Best Music Writing of 2014 & more articles
Red Bull Music Academy was nice enough to let me do another year-end round up of "Best Music Journalism 2014" and while I'm always honored to get the chance to do this (previously for the good people at rockcritics.com, Blurt and PopMatters), I'm also always kind of let down by doing it too.
Mostly, that's because there's other articles I'd love to list but don't have the space for, not to mention that I won't listen anything from Perfect Sound Forever 'cause that would be favoritism (though I really think that ALL our writers there deserve props). Also, just like any year-end music round up, you always find out about great items after the fact and think 'how the hell did I miss that?'
In that spirit, here's a number of other music articles I really liked from 2014.
- Gregory Ciotti "How Music Affects Your Productivity” (Sparring Mind, July)
- Shenequa A. Golding “Nas Researches His Ancestry And Finds The Man Who Enslaved His Family” (Vibe/PBS, October 27)
- Adam Harper "System Focus: Inside 1080p, Zoom Lens & the New Digital DIY Labels" (Fader, June 4)
- Ron Hart “’Beat Street’: The Making of a Hip-Hop Classic” (Grantland, August 15)
- Steven Hyden “Pop In A Hopeless Place: Calvin Harris and EDM’s Hair Metal Phase” (Grantland, November 4)
- Lorne Manly “Legal Debate on Using Boastful Rap Lyrics As A Smoking Gun” (New York Times, March 26)
- Nick Messitte “What John Coltrane on the Billboard Charts Tells Us About Music Sales in 2014” (Forbes, October 21)
- Matt Patches “Brothers in BRONG: How Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan Make The Boldest Scores in Hollywood” (Grantland, November 7)