Playlist: 20 Songs For August 2015

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1. Lyla Foy – “Impossible”

2. The Rolling Stones – “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”

3. Donnie Iris – “Ah! Leah!”

4. Nada Surf – “Blonde On Blonde”

5. Timber Timbre – “Hot Dreams”

6. Bruce Springsteen – “Land Of Hope and Dreams”

7. Langhorne Slim & The Law – “Changes”

8. Youth Lagoon – “Highway Patrol Sun Gun”

9. Sibylle Baier – “Colour Green”

10. Among Savages – “New York City”

11. Jefferson Starship – “Jane”

12. Apanhador Só – “Mordido”

13. Gabor Szabo – “Love Is Blue”

14. One Direction – “Little Black Dress”

15. Beach Slang – “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

16. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Gimmie Love”

17. Beach House – “Sparks”

18. Mac Demarco – “Another One”

19. Arbes – “Key Largo”

20. Small Black – “No One Wants It to Happen to You”

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Week In Review (2/13/15)

A non-sarcastic congratulations to Beck, St. Vincent, and everyone else on their Grammy wins!

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It’s easy to get cynical about the Grammys (I know I usually am), but it’s still an achievement to be proud of. See all the winners here.

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Speaking of Grammys…

Bekyoncé everyone.

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If you like the video below, make sure to check out the new Father John Misty album that came out this week.

If you don’t like the video below, you should still check out the new Father John Misty album that came out this week.

But if you want my opinion, you should check out the new Father John Misty album.

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The new Kendrick Lamar song is really really really good.

It’s powerful and very different from “i”. Hopefully “The Blacker The Berry” will actually be on the new album.

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Stonefox – “This City”

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Passion Pit is (kind of) back!

This is actually a Madeon song, but it’s great hearing Michael Angelakos’s voice. This sounds more Daft Punk than Passion Pit now that you think of it…

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The Tallest Man on Earth is back!

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Kristian Matsson, who made one my favorite albums of this decade so far, will return in 2015 with Dark Bird Is Home. The new album comes out May 12th via Dead Oceans.

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Gaston Light – “Wake Up And Fight”

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Susanne Sundfør – “Fade Away”

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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – “No Action”

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Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”

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Lucie Silvas – “How To Loose It All”

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It’s good to have you back Hot Chip!

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Bruce Springsteen is on the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack???

Just kidding, it’s AWOLNATION covering “I’m On Fire”

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All We Are – “Feel Safe”

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Remember that one fake song from Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer? LVL UP turned it into an actual song (and it’s great)

For reference, check out the original movie version here.

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 Bobby Nourmand – “The Sound”

A brilliant remix of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence”

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No Vacation – “Beach Bummer”

Is Beach-Emo-Pop now a thing???

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Every Best Selling Album In The U.S., Organized By U.S. Presidents (Because ‘Murica)

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When I watched last week’s State Of The Union address, I had two thoughts: “Hey, those are a lot of great plans that Congress won’t pass,” and “Hey, I should organize every best selling album in the U.S. by who was President was at the time, our readers would love that!”

We’re starting with Eisenhower in 1956 because that was the first year album sales were tracked in the U.S., and all this data comes from this Wikipedia page, so take it for what it’s worth.

I also had to make some adjustments to what years went to which Presidents. For example, JFK has 1961 – 1963 since he officially began his term on January 20, 1961 and was assassinated November 22, 1963, so I’m just rounding up. Also, Nixon resigned office on August 1974 in the middle of the year, but I’m giving him all of 1974 just to make things easier for myself (sorry Gerald Ford). Reminder – all these album sales only include US sales.

Here are some interesting takeaways from doing all this research:

Albums that were bestsellers in back to back years:

-My Fair Lady soundtrack (1957-58)

-West Side Story soundtrack (1962-63)

-Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983-84)

-Adele’s 21 (2011-12)

Artist with the most bestselling albums: Elton John (1974’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1975’s Elton John’s Greatest Hits, and 1994’s The Lion King soundtrack)

Other artists with multiple bestselling albums:

-Whitney Houston (1986’s Whitney Houston and 1993’s The Bodyguard soundtrack)

-Mariah Carey (1991’s Mariah Carey and 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi)

-Eminem (2002’s The Eminem Show and 2010’s Recovery)

-Taylor Swift (2009’s Fearless and 2014’s 1989)

Artist I wasn’t expecting to have a bestselling album in the U.S.: Toto (though it is the album that has “Africa”)

