Bryan’s Year In Review 2013

Articles | Dec 27th, 2013

Bryan's Year In Review 2013

Another year, another pointless list from me. I tried really, really hard to come up with a list of albums, movies, tv shows that I liked or remember liking. Plus, I compiled a bunch of other stuff as well like favorite concerts, funniest videos and other random crap.


My Top 20 Favorite Albums of 2013:
1. Willie Nile – “American Ride”
2. Carbon Leaf – “Constellation Prize”
3. Ballyhoo! – “Pineapple Grenade”
4. The Trophy Fire – “Directions For Daylight”
5. Jordan Klassen – “Repentance”
6. Chris Trapper – “Technicolor”
7. Sammy Kay and East Los Three – “Love Letters”
8. Less Than Jake – “See The Light”
9. Young Dubliners – “9”
10. Dave Hause – “Devour”
11. Griffin House – “Balls”
12. Brad Mackeson – “1945”
13. Authority Zero – “The Tipping Point”
14. Stereophonics – “Graffiti on the Train”
15. Franz Ferdinand – “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action”
16. Johnny Marr – “The Messenger”
17. Carbon Leaf – “Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle”
18. Frank Turner – “Tape Deck Heart”
19. The Talks – “West Sinister EP”
20. The Dropkick Murphys – “Signed and Sealed in Blood”

Top 5 Albums That Could Have Been Better:
1. Billy Bragg – “Tooth & Nail”
2. Gogol Bordello – “Pura Vida Conspiracy”
3. New Model Army – “Between Dog & Wolf”
4. Fitz and the Tantrums – “More Than Just A Dream”
5. Swingin’ Utters – “Poorly Formed”

Albums That Grew On Me But Still Could Have Been Better:
Fitz and the Tantrums – “More Than Just A Dream”
Frank Turner – “Tape Deck Heart”

Albums I Should Have Included On Last Year’s Best-Of List:
Trapper Schoepp & The Shades – “Run, Engine, Run”
Two Door Cinema Club – “Beacon”

I’m Looking Forward to Hearing New Music From:
The Rifles
Mustard Plug
The Alternate Routes
The Mahones
The Aquabats
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
New London Fire

Top 20 Favorite Songs of the Year:
1. Willie Nile – “Sunrise in New York City”
2. Carbon Leaf – “Two-Aging Truckers”
3. Frank Turner – “Recovery”
4. The Trophy Fire – “Kids”
5. Stereophonics – “Indian Summer”
6. Big B – “Here Comes The Lightning”
7. Dave Hause – “We Could Be Kings”
8. Alternate Routes – “Nothing More”
9. Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker”
10. Chris Trapper – “Waving As I Go”
11. Sammy Kay and East Los 3 – “She’s My Baby”
12. Carbon Leaf – “Donnybrook Affair”
13. Ballyhoo! – “Lost at Sea”
14. Griffin House – “Vacation”
15. Franz Ferdinand – “Love Illumination”
16. Less Than Jake – “Bless The Cracks”
17. Larry and His Flask – “Out of Print”
18. Jordan Klassen – “Horses Are Stuck”
19. Young Dubliners – “Say Anything”
20. Dropkick Murphys – “The Boys Are Back”

Top 10 Music Videos of 2013:
1. Biting Elbows – “Bad Motherfucker”

2. Frank Turner – “Recovery”

3. Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker”

4. Less Than Jake – “My Money Is On The Long Shot”

5. The Trophy Fire – “Kids”

6. Stereophonics – “Indian Summer”

7. Ballyhoo! – “No Good”

8. Chris Trapper – “Skin”

9. Suburban Legends – “You’ve Got a Friend In Me”

10. Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

Top 3 Favorite Before The Concert Episodes I Filmed:
1. The Beards
2. Carbon Leaf
3. Willie Nile

Guilty Pleasure songs I listened to a lot this year:
Robbie Williams – “Candy”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Top 10 Favorite Concerts of the 2013:

1. Apple Stomp 2013 Day 2 @ Irving Plaza, NYC
2. Apple Stomp 2013 Day 1 @ Irving Plaza, NYC
3. John Williams @ Boston Pops Orchestra
4. Willie Nile @ Joe’s Pub, NYC
5. Carbon Leaf @ City Winery
6. The Specials @ Pier 26, Hudson River Park, NYC
7. Less Than Jake @ (Skanksgiving 2013) Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
8. Peter Bradley Adams @ Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
9. Beres Hammond & Luciano @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC
10. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ Terminal 5, NYC

Best Live Band of the Year:
Willie Nile

The What The Hell Did I Just See Moment:
Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Terminal 5

