Surviving in New York City is hard enough without a concert addiction and Ticketmaster fees bleeding you dry. In 2015, I caught over 50 shows in NYC, and more importantly did not go broke in the process. One day I will bore my grandchildren with the tale.
Below is my 2015 Favorite Concerts list, the fruit of many lengthy rides on the N/Q, G, L, and 7 trains. Special shout-out to Mixologi and Spectrum Culture for sending me to shows in 2015.
Are you ready to Tightrope, New Orleans? Photo Credit: Cajun Tomato
I love the live music experience. Seeing a band bring their sound and vision to the stage, no matter how big or small, is an exciting thing. There is so much that can go wrong, and yet the payoff can be incredibly high. To me experiencing a great concert is comparable to a food lover eating at a four-star restaurant. This year I was spoiled. I witnessed great performances in small clubs and at large festivals in the South, Midwest and Pacific Northwest. There were very few shows I wanted to attend that I missed. Well, there were two – the Strokes at Austin City Limits Festival (bought tickets but scratched my plans) and Florence and the Machine at Voodoo Music Experience (I was saving up for a move). It’s okay, though. You can’t see every show you want, right? Right????
Twenty Ten was a bad ass year for music. It was hard to whittle this list to 40 songs. I did, however, as an homage to Casey Kasem. How’s that for a tribute? I listened to Casey’s Weekly Top 40 every Sunday growing up. That’s how I found out about Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It.” That song pretty much made me the hustla I am today. This list, which is the second of a two-part post, is not meant to be a best of. It’s my favorite songs ranked from 1-20. Check it! PS: YouTube’s VEVO sucks. You can’t play their videos on wordpress, apparently. Lame! That explains why some of my favorite songs links don’t play. C’est la vie.
The LCD disco ball Photo credit: CajunTomato
Twenty Ten was a bad ass year for music. It was hard to whittle this list to 40 songs. I did, however, as an homage to Casey Kasem. How’s that for a tribute? I listened to Casey’s Weekly Top 40 every Sunday growing up. That’s how I found out about Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It.” That song pretty much made me the hustla I am today. This list, which is the first of a two-part post, is not meant to be a best of. It’s my favorite songs ranked from 21-40. Tomorrow, I will post my Top 20. Check it!
Japandroids at One Eyed Jacks in NOLA/Credit: CajunTomato
Here is Pt. 2 of My Favorite Albums of 2010 list. This is not a best of list. It is merely a list of my 10 favorite albums released this year. Check back later this week for my Favorite Songs of the Year list. Peace!
Robyn performs at Pitchfork in Chicago/Photo Credit: CajunTomato
Monae, the great ... painter? PHOTO CREDIT: CajunTomato
It’s been almost two weeks since Janelle Monae put on one of the finest shows I have seen this, or any, year.
That I am writing about her tour de force at Voodoo Music Festival in NOLA almost two weeks later seems appropriate, or at the very least ironic. After all, Monae and her band took the stage more than 45 minutes after they were slotted to begin.
Make ‘em wait. It’s the creedo of Kenny Powers in Season 2 of HBO comedy series Eastbound and Down. I wouldn’t be surprised if Monae and her band hadn’t borrowed it. They soundchecked and soundchecked and soundchecked some more.
But the restlessness I felt during the delay washed away when Monae took the stage.
The hardest part of coming up with my Song of the Year nominees? Resisting the urge to make this a list dominated by Kanye West. Seriously, Yeezy aka Mr. Taylor Swift has been a one-man Mt. St. Helens this year, blowing up practically every Friday with the newest release of his G.O.O.D. Friday collaboration project. Enough of this infomercial. Here below are a list of the songs I consider worthy of being named my favorite song of the year in December. They are listed in alphabetical order, as not to give away which way I am leaning in terms of an end of the year list. I am considering writing a Top 50 Songs of the Year, although that might be too ambitious.
Once again the songs are my favorites, not necessarily the ones people would agree are the best on a given album. Take for instance Sufjan Stevens’ “Futile Devices” from his album, The Age of Adz. It is my favorite track off that album, although most people would side with “Too Much” or “I Walked”, both of which are great in their own right. I encourage you to listen to the songs on this list and form your own opinion. Hopefully, you will find a song or two that you enjoy.
Here is the second installment of a two-part series containing my favorite songs of 2010 (so far). This is not a best of list, simply because there are plenty of songs I have not heard this year. These are the songs that have grabbed my interest, leading me to listen to them over and over. Hopefully, you will find something to like on the list, as well. PS: I plan on writing a revised list at year’s end.