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DoYouHearTheMusic.com – 2016 Top Albums

30 Dec

Another year down, another year filled with great tunes. Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of 50 albums I dug in 2016. Normally I shy away from naming my top album because quite frankly I think there is too much great music that gets released throughout the year but this year is different because to me, A Tribe Called Quest didn’t just shock everyone by announcing and releasing its first album in 18 years, coupled with the loss earlier this year of Phife Dawg but it was the perfect album at the right time when “We The People” needed it. We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service is the album of the year and if you haven’t for some reason, dive into it, listen closely. We need more like ATCQ in 2017 and the years to come, there is a purpose to this album, find yours as I found mine. Peace + Love + Music. See you in 2017.

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Anohni – Hopelessness
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Blossoms – ST
Boulevards – Groove!
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Christine and The Queens – Charleur Humaine
Crystal Fighters – Everything Is My Family
David Bowie – Blackstar
DAWES – We’re All Gonna Die
DIIV – Is the Is are
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
Flume – Skin
Gallant – Ology
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
GOAT – Requiem
Goldroom – West of the West
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
Jack Garratt – Phase
Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered
Kings of Leon – Walls
Lapsley – Long Way Home
Lewis Del Mar – ST
Mitski – Puberty 2
Mumford & Sons – Johannesburg EP
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Something More From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Nice As Fuck – ST
NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
Phish – Big Boat
Run The Jewels – RTJ3
Saint Mesa – Jungle EP
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
The Avett Brothers – Trus Sadness
The Head and The Heart – Signs of Light
The Lumineers – Ophelia
The National +++++ – Day of The Dead (Grateful Dead)
The Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome
The Shelters – ST
Tycho – Epoch
Whitney –  Light Upon The Lake
Wolfmother – Victorious
ZHU – Generation Why

VIDEO: Slightly Stoopid ft. Bob Weir & Karl Denson cover Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower”

29 Jul

A) I love the Grateful Dead
B) I love Slightly Stoopid
C) Who doesn’t love Karl Denson
D) Watch and listen to this!
E) Enjoy your day and don’t forget to smile!

 

If you want to read a little, check out THIS piece from Rolling Stone.

LISTEN: The War on Drugs – ‘Touch of Grey’ (Grateful Dead Cover)

24 Mar

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of The National’s star-studded 59-song Grateful Dead tribute album titled Day of the Dead which drops May 20 nd features Wilco, Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, The War on Drugs, The Flaming Lips, Anhoni, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Jenny Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, Phosphorescent, Courtney Barnett, Grizzly Bear members Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile and the Violators, The Tallest Man on Earth, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Cass McCombs, Angel Olsen, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Bill Callahan, Lucius, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Real Estate, Fucked Up, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Perfume Genius.

Read more HERE and HERE from Consequence of Sound and give a listen below to The War On Drugs’ cover of “Touch of Grey.”

‘Fare Thee Well’ Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Shows Here We Come!

25 Jun

June 19, 1995 that was the first and last time I would see the Grateful Dead. Bob Dylan opened, I was with my childhood best friend and his Father (who took us) and what an experience it was…..at 13! Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me go to the show!

Fast forward 20 years and one week later and after losing count of the amount of The Dead, Furthur, Rat Dog, Phil & Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, etc. shows I’ve been to, it’s just shy of 24 hours until I board a plane to San Francisco to catch the two Fare Thee Well shows at Levi’s Stadium. While it won’t be the Chicago experience, it will be an amazing experience that I can’t wait to be a part of and perhaps even better given that it’s a short distance from the origin of the Grateful Dead.

Peace + Love + Music

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VIDEO: The Late Late Show – Bob Weir and John Mayer Perform “Althea” and “Truckin'”

6 Feb

You can read more about the interview from Relix HERE but click play below to see The Late Late Show guest host John Mayer jam “Althea” and “Truckin'” with the one and only Bob Weir. I for one am counting down to 4th of July weekend in Chicago for Fare Thee Well 50th anniversary shows! And fan or not, John Mayer is a wicked guitar player, always has been and hopefully always will be.

