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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


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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Picks Of The Week

Posted November 11, 2012 By admin
  • The Dark- Ben Kyle
  • Dido’s Lament- Jeff Buckley
  • Bubbly- Macy Gray
  • Skylarkin’- Mic Christopher
  • Human Nature- Miles Davis
  • Time After Time- Miles Davis
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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


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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Ben Kyle-Live At The Electric Fetus

Posted April 26, 2011 By admin

This is the last of the Record Store Day performances, and it comes from one of my favorite musicians. Ben Kyle is probably most well known as the lead singer of Minneapolis based group Romantica. He also recently released a duets album with Carrie Rodriguez, and Romantica should hopefully have an album out sometime this year based on the amount of new material they have played at recent shows (including one song in this set).


Ben Kyle
The Electric Fetus
Minneapolis, MN

-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 site, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, why not support the artist by buying their music?

1. Where Did All The Indians Go*
2. The National Side
3. Your Lonely Heart

track 2 vocals are a little low, this is not a recording flaw, they just had the vocal levels on the PA way down for some reason.

*Denotes new song, guessed at title


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Picks Of The Week

Posted February 14, 2011 By admin

Since I missed last weeks pick of the week feature due to the Super Bowl, I am including those tracks here, so it’s definitely packed this week. You’ll notice the first track is an Atmosphere track. They have just announced a new album release date as well as an extended tour, so definitely give those links a look as they are always pumping out quality tunes.

  • Minnesota Nice- Atmosphere (ft. Prof, Felipe Cuauhtli & Gene Poole)
  • Lou Diamond- Big Quarters
  • Love Hurts-Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle
  • Such Love- Chrisopher Blue
  • The Willow Tree- Exene Cervenka
  • One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong-Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Dancing In The Moonlight- King Harvest
  • When I’m Alone- Lissie
  • Breakdown- Missy Higgins (ft. Brett Dennen)
  • Body Rocked- P.O.S.
  • These Tears Ain’t Mine- Roma Di Luna
  • Solitare- Ryan Adams
  • Lost- The Game
  • Love Sick- The White Stripes
  • Way Back Home- The Wreckers
  • Good Morning Little School Girl- The Yardbirds
  • I Am Trying To Break Your Heart- Wilco
  • That’s Me Trying- William Shatner
  • Here Comes Santa Claus- Willie Nelson (ft. Gene Autry)
  • On My Level- Wiz Khalifa (ft. Too Short)
  • Beach In Hawaii- Ziggy Marley

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Ben Kyle may be familiar to music fans as the lead singer of Romantica, but his most recent material is a duets album with singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez. We Still Love Our Country is an 8 song album consisting of  6 cover songs and 2 originals. As the title implies, the songs are country themed, and definitely show an appreciation of the genre by the two singers. Whether it’s a cover of “Love Hurts” (which aims to honor the Parsons/Harris version), or John Prine’sUnwed Fathers“, you can feel the roots of country music oozing from your speakers. The two original songs, “Your Lonely Heart” and “Fire Alarm” don’t seem forced or out of place on this album, a true feat among these legendary songs. Both artists will have new albums (Kyle with Romantica) coming out sometime later this year, and if this album is any indication of what we can look forward to, those projects are something to get very excited about.

  • Your Lonely Heart

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