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Top 5 Releases of 2013
Swirlies, “Complete Discography” (Sneaky Flute Empire)
Bill Orcutt, “A History of Every One” (Editions Mego)
Kanye West, “Yeezus” (Def Jam)
Chance The Rapper, “Acid Rap” (self-released)
Allen Toussaint, “Songbook” (Rounder)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Electronic Albums of 2013
DJ Rashad, “Double Cup” (Hyperdub)
Rashad Becker, “Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I” (Pan)
Emptyset, “Recur” (Raster-Noton)
Grouper, “The Man Who Died in His Boat” (Kranky)
ÄÄNIPÄÄ, “Through A Pre-Memory” (Editions Mego)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2013
Joe McPhee, “Sonic Elements” (Clean Feed)
Joshua Abrams Quartet, “Unknown Known” (RogueArt)
Rob Mazurek Octet, “Skull Sessions” (Cuneiform Records)
Vandermark / Gustafsson, “Verses” (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Fire! Orchestra, “Exit!” (Rune Grammofon)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Rock Albums of 2013
My Bloody Valentine, “m b v” (MBV)
White Fence, “Cyclops Reap” (Castle Face)
Clinic, “Free Reign II” (Domino)
Sqürl, “EP #1” (ATP)
Julian Lynch, “Lines” (Underwater Peoples)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Reissues of 2013
Phil Cohran, “On the Beach” (Tizona)
Devo, “Hardcore” (Superior Viaduct)
Public Image Ltd, “First Issue” (Light in the Attic)
Songs: Ohia, “Didn’t It Rain” (Secretly Canadian)
Loren Connors, “The Departing of a Dream” (Family Vineyard)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Box Sets of 2013
Bill Orcutt, “Twenty Five Songs” (Palilalia)
Unwound, “Kid is Gone” (Numero Group)
William Parker, “Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012” (AUM Fidelity)
Harry Nilsson, “Nilsson: The RCA Albums Collection” (Sony Legacy)
Joe McPhee, “Nation Time: The Complete Recordings (1969-70)” (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Compilations of 2013
“I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label, 1951-1983” (Tompkins Square)
“Imaginational Anthem Vol. 6: Origins of American Primitive Guitar” (Tompkins Square)
“Long Story Short” (Trost)
“New Orleans Funk Volume 3: The Original Sound of Funk” (Soul Jazz)
“I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America 1950-1990” (Light in the Attic)
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Shows of 2013
Keiji Haino at Empty Bottle, April 11
Allen Toussaint at Evanston’s SPACE, November 8
Rotted Tooth Fest, July 19 and 20
Ken Camden at Constellation, July 27
Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society at the Hideout, January 30
—Kenneth Preski

Top 5 Classical Concerts of 2013
Riccardo Muti & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Verdi Requiem
Britten at 100, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Series at Harris Theater
Jane Glover & Music of the Baroque, Handel Israel in Egypt at Ravinia
Renée Fleming & Susan Graham at Lyric Opera, Soirée française
James Conlon & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Seventh Symphony
 —Dennis Polkow

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