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The Civil Wars- I Want You Back

17 Sep

I love a cover song done well. While perusing track listings, I came across this cover of the Jackson 5 classic. The band is called the Civil Wars and they are more of a bluegrass/country group. What I love about this cover is that the re-working keeps the original melody but slowing down the tempo allows for it to be more bittersweet. Singer Joy Williams has an incredible, distinct voice and she does the song justice.

Maroon 5- Stutter

16 Sep

First of all, I have to give proper credit for discovery of this song to my friend, Leslye. I love Maroon 5, loved them from the very beginning with “Hard to Breathe”. I haven’t always felt like they have been consistent and have primarily turned into a singles fan. Particularly with their last album, I couldn’t find any song besides “Misery” to grab ahold of.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I love turntable.fm (which just released their iPhone app this week) for this very reason. When turn tabling with friends, you get to hear their favorites from albums you might have overlooked. This song reminds me of a 2011 version of “You Make My Dreams”, happy and in love. Enjoy!

Eva Cassidy- At Last

13 Sep

You always remember the first time you hear the great artists…about 8 years ago, I was listening to Launchcast radio when a song I didn’t like came on. I am not a fan of the original “The Letter” but this time was different. The voice singing it belonged to Eva Cassidy, an artist I was not familiar with. Her raspy, Janis Joplinesque take on the Box Tops original sold me on the song and that was just the beginning.
Despite her brief recording history, she left us a remarkable legacy of just about everything. Unfortunately, she became more famous after death. Today’s song is one of my personal favorites. “At Last” has to be one of the most romantic songs I’ve heard and I used to think it was uncoverable until I heard Eva’s take. Stripped down, it takes on a whole new personal, intimate feel. Happy listening! Dont forget to follow me on Spotify for a full playlist of all songs featured here!

Aimee Allen- Ron Paul Revolution Theme Song

13 Sep

Tonight, the Tea Party is hosting their first televised debate. As I am watching, I realized there is only one song to pick tonight. I heard about Aimee Allen on a radio show and they mentioned this song as one of their favorites. This song is the best campaign song I’ve heard and even features audio from Ron Paul himself. Pop music provokes discussion and this song deserves to be heard. Ron Paul 2012!

Paul McCartney- Freedom

11 Sep

Today is 9/11 and there was only one song that came to mind for today. About a month after the attacks, the Concert for New York was held, one of the performers there, Paul McCartney debuted this song that night. Luckily for the rest of us who couldn’t be there, they aired it live. One of my favorite memories was watching the great Sir Paul sing and the firefighters, police, and paramedics sing with him “I will fight for the right to live in freedom…” The song is simple but true, the way all good songs are and one of Sir Paul’s finest.

Patrick Stump- Everyday

10 Sep

After much digging around, I finally found some new music out this week. A few months ago, the “Rave On Buddy Holly” tribute album came out and I was not a fan. I thought the idea should have been excellent, as many of my favorite artists were on this album (She & Him, Paul McCartney to name a few) but there were some artists matched up with what I felt was just the wrong song.
Flash forward to this week and tribute album #2 is out called “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly”. While glancing over the track list, my eyes went immediately to “Everyday” which is one of my favorite Buddy Holly songs. “Rave On” gave this song to Fiona Apple, this album puts it in the more competent hands of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump. Don’t get me wrong, love Fiona but feel that giving her the simple, somewhat upbeat song just seemed like a bad idea to me.
On to Patrick Stump, this guy should be right up there with Adam Levine for best voice in pop music and he does the song as written, simple and sweet. A perfect song to kick off your weekend…enjoy!

Charlene Kaye feat. Darren Criss- Dress and Tie

10 Sep

Confession: I am a 30 year old Gleek and have almost every episode on iTunes. I was not a huge fan of the last season vs. the first season but they did get two things right. One, they brought Gwyneth Paltrow on and let her sing “Forget You” and two, they added Darren Criss (Blaine).
I did a Spotify search on Darren the other day and discovered this song “Dress and Tie”. The duet is similar to songs like “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Charlene and Darren have a great chemistry which is not surprising considering the two have been friends since college. Perfect song for getting ready for a night out with that special someone.

This Year- The Mountain Goats

8 Sep

One of my favorite new ways to find music is through turntable (google it, worth your time). When I’m not spinning with friends, I love hanging out in the indie chill/acoustic room. They have some of the best music I haven’t heard. One of my favorite finds is “This Year” by the Mountain Goats.
“This Year” is a song you might expect to hear on a Mumford & Sons album. It is upbeat in an ironic way in it’s chorus “I am going to make it through this year if it kills me”. Hope you enjoy!

Joss Stone- Somehow

26 Jul

Joss Stone first came to my attention in 2003. I remember seeing her on one of the late night shows and being blown away by her amazing voice and her age (she was just a teenager at the time). Her debut album, “The Soul Sessions” was a throwback to the Aretha Franklin generation and had many awesome covers on it, including my favorite, a blues/R & B take on the White Stripes’s “Fell in Love With A Girl”.

Since Soul Sessions, Joss has seemed to be constantly reinventing herself in different genres going from more contemporary R&B to today’s new soul rock release of “LP1”. She worked on this album with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and produced it on her own label. It is today’s Amazon MP3 Deal of the Day at 3.99. The song I’m featuring today is free and it’s called “Somehow”. It has a similar tone to Joss’s earlier work like “Don’t Ya Wanna Ride” and “Tell Me ‘Bout It”. For those old fans of Joss wanting to wade into the new waters of LP1 it is a good transition song that demonstrates the feel of the new album and it will attract a newer rock base to her music.