25 albums, 15 books & 10 food trucks for 2013

I have been known to add my two cents to the year-end list canon, and so it is well-documented that my best-of lists do not discriminate by the year something was released but rather by the year that I first experienced it.  To me it just seems more authentic, and more helpful.

And so what follows are three lists: (1) twenty-five albums and (2) fifteen books released (incidentally) in the past sixty years, as well as (3) ten Houston-based food trucks that I patronized this year.  I highly recommend you experience all fifty of these things for yourself.

albums | books | food trucks

25 albums for 2013, with audiovisuals



Reflektor by Arcade Fire (2013)


berlin trilogy

The Berlin Trilogy (Low [1977] / “Heroes” [1977] / Lodger [1979]) by David Bowie


onthebeach2 zuma

On the Beach (1974) / Zuma (1975) by Neil Young


trouble will find me

Trouble Will Find Me by The National (2013)



Unreal by Hebronix (2013)


flower lane

The Flower Lane by Ducktails (2013)


aw-come-aw-wry muchacho heres to taking it easy

Aw Come Aw Wry (2005) / Muchacho (2013) / Here’s to Taking it Easy (2010) by Phosphorescent



Howlin by Jagwar Ma (2013)



Strange Mercy by St. Vincent (2011)



Graceland  by Paul Simon (1986)



Real Estate by Real Estate (2009)


head on the door

The Head on the Door by The Cure (1985)


smile sessions

The SMiLE Sessions by The Beach Boys (2011)


its a corp world

It’s a Corporate World by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (2011)



B-Room by Dr. Dog (2013)



An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (2012)


light up gold

Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts (2013)


nostalgia ultra

Nostalgia, Ultra by Frank Ocean (2011)



II by Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2013)


major arcana

Major Arcana by Speedy Ortiz (2013)

(Honorable Mention)

Beatles/Paul McCartney/Wings DJ set 2013 by Chris Holmes

15 books for 2013


tenth of december

Tenth of December by George Saunders (2013)

NOTE: This could really be George Saunders et al.  I also read CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, and Pastoralia, all of which are worthy of your time.  But Tenth of December was the gateway book, and it’s the best of the four.



On Beauty by Zadie Smith (2005)


fortress of solitude

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)



Stoner by John Williams (1965)


been down so long cover

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña (1966)


waiting for godot

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1953)


will you please

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver (1976)


jesus son

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson (1992)


last policeman

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters (2012)


unchangeable spots

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma (2013)



Lexicon by Max Barry (2013)


judith hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)



Ratner’s Star by Don DeLillo (1976)



House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000)


geek love

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (1989)

10 food trucks for 2013


htown_american_type_tattoo  htown chicken

H-Town StrEATs



Flip ‘n Patties



Fraiche Mobile Kitchen



Speers Rolling Bistro


third coast

Third Coast Steak Sandwiches



Melange Creperie



Muiishi Makirritos



Churrasco Truck



Pho-jita Fusion



Rock ‘n’ Sandwiches

NOTE: I wanted to provide an all new list of food trucks for this year, largely because there are a ton of Houston trucks that deserve your patronage.  That said, all of the trucks on this list (or all of the ones that still exist, anyway) still make very good food, and you should still go to them as often as you can.



2 thoughts on “25 albums, 15 books & 10 food trucks for 2013

  1. Pingback: 25 books, 25 albums & 10 places to eat for 2014 | grawlsy.

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