I apologize for the delay on this month’s podcast, but I have a legitimate excuse – influenza. It’s been a rough week, but I powered through and recorded episode #44 of the BDWPS Podcast. In this episode we check out new tracks from Animal Collective, Jesu & Sun Kil Moon, David Bowie, Allan Kingdom, and Eleanor Friedberger. I also discuss the Oscar nominated documentaries and what I thought should have won the Academy Award. You can subscribe the the BDWPS Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Podomatic (search: BDWPS).
Animal Collective “Golden Gal”
Jesu & Sun Kil Moon “Fragile”
David Bowie “Lazarus”
Allan Kingdom “Fables”
Eleanor Friedberger “He Didn’t Mention His Mother”
Nina Simone “Backlash Blues”
Bob Dylan “Neighborhood Bully”
It’s no secret that I’m an albums guy. One look at my extensive year-end “Top Albums” list, and it’s clear that I’m a purist at heart, almost always listening to an album from start to finish. However, there is the rare occasion where I’ll queue up a specific song to fit the mood or raise my spirits. The list below contains 25 of those songs that I found myself searching out (why 25? Because I couldn’t cut it down to 20). You will not find many songs from albums on my “Top Albums” list simply because if it’s a great album, I’m probably not going to skip tracks. Instead, you will mostly hear songs that were stand-outs on albums that didn’t quite make the grade. If you are expecting a list that is of the same caliber as my “Top Albums” run-down, you are about to be greatly disappointed. But if you’re up for checking out some of those songs that got multiple replays on my iPod in 2014, the following list should provide you with an entertaining mix.
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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.
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We are almost to the mid-point of 2014, and there have already been some outstanding releases. With a promising second half of the year ahead of us, I’d like to take a moment to spotlight some of my favorite albums from the year so far. To try to keep some semblance of control, I’ve limited my list to albums released prior to June 1st.
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