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Picks Of The Week

Posted July 14, 2013 By admin

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Picks Of The Week

Posted April 1, 2013 By admin
  • Wait- Ben Kweller
  • Pleasant Street- Geneva
  • Whole Again (Acoustic)- Jennifer Knapp
  • Open Wide- Kim Taylor
  • She Devil- Natalie Merchant
  • Buzzin’ Fly- Shelleyan Orphan
  • I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven- Tex Ritter
  • Ruby, My Dear (Take 3)- Thelonious Monk
  • Supposed To Make You Happy- Tift Merritt
  • Blue Melody- Tim Buckley
  • I Can’t Help But Wonder (Where I’m Bound)- Tiny Tim
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Picks Of The Week

Posted March 25, 2013 By admin
  • My Own Bed- Anthony da Costa
  • Wake Up Whispering- Ben Kweller
  • Pink Champagne- Caitlin Rose
  • Sad Joy- Carrie Rodriguez
  • Believe It Or Not- Joey Scarbury
  • Missing My Baby- Selena
  • For Once In My Life- Stevie Wonder
  • Apache- Sugarhill Gang
  • Cheek To Cheek- Taco
  • Pullin’ A Cloud- Tears For Fears
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Picks Of The Week

Posted January 28, 2013 By admin
  • Kokomo- Adam Green with Ben Kweller
  • Lately I’ve Let Things Slide- Caitlin Rose
  • Grazie, Prego, Scusi- Dean Martin
  • Matches To Paper Dolls (Alternate)- Dessa
  • No Freedom- Dido
  • Born Loser- DMX
  • Lonesome Blue- Erik Koskinen
  • Someone To Watch Over Me- Frank Sinatra
  • Numb- Jamelia
  • Frontin’- Jamie Cullum
  • Suicide Is Painless- Matt Costa
  • Jolene- Miley Cyrus
  • I’ll Find A Way- Rachael Yamagata
  • Marie- Randy Newman
  • Mara Lisa- Ryan Adams
  • The Christmas Song- Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Hometown Glory- Santogold
  • Wild Horses- The Sundays
  • 6th Avenue Heartache (Acoustic)- The Wallflowers
  • Tomorrow Is A Long Time- Zee Avi
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Top songs of 2012

Posted January 5, 2013 By admin

Disc 1

1. Be There In Bells- The Pines
2. Untitled (Love Song)- Counting Crows
3. We Are On Fire- CocoRosie
4. Jolene- The Little Willies
5. How It Went Down- Dark Dark Dark
6. Love Me Like You Do- Justin Bieber
7. Give Out- Sharon Van Etten
8. Tell Me A Tale- Michael Kiwanuka
9. Cold World- DMX
10. I Miss You- Ben Kweller
11. The Dark- Ben Kyle
12. Jericho- Rufus Wainwright
13. Heart’s Content- Brandi Carlile
14. Gold In Them Hills- Katie Melua
15. Top Down- Marijuana Deathsquads (ft. Astronautalis & Channy Leaneagh)
16. Petition- Tennis
17. She’s 22- Norah Jones
18. Declaration- Claire De Lune
19. The Old Oak Tree- Kevin Coster & Modern West
20. You’re Gonna Lose That Girl- Anya Marina

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Disc 2

1. Scarlet Town- Bob Dylan
2. In The Rain- Grynch (ft. Malice & Mario Sweet)
3. I Don’t Wanna Be With Nobody But You- Joss Stone
4. Mint- Kathleen Edwards
5. Ride- Lana Del Rey
6. Anything We Want- Fiona Apple
7. Safety Line- Sixpence None The Richer
8. Emmylou- First Aid Kit
9. Different Sides- Leonard Cohen
10. Ghost- Ingrid Michaelson
11. All This Time- Aby Wolf
12. Speak For Me- John Mayer
13. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)- Regina Spektor
14. Never Cry Wolf- Dark Time Sunshine (ft. Reva DeVito)
15. Bubbly- Macy Gray
16. Blunderbluss- Jack White
17. Learning To Say No- Anthony DaCosta
18. The Bed- Lee Hazlewood
19. Awkward- San Cisco
20. Charles in Charge- Jimmy Fallon (as Bob Dylan)

 

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Ben Kweller-Go Fly A Kite

Posted June 8, 2012 By admin

I really started getting into Ben Kweller with the release of his previous album, Changing Horses. I was hoping he would continue the alt-country sound on his new album Go Fly A Kite, but it was not to be. This album seems like it falls right between alt-country and his older rock albums, which is not necessarily a bad place to be. The first single off the album, “Jealous Girl“, tells a story of seeing a friend being pulled away by a jealous girlfriend, and ultimately tearing apart whatever friendship there was and the hurt it causes afterwards. One of my favorite songs on the album, “Miss You“, tells of an old flame that the writer still has feelings for, and is having a hard time accepting that she doesn’t care anymore and has moved on. Loss seems to be an overriding theme on this album, and while it may not have the same sound I enjoyed on Changing Horses, the lyrics are still as strong as ever here, which shouldn’t come as a surprise coming from Ben Kweller (sometimes called the “next Dylan“). I would definitely recommend this album to any Kweller fan, but it’s probably not a good starting point for a new fan (Sha Sha or his self titled should fill that need). You will most likely see this somewhere in my top albums list at the end of the year, but it seems to lack the lasting impact to put it near the top of that list.

  • Jealous Girl
  • I Miss You

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