Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, as well as paid tracks from Bandcamp, and preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Here’s a playlist of everything on spotify.com.
Here’s a playlist of everything available on youtube.com.
|01.||The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires)||Redesigning Women||A country supergroup with great harmonies, I’d follow Brandi Carlile anywhere.|
|02.||Philip B. Price||C’mon World||Winterpills frontman goes solo again.|
|03.||Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla & Allison Russell)||Moon Meets The Sun||Another supergroup, this one spiritual and banjo heavy.|
|04.||Jakob Dylan and Norah Jones||Never My Love||The film looks fun, but the soundtrack with of The Wallflowers frontman doing duets on covers is a classic.|
|05.||Delta Rae||Take Me There||First single from the 5th biggest music Kickstarter campaign.|
|06.||Adam Lambert||Loverboy||The occasional Queen frontman shows he can still produce some impressive music on his own.|
|07.||Wild Harbors||House On Fire||They did a great job opening for SHEL at Jammin’ Java.|
|08.||Heather Maloney||We Were Together (feat. Taylor Goldsmith)||Wonderful duet with the Dawes frontman.|
|09.||Farewell Angelina||Baby||Best part of the Herndon Festival this year in its new location.|
|10.||The Rembrandts||Count On You||The “Friends” famous band returns with their sound unchanged.|
|11.||Calva Louise||I Heard A Cry||A review said “Fuse surfy riffs to fuzzy grunge pop” and seems fairly accurate.|
|12.||Fruit Bats||Drawn Away||Sad lyrics and upbeat melodies make a sweet song.|
|13.||Joy Williams||The Trouble With Wanting||Formerly half of The Civil Wars, she’s back with this soulful song.|
|14.||Bill Michalski||Hunch||I try to avoid repeats of artists, but this song really grabbed me.|
|15.||Madison Cunningham||Trouble Found Me||She impressed me at Live From Here with her cover of Radiohead’s No Surprises, and her own stuff is good as well.|
|16.||Keuning||Restless Legs||Lead guitarist of The Killers steps out with catchy solo debut.|
|17.||Kate Davis||Open Heart||Would not have predicted songs like this from the woman singing here.|
|18.||Local Natives||When Am I Gonna Lose You||Nice harmonies and falsettos.|
|19.||Mary Lambert||Write You A Song||No Macklemore here, just a sweet song.|
|20.||Smug Brothers||Every One Is Really Five||Reminds me of early Golden Smog.|
|21.||Lily & Madeleine||Can’t Help The Way I Feel||Feels like a classic girl group song.||22.||Jaret & Kelly||Daddy’s Girl||Singers for Bowling for Soup and The Dollyrots team up for a song close to my heart.||23.||Katy Vernon||Undertow||Hits a sweet spot between country and pop.||24.||Josh Rouse||Sleigh Brother Bill||Yes, it’s from his Christmas record, but aside from the subject matter, it’s a good song with a great beat.||25.||Sass Jordan||Cinnamon||The Canadian singer/songwriter is back.||26.||Pan Rocks Steel Drum Rock Orchestra (with Mike Portnoy, Philip Bynoe & Pete Thorn)||YYZ||An obvious cover, but fun (and you can’t go wrong with Mike Portnoy on drums).|