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2014 Year In Review- Part 1: Top Albums

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Its that time of year again where we can all reflect back on the past year. I think its safe to say that this year has been a great year for music. There have been some great new releases of old stuff, solid debuts by new artists, veterans crushing comebacks, and just some overall bad-ass albums. For those of you that know me, I’m a big fan of albums that have solid songs from front to back. I love albums that flow well, start well and end well. I need to be able to push play, sit back and enjoy the whole damn thing. These are the ones that got my attention, and kept my attention throughout the whole year.

 

Unknown11. Old Crow Medicine Show РRemedy

New album from the old folk standouts. The new tracks feel like they’ve given the band a rejuvenated energy.

 

 

 

Unknown-110. Max Johnston – Dismantling Paradise

The debut album from Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, The Gourds alum Max Johnston is a great play front to back. Some of the Gourds lend a hand and make this a very good album.

 

 

 

Unknown-29. Jack White – Lazaretto

This album broke records for record sales and is a stellar release. A couple of my favorite Jack White tunes in there.

 

 

 

Unknown-38. Old 97’s – Most Messed Up

Its hard not to like the Old 97’s. Rhett Miller sings about 20+ years in the music business…And how he’s loved every minute of it.

 

 

 

Unknown-47. The New Basement Tapes – Lost On The River

New reincarnations of un-recorded Bob Dylan tunes. Music written and recorded by some of the best musicians in the biz (Mumford, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith). Plus it was produced by Tbone Burnett. How can it not be good?

 

 

Unknown-56. Sharon Jones & The Dapkings – Give The People What They Want

Sharon Jones made this album with a newfound view on life. After winning in her battle with cancer, she hit the studio right away and cut it. With great tracks and new funky standards, it is sure to please.

 

 

Unknown-65. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City

Great debut album by the Alabama band. Massive amounts of energy and soul on this release. They’re touring extensively right now, but when they get back in the studio I can’t wait to see what they do next.

 

 

 

Unknown-74. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

Some great New Orleans folk rock for ya. This was hard to stop playing when I first heard it, and I continue to play it through to this day.

 

 

 

Unknown3. Ages and Ages – Divisionary

 

This album has been a breath of fresh air all year long. Backed with several solid tunes, a great groove and spot on harmonies, the band really cooks. They definitely had a breakout year.

 

 

 

Unknown-82. The Hard Pans – Budget Cuts

Another Gourds off-shoot bands. This one is from the Gourds other primary songwriter, Jimmy Smith. Along with Claude Bernard (accordion, piano, guitar) and the Gourds sound tech Mark Creaney, this band really rocks.

 

 

 

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1. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

They say he’s gonna save country music. I don’t know about that but I do know that Sturgill and his band has got a great sound. He also backs it up with a Merle Haggard-like growl, some Dylan-esque lyrics at times and comes at it with a pretty jamming/rocking feel. I’ll definitely be playing this for years to come.

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

Beck – Morning Phase

Mason Porter – Home for the Harvest

The Gourds – All The Labor Soundtrack

 

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Winter Solstice: Dark As A Dungeon

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And just like that the sun sets on the shortest day of our year. We can all now look forward to lighter days ahead as the earth tilts its way toward the sun, little by little, day by day.

Here’s a playlist for the darkest day. Enjoy.

 

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Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Keswick – Dec 4-6 2014

TTB live

This band is top notch. Whenever I think I’ve heard something, or I’ve heard them play a song before, they change it up. I’ve seen TTB several times now, and what’s most incredible is that they seem to be able to bring something new and amazing each time. Their improvisation skills are impeccable. They don’t even play the same song, the same way twice. During this epic 3-night run at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA I saw them play 3 different set lists with a different opener each night.

Right now they are playing a ton of new songs and from what I’ve heard, its a solid batch. Looking forward to a new album sometime next year.

It’s great knowing that a band like this is still finding different and ever-changing ways to stay exciting. They will be doing their thing for years to come and I will keep following wherever they may go.

Here’s the setlist from night #2 (amy ray from indigo girls opener) –

Misunderstood

All That I Need

In Every Heart (new one)

Get What You Deserve (Derek Trucks Band song)

Midnight In Harlem

Break In The Road (new one)

 

Acoustic:

Calling Out To You

Rollin and Tumblin

Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (With Amy Ray) (Bob Dylan song)

 

Let Me Get By (new one)

Anyhow (new one)

The Sky Is Crying

Bound For Glory

The Storm

 

Encore:

Fire and Rain (James Taylor)

Space Captain (Joe Cocker)

 

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Great Movie Soundtracks

John Cusack - Say Anything

Today at the Keswick Theatre social lunch hour (happens every tuesday at noon on their Facebook site), we talked about some of the greatest movie soundtracks. And man, there are some iconic songs that play a huge part in the movies. From ‘Say Anything’ to ‘Frozen’, this is a list to behold. Check it out.

Here’s a playlist of some of the songs that were mentioned:

 

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2013 Year In Review Part 2: Top 10 Songs

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Ah, the art of song. There’s nothing better than a well written, well performed song. Here are my Top 10 songs of the year:

10. Stony Ground – Richard Thompson

 

9. Can You Get To That – Mavis Staples

 

8. Limpia Hotel (Chihuahua Desert) – Shinyribs

 

7. Get Lucky – Daft Punk

 

6. Walking On A Pretty Day – Kurt Vile

 

5. Most People – Dawes

 

4. Come To My Party – Black Joe Lewis

 

3. Part of Me – Tedeschi Trucks Band

 

2. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

 

1. A New Life – Jim James

 

 

Honorable Mention:

Wallace – The Hard Pans

The Man Who Wants You – Amos Lee

Back Seat Lover – Mayer Hawthorne