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Music Video: Jenny Lewis – “Just One Of The Guys”

I’m not going to lie.  Jenny Lewis is always amazing.  As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a better female vocalist out there right now (with the possible exception of Sia, our current featured artist of the week).

It will be a couple more weeks before Jenny gets her chance to be our featured artist, but in the meantime, she’s debuted the music video for her first single “Just One Of The Guys” (already one of my favorite songs of 2014). The song features backing vocals by Beck, who also produced the track.

Check out Jenny, alongside some of her famous friends in the video below… (more…)

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Playlist: The Best Songs of 2014 So Far…

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I don’t know how you feel, but for me the last few months have practically flown by… As they say, “time does fly when you’re getting drunk” (or something like that).  But since it’s now July, and there have already been so many great songs and albums released in the first half of this year (my personal 2014 “best of” already contains more songs than all of 2013 combined) I thought it would be as good a time as any to compile a playlist with the best songs of the year so far…

2014 has already seen the release of several great LP’s, from old favorites (like Beck, St. Vincent, and Jack White) to new ones too (Parquet Courts, Future Islands), and the second half of the year should be just as good, with new releases from Spoon, New Pornographers, Sia, Jenny Lewis and “Weird Al” Yankovic (just to name a few)… (more…)

The Weekly Dose 04-09-14 (Coachella 2014 edition featuring Future Islands)

So, The Weekly Dose has recently been bi-weekly, at least for this last month, but I’m still trying to do it weekly if possible.  I have a lot of other things going on that come before this blog, but I do like sharing some good music as often as I can.  I usually put this plug at the bottom of each week’s post, but I don’t know if everybody makes it down that far, so if you’re enjoying the playlists that I post here, please 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!  Also, thanks to those who have actually subscribed to this playlist on Spotify. We’ve been gaining a few every week.

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The big event for this week, at least for me and thousands of others, is that Coachella starts this coming weekend. I’ll be at weekend two this year, and will be my 10th time attending the festival.  It really is always my favorite time of the year.  Even though I wasn’t initially as excited as I usually would be for the 2014 lineup, there are still dozens of acts that I’ll be seeing, some I’ve seen before (Beck, Arcade Fire), some I’ve been wanting to see for awhile (Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys), and I’ve made some new discoveries this year as well. (more…)

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.

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