Kiam Records - Best of 2013

CHRIS BROKAW'S (The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries) BEST OF 2013

Best Day: my wedding day

Best Wedding Bands: Mission of Burma, Kahoots, Milo Jones, The Surf All-Stars, Johnny + Steve, and The Ghost Ryder

Best Baker (US): Linda McMaster

Best Baker (non-US): Coco Cake Land, Vancouver, BC

Best Charcuterie: Olympic Provisions, Portland OR

Best Single Music Purchase: 101 cd's and 2 cassettes from Maurizio Bianchi

Best series of homemade CDR's: Kevin Drumm

Best TV show/obsession: "Nashville"

Best new gig circuit: art museums (MOMA, Van Gogh, Groninger)

Best homemade cigar box noise machines: JustSayNoise/Jason Ferris

Favorite new piece of clothing: Ralph Lauren blazer

Favorite new piece of gear: tie between Korg MS20 Synthesizer and DMC "Chrayuss" Overdrive Pedal

Best band I joined/re-joined: The Lemonheads


Kendall Meade/Mascott - Top 5 Hippie-ish Things I Did In 2013

1. Got rid of cable TV

2. Quit my corporate job

3. Learned how to use a bow and arrow

4. Stopped using fluoride toothpaste

5. Performed an acoustic version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" on a cliff in Big Sur.


Clint Asay of Clint Michigan

Top Ten Tracks for 2013

1. Phosphorescent – “Song for Zula”

2. Arctic Monkeys – “I Wanna Be Yours”

3. Waxahatchee – “Brother Bryan”

4. Lil Debbie - Ratchets -

5. Girls Like Us- The Julie Ruin

6. Earl Sweatshirt - “Hive”

7. The National I Need My Girl

8. Iggy Azalea - “Change Your Life” & “Work” (tie)

9. Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away”

10. Neko Case - “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu”

Favorite Films:

1.  The Punk Singer

2.  Blue Jasmine

I didn't really watch any others from this year except The Butler and it was just ok. 


Elisha Wiesner (The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries)

The best meal I had in 2013 was at The Lamberts Cove Inn in West Tisbury Mass. I hadn't been there in probably 15 years. I had the Cod and it was perfect. Cod is a fish that is pretty hard to fuck up but whatever they did just made it amazing. The salad, side dishes and dessert were all stellar as well. Aly had the chicken and just said "that was a fucking good meal man". 


Tim Foljahn

Milking the moon by Eugene Walter

The Complete Claudine by Colette

Oh My Gods by Philip Freeman

Surrealism     Desire Unbound

Blue Is The Warmest Color

The Dream Away Lodge Experience

Papa Cookie

The Belnorde Photo Shoot

Two Nights of Television

Side Boob




Bambi Kino

Paul McCarthy WS at the Armory


Ginger Cuts

Silverball Boardwalk / No Ticket

Thanksgiving with Carolyn Brown

The Last Nude Beach Day

Brokaw / Lindenmayer Happening

Mussels and Metal (depression Cure)

Balthus at the Met

Coffee at the Rubin

Espresso at Joe (w/ tiny seltzer)



The Moon



Jon Langmead (Choo Choo la Rouge, Jennifer O’Connor band)

Top 4 Things I Finally Allowed Myself to Love About San Francisco This Year

2013 was the year I admitted to myself that my move to San Francisco was unlikely to be as short as I initially thought, or maybe hoped, it would be. As a career East Coaster, it’s been hard to admit that the West Coast, and specifically San Francisco, has more than just better weather to recommend it over my beloved East Coast cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston.  So here are the things I finally allowed myself to admit I love about this city, things that start to make up for the torturous cost of housing, the crushing class inequality, and the weird way that a lot of our tech elite overlords seem closer in personal philosophy to tea party conservatives than anything else.


1. The Castro Theater:  For me, this place is heaven on earth. Originally built in 1922, it still runs thoughtfully-programmed double features, second-run new movies, and restored classics most nights of the week. It's all really pretty darn magical. And if you arrive early, you might get treated to a free concert from house organist David Hegarty.

2. Ocean Beach: It's really corny but true that the landscape in and around the city is beyond words. Lands End and Ocean Beach are all just a few minutes by car from most parts of the city and are enough to remind you why this place is so unique. Getting out to Point Reyes, Half Moon Bay, and any number of other really stunning spots won't take you much longer.

