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ken Stringfellow16/02/2013Mercury Lounge
Dada20/02/2013Highline Ballroom
Beach Fossils23/02/2013Bowery Ballroom
Roomrunner / Speedy Ortiz / Stats28/02/201359 Canal
Night Marchers \ Dan Sartain \ Mrs Magician02/03/2013Glasslands
Chelsea Light Moving03/03/2013Other Music
The Babies06/03/2013Knitting Factory
The Men07/03/2013Bowery Ballroom
Pop Zeus / Hectors Pets / A Rex & J Rex / Las Rosas08/03/2013Death By Audio
Girls Names10/03/2013Cameo Gallery
Spanking Charlene16/03/2013The R Bar
Beach Fossils20/03/2013Brooklyn Bowl
Follakzoid / The Holydrug Couple21/03/2013Mercury Lounge
Peach Kelli Pop26/03/2013Death By Audio
Meat Puppets03/04/2013Mercury Lounge
Jaill / Pop Zeus04/04/2013Knitting Factory
Redd Kross06/04/2013Santos Party House
Yeah Yeah Yeahs07/04/2013Webster Hall
Kurt Vile, Kurt Vile & the Violators 09/04/2013Apple Store, Soho
Diarrhea Planet, Wild Yaks11/04/2013Shea Stadium
King Khan & the BBQ / Bloodshot Bill13/04/2013Glasslands
R Stevie Moore15/04/2013Glasslands
They Might Be Giants16/04/2013Academy Records
Euroheedfest (GBV tribute festival)20/04/2013The Windmill, Brixton, London
Nobunny21/04/2013The Windmill, Brixton, London
Dead Skeletons / Night Beats / Cosmonauts08/05/2013Glasslands
Sisu / The Yellow Dogs / Young Boys10/05/2013Glasslands
Mudhoney / Pissed Jeans11/05/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
Foxygen / Amen Dunes Lodro / Prince Rupert's Drops13/05/2013Knitting Factory
No Joy / Weekend / Grand Resort16/05/2013Glasslands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Flaming Lips / The Darkness17/05/2013Googamooga - Prospect Park
Sharon Van Etten / Lee Fields and the Expressions18/05/2013Googamooga - Prospect Park
JEFF the brotherhood19/05/2013Mercury Lounge
Haunted Leather20/05/2013Death By Audio
Natural Child / Liquor Store23/05/2013Brooklyn Bowl
Apache Dropout / Pop Zeus / Thee Tsunamis / Blank Realm28/05/2013Death By Audio
Weekend29/05/2013Brooklyn Denim Co
King Tuff02/06/2013Bowery Ballroom
Fuzz / Ex-Cult06/06/2013Red Hook Park
Wyatt Blair / The Lovely Bad Things07/06/2013Death By Audio
Heavy Blanket (shut down by police after one song)08/06/2013Union Pool
Los Straitjackets11/06/2013City Winery
Liquor Store12/06/2013Shea Stadium
Bleached / Butter the Children / Pop Zeus13/06/2013Knitting Factory
A Place to Bury Strangers / Iceage13/06/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
Torche / Ken Mode / Lo-Pan14/06/2013285 Kent
Paws14/06/2013South Street Seaport
White Fence14/06/2013Knitting Factory
The Zombies15/06/2013Central Park
Spires16/06/2013Villains / Jamesons
The Teen Age16/06/2013Muchmore's
Nu Sensea / Destruction Unit / Big Ups / Psychic Blood16/06/2013Shea Stadium
Heliotropes / Bad Cop18/06/2013Glasslands
Mikal Cronin / Roomrunner / Shannon and the Clams20/06/2013Bowery Ballroom
Fear of Men21/06/2013South Street Seaport
Bear in Heaven22/06/2013Prospect Park
Femi Kuti23/06/2013Central Park
Cheap Time24/06/2013Pianos
Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Bass Drum of Death28/06/2013South Street Seaport
4Knots festival (Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Reigning Sound, The Babies, Fat Tony, White Lung)29/06/2013South Street Seaport
Os Mutantes29/06/2013Prospect Park
Big Star's Third30/06/2013Central Park
Speedy Ortiz/Roomrunner/California X06/07/2013Death By Audio
The Joy Formidable10/07/2013BAM Café
Waxahatchee / Generationals11/07/2013Hudson River Park - Pier 84
Cheap Trick12/07/2013Coney Island
The Mantles / Pale Lights13/07/2013Cake Shop
La Luz / Heliotropes14/07/2013Mercury Lounge
Father John Misty, Wild Nothing24/07/2013Terminal 5
OBN III's25/07/2013Death By Audio
Beck26/07/2013Le Poisson Rouge
Turbo Fruits27/07/2013Union Pool
