Top Music, Movies, Plays & Books of 2013

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MUSIC

By Song:

  • Johnny Nash - Hold Me Tight
  • Modern Lovers - Girlfriend (Live on "Precise Modern Lovers Order")
  • Tommy Guerrero - Yerba Buena Bump
  • Drake - The Language
  • Grimes - Oblivion
  • Fly Golden Eagle - Bed of Roses
  • Paolo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
  • Paolo Nutini - Alloway Grove
  • Justin Bieber - All Bad
  • John Mayer - Badge & Gun
  • Shins – No Way Down (from Swift sessions)
  • Typhoon – Young Fathers
  • Kishi Bashi – Chemicalize It (EP)
  • Remmy Ongala – Karola
  • Soweto Gospel Choir – Seteng Sediba (live version)
  • The Kooks - Naive
  • Cate le Bon - Are You With Me now (And in the most awesome scottish accent category)
  • Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile
  • Daft Punk -Get Lucky
  • Macklemore & Ryan - Thrift Shop -
  • The Commodores - Brick House
  • Rick James - You and I
  • Rufus - Tell Me Something Good
  • Hot Chocolate - Every 1's a Winner
  • The Undisputed Truth - Lil' Red Riding Hood
  • The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing
  • Keziah Jones (heard this on Breaking Bad) - Beautiful Emilie
  • The Brothers Johnson - I'll be Good to You
  • Bill Withers - Use Me
  • Chaka Kahn - Ain't Nobody
  • Billy Preston - Will it Go Round in Circles
  • The Gap Band - Early in the Morning
  • Earth Wind and Fire - Serpentine Fire
  • Brick - Dazz
  • People and Yarbrough - Don't Stop the Music
  • Prince Fatty (Another amazing song from Breaking Bad) - Shimmy Shimmy Ya

By Album:

  • Avicii - True
  • Lorde - Royals
  • David Dodson - Farthest Field
  • Jimi Hendrix - In from the Storm
  • Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

By Performer:

  • Lucius
  • Sean Hayes
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Elvis Costello and the Roots
  • Norah Jones and Billy Joe Armstrong
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant Aaron Diehl
  • Cyrus Chestnut (Dizzy’s Club)
  • Dirty Bourbon River Show (Brooklyn Bowl)

Music Videos:

  • Aguas de Marco – Elis Regina and Tom Jobim (the version with ~7,777 views posted on jun 7, 2012) – will change your life
  • Horace Silver’s live version of St. Thomas (!!)

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MOVIES

  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Grateful Dead concert film, Veneta OR, 1972
  • American Hustle
  • Her
  • Trouble with the Curve
  • Prisoners
  • Frances Ha
  • Captain Phillips
  • Ginger & Rosa
  • Drive
  • Matador
  • Skyfall

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PLAYS

  • Civilians - Filthy
  • Civilians - Love's Labours Lost
  • Civilians - Mr. Burns
  • 1812 - Natasha and The Comet Testament of Mary Love’s Labours Lost Filthy White Threepenny Opera (BAM)

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BOOKS

Fiction:

  • Zealot
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • Wolf Hall
  • Marriage Plot
  • Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk
  • Solar
  • Sweet Tooth

Non-Fiction:

  • Rembrandt's Journey
  • The Swerve
  • Scarcity
  • Why Nations Fail
  • Rational Optimist
  • Googled
  • Amazon: The Everything Store
  • Ghost Wars
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded
  • Thinking Fast and Slow
  • Why Nations Fail
  • What are you looking at? / 150 years of Modern Art

(Image credits: Maxwell Ryan)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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