As 2007 winds down, here is a glance in the rear-view mirror back at the year in music that has crossed my path. Live events took place in the state of California unless otherwise stated. The winners are:
Perry Farrell's Satellite Party - "Wish Upon A Dog Star"
The music for this tune is infectious, especially the bass line which will "get your groove on." No other song caused me to consistently hit "repeat" multiple times before I was through with it. Give it a listen, but give yourself room to dance.
Review of Perry Farrell's Satellite Party - Ultra Payloaded
Umphrey McGee - "Wizard Burial Ground"
Not available on an album, but has made its way into their recent set lists. I got to hear it first at Vegoose and was in awe. An outstanding piece that brings to mind Metallica and ELP at different points.
While this video isn't the best version of the song, the band gets extra points for rocking the hell out of the Food & Cooking Section at the Ann Arbor, Michigan Borders.
Most Over-hyped Song:
Bruce Springsteen – "Radio Nowhere"
I heard a lot of talk about Bruce not rocking like this in ages, but when I first heard it, I was pretty underwhelmed. Sure, it rocks next to other songs on the Adult Contemporary station, but it sounds middle of the road and the lyrics are forgettable. Maybe if I was old and had lost some mobility, it would appear to be rocking.
Uncle Earl - Waterloo, Tennessee
I was introduced to these ladies this year and their old time music captivated me with a very fresh sound. A close second was Cowboy Junkies At the End of Paths Taken, but the mature ideas make it a tough album to take. To be fair, with a little more time spent listening to it, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand could very well be the winner of this category the next time someone asks. With each listen, I become more impressed with it.