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The Best Albums of 2013

Whether you enjoy classic, modern, or independent rock, 2013 was a great year for music. Several “best of” lists have been posted around the internet already, but it’s time for The Writer’s Journey to weigh in with our list and a brief sentence about each. And away we go…

The Best of 2013

10. Brandon Reeves – A Decent Melody. A fantastic independent release from a Georgia-based blues artist, Reeves’ album is much better than decent.
9. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt. The kings of the nineties rule again with a throwback to the seventies.
8. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Part 1 is good, but Part 2 will go down as a historically great record.

The Best of 2013

7. Stryper – No More Hell to Pay. The Yellow and Black Attack is back with soaring vocals and squealing guitar solos, a fantastic hair metal album.
6. J Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors. Another throwback rock band with hints of Aerosmith and the Black Crowes.
5. Black Sabbath – 13. Ozzy, Iommi, and Butler recaptured the magic of the band’s beginnings and reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 charts.

The Best of 2013

4. Newsted – Heavy Metal Music. It’s heavy and it’s loud and it’s everything you would expect from a former member of Metallica.
3. Krokus – Dirty Dynamite. Full of catchy hooks, but the best song might be the Beatles cover “Help,” arranged as a hair metal ballad.
2. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel. Modern rock at its finest, and they really rock out with a ukulele on “House of Gold.”

The Best of 2013

1. Death On Two Wheels – Death On Two Wheels. Traditional hard rock sound with more authenticity than anyone else out there.

Here are some other “Best of 2013” lists around the web…

Merry Christmas to me!


Santa was good to me this year. Not only did I finally get one of the greatest baseball movies on DVD (Field of Dreams), I also got the greatest baseball movie on DVD and Blu-Ray (42). If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you need to. The acting is fantastic, the settings are breathtaking, and the story of Jackie Robinson is one that should be told to all.

I also got the new album from Death On Two Wheels, one of my favorite rock bands in the world. I have not experienced their live show yet, but hope they come to the Cincinnati area again when I am not otherwise engaged.

And in my stocking, in addition to candy, I received forty-four different George Foster baseball cards, including his 1971 rookie! In fact, I believe every Topps card manufactured featuring Foster is here, from 1971 through 1986 (excluding a couple of league leaders).

Yeah, Santa was very good to me this year.

Death On Two Wheels | March 2012 Tour Starts Today!

Unfortunately, they’re not scheduled for the Cincinnati area…yet. I missed the band the last time they were in town, so hopefully they will make it back here this year. I would love to see Trae & the boys tear up the Queen City!

Don’t miss Death On Two Wheels if they come to your area, or if you’re hitting SXSW…the music is fantastic, and it looks like they have a ball playing. If your city is not on their list, e-mail them and tell them! Here are the dates:

Fri, March 9, 2012 – Macon, GA
The Humminbird
w. StoneRider
9PM • $5 • 21+

Sat, March 10, 2012 – Birmingham, AL
The Nick
w. Beitthemeans, Me You Us Them, Cloudeater
10PM • $6 • 21+

Sun, March 11, 2012 – New Orleans, LA
The Backyard At Breezy’s Spot
w. Adam Arcuragi, Talking Turtles
3PM • $5/$7 • ALL AGES

Mon, March 12, 2012 – Baton Rouge, LA
w. Pacifico
8PM • $5 • 21+

Tue, March 13, 2012 – Jackson, MS
Sam’s Lounge
w. Risko Danza, The Wildcard Charlies
8PM • 21+

Wed, March 14, 2012 – Shreveport, LA
Media Star Entertainment Complex
w. Valient Thorr, Death Rides The River, & more
7PM • $12 ADV / $15 DOS • ALL AGES


Thu, March 15, 2012 – 2:45 PM
ATL Gets Weird 2 Party
at Shangri-La
1016 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Thu, March 15, 2012 – 4:40 PM
SxSweetwood Party
at Beauty Bar (indoor stage)
617 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Thu, March 15, 2012 – 7:30 PM
Food Court / Food Truck Party
at Budare’s Lot
75 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

Check out this clip of the band jamming on “Comcast Bands on Demand Atlanta.” The music starts 43 seconds in.

Fantastic video from @do2w

I’ve been a fan of Death On Two Wheels for a couple of years now. I had the privilege to speak to singer/guitarist Trae Vedder while I was hosting Hard Rock Nights, and have listened to their album A Separation of Church and Fate dozens of times. I was thrilled last night when I stumbled across this…

“Calling Us All Back Home” is a great song…just listen to that guitar solo. A great rock band that deserves your support. Go to their website, buy a record or two, find out when they are playing a show locally, and tell all of your friends. All of them.

Death On Two Wheels (@do2w) rocks

Back when I was regularly hosting the Hard Rock Nights radio program, I was barraged with new music. Some of it good, some of it bad. One of the good discs I received was Death On Two WheelsSeparation of Church and Fate. They will be playing in Cincinnati this Friday, but I have to work my “real” job. If I’m not mistaken, this is the second Do2W show I’ve had to miss because of work. Hopefully I’ll be off next time they come through town.

Fri, Sep 24, 2010 – Cincinnati, OH
Jack Potts Tavern
Midpoint Music Festival
w/ The Delta Saints & J. Dorsey Blues Revival & Tom Evanchuck

If you’re in Cincinnati, I definitely recommend checking these guys out. If you’re not in Cincinnati, find out if they’re playing anywhere near you. They’re on the road right now, hitting Nashville, Cleveland, Brooklyn, and more. All over the place. Seriously. Check them out.

If they’re not coming through your town, then check out the video below of them playing “Take It Away,” one of my favorite cuts on the album…

Almost forgot, I also interviewed lead singer Trae Vedder last fall. You can listen to that interview at this link.

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