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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
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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.”

Festival Lineup Pandemonium Today

15 Jan

Quite the Wednesday in the festival world as Governor’s Ball, Hangout, Mountain Jam, Shaky Knees, CounterPoint and Big Guava all announced their lineups. With the exception of CounterPoint and Mountain Jam what do they all have in common besides being on the east coast? OutKast as a headliner.

Want the full lineups for each? Follow the links below.

Governors Ball – Randall’s Island, NY | Headliners: OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes

Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, AL | Headliners: The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson

Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY | Headliners: Bob Weir & Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights, TBD

Shaky Knees – Atlanta, GA | Headliners: The National, Modest Mouse, TBD

CounterPoint – Kingston Downs, GA | Headliners: OutKast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People

Big Guava – Tampa, FL  | Headliners: OutKast,Vampire Weekend, Foster The People

 

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!

 

 

Revisited: My 2013 Outside Lands adventure

18 Aug

Took me a little bit to get around to writing up this bad boy but below is a little bit of my recount from Outside Lands.  Believe it or not, this was my first time attending this festival and now I’m scratching my head wondering why I’ve never actually gone (to be fair to myself, the dates never really lined up for me until this year).  My hope is that I don’t miss another Outside Lands.  The city, the setting, the experience, the people all made for an amazing weekend.

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I decided to get things started a little bit early and book my trip to arrive Thursday night for two reasons, one I wanted to be there Friday morning (I’m not a fan of flying in the day the festival starts) and two, Zedd was playing at The Independent.  Seeing him in a venue that only holds 500 people (and that’s one of my top 3 favorite venues, yes please!) just doesn’t happen so there was extra motivation to get to this show.  Excited, set to leave Vegas and then it hit, the damn weather in SF delayed ALL flights.  Quickly I started thinking I was going to miss the show as my plane was delayed first an hour, then three hours and finally four hours and we were told to deplane.  Once off the plane I immediately checked the departure board and boom, flight to Oakland leaving in 9 minutes.  Could it happen?  Could I really make it?  Guess luck was on my side because the gate agent held the door as she was processing my change and off to Oakland I went!  Landed, hopped in a cab, $80 later dropped my stuff off, got in another cab and made it to Zedd right on time!

As for the real Outside Lands experience, two words, PAUL MCCARTNEY.  This was hands down one of the top musical moments of my life.  Watching from front of house and witnessing the 71 year old jam for three hours, no water breaks, silence a crowd at times and create the biggest sing-along in San Francisco, now that was cool.  After six failed attempts for all sorts of reasons, I was finally destined to see Phoenix live!  And man was it awesome.  35,000 strong at the Twin Peaks stage and everyone going crazy for Thomas Mars and the gang.  I can still visualize them playing “Lasso,” it was that good.  So many great memories from this trip, here are some of them.

WHO I SAW:

Friday: Naia Kete, Midi Matilda, Smith Westerns, Houndmouth, Wild Belle, Band of Horses, twenty one pilots, The National, Zedd, Paul McCartney

Saturday: Atlas Genius, Young The Giant, Jurassic 5, Baauer, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails

Sunday: The Easy Leaves, Kopecky Family Band, Rudimental, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Foals, The Head and The Heart (surprise show in the woods), Hall & Oates, A-Trak, Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Red Hot Chili Peppers

My First Show: Naia Kete  

My Final Show: Red Hot Chili Peppers

My Moment of Joy: Paul McCartney.  This was an absolutely unreal experience.  Just look at THIS 39 song setlist

Best Lands End Stage Show: McCartney, hands down nothing could have been better BUT I will say Vampire Weekend crushed it and had a monster crowd

Best Twin Peaks Show(s): Phoenix and twenty one pilots but I’m biased since these were two must see sets.  Now Rudimental, they stole the show and my Outside Lands experience (more on that below)

Best Panhandle Stage Show: Kopecky Family Band, had seen them a couple times prior but this performance was just solid

Best Sutro Stage Show: I only made it over there for The Easy Leaves and Kurt Vile (yeah, I missed out on some amazing performances including CHIC which received rave reviews)

Best Overall Show (not being Paul McCartney): Rudimental.  Thanks to a friend from London I was told to check them out and boy was he right; I got to catch the beginning of their set and wow was it awesome!  If you are not familiar with this troupe, I suggest you start listening to them

Biggest Surprise: See directly above

Best Legend Show: Can Jurassic 5 count for this one? So awesome to see the MCs back together again doing it big and with a massive crowd responding to every rhyme

