Lists are never perfect. The idea is to remind myself what captivated me throughout the year, and to let others know what they might have missed. And then, I try to say a little more to contribute to thinking about the music of 2013. So, here is what I liked the most on the day that I wrote the list.
After four days in producer/guitarist Buddy Miller's home recording studio in Nashville, Tenn., Richard Thompson emerged with "Electric." The folk-rock maestro is far from being stuck on the treadmill, no matter what he says.