Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eddie Berman Performs Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" with Laura Marling

Well over a year ago many of us were introduced to LA- based singer/songwriter Eddie Berman thanks to his stellar duet with Laura Marling on Bruce Springsteen's hit "Dancin' in the Dark." The duet was marked with stoic simplicity, which resulted in an awe-inspiring, almost spiritual cover. After a long wait, the duo is back with yet another remarkably tranquil cover, this time tackling another legend with Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." Take a listen below.

Eddie and his band the Iron Rails have since played a few shows in London and LA and have a moody, folky EP out, "Blood & Rust" which for some reason was insanely hard to find at the time of Eddie and Laura's "Dancin' in the Dark" duet. None of Eddie's music was available on music services like iTunes or Spotify, which has, thankfully, changed and is now available on Spotify. I, for one, am really pleased to see this incredibly talented plucker, singer/ songwriter get his music out there.  His new album, Polyhymnia, is out October 21st.

In the meantime, revisit one of the best covers I've ever heard, and check out "Blood & Rust" below.

Check out more Eddie Berman music on his Facebook page and more Laura Marling on her website.

More Laura Marling here, herehere, here, and here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

U2 Drops New Album for Free Today

Speaking of Irish musicians, anyone who just watched the latest Apple reveal also found out that U2 just released their latest album (surprise!) for FREE today on iTunes, called "Songs of Innocence."

The band's last album, "No Line on the Horizon" left a bit to be desired in many fan's minds - aside from "Magnificent" and "Moment of Surrender," it was a bit of a lost album to me, as though they were trying too hard. So while I'll save any 'reviewing' of the new album until I've actually had a chance to let it sink in, upon first listen I'm pleased to hear music that's "U2," but refreshed. There are some tracks that have a harder edge ("The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)") songs that kind of have a throwback U2 sound ("Every Breaking Wave," which is a song the band has performed since 2010), slower ballads ("Song for Someone"), songs that will appease U2 traditionalists ("Iris"), and infectious rock-pop tunes ("Raise by Wolves" and "Cedarwood Road"). On its surface, it appears the main ingredient is it's alt-rock flavor, with a continuous undercurrent of early U2 works.

You can download for free right now on iTunes.

What do you think of the new album?

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Damien Rice

As a sucker for any music made by anyone Irish, ever, I am pret-ty darn excited to discover that Damien Rice is releasing a new album soon. His new album will be his first in 8 years (has it been that long!??), "My Favourite Faded Fantasy" out November 11. While you can preorder on Amazon, November 11th suddenly feels like a long way off. But no worries, we've got a short, two-minute long piece to whet our appetites till then. Check it out below.

(via Stereogum)

More of my favorites from Damien Rice to tide you over:


Damien Rice covers U2's One in a haunting fashion:

Damien Rice covers Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah:

The Blower's Daughter:

9 Crimes:

What's your favorite (sorry, a-hem, favourite) Damien Rice song?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ryan Adams, Broken Bells, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hozier, David Gray on NPR

I'm sure there is other music happening on the webs out there, but right now I'm all about what NPR Music is playing. For a limited time NPR's First Listen is streaming Ryan Adams' new album, plus in-studio performances from Hozier, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, Broken Bells and David Gray. Good stuff NPR, good stuff.

NPR First Listen: Ryan Adams "Ryan Adams"

In studio with Hozier:

KEXP Presents Broken Bells:

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah perform "Coming Down" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic:

David Gray performs "Back in the World" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic:

On iTunes:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Best Music Movies & Books

Chances are, if you have found yourself on this website, then you might be a music fan. You might obsess over certain bands or artists, but in general, you probably have a profound respect for all who have attempted to make their living making music. So you are probably going to be a fan of these lists.

As a fellow music obsessive, music movies, movies with great soundtracks, and books about musicians are fascinating to me, so I've compiled my list of favorites for each (hint, pretty much any Cameron Crowe movie ever). Add yours in the comments.

Best Music Documentaries:
1. From the Sky Down

2. Sound City

3. 20 Feet from Stardom

4. Searching for Sugar Man

5. It Might Get Loud

6. The Last Waltz

7. Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music

8. The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

9. U2 - Rattle and Hum

10. History of the Eagles

11. Pearl Jam Twenty

Music Movies and Movies With the Best Soundtracks
1. Almost Famous

2. School of Rock

3. Pink Floyd: The Wall

4. Rock Star

5. The Doors

6. Walk the Line

7. That Thing You Do!

8. Once

9. High Fidelity

10. The Rocker

11. 8 Mile

12. Garden State

13. Singles

14. Dazed & Confused

15. CBGB

16. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Music Books
1. I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

2. The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

3. Slash

4. Life

5. Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll

6. U2 by U2

Friday, August 1, 2014

Music Morsels: J Mascis, Francisco The Man, Sea Wolf, Bears Den, Ryan Adams


And this.

Oh, and this.