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: Paul McCartney asking for a moment to take in the scene, The Head and The Heart surprise show in the woods, and that bloody mary on Sunday at a location I won’t disclose was delightful.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Lands End had the big ones but I think the shows over at Twin Peaks were all ragers

Most Entertaining Show: twenty one pilots, you never know what’s coming next, those fellas have unlimited energy

Most Disappointing Moment: Missing a plethora of bands I wanted to see just based on schedule conflicts – Willie Nelson, Yeasayer, Rhye, King Tuff, DAWES, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk

Next Big Thing: Wild Belle, it has got to happen for this brother-sister act, they keep getting better and better live

Perfect Moment: coming over the hill to catch Nine Inch Nails and them busting right into “Closer,” too perfect!

Giving it a shot: Young The Giant, I’ve seen these guys live 7 times, was a bit over them and then I accidentally caught their set and they reminded me why I became a fan in the first place

Top Party: A-Trak, dude just crushed the crowd in the middle of the day

Band I Was Sad To Miss: Yeasayer

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

What Would Have Been Great: two of me to split myself and see every show

Top Moment: Taking in the surreal moment the first time the entire crowd went dead silent listening to Sir Paul

Best Festival Eats: The Whole Beast’s Lamb Paella

Best Beer Lands Beer: Magnolia Brewery Kolsch

Best Place To Cool Off: Wine Lands

Biggest Waste of Time: thinking taking anything but an Uber (at surge pricing) to get to/from the park was a good idea

Shocker Of The Festival: There was a whole lotta sun (until Sunday)

Worst Part: Scheduling conflicts

Clutch Move: bringing a backpack and having layers for when it got cold

Tip For Next Year: stay a day later and enjoy SF!

More Tips: drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen even if the sun isn’t shining, have comfortable shoes, VIP access is totally worth it, arrive early to take advantage of all the good eats, if you think you’re going to want a blanket or sweatshirt from OSL buy it on day one

2013 ACL Festival Lineup – Oct. 4-6, 11-13

7 May

Deep in the heart of Texas……in case you missed it at 12 a.m. CST/10 p.m. this morning/last night, Austin City Limits dropped their 2013 lineup. Expanding to two weekends this fall, October 4-6 and 11-13, Festival goers should have plenty of debating of who to see when the schedule comes out.

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The lineup: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace, Kings of Leon, Muse, Phoenix, Wilco, Lionel Richie, Kaskade, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Portugal. the Man, Neko Case, Grimes, Jimmy Eat World, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Purity Ring, Divine Fits, Toro Y Moi, The Shouting Matches, Haim, Smith Westerns, Savages, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Autre Ne Veut, Phosphorescent, Wild Belle, Hundred Waters, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Okkervil River, Shuggie Otis, Wild Nothing, Pinback, Foxygen, Reignwolf, Deap Vally, Bright Light Social Hour, Lissie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, White Denim, The True Believers, Mona, Roadkill Ghost Choir, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Typhoon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dan Croll, Shovels & Rope, Electric Guest, Valerie June, The Band of Heathens, Red Baraat, Jacuzzi Boys, Widowspeak.

2013 OUTSIDE LANDS Lineup is HERE!!

16 Apr

Check out the stacked lineup for 2013 Outside Lands, August 9-11 at Golden Gate Park. C’mon Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Kaskade, Jurassic 5, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Pretty Lights, D’Angelo, The Head and The Heart and a whole lot more!

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2013 Lollapalooza Lineup officially out today

1 Apr

If you read the blog last week you’ve already seen who’s playing at Lollapalooza this August but if not, below is the lineup poster.  Should be another solid three days/nights in the Windy City and I have to say, nice to see The Dunwells on here again as their set was washed out in 2012.

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And thanks Chicagoist for the below breakdown by day.

FRIDAY, AUG. 2
The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, Steve Aoki, Thievery Corporation, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, Flux Pavilion, Band Of Horses, Hot Chip, Crystal Castles, Frightened Rabbit, Dillon Francis, Smith Westerns, Disclosure, Father John Misty, Ghost B.C., Modestep, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Atlas Genius, Timeflies, Theophilus London, Monsta, IO Echo, Icona Pop, Chance The Rapper, Lance Herbstrong, Robert DeLong, Deap Vally, Twenty One Pilots, San Cisco, Hey Marseilles, Keys N Krates, The Neighbourhood, Pacific Air, American Authors, Houndmouth, Brick + Mortar, D-Pryde, Brite Lite Brite

