I was a terrible blogger this year. No reviews, no articles, just one post about an album’s anniversary. I didn’t even finish this in time to post it before going out of town for New Years Eve. Oh well, it’s been a crazy year. Here’s a brief run-down of some of my favorite musical moments from 2014.
tl;dr version: My favorite albums of the year were A Thousand Surfaces by Hard Girls and Never Hungover Again by Joyce Manor.
This is, hands down, my favorite song about New Year’s. It’s from a split CD between The Lawrence Arms and The Chinkees (a ska-punk band from San Francisco fronted by Mike Park of Asian Man Records), called Present Day Memories. It was released in 2001, and TLA later included all their tracks from it on their rarities collection Cocktails & Dreams (2005). It’s a Chris McCaughan song, and his lyrics… that line “I’ve got 100 resolutions, but I’ve got no solutions / I’ve got one song I write 100 times, and only a dozen or so rhymes”, that shit hits home, man.
Speaking of The Lawrence Arms, on January 28th they’re releasing their sixth studio album, Metropole. It’ll be their first studio album in eight years. Who wants to go see them with me February 15th at the Casbah?