I started seeing year-end lists around mid-November and that seemed weird. Now it's December 18th and I'm sure I won't be buying any new albums, safe to say it's time to release my list. I'm sure I'll be adding some great 2014 music that I missed in January, but I'm OK with that.
20. Old 97's "Most Messed Up"
19. Caribou "Our Love"
18. Haerts "Haerts"
17. The Horrors "Luminous"
16. Temples "Sun Structures"
Here's a full performance of Temples live on KEXP.
Like many music fans I've been working on my "best of" list of 2014, which really is a "most listened to" list. Just about ready to release it for the two or three people that care. Also just about done with my DJBV 2014 CD, 21 songs form Alt-Country to Garage & Indie Rock to Electronic. Whew!
Step right up, get your Year-end Lists right here. Here are a few big sites that have released lists so far: NME, Mojo, Rolling Stone and Paste. I'm not sure how Rolling Stone is still around, they gave U2 the top spot and Bruce Springsteen number two.
There are some common choices here too, St. Vincent, War On Drugs, Caribou. At least it's a good way to get some listening ideas but to each his/her own.
Looks like they'll be changing things up a bit at next year's Psych Fest. I'm told nearly everthing about this weekend is pretty great from the size and location and artists. Let's hope the new folks running things keep that in mind.
Wow it's been quite a year. I guess it's time to work on my favorites list of 2014. This is the first year since I've run this site that posted so little. Part of that is due to not having full internet access during the day. Probably the rest is because I'm getting older!
Here's to catching up on some music I've missed this year!
Schubas / Lincoln Hall have been doing this little Winter "festival" for several years now. They have released the line-up for Janurary 2015 with ticket info sure to follow. Pretty good stuff with Cloud Nothings, The Both, Strand of Oaks, Hamilton Leithauser, Protomartyr and more. If you would like the 5-day pass you can get that here
I've have my ups & downs with this fest ever since it got big. But it's still a great time, just better if they order enough beer & bathrooms. There are still tickets, Death Cab For Cutie headlines tonight and War On Drugs on Saturday. Sylvan Esso and Mac DeMarco are worth catching is you get there Saturday afternoon.
All of my friends are talking about September in Chicago. The Hideout Block Party should be decent - the real excitement is for Riot Fest again which has been moved to the northern half of Humboldt Park. If you don't have tickets for that you had better get moving!
Lucky me, I get to see two acts on my list and I'm not even going to the fest this year. You don't want to miss Courtney Barnett if she's playing to a small-ish crowd and my number one must-see is Parquet Courts who are on tap tonight at Empty Bottle as well.
I like Arctic Monkeys enough to see them anywhere and Calvin Harris to get a little dance in. Cut Copy should never be missed and Chvrches is still pretty hot. Phosphorescent was one of the best shows I saw last year. Rounding out my list are Warpaint, Temples, Lykke Li and Kate Nash. Have fun!
This one is usually pretty under the radar but with all the stuff that's been going on in Logan Square lately The Boulevard Festival could be crowded. Dean Ween, J.C. Broooks & the Uptown Sound and others perform.
I came across Radio XY earlier this week and it might just be the perfect station for me. The only thing it really lacks is a heavy rotation of new music. But it has the 80's to 00's covered with Superchunk, Old 97's, Jimmy Eat World, Hothouse Flowers, Oingo Boingo and Dinasaur Jr. And some obsure listens from Caviar, Bis and Ultimate Fakebook.