What to Look For in 2014
At the end of each year, music journalists tend to go list crazy, compiling articles on the top songs, albums, shows, whatever, of the year. Believe me, it’s easy copy to pump out when you’re distracted by real life problems such as managing your fantasy football team to a championship.
I’ve certainly authored my fair share of “Best Of 2013” lists on Music On The Goe, the online portion of this column, including favorite songs of the year and favorite live shows picked, with help, by various music promoters and venue owners in the area.
I could rehash my thoughts on favorite album of the year (Disclosure’s “Settle”) or my favorite song of the year (Katy Pery’s “Roar”) or favorite live show of the year (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Colorado Mesa University) or even my favorite after-party of the year (the disappearing bottle of Buffalo Trace party with Tender Loving Empire band’s Radiation City and Brainstorm), but you can get all that content online already
Instead of using the next 450 words or so to talk about all the amazing music and shows that happened this year let’s focus on all the amazing music and shows that will happen next year.
On the national scene, take note of producer Danger Mouse.
Danger Mouse, who made his name mashing up the Beatles’ “White Album” with Jay-Z’s “Black Album” and has worked with everyone from CeeLo Green to Jack White and The Black Keys, has two highly anticipated projects coming out in 2014.
The first project is a new album from Broken Bells, Danger Mouse’s band with the Shins front man James Mercer. Titled “After the Disco,” the first single “Holding On For Life” has a heavy psyched out, nu disco vibe and vocals reminiscent of the Bee Gees. Based on that track alone, the album is sure to be their catchiest yet and is available next month.
More interestingly, Danger Mouse also collaborated with U2 on an untitled new album, which the band plans to officially announce during a Super Bowl commercial in February.
“We’re working with Danger Mouse, who’s a smart guy,” U2 bassist Adam Clayton said in an interview with Billboard Magazine. “He’s on it; he’s excited. It’s a great team and feels very liberating at the moment — anything goes.”
U2 reportedly also spent time recording with Will.i.am, Davie Guetta and RedOne, which is very intriguing. Their album has the makings of massive hit and is going to be a must listen.
Also slated for 2014 are new albums from Adele, the Foo Fighters, Elbow, Bruce Springsteen and Beck, as well as a “lost” album from the 1980s by Johnny Cash called “Out Among the Stars.”
On the local front, look for new recordings from surf duo Wave Baby and power trio Dirtylektric.
Wave Baby is in the studio now finishing up recording and will play the first big show of the new year at the KAFM Radio Room on Jan. 10 with Bronco Country and New York City crew Peanut Butter Lovesicle.
Dirtylektric on the other hand has its new album finished and mastered and it will be available early 2014.
On the venue side of things, it looks like the 4th Door Art and Music Collective is set to reopen early next year. The 4th Door is an all ages, no drugs, no alcohol DIY venue that has hosted a number of shows in the past, including last year’s battle of the bands, and is a much needed option for local musicians.
From the look of things, I think 2014 is going to be a fine year for music, both nationally and locally. I can’t wait.