New Songs That Makes Me Want More New Songs!
“Nothing More” – The Alternate Routes
“Land Pirate’s Life” – Gaz Brookfield

Top 5 Favorite Film/TV Scores:

1. Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones: Season 3
2. Howard Shore – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3. Thomas Newman – Saving Mr Banks
4. John Williams – The Book Thief
5. Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel


My Favorite Movies of 2013 (that I’ve seen):
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2. This Is The End
3. The Way, Way Back
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
5. Star Trek Into Darkness
6. We’re The Millers
7. 42
8. Prisoners
9. Gravity
10. Man of Steel

Movies I Wanted To See But Haven’t Yet:

Captain Phillips
Thor: The Dark World
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years A Slave
The World’s End
The Wolf of Wall Street
American Hustle
Monsters University
Bad Grandpa
About Time

Movies I Was Really Disappointed In:
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim

Best Documentaries of the Year:

Action Park (mini-documentary)

The Worst Movie of the Year:

The Great Gatsby
A Good Day to Die Hard

Annoying Characters In A Movie:
Brick – Anchorman 2
Walter Burgundy – Anchorman 2

Miscast of the Year:
Michael Shannon as Zod – Man of Steel

Most Hilarious Moments in a movie:
James Franco at the end of This Is The End
Jonah Hill gets raped by The Devil – This Is The End
Tent scene – We’re The Millers

I liked It But Could Have Been Better:

The Internship
Oz the Great and Powerful
World War Z
Kick-Ass 2

Movies that look awful based on the Movie Poster:

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Funniest Cameos of the Year:
Emma Watson – This Is The End
The cameos in the Rumble finale – Anchorman 2 (even though the rest of the movie was bad)

Stupidest Movie Title of the Year:

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Most Quotable Movies of the Year:

This Is The End

Best Movie Quotes of the Year:
“Hermione just stole all of our shit.” – Danny McBride (This Is The End)
“Take yo panties off!” – Craig Robinson (This Is The End)
“Aren’t you going to search me? I could have anything down my trousers” Kili (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
“Act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch.” – Hit Girl (Kick-Ass 2)

Scene Stealer in 2013: 

Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Blu-Ray of the Year:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

Most Anticipated Movies of 2014:
1. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. Interstellar
5. 22 Jump Street
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. Dumb and Dumber To
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
9. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
10. Transformers: Age of Extinction
11. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
12. The Monuments Men

Movies that Look Hilariously Bad in 2014:
I, Frankenstein


Favorite TV Series of the Year:

1. Breaking Bad
2. Game of Thrones

3. The Walking Dead

4. Arrested Development
5. The Big Bang Theory

6. Person of Interest
7. Justified
8. The Venture Bros.
9. Modern Family
10. Veep
11. Homeland

12. South Park
13. @Midnight
14. The Pete Holmes Show
15. The Getaway

Best Political Shows of The Year:

The Daily Show

Colbert Report

Real Time With Bill Maher

Holy Shit Moments of the Year:
The Red Wedding – Game of Thrones
Walter, Hank and Nazis in the Desert – Breaking Bad

The Perfect Ending To The Perfect Show Award Goes to:
Breaking Bad

Shows That are Slipping:
Modern Family
Family Guy

Shows I Bailed On:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
True Blood

Good Show That Got Canceled:
The Jeselnik Offensive

I Need More Episodes Of:
The Aquabats! Super Show!

Best TV Show Intro of the Year:

Game of Thrones (still)

Best Episode of any TV series this season:
The Rains of Castamere – Game of Thrones

I Will NEVER Ever Watch:

Duck Dynasty

Guilty Pleasure Shows to Watch on Weekends:
Property Brothers
Yard Crashers
Warped Roadies

Best Late Night Talk Series:

The Graham Norton Show

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night Talk Show I Just Watch on YouTube:
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Funniest Episode of a Late Night Talk Show:
Matt Damon taking over for Jimmy Kimmel Live

I Wouldn’t Mind If:
John Oliver took over The Daily Show

Internet & Other Random Stuff

Top 5 Favorite Podcasts of the Year:
1. Nerdist
2. Doug Loves Movies
3. WTF with Marc Maron
4. By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin
5. Seeing Red: New York Red Bulls podcast

Favorite Web Video Series:
Nerdist All-Star Bowling
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Screen Junkies show

Best Mobile Apps:



Angry Birds Star Wars
Spotify (premium)

Funniest Meme of the Year:
My own: Tim Cahill-ing

Internet Meme that Needs to go away:
Keep Calm and …

Books I Read In 2013:
Inferno – Dan Brown
Road to Woodbury – Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
Rise of the Governor – Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga

Phrases/words that still need to go away:

Really?? Really??


Just saying…


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