This year held such promise on Jan. 1, 2014. The prospect of a crap year behind and a fresh calendar ahead seemed like not only a reasonable consideration but a real possibility. And as the year draws to a close, I sit typing this list in the Bunker while horking up a functional lung and gazing upon 12 months of personal detritus in my mind’s rearview mirror; my wife’s ghastly foot surgery, a blown furnace, a totaled car (and resultant charges and fines) … as a tragic musical genius once sang in counterpoint, it can’t get no worse.
And yet, we are hopeful anew as we stand on the front stoop of 2015 and knock once again on the door of a new year. At least it was (mostly) a good year for music.
1. Best albums out there:
The Hold Steady
’s Teeth Dreams;
’ The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett;
The Black Keys
’ Turn Blue;
’s Songs of Innocence (if for no other reason than its epic shit-stirring launch);
’s Beauty & Ruin;
’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music;
’s Give My Love to London;
’ Brill Bruisers;
’s All or Nothin’;
’s The Both;
’s Terms of My Surrender;
Guided By Voice
s’ Motivational Jumpsuit. And I was just getting warmed up.
2. Best albums around here, destined for out there:
’ Saint Ain’t;
500 Miles to
’ Stand There and Bleed;
’s Sank for Days;
’s Wolf Angel;
Let It Happen
’s Cause + Effect;
’s Old City;
’s Sateen. The awesome was everywhere this year.
3. Bunbury Music Festival 2014 highlights:
Aaron Lee Tasjan
The Flaming Lips
4. MidPoint Music Festival 2014 highlights:
The Afghan Whigs
The Ready Stance
Low Cut Connie
and the Pink Monkey Birds
being featured on CBS This Morning. A great piece, interviewed by Anthony Mason, no less. Nice to see one of our greatest local exports getting the attention they so richly deserve.
What a drag it is not getting up:
Paco de Lucia
and way too many others.
7. Say it ain’t so:
break up (last minute reprieves from the governor would be welcomed) and
goes on hiatus. My heart will reluctantly go on.
8. Nick Petricca dry humping Seth Myers after
Walk the Moon’s performance of “Shut Up and Dance” on Late Night. A bold move, but who do you do for an encore?
9. Blacking out after a coughing jag (this is breaking news).
10. Waking up. Can it please be 2015 now?