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Best Music Of 2013
1:03 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

10 Favorite Cassettes Of 2013

Pitch-shifted soul and a pop song's game of chutes and ladders were among 2013's awesome tapes.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:18 pm

Cassettes have been a medium of choice since I bought my first car outfitted with a tape deck in college (RIP Maude). They force a full listening experience, their dimensions inspire designers in ways that a square doesn't and, for the most part, are cheap. Yes, you can find a $12 cassette, and unless it's a beautiful monstrosity encased in broken glass, it's a rip-off. But in a year when budgetary priorities fell more in the direction of a six-month engagement and wedding, cassettes were the way I connected with music.

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Best Music Of 2013
11:24 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The Year In Charts: Legacy Hits In The Age Of Memes

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Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis, whose "Thrift Shop" was the biggest song of 2013, according to Billboard's year-end chart.
John Keatley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:19 pm

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Code Switch
10:45 am
Tue December 31, 2013

As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

The limousine carrying mortally-wounded President John F. Kennedy races toward Parkland Hospital in Dallas just seconds after he was shot.
Justin Newman AP

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:30 am

As 2013 winds down, so does @Todayin1963, Code Switch's historical Twitter account. Since June, I've been "live-tweeting" moments from 50 years ago as if they were happening today, picking slices of that year that might have made their ways into people's Twitter timelines had tweeting been a thing back then.

It's been an obsessive project, to say the least.

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Monkey See
10:16 am
Tue December 31, 2013

From Paper To Punks, The Best Games Of 2013

A screenshot from Tearaway.
Sony

The year passed so awfully quickly, like a twitch in a shooter game, that it kind of faked me out. A week ago, I didn't believe there were 10 stellar games to make a complete 'best of' story. But I looked at a list I'd been keeping since January. I was suddenly overwhelmed — I saw at least 30 worthy games. And from those, I plucked the very best of 2013.

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

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Best Music Of 2013
10:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2013

America should listen to more Manilla Road.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 2:59 pm

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