Thursday, January 1, 2015

Not Going to Do a 2014 Retrospective, With One Exception

So, it's the first day of 2015... nothing feels different, not that anything should. 2014 was a pretty "meh" year- although there was a groundswell of populism concerning police brutality, there was no political groundswell last November, so Congress will be dumber than ever. Thanks, Obama voters!

There were a couple of stories which didn't pan out as earthshaking events- Ebola? What's that? All-in-all, a pretty "meh" year. I'm trying to think if there was anything out of the ordinary in the realm of pop culture. I can't really think of too many top notch songs released in 2014, with one notable exception. Back in October, the band TV on the Radio (hilariously described by a local DJ as the most "Brooklyn" band out there) released their amazing song Happy Idiot:

The video is a gem, featuring ">Speed Racer" iconography, the band dressed in visually arresting style, a cameo by Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens, and the unearthly Karen Gillan (seriously, her hair should win a special effects Oscar). I've never been an MTV kid (I was a child of the radio), but this video makes for compelling watching. I can truthfully say that the only thing not on my 2014 "meh" list is this song.

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