Song of the Day: Iron & Wine “Lovers’ Revolution”

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Song of the Day | Tags: | Comments Off on Song of the Day: Iron & Wine “Lovers’ Revolution”

Last month, Iron and Wine released Ghost On Ghost, his 5th full-length studio album on Nonesuch Records.  Sam Beam shared with NPR that the one theme that tied the songs on this record together was the central character of “this couple against the world.”  One of our favorite such songs is “Lovers’ Revolution.”

The Best Songs of 2011 (So Far) – Part 3

Posted: April 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Best Songs of 2011 (So Far) – Part 3

The countdown continues here with songs 15 – 6.  Hope you are enjoying this list as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  I am amazed at the plethora of music worth listening to that has come out in the past few months. The rest of the list will come this weekend.

15.  Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home (removed 7/21/12)

This is definitely the most listened to song of the year so far, partly because I got it back in December.  I think I wore it out, or it might be higher on this list.

14. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (removed 7/21/12)

One of the best songs yet from a band that is aiming to establish itself as an indie-folk mainstay with the release of their sophomore record of the same name.

13. Seryn – We Will All Be Changed (removed 7/21/12)

A slow-building and uplifting song for the season from yet another band from Denton, TX worth your attention.

12. Tennis – Marathon (removed 7/21/12)

I avoided listening to these guys based on the name and album cover. That was a mistake.

11. Voxhaul Broadcast – Rotten Apples (removed 7/21/12)

With some Dr. Dog-like vocals this song just makes me wanna tap my feet.

10. Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On (removed 7/21/12)

The clever and insightful lyrics of Lupe matched up with a killer Modest Mouse sample is the perfect recipe for my favorite hip-hop song of the year thus far.

09. Destroyer – Suicide Demo For Kara Walker (removed 7/21/12)

My wife referred to this album as elevator music, but I just can’t get enough of it. I especially love the little guitar riff that comes in and out of the background of this track. It complements the Kenny G-like sax quite well. You can join my wife and mock it if you like.  But that is an elevator I would love to stay on.

08. James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat (removed 7/21/12)

This is the standout track from what has been my Bon Iver substitute as I wait for the next full-length from Justin Vernon.

07. Other Lives – For 12 (removed 7/21/12)

The instrumentation on this song  and the rest of this album is just phenomenal. I had the hardest time choosing a song off of this album to include on this list.  Any of a number of songs could be taking this spot. I can’t wait to see these guys open for The National next week at Cain’s Ballroom.

06. Rubik – Laws of Gravity
Rubik: Laws Of Gravity by Fullsteam

Absolutely can’t get enough of this song right now. Try to listen to this song and not get up and dance. I dare you.

Listen to #’s 25-16

Another Autumn Playlist

Posted: October 31st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Autumn 2So after listening to Brady’s Autumn Shuffle last week, I was inspired to create a seasonal playlist of my own.  I didn’t put quite as much thought into my list as Brady, rather I simply chose to create a list of songs and albums that I feel both musically and lyrically fit the mood of the season. Let me know if you have any songs or albums that you really fall for this time of year. I hope that this playlist makes your ears bleed til winter comes.

matt pond PA

I really love this group a lot and in fact I find that almost their entire catalog fits that autumnal season very well, especially Several Arrows Later.  But instead of choosing a track from that album I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and include this excellent cover of another band that fits the fall season very well, Neutral Milk Hotel.

matt pond PA – In An Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel)

Iron & Wine

Here is a guy I am sure you are all familiar with by now.  Someone who like Nick Drake also got his first big exposure through the “Garden State” soundtrack. Well I find his contemplative lo-fi folk music to be great company on a sunny fall afternoon.  One of my favorite things to do is to go for a drive in the fall while the leaves are in transition and this song I chose for you here is one of my favorite companions along the way.

Iron & Wine – The Trapeze Swinger

M83’s Saturdays = Youth

Saturdays was an album that I heard last year and it went in one ear and out the other without making much of an impact.  But this fall it has penetrated down to my very core and has become one of my favorite records.  And I attribute a lot of that to the season in which it was heard, both physically and in my personal life.

M83 – Graveyard Girl

Explosions in the Sky’s The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

One of the best experimental quartets around.  They were the first instrumental band that I was able to really get into and I find myself consistently going back to this album each fall. You might recognize them from their work for the soundtrack to “Friday Night Lights,” the television show.

Explosions In the Sky – Your Hand In Mine

The Radio Dept.

Here is another group that I would say has an autumn feel to their entire catalog.  Something about their music just takes me back.  It just puts me in this very retrospective mood. It’s not uncommon for music from my past to take me back to the time when it first captured me. But I just discovered this band about a year ago. I don’t know how they do it.

The Radio Dept. – Pulling Our Weight

Here are a few more tracks to help round out the playlist.

TV on the Radio – Family Tree

Grand Archives – Torn Blue Foam Couch

Broken Social Scene – Guilty Cubicles

Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch – Lua

NPR Gives Away 12-Song Folk Sampler

Posted: August 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Newport Folk Festival 2009This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.  This historic event is taking place this weekend (Aug. 1-2) at Fort Adams Park in Newport, RI.  Pete Seeger, one of the co-founders of the festival will actually be there performing both nights.  Tonight he’ll be joined by Judy Collins.  The line-up is pretty incredible, including both the legends of folk music and the contemporary pioneers.  Yesterdays line-up was simply stellar with acts such as The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Billy Bragg, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine and more.   I can only imagine what musical euphoria was experienced in Newport yesterday.  Amazingly enough, today has just as great of a line-up with Joe Pug, Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Josh Ritter, Neko Case and of course closing with Pete Seeger and Judy Collins.  I know what you’re thinking, and I feel your pain.  Why can’t events like this take place closer to us.  Well even though we may not have gotten to experience this historic weekend, thanks to NPR we don’t have to leave this weekend empty handed.  The great folks at NPR Music have put together a 12-song folk sampler made up of artists that performed this weekend at the Newport Folk Festival.  It’s a great playlist and is completely free to download