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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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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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The best albums of 2014

Posted December 27, 2014 By admin

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but it’s time for one of my favorite posts of every year. These are my choices for album of the year, listed from 10th to 1st. Following in the next few days will be my top songs of the year, so be sure to check back for that. Without further delay, here is my list:

Honorable mentions:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd- Goin’ Home
Michael Jackson-Xscape
Lily Allen-Sheezus
JoJo- #LoveJo

10. Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Annie Lennox-Nostalgia9. Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland

Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland

8. Alexz Johnson- Let Em’ Eat Cake

Alexz Johnson- Let Em' Eat Cake

7. Kina Grannis – Elements 

Kina Grannis - Elements

6. Grieves – Winter & the Wolves

Grieves - Winter & the Wolves

5. Jack White – Lazaretto

Jack White - Lazaretto

4. Erik Koskinen – America Theatre

Erik Koskinen-America Theatre

3. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

2. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

1. Jennifer Knapp – Set Me Free

Jennifer Knapp - Set Me Free

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Erik Koskinen-4-19-14 #6
Erik Koskinen
Barely Brothers Records
St. Paul, MN
4-19-14

-Audience Recording using Zoom H2 rear internal mics >SD Card>PC>Adobe Audition>CD Wave Editor (split tracks)>TLH>FLAC Level 8>Dime
-“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.erikkoskinen.com/–

1. ?
2. First Time in Years
3. Tell Me It’s True
4. ?
5. Why Don’t You Leave Me Alone? (Wayne Hancock)
6. Nothing Without You
7. Detroit Detroit
8. Six Pack of Beer and a Pack of Cigarettes

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Erik Koskinen-America Theatre

Posted April 5, 2014 By admin

Erik Koskinen-America Theatre

Wow, it’s been longer than I thought since I posted here last. A combination of being busy and nothing really new to write about lately led to the absence. Hopefully things will pick up more now, there are some good releases on the horizon. I will start my 2014 album reviews with Erik Koskinen’s America Theatre. This was the first album he had released since I discovered him, so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. America Theatre definitely has more of an edge than his last album Keep It To Yourself, both musically and lyrically. A lot of these songs comment on the state of America, both current and past. Songs such as “Boomtown“, which in my mind seems to be about a city that goes from a small rural town into a big city, and kind of ruins that small town feel. My favorite track on the album is one I had heard a few times live and was really looking forward to hearing a studio version. “Slow Burn” is a slow bluesy song that basically tells the story of life, in a few different parts. The first part is from the eyes of a child, the second from the eyes of a soldier, the third from the eyes of lovers/broken love (either one seems to fit), and the fourth part a combination of a few different characters. It’s easily the best track on this album, and it’s a great ending track to an album.

Boomtown:

Slow Burn:

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