Songs for December

Here’s your randomness … complete randomness.

December 2012

  1. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
  2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion
  3. Childish Gambino – LES
  4. Matt Costa – Cold December
  5. Blind Melon – Tones Of Home
  6. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  7. Jones Street Station – The Understanding
  8. Robert DeLong – Global Concepts
  9. the everybodyfields – Baby Please
  10. Ryan Bingham – Beg for Broken Legs
  11. Gary Clark Jr. – When My Train Pulls In
  12. Huey Lewis – The Power Of Love
  13. Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
  14. Jonny Lang – Red Light
  15. alt-J – Fitzpleasure
  16. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
  17. The National – Terrible Love
  18. Of Monsters And Men – From Finner
  19. Rah Rah – Art & A Wife
  20. Grouplove – Colours
  21. The Killers – Romeo And Juliet
  22. The Doors – Break On Through
  23. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
  24. Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  25. 2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up
  26. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
  27. Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
  28. Chris Shinn – We’ll Be Ok
  29. Howlin’ Rain – The Firing Of The Midnight Rain
  30. Sarah Jarosz – Ring Them Bells
  31. Griffin House

 

November Random Stuff To Listen To

I feel awful. My scheduled post apparently was not scheduled like I thought it was so you’ve been out there wondering what songs you should check out this month for 9 days. I blame myself (mainly my lack of WordPress knowledge). Anyway, 30 new/old/obscure/mainstream songs you might like to get you through November are in this Spotify playlist (with a bonus song because of the delay). And as always, listed below for Mel.

November 2012

1. Townes Van Zandt – If I Needed You

2. Nada Surf – Popular

3. Of Monsters and Men – King and Lionheart

4. Ray LaMontagne – Burn (live)

5. Carolina Story – My Feet Keep Moving Still

6. Bush – Machinehead

7. Tift Merritt – Supposed to Make You Happy

8. Angus & Julia Stone – Paper Aeroplane

9. Al Green – Love and Happiness

10. Frou Frou – Let Go

11. Passion Pit – The Reeling

12. Alabama – Dixieland Delight

13. Passenger – Let Her Go

14. Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground

15. Iron & Wine – Love Vigilantes

16. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

17. Cold War Kids – We Used to Vacation

18. Bart Crow Band – Wear My Ring

19. Lucero – Chain Link Fence

20. Hey Rosetta! – Yes! Yes! Yes!

21. Silverchair – Tomorrow

22. Beta Radio – Either Way

23. Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

24. James Brown – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World

25. Damien Rice – Volcano

26. ZZ Ward – Blue Eyes Blind

27. City and Colour – The Girl

28. Ben Sollee – Prettiest Tree on the Mountain

29. Eddie Vedder – Setting Forth

30. Trampled By Turtles – Wait So Long

31. The Black Crowes – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Month of Music (MoM)

I decided to get back into this bloggin stuff. I am going to ease back into it with a monthly feature which should help me lead into more. I am going to give you a month’s worth of songs to listen to or re-consider. There are no obvious reasons that I pick these songs. I may have heard the song/artist during the previous month. I may have thought about the song/artist during the previous month. I may have seen the artist during the previous month or will see them in the coming months. Do you get what I’m saying? These are just songs that I think you should listen to. They are in no order and they have nothing to do with the actual month. You can find a linked Spotify playlist below. (Yes, I’m lazy and do not want to type everything out at this point.)

October

For Mel:

Jeffrey Foucault – Lodi

Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper

Ben Howard – The Fear

Morning Teleportation – Expanding Anyway

Moby – Flower

Mindy Smith – Out Loud

The Lumineers – Dead Sea

Kings of Leon – Red Morning Light

Tom Petty – Learning To Fly

My Morning Jacket – Golden

Humming House – Stop Me Still

The National – Terrible Love

Ben Harper – The Woman In You

Elizaveta – Beatrix Runs

The Head And The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah

Alexi Murdoch – Orange Sky

Avett Brothers – At The Beach

Jill Andrews – Worth Keeping

Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??

