Headphone Nation Is Moving To New York City (and needs a little break)

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Hey y’all,

A lot of big changes are about to take place, and I need to give you guys a heads up.

The next couple of months are going to be some of the most hectic, yet exciting months of my still-very-short life for a variety of reasons. Very soon I will be graduating from college, I will be attending my mom’s wedding, and I will be making the big move from Bloomington to New York City to begin my post-grad life with a brand new job in a brand new city. I will be working in Brooklyn with a job that I couldn’t be more thankful for – a kind of position that will allow me to get in greater touch with the music industry and will allow me to continue my writing.

I want to put in as much focus and energy as I can into enjoying my last days of college, and once I’m in NYC I want to spend as much time as I can getting to know the city. This is a huge transition, and I need to step away from my computer and be present in these moments; for me, writing is an enhancer, but not a replacement, of life, and sometimes it’s better to step away and experience something new.

In this time I won’t be able to give Headphone Nation the time or energy that it takes to produce meaningful and consistent content. So to make things easier on myself, I am stepping away from Headphone Nation for the next couple of months.

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But don’t worry, this is not the end.

In fact, this is the beginning of something even better.

Headphone Nation has always worked because I could find all the music that I needed through the Internet, but moving to NYC will allow me to gain access to so much new music that I’ll be able to write about and share with you. I cannot wait to be in a city full of bands and creative types, and I can’t wait to share the kind of music that you won’t be able to easily find on the Internet.

Once I settle into my job and have a better sense of what kind of time that I’ll have to write, I will come back to this website with all sorts of new ideas and a new energy to make Headphone Nation even better.

I cannot express enough how much I love running this website and what its modest success has meant to me, and I am forever grateful for this small yet loyal community that has grown around this website. I started this little music blog in high school as a means to express my love for all the music stuck in my head (and to stop annoying my friends and family with all my yammering). I didn’t have a clue what sort of direction this website would (or could) take, but Headphone Nation has opened so many doors for me and has introduced me to so many new writers and musicians whom I would have missed.

The greatest satisfaction, however, is all the music that I’ve been able to share with so many different people. That ability to share something meaningful is what drives me to make this blog the best that it can be; one of Headphone Nation’s taglines is “We Want To Make Your Life Better”, and I would like to think that, in some small way, we’ve done just that.

Thank you all for keeping up with us, and I hope you stick around for just a little bit longer.

I will still be active on my own personal twitter (@BradyWGerber) and I’ll try to continue posting interesting things I hear or see on our Tumblr and Facebook page. I am also a music contributor for Dingus and Cultured Vultures, so be on the lookout for my pieces there.

Thanks again for being a part of this. See you soon.

Tune in. Tune out. Live on.

-Brady

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Playlist: The 60s – Peace, Love, and Dylan

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I made for y’all a Spotify playlist of my greatest hits of the 60s, which includes Aretha Franklin, The Byrds, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Sly & The Family Stone, The Velvet Underground, The Who, and many more. I’ve also included some deeper tracks from the likes of The Bobby Fuller Four, John Leyton, The Zombies, and more.

And yes, Bob Dylan is on here.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find The Beatles on Spotify, but I think there are plenty of great songs on here to make up for that.

 

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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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Playlist: 20 Songs For November 2013 (Via Spotify)

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And we’re in the home stretch for 2013! This month’s playlist is more focused on past great music with the exception of Blood Orange and a better-than-I-would-ever-like-to-admit One Direction song.

Here are your 20 songs for November 2013.

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Kick Off The Holiday Season…With The Kinks!

This morning I woke up to find that the first snow of the year had fallen. This can only mean one thing — it’s now ok to start talking about Christmas music!

For many people, Christmas music is a special genre of music. In addition to all the countless standards we’ve heard since we were young children, the holiday season is a great excuse for many bands to try and cover those Christmas standards and even write a few festive songs of their own. Some are bad, a lot are ok, but there are many holiday songs that will surly make your cheery (and not cringe).

Let’s kick things off with The Kinks because A) this is a Christmas song and B) The Kinks are awesome.

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Playlist: 15 Songs For August 2012 (Via Spotify) – Special Folk Edition!

This month has a special edition of 15 Songs via Spotify. All of August I was on a folk kick that I’m still on. This playlist is a mix of all the great folk songs, both old and new, that I’ve been playing all month (Yes, there will be Bob Dylan).

Here are my 15 songs for August 2012.

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Playlist: Songs To Help You Cheer Up

Music that heals the soul and gets you back on your feet.

Some days just suck.  Nothing you can do and nothing you can tell yourself can make your day better, and we can get lost in our sadness.

We need music for those sad times, but we also need music to help us get back on our feet.  It seems that these songs are harder to find, especially when we need them the most.  These five songs are the songs I go to when I’ve done all my crying and need something to lift me up.  I hope these songs do the same to you.

Please note that these songs aren’t necessary cheery, but rather the lyrics and the emotion of the song is what heals.

Ryan Adams – “Words”

“If everybody is grateful, how come nobody’s satisfied? / Don’t worry up your mind / People are sick and mean sometimes / They’re only words”

 

Gary Allen – “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful”

“Life ain’t always beautiful / but it’s a beautiful ride”

 

Coldplay – “Fix You”

Yes, I picked the most obvious and cheesiest pick for a song to cheer you up. Yes, you will feel a little better after hearing this song.

 

John Legend – “Ordinary People”

“We’re just ordinary people / we don’t know which way to go”

 

The Beatles – “Hey Jude”

C’mon, you know all the words. Sing this one out loud.

 

The kinks – “Waterloo Sunset”

“People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright / but I don’t, need no friends / as long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise”

 

And after you’ve kicked the sadness out of you, this song will get you out the door feeling awesome.

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