For your consideration, here are the music, movies, games, and experiences that stood out for me in 2013.
Alkaline Trio deliver an exceptionally tight album and EP that represent some of their best songwriting since Good Mourning.
Ever since I was a teenager with angst brewing inside my tiny body, I have loved The Alkaline Trio. Before I ever had a sip of alcohol, I sang every word to these, as Peter so aptly puts it, “alcohol induced love songs”. There hasn’t been a tour I haven’t seen since 2005. And I doubt there ever will be. Seeing them last night for the whatever-th time was as fulfilling and cathartic as the first time. Screaming my face off and soaked in sweat, it felt like falling drunkenly in love all over again. And when Skiba gave props across a sea of fans to Peter wearing his Rocket From The Crypt shirt, I could not have been more proud.
I don’t deserve this sort of reliance, this unconditional acceptance. I have never had a Trio show I didn’t like. Every show I leave feeling slightly depressed though, worried about my next fix. This could be love.
Every time I hear a new Matt Skiba Alkaline Trio track, I give him shifty eyes, unsure that what he’s giving me is good. But with this “Wanna be a Warhol” track, the more I listen to it, the more I like it: I feel like he’s making me try another bite, as if Skiba knows what’s best for me…
There are 2 weeks left of 2012, and I’ve still got around 25 albums I’d like to comment on. So I’m going to blaze through 5 or 6 per post and try not to get wordy. In this one: MxPx, Cancer Bats, Pennywise, Off!, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, and Best Coast.