Monday, January 6, 2014
Reunions, Records and More For 2014
Kevin M. asks in the chat box, "What are you looking forward to in 2014?"
I'm not sure there's anything I'm "looking forward to." Many of 2014's great possibilities like a Kinks reunion or a David Bowie tour for starters, can just as easily be horror shows with either limited ticket availablity or price gouging. I'd like to begin the new year on a positive note, but since the average ticket price for a legend these days hovers between $150-$300, the very things I wish to come true will most likely be inaccessible.
But Kevin M. also points out that when he asked me last year, I said I was hoping for new David Bowie music and a week later, like magic, there was, so...
1. I'd like to see a proper Todd Rundgren record. One where he acts his age, uses a band instead of a laptop, and embraces his talents as a vocalist and songwriter. That Daryl Hall & Todd Rundgren record will probably never happen, but before it's too late, something/anything from Rundgren to remind me why I love the guy in the first place would be a real treat for 2014.
2. With all the talk about vinyl, its "comeback," the "warm sound," and the seemingly endless appearance of record stores in hipster Brooklyn, I'd like to see new vinyl come down in price and go up in quality. With the exception of a few releases from some majors, newly purchased vinyl is, quite frankly, CRAP! All these labels that boast about their product should really get on top of their quality control.
I have LPs from the 50's through the 70's, that play and sound better with scuffs and needlemarks than most of this 180gram nonsense that is being released. It cost $28 for a copy of "Elvis & The Roots" LP. The record comes out of a sealed jacket with scuffs and marks. Records right out of the box skip, have skidmarks, jump, have static. Nevermind the packaging.
There are exceptions, like the new Brendan Benson on Readymade. This is a beautiful gatefold with a thick color booklet like the old days and fantastic sound for $19.99. But generally, new vinyl is simply garbage. Don't believe me? Go to "Rough Trade" and buy the new reissue of Nick Lowe's "Labour Of Lust" for $20. Then buy an original, which can be found for as little as $5. Compare. It's night and day, with the cheap original winning by a mile.
3. Still waiting for that new Bill Withers record.
4. The Jimmy Page remasters can be a wonderful thing. It's been a long time since the last Led Zeppelin upgrade, and these new editions will include bonus discs with additional material.
5. I'm looking forward to some anonymous philanthropist sending me a vinyl copy of The Zombies' "Odessey & Oracle" in MONO.
6. Hey, MOTT THE HOOPLE! Bring your reunion to NYC!
If The Kinks do reunite for a tour, I do hope Ray & Dave think about the long-suffering fans and create a setlist that doesn't just pander to an arena crowd. For every 10 minute "AAAAY---YOOOO" there could be three songs from "Face To Face."
How about you? What are you looking forward to, or if you wish, what are you dreading in 2014?