Best of 2013: You Can’t Be Scared of Shit

These type of lists are fundamentally flawed and short sighted, and carry a kind of pomp that obscures their subjective nature.  With that said…here’s mine.  The twist is that while a lot of these are 2013 things, some aren’t–and are just things that were important to me in 2013.  This is more of a catalog of the highlights of my year, rather than a statement about whatever weird groundhog existence you’ve been leaving your rock under.

Music:
Kanye West–Yeezus
Burial–Rival Dealer
Earl Sweatshirt–Doris
Drake–Nothing was the Same
A$AP Ferg–Trap Lord
The National–Trouble Will Find me
A$AP Rocky–Long.Live.A$AP
Burzum–Sol Austan, Mani Vestan
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds–Push the Sky Away
Chance the Rapper–Acid Rain
FKA Twigs-EP2
Angel Olsen–Half Way Home

Movies:
Drug War
Histoire(s) Du Cinema
The Counselor
Spring Breakers
Trash Humpers
Numero Deux (Godard)
Weekend
The Turin Horse
They Call Her One Eye
Marketa Lazarova
Isabelle Adjani
The Lords of Salem

Books:
House of Psychotic Women by Kier La Janisse(this was the best thing I read in any format this year, fwiw)
Knights of Sidonia by Tsutomu Nihei
Perramus by Alberto Breccia and Juan Sasturain
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
Velveteen and Mandala by Jiro Matsumoto
Sharaz-De by Sergio Toppi
Helter Skelter by Kyoko Okazaki
Change by Ales Kot, Morgan Jeske, Sloane Leong, Ed Brisson
The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert
Multiple Warheads by Brandon Graham
Prophet by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milogiannis, Joseph Bergin III, Ed Brisson etc.
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Black Lung by Chris Wright
Black is the Color by Julia Gfrörer
Clutch by Sloane Leong
Nosferatu by Philippe Druillet
Five Star Stories by Mamoru Nagano
So Long Silver Screen by Blutch
Anita Live and Input Anita by Guido Crepax
Lose #5 by Michael Deforge
Out of Skin by Emily Carroll
Oyasumi Punpun by Inio Asano (This was actually the best thing I read this year, forget what I said above, I was lying then)

TV Shows:
Person of Interest
American Horror Story Coven
Drunk History
Orphan Black
The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Podcasts:
I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman (my fave)
Men in Blazers
Travis Bickle on the Riveriera
The Dan Lebatard Show When Bomani Jones is there
Hardcore History
Dead Authors
Inkstuds
SILENCE!

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