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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

Now Playing: Phish – “Waiting All Night”

14 May

Mark your calendars for June 24. This is the date set for Phish to release Fuego, their 12th album. Can’t wait that long? Click listen to “Waiting All Night” off the upcoming album.

Revisited: My @Bonnaroo 2012 | Running down the festival from top to bottom

13 Jun

Bonnaroo is a lot like camp, you hang out with friends, create memories and have the greatest summer alive and when it’s time to say goodbye you don’t want to accept it and it can be sad. But those frowns get turned upside down when you realize it’s less than a year away from returning to the friendly confines and get the chance to rekindle friendships and make new memories.

Now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the meat and potatoes that was Bonnaroo 2012. First off flying in Wednesday night was the best move of the festival which besides getting to roll in to the grounds during daylight, I got the opportunity to enjoy a full Thursday and what a first day it was.

Over the course of the four days I exhausted myself trying to squeeze in as much music as possible. And at the end of the day, that was a tough task and personally I feel I fell short and should have squeezed in more but ultimately my body didn’t agree. I did however stay true to my top three to see: Dispatch, Alabama Shakes and Black Star and those were three shows I got so much joy out of. Dispatch was over a decade in the making for me and the fellas were enthusiastic, having fun and straight up rocking the way I imagined. Alabama Shakes reconfirmed to me what I have been preaching; amazingly talented, rock and roll has a new voice and Brittany Howard may be one of the most charismatic musicians in the business. And Black Star, a true honor to see some of hip-hop’s finest share the stage and just own the night.
As for the rest of my thoughts on Bonnaroo 2012, here we go:

A Breakdown of who I saw each day

Thursday:
Feist (did an impromptu set on Which Stage to prepare for her regular gig), Fort Atlantic, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Rubblebucket, Mariachi El Bronx, Danny Brown, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kendrick Lamar, Marina Orchestra, SOJA and Phantogram (just tidbits walking by), Alabama Shakes, Big Gigantic, CHERUB
Friday:
Shahidah Omar, Electric Guest, Michael Kiwanuka (he ended 15 minutes early so only heard one song), Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Two Door Cinema Club, Caitlin Rose, Afrocubism, The Avett Brothers, Foster The People, Radiohead, Black Star, Major Lazer, Umphrey’s McGee
Saturday:
Charles Bradley, DAWES, The Temper Trap, Flogging Molly (one song), Oberhofer, Santigold, Childish Gambino, The Roots, Dispatch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Superjam, (gulp) Skrillex
Sunday:
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, ALO, The Black Lips, Honey Island Swamp Band, GROUPLOVE, Mac Miller (Beach Boys was too crazy had to watch from a TV!), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Machines Are People Too, Phish

My First Show: Feist (impromptu set)

My Final Show: Phish

My Moment of Joy: Seeing a throng of people overflow This Tent for the Alabama Shakes and watching them in amazement as they owned opening night at Bonnaroo. Want to try and capture the energy? Click HERE to download their set from Bonnaroo!

Best What Stage Show: Phish – are you kidding me, besides having Kenny Rogers come out to sing “The Gambler,” the jam band legends did their legacy well.

I did also love The Avett Brothers show, those fellas are so damn good live.

Best Which Stage Show(s): Dispatch and Childish Gambino. Dispatch were on fire and had an aura of happiness that was contagious with the crowd. Gambino didn’t allow technology malfunctions to derail his time in the spotlight and a major upgrade from the tent last year.

Best Tent Show: GROUPLOVE (see below)

Best Side Stage Show: DAWES at Sonic Stage – after thinking it was going just be a “30 minute set and play some songs,” Taylor Goldsmith wasn’t shy about letting the packed legion of fans know “ you made this like a second performance at Bonnaroo” which in turn granted fans an encore after the show was well over! Wild stuff.

Best Overall Show: GROUPLOVE – there is something about this band that I feel and it gets me to the bone every time I see them live. I love their story, their music, the way they approach shows, how sincere they are and yeah, they are damn good musicians. The crowd was lively; the band was energized and together formed a beautiful hour of music euphoria.

Biggest Surprise: Marina Orchestra – no idea going in and left loving this band craving more.

Best Legend Show: Kenny Rogers (even if I did miss Lionel Richie coming out to sing with him).

