Wow! We can’t believe 2009 has come to an end. This year saw a lot in music, and so did the staff at Buntology. Between Phish, festies, and a smattering of new and classic rock concerts, it’s going to be hard to top all of the awesome performances 2009 had to offer.
But, before we look at the music, let’s take a second to remember the great musicians that passed away this year: Ron Asheton (The Stooges), Jay Bennet (Wilco), Bob Bogle (The Ventures), Ean Evans (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Adam Goldstein (“DJ AM”), Kelly Groucutt (Electric Light Orchestra), and Michael Jackson (Jackson 5). Rest in peace!
But with death comes rebirth, and this year the stork brought us many new “super-groups” like Them Crooked Vultures, The Deadweather, Further and Tinted Windows. This past year we have seen the rise of young artists like Passion Pit, Asher Roth, Matt & Kim and Gogol Bordello. We have also seen some older bands dust off their Fenders and start playing again, like The Flaming Lips, Weezer and Blink 182.
Blink 182 reunited this year, not only to record, but also to tour and play shows through the US last summer. Though Blink has not released any new music yet, they have are currently working on a new album. Another band that reunited after a break for a few years was Phish. They released a new album “Joy” and have went on an extensive summer and fall tour. Of course one of the highlights of Buntology staffer Ivan’s summer was the performance by Sir Paul McCartney, who played a show at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.
How about some other musical highlights of the year? In no particular order…
The 51st Grammy Awards are airing tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS. I’m only watching it because Blink 182 is presenting an award. We’ll get into that later.
-Duane Johnson, aka “The Rock” aka “Hot” is hosting? Kind of odd, but not as odd as that Beatles joke he made after announcing Paul McCartney was there.
-First award of the night goes to Jennifer Hudson. It tugged at my heart strings. “I want to thank my family- the ones in heaven and the ones on earth.” Also, she’s dating one of the dudes that was on I Love New York. Hrmm…
-Coldplay = don’t care, holy sh*t is that Hov?!?!? Sick.
-Carrie Underwood performs “Don’t Even Know His Last Name.” Interestingly enough, I “didn’t even know the name of the song” and had to ask my roommate Jess, who wants me to make mention of her hideous outfit.
I’m freaking out right now. “In the midst of everything else that has happened lately, tom, travis, and i have all spoken together. first through a number of phone calls, and then a couple of weeks ago we all hung out for a few hours. they’ve all been great, very positive conversations. we’re just reconnecting as friends after four years of not talking. it’s a good thing.” >>> – Mark Hoppus