3. You're that much closer to Revival Drums: Even though it's located 12 hours away in Portland, being on the same coast as Revival Drums is weirdly comforting. This place is the Castro Theater of music shops. San Rafael, which is only half-an-hour outside of San Francisco, houses A Drummer's Tradition, another amazing place, and if you're up for the drive to Los Angeles, Professional Drum Shop pretty much made the mold for great drums shops.

4. People like visiting here: Since moving here, we've been lucky enough to put up a pretty good number of people who are either on vacation or are passing through. People seem to really love visiting San Francisco and it's invigorating to see other people enjoying it. 


Jeremy Wilms (Tim Foljahn band)

Dinner at the Modern (the restaurant at MOMA) kinda blew my head off and destroyed my bank account

EL-P and Killer Mike RUN THE JEWELS but everyone already knows that

a good jazz(???) video and song MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING 

The end of Breaking Bad, of course everyone knows that too

This song and fucked up video by Wilder Zoby

Earth being attacked by meteors (URALS!) 


Craig Chin (Mascott)

FLAVORITE CAKE! (pink with sprinkles category)


Vinnie Scorziello (Choo Choo la Rouge)

These are a few of my favorite things.  Ok, well, at least seven of them, a nice lucky number.  So, big and small, from now and then, and in no order:

1. The hypnotic Ethiopian jazz of Mulatu Astatke, like this: 


2. The documentary A Band Called Death.  This was an inspirational reminder of the power of music to transcend time and touch listeners.  After over 30 years with an albatross of a band name and with the songwriter in the grave, their music finally finds an audience.

3. The pork buns at Pai Men Miyake in Portland Maine were also inspirational.

4. New favorite subversive Christmas lyric from Elvis, heard wafting over retail USA:

  “Hang up your pretty stockings

  And turn off the light

  Santa Claus is coming down your chimney tonight”

(No wonder they locked up their daughters when this guy came to town!)

5. Sherry, especially Amontillado and Oloroso, or Palo Cortado.  The finish goes on and on, kind of like the fascinating solera system.

6. Merle Travis, casually wailing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oIw_ukvtKc

7. Hanging out and making music at Tom Beaujour's Nuthouse Recording with good old friends.


Amy Bezunartea

My Faves of 2013

Pope Francis

Pusha T- My Name is my Name

Kanye West – “New Slaves”

The Mindy Project

Pink – “Just Give Me A Reason”

Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

Inside Amy Schumer

Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

Baby Nori

Drake - "Started From The Bottom"


TOM BEAUJOUR – Nuthouse Recording, Tim Foljahn band, JO'C band

Favorite Beer of 2013 21st Ammendment Bitter American ... Because there's a drunk space monkey on the can.

Favorite Nuthouse Recording gear purchase: Purple Audio MC77 ... yes it's actually purple

Favorite newsmaker:  The crazy guy who was hired to sign at Nelson Mandela's funeral, but didn't know sign language and thought he was swatting at angels. 

Best news of 2013: "The growth in your dog's anal gland that we just removed is not cancerous"

Favorite Meal: The pounded pork chop at Roberto's II in Edgewater, NJ

Favorite album that I worked on and was released in 2013: Minor Alps, Get There 

Favorite EP that I worked on and was released in 2013: Mascott Cost/Amount 

Favorite single that I worked on and was released in 2013: Tim Foljahn "Bird" 

Favorite Live Album: The Band Live at the Academy of Music

Favorite Studio Album: David Bowie The Next Day

Favorite Rock Show: The Wildhearts performing all of Earth vs. the Wildhearts at Gramercy Theater

Favorite "TV" Show: Orange is the New Black

Favorite documentary: Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Favorite "bad" movie: This is the End

Favorite "good" movie: Gravity

Favorite stupid but awesome thing I did: Driving down a very steep and muddy mountain trail on my motorcycle and making it to the bottom before I had time to realize that I had no idea what I was doing.

Favorite not stupid but awesome thing I did: Joining Weight Watchers

Favorite fiction: Want Not by Jonathan Miles

Favorite non-fiction: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

Favorite music book that I didn't edit: The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret by Kent Hartman

Favorite music book that I did edit: Guitar Aficionado: The Collections

Favorite thing I said that made my dad really laugh: 

    Me: I bought a new motorcycle but I never rode it so I hope I like it. 

    Him: Do you think you made a mistake? 

    Me: Pa, buying a motorcycle is ALWAYS a mistake.