The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #57 – Dead Professional

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Dead Professional

WHAT: Don’t Be Cruel

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: Even though it's just been a few months, it sometimes feels as though I've heard these Dead Professional songs for years. There's a classic simplicity to what Dead Professional (aka John Harouff) does, and I believe it might just be called timeless. On the five songs that comprise Don't Be Cruel, Harouff harnesses nostalgia, straightforwardness, and good old rock & roll. The songs are incredibly well-written, and improve with each listen. Keep your eyes on this one, y'all. With songs like this, Dead Professional's future looks mighty bright. 

MY JAMS: All of ‘em

[posted 2.7.14]


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