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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

 

 

 

 

 

Now Playing: @ScreamCreature

27 May

Pretty cool new music Tuesday as I get to talk about a project my buddy Chris has been working on for some time called, ScreamCreature. The EP drops today and you can purchase it on iTunes or CD Baby.

Below is background on the project from Chris as well as a player to listen to some ScreamCreature but for me the best part about this project is that he’s been developing it with his brother. There is nothing like family!

“If you’ve seen me post but didn’t know what the hell I was talking about, well it’s a little project I started with my little baby brother, who’s not a little baby, but he’s kind of a big baby for such a big little baby guy. He was the first fan of every band I’ve ever been in: Exposed Youth, Hed, Boss Tweed, Elefant. Yeah, those are all names we actually considered using for the one and only band I’ve actually ever been in… and I can’t believe O.A.R. actually did go by some of those names. Well, Rob sat in the corner in the basement watching every band practice, and he learned to play guitar by watching Marc and Richard. When O.A.R. wasn’t practicing, he and I jammed down there all the time. Then he started writing his own songs. I pushed him to keep writing and he kept writing.

About 10 years ago we were living in Chicago and we stayed up all night one night writing a song called Stand and Scream and we knew the 2 of us had to do somethin’. Now somethin’ had to happen. But life was crazy over the next few years. I was on the road. He moved to LA for a few years and then to San Francisco. But whenever we’d get together back in Maryland for the holidays, we’d go back down to the basement and it was just like being back down there with Marc, Richard, Benj and Jerry. I love that basement. I love how it sounds. We wrote more songs. I invited Rob to Chicago to head into the studio. To fill out the parts, we invited Danny Chaimson who’s always been one of my favorite creative souls to have ever walked the earth and the chemistry was instantly apparent. I love that I’ve only ever been in bands with my brothers.

These songs have been written in Maryland, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, and even Memphis, and we recorded them over a 3 year period in many, many different studios in Chicago, before finally being mixed in Nashville. It’s been one of my favorite adventure’s. As you can see the story of ScreamCreature is either 3, or 10, or 30 years in the making depending on how you tell it.”

 

REVISITED: O.A.R. | 4.24.14 | Brooklyn Bowl | Night 1

25 Apr

Damn did it feel good to see O.A.R. live once again. While I have lost count of how many O.A.R. shows I’ve seen over the years, I do know that it has been a couple years since I last got a chance to see them live. Night one of a three night extended stay at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas instantly put me back in that happy place and made me feel right at home. With good friends all around me it was a perfect evening and I for one can’t wait for the next two nights of shows.

SETLIST:

Love and Memories

Untitled

Hey Girl

Risen

Living In The End

About Mr. Brown

Heard The World

About An Hour Ago

One Shot

James

Anyway

Dareh Meyod

Something Coming Over

Black Rock

Lay Down

That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker

52-50

City On Down

ENCORE

Peace

Shattered

Fool In The Rain (Led Zeppelin cover)

 

Here are some images from the show last night.

Hey Vegas, YOU + ME @ Brooklyn Bowl the next three nights for O.A.R.

24 Apr

Okay Vegas, anyone who was in high school or college circa 1999 should be joining me at Brooklyn Bowl the next three nights as O.A.R. comes to town for a stopover!

C’mon be honest with yourself, you know you’ve spent plenty of college nights and fraternity/sorority parties rocking out to “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker,” “Hey Girl,” “City On Down,” and if you’re a little younger chances are you’ve grown up with “Shattered,” “This Town,” “Heaven” and now their new single, “Peace.”

Regardless of anything I’ve said above if you’re into music, the next three nights are simply ones you won’t want to miss.  Perhaps I’m biased but a live O.A.R. show is an event and more importantly a damn good time.  So come on, drive yourself over to the Linq, marvel at the High Roller, stroll up to Brooklyn Bowl and come see some killer music in one of the best live music settings.  Oh and if you think it’s going to be a late one, shows are at 7:30, you have no excuse.

Now back to the music…….

DoYouHearTheMusic.com Monday Happiness Playlist!

15 Apr

To help make sure you don’t get a case of the Monday’s, here’s a little Monday Happiness playlist for you! Hope you enjoy and find a few good reasons to smile, dance, laugh, daydream, have fun and get this week started off in a positive way.

Cheers!
Craig

 

Five For Friday: Gold Fields, A Slient Film, Royal Teeth, SXSW, O.A.R., Allen Stone, Andrew McMahon and more

8 Mar

Back with a Five For Friday that you should really pay attention to.

  1. If you are in Las Vegas tonight there is a rocking show set to take place at the Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.  Gold Fields, A Silent Film and Royal Teeth share the billing.  Local band, American Cream opens the show at 8:30 p.m.  If you want to hear some of the rising bands in music today, I highly encourage you to check this show out.
  2. Speaking of shows, there are a ton of SXSW artists rolling through town on their way to Austin.  Beauty Bar has a solid lineup which includes David Wax Museum on Saturday evening.  Also downtown tomorrow night is the Vegas Streats two-year anniversary party.  Going to be a fun one!
  3. O.A.R. dropped dates on their upcoming summer tour which includes a powerful set of opening acts in Allen Stone and Andrew McMahon (Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate).
  4. Hangout Music Festival quietly added their third headliner, Stevie Wonder
  5. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 7 as the next Life Is Beautiful Downtown Las Vegas Music Showcase takes place at Commonwealth.

O.A.R. and B.o.B to perform “Champions” on The Tonight Show! (Video)

8 May

Big congrats to O.A.R. for their latest, “Champions,” a collaboration with B.o.B. as part of Duracell’s 2012 Summer Olympics campaign. Tune in this evening to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to see the artists perform the song live for the first time!

PSA: Brita FilterForGood Music Project Documentary “Music Sustains”

20 Mar

“See how fans are teaming up with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monae, O.A.R. and Guster to make concerts more sustainable. Sundance Film Festival filmmaker Destin Cretton turns the camera on how passion for the music and passion for the planet are leading to positive change.”

News Flash: O.A.R. on Today Show Thurs. Oct. 6

5 Oct

Quick little note to let you know that in support of their latest album, King, O.A.R. will be performing on Today on NBC, tomorrow, Thursday, October 6.  Consider this your reminder to set the DVR on your TV.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com Fall Playlist

23 Sep

First day of Fall which means it’s time for another DoYouHearTheMusic.com Playlist.  Hope you enjoy the selections below and they help keep your spirits up beat as the temperature drops.

 

Young The Giant – “Cough Syrup

The Cinema – “Kill It

SuperHeavy – “Beautiful People

Ximena Sarinana – “Different

GROUPLOVE – “Lovely Cup

Kassidy – “I Don’t Know

Deer Tick – “Miss K

Walk The Moon – “Tightrope

O.A.R. – “Taking On The World Today

Childish Gambino – “Bonfire

J Cole – “Nobody’s Perfect” ft. Missy Elliot

Chancellor Warhol – “Wings

NewVillager – “Rich Doors

M83 – “Ok Pal

The Rapture – “Miss You

Girls – “Honey Bunny

Maps & Atlases – “Israeli Caves