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Picks Of The Week

Posted April 1, 2013 By admin
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  • Pleasant Street- Geneva
  • Whole Again (Acoustic)- Jennifer Knapp
  • Open Wide- Kim Taylor
  • She Devil- Natalie Merchant
  • Buzzin’ Fly- Shelleyan Orphan
  • I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven- Tex Ritter
  • Ruby, My Dear (Take 3)- Thelonious Monk
  • Supposed To Make You Happy- Tift Merritt
  • Blue Melody- Tim Buckley
  • I Can’t Help But Wonder (Where I’m Bound)- Tiny Tim
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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

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my songs of the year!

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Natalie Merchant-Leave Your Sleep

Posted December 3, 2010 By admin

The last I heard anything new from Natalie Merchant was Motherland and the song “This House Is On Fire”, and before that I was only familiar with her radio hits. So, when I heard she had a new album of lullabies and nursery rhymes, it had me intrigued. The album is actually 2 discs and runs a little over and hour and a half, and it is one of the most unique albums of the year. Natalie uses poems from authors ranging from E.E. Cummings to Robert Louis Stevenson. Most of them are very simplistic in their lyrics, but the musical part of the album is what is fascinating to me. There are so many different types of tempos, instruments and moods on this album. You can go from a song like “Bleezer’s Ice Cream”, which is more of a swinging jazz song, then move to “Dancing Bear”, which uses an accordion, and end up at “Indian Names”, which is accompanied by a string quartet as well as drums, flutes and rattles. No matter what your preference, you are sure to find something that fits your taste on this album. And if you aren’t sure if you can handle the length of this album, there is a one disc release that features just the best tracks from this album called Selections From Leave Your Sleep that runs just over an hour.

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