All Axis’ Top Ten Albums of 2013

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

All Axis’ Top Ten Albums of 2013 Top Ten Albums of 2013, a playlist by Christopher Piazza on Spotify Top Ten Albums of 2013: Maybe it’s the confusion and anxiety in the air, not just in the record industry but in the world as a whole, that has produced such a remarkable year in music. […]

All Axis Top Ten Songs of 2013

Posted on Dec 18, 2013

All Axis Top Ten Songs of 2013 Top Ten Songs of 2013: Honorable Mention: Fuck Buttons – “Hidden XS” from Slow Focus; Junip – “Line of Fire” from Junip; Queens of the Stone Age – “I Appear Missing” from …Like Clockwork; Colin Stetson – “To See More Light” from New History of Warfare Vol. 3; […]

All Axis’ Top Ten Music Videos of 2013

Posted on Dec 17, 2013

All Axis’ Top Ten Music Videos of 2013 The music video is dead. Long live the music video. If anything, 2013 proved an egalitarian year for music videos – represented on this list aren’t just A-list superstars, but also indie-rockers, Russian dance producers, an NBC special, an interactive video by a 70-year-old and a DIY […]

All Axis’ Top Ten Live Shows of 2013

Posted on Dec 16, 2013

All Axis’ Top Ten Live Shows of 2013 This will be the first in our Top Ten of 2013 music series. Stay tuned for Top Ten Music Videos, Top Ten Songs, and Top Ten Albums. Youtube playlist of live clips of each band included below! The Top Ten Live Shows of 2013: 10. Diarrhea Planet […]

Academy Awards: Cheers, Predictions and Gripes

Posted on Feb 14, 2013

I don’t know if it’s just me or if every year, especially since the rise of blogging, Tweeting, etc. etc., that Oscar season has gotten more cluttered. More busy. I’ve always paid attention to the precursor awards like the Writers’ Guild and Directors’ Guild because A.) I’m a nerd and B.) I’m in the business […]

The Top Tens, 2012: Top Ten Films

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

The Top Ten Films of 2012: It has been a great year for film. It’s been so great, in fact, that I bet there’s at least ten more films out there I haven’t seen yet that could easily make this list – maybe The Impossible, Amour, Holy Motors, or The Sessions? I’m not a full […]

The Top Tens, 2012: Top Ten Albums

Posted on Jan 3, 2013

The Top Ten Albums 2012 was a strong year for music in general. As you saw in my Top Ten Songs of 2012, artists working in genres as diverse as indie-rock, instrumental hip-hop, R&B, black metal and Christmas music caught my ear. My Top Ten Albums, however, are deeply rooted in guitar-based rock. Part of […]

The Top Tens of 2012: Top Ten Songs

Posted on Dec 27, 2012

The Top Ten Songs of 2012: It seems that, as music becomes easier and easier to consume for free and completely at demand, fans’ taste grow far more diverse as they sample different genres. This is one of the excellent developments brought about by the music-is-free culture (for some downsides, check out my essay “The […]

The Top Tens, 2012: The Music Omnivore’s Dilemma

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

The Music Omnivore’s Dilemma When Napster became popular my freshman year of college I wasn’t yet the music freak that I am today. My passing interest in music was mostly fueled by music videos – which I was obsessed with – but I had no passionate interest in any particular bands or genres. But when […]

The Top Tens, 2012: Top Ten Music Videos

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

The Top Ten Music Videos: Click here for a YouTube playlist of the Top Ten Music Videos 10.       Wilco – “Dawned On Me” Wilco has always had a knack for turning the simple into the sublime – as dexterous a live band they are, they also write melodies so pure they feel ageless. Recasting […]