Archive | December, 2014

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – My Favorite Albums of 2014

29 Dec

What a year it was for me in music. So good that I don’t want this year to end but excited to see what 2015 has in store. Below (in alphabetical order) are albums I was digging in 2014.  I couldn’t limit myself to a number and I know I missed some too but here it is.  What were some of yours from 2014?

††† (Crosses) – †††

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

Alvvays – Alvvays

Asgeir – In The Silence (US Release)

ASTR – Varsity (EP)

James Bay – Hold Back The River (EP)

Bleachers – Strange Desire

Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker

BØRNS – Candy (EP)

Broods – Evergreen

Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Balcony

Caribou – Our Love

Chromeo – White Women

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Chet Faker – Built On Glass

Eric Church – The Outsiders

CRUISR – All Over (EP)

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

Madi Diaz – Phantom

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

FKA Twigs – LP1

Flight Facilities – Down To Earth

Future Islands – Singles

G-Eazy – These Things Happen

Galantis – Galantis (EP)

The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

Glass Animals – Zaba

Goat – Commune

Great Good Fine Ok – Body Diamond (EP)

The Griswolds – Be Impressive

Holychild – Mindspeak (EP)

Hozier – Hozier

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

In The Valley Below – The Belt

John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood

Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Jungle – Jungle

King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

The Kooks – Listen

Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Like Swimming – Structures

Los Colognes – Working Together

Manchester Orchestra – Hope

George Maple – Vacant Space

J. Mascis – Tied To A Star

Milky Chance – Sadnecessary (US release)

Blake Mills – Heigh Ho

MisterWives – Reflections (EP)

MØ – No Mythologies To Follow

Mystery Skulls – Forever

O.A.R. – The Rockville LP

Phantogram – Voices

Port Isla – In The Long Run (EP)

The Preatures – Blue Planet Eyes

Priory – Weekend (EP)

RAC – Strangers

Real Estate – Atlas

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Spoon – They Want My Soul

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

Twin Peaks – Wild Onion

Tycho – Awake

Vacationer – Relief

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Warm Soda – Young Reckless Hearts

Warpaint – Warpaint

Ryn Weaver – Promises (EP)

Jack White – Lazaretto

Young Rising Sons – The High (EP)

Zac Brown Band – The Grohl Sessions Vol.1

 

 

 

 

 

RIP Joe Cocker

23 Dec

Sadly another supremely talented one has left us for a place much better. RIP Joe Cocker, you will be missed. The legendary singer passed away on December 22 at the age of 70 having lost his battle with lung cancer. While the song “With A Little Help From My Friends” was originally a Beatles song, Cocker’s rendition made him a household name worldwide but for me, he was part of my childhood as the song was the theme song for “The Wonder Years.” His voice was iconic, his songs are legendary and he will definitely be missed. We’ve lost many amazing talents in 2014, but their music will continue to fill our ears with joy and happiness.

NEW MUSIC: D’Angelo – Black Messiah

15 Dec

And on December 15 music lovers freaked out in the best way possible as D’Angelo released his first new album in nearly 15 years when he dropped Black Messiah. The album is up on Spotify (see below) and click HERE to read a post from NPR Music and one HERE from Pitchfork.

 

On a personal level, it well into the night between June 9 and 10, 2012 we were deep in the middle of nowhere Tennessee (Manchester to be exact) at Bonnaroo inside This Tent for ?uestlove’s Superjam when we heard one of the most amazing and yet familiar voices on vocals. It was in fact the voice of D’Angelo, gracing the stage for the first time in 12 years. At that moment my friends and I looked at each other in amazement and were captivated by the R&B crooner. I didn’t think it could get better. Today it has. Welcome back, D’Angelo!

New Video: @ImagineDragons – “I Bet My Life”

12 Dec

Brand new video released today by Imagine Dragons for their new single “I Bet My Life.” Caught these guys in concert last night at X 107.5 Holiday Havoc and as always, the guys delivered a massive show. It’s always amazing to see the hometown band just crush it on stage here in the neon desert and never shy away from professing their love of Las Vegas!

Now Playing: Shura – “Just Once”

11 Dec

Been listening to this song on repeat all week. If you are not familiar with Shura, you need to be. The British R&B musician is about to hit it big in 2015.

VIDEO: @PRIDESband – Mixtape 2014 Live (You’re gonna want to watch this)

10 Dec

Back in January I wrote about the Scottish synth-pop band Prides and now the trio has outdone themselves with this year end compilation of their favorite radio songs from 2014. Give a watch and listen to them pull off their versions of hits from 2014 which include Ariana Grande ft The Weeknd – Love Me Harder, Ryn Weaver – OctaHate, The 1975 – Settle Down, Ella Henderson – Ghost, Catfish and the Bottlemen – Cocoon, Taylor Swift – Out of the Wood, Nick Jonas – Jealous, Iggy Azalea ft Charli XCX – Fancy, Jessie Ware – Tough Love, and Sam Smith – Stay With Me.

Now Playing: Tuxedo – “Wonderful Christmastime” and “Do It”

9 Dec

Time to bust out your favorite tuxedo t-shirt! My latest music obsession is courtesy of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One who together make up the duo TUXEDO! It’s time to get a little bit funky and for the holiday season check out their rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” but really you need to listen to “Do It.” If you thought Chromeo brought the funk back to mainstream in 2014, give a listen to this and get ready for the debut album from Tuxedo on March 3.

VIDEO: St. Paul & The Broken Bones – NPR Music – Tiny Desk Concert

8 Dec

It always brings a smile to my face when someone says “you know that band you were telling me about…..I’m absolutely in love with them now.” I can’t think of an artist on the Life is Beautiful 2014 lineup who created that moment over and over again before saying St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Ironically one of the performances I tabbed for people as a “must see,” I missed! Sadly I had some responsibilities that kept me occupied and couldn’t break away but hearing from so many friends how much fun they had at the show and how St. Paul & The Broken Bones was their favorite performance at the festival was music to my ears. That right there was enough to make me feel as if I had seen the performance myself.

Now if you haven’t had a chance to see St. Paul & The Broken Bones live, you must put this at the top of your concert list. Paul Janeway oozes soul and his band is top notch. Just click play below to view their NPR tiny desk concert and be amazed. St. Paul & The Broken Bones fans, you need to watch this too!

Enjoy!!

Peace + Love + Music

2015 GRAMMY Nominations

5 Dec

The 2015 GRAMMY nominations were announced this morning. Take a look below at the nominees and visit GRAMMY.com for more details or peep HERE for more from Billboard.

Best New Artist

Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

Record of the Year

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year

“Chandelier,” Sia
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Take Me to Church,” Hozier

Best Rap Performance

“305,” Childish Gambino
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake
“Rap God,” Eminem
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae

Best Alternative Music Album

This Is All Yours, alt-J
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Rock Album

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

Best Country Album

Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Country Songs

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
x, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

American Hustle 
Guardians of the Galaxy
Frozen 
Get On Up: The James Brown Story 
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Pop Solo Performance

“All of Me,” John Legend
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Partners, Barbra Streisand
Night Songs, Barry Manilow

Best Americana Album

The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash
Terms of My Surrener, John Hiatt
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson

 

Now Playing: Sam Smith – “I’m Not The Only One” (Swear and Shake Cover)

2 Dec

A must listen! A) I hope you’re familiar with the amazingness of Swear and Shake in general and B) if not, get on it! Happy Tuesday y’all!