Playlist: Zach Braff’s iPod

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This new playlist combines many of the songs from the Garden State and Scrubs soundtracks in addition to some other songs that I think match Braff’s great range of taste in music. There are also some songs on here from his new movie Wish I Was Here released in limited release July 18th.

 

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Playlist: 20 Songs For June 2013 (Via Spotify)

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With the exception of Yeezus, most of my June was spent going through bits of past ambient pop that I’ve grown to appreciate. Whether it’s IDM from the 90s (Aphex Twin), early 2000s indie-rock (Broken Social Scene), or the very recent dance pop from overseas (Disclosure), I was so into this music that I was almost tempted to go out and buy a mini controller. Almost. But of course there was plenty of other great non-electronic music to be heard this past month.

Here are my 20 songs for June 2013.

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Hear A Song From Pete Yorn’s New Band (And Watch Him Bowl)

One of my favorite singer-songwriters Pete Yorn is back, but this time he’s with a new band. He and JD King have formed The Olms, and below you can watch the music video for “Wanna Feel It”, which I hope will be from an upcoming album. It’s not so much a music video as it is an old recording of some dudes bowling, but hey it’s great hearing anything new Yorn related.

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Playlist: 15 Songs For February 2012 (Via Spotify)

Here’s a new monthly tradition that I would like to start.  Every month I’ll make a playlist, courtesy of Spotify, and I’ll share it with ya’ll.  These playlist consist of fifteen songs that I have enjoyed over the month.  Some of these are new songs, others are classics, and everything else is just whatever I was into this month.

Here’s my 15 songs for February 2012.

 

P.S. Thank you mattneric for showing me how to do this.

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My Top 10 Favorite Cover Songs

Recently Rolling Stone posted a reader’s poll of the top 1o cover songs – you can view that list here.

The list was pretty decent, covering most of the stable cover songs – i.e. Hendrix’s take on “All Along The Watchtower,”
Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” and Johnny Cash’s haunting “Hurt.”  However, there are plenty of other great covers that aren’t as popular but are just as good, if not better, than the original.  So here’s my personal list, not in any particular order, and a video of each cover.

Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez (The Knives)

 

Dancing In The Dark – Pete Yorn (Bruce Springsteen)

 

Wonderwall – Ryan Adams (Oasis)

 

River – Herbie Hancock (Joni Mitchell)

 

Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine (The Postal Service)

 

Romeo and Juliet – Matt Nathanson (Dire Straits)

 

Love Me Tender – Norah Jones (Elvis Presley)

 

Hey Ya – Obadiah Parker (Outkast)

 

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Hootie & The Blowfish (Tom Waits)

 

Imagine – Jack Johnson (John Lennon)

 

Any songs I left out?  Comment and let me know what your favorite cover songs are.

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Hidden Gems: Pete Yorn – Musicforthemusicafter

An album you can get lost in.

The name might not ring any bells, but Pete Yorn has been making music for the majority of the 2000’s, starting with this album released in 2001.  Though released 10 years ago, this album has aged incredibly well and, if released this year, would still sound as fresh as it did back in 2001.

The songs are lush and will get stuck in your head for long periods of time.  Songs like “Black” and “Murray” sound like pop classics in the making, and the album has an incredible balance between fast-paced power-pop songs (“For Nancy”) and slow, dreamy-like acoustic ballads (“EZ”).

This is an album you can listen to from start to finish and find very little filler.  Yorn’s voice might be hard to get used to at first, but this album grows on you over time, and it’ll stay on you for a long time.

To view this video you’ll have to press the link that’ll take you to youtube to watch it.  I’m working on making it easier to view the videos but until then here you go!

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