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We’ve Got All The Time In The World: Podcast 117

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Man. All the time in the world. We’re all just rolling along, doing our own thing, trying to find happiness and meaning. I’ve found it in a couple of these songs. You know, If you look at it the right way, you do have all the time. You control it. Lets raise a glass to greatness and go become it.

Here are the spoonful of songs that were played in this weeks podcast :

Bahamas – All The Time ++ Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener ++ Pretenders – The Wait ++ The Clash – The Right Profile ++ Alabama Shakes – The Greatest ++ The Velvet Underground & Nico – I’m Waiting for the Man ++ Silver Jews – People ++ Dawes – I Can’t Think About It Now ++ Father John Misty – I’m Writing a Novel ++ Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream ++ George Harrison – Apple Scruffs ++ Johnny Cash – Cocaine Blues ++ Sturgill Simpson – Turtles All The Way Down ++ Howlin’ Wolf – Spoonful ++ St. Paul & The Broken Bones – That Glow ++ The Gourds – Gangsta Lean

 

 

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Tomorrow Land: Podcast #106

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These were the funky fresh tracks on this weeks’ podcast:

The John Scofield Band – Tomorrow Land ++  Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson and Clover ++ Dr. Dog – Phenomenon ++ Chris Kasper – Never Saw You Blues ++ Bob Dylan – Tell Me, Momma ++ Alabama Shakes – Always Alright ++ Ramsay Midwood – Monster Truck ++ Jimi Hendrix – Killing Floor (live) ++ Derek Trucks Band feat. Susan Tedeschi ++ Pharrell Williams – Happy ++ The Rolling Stones – Happy ++ Talking Heads – Happy Day ++ Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela – Happy Hanna ++ Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want Is You ++ Mason Porter – Let Me In ++ The Gourds – Let Him In

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Shady Groove: Podcast #99


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Here are the tracks on this weeks Thanksgivingkkah podcast:

William DeVaughn – Be Thankful for What You Got ++ Bob Marley – Thank You Lord ++ Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) ++ My Morning Jacket – Thank You Too! ++ Cab Calloway – Everybody Eats When They Come To My House ++ The Kinks – Maximum Consumption ++ The J.B.’s – Pass The Peas ++ Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacree ++ The Avett Brothers – Nothing Short of Thankful ++ Those Darlins – The Whole Damn Thing ++ Bob Dylan – Country Pie ++ The Beatles – I’m So Tired ++ Alabama Shakes – Goin’ To The Party ++ The Gourds – When Wine Was Cheap

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2012 Year in Review (Part 3): Best Albums

This is always the toughest list to come up with.

My 5 favorite albums of 2012.

1. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

You’ve really gotta love this band. Their music is rooted in 60’s blues and soul, but you could easily call them an indie rock band. They’ve build a substantial following through their rocking live shows and this debut thrust them on the scene. But its not just the fact that they are rooted in the past that makes this band and this album awesome. Its the fact that it feels like the Shakes are poised to grow into a legendary band. Boys and Girls can be played front to back without skipping a beat. There are no awkward songs to skip through. This is the best album of 2012.

 

 

2. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

His stripped-down acoustic folk style evokes images of Otis Redding. His soulful voice is timeless. You can’t help but get swept up in his thoughtful lyrics. Pop on this album and you’ll find yourself transported to another place. He has been compared to Curtis Mayfield and Bill Withers. I love that at its core, the sound is retro, though the music stays novel. Home again has placed itself high on the list of my favorite new albums.

 

 

3. Dr. John – Locked Down

The good doctor is back with a vengeance.  Black Keys guitar player, Dan Auerbach produced this album and the results were astounding. Their collective aim was to create a modern recording that drew on the organic, spontaneous, spooky, swampy, nite-tripper voodoo elements that we heard in Dr. John’s earliest albums. It’s not a recreation of Gris Gris. It grooves with the feeling of swamp rock, but its got many new ideas and sounds. The band is tight and at times you can definitely feel the Black Keys style. Although it is not in any way a Black Keys album. Even in this age, it can be labeled as one of Mac Rebbenack’s finest.

 

 

4. Dr. Dog – Be The Void

As soon as the opener, Lonesome, begins one can tell they are in for a treat. Dr. Dog hits a home run with this album. They seem to be having a great time as they wind through raw but poppy harmonies and  stripped down warm lyrics. I think they have wandered slightly away from their intricately crafted pop of earlier albums. But it seems to work as the sound is more loose and uninhibited. I love that the band keeps on growing, changing, and exploring new territories.

 

 

5. Jack White – Blunderbuss

Jack White is a powerhouse in todays music industry. Having showed us his producing chops with Loretta Lynn’s comeback album, Van Lear Rose, and with his other side projects also creating a significant buzz, Jack does what he wants and it almost always comes out good. It seems funny that this is his first solo album. He places an indelible stamp on every project he has been in from the Raconteurs to the Dead Weather, so much so that you would think those are his albums. But this one is his and only his. With contradictions and squelching guitars, electric piano, beautiful melodies, and even quieter polished sounds, Blunderbuss gets better as it gets played more.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Here

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Americana

The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Justin Townes Earl – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

Gary Clark Jr – Blak and Blu

 

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2012 Year in Review (Part 2): Top 12 Songs of the Year

Ahhh, the well crafted song. There’s nothing better than when musical notes and poetry come together to create a beautiful union. A good back-beat, well planned musical flourishes, instrumental solo’s, background vocals, a prefectly timed hand-clap breakdown; these are the things I look for in a great song. That and listenability, playability, and the overall feeling of the song. Regardless of how you listen, we all know a good song when we hear it. So here are my favorites of 2012. Enjoy.

Top 12 of 2012:

12. Ben Gibbard – Teardrop Windows

 

11. Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway

 

10. Heartless Bastards – Parted Ways

 

9. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire

 

8. Justin Townes Earle – Look the other way

 

7. Dr. Dog – That Old Black Hole

 

6. The Lumineers – Ho Hey

 

5. Lee Fields – Faithful Man

 

4. Jack White – Love Interruption

 

3. Dr. John – Getaway

 

2. Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll Get Along

 

1. Alabama Shakes – Hang Loose

 

Honorable Mention:

Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights

Neil Young – Oh Susannah

Alabama Shakes – Rise to the Sun

Dr. Dog – Lonesome

Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again