Artist I was expecting to have a bestselling album in the U.S. but actually didn’t: The Eagles (they’re one of the bestselling bands of all time, but they never dominated a single year)

The most ironic album-President paring: Nixon and War’s The World Is a Ghetto

Alrighty, let’s begin:

 

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Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1960)

1956: Harry Belafonte – Calypso

1957 and 1958: My Fair Lady (Broadway cast recording)

1959: Henry Mancini – Music from Peter Gunn

1960: The Sound of Music (Broadway cast recording)

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John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963)

1961: Camelot (Broadway cast recording)

1962 and 1963: West Side Story soundtrack

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Lyndon B. Johnson (1964 – 1968)

1964: Hello, Dolly! (Broadway cast recording)

1965: Mary Poppins soundtrack

1966: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights

1967: The Monkees – More of The Monkees

1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?

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Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974)

1969: Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

1970: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

1971: Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack

1972: Neil Young – Harvest

1973: War – The World Is a Ghetto

1974: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Gerald Ford (1975 – 1976)

1975: Elton John – Elton John’s Greatest Hits

1976: Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive

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Jimmy Carter (1977 – 1980)

1977: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

1978: Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever soundtrack

1979: Billy Joel – 52nd Street

1980: AC/DC – Back in Black

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Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1988)

1981: REO Speedwagon – Hi Infidelity

1982: Toto – Toto IV

1983 and 1984: Michael Jackson – Thriller

1985: Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.

1986: Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

1987: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

1988: George Michael – Faith

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George H. W. Bush (1989 – 1992)

1989: Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel

1990: Janet Jackson – Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

1991: Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

1992: Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All

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Bill Clinton (1993 – 2000)

1993: Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard soundtrack

1994: Elton John – The Lion King soundtrack

1995: Hootie and the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View

1996: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill

1997: Spice Girls – Spice

1998: James Horner and Celine Dion – Titanic soundtrack

1999: Backstreet Boys – Millennium

2000: *NSYNC – No Strings Attached

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George W. Bush (2001 – 2008)

2001: Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

2002: Eminem – The Eminem Show

2003: 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

2004: Usher – Confessions

2005: Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi

2006: High School Musical soundtrack

2007: Josh Groban – Noel

2008: Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

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Barack Obama (2009 – current)

2009: Taylor Swift – Fearless

2010: Eminem – Recovery

2011 and 2012: Adele – 21

2013: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

2014: Taylor Swift – 1989

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Playlist: The 70s – Dazed And Confused

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Just like I made a playlist for the 60s, the good old 1970s gets its own spotify playlist.

I’ve tried to cover as much ground as I could – from disco (Bee Gees, ABBA), Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), R&B, funk, and soul (Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye), lo-fi and punk (Buzzcocks, The Clash, New York Dolls), soft rock (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John), singer-songwriter (Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor), to good old rock & roll (Bowie, Springsteen, Aerosmith). I also tried to throw in some deep tracks, including songs from Ann Peebles, Candi Staton, The Damned, David Essex, Dr. John, Fela Kuti, Freda Payne, Jorge Ben Jor, The Osmonds, Richard Hell, Rodriquez, The Slits, and more.

And yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Dazed and Confused soundtracks are on here too.

Enjoy!

 

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Playlist: The Ultimate Spotify Christmas Playlist

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The holiday season is a great time to justify many things, from eating too much, to waiting too long in line at the mall to get a good deal, to drinking a little too much eggnog while your extended family comes over. But there is no such thing as too much Christmas music. I’ve made for y’all a Spotify playlist that contains over two hours of the classics (and hidden gems) of this special genre.

Here is my ultimate Spotify Christmas playlist. Happy holidays!

 

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20 Songs For July 2013 (Via Spotify)

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July was a very busy month for me, but I still managed to distract myself by listening to a lot of music throughout my summer school finals (very hard to do right?).

This month’s playlist includes a special 4th of July song from Bruce Springsteen, deep cuts from The Replacements and Stones, and I finally get around to listening to Songs: Ohia and The Microphones.

Here are my 20 songs for July 2013.

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Playlist: 15 Songs For July 2012 (Via Spotify)

This month’s playlist is a bit on the sadder side. I’ve got ballads and sad songs from Bruce Springsteen, Chet Baker, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen. But don’t worry, I’ve also got some upbeat summer songs to top off July.

Here are my 15 songs for July 2012.

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Mid-Year Review Part 2: My Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

Pump out the jams people! Below are my 20 favorite songs of 2012 (so far) with a Spotify link at the bottom to all the songs.