SATURDAY, AUG. 3

Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, The National, The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Eric Church Steve Angello, Ellie Goulding, Azealia Banks, Local Natives, Dada Life, Matt & Kim, Foals, Death Grips, Court Yard Hounds, Adventure Club, Ben Howard, GriZ, Charles Bradley, Heartless Bastards, Baauer, HAIM Unknown Mortal Orchestra, St. Lucia, Shovels & Rope, Little Green Cars Family of the Year, 360 The Bright Light Social Hour, Reignwolf, Pujol, Planet Hemp, Cole Plante, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Blondfire, Frontier Ruckus, Wheeler Brothers, The Dunwells, Supreme Cuts, Cherub, Wild Cub Brooke Waggoner, Beast Patrol

SUNDAY, AUG. 4
The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Knife Party, Grizzly Bear, Major Lazer, Dog Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, Tegan and Sara, Beach House, Cat Power, 2 Chainz, Alt-J, The Vaccines, DIIV, Alex Clare, Baroness, Lianne La Havas, Wild Nothing, Angel Haze, Wavves, Alvin Risk, Jake Bugg, Wild Belle, Art Department, MS MR, Guards, Kill the Noise, Skaters, The Orwells, Palma Violets, Astro Machines Are People Too, Yawn, Half Moon Run, The Mowgli’s, Wake Owl, Bear Mountain, O’Brother Makeshift Prodigy

 

Lollapalooza Lineup sorta announced

28 Mar

Earlier today the Lollapalooza lineup was leaked and the Chicago Tribune put together another post following their item last week regarding the headliners.  Once again, another stacked lineup for the Chicago based festival.  Sure the big acts are powerful and pack a punch but it’s the up and comers which fans are going to be stoked about.  Now the question is, do I make a return for a third straight year…..

The Lineup:

Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, The National, Postal Service, Phoenix, Queens of the Stone Age, the Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Eric Church, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Steve Angello,  Ellie Goulding, Thievery Corporation, Grizzly Bear, Lana Del Rey, Flux Pavilion, Band of Horses, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Azealia Banks, Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, Dada Life, Tegan & Sara, Imagine Dragons, Beach House, Cat Power, Frightened Rabbit, 2 Chainz, Matt & Kim, Alt-J, Foals, Death Grips, Dillon Francis, Court Yard Hounds, Smith Westerns, Disclosure, Adventure Club, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Griz, Father John Misty, Ghost, Modestep, Charles Bradley, DIIV, Alex Clare, Heartless Bastards, Baauer, Baroness, Lianne La Havas, Emeli Sande, Wild Nothing, Jessie Ware, Atlas Genius, Haim, Angel Haze, Timeflies, Theophilus London, Monsta, Wavves, Io Echo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Icona Pop, Alvin Risk, Chance the Rapper, Lance Herbstrong, Jake Bugg, Wild Belle, Art Department, MS MR, St. Lucia, Shovels & Rope, Guards, Kill the Noise, Robert Delong, Little Green Cars, Deap Vally, Family of the Year, 360,  the Bright Light Social Hour, Twenty One Pilots, San Cisco, Hey Marseilles, Skaters, The Orwells, Palma Violets, Reignwolf, Astro, Pujol, Machines Are People Too, Planet Hemp, Yawn, Keys N Krates, the Neighbourhood, Cole Plante, Half Moon Run, The Mowgli’s, Pacific Air, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Wheeler Brothers, Wake Owl, American Authors, O’ Brother, the Dunwells, Houndmouth, Supreme Cuts, Brick + Mortar, Cherub, Makeshift Prodigy, Wild Cub, D-Pryde, Brooke Waggoner, Brite Lite Brite, Beast Patrol.

Five For Friday: Prince, Lollapalooza, Neon Reverb, American Eagle x Wild Cub and more

22 Mar

TGIF, March Madness edition only because MUSE’s “Madness” is the official song for the NCAA coverage of the basketball pandemonium.

  1. Did you see that Prince is going on tour?  Dropped in the evening a couple nights ago, dates appeared and if you live in Las Vegas, get set for four show opportunities (early and late show each night) April 26-27 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
  2. The Chicago Tribune leaked out a handful of acts/headliners for Lollapalooza this summer which includes Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service and The National.
  3. Neon Reverb is going on this weekend in Las Vegas!  Make sure to check out the schedule and head to Beauty Bar and The Bunkhouse for some awesome music.
  4. Shout out to American Eagle for using Wild Cub’s “Thunder Clatter” in their new video.  Those fellas are about to blow up!  Stoked for that to happen.
  5. Excited for Record Store Day?  You should be.  Check out all these releases that are coming on 4/20.