 

Revisited: #Superjam ft. Skrillex & Friends at @Bonnaroo 2014 (Video)

22 Jan

Bonnaroo 2014.  It was halfway through Jack White’s thrashing rock and roll set, @808Dave, @JoleneMannina and I knew it would be tough but we had to leave to make sure we were on time for the Superjam ft. Skrillex & Friends! So off we went, leaving our nearly front row spot for a chance to see something amazing happen. As we ran through the farm we finally arrived at The Other Tent with time to spare, or so we thought! Thanks to a fellow Bonnaroovian, he informed us that a push notification announced a switch in for Frank Ocean with the Superjam so off to This Tent we marched. Finally we really had made it! Thanks to some friends we had been tipped off to the remaining unannounced special guests and just knew this was going to be one of the most incredible performances we’d ever witness. And as people who weren’t there soon after found out, it was just that, an epic performance from incredible musicians. Just click play below to see the Danny Clinch directed documentary showing the preparation leading up to this unreal late night evening of music which started out with the “house band” of Skrillex and Big Gigantic with Thundercat on bass, Mike Einziger of Incubus on guitar and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee on keys. From there it was on with the special guests as Fatman Scoop hyped the crowd on a couple of tracks, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead sat in for a few, Craig Robinson and Mystikal (yes, really), followed by the ladies of Warpaint, the incredible Janelle Monae, A$AP Ferg, Zedd on drums, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and then a four song encore with Ms. Lauryn Hill.  It was simply incredible and something I was in awe of.  Hands down one of the coolest performances I had ever been witness to.  To this day that memory on the farm stands out.  If anything it set a new bar for where Superjam’s of the future need to go.  Sonny Moore, Paul Peck and the Bonnaroo Crew, bravo and I can’t wait to see what awaits at Bonnaroo 2015 in June!  SET LIST and WORDS.

Where are you going to be 4th of July Weekend? CHICAGO for the Grateful Dead

16 Jan

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Music fans unite! July 3-5 Soldier Field, Chicago, be there. The four remaining members of the Grateful Dead (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) will get the band back together with a little help from some mighty talented friends including Trey Anastasio sitting on guitar and Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti on keys. It was July 9, 1995 the scene of what would be Jerry Garcia’s final show before passing and fitting that they return to that very place for these final three shows. Read more HERE from Billboard.

For me, it was June 19, 1995, Giants Stadium. My one and only Grateful Dead show. Bob Dylan opened. That memory has been with me ever since and at every The Dead, Furthur, Phil & Friends, Ratdog, Bob Weir, Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band show I’ve attended since. I just hope I’m lucky enough to make it back for these final three shows.

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Video: Phil & Friends | “Franklin’s Tower” | 4.20.14 | Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

23 Apr

Last weekend was one for the ages as Phil Lesh descended upon Las Vegas and played three nights at the brand new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas with an all-star lineup which included Jackie Greene, John Scofield, John Medeski, Stu Allen and Joe Russo.  How’s that for a powerhouse lineup?!  And boy did it live up to the billing.  It was definitely an honor to watch these guys on stage and the chemistry was just ON.

Here’s a video of “Franklin’s Tower” from night three of the run.  Apologies in advance as it’s only four minutes since I wasn’t prepared for them to play one of my favorite Dead songs and I cut it short because frankly, my arm was tired.  Regardless, I think you’ll enjoy it!

 

And since today is a great day, I’ll do you one better. You can click the links below to download all three shows from Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas!

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Revisited: Furthur 10 4 11 Las Vegas Set List & Images

5 Oct

Any chance to see Bob Weir and Phil Lesh is a special treat and with Furthur rolling into Las Vegas, I was excited like a kid in a candy store.  However the evening didn’t start off nearly as planned as it took no joke, 50 minutes to get into The Joint as the ticket/security line was not moving.  After missing the first three songs (which included “China Cat Sunflower“and “Maggie’s Farm”) of set one, I made it inside.  As expected, a festive crowd on hand and it was all song and dance for the next three hours.  Highlights of the first set for me had to have been hearing “Welcome to the Dance” for the first time live and “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Casey Jones” back-to-back.  Second set, easily “Viola Lee Blues”>”Midnight Hour”>”Viola Lee Blues”>”Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”>”Viola Lee Blues” and a little later in the set “Scarlet Begonias”>”Fire On The Mountain” which was just icing on the cake for a great evening.  I just hope I don’t have to wait another year to see the guys again.

Here is the official set list as well as fantastic images from good friend, Erik Kabik of Erik Kabik Photography.


 

News: “Mickey Hart: Another Dead Tour Is ‘Always a Possibility’ (via Rolling Stone)”

24 Aug

Check out THIS article today from RollingStone.com by Andy Greene

Excerpt below:

The Dead last toured in 2009. “There was certainly personal tension on that tour,” said Hart. “I mean, there were people that didn’t get along. And there were musical differences. But nothing that couldn’t be negotiated. I mean, there are differences in any family. But I didn’t skip a beat. I’ve been in very interesting projects over the past few years and I have absolutely no inclination to join Furthur. Bob’s doing just what he wants to do and so am I.”

Hart refuses to rule out the possibility of another Dead tour, though. “I would never say never,” he says. “As long as we’re above ground, there’s always a possibility. I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t do more shows someday, but right now isn’t the right time.”