2013 seems to have worked in reverse of how my years have gone in the past. Usually, I start a new year off feeling pretty energized and stoked about life, and then progressively throughout the year my mood just deteriorates into a blackened gelatinous goo of depression and self-loathing. But this year, things started off ultrafuckingshitty, and then only gotten better with each passing month. So I'm actually pretty psyched right now, woo!
I think this is due to a combination of a few very important things. First of all, for the first time since I moved to Kansas City a couple years ago, I've actually started to like this place. I moved to a different part of town, and it's really quite shocking just how much better I feel about life now that I'm simply in a nicer area (you should have seen where I was before...fucking urban wasteland).
I've also had the pleasure of meeting tons of great new people. Not since I was in college have I had such a consistent run of meeting, interacting with and even collaborating with so many great folks - not just online, but in the flesh as well! You all know who you are :)
Lastly, I think one thing that has helped my overall well-being is that I've made a conscious effort to spend less time in front of the god damned computer. So rather than focusing on digital art, I've tried to spend as much of my free time as possible just drawing with good old pen and ink. I had a few of my drawings printed as shirts that surprisingly sold really well, and even applied my efforts to doing commissioned pen and ink illustrations for the short film Corvus, two new logos for Lb. Brewing Co., a poster for a giant Halloween party in Kansas City, and a sticker for Skull Toaster. I've also got a few new pen and ink commissions lined up that I need to complete through January. Feels good!
So enough with the personal year in review, let's get down to the list of albums that really struck a chord with me this year and kept my blood pumping! I tell you what, 2013 was a fucking banner year for music in my book. But before the year end shenanigans begin, I'd like to give special thanks to...
Mom and Dad, Ryker, Erk, The Metalverse, Spencer Walker, Philip Tyson, Travis K, T-Schlit, Roger Strunk, Mandy, Brian S, my fellow Backlit overlord and partner in crime Josh Haun, Kyle Harcott, Jordan Campbell and everyone at Last Rites, Dan Lawrence, Dean Brown, Craig Hayes, Jaci Raia, Zareen Price, Abbie Stutzer, Taka, Seth Werkheiser & Skull Toaster, Darcy Van Poelgeest, John Pata & Head Trauma Productions, Adam Bartlett & Gilead Media, Luke Franz, Ryan Stephenson, Ian Chainey, Adam Palm, Nick Schmidt, Dominic Flask, Chad McClure, JC Klecko Chris Redar, Josh Decker, Mary D, A Buritsch, S McKeon, Dart, Ethan, J Bazata, N Balda, everyone that purchased one of my shirts and everyone that digs what Backlit is all about. Cheers!
So let's get this party started, bitches...