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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 songs of 2013

Posted January 1, 2014 By admin

Well, it’s a couple days later than I planned, but here are the best songs of 2013. The reason I am late posting this is that in the past I try to pick whatever songs can fit on 2 CD’s. It was time consuming narrowing them down that way, and at some point I figured why limit myself. I’m probably the last person who still uses CD’s anyways, so I just figured I will pick whatever songs I want, and not worry about limits like that. So, here are my favorite songs of 2013:

 

  • Just To Make Me Feel Good – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
  • About Farewell – Alela Diane
  • Nothing On Me – Alexz Johnson
  • Johnson Blvd. – Amos Lee
  • Indian Summer – Anoushka Shankar
  • One and Only – Ashley Gold
  • Went To See The Gypsy (Demo) – Bob Dylan
  • Wild Child – Brett Dennen
  • Change Your Ways Or Die (The Buffalo Song) – The Cactus Blossoms
  • Pink Champagne – Caitlin Rose
  • Sad Joy – Carrie Rodriguez
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Cat Power
  • Crying in the Rain – The Chapin Sisters
  • Body Party – Ciara
  • Villain – CocoRosie
  • Lost In You – Darius Rucker
  • It’s Only Me – Dessa
  • No Freedom – Dido
  • Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) – Emmy Rossum
  • Wait – Eric Burdon
  • Please Don’t Say You Love Me (Piano Version) – Gabrielle Aplin
  • Hard To Be Like You – Hanna & Kerttu
  • Love My Life Away – Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Drinkin’ – Holly Williams
  • Unchain My Heart – Hugh Laurie
  • I Got You – Jack Johnson
  • Pure Imagination – Jamie Cullum
  • Loneliness & Alcohol – Jars Of Clay
  • Reckoning – Jen Chapin
  • Sunnyside – Jessica Campbell
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Jewel
  • Dear Marie – John Mayer
  • There Is a Stone – John Smith
  • Fight for My Soul- Jonny Lang
  • All Bad – Justin Bieber
  • You Got It On – Justin Timberlake
  • Five Hundred Miles – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands
  • As Long As I’ve Got You – Kendra Morris
  • These Great Things – Lily & Madeleine
  • Fly – Luluc
  • The Search – Mree
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane – My Morning Jacket
  • On My Way To Work – Paul McCartney
  • Lost In You – Petula Clark
  • Warrior Lord – Poliça
  • Nowhere Is – Ron Sexsmith
  • Kid Face – Samantha Crain
  • Ms. Unseen – Sean Lennon
  • Love Will Remember – Selena Gomez
  • Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt
  • O Bêbado e a Equilibrista / Smile – Stacey Kent
  • When You Get to Asheville – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
  • With Or Without You – Sungha Jung
  • Grow Old With Me (Demo) – Tom Odell
  • Restless Fugitive – Willy Mason

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Albums & Songs of 2011

Posted January 1, 2012 By admin

I probably shouldn’t have waited until the last minute to post these lists, but better late than never. Here we go, the top 10 albums (plus a few honorable mentions) and the best songs of 2011, as chosen by me. Enjoy!

Honorable mentions:
Atmosphere- The Family Sign
Burlap to Cashmere – Burlap to Cashmere
James Hoffman – The Union
Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
Christina Perri – Lovestrong

 

10. Zee Avi- Ghostbird 9. Brett Dennen- Loverboy 8. Adele- 21 7. Prof – King Gampo 6. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire 5. Rachael Yamagata – Chesapeake 4. Grieves- Together/Apart 3. Astronautalis- This Is Our Science 2. Dessa- Castor, The Twin 1. Amos Lee- Mission Bell

 

 

Best songs:

Disc 1:

  • What Other Guy- Adam Cohen
  • If It Hadn’t Been For Love- Adele
  • Behind Me Now- Amos Lee
  • Holy Water- Astronautalis
  • If You Can Save Me Now- Atmosphere
  • Dead And Done- Bobby Long
  • Frozen In Slow Motion- Brett Dennen
  • Who By Fire- Buck 65 (ft. Jenn Grant)
  • Tonight- Burlap To Cashmere
  • Love Hurts- Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle
  • The Lonely- Christina Perri
  • Dear Father- Colin Hay
  • Black- Danger Mouse (ft. Norah Jones)
  • Two Against One- Danger Mouse (ft. Jack White)
  • 551- Dessa
  • Warning Signs- Eilen Jewell
  • Everyday- Fiona Apple
  • Sunny Side Of Hell- Grieves
  • Duluth- Haroula Rose

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Disc 2:

