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.
The Prince of Jersey, Patrick Stickles. Photo by Cajun Tomato
Titus Andronicus, the best damn rock band in Jersey or anywhere else for the matter, announced its latest album Thursday – a 29-track, 93-minute opus titled The Most Lamentable Tragedy based on frontman Patrick Stickles’s manic depression. With the album announcement came a new song, “Dimed Out”, a three-minute blast of mania and defiance that sprints to its conclusion, never stopping for air. I cannot wait to lose my shit to “Dimed Out” when Titus Andronicus play a five-night residency at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn this July. Tickets are on-sale for $10. Yes! $10! Rock and roll gods, I tell ya!
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
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
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.
The 2010 calendar is almost complete. There will soon be more lists flying at you than you will know what to do with. My solution: Throw a list your way before you’re so inundated that you’re sick of them. Example A: Today’s list of contenders for my favorite album of the year. These are the albums that I’ve enjoyed the most this year.
P.S. My favorite album last year was Merriweather Post Pavillion by Animal Collective. That was an easy pick. I don’t see this year’s being quite so easy. PPS: This list does not include any albums that have not been released yet, most notably Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which could very well be one of 2010’s best.
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.