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: Seeing Kenny Rogers come out on stage to sing “The Gambler” with Phish; Flea taking a moment during RHCP set to reel off all the bands he had the chance to see and how awesome Bonnaroo is.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Got to go with the main one, What Stage, this year was packed with supreme talent that did not disappoint.

Most Entertaining Show: Rubblebucket – this show had it all, sick horn section, rocking lead singer, robots (yes really) dancing in the crowd courtesy of the band and all this happening on the Solar Stage!

2nd place – Mariachi El Bronx which was not only amazing but I love this hardcore punk turned mariachi band. Best part was lead singer Matt Caughthran finding a way to dedicate every song to someone and to see the sheer joy about performing at Bonnaroo.

Most Disappointing Moment: Missing a plethora of bands I wanted to see just based on schedule conflicts – Alice Cooper, Hey Rosetta!, The Civil Wars, St. Vincent, Kurt Vile, Trampled By Turtles, to name some

Next Big Thing: Electric Guest and GROUPLOVE (Alabama Shakes have already arrived)

Giving it a shot: I did two things I said I wouldn’t, caught some of Skrillex’s set and took in Bon Iver (actually found a song I like, “Skinny Love”)

Top Party: Superjam, c’mon were talking about ?uestlove bringing D’Angelo out! First show in the US in 12 years and man did he sound good.

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Danny Brown

Funky Good Time Show: Charles Bradley

Band I Was Sad To Miss: The Civil Wars

Best Intro: Do my intros to friends going to see a band they never heard of count?

What Would Have Been Great: a fifth day to see some more of the acts

Top Roo Rookie: Dispatch, yeah the seasoned veterans played their first Roo and boy was it special

Top Moment: The entire crowd at What Stage singing “Under The Bridge” during the Red Hot Chili Peppers show.

Best Festival Eats: Amish Bakery Doughnuts

Best Broo’ers Beer: Starr Hill Brewery Amber

Best Place To Cool Off: the RV

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line (again)

Shocker Of The Festival: Not too many surprise guests as expected

Worst Part: Scheduling conflicts

Clutch Move: Native Rain Boots, comfy and convenient to deal with the mud on Day 4

Tip For Next Year: Walmart is so close to the campground, don’t buy more than you really need, you can always go back for more, we did this year and it saved us close to $1,000.00.

More Tips: drink water, more water, sunscreen is your second best friend after water, if you see someone struggling give them a hand or find someone, Ben & Jerry’s is still my favorite thing to eat at Bonnaroo.

Photos coming soon, stay tuned!

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 2 Days – Artist of the Day: Phish

5 Jun

I think everyone would agree that Phish has played a monumental role in both the music industry and festival circuit, and with a legion of fans all over the globe, it should be quite the special performance closing out Bonnaroo XI.  Slated to play two sets, it should be four hours of bliss on the farm as the festival comes to a close for another year.

I remember the first time seeing Phish was in 1996 at America West Arena in Phoenix (part of my DoYouHeartheMusic.com ticket stub background image) and how excited I was to finally see them live.  The last Phish show I saw was a decade ago, way too long but what is also making seeing them at Bonnaroo that much more special for me.

Sunday June 10, What Stage, 08:00 PM

Taking a further look at the Bonnaroo 2012 lineup

16 Feb

As everyone knows, the Bonnaroo lineup was released earlier this week and all I can keep thinking about is, will June 7 just get here already?!

So in anticipation, I put some of my thoughts together on the lineup.  I’m also amazed at how many of the bands I’ve actually seen live before.

