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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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Top albums of 2013

Posted December 29, 2013 By admin

Another year is coming to a close and it’s time to unveil my top albums of the year. It’s a list that is dominated by females, there were so many good albums released by women this year. First, some albums that didn’t quite crack the top 10, but I still feel like they should be mentioned. These are in no particular order:

Now, the top 10:

10. The Chapin Sisters – A Date With the Everly Brothers

The Chapin Sisters - A Date With the Everly Brothers

9. The Cactus Blossoms- Live At The Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms- Live At The Turf Club

8. Andy Kaufman- Andy & His Grandmother

Andy Kaufman- Andy & His Grandmother

7. Jonny Lang- Fight For My Soul

Jonny Lang- Fight For My Soul

6. Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

5. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro- Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

4. CocoRosie- Tales Of A GrassWidow

CocoRosie- Tales Of A GrassWidow

3. Alela Diane- About Farewell

Alela Diane- About Farewell

2. Dessa- Parts Of Speech

Dessa- Parts Of Speech

1. Samantha Crain- Kid Face

Samantha Crain- Kid Face

 

My top songs of the year will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check those out as well.

 

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Picks Of The Week

Posted July 29, 2012 By admin
As you might have noticed if you’ve tried to download any live shows here in the past few days, Demonoid is down. No one really knows how long it will be down, but in the meantime I’m still trying to figure out the best way to link to those shows. Bayfiles is great in that it hosts files up to 5GB, but if they aren’t downloaded for 30 days they are deleted, which is a bummer, but it might be the only option at this point. Hopefully I’ll find something that works soon, and I will update at some point in the near future. Here are this weeks picks of the week.
  • Say Yes- Ben Folds
  • San Francisco (Acoustic)- Brett Dennen
  • One Lovely Day- Citizen Cope
  • Girl From The North Country- Counting Crows
  • Pusherman- Curtis Mayfield
  • So Sleepy- Fiona Apple
  • Martyrs & Thieves- Jennifer Knapp
  • Forever Young- Joan Baez
  • Man In The Long Black Coat- Joan Osborne
  • The Book Of Right On- Joanna Newsom
  • Many Rivers To Cross- Joe Cocker
  • After The Rain- John Coltrane
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane (Demo)- John Denver
  • I’m In The Mood- John Lee Hooker
  • Let It Snow- John Legend
  • Bless You- John Lennon
  • Monday Night- Ryan Adams
  • Throw Me In The River- The Pines
  • I Am Blessed- Wouter Hamel & Nina Simone

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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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Brett Dennen-Loverboy

Posted December 24, 2011 By admin

I remember reading some reviews earlier in Brett Dennen’s career that called him the next coming of Dylan and being intrigued by that. While I never really thought those were fair comparisons, I did find a lot of the same themes in his music as Dylan’s. Brett’s most recent album, Loverboy, is a departure from those more socially conscious and serious themes. This is much more a poppy, upbeat record, and while that may be hard for some fans to digest, for me, it’s great to see an artist I like really have fun with the music he’s making. A couple songs I really enjoyed are “Frozen In Slow Motion” & “Surprise, Surprise“. “Frozen In Slow Motion” is a song about a breakup that literally just slows your life to a crawl while everyone else’s seems to be moving at normal speed. And the further away from the relationship you get, the more it hurts instead of getting better with time. “Surprise, Surprise”, which has a couple meanings to me, first about how life might now always go how you expected it too, and secondly, if you give it some time, things will start coming your way in life. Hopefully you’ll find the songs below enjoyable enough to give the whole album a listen at some point, because while this may be a departure of sorts for Dennen, it’s definitely head and shoulders above most pop music out there today.

  • Frozen in Slow Motion
  • Surprise, Surprise

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Picks Of The Week

Posted December 12, 2011 By admin
  • Breaking Bad Main Title Theme– Dave Porter
  • By And By- Brett Dennen
  • Emily’s Theme- Nathan Johnson
  • Heroes And Villians- Brian Wilson
  • Hey Lover- Boyz II Men (ft. LL Cool J)
  • Home- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (ft. Phil Collins)
  • Negro Y Azul (The Ballad Of Heisenberg)- Los Cuates de Sinaloa
  • Out Of Time Man- Mick Harvey
  • Red Moon- The Walkmen
  • Self Taught- Brother Ali
  • What Does It Take- The Braxtons
  • Zungguzungguzungguzeng-Yellowman

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