Saturday, December 28, 2013

My Nine Favorite Americana Songs of 2013

So you know that I'm not really a writer.  Maybe I will start improving after a while but my blog is mostly about - I love this, listen! So here are the I love this - listen Americana songs from 2013.

The Lone Below - You Never Need Nobody
I know I can't see them all but I'm bummed that I missed them when they were in Dallas.  I think I will definitely try to catch them the next time they come around.  This is one of my favorite songs of the year.
The Head and the Heart "Josh McBride" my favorite from the new album that they did not play at their show to my eternal disappointment. 
Aoife O'Donovan "Glowing Heart"  Love the album.  Red and White and Blue and Gold was my summer song this year. 
Little Green Cars - Big Red Dragon
I couldn't decide which song to share because I love, love, love so many of their songs.  They were one of the best shows I saw this year.  I loved their opening.  I love that they invited the audience up on stage.  I just love this band.  Also listen to The Kitchen Floor, The John Wayne, Harper Lee, My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me... listen to the whole album, people!
Dawes, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  Such wonderful lyrics and a LA band with a soul.  I caught a short set at KXT Summer Cut but would love to see a whole show.  This is "Most People" but the entire album is solid. 
Jason Isbell -  Traveling Alone - a treasure and one of the best albums of the year.  I know I'm repetitive but I love the albums of everyone I'm sharing with you.  I won't say it again.  Just know it.  
Fuel the Fire by Sarah Jarosz.  She is amazing!
Birds and Stars by Elephant Revival - One of the reasons I really want to go to the Old Settlers Festival next year.  I just thought I would throw that out there.  Of course, my friend was accused of being "mean" at their show.  Too funny.  Meanness at an Elephant Revival show - ridiculous!

I must, must, must see Steve Earle in 2014.  He is just too cool.  This is Love's Going to Blow my Way. 

Oh so many more that I love.  That's why I will never run out of things to post.  I love so many songs.  Have an awesome 2014 friends. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Eight Fabulous 2013 Songs That You Probably Didn't Hear on the Radio

I absolutely love year end best of lists.  I always discover some awesome songs that I somehow missed over the year.  I don't do a best of but a favorite list.  This will be more indie flavored favorites.  I've already started favorite 2013 Americana, Texas Country and love song lists.  I think I'm also going to do a favorite lyric list too.  How many days until the end of the year?  They will be coming soon.  I'm also trying to pick songs that I haven't previously shared but I'm sure there will be a little bit of overlapping. 

Paris by Magic Man - catchy awesomeness!!!
Crazy by Au Revoir Simone - Oh how I love a Brooklyn girly band!

Dance all Night by Free Energy - a more nostalgic feel than you would expect from a song titled dance all night

Do It Again by Scottish band Camera Obscura
"Hurricane"  Ms Mr - This song is way too cool to have a Always commercial at the intro.  Ugh advertising, I guess that's the cost of a mostly free internet. 
"Afraid" by the Neighbourhood of Sweater Weather fame.  I like this song better but it does drop an f bomb.  Shocking! lol
Another fabulous new artist Laura Mvula.  This woman has a voice!!!
My lovely California dreaming band Best Coast singing This Lonely Morning.  They just make me happy. 
Urgh, I could not get League's Walking Backward to load from Youtube so I 'm taking that as a sign that I've added enough songs on here.  I hope you like one or two or all of them.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Music by the Light of the Moon


I am not only a music lover.  I am also a sky watcher.  We will be having a full moon tonight so I thought I would use that as my inspiration for my blog.  Some moon inspired music...

First up...a wonderful acoustic Mile on the Moon by Sarah Jarosz

I have no idea who this couple is but the song is "Birds and Stars" by Elephant Revival.  "Ring Around the Moon" is another fabulous song by them but I'm 99% sure I already shared it on here. 

Joseph Arthur "The Honey and the Moon"

"Crazy Ride"  by Michelle Branch - The moon is in the lyrics not the title

Okay, who says I can't repeat songs on my blog.  It's my blog and I do what I want.  "Hung the Moon" by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Friday, December 6, 2013

Linky Love - Georgia O’Queef meet Slutvomit: The year in band names 2013

Each year, The A.V. Club encounters thousands of bands, 97 percent of which we won’t remember. What makes a band memorable? A good sound? Sure, that helps. A persistent publicist? Also helpful (or harmful, depending on the number of messages we get). A bizarre name? Definitely. In the many years that we’ve been doing our annual “year in band names” story, we can still rattle off some of our favorites. Who could forget Here Comes Old Vodka Tits? Or Happy Mothers Day, I Can’t Read? Gay Witch Abortion also belongs in the hall of fame. No matter how good the music is, these bands make the world a more interesting place.

Full article

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Five Traditional Historical Christmas Songs


I love Christmas songs.  I love singing them.  I love listening to them.  This is my first Christmas song post but it won't be my last.  I wanted to post some more traditional and historical songs on this first post.  I added a bit about the history of the song and included a link to an article at the bottom.  Enjoy. 

Allison Krauss and Yoyo Ma - The Wexford Carol - She has the sweetest voice.

The Wexford Carol is a traditional religious Irish Christmas carol originating from county Wexford and dating to the 12th century.

Luciano Pavorotti - Cantique de Noel - I can't breathe when I listen to him sing this song. 

"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, Chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau.

The Huron Carol performed by Heather Dale in the original Wendat (Huron), French and English

The "Huron Carol" (or "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime") is a Christmas hymn, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Christian missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song's original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). The song's melody is a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). The well known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton

I looked up this song after reading a Louise Penny Three Pines mystery.  I love those books

Stille Nacht performed by Il Volo

Silent Night - German Stille Nacht composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr
The Glee Cast - The First Noel
The First Noel is a traditional classical English carol, most likely from the 18th century, although possibly earlier.
When I was reading about the history of Christmas carols I enjoyed this article I found on slate.