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Playlist: The Best Of St. Vincent

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Continuing with the tradition, to finish out the week I thought I would put together a playlist of some of my favorite St. Vincent songs. As I mentioned before, I almost feel bad that I didn’t discover her music sooner.  The first album of hers that I really got into was Strange Mercy from 2011.  She had released two albums before that, Marry Me and Actor, but even though people had told me about the music of Annie Clark, I hadn’t really checked it out.  In 2012, she released Love This Giant with David Byrne and this year saw the release of the self-titled St. Vincent.

Personally, and maybe because I have listened to her newer albums the most, that’s the material that really grabs me, but there are definitely standout tracks on all of them.  As with the Beck playlist I created a couple of weeks ago, this really is what I consider a “best of”… as of today… a playlist that could be completely different depending on which day I make it, and what songs I’m enjoying at the time. And, as with the other playlists I’ve been posting, I’ve been trying to limit myself to just around an hour’s worth of music for each one.  If you follow this playlist on Spotify, I might make changes to it on occasion.

But for right now, this is what I consider The Best of St. Vincent(more…)

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The Weekly Dose 03-04-14 (featuring St. Vincent)

This week’s post may be going up a day late, but it’s definitely worth the wait… I have “road tested” these songs (in other words, “listened to them in the car”) and I think it’s the best playlist yet!

I hope everybody has been enjoying these playlists so far. I’ve had a good time putting them together.  There’s just something kind of retro about putting together an hour’s worth of music (almost like a mix tape or CD) and sharing it so other people can hear.

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Featured Artist Of The Week: St. Vincent

I’ll admit that I didn’t immediately get into the music of St. Vincent (also known as Annie Clark).  I had people telling me about her stuff for years before I gave it a proper listen, but to be honest, I wish I had discovered her sooner.  Her last album, Strange Mercy was one of my favorite releases of 2o11. In 2012, she collaborated with David Byrne on an amazing album, Love This Giant.

Now, she’s back with her fourth studio album (the self-titled St. Vincent) and I think it might be her best work yet.

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This week’s playlist includes two songs from the new St. Vincent album (the frenetic “Birth In Reverse” and the slower album-ending track “Severed Crossed Fingers”). In addition, you’ll find 15 more songs by The Dandy Warhols (one of my top 100 songs of the 00’s), XTC, new Bombay Bicycle Club, Jellyfish (one of my favorite 90’s bands), Beck (whose new album features two ex-members of Jellyfish: Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Jason Falkner), Karen O’s Academy Award nominated “The Moon Song” … and many more!

1. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
2. St. Vincent – Birth In Reverse
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Fujiya & Miyagi – Sixteen Shades Of Black And Blue
4. Vacationer – Good As New
5. My Morning Jacket – Holding On To Black Metal
6. The Clientele – Since K Got Over Me
7. Architecture In Helsinki – Heart It Races (Yacht Remix)
8. St. Vincent – Severed Crossed Fingers
9. XTC – The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
10. Beck – Blackbird Chain
11. The Black Angels – Don’t Play With Guns
12. Jellyfish – Bedspring Kiss
13. Nada Surf – Whose Authority
14. CSS – Hits Me Like A Rock
15. The Zutons – It’s The Little Things We Do
16. Karen O f. Ezra Koenig – The Moon Song
17. Bombay Bicycle Club – Overdone

 

I wish I had time to write about every one of these artists and songs. In addition to the ones I listed above, there are so many goods ones here… The Clientele, The Zutons (who most people know because they wrote “Valerie” which was covered by Amy Winehouse). I’ll have to feature each of these artists in a future playlist!

Playlist: The Best of 2013 — Volume One

Before we get too far into the new year, I thought it might be nice to compile a few of my favorite songs from 2013.  As with the Best of Beck that I posted last week, these songs are currently my favorites.  If I made this same playlist tomorrow, it might be completely different.  At the very least, I have over 50 songs in my own personal 2013 playlist, so I put together an hour’s worth of the best material for this first “volume”.

For this first collection of songs, I decided that I would choose no more than one song per artist, and tried to pick a few favorites that I consider a little more obscure.  A couple of the standout tracks include Tears For Fears covering Arcade Fire, as well as the first new Pulp song in years.

The Best of 2013 — Volume One

1. Dent May – Born Too Late
2. The Black Angels – Don’t Play With Guns
3. Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
4. Arcade Fire – Normal Person
5. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
6. Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn
7. Beck – I Won’t Be Long
8. Pulp – After You
9. TV on the Radio – Mercy
10. Alpine – Gasoline
11. Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving
12. Man Man – Hold On To Your Heart
13. Of Montreal – Colossus
14. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
15. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
16. In The Valley Below – Peaches

2013 was a decent year for music.  I plan on posting more of these yearly-compilation playlists over the next few months.

The Weekly Dose 02-24-14

Welcome to the second edition of The Weekly Dose, the Spotify playlist that is updated every week with about an hour’s worth of great music, both new and old.  Thanks to everybody who checked us out in week one.  The idea for this playlist comes from the fact that if I’m not listening to a specific album, I’m usually just shuffling the “favorites” folder on my iPod or Spotify, featuring thousands of my all-time favorite songs.  Because those songs span the decades from the 60’s (or earlier) through today, it’s always an eclectic mix of music.