  • Radiohead – never been a big fan of them (a little shocker, I know) but seeing them in the middle of nowhere should be awesome
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – yes, yes, yes! If you’ve ever been to a RHCP show you know what I’m talking about
  • Phish – been a while since I’ve seen them live, can’t wait (Bart Scott voice)
  • Bon Iver – have to be honest, not a big fan but will check them out
  • The Beach Boys – this one is growing on me, I am just imagining hanging out in the field listening to the Beach Boys on a hot summer day in Tennessee
  • The Avett Brothers – if you have never seen these guys live, WOW!
  • The Shins – yes! Catching them this spring too!
  • Foster The People – seen them way too many times in the last 12 months and thrilled to see them getting bigger and bigger
  • Skrillex – just doesn’t fit in Bonnaroo if you ask me but I’m sure the kids will be going crazy
  • Aziz Ansari – crazy to me he’s getting a big slot this year as the “comedy headliner” – introduced the Black Keys last year
  • Dispatch – one of my dreams coming true, finally getting to see them live
  • Feist – actually excited about this
  • The Roots – there is nothing quite like a Roots show, simply amazing
  • Alice Cooper – I can hear “School’s Out For Summer” in my head
  • SuperJam – oh who will it be this year
  • Black Star – yes sir!
  • The Word (featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars) – are you effen kidding me!
  • Ludacris – throw dem bows!
  • Ben Folds Five – I hope this is better than just a Ben Folds show
  • Flogging Molly – woohoo, let the ruckus begin!
  • Spectrum Road (featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Vernon Reid) – solid!
  • Mac Miller – get to check what this kid is all about
  • Childish Gambino – my surprise of the festival last year, should be a blast
  • Major Lazer – I love this call!
  • tUnE-yArDs – mad excited to see them live
  • Afrocubism
  • Flying Lotus – late night bonanza
  • Umphrey’s McGee – yes, the jamming
  • Little Dragon – stoked!
  • St. Vincent – really intrigued with all the press and push over the
  • City and Colour – big fan of Dallas Green
  • The Civil Wars – super excited for this performance although I wonder if Joy Williams’ pregnancy will prevent them from performing.  Let’s hope not.
  • Young The Giant – so stoked for these guys and having seen them live in tiny rooms, concert halls and a festival atmosphere, I can’t wait for Bonnaroo to get rocked by them
  • Two Door Cinema Club – one of the more energetic and fun live bands
  • Punch Brothers – ready for a get down
  • NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Fitz & The Tantrums – if you’ve never seen Fitz live, it is a must
  • Bad Brains – taking it back, let’s rage!
  • Yelawolf – never got into his music, maybe I’ll give it a gander
  • Dawes – awesome live, incredibly talented, can’t wait to see them on The Farm
  • Battles
  • Danny Brown – YES YES YES! His coming out party continues
  • The Black Lips – there is really nothing like a Black Lips show, trust me
  • SBTRKT – I am just picturing a late night get down!
  • Phantogram – continuing to rise
  • Kendrick Lamar – one of the breakout artists of 2012, let’s see it!
  • Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires – oh man this may be one of the best shows at the festival
  • The Kooks – another band from across the pond I can’t get enough of
  • The Joy Formidable – fun live if you’ve never seen them before
  • The Antlers – dreams are starting to come true, can’t wait for this performance
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Mimosa – just starting to listen to them, getting excited
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators – yes, another artist everyone should get excited to see
  • Alabama Shakes – HOLY AMAZING – when I first heard them I was in lvoe
  • Das Racist – kinda indifferent
  • Delta Spirit – just saw one hell of a rocking show with these guys.
  • Gary Clark Jr. – welcome back to Roo! Incredible talent
  • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – oh yeah!
  • Laura Marling – love, love, love her voice
  • Trampled by Turtles – JUST A LITTLE EXCITED!
  • Mogwai – not my cup of tea but…
  • The War On Drugs – Thanks, Kurt Vile!
  • Ben Howard – killer voice
  • Grouplove – they had my favorite album of 2011, are incredible live and will take the energy of Bonnaroo through the roof!
  • Blind Pilot
  • ALO – been a minute since I’ve seen them live. Fun show!
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • White Denim – get ready to take yourself on a rock experience
  • EMA
  • Here We Go Magic – P A R T Y
  • K-Flay
  • The Lonely Forest – on tour with Portugal. The Man right now
  • Mariachi El Bronx – oh this is going to be a special one at Bonnaroo!
  • Big Freedia
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Detroit Rock City
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Kvelertak
  • SOJA – Jah ready for a reggae good time? Don’t miss this show
  • Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly
  • Big Gigantic – hello late night!
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Orgone – one of the more entertaining and talented bands I’ve seen live. F U N
  • Darondo
  • Fruit Bats – feeling a mid afternoon slot for them
  • Moon Taxi – holy can’t believe they are on the line-up, so stoked for me and them!

So there you have it, some quick thoughts on the initial Bonnaroo 2012 lineup.  The best part is we still have more acts to be announced!

