Articles I’ve read recently

Posted January 15, 2017 By admin

I’ve been catching up on a bunch of articles online that I’ve had bookmarked for a while, and thought I’d share some interesting ones here. Some are music related, some are sports related. Either way, they are good reads worth your time.

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker (The New Yorker)

Leonard Cohen’s Last Days (NY Times)

Leonard Cohen: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Poet of Brokenness (Rolling Stone)

What Happened To Robert Swift? (Sports Illustrated)

The Secret History Of Tiger Woods (ESPN)

Mamba Out (ESPN)

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Best Songs of 2016

Posted January 3, 2017 By admin

Adam Green- Never Lift A Finger
Amanda Shires- I Know What It’s Like
Amos Lee- Vaporize
Anderson .Paak- The Bird
Anoushka Shankar- Boat To Nowhere
Benjamin Francis Leftwich- Just Breathe
Bob Dylan- Melancholy Mood
Brent Cobb- South Of Atlanta
Carrie Rodriguez- La Ultima Vez
Charles Bradley- You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)
Daniel Romano- (Gone Is) But A Quarry Of Stone
Dessa- Quinine
Gavin DeGraw- Harder To Believe
Haley Bonar- I Can Change
Haley Greene- Two Trees In The Dark
Haroula Rose- Songbird
Hayes Carll- Drive
John Mayer- Love On The Weekend
John Prine- Falling In Love Again
JoJo- Mad Love
Leonard Cohen- Treaty
Lisa Hannigan-Fall
Loretta Lynn- Everything It Takes (ft. Elvis Costello)
Luke Winslow King- Heartsick Blues
Matt Andersen-Last Surrender
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- How To Make Friends
Neema- For You (ft. Emmylou Harris)
Norah Jones- Carry On
Pete Yorn- Lost Weekend
Peter Doherty- Flags From The Old Regime
Pigeon John- (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party
Post Malone- Deja Vu (ft. Justin Bieber)
Rachael Yamagata- Over
Regina Spektor- Black & White
Romantica-Blue Heart
Sarah Jarosz- Green Lights
Scott Orr- Still Waiting
Shannon LaBrie- Took My Whole Life
Sharon Van Etten- Not Myself
Shooter Jennings- The Neverending Story (ft. Brandi Carlile)
Sivert Høyem- Fool To Your Crown
Springtime Carnivore- Under The Spell
Tara Beier- Summer Rain
The Boxmasters- People Move On
The Cactus Blossoms- Powder Blue
The Pines- Aerial Ocean
Tom Odell- Here I Am
Tori Vasquez- Wear You Thin
Water & Sand- All I Wanna Do
Wet- Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl

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Best Albums of 2016

Posted January 1, 2017 By admin

The time has come to rank the best albums of the past year. It’s been a year of loss, as many great musicians have passed, some very near and dear to my heart. Some great music was made though, and that’s what will always keep the memories of musicians alive. I’m sure some of the albums below will be new to some people, and some will be very familiar. Hopefully the ones that are new to you will inspire you to seek them out and give them a chance, and the ones you already know will inspire you to revisit them at some point. Before I get to the top 10, here are some honorable mentions that just missed the cut but deserve to be listened to:

And now, the top 10:

10. Hayes Carll-Lovers and Leavers

9. Sarah Jarosz-Undercurrent

8. Anoushka Shankar-Land Of Gold

7. Benjamin Francis Leftwich-After The Rain

6. Romantica-Shadowlands

5. The Cactus Blossoms-You’re Dreaming

4. Loretta Lynn-Full Circle

3. The Pines-Above The Prairie

2. Bob Dylan-Fallen Angels

1. Leonard Cohen-You Want It Darker

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Top Albums of 2015

Posted January 10, 2016 By admin

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything here. The last 6 months or so of my life have been a roller coaster, and I’ve been focused on rebuilding my life and unfortunately this site has been neglected. I don’t know what this next year will hold as far as writing anything here, I’ll write as I am feeling up to it, but I wanted to at least post my top albums of last year as well as my favorite songs, which I will try to get to tomorrow.

15.  Ron Sexsmith- Carousel One
Ron Sexsmith- Carousel One

14. Leigh Nash- The State I’m In
Leigh Nash - The State I'm In

13. Erik Koskinen – Live at the Real Phonic Radio Hour: 2011-2015
Erik Koskinen - Live at the Real Phonic Radio Hour 2011-2015

12. Brooke Annibale – The Simple Fear 
Brooke Annibale - The Simple Fear

11. Andreya Triana – Giants
Andreya Triana - Giants

10. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

9. The-Dream – IAMSAM
The-Dream - IAMSAM

8. Andrew Combs – All These Dreams
Andrew Combs - All These Dreams

7. Justin Bieber – Purpose
Justin Bieber - Purpose

6. Anthony da Costa – da costa
Anthony da Costa - da costa

5. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’
Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'

4. Ryan Adams – Live at Carnegie Hall
Ryan Adams - Live at Carnegie Hall

3. Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter

2. Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night
Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

1. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Leon Bridges - Coming Home

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Kurt Cobain

Posted April 5, 2015 By admin

KURT-COBAIN-400Today marks the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobains death. I was only 9 at the time and didn’t discover Nirvana until years later, but Kurt’s music has meant as much to me as if I were discovering it the day it was released. Therefore, I’m devoting this weeks picks of the week to Kurt Cobain/Nirvana. Here are some cool alternate/demo version of songs, as well as a couple cool cover songs.

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Cactus Blossoms-Live at The Electric Fetus-3/24/15Photo taken by: Tom Smith

 

The Cactus Blossoms
The Electric Fetus
Minneapolis, MN
3-24-15

-Audience Recording using Zoom H2 rear internal mics >SD Card>PC>Adobe Audition>CD Wave Editor (split tracks)>TLH>FLAC Level 8
-“A “MN Gneiss” recording”
-Feel free to re-master, share on any other torrent site, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying their music.
1. Intro
2. You’re Dreaming
3. Stoplight Kisses
4. ? (new song)
5. Queen Of Them All
6. Clown Collector
7. ? (new song)
8. A Sad Day to Be You
9. Traveler’s Paradise
10. Change Your Ways or Die (The Buffalo Song)

 

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