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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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Music For Humans Awards 2014

Posted February 6, 2014 By admin

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It’s time for the second annual Music For Humans Awards. It’s my small way of evening out the junk fest that is the Grammys. Some of the categories I took from the Grammys, some I decided to have fun with and create my own. Click here for last years winners, and read below for this years winners.

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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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Dessa- Parts Of Speech

Posted December 15, 2013 By admin

Dessa- Parts Of Speech

Dessa is one of those musicians that is hard to categorize. Her style varies so much it’s hard to pin her down to a genre, and Parts Of Speech only expands on that. After my wife gave the album a listen, I think she put into words what I was thinking about it, “it sounds like Dessa, but also different”. That sums up this album in a nutshell. It kinda feels like the album her other albums have been leading to. There is not as much rapping on Parts Of Speech as on past albums, but some of these songs are just so beautiful and lyrically strong, you hardly notice. “Beekeeper” was a song that was released on her last album, Castor, The Twin, as a sneak peek of this album and it is one of the highlights. Vocally, it is one of the strongest performances I’ve heard in any of Dessa’s albums, and the music just carries it to even higher places. “The Man I Knew” is one of the more lyrically strong songs on the album, it could have many different interpretations, but to me personally, it tells the story of a relationship being disrupted by substance abuse, and the sadness of seeing someone you love turn into a stranger because of it. This album really has no weaknesses, while some songs hit higher points than others, I have trouble even finding a track I’d call average, it’s really just that solid.

Beekeeper:

The Man I Knew:

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Dessa-Live at First Avenue-6/29/13

Posted August 3, 2013 By admin

Dessa
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
6-29-13

-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 torrent site, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, why not support the artist by buying their music?
http://www.doomtree.net/dessa/
1. Intro
2. The Lamb
3. Alibi
4. Warsaw
5. The Man I Knew
6. Mineshaft II
7. I’m Going Down
8. Seamstress
9. Into The Spin > The Crow
10. Momento Mori
11. Annabelle
12. 551
13. Dixon’s Girl
14. Children’s Work
15. Sound The Bells
16. Little Mercy (w/ Cecil Otter)
17. The Wren (w/ Sims)
18. Kid Gloves (w/ Mike Mictlan)
19. Team The Best Team (All of Doomtree)
20. Low Light Low Life (w/ Sims & P.O.S.)
21. Fighting Fish
22. Call Off Your Ghost
23. Skeleton Key
24. Dear Marie
25. The Chaconne
26. Fresh New Trash (All of Doomtree)
I’ll be completely honest with this one, this recording is not very good. A combination of talkers, screamers and being about as far away from the speakers as I could be without being outside made for a poor recording. I debated whether or not to even share this one due to the quality, but I figured it was better than nothing, even if barely. Also, I’ve had a few people contact me about recording concerts, and I’ve accomodated a couple, but I just want to make people aware of something. Unless someone like Bob Dylan decides to play First Avenue, I will not be stepping foot inside that place again. It is easily one of the worst venues I’ve been to out of the 30 or more I’ve been to in my life. With all that said, Dessa put on a great show, as usual, and her new album is fantastic, be sure to pick it up if you haven’t already. Also, the opener, Zoo Animal, put on a great show as well, I recorded their set but all the problems with Dessa’s recording were about 3x worse on their set, so I didn’t even bother to post it. But, please, check them out as they put out some quality music.

 

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