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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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Top songs of 2010

Posted December 30, 2010 By admin

Here are my favorite songs of 2010. I was surprised by how much good music was released throughout the year, hopefully next year will be just as good.

Disc 1

1. Healing Hands- Citizen Cope
2. Starling- Roma Di Luna
3. The Chaconne- Dessa
4. Obvious- Sharaya Mikael
5. The In-Between Place- Crash Test Dummies
6. All But Elegant (Party On, Wayne)- Botzy ft. I, Colossus
7. Now They Know- Dark Time Sunshine
8. Are You Here- Corinne Bailey Rae
9. Everybody’s Hurting- Jakob Dylan
10. This- Darius Rucker
11. Billie Jean- Sungha Jung
12. I Can Feel- The Chapin Sisters
13. Why Didn’t You Call- JoJo
14. In Your Arms- Kina Grannis
15. Before We’re Gone- Pigeon John
16. Prayer Of Roses- Pieta Brown
17. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)- Phosphorescent
18. Calico Pie- Natalie Merchant
19. Lovely And Blue- Ryan Adams
20. I Wish I Knew How To Say Goodbye- Willy Mason
21. Fairytale Lullaby- Bombay Bicycle Club
22. On A Good Day- Joanna Newsom

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Disc 2

1. Pioneer- Joe Purdy
2. Boss Inside- Adam Green
3. Stranger In Sand- Jackie Greene
4. Window Seat- Erykah Badu
5. You Are Not Alone- R. Kelly
6. Count Your Blessings- Nas & Damian Marley
7. Of All The Wonderful Things- Piney Gir
8. Draw The Stars- Andreya Triana
9. King Of Anything (Strings Version)- Sara Bareilles
10. And The Camera- Paper Tiger ft. Dessa
11. Dirtnap Nightmares- Grieves
12. Te Amo- Rihanna
13. Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound- Johnny Cash
14. Someone To Watch Over Me- Brian Wilson
15. Drummer Boy (Unplugged)- Debi Nova
16. Dive In- Jennifer Knapp
17. Take A Picture- Lucy Schwartz
18. Escape- NEeMA
19. Mr. Blessington’s Imperialist Plot- Astronautalis
20. Only A Hobo- Bob Dylan
21. Come Undone- Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
22. Bored To Death- Coconut Records

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Top 20 Albums Of 2010-Part 2

Posted December 29, 2010 By admin

Well this is it, the top 10 albums of the year. Based on a lot of lists I’ve seen around the web, mine will be quite a bit different than most, but hopefully that will expose more people to different music as well. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my songs of the year.

9.Grieves – The Confessions of Mr. Modest

8. Botzy – Deaf to the Static

7. Roma di Luna – Then the Morning Came

6. The Chapin Sisters – Two

5. Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep

4. Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave

3. Crash Test Dummies – Oooh Lala!

2. Adam Green – Minor Love

1. Dessa – A Badly Broken Code

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Joanna Newsom-Have One On Me

Posted December 15, 2010 By admin

I had just finished going through Joanna Newsom’s back catalog when her most recent album, Have One On Me, was released this past year. At first it seemed really overwhelming, 18 tracks over 3 discs, clocking in at over 2 hours. It wasn’t really surprising though, considering most of her songs are long and almost epic in nature. The songs on Have One On Me are a bit different than her past releases,adding more of the electric guitar and drums, but most still have that ever present harp that has become her trademark. Another difference between this album and all of her other ones is the absence of her whistle like high pitched voice, and replaced with a more controlled, polished voice. This may find her new fans as her voice was one of the main complaints of  her detractors in the past, although I personally enjoy both versions of Joanna’s voice. The lyrics on this album are a bit more straight forward and not as cryptic as her previous work,songs such as “Occident” (All my life, I’ve felt as though I’m inside a beautiful memory replaying with the sound turned down low) as well as the almost tear inducing “On A Good Day” (Hey hey hey the end is near/ On a good day you can see the end from here / But I won’t turn back now though the way is clear/ I will stay for the remainder) are examples of this. As to be expected with any album of this magnitude, there were a few tracks that I feel could have been left off (“You And Me Bess” for one), but all in all the album(s) has a great cohesiveness and is probably my favorite Joanna Newsom album so far.

  • On A Good Day
  • ’81

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Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band EP

Posted September 14, 2007 By admin

Yes, the Springsteen-nodding title of Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band is witty, but it’s fitting, too: Newsom’s Ys touring band backs her on this EP, and these three songs have a much more live feel than Van Dyke Parks, Jim O’Rourke, and crew gave that magnificent album in the studio. With a song from Ys, a song from The Milk-Eyed Mender, and a previously unreleased track, Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band plays like the past, present, and future of Newsom’s music, all given an earthier, less precious feel that still displays how artful her music is. The EP kicks off with “Colleen,” a prickly, feral-sounding new song that, with this arrangement anyway, feels brighter and more immediate than Ys’ songs, albeit nearly as densely packed with words, melodies, and ideas. “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie” channels the sunny, avant-Appalachian feel of The Milk-Eyed Mender effortlessly; and in the EP’s context, its relatively simple sweetness acts as a palate cleanser between the heavier fare of the more complex songs surrounding it. Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band closes with an epic, 13-minute-long version of Ys’ final track, “Cosmia“; opening with banjo, clarinets, harp, theremin, and accordion and closing with a string coda that keeps going and going, the song’s will o’ the wisp moods and movements are just as spellbinding here as they are on Ys, but more intimate and tangible. A beautiful miniature of Newsom’s work, Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band is a tour souvenir that all her fans can enjoy.

-Colleen
-Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
-Cosmia

 

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Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band EP

Posted September 14, 2007 By admin

Yes, the Springsteen-nodding title of Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band is witty, but it’s fitting, too: Newsom’s Ys touring band backs her on this EP, and these three songs have a much more live feel than Van Dyke Parks, Jim O’Rourke, and crew gave that magnificent album in the studio. With a song from Ys, a song from The Milk-Eyed Mender, and a previously unreleased track, Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band plays like the past, present, and future of Newsom’s music, all given an earthier, less precious feel that still displays how artful her music is. The EP kicks off with “Colleen,” a prickly, feral-sounding new song that, with this arrangement anyway, feels brighter and more immediate than Ys’ songs, albeit nearly as densely packed with words, melodies, and ideas. “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie” channels the sunny, avant-Appalachian feel of The Milk-Eyed Mender effortlessly; and in the EP’s context, its relatively simple sweetness acts as a palate cleanser between the heavier fare of the more complex songs surrounding it. Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band closes with an epic, 13-minute-long version of Ys’ final track, “Cosmia“; opening with banjo, clarinets, harp, theremin, and accordion and closing with a string coda that keeps going and going, the song’s will o’ the wisp moods and movements are just as spellbinding here as they are on Ys, but more intimate and tangible. A beautiful miniature of Newsom’s work, Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band is a tour souvenir that all her fans can enjoy.

-Colleen
-Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
-Cosmia

 

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