As we give one quick glance back to the year that was I offer you the following observations. 2012 was one wacked out year in every regard. On a personal level my health was a hot mess, and I believe deep in my heart it was the voodoo practices of the psychotic Bob Seger fans who threatened my very life for not being a follower of “Mr. Night Moves”. For the record, Seger will always be a filthy scumbag to me and not for his own actions but for his disgusting cult of followers.
But the year was filled with fabulous fun as well. Warped Tour 2012 was fantastic and I caught some of the best acts as rocknyc opted to focus on the music rather than the interviews for the first time in 3 years. 2013’s coverage will be completely new and you’ll dig it- trust me. Concert wise I was pretty light, again mostly due to health but also because there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot that motivated me out the door.
Best show by far was Morrissey in November 2012 at the Waterbury Palace. Aside from the drunk anorexic who decided to shove my kid it was a beautifully done show by the master of his craft. In true Morrissey style he kicked everyone in the balls with his rendition and film coverage of “Meat Is Murder” and I will always be awed at the guts that took.
The best album? Blunderbuss by Jack White. ‘Shakin’” the best song on it. This album got me excited about music again and pulled me out of my 80’s cave.
The ‘hardcore’ scene tanked like a rock. The bands I loved either threw in the towel or just tried too hard to swing to death metal or pop- Bands like Lions Lions held their own but Four Year Strong.. wheredja go?
I began to appreciate hip hop and not the popular kind either. I was introduced to some pretty rad stuff by Iman and opened that side of my brain up.
Best all around artist? Pitbull. Partially for looking like a premature hamster and partially for having the most fantastic sense of humor of any artists presently in the circuit. How so? Simple. If you watch the video of “Cant Stop The Party” you’ll see a doughy pasty white jail tatt’d mess frolicking with the ladies on a boat. That guy wouldn’t make it within 10 feet of those lovely ‘ho’s if he didn’t have the ridiculous self confidence and easy going spirit. Pitbull is the ugly mans shaman. Dancing like a cross between Ed Grimley and Elaine on Seinfeld he takes a stage and owns it, all the while plugging some weird product. I admire this- you can’t help but get caught up in the man who is so convinced that the women adore him- that they actually do. Keep the sunglasses on. His duets with Shakira are freakin mucho fantastic..Dale!
I’m excited for what 2013 will bring. Excited to work with the brilliant talent that roams around our site. I absolutely adore my co-editor Iman Lababedi, if ever there were two people more ‘polar opposite’ it’s us, which is why we make such a fantastic team. Alyson you’re amazing, I don’t know how you keep up with that jet set LA lifestyle you own and manage to be such a top notch investigator. Steve..Jesus Christ I freakin love your sense of humor it is exactly what this site needs! Henry, my dear son you add a fresh vantage point coupled with the intelligence of a fabulous mind in everything you write. Layna, you are my long lost daughter I expect to hear more from you this year. Mary- yeah you’re pretty cool too.
Now someone drop the damn ball, let’s get the new year started.