Enjoy!

Sharon Van Etten – “Joke or a Lie”

Bruce Springsteen – “Wrecking Ball”

Lambchop – “Gone Tomorrow”

The Men – “Candy”

M. Ward – “Clean Slate”

Rufus Wainwright – “Sometimes You Need”

The Dig – “I Already Forgot Everything You Said”

Glen Hansard – “You Will Become”

Fiona Apple – “Valentine”

The Henry Clay People – “EveryBandWeEverLoved”

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

Sonny And The Sunsets – “Pretend You Love Me”

Beachwood Sparks – “Forget The Song”

Keaton Henson – “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are”

River City Extension – “Slander”

Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”

King Tuff – “Wild Desire”

Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – “Man On Fire”

Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”

And of course, here’s a Spotify mix of my favorite songs of 2012 so far.

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Mid-Year Review Part 1: My Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far)

Well it’s halfway through 2012 and there have been some great releases this year so far. All the albums we thought were going to be great (Lana Del Rey, The Shins) fizzled out. So it was up to the underdogs to step up and make 2012 a surprisingly great year for music.

Here are my favorite albums of 2012 so far.

Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

The 90s guitar revival is still alive and well (at least in the indie world). Cloud Nothings’s breakthrough hit is so far the best guitar rock album of 2012.

 

The Men – Open Your Heart

The Foo Fighters ain’t gonna last forever, and when they go The Men will take their place as the kings of hard rock…well, I mean as long as they make great albums like Open Your Heart.

 

Jack White – Blunderbuss

Mr. White’s debut solo album is already considered a classic, and I would have to agree. The album blends all of White’s favorite styles into an organic mix of what we can now call that signature Jack White sound.

 

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

The Boss literally does not have to make any more music for the rest of his life, and yet he and the E Street Band are still chugging along. Wrecking Ball is a genuinely great album that actually may catch you off guard with how folky it sounds. With songs addressing the Occupy Wall Street movement, this is an album for a specific era of American history.

 

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

How I stumbled across this album I’ll never remember, but I’m so glad I found it. Etten’s voice can scare the hell out of you and also break your heart, all at the same time. She’s even better live.

 

John Mayer – Born and Raised

I was surprised with how little buzz John Mayer’s fifth album got, but it doesn’t really matter – the music will stand the test of time. Mayer’s country-rock influences come across naturally and combines well with his pop smarts. Be prepared for this being his last album that he’ll ever sing on due to issues with his throat.

 

River City Extension – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

This album is still very fresh in my memory, but I can tell you now this album will be one of my favorites by this year’s end. A beautiful mix of alt-country and noise rock with lyrics as good as the harmonies. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, this is the album for you.

 

The Henry Clay People – Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives

This album clocks in just under 28 minutes, but you’ll be too busy banging your head to notice. This album is fast and furious, yet it’s melodic and sweet. Imagine if Big Star were more of a punk band.

 

Frank Ocean – Channel Ocean

The story of the year goes along with the album which I assume will top every music publication’s list as the best album of 2012. This isn’t so much a rap record as it is a soulful and beautiful portrait of an artist as a young man. There were times I thought I was listening to Stevie Wonder, and that’s a huge complement.

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Music Journal: Brandon Flowers and The Killer Band

So the new Killers’ song came out yesterday, and I like it a lot (click here to hear “Runaways”). It is the first single off their upcoming album Battle Born which is scheduled for release September 18th.

The song sounds like something off of Sam’s Town, which is dangerously underrated. The song is about two kids in love trying to runaway from their lowly lives and chase after their dreams, and it’s complemented with an inspiring mix of synthesizer and good old fashion rock n roll. This is the Killers sound that they have perfected – a mix of Duran Duran looks and sound and Bruce Springsteen-storytelling. However, the Duran Duran reference really only applies to their first album Hot Fuss, everything else after has dug deeper into the band’s hidden love for The Boss and the E Street Band.

But now with this new song, I am now convinced that this Las Vegas band is turning into the E Street Band – and that’s a good thing for all of us.

There are plenty of bands right now that have attempted to capture the essence of Bruce’s music (Japandroids, Titus Andronicus), but their music sometimes turn into more of a tribute act. But with The Killers, rather than paying tribute to Springsteen, they are being inspired to make their own Born To Run, and the results might be great. As of now The Killers are one of the great American rock bands, and Battle Born might finally be the album that’ll establish that.

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks like me. Just saying…

I’m very excited for September, and you should be too.

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