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Music For Humans Awards 2014

Posted February 6, 2014 By admin

Music Award

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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Samantha Crain- Kid Face

Posted December 25, 2013 By admin

Samantha Crain- Kid Face

This album is one of my favorite discoveries of the year. I subscribe to many music blogs, and honestly, I rarely find anything new worth listening to. But it’s albums like this that keep me coming back to them. I stumbled upon Samantha Crain’s Kid Face on one such blog, and I was really blown away by the quality of it. The songwriting here is way beyond her 27 years, and the music complements the mood perfectly. This is a honest album, at points referring to a regretful past, and also feelings of not being worthy of affection and love. After hearing Kid Face, I made it a point to search out Samantha’s other albums, and listening from the first to this one in order, you can hear the progression and maturity, evolving into a songwriter capable of putting her emotions on the line for everyone else to share. Anyone looking for the Carole King of this generation, I implore you to give Samantha Crain a chance, you won’t regret it.

Kid Face:

The Pattern Has Changed:

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