I didn’t mean to see Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit 99 times.
I saw one show this year that caught me completely off guard, another show that I am redacting every detail about and a band of punk rock heroes. I saw intimate living room style shows and I went to Red Rocks. I even managed to see Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit a time or two (Red Rocks, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, Providence, Indianapolis, Nashville, Portland, down the street).
I got way into EDM this year. The world is a dark and sad place and one day this summer at the pool, I was surrounded by youths and they were all listening to EDM. It made me feel a lot better than my usual fare. Though, none of that really made this list of my favorite works of art in 2018. I guess that’s largely because most EDM is taken in small doses (I don’t think I intend that to be a pun). Here are some tracks I particularly loved this year, many of which carry me to a very specific time and place – and that type of song is special. Continue reading
I only fudged one spot on this list this year, and surprisingly, it was not Isbell-related. And I saw George Strait in Las Vegas and that didn’t even make the list! That’s how you know you had fun.
This may have been the most difficult year that I have ever tried to rank my ten favorite albums. There wasn’t a record really–other than perhaps my favorite–that was superior to everything else recorded this year, but there were 100 that were great. I could have easily stretched this into something much longer, but I think I’ve kept at this concise list for a decade or so and there’s no reason to deviate now. It was a great year for pop music, and I didn’t even include the shockingly fabulous Harry Styles debut.
Former Birmingham radio station 107.7 The X was responsible for breaking a lot of acts in the 90s and early 2000s; folks like John Mayer and Train. And matchbox twenty, a band that went on to arena rock success, first found its audience when Program Director Dave Rossi decided to play a cut from the debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, that was not being promoted as the single.
That album would went platinum 12 times. Though lead vocalist Rob Thomas has also gone on to a successful solo career, the band reconvenes as time permits. They’ve released three records since, the most recent, North, in 2012.
Guitarist Paul Doucette named the band. He doesn’t really have an explanation for where it came from, but it was his idea that stuck. Ahead of their return to the Magic City, Doucette chats about Rossi’s decision that propelled the band to superstardom and what to expect of the band’s future. Continue reading