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