My top 3 most anticipated music albums of 2014

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 2014 Great year of music releases?

Finally there are some albums coming that I can’t wait to hear. See my Top 3 of  most anticipated music albums of 2014.

1. The Presidents of The USA

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The Presidents released their “last” album These Are The Good Times People in 2008, and Chris Ballew (vocals, basitar) said that it raised the bar so high for another album. Chris has been also really busy with his solo project called Caspar Babypants. There’s new Caspar Babypants album in every 9 months. Also he continues to play live shows often…

Back to PUSA (Presidents of the USA). First the band went to studio to record some old songs for the fans (b-sides), but later on they found the magic of making a new album, and It should be out this February! It’s been 6 years between their studio albums, and it’s the longest time in their career.

Record comes out via PledgeMusic  (similar to Kickstarter), where fans funds the album. There are some limited edition stuff you can purchase, but I think the prices are bit too high. (Same goes with other bands on that service). So, you can’t blame the band to be greedy.  Buyers also get live album, which is a compilation from the live material from past 3 years or so. This is the first PUSA live album!

I ordered the 2 CD package, which has the studio and live album. Also wanted to buy the vinyl version, but the price was too high.

Release date: February 15, 2014

2014 Tour Dates:

2014 PUSAfest concerts:

2014-02-14 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon, USA
2014-02-15 – Showbox at the Market, Seattle, USA
2014-02-16 (early) – The Triple Door, Seattle, Washington, USA
2014-02-16 (late) – The Triple Door, Seattle, Washington, USA

2014 European tour:

2014-02-20 – Utrecht, Tivoli, Netherlands
2014-02-21 – Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen, Netherlands
2014-02-23 – Concorde 2, Brighton, East Sussex, UK
2014-02-24 – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
2014-02-25 – O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
2014-02-27 – O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK
2014-02-28 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
2014-03-01 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK

More tour dates.

2. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes

Even thought this is a new album, it isn’t entirely full of new material. There are some re-recorded songs, covers and few new songs on High Hopes album, also features Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine. Bruce Springsteen and the E Stret Band starts their 2014 tour in January.

Track list:

1. High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell) – featuring Tom Morello
2. Harry’s Place * – featuring Tom Morello
3. American Skin (41 Shots) – featuring Tom Morello
4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey) – featuring Tom Morello
5. Down In The Hole *
6. Heaven’s Wall ** – featuring Tom Morello
7. Frankie Fell In Love
8. This Is Your Sword
9. Hunter Of Invisible Game * – featuring Tom Morello
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad – duet with Tom Morello
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) – featuring Tom Morello

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except as noted

Album produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

*Produced by Brendan O’Brien

**Produced by Brendan O’Brien, co-produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

Release Date: January 13, 2014

2014 Tour Dates:

2014-01-28 – Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa
2014-01-29 – Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa
2014-02-01 – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014-02-05 – Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
2014-02-07 – Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
2014-02-08 – Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
2014-02-11 – Entertainment Center, Adelaide, Australia
2014-02-12 – Entertainment Center, Adelaide, Australia
2014-02-15 – AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia
2014-02-16 – AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia
2014-02-19 – Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia
2014-02-22 – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia
2014-02-23 – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia
2014-02-26 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

2014-03-01 – Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

More tour dates.

3. AC/DC

There has been rumors from last year, that this could be the year that new AC/DC album comes out. I surely hope so!  It’s been 6 years since their last studio album. There has been rumors about 2014 tour too, so the timing would be perfect.

Release date: 2014?

Runners Up:

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (TBA).

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars (lost album from 80’s)

Beck – Morning Phase (+ another album?)

Black Keys – TBA???


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Badlands admin is a huge Bruce Springsteen (obviously) and a music fan from Finland.. Avid coffee drinker. Every blog post requires plenty of coffee. What else…Oh. I wrote a book called “How Bruce Springsteen’s Music Saved My Life: The Story of a Bullied Boy“. It’s available on major eBook stores like Amazon Kindle, Google Play, iTunes…