Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goodbye 2014



It's impossible to keep up with every new album that comes out. I know that I missed some really good stuff, and I look forward to catching up. I've heard great stuff about FKA twigs, Swans, War on Drugs, White Lung, and the new Beck record.

I feel like I'm always trying to catch up on amazing new music. I just recently got into Deap Valley and Cage The Elephant's 2013 albums. I dig them a lot. I just missed them last year.

The following is my annual Top 10 Albums list. The list is based on what I bought and listened to the most. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Albums of 2014

1. Spoon – They Want My Soul
2. Alvvays – Alvvays
3. Jack White - Lazaretto
4. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
5. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
6. Chuck E. Weiss – Red Bean and Weiss
7. Nikki Lane – All or Nothin'
8. Pixies - Indie Cindy
9. Tom Petty – Hypnotic Eyes
10. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Honorable Mentions: Ty Segall – Manipulator
&
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love

As an added bonus I've decided to do my Top 5 Movies of 2014 list

1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. The Fault In Our Stars
4. Big Hero 6
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Honorable Mention: Dom Hemmingway

I didn't get to see many movies this year, but all of these make my list of all-time favorites.

Boyhood, St. Vincent, Stranger by the Lake, Nightcrawler, and Birdman might have made this a Top 10 list, if I had seen them. They all look very good, and I can't wait to see Inherent Vice.

I'm going to see the new Hobbit movie this weekend. We all know it'll be good. It doesn't even need to be on a list.

Writing News: I'm still waiting on an official release date for the Vincennes Writers Group anthology. There isn't much else to report. It has been an off year, but I look to have a few announcements early next year.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!

Thanks for reading!


- Travis

Friday, December 12, 2014

Coming January 2015




Here are the front and back covers for the Vincennes Writers Group anthology, Hotel Stories.