Can’t wait to be in Tennessee again! A little over 100 days away, I’m not counting or anything.

BONNAROO 2012 LINEUP IS HERE! WOW!!!

14 Feb

Holy Bonnaroo!  Are you kidding me?  What a line-up SuperFly put together this year.  Looks like The Farm is going to be a rocking for four amazing days.  Sweet headliners! Tons of legendary acts! A stellar list of the rising stars of tomorrow!  Bonnaroo favorites! I mean this is going to be B A N A N A S.

Trying to guess the Bonnaroo 2012 lineup (well at least some of the artists)

11 Feb

Naturally my excitement is hitting a peak in anticipation of the lineup for Bonnaroo XI being announced next week.

I keep debating, who, who are they going to book since Bonnaroo tends to differ from the other festival line-ups.  So here’s my best guess at some.

Let’s start with the headliners: At first I was thinking Red Hot Chili Peppers were an option but now that they are headlining the Hangout Festival I doubt this will happen but you never know.  It may be time to bring DMB back but again, they are also headlining Hangout and I just don’t see it happening.  Radiohead seems to be an obvious consideration and maybe I’m the only one but another I just don’t see happening.  More realistic at this point would be a Phish, the Police or Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jay-Z and Kanye (I know, the Kanye late late show….).

Some artists that have been quasi radio silent who could be good fits as top billing acts: Phoenix, Jack Johnson and dare I even try to imagine the return of Outkast, The Killers.

More thoughts:  Mumford & Sons (again), Dispatch, The Eagles, Lenny Kravitz, The Roots, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Zac Brown Band, Allen Stone, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, The Avett Brothers, John Butler Trio, The Civil Wars, GROUPLOVE, Little Hurricane, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, Donavon Frankenreiter, Middle Brother, Paul Simon, Jimmy, Cliff, Steve Winwood, Young The Giant, Foster The People, Frank Turner, U.S. Royalty, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Raphael Saadiq, Mariachi El Bronx, Of Monsters & Men, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Dawes, Diamond Rugs, GIVERS, OK Go, Graffiti6, Robert Randolph, Mac Miller, Cage The Elephant, Gary Clark Jr., Walk The Moon, The Belle Brigade, We Are Augustines, AraabMuzik, Bahamas, Gardens & Villas, Here We Go Magic, White Denim, White Lies, Ruby Coast, Tennis, Ingrid Michaelson, Two Door Cinema Club, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Matt & Kim, Christina Perri, fun., Eric Hutchinson, The Gaslight Anthem, Brett Dennen, Delta Spirit, ALO, The Big Pink, Laura Marling, WU LYF, Wolf Gang, James Morrison, Chali2na, Vintage Trouble, Noah and the Whale, The Vaccines, Tallahassee, IAMDYNAMITE, Janelle Monae, The Lumineers , Avalanche City, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Blackalicious, Blitzen Trapper, honeyhoney, Kaiser Chiefs, The War on Drugs, Kids These Days, Girls

DJs/Electro(nic): Justice, M83, Miike Snow, Steve Aoki, Madeon, RAC, Rye Rye, Super Mash Brothers

Bonnaroo Clues Solved (from the message board): Fruit Bats, tUnE yArDs, Battles, Mogwai

Chances are I’m not even close but it would be nice to see a bunch of the above at Bonnaroo.  Excited to let the countdown begin!  Get ready!

Just Released: Outside Lands 2011 Line-up

11 Apr

Just released, check out the line-up for Outside Lands Festival August 12-14 in San Francisco.  Should be an incredible three days with Phish, Muse and Arcade Fire headlining.  Throw in The Black Keys, Deadmau5, The Roots, Foster The People, The Decemberists, Girl Talk, MGMT, Beirut, Arctict Monkeys, STS9, Warren Haynes, Big Boi, The Original Meters, Major Lazer, !!!, Joy Formidable, Toro Y Moi, The Original Meters and a whole lot more, you have yourselves a pretty sick group of musicians.

Phish Fall Tour 2010 – Still Hope For Vegas?

25 Aug

Phish just announced their Fall 2010 tour and no Vegas dates announced amid rumors of back-to-back nights hitting Sin City. There is still a tiny bit of hope as October 13-14 dates on their schedule are open and it would be a short trip from the Boulder but…….. 

Here’s a link to the tour schedule from their website.