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DoYouHearTheMusic.com – Top Tracks of 2013 (well a good amount of them)

2 Dec

Thanksgiving gave me a minute to sit back and have a little fun putting together a Top Tracks of 2013 playlist.  This clearly doesn’t include all of the great music that has filtered our ears this year but it is a collection of music that has been on rotation for me in 2013.   I tried not to duplicate artists (I could have gone on for days with whole albums from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Cayucas, White Denim, Bastille, etc.) so I hope you like this playlist which should keep you going for hours and perfect for some holiday road trips.

 

Cheers!

 

 

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BottleRock Here I Come

9 May

I’m missing the first day of BottleRock Napa Valley today but stoked to be heading up to Napa tomorrow morning with my brother to catch a couple days of the first year, four-day festival. A stacked lineup, plenty of great food and wine in addition to plenty of friends making the trek should make for a fun weekend.

Tomorrow it’s all about The Black Keys, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, Vintage Trouble, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, Blues Traveler and more.  Saturday is definitely a power packed day/night of music with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Jackson Browne, Jane’s Addiction, Donavon Frankenreiter, Allen Stone, Dwight Yoakam, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sharon Van Etten and more!  Sunday brings it with Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti, Grouplove, Cake, Mavis Staples, Train, The Wallflowers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile and more.

Happy Monday! Some music to get your week started in a positive way

6 May

Monday, Monday, Monday! Time to make this a great week and to help get your week started off in a positive way, here’s a playlist to crank up as you work away the day, drive around with the windows down or just to just relax and enjoy the sunshine. Hope you like it and stay positive!

New Music: Michael Franti – “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)”

29 Apr

Happy Monday!  Here’s a tune for you to crank up and make today a great day! A new one from one of my favorite artists, Michael Franti – “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like).”  This is the first single off his upcoming eight album with Spearhead and tomorrow you can head over to iTunes or Amazon and download it. Until then, enjoy it here!

 

Five For Friday: Passion Pit, The Gaslight Anthem, Slightly Stoopid, Firefly, Guest Blogging

20 Jul

Check it out.  I’m trying something new at DoYouHearTheMusic.com with a Five For Friday post.  The Triple F is five nuggets of musical goodness to get you through the weekend.  In other words, the soundtrack to your weekend begins right here!

  1. Passion Pit – yes some “mental health” issues of Michael Angelakos have forced the band to cancel some July dates but next week their new album Gossamer drops and boy oh boy should you be excited.  If you haven’t yet given a listen, hop on over to NPR to stream the album.
  2. The Gaslight Anthem – the Jersey Boys are back with another rocking album, Handwritten, which will also be released next Tuesday. Their fourth album may very well prove to be their best as the fellas once again bring that Springsteenesque rock and roll but with a more refined conviction.  This album can also be streamed via NPR, HERE.
  3. Slightly Stoopid – Miles and Kyle are back with “Top of the World,” the title track off their seventh studio album which drops August 14, 2012.  Give a listen HERE.
  4. Firefly Music Festival in Delaware began today and you better believe if I still lived on the east coast, I would be there right now.  Fantastic line-up which includes headliners The Killers and The Black Keys as well as some of my favorites, Michael Franti, Allen Stone, Lupe Fiasco, GROUPLOVE, Walk The Moon, CULTS, The Head and The Heart.
  5. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to guest blog for my friend Dayna Roselli.  Check out the post HERE.

New Music: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International

24 Jan

If you are reading this and have not at least given a listen to Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, do so immediately after reading the rest of this post.  Released today digitally (next week on CD) and comprised of 80 musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings, this is an amazing collection and tribute to my favorite musician of all time.  While the list of musicians featured on the four disc set is staggering and I have yet to listen to all the renditions, there are a selection that stand out to me:

The Belle Brigade – “No Time To Think”

Michael Franti – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

State Radio – “John Brown”

Ximena Sarinana – “I Want You”

Cage The Elephant – “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll”

The Gaslight Anthem – “Changing Of The Guards”

Lenny Kravitz – “Rainy Day Women”

Elvis Costello – “License To Kill”

The Airborne Toxic Event – “Boots Of Spanish Leather”

Mariachi El Bronx – “Love Sick”

Raphael Saadiq – “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”

We Are Augustines – “Mama, You Been On My Mind”

Fistful of Mercy – “Buckets of Rain”

Flogging Molly – “The Times They Are A-Changin”

Of course Dave Matthews Band – “All Along The Watchtower”

And yes, I can’t believe I’m writing this but Miley Cyrus – “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” See for yourself, below.

