The Best Music of 2014

2014

Well Planet Earth, I know I’m a little late, but it’s time to reflect on the awesomeness of last year in regards to rocking tuneskies. I can’t say it was the best year in recent memory, with a lot of highly anticipated releases not making the top list. Yet as always, if you dig deep enough, you’ll find some gems, so overall, 2014 definitely didn’t disappoint. Way to go year!

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Jam of the Week: White Lung

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Artist: White Lung

Album: Deep Fantasy

Genre: Punk (Modern)

Date: 2014

Sound: An unrelenting 22 minute assault of fury

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Jam of the Week: Pink Floyd

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Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Endless River

Genre: Art Rock (UK)

Date: 2014 (Sort Of)

Sound: Moody & Instrumental Awesomeness

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Jam of the Week: Left Lane Cruiser

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Artist: Left Lane Cruiser

Album: Slingshot

Genre: Blues Rock (Modern)

Date: 2014 (new, sorta)

Sound: Badass North Mississippi Blues

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The Budos Band Show Review

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Venue: Bluebird Theater

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 07/09/14

Inebriation Level: Party Time

Sometimes you just have to get funky. That right there is a fact of life. Look no further than the eight-piece instrumental band from NYC that call themselves The Budos Band.

I’d originally caught wind of the band back in my college days where they regularly took down the house at the Bluebird in Bloomington, IN. When I heard they were rolling into Denver, CO and hitting up the Bluebird here, it was a no question “let’s party” situation.

I brought the special lady along and we got to the venue a bit after the opening band finished their set. The Bluebird is a nice sized venue, halfway between the small do-they-make-any-money places and large i-can’t-see-a-damn-thing venues. I was in complete party time mode and ready to jam my ass off. We pushed our way right up to the stage and I noticed the roadies not touching the equipment, but just lugging beers. PBR after PBR until they even brought out a damn suitcase of burrs. Now everyone was ready to get into party time mode.

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Jam of the Week: Led Zeppelin

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Artist: Led Zeppelin

Album: I (Deluxe Edition, Remastered)

Genre: Arena Rock

Date: 2014 (new, sorta)

Sound: F**king Led Zeppelin!

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Jam of the Week: Lost in the Trees

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Artist: Lost in the Trees

Album: Past Life

Genre: Indie Rock

Date: 2014 (new!)

Sound: Haunting Indie Rock (spooky!)

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Jam of the Week: Beck

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Artist: Beck

Album: Morning Phase

Genre: Singer/Songwriter (Modern)

Date: 2014 (new!)

Sound: Mellow out with homeboy’s chill jams

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