I went in blind. I had not heard the vast majority of these songs. I was unfamiliar with most of the artists. I'm 45, pink, married to a womyn, have two kids, a mortgage, and a tiny business selling records to the people of Western Massachusetts. I am both in and very out of the current pop/indie/rap/r&b loop. But enough about me, what did 2013 look like to the good people of Pitchfork? It looked pretty Pitchfork-y! Did I learn anything after listening to all these songs? Well, I learned that rap music is awesome and that college kids listen to a lot of music that nobody is going to remember a year from now. Haha, just kidding. I didn't learn that. I already KNEW that. Oh, it was quite the education, my friends. The bright side of things for me was the futurism on display. That was very comforting to me. Even retro-futurism is a form of futurism, right? I am a big fan of the new sounding new. I believe that every generation should have their own new thing to call their own. And the Webnought Generation of music fans out there definitely have more than enough new things of every stripe to call their own. Good for them! I like some of it and I do not like some of it. As you shall see. Spoiler: I liked more than I thought I would. The almost complete absence of Brian Wilson fandom might have had something to do with that. Finally! You did it, indie nation! I had almost given up hope. Onward to brave new worlds!