Not Ill Yet- A Really Good Sign to Some Stellar Songs-2014 Best List

Everyone is creating their end of the year “best music” lists.

Who’s the best?

Who really cares?

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Well, I decided that there are just a few songs that need a serious shout out, due to the fact that they are the songs you have probably heard on repeat all year long. These are the songs when you hear the tune for the thousandth time, you don’t switch the song, change the channel, or roll your eyes.  Yep, these are the  songs that are timeless and that will not be sent to the musical graveyard of worn out songs. I admit that I secretly whisper a ‘whoop yea’ when they play, months after they have been playing over and over and over.

They are in no particular order, just as they come into my head, and I listen again in sweet happiness.

Sylvan Esso Coffee

Spoon-Inside Out

Glass Animals-Gooey

Tuneyards-Water Fountain

Caribou-Can’t Do Without You

Temples-Shelter Song

Foxygen-How Can You Really

Alvvays-Adult Diversion

Hooray for Earth-Keys

Ought-Habit

Okay, that was seriously hard. There are probably more, but I don’t want to do that again for another year. Whew!

Goodnight and farewell to 2014!

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Your February Playlist

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These are all of the amazing songs I featured in the month of February, please listen and enjoy! Oh and be sure to support the artists, go to their concert, buy an album or a tee, watch their videos on Vimeo or You Tube, and then of course, follow them on their websites or Facebook.

(* Happy surprise, I couldn’t find “Inside Out” by Made Violent on Spotify, but “Wasted Days” is just as stellar!)

Temples-NPR First Listen- Sun Structures

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Make way for a beautiful Monday……the waiting is over, and it pleases me to no end!

Temples provides a hazy music perfection with a nice nod to those that paved the way to rock and roll! Often compared to that 60’s sound of The Beatles, they make no apologies and embrace that as being a definitive foundation to their sound and style. But don’t get stuck in that label, people……they are their own sound and it is definitely going to be a top album for 2014. Don’t take my word for it, do yourself a favor and listen on this bland Monday. It will be a sweet, happy escape from the mundane.

Click here.

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/02/267026216/first-listen-temples-sun-structures#playlist

Bands I would walk 500 miles to see!

“What band would I walk 500 miles to go and see?” The question was asked, and I thought and thought. That seems like a better way to sum up 2013 than all of the lists and lists and lists of favorite songs, albums, and concerts. Are you already tired of them?

Who would you want to sacrifice your comfort to see? Okay 500 miles is a lot of steps and maybe too much blood, sweat, and tears. The question is pin me down awful, but it intrigues me. Do any of the songs from 2013 warrant my sacrifice of walking 500 miles to see them in concert? Hmmmm. Well, the answer is heck, yes!

Here’s my list of bands that I wouldn’t miss for anything, miles and miles included! No particular order just as they pop in my head, so perhaps they are the most memorable?

Each band will be followed by a sampling of a favorite tune that I haven’t already posted.

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1. Arcade Fire, their music is amazing, but I want to see them  because I also want to dress up in sparkly, crazy attire and have a dance party in the audience…..yes, the dress code isn’t required to attend, but strongly encouraged. I love you, Arcade Fire, for that happy, fun surprise!

2. Typhoon-Why yes, I am the nutty fan that obnoxiously begged them (twitter and facebook) to come to Atlanta. They are actually coming in March and I already have my tickets! Creative musicians with depth and heart, a must see for me.

3. The Avett Brothers- I have been a longtime fan, seriously. They are incredibly talented and quirky and write about their lives and even the emotionally charged, hard stuff. There is poetry in almost every lyric. Just listen and love.

4. James Blake- Mercury prize winner this year. The incredibly sexy music video is also beautiful, so you may want to check it out as well. If he can play Shanghai, China then maybe he will come close to Atlanta in 2014. Please, oh please.

https://soundcloud.com/jonisaok/james-blake-retrograde

5. Temples- A new band that interests me, right now. They have a trippy throw back sound that reminds me a little of the Beatles and maybe even some Tame Impala. Okay, with those two connects…..what is not to love about them? Their album drops in February 2014 and I can’t wait to hear it all. I think they are a band to watch and hope they travel across the pond to promote their debut album, Sun Structures.

Stay tuned because I have more to share! Enjoy!