Friday, January 1, 2010

Return of Bona Fide

Since a new year calls for new beginnings, it is time for Bona Fide With Headphones to end its hiatus. 2010 is already revealing itself to be an important year for music, with bands and musicians returning to the recording studio and undiscovered artists beginning to receive some recognition, and Bona Fide can't wait to introduce you to what's new in music as the year progresses. Music news and album and concert reviews will return to Bona Fide along with interviews with a host of musicians and bands, well-known and obscure. Also, Bona Fide hopes to give you daily doses of music media, including music videos, snippets of live performances, and more, to keep you media and music savvy.

Want to get an idea of which albums I will be reviewing and which bands I will be seeing live? Check out the list of anticipated albums of 2010 compiled by one of my favorite music blogs, Stereogum. My favorites? Vampire Weekend, Spoon, MGMT, Los Campesinos!, LCD Soundsystem, Panda Bear, Frightened Rabbit, Arcade Fire, No Age, She & Him, of Montreal, Dum Dum Girls, Wavves, Band of Horses, The Thermals, The Walkmen, Gorillaz, Born Ruffians, OutKast, and James Mercer & Dangermouse to name a few... Well, to name all of them really.

And what do I have to say about 2009? Well, it was an interesting year for music. I believe the bands who were just a blip everyone's radar in 2008 were thrust into the spotlight in 2009. And for bands such as Passion Pit and Phoenix, who had been making music throughout 2008 and released extraordinary records during the summer of 2009, and many others, the spotlight is well deserved. But for me, 2009 was the year for wild and ridiculous pop music, and I think this video sums it up.

To bring us back to the present though, may the new year make our ears happy. I hope music lovers everywhere had a fantastic holiday season and I hope they have an even better 2010. Make sure to keep checking Bona Fide With Headphones often in the new year... !