In this month’s episode we check out new tracks from Leon Bridges, Katie Dey, Wilco, The Internet, Wavves X Cloud Nothings, and This Is The Kit. I also discuss the Bob Weir documentary on Netflix and discuss Bob Dylan’s “Blood On the Tracks.” You can check it out HERE or even better yet, go subscribe to the podcast at either iTunes or Stitcher.
Leon Bridges “Coming Home”
Katie Dey “Unkillable”
Wilco “Random Name Generator”
The Internet “Girl”
Wavves X Cloud Nothings “Come Down”
This Is The Kit “Spores All Settling”
Grateful Dead “That’s It For The Other One”
Bob Dylan “Simple Twist of Fate”
Carrie & Lowell
[Asthmatic Kitty; 2015]
An air of mystery has surrounded much of Sufjan Steven’s prolific career. His success is due in large part to his ability to write memorable stories with universal themes that connect with a wide-range of listeners, yet there has always been an ambiguity in whether the stories he tells are based on real life experiences or just plots he’s pulled from old issues of the Chicago Tribune and The Detroit Free Press. I suppose it doesn’t really matter if a song is drawn straight from a songwriter’s life – Bruce Springsteen never worked in a factory, Bob Dylan never worked on Maggie’s Farm, and Johnny Cash never shot a man in Reno (that we know of).
Regardless, the listening experience is always going to be heightened when you know it’s drawn from the songwriter’s real life experiences, which has made Sufjan’s questionably personal songs all the more confounding. Did he really lose a childhood friend to a wasp bite? Did he ever live in a trailer park and own a snowmobile? Was he ever a best man, and did he in fact wear a tux that was a size too small?
A few days ago I posted the first 20 in my “Top 40 Albums of 2014” list (check it out here). Below you will find this year’s edition of what I consider the top 20 albums of the year. You’ll find albums from varying genres and possibly a few albums that are new to you. I think it’s important to note what I define as a top caliber album. Great songs are always a plus, but more important to me is the ability of an artist to create a series of songs that tell a story, that convey an overall theme, that complement each other, and that make the listener think differently about the human experience. We are moving into an age where most consumers are more concerned with hit songs, which is why I feel compelled to highlight those musicians that have stayed honest to the age-old art of The Album and created something that’s about the whole and not a couple catchy songs.
In this episode we listen to some new tracks from Real Estate, Duck Sauce, Liars, and The Both. I also discuss seeing Neutral Milk Hotel in concert, a documentary featuring Black Flag, and of course, a look at the story of Bob Dylan. Check it out HERE or subscribe on iTunes (search: BDWPS)
Real Estate “Talking Backwards”
Duck Sauce “Charlie Chazz & Rappin Ralph”
Liars “Mess on a Mission”
Neutral Milk Hotel “Holland 1945”
The Both “Milwaukee”
Black Flag “Depression”
Bob Dylan “Song to Woody”