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THE PURSUIT OF GREATNESS

In retrospect, very few truly important artists/hits emerged from Modern Rock last year. Oh, for sure, KONGOS’ "Come With Me Now" cut a swath for the reemergence of "swagger" to the format, and Hozier's debut single, "Take Me to Church" was pure magic—new artists, along with Vance Joy and Banks, that are now moving through the next phase of promising careers. 2014 releases by core Modern Rock artists immediately climbed to #1, and stayed there, but it's unlikely that either the latest from The Black Keys or Foo Fighters, two bands I admire and whose music I love, will be remembered among their best work. 

My favorite song of 2014 was “Inside Out” by Spoon, which, not remotely coincidentally, is the latest single from They Want My Soul. The decision makers were also in "agreeance" (to quote Fred Durst) on this choice:

At close second was Dan Wilson's "A Song Can Be About Anything," which I played on repeat for months:

These were two of the few songs that reminded me I wasn't completely dead inside. 

On January 1, as I have done every New Year since 2008, I played my son a song that is (I believe) one of the best ever written, The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year": 

I love a pause into a key change, don't you? While reflecting on the year that had ended (finally!), it occurred to me that this April 2015 will mark my 25th anniversary at HITS, and my 30th year in the world of Modern Rock (commercial) radio. There have been moments in my career when I've been eye-rollingly "over it," but there's still no better feeling than the late afternoon Kevin, Gene and Lisa from KROQ call with an add. I even lived through rap-rock, and those were bleak times. 

So this year, the quest is to be inspired by the best of the best, and do my best, in return. The first moment of greatness I saw was Sleater-Kinney on Letterman this past week performing "A New Wave" from No Cities to Love, their first record in a decade, now out on Sub Pop

On Thursday and Friday night, Patti Smith and her band will be playing two sold-out shows at the Theater at the Ace Hotel (I love this venue). I haven't missed one of her L.A. appearances in decades; this week is no exception. If you have a chance to see her (you can get in; you know people), do not miss this, or any, opportunity to do so. 

SONG TO HEAR (and watch): In the Valley Below, "Peaches"

ALBUM TO HEAR: Belle and Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

PEOPLE TO WATCH: Trey Morgan, Mike Tierney, Mike DePippa, David Jacobs, Christy Taylor, Mike Halloran and John DiMaio.

Email me: Karen.Glauber@hitsmagazine.com 

 

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