Week In Review (2/6/15)

My Midnight Heart – “Drown”

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This should hold you over while you wait for the next Disclosure album

Cheers to 19-year-old Zak Abel, who is already making a splash in the UK.

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Bouquet – “Stacks On Stacks”

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Jeff Tweedy continues finishing songs for awesome deceased musicians

Actually this time it’s Mavis Staples’s project finishing the many demos of her late father, the great Pops Staples. Tweedy is just helping out on this track. That’s also his son Spencer Tweedy on drums!

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I know you’ve already seen the Super Bowl halftime show, but I also know that you want to see those dancing sharks again!

Oh yeah, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, and Katy Perry were there too.

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Matthew E. White wrote a song for Philip Seymour Hoffman

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In honor of the one year anniversary of the late actor’s death. Listen here via Stereogum.

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The new Jay Z movie got lots of accolades at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Some are calling it the next Boyhood.

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Bob Dylan continues to be the greatest with his Frank Sinatra covers album

And his voice actually sounds good here!

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Pink Gloves – “80’s Girls”

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Pharrell Williams is still going strong in 2015 with this Major Lazer collaboration

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Girlpool – “Chinatown”

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Watch out Bruno Mars, here comes Taylor Locke

https://soundcloud.com/taylor-locke/running-away-from-love

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Body Language – “Really Love”

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St. Tropez – “Cut Me Loose”

Garage rock never gets old.

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Mesita – “Hostiles”

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My weekly reminder that there’s a lot of great WTF songs out there, like Mochipet’s “Psilocybin Samurai”

The new Pokémon?

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Tica Douglas – “I Didn’t”

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Skizzy Mars – Time (Ft. G-Easy & Olivver)

Reminds me of Chance The Rapper with a different voice. Good stuff.

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Headphone Nation’s 100 Favorite Songs Of The Decade (So Far): 2010-2014

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Am I an idiot for thinking that I can only pick 100 songs to share with y’all and not feel guilty about all the other music that I’m leaving out? Is this list completely bias? Am I brain-dead from trying to write about why I love every single song on this list?

The answer is yes.

Reminder: this is a list of MY FAVORITE songs of the decade, not THE GREATEST songs of the decade. There is a key difference. Same rules apply to this list as they did for my favorite albums of the decade so far.

Also make sure to check out the spotify playlist with all these songs at the end of this list.

Alright, let’s begin.

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What You Missed From Last Night’s VMAs (From Someone Who Didn’t Watch The VMAs)

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Last night I made the conscious decision to miss the 2013 MTV VMAs. It was not out of despite for the award show (in fact this year had plenty of great music videos) but I had a commitment to another major event that I just couldn’t get out of (*cough* Breaking Bad *cough*).

I do not regret my decision, but after looking at all the various headlines from last night I realized that I missed a pretty good VMAs. Now keep in mind that a good VMA show means that it’s still the VMAs, so there were still plenty of cringe-tastic moments (most of them having to do with Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift). But in 2013 there were a few redeeming performances and news. Here’s some that I could find.

Kanye West performed “Blood On The Leaves”, and it was incredible.

 

One Direction won Song of the Summer (but the best part was Vampire Weekend introducing them).

 

Lady Gaga can still rock a good live show…

 

…but now we know that Katy Perry can too.

 

Eminem will release a new album this November produced by Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre.

The NYSNC reunion lasted exactly one minute and twenty seconds. But it was still great.

Every ten seconds the camera would focus on Taylor Swift to watch her awkwardly dance.

And Miley Cyrus has a problem.

 

AND THAT’S IT FOLKS

Oh, and Daft Punk didn’t perform, but their presentation of Taylor Swift’s award will still be talked about for a month. That’s Daft Punk for ya.