If you follow The Weekly Dose ON Spotify itself, you’ll notice that the songs will change every week.  There’s currently no need to subscribe to more than the one playlist, although that could change in the future.  A second playlist will debut here soon, and will be an archive featuring all songs from previous weeks for your listening pleasure.  That’s enough explanation for now, let’s get on to this week’s Dose.

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Featured Artist of the Week: Courtney Barnett

I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about Courtney Barnett until just recently when I started hearing her songs played on Sirius radio’s station XMU.  Courtney is an Australian singer-songwriter from Melbourne.  She has two EP’s so far, and those two have been combined together into one “double EP” here in the United States.  In addition to getting some radio airplay, she’s also one of just a couple of additions to this year’s Coachella festival since the initial lineup was announced in January.

In addition to two Courtney Barnett songs, this week’s Dose includes a few “flashback” artists spanning the 80’s (Orange Juice), 90’s (Pulp, Jennifer Trynin, Grandaddy) and newer acts like Father John Misty (who had my favorite album of 2012) and last week’s Artist You Should Know: Temples… Give it a listen and let me know what you think in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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1. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
2. of Montreal – Famine Affair
3. Tune-Yards – My Country
4. Grandaddy – The Group Who Couldn’t Say
5. MC Honky – What A Bringdown
6. Miike Snow – Song For No One
7. Orange Juice – Rip It Up
8. Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
9. Father John Misty – Funtimes In Babylon
10. Shout Out Louds – The Comeback
11. Puscifer – Dear Brother
12. Pulp – Help The Aged
13. Jennifer Trynin – Better Than Nothing
14. Temples – The Guesser
15. Air Traffic – Just Abuse Me

 

Playlist: The Best of Beck

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been twenty years since Beck Hansen first hit the airwaves. His single “Loser” was an instant hit, and it sounded like nothing else on the radio at the time. Now, all these years later, Beck is getting ready to release his 12th (!) studio album, Morning Phase,  and his first in six years.

I can’t lie. I’m a huge fan.  In the 90’s, I was a Beck completist, buying every CD, CD single (with several unreleased bonus tracks on each), vinyl albums and EPs.  I first saw him live at the KROQ Weenie Roast in 2004, and later on the Odelay and Guero tours.  In a couple of months, I’ll be seeing him again at this year’s Coachella festival.

Most people either think that Beck is a band (he’s a solo artist), or they only know him from his radio singles (the aforementioned “Loser”, “Where It’s At”, and “Devil’s Haircut”).  With the new album being released next week, I thought I’d throw together this playlist with some of my favorite Beck tracks.  This isn’t a greatest hits compilation, it’s just what I consider some of his best material,  a playlist that could honestly be completely different if I made it tomorrow, given the hundreds of songs he’s recorded over the last two decades!

The Best Of Beck


1. Cold Brains (from Mutations)
2. Que’ Onda Guero (from Guero)
3. The Golden Age (from Sea Change)
4. Hotwax (from Odelay)
5. Go It Alone (from Guero)
6. Beercan (from Mellow Gold)
7. Bottle of Blues (from Mutations)
8. Mixed Bizness (from Midnite Vultures)
9. I Won’t Be Long (single, 2013)
10. Nobody’s Fault But My Own (from Mutations)
11. Lord Only Knows (from Odelay)
12. Modern Guilt (from Modern Guilt)
13. Soul Suckin’ Jerk (from Mellow Gold)
14. Think I’m In Love (from The Information)
15. Pressure Zone (from Midnite Vultures)

What are your favorite Beck songs? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.  Follow me on Spotify for even more playlists!

The Weekly Dose – 02-17-14

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Starting today, I’m going to be trying something new.  Every week (on Sunday or Monday), I will be posting a playlist here called The Weekly Dose, with around an hour’s worth of music.  Within Spotify itself, the songs each week will change automatically. If you follow the playlist, you should be notified of any changes, and once the new songs are posted, the ones from the previous week will be saved into an archive (coming next week).  The plan is to feature mostly new music, with a few older songs thrown in for good measure.

Featured Artist Of The Week: Beck

In addition to the featured music, each week will also spotlight a certain artist, and our first artist of the week is Beck.  I’ve been a Beck fan since he released Mellow Gold back in ’94.  Next week he will release his newest album, called Morning Phase. This week’s Dose has one song from the new album, and a classic song as well.

Check out the playlist below, and let me know what you think in the comments, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.  I’d like to know what you liked, what you didn’t, and what songs you’d like to hear in the future!

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1. Beck – New Moon
2. Hot Chip – Baby Said
3. Harry Nilsson – Gotta Get Up
4. Yacht – I’m In Love With A Ripper
5. The Blow – Parentheses
6. Supergrass – Late In The Day
7. Beck – Where It’s At
8. New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
9. Elvis Costello – Every Day I Write The Book
10. TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness
11. St. Vincent – Year Of The Tiger
12. Beirut – Nantes
13. Caveman – In The City
14. The Clientele – Minotaur
15. Badly Drawn Boy – Something To Talk About