Jim and I return from extended hiatus with a swift (for us) overview of our favorite music from 2012. In a triumphant return-to-form, we illuminate some little known music geekery and go off on tangents.
Music culling my favorite performances from Lollapalooza 2009!
So many pleasant and welcome surprises this year. Acts I thought might just be “okay” were insanely, life-changing phenomenal. Acts I had high hopes for — some delivered better than my high expectations; others faltered. At the end of the three days, I surmized a few things: I’m getting too old for this sh*t; new music is totally awesome and no matter how mild the summer is, Lollapalooza will always land on the hottest weekend of the summer.
I had the BEST time hanging out with my buddy Michael (@romacafe) the entire weekend. I was so happy to hang out as much as we could with my old pal Dennis and even with twitter friend (and major huge Tool fan) Lisa (@kavka). Everyday we seemed to make friends around us, despite inclement weather.
I hope you like this mix. Santigold brought something more than an A-game with her this year.
Jim and I attended the rally in Grant Park, Chicago on election night last week, and it was a very moving experience. People hugged each other — a woman came up to me on the street and offered a hug — a real, warm, longer-lasting full bodied hug. The city of Chicago was just glowing on Tuesday night. People have been walking taller, noticing their neighbors more — I mean, it’s not all Pollyana and people still drive like a bunch of assholes — and Cubs fans? Well, they’re the worst (present company excluded, Jim).
Despite all the good times, the economy is showing signs that we’re still headed for shit. We’re no closer to getting out of Iraq or avoiding further confrontation in Afghanistan than we were before. Poverty, Health Care, Cancer, AIDS, Gay Marriage — I mean, there’s a lot of issues that require serious action and attention — yet even without doing anything, we’re reminded that as a nation whose wealth dwarfs that of almost every other nation, where the black community is a shrinking minority, we elect a minority to the highest office — something that all the other “western” nations have yet to do.
For the first time in a very long time, I actually have some sense that no matter what, we’re all going to be okay.
Some notes about this mix: The Lucero track was contributed by Jim, and it’s been one of my favorites for almost a year now. Since he never played it, I figure I have dibs on it. A fellow by the name of John Campbell suggested The Gossip after a Twitter discussion about Shazam (he used the service as he got a haircut and this cover of Wham! was what it pulled up). I had to throw a new one by The Cure, because it’s probably their best album since Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. And I don’t talk anywhere on this mix, so just pop it in your car on your long commute or drive and just enjoy.