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Grammy Nominations: Who Should Win, Who Will Win, And Who Got Snubbed

The Grammy nominations have been announced, and there were a lot of pleasant surprises.  Some things I expected (Kanye West and Adele with the most nominations), but there were some genuine shockers (Bon Iver getting so many nominations, Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy not up for Album of the Year).  Here is the list for the most prominent awards and their nominees along with who I think should win, who will probably win, and who I believe got snubbed out of a well-deserved chance at this year’s Grammys.  Also to clarify, Song of the Year means that it was the best written song and the award goes to the songwriters.  Record of the Year is the best sounding song and goes to the performers and producers.

Album of the Year

Adele – 21

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Bruno Mars – Do-Wops & Hooligans

Rihanna – Loud

Who Should Win: None of these.  I’m very unimpressed with this selection.  The only album here I’ve heard is Wasting Light which is a great album, but there were much better albums that came out this year.

Who Will Win: 21, because that’s what most people heard all year.

Who Got Snubbed: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This was truly the album of the year.  It was commercially successful while still being artistically strong.  The Purple Rain of our generation (might not be a good comparison musically, but hopefully you get what I mean).

Record of the Year

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Katy Perry – “Firework”

Who Should Win: “Holocene”.  The production of this song is gorgeous and is matched with an equally gorgeous vocal work from Justin Vernon.  A highlight from a truly great album.

Who Will Win: “Rolling in the Deep”.  It was impossible to escape this song, and unfortunately I bet most people have never heard “Holocene” (for those people, please click here).  But then again, I said the same thing about Arcade Fire at last year’s Grammys.

Who Got Snubbed: The Strokes – “Taken For A Fool”.  Listen to the song here and see if you agree.

Song of the Year

Kanye West – “All of the Lights”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Who Should Win: “The Cave”.  This is such a great and uplifting song, something that has been missing from popular music for a long time.

Who Will Win: “Rolling in the Deep”.  Same reason as why it’ll win Record of the Year.

Who Got Snubbed: The Head And The Heart – “Down In The Valley”.  A simple yet powerful song.  Click here to make up your mind on it.

Best New Artist

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

The Band Perry

Who Should Win: Either Bon Iver or Nicki Minaj.  Both have been around for a decent time making quality music, but they are now getting due credit.  I’ll be happy just as long as J. Cole, Skrillex, or The Band Perry doesn’t win the award.

Who Will Win: This is a tough call.  Probably Nicki Minaj but there’s a decent chance for Bon Iver.

Who Got Snubbed: The Head And The Heart.  I’m not sure if they would be eligible, but this is a solid band with a promising future.

Best Rock Album

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul

Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

Wilco – The Whole Love

Who Should Win: The Whole Love.  I’m so glad Wilco gets recognition from the Grammys.  This was by far my favorite album out of all of these, and I actually listened to all of these (expect Jeff Beck).

Who Will Win: Wasting Light.  The album did well commercially and it really is a great album.

Who Got Snubbed: The Strokes – Angels.  This might not be the band’s best album, but it was better than most of the albums on this list.

Best Alternative Album

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Foster the People – Torches

My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Who Should Win: Bon Iver.  For goodness sake please give Justin Vernon a Grammy.

Who Will Win: No Idea: This is a hard call because all these albums did equally well commercially.  Radiohead is probably the most well known band here, but they don’t deserve this Grammy.

Who Got Snubbed: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues.  This album had my vote for the best album of the year so far.  Though my opinion may have changed, this album still deserves a Grammy.

Best Rap Album

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Who Should Win: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  The least the Grammys can do for Kanye is to give him this award to make up for not being nominated for Album of the Year.

Who Will Win: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  I have faith that the Grammys won’t screw this up, but anything can happen.

Who Got Snubbed: Nobody.  That’s because MBDTF deserves this award.

Other Thoughts On This Year’s Grammys

James Blake should have been nominated for Electronica Album of the Year.

Congratulations to Fleet Foxes for being nominated for Folk Album of the Year.

So how did I do?  Are my predictions accurate or way out of line?  Comment below or Tweet at me (@BradyWGerber) and let me know who should bring home the big trophies at this year’s Grammys.


Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber

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