  • Anyway Rattlesnake- Haley Bonar
  • Police Dog Blues- Hugh Laurie
  • Praise The Lord For My Darlin’- James Hoffman
  • Maybe I Missed The Point- Jeff Bridges
  • Oh! Susanna- Jewel
  • Drive All Night- Joss Stone
  • No Words Now- Pieta Brown
  • Gampo- Prof
  • Even If I Don’t- Rachael Yamagata
  • Good Man- Raphael Saadiq
  • Believe It When I See It- Ron Sexsmith
  • I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say- Ryan Adams
  • Blue Ribbon Winner- Schuyler Fisk
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- She & Him
  • The Golden Age- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • Lose- The Game
  • You Know I’m No Good- Wanda Jackson
  • Roll Up- Wiz Khalifa
  • 31 Days- Zee Avi

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Amos Lee-Mission Bell

Posted January 25, 2011 By admin


Amos Lee is an artist I’ve been kind of lukewarm on since I first discovered him a few years ago. I saw him open for Bob Dylan in 2005 and thought he had a great voice. When I listened to his self titled album, I still thought he had a great voice, but the music seemed kind of bland to me. Not bad by any means, but nothing special either. Well, with his latest release, Mission Bell, Amos has won me over. This is the first great album of 2011 in my opinion. There are no real weak tracks here, and his song writing is stronger than ever. “Windows Are Rolled Down” should be the first single off the album, it’s a great, upbeat track that showcases Lee’s amazing voice with a great chorus. “Flower” is another great song, although some people might find the lyrics “My heart is a flower that blooms every hour” a bit clichéd and cheesy on paper, it never sounds like it in the spoken form, and the message the song sends is such an uplifting one it’s hard to not feel a smile come across your face when listening. One song I could do without is the last track on the album, “El Camino (Reprise)“, but that has more to do with Willie Nelson being on the track than anything else, and the fact that  it does feel like it was just thrown in as an afterthought. This album is a great start to 2011, and will definitely be in rotation a lot throughout the year. Other tracks to look for: “Behind Me Now“, “Learned A Lot“.

  • Windows Are Rolled Down
  • Flower

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A look forward to 2011

Posted January 4, 2011 By admin

Now that we’ve said goodbye to 2010, it’s time to look ahead to 2011 and see what album releases are in store. Here are some I am looking forward to that are either rumored, confirmed or I am just hopeful about.

What albums are you looking forward to this year?

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Amos Lee

Posted January 7, 2008 By admin

With a dusky soul voice and a knack for literate, thoughtful lyrics, singer/songwriter Amos Lee is a throwback to a more organic-sounding pop time period. Calling to mind a mix of Bill Withers, Arthur Lee, and James Taylor, Lee croons through his mellow eponymous debut with a singular sense of his time and place that adds weight to his already heartfelt songs. Much like Taylor’s Sweet Baby James and Withers’ Still Bill, Amos Lee is an album about an artist’s life and loves in a world that often seems at odds with his desires. On “Arms of a Woman,” Lee sings “I am at ease in the arms of a woman/Although now most of my days are spent alone/A thousand miles from the place I was born/But when she wakes she takes me back home.” Similarly, the darkly evocative “Black River” has Lee in a gospel mood, drawing comparisons between a swift-moving river, God, and whiskey, while the brisk country-rock-inflected “Love in the Lies” finds him proclaiming that “The world ain’t no harder than it’s ever been/Lookin’ for love in the lies of a lonely friend.” For all intents and purposes with Lee, Blue Note has found the male Norah Jones. In fact, Jones guests here and, interestingly, on “Colors,” Lee sings about getting “lost in the circus” — one wonders if Blue Note hopes that Jones’ “house of fun” is close by. Joining in are other members of the Blue Note extended family, including Jones’ longtime bassist Lee Alexander, guitarist Kevin Breit, and others. The result is an album not dissimilar to Jones’ multiple Grammy-winning Come Away With Me, as Wurlitzer and Hammond organs pipe softly next to acoustic guitars, allowing Lee to glide on top of a wave of tasteful coffeehouse soul. While the comparison is mostly positive, it does pose one rub in that even Come Away With Me, while unfailingly intimate and classy, was somewhat calculated to be beautifully crafted, deeply emotional wallpaper, and Amos Lee holds to that template. Which basically means that, despite Lee’s stellar melodic abilities, the arrangements are often too low-key for their own good. That said, Lee has a phenomenal voice matched by a journeyman’s sense of songcraft that is just too good to go unnoticed.

Arms Of A Woman
Seen It All Before

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