By Brian Cogan
I thought that I had retired from top ten lists. For years Terry Sheldrake (the idiot savant behind the vast media conglomerate that counts Go Metric as a cog in its vast empire) had asked me for top ten lists at the end of the year. Although my rather lengthy Go Metric contract stipulated that I turn in a certain amount of writing per year or else face the revocation of my 10% off croissants at the Go Metric canteen, I had gotten lazy and had regularly been turning in pieces entitled, “Top ten things I ate for lunch last week” or “Top ten annoying secondary characters introduced very late in the plot in A World of Fire and Ice,” but, corporations are apt to catch up to your shenanigans eventually and this year the proverbial boot dropped (by Sheldrake, thrown from his fourth floor office, it was a Doc Marten as I recall) and I am forced to write an actual column about what I saw in music this year. Actually, let me rephrase that. I saw, as usual, a ton of great shows from here and there in the musical spectrum, lots of late nights and groggy days in class after, but some stuck with me more than others. It is a truism that the older one gets; the more one actually notices the passage of time and its inevitable nod to entropy. But, some experiences actually seem to slow time down, make one live in the moment and experience it with all senses. While a lot moved me this year, here are ten moments (I cheated a bit as you will see) that struck me as not just concerts or shows, but totally immersive experiences.