Pete’s best of 2013

For your consideration, here are the music, movies, games, and experiences that stood out for me in 2013.

busch gardens
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various artists – The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute

The Songs of Tony Sly-A Tribute
Friends and labelmates gather to remember the late No Use for a Name frontman on a moving, comprehensive tribute album.

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I Don’t Deserve This…

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.

Skiba Knows Best? That Can’t Be Right…

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…

2012 in music, pt. 5: I Wanna Club You Like a Baby Seal

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.

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