Starting the Year on a Good Note

by Sophia Hernandez

As I look back on the past decade of the new millennium, I realize that the 00’s defined a real clusterfuck in mainstream music history. The industry undeniably suffered from the boom of hipster culture and execs are still trying to plaster the cracks that the new digital age has formed. The good news? With every problem there’s a solution; and fortunately for your ears, classic media and artists are making a comeback.

Among the hopefuls expected to return in 2010 are Gorillaz , Courtney Love’s 90’s band Hole, LCD Soundsystem, and Bad Brains, but here are a few highlights that made me squirm like a little girl.

White Stripes
Ok, so maybe I haven’t seen this Detroit duo live – yet – but that is why they are at the top of my list. Since their first album debut in 1999, The White Stripes has consistently created music that will eventually lead them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They were last seen on a cross-Canada tour in 2007 (a documentary to be released in March), and just a few months later they announced cancellation of their remaining tour dates leaving everyone, including myself, jaw dropped. There has been speculation that the Whites’ are working on their 7th album now and it should be issued this year, but because of all the side projects Jack is working on, who knows exactly when it will be finished. What I do know is, The White Stripes owe us a tour.

Beastie Boys
I can remember being three years old, dancing in my garage to my cousin spinning The Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill record and little did I think that they’d still be around 25 years after their first album release in 1986, performing at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival. Err, at least they were supposed to. On July 20 2009, Adam “MCA” Yauch gave news of his discovery of cancerous tumor that led to the elimination of any further planned shows and postponed the release of their 8th album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1. Things are looking up now for the three MCs and a date has finally been set for their highly anticipated drop: February 8, 2010.

Amy Winehouse
If I had to choose a favorite female vocalist, it’d be this sultry Brit. Prominent influences of jazz, soul, ska and R&B have fluttered throughout her career winning her a record-breaking number of awards and an incredible amount of international success. She sadly fell victim to the fame, and in 2008 fans lost her to “health issues” and “legal problems.” However, word on the street is that she’ll be releasing a new album, titled Fits and Stars, this year. I really hope she’s coming back to stay for good. Single-handedly, Miss Winehouse has paved the way for many other female artists, including Lilly Allen and Lady Gaga and she is well deserving of the recognition – no matter how much crack she’s really smoked.

So there you have it folks: the first installment of The Audio Philes. Hopefully this has sparked some light at the end of the tunnel because quite frankly, it looks like it’s going to be a good year in music.

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