Sure there was lots of “new music” to get into this past year… from pop trash we liked in spite of ourselves (Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe,” everything FUN and LMFAO put out) to hipper than thou indie releases by acts we should’ve/would’ve liked if we simply wanted to appear cool (Grizzly Bear, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Garage) to artists we’re still not quite sure how we feel about (Lana Del Rey, Die Antwoord)… 2013′s music had some highs and lows alright. We loved Fiona Apple, Frank Ocean and The Black Keys offerings but we were less than impressed by all the music by the over-exposed acts on this list... Ultimately, it was seasoned artists we’ve loved for years that got our attention in 2012 and are primed to continue doing so this year. Here a list of music makers we couldn’t ignore….
10. ROLLING STONES - Their new material might have been lacking, but collectors had some goodies to snatch up with books, films and Best Of releases. Their 50th anniversary was celebrated with live shows in the UK & NY, but LA fans were left high and dry. Or were they? We think/hope those rumors about the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band playing Coachella may just be true this time.
9. PRINCE – His appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and subsequent uber-VIP sets at Hollywood Sayer’s Club kept Prince’s a regal presence in LA. Read our review of the show, his protégée and his new music here.
8. PSY – When your mom AND your 6-year-old daughter AND your scenester friends all know the words -and the dance!- to a song, you know it’s past the point of hot…. it’s ash… It’s no wonder Psy is retiring “Gangnam Style” in 2013. Read Hollywood hell-raiser/door “bitch”/rocker Conquistador (pictured) account of meeting the Gangnam man here.
7. PAUL MCCARTNEY - He got a star on the Walk of Fame and he made a ”Nirvana-reunion” (his words) happen at the Hurricane Sandy Relief 12-12-12 concert. Another good year for MAC.
6. PUSSY RIOT - The most popular girl band this year. Check out the video of the march they inspired in Hollywood here.
5. GOTYE - The artist and his whiney yet addictive hit song inspired some extremely conflicted feelings. The above video kinda says it all…
4. ADAM LAMBERT - A hot new dance album, hosting VH1′s Divas and an appearance on “Pretty Little Liars” … The Glamberts got gobs of their hero this year and they loved every minute of it. So did we.
3. MADONNA – Even at 54, Madonna tripped us out last year. Read our review of her MDNA Tour here.
2. SNOOP LION - We actually liked “the Lion’s” reggae track (produced by Diplo) and but it was the “Dogg” who entertained us most this year at Coachella and on his webshow.
1. JACK WHITE – He made our favorite record of the year and not just because the first single, “Love Interrupted” perfectly conveyed the complexities and tempestuousness of our love life (and our friends’). 2012 was the year Jack White became an unwitting but bonafide sex symbol. Read our review, expanding upon this for Buzzabands LA here.