And then, of course, there's THIS.

Fan recorded videos have terrible audio and are usually not worth watching, but the audience seems stunned into silence on these videos, making it so you can actually hear. So...these:

Happy Friday Internetland.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Listen to Newport Folk Festival Full Sets

If you are like most unlucky souls, then you were most likely not at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. But that's OK, because the music internet gods have once again smiled and bestowed upon us a whole bunch of audio to listen to from the festival. And by audio, I mean full live sets. (And by music internet gods, I mean, of course, NPR Music.)

Head on over to NPR to listen to sets from 15 different artists this past weekend, including artists like Dawes, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst, and Ryan Adams. And for good measure, you can also still listen to sets from 2013.

In case you are a west coaster, you can catch this side of the country's version of the Newport Folk Festival at the Way Over Yonder Festival, being held in it's second year at the Santa Monica Pier this September.  This year's headliners include Jackson Browne and Local Natives. Tickets are on sale here.

Also, if you are into music photography then go check out Brian Lima Photography's Facebook page. He's one of the main photographers at the Newport Folk Fest each year and his photos are entertaining, enlightening, amazing, and make me want to poke my eyeballs out that I wasn't there. But his photos are the next best thing. There's a fantastic shot of Ryan Adams checking his hair in Brian's lens right before going on (which I also shared on my Facebook page) Trust me. Its worth the extra click to go check it out.

Listen to Newport Folk Festival Sets:
Jeff Tweedy
Conor Oberst
Ages and Ages
Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir
Deer Tick
Nickel Creek
Shovels & Rope
Pokey LaFarge
Aoife O'Donovan
Band of Horses
Jenny Lewis
The Devil Makes Three
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
Ryan Adams

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Favorite Songs & Summery Tunes of 2014 Mix

Last week I posted my list of favorite Summer Mixes, Best Songs of 2014 (so far) lists, and Best Albums of 2014 (so far) lists. Since I'm posting everyone else's mixes, I should probably post my own, right?

I didn't do a 'summer mix,' per say, this year, so instead I've created a mix of songs I can't get enough of. They are good for summer, but they are also my favorite songs of the year so far. So consider it a hybrid mix. Or just lazy blogging. Whatever it is, dear readers, I give you....

imnotsleeping's Favorite Songs & Summery Tunes of 2014 So Far Mix!

What are your favorite songs of the year so far?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Mixes, Best of the Best of Lists

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Someone said to me the other day, "I can't believe summer is almost over!" Pshaw. As far as I'm concerned, we are just getting into the swing of things. These are the dog days of summer. The hot, humid, long, sunny days. If there's a summer time for summer music, now is that time.

One of the best times of year in musicblogland is when there is an abundance of "Summer Mix"-slash-"Best Songs of the Year So Far"-slash-"Best Albums of the Year So Far" lists. Now is that time.

While many of the Summer Mixes were released back in June, I wanted to wait a bit to post all of the lists in one handy-dandy place, along with the "best of" lists that have been released so far.  Check back as I'll continue to update this list as I discover more (add your suggestions in the comments or by email at I'll have my own mix out next week.

Happy Summer.

Summer Mixes 2014:
NPR's The Mix: The Songs of Summer - Not a 2014-specific list, but more like a look at summer songs from 2014 back to 1964. A sure thing to get you in a summer mood.

KEXP Video Roundup: Summer Solstice

Music For Ants: Summer or What it Sounds Like Vol 5

World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape

Best Songs of 2014 (So Far) Lists:
Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)

Songs For the Day Favorite Songs of 2014

Music For Ants' Best Songs of 2014 (ongoing)

Best Albums of 2014 (So Far) Lists:
Stereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums of 2014 (So Far)

Music For Ants: Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

Songs For the Day Favorite Albums of 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Music Morsels - Conor Oberst, The War on Drugs, The Shins

Conor Oberst is making the rounds these days along with current tourmates Dawes. Conor and Dawes recently stopped by NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert. Check it out below.

The War on Drugs has one of my favorite albums of this year with "Lost in the Dream" and they performed one of my favorite songs off of said favorite album at the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain. Watch the video below (via Pitchfork):

I've gone on and on about LA based band NO, who performed at this year's SXSW. The good folks at SXSW have kindly posted a couple of videos of NO's performances, which you can watch below:


"What's Your Name"

Santa Monica- based public radio station KCRW (whom you can thank for Morning Becomes Eclectic) broke ground this week for a new studio, and Ben Harper stopped by to perform at the ceremony, because, why the hell not?  Check out this video of Ben performing oldie-goodie "My Own Two Hands":

Zach Braff knows a thing or two about introducing the masses to music, as evidenced by his successful soundtrack to Garden State, and his follow up movie ("Wish I Was Here") seems to want to follow in the same footsteps. Garden State veterans The Shins will be included on the new soundtrack and have released the track for your listening enjoyment. Check it out:

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