Vinyl Mag’s Best of 2013

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It’s that time of year again! The time to reflect on what a success (or trainwreck) your past 12 months have been, as well as the time to pretend like next year is the time that things are going to be totally different.

And for us over at Vinyl Mag, it’s also the time to make lists for you guys – so here they are…lists of the best things to come out of 2013, as told by the fabulous Vinyl staffers. Enjoy!

Best Albums

  • Sunbather by Deafheaven (Lucas Carver)

  • A Is For Alpine by Alpine (Carly Snidemiller)

  • “Kevin Devine’s Bulldozer…no, Bubblegum…they’re both so good!” (Sarah Rucker)

  • Because The Internet by Childish Gambino (Colby Pines)

  • Yeezus by Kanye West (Kate Foster)

  • After The Dream You Are Awake by pacificUV (Chris Hunkele)

Best Film

  • “Yet another prediction…I’m going with American Hustle. Everything Jennifer Lawrence touches is gold. If I could, I would nominate the hours of YouTube footage I’ve seen of her interviews.” (Emily McBride)

Best Concert/Show/Festival

  • George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (Nikki Smith)
  • The Chariot‘s last show at The 7 Venue (Lucas Carver’s)
  • Local Natives (Carly Snidemiller)
  • ” The Best Festival Musically was Lock’n; the Best Whole Festival Experience was Hulaween.” (Jackie Citero)
  • Washed Out at the Georgia Theatre (Colby Pines)
  • Bonnaroo 2013 (Katelyn Stanitzke)
  • Music Midtown, hands down. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Black Lips, Phoenix, and Cake all in my hometown? Pinch me.” (Kate Foster)
  • Diarrhea Planet‘s epic day show on the last day of South by Southwest and Jimmy Eat World at the Georgia Theatre.” (Chris Hunkele)

Best Beauty/Fashion Moment 

  • “Any fashion models that wore black. Excuse my ignorance.” (Lucas Carver)
  • Jennifer Lawrence’s new hair.  Actually, Jennifer Lawrence all the time.” (Carly Snidemiller)
  • Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2013 show.  Totally 50s-chic without looking a big outdated, and the makeup and hair was to die for.” (Kate Foster)
  • Robin Thicke trying to be Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice at the MTV VMA’s” (Chris Hunkele)

Best New Gadget

  • The Pebble Smart Watch (Lucas Carver)
  • “I still don’t have a smart phone, so those look petty rad as the years go on.” (Sarah Rucker)
  • The Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones…good for long flights, escaping the world, and listening to your music in peace.” (Jackie Citero)
  • “I’ve finally got tablet lust, and I’d kill for a Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ this year.” (Kate Foster)
  • “My laser tape measure.  It rides shotgun everywhere I go.” (Chris Hunkele)

Best Book Read

  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (Nikki Smith)
  • Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy (Lucas Carver)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Jackie Citero)
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (Colby Pines)
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay. I know it sounds cheesy, but this book has made me feel SO much better about navigating the rocky terrain that is my 20s.” (Kate Foster)
  • I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (Emily McBride)
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (Chris Hunkele)

Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Purchase

  • New winter coat (Nikki Smith)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles for 40 dollars (Lucas Carver)
  • Mud on DVD for four dollars (Colby Pines)
  • New sweaters (Katelyn Stanitzke)
  • “A bunch of itty bitty beauty goodies from Sephora.” (Kate Foster)
  • Chick-Fil-A sandwich with no pickles (Chris Hunkele)

Best Thing Learned from Pinterest

  • “How to make my own guitar cables.” (Lucas Carver)
  • “I’ve gotten some pretty killer recipes from Pinterest over the year, but probably the best thing I’ve learned this year were ideas that inspired a Couple’s Tailgate shower I threw this past fall for one of my best friends who is getting married next May.” (Jackie Citero)
  • “Using a mixture of olive oil and caster oil as a face wash — sounds gross, but it’s amazing.” (Kate Foster)
  • It’s a lot like Halo in that it takes hours of your life that you can never get back.” (Chris Hunkele)

Best Trip Taken

  • Gloucester, Mass. (Nikki Smith)
  • “I’m poor. I can’t travel.” (Lucas Carver)
  • “Best trip this year was my road trip with two friends from college to St. Augustine to cover Mumford & Son’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover for Vinyl Mag.” (Jackie Citero)
  • Ketchikan, Alaska. “Got to camp, fish, hipline, and see black bears eat salmon…not the best trip for the salmon.” (Colby Pines)
  • Valencia, Spain and Florence, Italy (Katelyn Stanitzke)
  • “I spent the summer in New York City interning for Marie Claire- my dream since I was nine came through!” (Kate Foster)
  • Austin, TX to South by Southwest (Emily McBride and Chris Hunkele)

Best Moment at Vinyl Mag

  • “Becoming an intern!” (Nikki Smith)
  • When I first met with Emily, and we bonded over Title Fight and I knew that it was the right place.” (Lucas Carver)
  • “At The Stuffing, I was able to bring up Vinyl Mag when I met Kevin Devine, so I had something to talk about and not just be my awkward self.  It was a great moment for everyone involved.” (Sarah Rucker)
  • “Best Vinyl moment is when I went to Louisville, KY to cover Forecastle.  It was the first festival I covered with the official press pass and all, and being able to photograph some of my favorite bands was incredible.” (Jackie Citero)
  • Writing my first review on Sleigh Bells!” (Colby Pines)
  • Taking Instagram pics for the Vinyl account at the Empire of the Sun show.  Luke Steele put his mic up to me so I could sing with him!” (Kate Foster)
  • “Absolutely every single moment of South by Southwest.” (Emily McBride)
  • Filming and hanging out after my first interview with Ginger & the Ghost at South by Southwest.” (Chris Hunkele)


  • “Trying to find a girlfriend!” (Lucas Carver)
  • Procrastinate less” (Katelyn Stanitzke)
  • Resolutions are a bunch of bull. Be grateful for what you have, and if you need to make a change, believe that you can do it any day of the year!” (Kate Foster)

Most Excited For in 2014

  • Turning 21!” (Nikki Smith)
  • The Wind Rises, Miyizaki’s last film 🙁 (Lucas Carver)
  • “I’m planning on taking a semester off to check some long overdue things off my to-do/bucket list – like catching up on sleep from the last 19 years – so I’m just stoked about that” (Sarah Rucker)
  • “Pretty pumped for House of Cards to come back” (Colby Pines)
  • Bonnaroo 2014 (Katelyn Stanitzke)
  • The Pixies/Cults show in February. “I might actually faint” (Kate Foster)
  • FIFA World Cup!” (Chris Hunkele)
  • “More great things to come for Vinyl!  Stay tuned!” (Emily McBride)

Finally, we all know that Breaking Bad just all-out wins 2013. All of it. Goes to Breaking Bad.


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