You can click here for the official release regarding the album, artists, making, etc. and how you too can support Amnesty International.

Dave Matthews Band Caravan: Atlantic City June 24-26 Line-up

9 Mar

So the June 24-26 Dave Matthews Band Caravan line-up for Bader Field in Atlantic City was just released and all I can say is, SICK as in what a group of artists as I start day dreaming about how great these three days will be. Tickets go on sale for Warehouse members March 14 and to the public on March 25. Check out the below for all the artists. I don’t know who to be most excited about, such an amazing group of musicians.  What I do know is From Good Homes will be playing at the festival, love seeing the Jersey rockers on the bill as they just reunited in recent years after a decade hiatus.

2010 In Music: Some of My Favorites

29 Dec

These are in no particular order (except for the first one with good reason) because there is so much good music and moments to capture and look back on in 2010.  I know I have forgotten some and welcome your additions but here are some are of my favorites from the past 365 days.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – simply because I finally did it and started my own blog.  For me it was a huge accomplishment and I only hope that if you are reading this you found some new music to listen to. Looking forward to adding and improving the site next year

Temper Trap – the Australians blew up in the US in 2010, headlining tours, “Sweet Disposition” being remixed into one of the best electronic songs, “Fader” taking off on the charts, etc.

Chiddy Bang – “Opposite of Adults” – what can I say, I dig these guys and I just hope more people give them a listen in 2011

Fitz & The Tantrums – the second half of my 2010 was dedicated to this band.  I am in love with their sound and can’t wait to see them live

ImWithTheDJ.com – can always count on my friends’ blog for fun, inspiring and another side of music, posts

Tinie Tempah – not only is he one of the hottest artists across the pond but Tinie Tempah is quickly making his way to the US with his hit song, “Miami 2 Ibiza” ft. Swedish House Mafia

Tinchy Stryder – Another UK hip-hop act who should get some crossover into the US in 2011

Laidback Luke – What can I not say about this guy, he’s incredible.  Three songs he remixed in 2010 that stick out to me: Calvin Harris – “You Use To Hold Me,” Robyn – “Indestructible” and of course Wynter Gordon – “Dirty Talk” (hands down one of the BEST songs of the year)

Vampire Weekend – if these guys were big before, Contra made them a global brand

Kings of Leon – I’ve been a fan of KoL for as long as they’ve been a band and Come Around Sundown reminds me of their original works.  One of my favorite tracks of the year “Back Down South” I hope gains mainstream airplay

Brandon Flowers – went solo in 2010 and wow did he impress.  Much more than I ever imagined he would.  Bravo

Trombone Shorty – have you heard “Show Me Something Beautiful”

Dave Matthews Band – after announcing that they were taking 2011 off, I knew I had to see DMB as much as I could in 2010 and to me, they sounded incredible.  So good it hurts to know they are taking next year off

LCD Soundsystem – wow, these guys rocketed to the top of the charts in 2010 and to be completely honest, the show I saw at the Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas, one of the best concerts of the year

That two DJ friends of mine have opened sneaker boutiques in Las Vegas- DJ Vice’s CRSVR inside the Cosmopolitan and DJ Ikon’s Feature off Spring Mountain/Jones

Bobby Long – getting set for a big release in 2011 and big things to come.  He was one of the big surprises for me during Mile High Music Festival

Pepper at HRH – always guarantee a good time when going to see Pepper Live and once again they rocked the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas poolside to a HUGE crowd.

“One” – Swedish House Mafia – not much to elaborate on this except the BIGGEST song of the Summer 2010

Wolfgang Gartner – with a half filled nightclub, those who made it out to Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel this summer were treated to one of the best DJ sets

Mark Ronson – “Bang Bang Bang

Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song” Live – this has quickly become one of my top DMB songs and hearing it live cemented its place for good

Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” – this song is club gold. The reactions when this song is played is right up there with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Just Dance,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the likes where people go absolutely insane for it.

DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano”  – took some time but gained serious momentum in the second half of 2010

Roger Sanchez – “2gether” – what a remix and breath of fresh air

Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”

Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine – Love me some Michael frantic but his latest disc was a real surprise for me and I am forever grateful to have had this as a soundtrack to my summer

Kanye West – “Power” – forget how good his whole album is, “Power” is my jam

Lupe Fiasco ft John Legend – “Never Forget You” – what a song and definitely some lyrics you should pay attention to

Jimmy Cliff – seeing the legend perform live at Mile High Music Festival was one of the best musical highlights of my life.  Man still has it and I could listen to him perform any day

Miike Snow – wow the surge to stardom keeps rising for these guys

Dr. Luke – this guy produces hit after hit after hit.  I mean Katy, Perry, Ke$ha, Eminem, etc. all have top hits because of him

Cee Lo – what can’t he do?

B.o.B. – his debut disc is flat out phenomenal

Biffy Clyro – keep an eye out for these Scottish rockers

Graffiti6 – love love love

Good Shoes – English band you have no excuse not to listen to

Duck Sauce – The team of A-Trak and Armand van Helden make you wonder where the musical boundaries are going to be pushed to next

Pirate Radio on DVD – this is one of my favorite movies of all time and definitely a great music flick

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. rerelease – it still amazes me what they are able to do today with remastering original recordings

Treme – what a great job HBO did with this series.  Can’t wait for season two

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” one of my favorite tracks of the year

D.W. Brandt – “Some Fantasy” another amazing track this year

Drake – what else can you say about this guy and “Over” with the Dead Prez beat SICK

Wavves

Eliza Doolittle

The Crookes

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because of The Roots as the house band – did you see the performances?

Mumford and Sons – my tip of the hat to CC for the good look before these guys struck it big

Maccabees – just check em out

Aerosmith – finally getting to see these guys live and good thing I did since Steven Tyler broke up the band for American Idol

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger – one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended and well worth $31

Friendly Fires – another band you haven’t heard of

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel

The music program at Wet Republic – just do a search for the recap of all the artists

The Dirty Dutch invasion – DJ Chuckie crushed it

Afrojack – monster year and now has a Vegas residency

David Gray – never lets you down

Aloe Blacc – How To Make It In America on HBO pushed him to mainstream and “I Need A Dollar” isn’t even his best work (did you catch Kid Cudi the actor?!)

David Guetta and Kid Cudi – “Memories”

Discovering Blue King Brown

John Butler Trio – April Uprising – hands down one of the best albums of the year

The Parties- Coast Garde

Donvavon Frankenreiter – “Glow” – I’ve been a Donavon fan since the first time I saw/heard him opening for G. Love at Hob Sunset Strip and anytime he has new music out, I don’t even have to wonder, I just know it’s good music

Subway Sessions – really really cool concept

Chromeo teaming up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend on the track “I Could Be Wrong”

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – if you haven’t listened to her, you are missing out

The Black Keys – finally hit stardom

Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union

The Gaslight Anthem – back with their third LP, the Jersey rockers killed it again

Calvin Harris

Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome

Hot Chip

Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see

 

Michael Franti and Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine

21 Sep

Michael Franti is one of those artists I could listen to nonstop every day.  His latest release The Sound of Sunshine is definitely the most upbeat album in the collection and it works beautifully.  I can already tell this is going to be a vacation soundtrack for me in the near future.  The title track “The Sound of Sunshine” is a great way to kick off the disc and really get the good vibes flowing and put a smile on your face.  “Hey Hey Hey” keeps the positive message going while “I’ll Be Waiting” will catch some off guard as you hear a U2 rift in the background.  “Love Don’t Wait” is upbeat and catchy, a bit reminiscent of his last hit “Say Hey (I Love You)”  while “The Thing That Helps Me Get Through” is a Lenny Kravitz-esque track.  While it’s still early and I need to keep listening, I’m loving The Sound of Sunshine disc.

Looking Ahead At New Music Tuesday – 9/21

20 Sep

Wow tomorrow is an insane day of new music releases. I’m very excited about a handful of discs and it’s looking like my ears are going to be getting a full dose of tunes to listen to this week. Below are some of the notable releases:

Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine

John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!

Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give

Matt Costa – Mobile Chateau

The Script – Science & Faith

Maroon 5 – Hand It All Over

Black Country Communion – Black Country Communion

Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song