It's time! It's time for the round up posts! It's one of the hap-happiest times of the year!
As usual, our 2013 acquisitions are all over the musical map, just like we like it.
Pictured from left to right:
Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough?
Trampled by Turtles Duluth
Old Crow Medicine Show Carry Me Back
ACDC Back in Black
Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
Shovels and Rope O' Be Joyful
Otis Taylor Recapturing the Banjo
Owl City Ocean Eyes
R.E.M. Out of Time
R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant
Prince and the Revolution Parade
Edward Grieg Peer Gynt Suite: No 1 & 2
Camille Saint-Säens Organ Symphony
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Love Has Come For You
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
The Lone Bellow The Lone Bellow
Pixies Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell Turn Turn Turn
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite Get Up!
The Wood Brothers The Muse
The Avett Brothers Magpie and the Dandelion
Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
Timothy Seth Avett The Mourning, the Silver, the Bell
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down We the Common
Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door
John Mayer Paradise Valley
Canadian Brass A Holiday Tradition
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks!
Taylor Swift Red
The I-49 Brass Christmas album, which Maddie received for Christmas on CD (not easy to acquire, it's a local quintet within the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and we have a two degrees connection; it hasn't been imported into the iTunes library yet)
+ Can you identify the two specific Bridget requests? Of course you can. : ) And Justin Timberlake isn't one of them. Ahem.
+ There was some more filling-in of staples: Eagles (well, not my staple, I'm good), ACDC, R.E.M. (what? apparently we only had these two on cassette), Prince (back off, this is one of the best Prince albums OF ALL TIME, right behind Sign O the Times)
+ One of the highlights of the live musical year was taking the girls to the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra to hear the husband of Maddie's 3rd/4th grade teacher perform; it's fun to own the music you've seen performed live, and classical music is such a bargain to purchase.
+ I'm not really over my Avett Brothers disappointment of 2013. Magpie and the Dandelion is good, but will forever be ever-so-slightly tainted with disappointment over the cancelled concert.
+ We didn't buy any music in March or November, but for no apparent reason.
+ I like Macklemore very much. This album is not available for all ears in the household, but Can't Hold Us is probably the song of the summer for the Dillow women—not that we had any choice, because there are limited radio options around here and we drove a billion miles this summer, meaning we heard this song on the radio at least three times a day. It's a good thing it's a good song. And it's awfully cute to hear them belting it out, though I'm pretty sure they still have no idea what language he is speaking when he says Wu Tang Clan. Heh. Macklemore's Tiny Desk concert ties for first place for me this year. (OK Go shares the title)
+ It must be noted that the song Is Your Love Big Enough by Lianne La Havas is fantastic. The rest of the album is both hot and cold for me, but I still like it.
+ Vampire Weekend: perennial Dillow family favorite.
+ I think Matt would say his top three albums of the year would be: Carry Me Back by Old Crow Medicine Show, Duluth by Trampled By Turtles, and Live from the Cellar Door by Neil Young. We the Common by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down surprised me by being so good as to climb into the top three for me, sharing space with Ben Harper's Get Up! and maybe a tie between Shovels and Rope and The Wood Brothers (with the Avett Brothers rounding out the top five). We were both a little tiny bit disappointed in the solo offering from Seth Avett, but we'll give that some more chances to redeem itself in 2014. Maybe.
Music continues to be one of the greatest sources of happiness in our house. What did you listen to and love this year?