Fall Spotify Playlist: Autumn Sweater

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Yesterday was the official beginning of Fall, which means it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice latte (or Oktoberfest), sit out on your porch and read a book, or finally take that road trip you’ve been meaning to do before it gets too cold outside. No matter what you end up doing this Fall, these songs will fit the many moods of the changing leaves.

Happy Fall!

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Week In Review (2/13/15)

A non-sarcastic congratulations to Beck, St. Vincent, and everyone else on their Grammy wins!

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It’s easy to get cynical about the Grammys (I know I usually am), but it’s still an achievement to be proud of. See all the winners here.

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Speaking of Grammys…

Bekyoncé everyone.

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If you like the video below, make sure to check out the new Father John Misty album that came out this week.

If you don’t like the video below, you should still check out the new Father John Misty album that came out this week.

But if you want my opinion, you should check out the new Father John Misty album.

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The new Kendrick Lamar song is really really really good.

It’s powerful and very different from “i”. Hopefully “The Blacker The Berry” will actually be on the new album.

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Stonefox – “This City”

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Passion Pit is (kind of) back!

This is actually a Madeon song, but it’s great hearing Michael Angelakos’s voice. This sounds more Daft Punk than Passion Pit now that you think of it…

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The Tallest Man on Earth is back!

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Kristian Matsson, who made one my favorite albums of this decade so far, will return in 2015 with Dark Bird Is Home. The new album comes out May 12th via Dead Oceans.

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Gaston Light – “Wake Up And Fight”

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Susanne Sundfør – “Fade Away”

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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – “No Action”

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Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”

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Lucie Silvas – “How To Loose It All”

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It’s good to have you back Hot Chip!

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Bruce Springsteen is on the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack???

Just kidding, it’s AWOLNATION covering “I’m On Fire”

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All We Are – “Feel Safe”

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Remember that one fake song from Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer? LVL UP turned it into an actual song (and it’s great)

For reference, check out the original movie version here.

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 Bobby Nourmand – “The Sound”

A brilliant remix of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence”

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No Vacation – “Beach Bummer”

Is Beach-Emo-Pop now a thing???

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One Sentence Reviews Of Headphone Nation’s 40 Favorite Albums Of The Decade (So Far): 2010 – 2014

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Congratulations – you made it halfway through the decade. How does it feel? Did you come up with a good nickname for this decade yet? Is it as catchy as “The Noughties”? What were the highlights?

It’s easy to get caught up looking back at a particular year (or years) and try to pick out the few highlights that defined the year out of all the countless events. For any pop culture publication, it’s a cheap, bias way to get more hits, and it usually doesn’t do the year justice to what it was actually like.

But hey, we all love to make these lists, and we all love to read these lists.

One of the ways to define a decade is by the most popular (i.e. the easiest to define) musical trends of the time: the 60s were the age of Psychedelia, the 70s saw the height of Big Hair Music (heavy rock and disco), the 80s were the dawn of Indie and MTV, the 90s the mass takeover of Pop music (Grunge-Pop, Britpop, Rap-Pop, Noise-Pop, Trip-Pop, Boy Band-Pop, Riot Grrrl-Pop, it goes on), and the last decade saw the boom of the streaming revolution that we’re still in the middle of. Obviously there were more to these decades than those broad themes, but it gets the job done.

So what is the trend that will define this decade? Is this the age of Doomsday Disco (EDM, Reflektor), Mumblecore (what much of “Indie Rock” has become), or Black Stadium Rock (Kanye West and the realization of his Thriller-sized ego)? Or will we just clump together all this music, much of it angry and noisy, and call it “Great Recession Music”?

It’s too early to tell – we’re only halfway through this decade. There’s no telling to what we’ll be listening to within the next five years and what albums will come to define this decade. So to try and find any sort of pattern in the beginning of 2015 is challenging and probably not necessary.

But like I said, we all love these lists – so let’s have a little fun.

Below is a list of my 40 favorite albums released between 2010 and 2014 and the albums that have defined this decade for me so far. I tried to make things more interesting by describing each album using only one sentence. Of course you cannot properly sum up an entire album in one sentence – but it’s fun to try to anyways!

Please note – this is NOT a list of the GREATEST albums of the decade. This is just a list of my personal favorites, and I hope I introduce you to some great albums that you might have missed in this decade. If this were a GREATEST list, then there would be some albums that I wouldn’t have omitted and some that I would have taken off. For example, Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 good kid, m.A.A.d city is without a doubt one of the best quality albums of the decade, but I have no personal attachment to it – I just like it because it’s good.

There are also lots of albums that I’ve heard are great but I’ve never sat down with and listened to all the way through (Frank Ocean, Grimes, Tame Impala, etc). When I do my inevitable End-Of-Decade list at the end of 2019, some of those albums might appear after I listen to them more.

Also, some of these albums on this list aren’t necessarily “good”, but there’s something about them that I absolutely love or can relate to. Maybe it’s because it’s from a favorite artist, or maybe I have a strong association with that album and where I first heard it or who/what it reminds me of. No matter the reason, these are the albums that I loved the most in this decade so far.

And yes, there’s a good chance that I left out one of your favorite albums. Please forgive me.

This list is in alphabetical order, and click on each album cover for a link to a song from the album.

 

Alright, let’s begin.

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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: 15 Songs For March 2012 (Via Spotify)

This month’s playlist is all over the place.  Most of these songs are oldies, but there are a few new tracks here.  I have some Springsteen, Death Cab, Magnetic Fields, The Men, and everything else in between.

Here are my 15 songs for March 2012.

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