Year-end Top 10 Lists

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2015

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2015

Kit O’Toole counts down the best Beatles-related releases of the past year, ranging from books to CDs to DVDs to calendars and more.

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Jazz and Fusion Records of 2013: Ivo Perelman, Frank Rosaly

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Jazz and Fusion Records of 2013: Ivo Perelman, Frank Rosaly

So many great records to rave about…and so little time to rave. Last year I started a new tradition with a “just one more list before we’re done with lists” kind of list.

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2013: Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath, The Band

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2013: Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath, The Band

Every one has had their individual say, made their choices, argued the point. Now, it’s time for consensus ruling from the bench: Here is The Official™ Top 10 for 2013 from Something Else!

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Country and Southern Rock): Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Hank III

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Country and Southern Rock): Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Hank III

I certainly don’t claim to be any sort of expert on country music. I’m a metal kid from the sticks who was reintroduced to my country roots through Johnny Cash’s resurgence in the early 1990s.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Any time my year-end list starts with more than 20 candidates, it’s been a pretty metal year for me. That was the case for 2013

Readers’ Top 10 for 2013: The Beatles, Peter Banks, the Band, Adrian Belew, Carcass, Led Zeppelin

Readers’ Top 10 for 2013: The Beatles, Peter Banks, the Band, Adrian Belew, Carcass, Led Zeppelin

Never mind that our readers’ top pick for 2013 was actually published on December 27, 2011. It’s part of a trend involving a certain mop-topped bunch.

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Jazz and Blues): Boz Scaggs, Preservation Hall, Gov’t Mule, Robben Ford

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Jazz and Blues): Boz Scaggs, Preservation Hall, Gov’t Mule, Robben Ford

Old lions — namely Wayne Shorter, Boz Scaggs and James Cotton — certainly roared in 2013, putting out some of the most vital, present music of their careers.

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Rock, Pop, Country, Whatever): Black Sabbath, Billy Joe + Norah, Moby

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Rock, Pop, Country, Whatever): Black Sabbath, Billy Joe + Norah, Moby

Somehow, I ended up with a fair amount of country-ish material on this year’s list. How did that happen?

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

I used to call this the “whack jazz” (or is that “wack” jazz?) list, but I found that term to be too restrictive for what’s being presented below.

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

The Band is revealed in all of its muscular, almost (but never completely) out-of-control on-stage glory — bolstered, in a meeting of musical worlds, by these stabbing horn charts from Allen Toussaint.