Milo Greene – Silent Way

Finley Quaye – Dice

Gary Jules – Mad World

Big Gigantic – Its Goin Down

Ryan Bingham – Sunshine

Band of Horses – Monsters

Delta Rae – If I Loved You

The Wallin’ Jennys – Heaven When We’re Home

Modest Mouse – The World At Large

The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know

Toadies – Possum Kingdom

Rob Zombie – Dragula

Mumford and Sons setlist – Ryman – Tuesday, March 6

I’ll try to get some reviews/pics up this weekend from the three shows. Here’s the first setlist.
  1. Lover’s Eyes
  2. Roll Away Your Stone
  3. Winter Winds
  4. White Blank Page
  5. Below My Feet
  6. Timshel (unplugged)
  7. Little Lion Man
  8. Lover of the Light
  9. Thistle and Weeds (aborted)
  10. Ghosts That We Knew
  11. The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover) *
  12. Awake My Soul *
  13. Dust Bowl Dance (aborted)
  14. Sister (unplugged)
  15. Where Are You Now (?) **
  16. The Cave

* with Jerry Douglas

** New Song

College Friend With Benefits

Ok, not in that way, but it has been a while since my golf clubs and I got it on!  We’ve “talked” a couple of times since high school and college when we were together a lot, but it had been almost two years since we really had any action.  Well, I decided to get in touch with my old friend.  I decided to be safe and make sure it was still clean and went out for a date yesterday.  Golf was something I did regularly freshman year and half of my sophomore year before deciding it was costing me too much to be a walk-on on a college team that wasn’t very good to begin with.  And by “costing too much” I mean that I couldn’t work, party, or frat it up as much.  ** I still wonder sometimes about what would have happened if I had gone to one of the schools that was going to give me a scholarship but not play on their tournament team until my junior year. **

Anyway, I decided to start slow with my old FWB and just catch up a little and get to know each other again.  Who knows, maybe this time it will be something that is a long-term relationship.  I took my clubs to the driving range right down the street (you know, do the whole “local” thing) and it was obvious we both have changed.  My first joke to lighten the mood (hitting a driver without warming up) didn’t fly so well (topped it into the ground).  We always had a complicated relationship (golf seemed to have daddy issues) but there was never any real drama with golf.

Everything came together after my nerves calmed down.  There were many times that we clicked, but there were also those times that my jokes didn’t go over as well as they did in my head.  I would even say that there is a shot for a second date after remembering some things about golf from our past relationship (like where my hands were allowed and to follow through on my promises/swing).  Who knows, maybe we will play a full 18 and start looking at rings.  Maybe I should hold off on that talk until I actually take the putter out of the bag … if ya know what I mean!

To See or Not To See: Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang: Indie Hip(ster)-Hop

Not all rap music has to be about cars on 22s (or are they up to 24s now?), bitches, guns and made-up words.  Chiddy Bang, composed of two guys that met at Drexel University, reminds us that rap can be innovative and clever while being clean.  The duo released a mixtape titled The Swelly Express (2009) and is scheduled to release their follow-up album, Breakfast, this year.  (I would like to officially join the “swelly” bandwagon because everyone should be getting tired of “swag” by now.)  Chiddy Bang samples some of the best from the indie-rock world to get you moving and bouncing.  They sample MGMT’s “Kids” on their song “The Opposite of Adults” and Passion Pit’s “Better Things” on “Truth” and I dare you not to bounce your head or body … I double-dog dare you.  They even sample gods of the hipsters Radiohead (on “Because”, not a part of the mixtape).  Even though these samples might be what get you listening, you will want to stay for the lyrics.  And go ahead and leave your favorite lyric in the comments.

Grade: A (94)

Upcoming Nashville area shows and festivals:

6/17-19 – Bonnaroo Music Festival