Thursday, February 7, 2013

Why I'm Not Sleeping - A Playlist

If you want to find out what I was listening to last week, you can find the playlists here.  This edition's full playlists are available below via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

I'm Getting Ready - Michael Kiwanuka
This week I revisited some music that I fell in love with over the last year or so.  It bugs me that people are so focused on 'new' music. I get it, but I also love to revisit music that no longer has the new car smell, but is just as good as the day I first heard it.  The first of these tracks is from Michael Kiwanuka.  Michael himself is a newcomer, and his debut album, I'm Getting Ready is sooooo good.  It is, quite frankly, one of the best albums I've heard in a very long time.  This and Glen Hansard's album were my two favorites from 2012.

Love Don't Leave Me Waiting - Glen Hansard
...Which is why Glen Hansard also made this edition's playlist.  This song, "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" is a fantastic example of the musicality on Glen's debut solo album, Rhythm and Repose.  If you aren't familiar with Glen, here's a bit of a starter kit and here is my review of Rhythm and Repose.

Wheat Kings- The Tragically Hip
I was reintroduced to this song recently after perusing this article on songs based on historic events from Spinner.  The Tragically Hip are, tragically, huge in their native Canada but not in the US for some reason.  I discovered them during their Phantom Power days, and have not heard "Wheat Kings" in ages so gladly rediscovered it thanks to this list (where it came in at number 9).

Bobcaygeon - The Tragically Hip
One Hip song leads to another, I suppose, and this track (off Phantom Power) is another great one by these guys.

Untitled (Love Song) - Counting Crows
I would love some new, original music from the Crows but will have to continue waiting. In the meantime, the band released Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on our Summer Vacation), an album of covers, including this one which I heard on SiriusXM this week.  I saw the Counting Crows at the Wiltern in LA in November, which was amazing, to say the least.  Here's a post with some great video from that night. 

"One Man Wrecking Machine" - Guster
I have a soft spot for these guys, since they are from my hometown of Boston.  I haven't heard a Guster song in ages and this popped up on the only radio station that doesn't suck in LA, 88.5 KCSN (you can listen online here), which never ceases to amaze me. Because the next song I heard after this on KCSN? "Chelsea Morning" by Joni Mitchell. Talk about variety.

Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell
See previous. Enough said.

The Only Place - Best Coast
Hailing from Boston, where they are about to get 27 inches of snow, this song came on during a leisurely jog I did the other day. Outside. On the beach. In shorts. The lyrics say it all, why would you live anywhere else?

Love is a Country - The Wallflowers
I heard this song this week on SiriusXM's The Spectrum station during Mark Goodman's shift and I've been listening to it ever since.  Off their most recent album, Glad All Over, this song encapsulates the bittersweet emotion that the Wallflowers did so well on "6th Avenue Heartache", with a faster beat but an equally as touching sound.

Ramona - Night Beds
This was another KCSN discovery heard during Nic Harcourt's show, which is always fantastic.  As is this song. They are a (fairly) new band based in Nashville who's debut full length album, Country Sleep, is out now.

Loving Cup- Rolling Stones (from Shine A Light)
Just because.

Running to Stand Still - U2
I got the book U2 by U2 as a gift and have been reading it lately.  I came across a particular passage recently about the neighborhood Bono grew up in, where there used to be trees until eventually "they tore down the trees and built these things called the seven towers".  Any U2 fan worth their salt would do the same thing I did- immediately listen to this song.

Bad - U2 from Live Aid
Listening to U2 can sometimes be like going down the rabbit hole- one great song makes me think of another I suddenly need to listen to.   Like this one.  This particular performance is best viewed on video, as it is one of the best examples of why live music is so remarkable.

Full playlists are below. Enjoy.
Why I'm Not Sleeping: A Playlist

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