Best Songs of 2013 (so far)

Posted: July 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

We are a few weeks past the mid-way point in 2013 and there has been an abundance of great music so far.  So I decided to make and share a list of the songs I have been loving the most this year.  This is a list of the songs that I have enjoyed the most, and I chose to only include one song per album.  And rather than ranking them, I decided to simply list in alphabetical order.  You can also find and subscribe to the entire playlist via Spotify at the end of this post.

1. Ashley Monroe  “Used”

2. Autre Ne Veut “Play By Play”

3. Bastille “Pompeii”

4. Bear’s Den “Isaac”

5. CHVRCHES “The Mother We Share”

6. Daft Punk “Get Lucky”

7. Dawes “From a Window Seat”

8. Donavon Woods “Put On, Cologne”

9. Frightened Rabbit “The Woodpile”

10. Ivan & Alyosha “Running For Cover”

11. Jason Isbell “Stockholm”

12. Josh Ritter “Joy To You Baby”

13. Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

14. Kacey Musgraves “Merry Go ‘Round”

15. Keaton Henson “Lying To You”

16. Local Natives “Heavy Feet”

17. Night Beds ” Ramona”

18. Olafur Arnalds “Old Skin”

19. Phosphorescent “Song for Zula”

20. Rhye “Open”

21. Tegan and Sara “Closer”

22. Typhoon “Young Fathers”

23. Unknown Mortal Orchestra “So Good At Being In Trouble”

24. Vampire Weekend “Hannah Hunt”

Hannah Hunt from Greg Mares on Vimeo.

25. Yo La Tengo “Is That Enough”


Hope you enjoyed the list. Let me know what you think and if I made any glaring omissions. Please share this list with your friends.

New Josh Ritter – Bringing Home the Darlings

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: | Comments Off on New Josh Ritter – Bringing Home the Darlings

Josh Ritter released a new EP yesterday.  Bringing Home the Darlings, released on Pytheas Recordings, has six brand new songs that were mixed and recorded this winter at a small little studio in Brooklyn called Homeward Sound.

Along with the new release, Ritter also revealed the video for the song “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home” on Etsy. This crazy awesome stop-motion video was made with over 12,000 pieces of construction paper and had no effects added in post production.  Which means, everything that you see here is nothing more than photographs of paper with no effects whatsover.  Pretty amazing.

Josh Ritter – Love Is Making Its Way Back Home from Josh Ritter on Vimeo.

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine

Posted: June 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine

An all-star collection of artists have collaborated to pay tribute to the great folk troubadour John Prine.  The project titled, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, was released earlier this week (June 22) on Prine’s very own Oh Boy Records.  The album includes many of the current “monsters of folk,”  with Conor Oberst and Jim James’ My Morning Jacket, along with several other indie-folk staples, like Justin Vernon, The Avett Brothers,  Josh Ritter and many more.  I have yet to hear the record but it is already receiving much love from the blogosphere and the greater indie community.  Looks like a fun little adventure for Prine and folk enthusiasts. Be on the look out for Prine himself as he will be on tour this summer in support of his own recent release, In Person and On State.

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Tracklist

1. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)

2. Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – Wedding Day In Funeralville

3. My Morning Jacket – All The Best

4. Josh Ritter – Mexican Home

5. Lambchop – Six O’Clock News

6. Justin Townes Earle – Far From Me

7. The Avett Brothers – Spanish Pipedream

8. Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery

9. Sara Watkins – The Late John Garfield Blues

10. Drive-By Truckers – Daddy’s Little Pumpkin

11. Deer Tick featuring Liz Isenberg – Unwed Fathers

12. Those Darlins – Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaiian

Ain’t Nothin’ for Free (5.4)

Posted: May 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Boy, do I have a gold mine for you all this week! I’m a little giddy if you can’t tell.

Firstly, one of our favorites, Peter Bradley Adams, has one, “For You,” for download right now. You don’t even have to add yourself to one of his email lists or anything. And yes, I know that if you’ve used Pandora for more than two hours you’ve heard of him before, but you probably didn’t know about this, so here it is!

Second-of-ly, Urban Outfitters has its own nice little 25 song download on their site right now. There’s some pretty cool stuff on their like Surfer Blood and The Morning Benders.

I’d go for it if I were you (and I’m talking about the song mind you).


Single of the Week: “Cool my Heels” – Nikki Yanofsky (2.7) This is a nice poppy jazz song with some bright vocals.

Discovery Download: “Change of Time” – Josh Ritter (4.3) This is where it gets “awesome,” in the words of Tracy Jordan. Josh Ritter is one of the best song writers of our day. “The Temptation of Adam” might be my favorite song of all time. He keeps it up here even busting out Leviathan. If you like finger picking, lyrics, and a good vibe, you like Josh Ritter. Also, his new album is on sale at Starbucks right now.

Video of the Week: “Take Everything” – Greg Laswell (4.0) It keeps rolling here. A pretty cool, “in reverse” video to a very likable song. I really love Greg (@Justin does too! He interviewed him a while back), especially his voice. He’s a little like a cross of Mat Kearney and Andrew Bird and somewhere in between how good those two artist are as well. Definitely a find!

Canción de la Semana: “Muérdete la Lengua” – Francisca Valenzuela (2.5) This is a lot like a slower Addison Road song in Spanish. Maybe something like a Fiona Apple song without piano…is that even fair? I don’t, but anyways, it’s okay.

That’s all I’ve got!

Bleed on mi compadres!