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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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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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Bob Dylan-Shadows In The Night

Posted February 14, 2015 By admin

Bob Dylan-Shadows In The NightFrank Sinatra & Bob Dylan. Two musicians you might not think to put in the same sentence, but they actually were very fond of each other despite their very different styles of music. So when Bob Dylan announced his newest release, Shadows In The Night, an album of songs made popular by Sinatra, I wasn’t surprised in the least and was excited to see my favorite singer cover another of my favorites. The first comparison between Sinatra & Dylan you will make is, of course, the voice. Sinatra’s voice is unmatched in it’s purity and ability to convey the emotion of a song. And on this album Dylan doesn’t try to imitate it, instead using his aged and weathered voice to his advantage. These songs sound as if they are reflecting back on scenarios in life, rather than being in the midst of them. Songs like “I’m A Fool To Want You“, rumored to be about Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner, sounds as if it’s being sung about a relationship that ended 40 years ago instead of the current time. “Why Try To Change Me Now” may be the best song on this album in my opinion. It seems like Dylan is speaking directly to his fans as well as his critics. It’s almost as if it’s his way of saying, “I’ve been doing things my way for 50+ years, why try to change me now?” The ability to take a song that has been sung by the most gifted vocalist in the world and make it your own is astonishing, and Dylan does that on almost every song here. This is a great tribute by one great artist to another, and a worthy addition to the Dylan catalog.

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