Playlist: 20 Songs For January 2015

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My first monthly playlist of 2015 includes new music from Sleater-Kinney, Viet Cong and The Decemberists along with some deep tracks from St. Vincent, Can, Nick Lowe, and more.

Here are my 20 songs for January 2015:

1. Cat Power – “The Greatest”

2. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

3. The Breeders – “Drivin’ On 9”

4. Bully – “Milkman”

5. Madonna – “Hung Up”

6. Thea & The Wild – “Strangers and Lovers”

7. St. Vincent – “Champagne Year”

8. Nirvana – “Oh Me”

9. Arctic Monkeys – “Dance Little Liar”

10. American Football – “Never Meant”

11. Sleater-Kinney – “No Cities To Love”

12. Viet Cong – “March of Progress”

13. The Decemberists – “Philomena”

14. Jose Gonzalez – “Leaf Off / The Cave”

15. Sharon Van Etten – “I Don’t Want to Let You Down”

16. Can – “Vitamin C”

17. Belle & Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire”

18. Daniel Johnston – “Life In Vain”

19. Nick Lowe – “The Beast In Me”

20. Cloakroom – “Outta Spite”

 

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Music Journal: February Recap – The Super Bowl and The Grammys – Pleasantly Underwhelming

I have to be honest, February was a hectic month for me.  On the 15th I was initiated as a brother to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Indiana Alpha chapter.  I am extremely proud to be a Phi, but being inducted, along with all my college midterms, did not allow me to catch up with the world of music.  But honestly I felt like nothing much happened this month.  But for the sake of this recap, let’s see what I can nit pick from this month.

The Super Half Time Show was…..meh

This year’s performance was wonderfully forgettable.  Madonna was an excellent lip singer, the special effects were well done, and I forgot what songs were performed by the 4th quarter.  M.I.A. tried to make a statement with a quick flip of the middle finger to the camera, but this is not 2007 so nobody really cares about what she says anyone.  Hey, at lest the Giants beat the Patriots.  Plus, no Super Bowl show could top this one….

 

The Grammys Went Exactly As Planned

I did not have time to watch the Grammys, but this year I didn’t need to.  Everyone that I thought was going to win did, so there were no upsets that I missed.  I’m glad Adele won all her awards, 21 is a great pop album, and I’m glad Kanye West and Bon Iver came home with some trophies.  I will say though that Bon Iver, as awesome as he is, is not a “new artist”.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the best new artist award needs to be changed.

 

Album Of The Month: Mr. Dream – Fatherland EP

A solid six song set that has introduced me to a band that has a good looking future ahead of them.  Check out these guys on tour as they open up for Cloud Nothings.

 

Song I Listened To The Most This Month: Jason Isbell – “Streetlights (Acoustics)”

When I saw Ryan Adams in Louisville (which was awesome!) I saw saw the excellent Jason Isbell perform some songs off his latest solo album and from his former band the Drive-By Truckers.  The highlight was an acoustic version of “Streetlights”, which has been on repeat all month.

 

Well that was pretty much all I remember from this month.  Hopefully more excitement will happen in March – we have a new Springsteen album to look forward to!

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Eight Music Acts I Would Rather See At The Super Bowl Other Than Madonna

So Madonna is performing at the Super Bowl….and I’m not really excited.  Sure I’m glad the big game is coming to my former hometown, but Madonna isn’t my first choice.  She’ll be better than the Black Eyed Peas, but she won’t come anywhere near Prince (click here to see why).  Here’s my list of acts I would rather see perform in Indy for the big game in February.

Kings of Leon

The band is big enough now with plenty of great hits that they would be appealing for most people.  I just hope they don’t sound like this…

 

Green Day

I realize not everyone loves my favorite band, but they have enough hits to play a Super Bowl set, plus they would do well in a big stadium setting.

 

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire fans make up about 12% of Super Bowl watchers, but man that 12% would go crazy.  They do kill it live though.

 

Coldplay

Everyone would love to sing along with their arsenal of big hits such as “The Scientist”

 

Dave Matthews Band

Why these guys? BECAUSE IT’S DAVE!

 

Pearl Jam

These rock vetrans still kill it live, and it would be hard for anyone not to sing along with “Even Flow” and “Alive”, even if nobody understands what Eddie Vedder is singing about.

 

Eric Clapton

A guitar God performing songs everyone knows?  Sounds good enough for me.

 

Jay Z

Songs like “99 Problems” would be perfect for a Super Bowl halftime show.  He could even bring Kanye with him for a couple of songs.

 

So if the commissioner for next year’s Super Bowl is reading this, here are your options.

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