Fletcher C. Johnson / Hector's Pets / Rozwell Kids, Boy Toy27/07/2013Shea Stadium
Pete Rock and CL Smooth28/07/2013Central Park
Rasputina30/07/2013City Winery
Hector's Pets / The Numertors / Juniper Rising31/07/2013McCarren Park
The Go-Gos01/08/2013Coney Island
Blue Hawaii02/08/2013285 Kent
Grand Resort04/08/2013Fulton Stall Market
Hunx and his Punx08/08/2013285 Kent
They Might Be Giants10/08/2013Prospect Park
Shuggie Otis11/08/2013Central Park
Medicine / Weekend16/08/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
Japanther17/08/2013The Flat
Radical Dads18/08/2013Fulton Stall Market
Blanche Blanche Blanche / Son of Salami21/08/2013Silent Barn
Bent Shapes25/08/2013Fulton Stall Market
Mac DeMarco28/08/2013East River Park
Thurston Moore trio / bEEdEEgEE31/08/2013Union Pool
Neko Case04/09/2013Skylight West
The Babies07/09/2013Mercury Lounge
Will Sheff09/09/2013Other Music
Liquor Store12/09/2013Walker Street
Chromatics, Glass Candy13/09/2013Terminal 5
Zola Jesus14/09/2013Our Lady Temple of Lebanon
Crystal Stilts16/09/2013Other Music
Cassie Ramone17/09/2013Studio X
Deerhunter / Crystal Stilts18/09/2013Webster Hall
Laura Veirs19/09/2013Mercury Lounge
Mordus20/09/2013Sullivan Hall
Obits21/09/2013The Bell House
The Young Sinclairs22/09/2013Cake Shop
Colleen Green / The Memories / White Fang / Hector's Pets02/10/2013Death By Audio
Wavves / King Tuff / Jacuzzi Boys03/10/2013Irving Plaza
Funky Meters05/10/2013Brooklyn Bowl
Meat Puppets12/10/2013Brooklyn Bowl
Fuzz 13/10/2013Death By Audio
Joanna Gruesome / The History of Apple Pie15/10/2013Ran Tea House
Perfect Pussy / Total Slacker / Sisu / Hunters / Tweens / Lodro16/10/2013The Flat
The Beets / Hausu / Rose Windows / Moondoggies17/10/2013Death By Audio
Fuck Buttons / Lichens18/10/2013Le Poisson Rouge
Weekend / Odonis Odonis / Hunters / Hsy / Flashlights19/10/2013Muchmore's
Mac McCaughan19/10/2013Baby's All Right
Crocodiles / Bleeding Rainbow / Dream Boys / Punks on Mars19/10/2013Passenger Bar
Fidlar / The Orwells24/10/2013Bowery Ballroom
King Khan & the Shrines30/10/2013Webster Hall
Guantanamo Baywatch / Journalism02/11/2013Cake Shop
Fly Ashtray03/11/2013Cake Shop
Twin Peaks / Drowners08/11/2013Baby's All Right
Diarrhea Planet, Lovely Bad Things09/11/2013Glasslands
Anna Calvi11/11/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
Steve Gunn11/13/2013Studio X
Wooden Shjips / Cave14/11/2013Knitting Factory
Nada Surf (Yellow Dogs Benefit)18/11/2013Brooklyn Bowl
Minor Alps20/11/2013Bowery Ballroom
Shannon and the Clams / Liquor Store23/11/2013Metropolitan Pavillion
Crocodiles / Wymond Miles23/11/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
John Grant02/12/2013Music Hall of Williamsburg
Potty Mouth05/12/2013Converse Rubber Tracks Studio
Holograms / TV Ghost06/12/2013285 Kent
Iron and Wine, Nick Lowe, Beth Orton, etc WFUV Cheer10/12/2013Beacon Theatre
Mikal Cronin / The Entrance Band11/12/2013Webster Hall
Pizza Underground13/12/2013Baby's All Right
Diarrhea Planet / Purling Hiss / Big Ups14/12/2013Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Sisu20/12/2013Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Lightspeed Champion21/12/2013Cameo Gallery
So So Glos / California X / Palehound / Darlings21/12/2013Brooklyn Night Bazaar


  1. Chris! Alla and I already miss you! Come back sooner rather than later please!

    1. But I left a picture of me stuck to the chair and everything! Probably just as effective :)

  2. It just occurred to me that I have a Blogspot account. I sincerely hope you didn't read anything attached to it...

    Aaaaaaaand I almost posted this as OxfordEconomics. Computing is dangerous business.

    We already found two great bars. When you get back, we'll be working on our repertoire beyond KR for sure. Alla should be posting food pictures shortly.