Well April marked the final days of winter – we still had snow in Indiana at the beginning of the month – which means I was on my annual National kick during the ugly transition between winter and spring (and because they have a new album coming out!). There was also plenty of great new music from James Blake, Kurt Vile, Daft Punk, Fall Out Boy, Iron And Wine, and Phoenix.
Here are my 20 songs from April 2013.
With such an odd combination covering the classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, of course it’s going to be great.
Another month has passed, which means I have another playlist for y’all.
Here are my 20 songs from February 2013.
These guys continue to surprise me with everything they do. On a side note, I went to back to Congratulations (which if you remember was universally hated) and it has actually grown on me. Interesting…
As technology advances at the rapid rate that it does, It seems that our attention spans are getting severely short. The invention and popularity of the iPod was truly revolutionary, but music took a huge hit. Listening to albums used to be an event, you would devote time to listen to a whole album in one setting. Now we have trouble just listening to one song without skipping forward to the next song, and when was the last time you listed to an album from start to finish without stopping? This is tragic – artist do not create music so that their work can be skipped after the first five seconds if the music does not entice you fast enough. The following songs make you wait – the best part isn’t in the first ten seconds, twenty seconds, or even the first minute. They are song that challenge you but soon reward you.
I hope you have some time on your hands, because all these songs are over seven minutes long! It should be pointed out that I’m not including live tracks.
LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
Bob Dylan – “Hurricane”
Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven”
Ryan Adams – “Nobody Girl”
Neil Young – “Down By The River”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
Green Day – “Jesus Of Suburbia” (Sorry but you’ll have to follow the link.)
Kanye West – “Runaway”
Eric Clapton – “The Core”
Prince – “Purple Rain”
The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Don McLean – “American Pie”
Dave Matthews Band – “Crush”
The Beatles – “Hey Jude”
The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
Oasis – “Champagne Supernova” (Sorry but you’ll have to follow the link.)
Derek and the Dominos – “Layla”