Each year, I keep up with hundreds of YouTube subscriptions from artists and labels to radio stations and filmmakers. While I greatly appreciate the manicured visual representation of music videos, there is something special about the live-to-tape recorded video sessions as well that capture a unique moment in music.
I had the pleasure of attending scores of shows in St. Louis this past year. Here are my top picks for the best shows of 2014.
One of KDHX's few hip-hop DJs, Wil Wander shows off the finer side of the genre during his show "Elevated Rhymestate," which can be heard early on Thursdays from 3 to 5 a.m. Central. With a focus on laidback or smooth sounds and poetic lyrics, Wil picks from the early rhymes of the 1980s or '90s, as well as newer releases, including some hip-hop from around the world.
This past year, my concert schedule started with a frantic pace, but then unfortunately dwindled away a bit due to increasing limitations on time and finances.
This is probably my favorite year-end list to make. Videos today are as diverse as the music they accompany, and in some cases, they rival the big screen in production value. This year's lot has definitely elevated the standard of video excellence.
Wax Tailor combines a mélange of jazzy vocalists, hip-hop emcees and versatile instrumentalists with his own manicured production to create a depth of sound rarely matched by modern artists.
Some people claim that the art of the music video is dead, but I believe it's simply moved from the industry-controlled cable stations to the nearly limitless world of the Internet.
This was my first full calendar year attending concerts for KDHX as a photographer and journalist, and it certainly helped keep me regularly attending shows.
On the show "Elevated Rhymestate" I feature the latest and greatest in hip-hop and urban music. To my ears, 2012 was a great year for music.