Music For Humans Awards 2018

Posted February 13, 2018 By admin

Well, it’s been more than a day or two since I last posted, but better late than never, right? I’ve done this type of post in the past, but it’s been a few years since I last did it. Basically, I take some of the categories from the Grammy’s, create some of my own, and pick an “award” winner. Some are probably obvious (a lot come from my top albums of the year and songs of the year posts), but others are more unique and may expose people to something they might not have heard of before.

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Picks Of The Week

Posted January 30, 2018 By admin

Here is this weeks Picks Of The Week feature. A lot of the songs weren’t on Spotify, so I would advise people to use the ZIP link to get the most out of this weeks picks. Also, the Grammys aired last night, and while I didn’t waste my time watching (and apparently most of America didn’t either), it did remind me of a feature I used to do way back when. In the next day or two I’ll be posting the “Music For Humans Awards”, which include some of the Grammy categories with winners of my choosing.

Songs included in ZIP that aren’t on the Spotify Playlist:

  • Jehro- All Along the Watchtower
  • Michael Convertino- Away To The Window
  • Mavis Staples- Christmas Vacation
  • Connie Francis- It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
  • Minimatic- Just Like a Woman
  • The New Standards- River (ft. Haley Bonar)



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Odds and ends

Posted January 26, 2018 By admin

It’s been a busy past week or so, which explains the lack of any posting. I’m catching up on a few projects and will hopefully get more time to post. I just wanted to share one of the projects I am caught up on. I go to a lot of live shows and record them when I can. I have a separate website for sharing those recordings, and I’ll leave the link below for anyone interested in checking that out. I also take plenty of photographs when I’m at concerts, so I am currently working on editing and organizing all my photos and will be uploading them in albums (probably on Flickr) for people to view. They aren’t professional by any means, but they exist and that’s better than nothing in my eyes. I’ll share that link when I’m done, which I’m hoping won’t be too much longer. I also have other various project I’m working on and will share them as I finish. No picks of the week this week, but they will be returning next week.


MN Gneiss Recordings

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Picks Of The Week

Posted January 16, 2018 By admin

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but my plan is to do it once a week (Monday when possible). Basically, it’s a playlist of songs I’ve discovered, or re-discovered in the past week. I try to limit the song selection to one song per artist/band, to make it as varied as possible. I’m going to include a Spotify playlist, as well as a link to download a ZIP file of the songs. The reason for the ZIP is it sometimes will include songs not included on the Spotify playlist, as I’ve already found a few songs that weren’t in their database. The point of these posts are to expose people to new music, and hopefully you’ll discover something you like each week.

Songs included in the ZIP download that are NOT on the Spotify playlist:

  • Charlie Parr – Blind Willie McTell
  • Daniel Romano – Bring Me To The War
  • Jewel – Emily
  • Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank – High Water
  • DeathRhyme – Hmoov Tsis Zoo (ft. Melinda Vang)
  • Romano Drom – Hulav Te Sej
  • Hattie Peterson – Masters Of War
  • The State Champs – Oxford Town
  • R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Will Clipman – Reflections in an Emerald Pool
  • Trampled By Turtles – Shelter From the Storm
  • Sheila Chandra – Song to the Siren
  • Stacey Randol – That Spirit of Christmas
  • Jerree Small – To Ramona
  • New Breed – Voices Of Sorrow
  • Little Black Books – Walkin’ Down the Line
  • Ol’ Yeller – When The Ship Comes In
  • Miranda Dodson – Winter Wonderland

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Top Songs of 2017

Posted January 2, 2018 By admin

Here is my list of top songs released in 2017. It includes 64 songs (whittled down from a starting list of over 200), totaling a little over 4 hours, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. I’ve included a Spotify playlist, as well as a link to download these songs as MP3’s. Enjoy!

Alexz Johnson – Aftermath
Almighty American – Passing Time
Andrew Combs – Silk Flowers
Ane Brun – Unchained Melody
Benjamin Booker – Motivation
Bishop Briggs – Dark Side
Bob Dylan – Once Upon a Time
Bobby Bare – Where Did It Go
Bordeen – Trouble Making
Boyz II Men – Up on the Roof
Caroline Spence – Heart of Somebody
Chandrika Tandon – Song of the Spirit
Charlie Parr – HoBo
Chastity Brown – How Could I Forget
Chuck Berry – Wonderful Woman
The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam – A Drink After Midnight
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast
Damian Marley – Medication (ft. Stephen Marley)
Dan Auerbach – Stand By My Girl
Dan Wilson – Someone Like You
Daniel Meade – Throwing Pebbles (Round My Head)
Dead Man Winter – Am I Breaking Down
Debi Nova – No Nos Sobran los Domingos
The Deslondes – Ribbon Creeks Collide
Eddie Berman – Joann
Erik Koskinen – Free Man
Hanson – Finally It’s Christmas
Herb Alpert – Joy to the World & Silver Bells – Medley
Hurray For The Riff Raff – Finale
Jess Ray – You’re Gonna Love Me
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sorry Is Gone
John Mayer – Moving On and Getting Over
John Moreland – Lies I Chose to Believe
Jonny P – Stand By
Joshua Radin – High and Low
Kasey Chambers – You Ain’t Worth Suffering For
Kevin Eubanks – What’s Going On
Kina Grannis – When Will I Learn
Lana Del Rey – Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind
Lillie Mae – Loaner
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Just Outside Of Austin
Malik Turner – Hip Hop Homicide
Midnight Pilot – Dangerous Game
Miley Cyrus – Bad Mood
Natalia Lafourcade – Son Amores (That’s Amore) (ft. Los Macorinos)
Pieta Brown – Rosine (with Mike Lewis)
Pigeon John – No Competition
Quinn Sullivan – Something For Me
Richard Edwards – Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’
Ron Sexsmith – Only Trouble Is
Rosalía – I See A Darkness
Ryan Adams – Doomsday
Samantha Fish – Belle of the West
Sammy Brue – Lay Me Down
The Secret Sisters – He’s Fine
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Come and Be a Winner
Sherman Holmes – Little Liza Jane
Son Volt – Back Against The Wall
Sufjan Stevens – Tonya Harding (In D major)
Tennis – I Miss That Feeling
Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World
Valerie June – Long Lonely Road
Whitney Rose – Trucker’s Funeral
Zephaniah OHora – Somethin’ Stupid (with Dori Freeman)

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Top Albums of 2017

Posted January 1, 2018 By admin

Another year has come and gone, and the time has come to look back and put together a list of my favorite albums released in 2017. While there wasn’t really an album that blew me away like last year (You Want It Darker in particular), there were definitely a lot of good, solid albums that made choosing one over another harder this year. I listened to a total of 244 albums that were released in 2017, and narrowed it down to my top 15 in order. I also included a few in no particular order that didn’t make the cut but still deserve to be mentioned. I will also be posting my favorite songs from the past year in the next couple days, including my first effort at making a Spotify playlist to include (stepping into the 21st Century finally).

Honorable mentions:

15. Benjamin Booker – Witness

14. Ane Brun – Leave Me Breathless

13. Malik Turner – Hip Hop Homicide (1992​-​1994)

12. Almighty American – Somewhere Ride

11. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

10. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

9. John Mayer – The Search for Everything

8. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song

7. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator

6. Bob Dylan – Triplicate 

5. Bobby Bare – Things Change

4. Alexz Johnson – A Stranger Time

3. Erik Koskinen – Cruising Paradise

2. Sammy Brue – I Am Nice

1. Andrew Combs – Canyons of My Mind

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