Stuff I Liked in 2014

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Stuff I Liked in 2014

There was a time when end of the year lists on blogs meant something. No, really! People actually wanted to see how their favorite self-crowned tastemakers accounted for the debts and revenues of the year’s culture ledger. God, the internet once seemed so small, when its potential seemed so limitless. Hashtag. Or something.

I liked a lot of stuff this year. Here it is. In rough (but not definitive) ranking order. Your mileage will vary.

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Fakers @ The Satellite 12-29-14

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Fakers @ The Satellite 12-29-14

Just a few quick notes jotted-down on the first-ever show from Fakers, a new band featuring Travis Shettel (the lead guy of Piebald), both Siara Bros (The Henry Clay People), Ben Heywood (the lead guy of local darlings, Summer Darling) and Cameron Dmytryk (Vanaprasta guitarist).

  • LOUD. (seriously)
  • Lot of talent in there. Five guys, all capable of fronting their own band. Each one sang lead on at least one song, three of them on at least two. That was fun.
  • Still very primordial. The sum total of experience from the five members was reflected in the music, which varied greatly in rock genre. (In a good way.)
  • LOUD. (no, really)

Hope they stick around.

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Weezer @ The Belasco Theatre 11-07-14

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Weezer @ The Belasco Theatre 11-07-14

Last month I took-up the sword and shield to cover Weezer, my once and future favorite band, for Buzz Bands. Pretty happy with the writeup (even if the button is a little cute), but I may have overcompensated for bias; I had a great time. Thanks as always to Lord Master Bronson for having me as his bannerman.

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The Henry Clay People @ Replacements Tribute Night at The Satellite 07-19-14

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The Henry Clay People @ Replacements Tribute Night at The Satellite 07-19-14

Our old friends The Henry Clay People have played many last shows. When they amicably split, I privately guessed Joey Siara would return home from Harvard the summer of ’14, and wouldn’t be able to resist an HCP show by November ’14. Seems I was three months too sure of his will.

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Guided by Voices @ The Fonda 06-13-14 (In the style of The World Famous Busblog)

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Guided by Voices @ The Fonda 06-13-14 (In the style of The World Famous Busblog)

Took my first Uber to this show. I was hoping the driver would maybe be a pretty girl I could fake-fall in love with for fifteen minutes. Or maybe a dork like me. Or a smart guy like busblog.

Actually I was hoping my driver would be busblog.

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Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Pretty Flowers, and Le Cos @ Pehrspace 06-07-14

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Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Pretty Flowers, and Le Cos @ Pehrspace 06-07-14

Went to Pehrspace with my old friend Travis. When was the last time I was there? I’m not sure. The last I blogged about it was almost four years ago, but I doubt that was the last time I was there.

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Timothy James and Afternoons @ The Satellite 05-06-14

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Timothy James and Afternoons @ The Satellite 05-06-14

I got there way too early. Managed to get a beer in my hand (Boulevard Tank, from my favorite brewery) and leaned on the old Galaga machine. There was a point in time, I don’t remember when exactly without counting back, where I would have battled musicians on that cabinet, destroying bug ships like exploding electrons, engaging in a separated automated digital game with persons whose creative output I could praise or savage in pixel-print. Now I leaned on the husk of the machine and just stared. The curtain was gone. Moved. In the back of the room. There was no bar in the middle of the floor lean on, to separate the people watching the music from the people watching the people. No mirror to spit our faces back at ourselves. Where was Spaceland Brian? Was he off, or dead? Who knows. I miss him.

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Coachella 2014 Overview

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Coachella 2014 Overview

I was displeased with the lineup when it was released and, if it wasn’t for the Replacements, I’d might not have gone. What a mistake that would have been. This was one of the best of my ten years going to Coachella.

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Attending Coachella… something only trust fund babies can afford to do? What’s it really cost?

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Attending Coachella… something only trust fund babies can afford to do? What’s it really cost?

I’m a ten year Coachella vet now, and this year did nothing to change me from a mega-cheerleader of the festival. Yes, it is an expensive decision you have to save for, but it’s not as expensive as you think. What, wait? I thought the Daily Beast detailed a hedonistic hell for trust fund babies?

Well now, about that.

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Coachella 2014 Day Three Field Report 04-13-14

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Coachella 2014 Day Three Field Report 04-13-14

Sunday started off with a bang (Bo Ningen) and rolled along, slowly building to a pretty tremendous finish. It was quite a day, with a broad range of emotions, including rage and sadness. More after the jump.

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