Shut off the TV. Go to shows, listen to music, do stuff. Unlike this post, life is short.
That’s how I finished my wrap up at the end of last year, and, well, I tried. I don’t really watch much TV to start, so that was kind of easy. I saw 250+ sets of live music, shot a ton of photos (some are even not terrible), listened to music pretty much incessantly (more on that in a bit), and generally did stuff. Life is still short, but is amazing if you let it be. Oh, and this post is pretty long, too.
Thanks to anyone who read this blog (and voted us Savannah’s best, seriously, that kicks ass), went to shows, had a nerdy music conversation with me, promoted bands, played music, danced, bought me a beer, served me a beer, rode along, high fived, head banged, recommended tunes, “liked” my status, made me laugh, or just generally kicked ass in your own way.
Here’s a vaguely chronological photo journal of 2015. Check it out, or, you know, don’t….but it would be cooler if you did.
Bane, yes, freaking Bane, played the Guild Hall early in the year. The Guild Hall ended up sort of a bust as a venue, charging too much to really work for promoters, but boy, was this show fun. Seriously, Bane?
I’m not sure which Cusses show this was from, as I saw them a few times (always great). I sure hope everything works out and they make a triumphant return.
Asheville’s Old Flings, also at the Guild Hall, was underattended and really great. Catch them if you can, good guys, awesome rock.
Trophy Wives, now on hiatus, played a ton of shows I saw this year. Definitely looking forward to their future projects.
BJ Barham and American Aquarium made another stop at the Jinx during yet another of their endless tours. Pretty much a can’t miss show for me.
Trinity United Methodist Church has become a jewel of a venue. Savannah Stopover shows there were amazing. I’m really going to try to catch more stuff there this year.
Wow, just wow. Natalie Prass at Hang Fire. AWESOME.
Stopover alum Peelander Z at The Jinx. So. Much. Fun.
I attended the Atlanta Mess Around basically because Pissed Jeans were playing. It was not a mistake, Pissed Jeans were devastating, and the festival ruled. Two days of gnarly punk and garage. Count on me going back this year.
We’re lucky to get to see Black Tusk on a regular basis. The spreading of Athon’s ashes throughout the year was, by far, one of the coolest things this year.
I never thought I’d see it, but Fucked Up played Savannah. I’m still not at all happy about the curfew.
I saw Creepoid 4 times this year (or was it 5?). They definitely seem at home at Hang Fire.
Sulfur Studios emerged as a vital and important venue over the course of the year, with some stupid good shows, including an awesome Downtown Boys show. COEDS killed it all year, at what seemed like every venue in the city.
I wish I had 1/10 of the confidence of the dude from Valient Thorr. Awesome? Yep. Hilarious? Kind of.
West End Motel at The Jinx?!? An underrated gem of a show.
Are four guitars really necessary? Only if you like fun. Diarrhea Planet shredded The Jinx.
I’ve seen Kylesa a lot, but there was something about this show in support of the fantastic new album that really grabbed me. Again, we’re lucky we get to see them on the regs.
A photo I took at Atlanta Mess Around was used for a full inner sleeve of a record by Obnox. Who would have guessed? Not me.
The singer from Barb Wire Dolls was a force of nature.
The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die played The Dollhouse on the way to The FEST. It was great, but what is really amazing is that I got all 10 people on stage in one photo. Seriously, 10 people? Holy crap.
Speaking of FEST, it was an adventure again. 300+ bands over 1 weekend an easy 4 hour drive away? Okay, I’m in.
Modern Life is War at FEST. I’d read the name a lot, but didn’t know a ton about them. The energy of this show was insane.
Dad Joke put on a bunch of really interesting shows this year, the highlight being the first 2 day Punk Mess. Excellent lineup all around, but holy shit, Golden Pelicans were amazing. Beer swilling punk at its best.
This was a weird one. David Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion, kind of snuck through town, playing a super intimate show for about 60 people at a yoga studio. Very, very, very, engaging guy singing achingly beautiful songs. A highlight of the year, for sure.
Speaking of highlights, Baroness played the way-too-small-for-them Jinx in a homecoming show that was magical. It was a year of Georgia metal heavy hitters for me, having seen Mastodon, Baroness, Kylesa and Black Tusk.
T. Hardy Morris is a damn Southern treasure. His sets at both Bragg Jam and The Jinx were fantastic.
Still scrolling? Huh. Okay. Thanks. You might have noticed that I’m a music nerd, and as such I listen to A LOT of music. Probably at least 6 hours a day, often much more. Here’s the artists that got the most play at home, in the truck, and at work. I’m not going to link to everything, but in my opinion the latest releases by these acts are worth your time.
Top of the heap, 2015:
Pile‘s new one, You’re Better Than This, got by far more plays than anything else this year. Same with their back catalog. Late 80’s, early 90’s indebted college rock. Weird song structures, the LOUD/quiet/LOUD thing, interwoven guitars, strange lyrics. So far up my alley that they may as well be knocking on my door. Not only do I understand the language they’re speaking, I’m in love with the accent. You get the picture. I love this.
Screaming Females– Shredding modern guitar rock
Worriers– catchy as hell poppy punk
T. Hardy Morris– southern grunge
Christian Fitness-smarty pants noise rock
High on Fire– actual heavy metal
Desaparecidos– Bright Eyes rocking out
Torche– doom pop
Courtney Barnett– fantastic lyrics, laid back delivery, over Nevermindish songs
Wet Socks– garage fuzz that I often mistake for Thee Oh Sees
Baroness– heavy rock done well
Kylesa– exploring the boundaries of metal
Car Seat Headrest, Protomartyr, Beach Slang, Fidlar, Deafheaven, Golden Pelicans, Blacklisters, American Aquarium, Pigs, Cherubs, Lucero, Slutever, Fight Amp, Deerhunter, Craig Finn, Kowloon Walled City, Title Fight, Father John Misty, Metz, Battles, Salad Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Sleater Kinney, Ex Breathers, Wavves x Cloud Nothings, El Vy, Jason Isbell, Wilco, Joey Cape, Ken Mode, Warm Soda, Teenage Bottlerocket, Bully, Crazy Bag Lady, Hop Along, Motherfucker