Category Archives: Indie Rock

Ten Songs 12/2/15

Ten Songs. No particular theme or vibe. Or is there? Enjoy!

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Ten Songs for a Beautiful Fall Weekend

No particular theme or vibe. Or is there? Enjoy!

Um Chagga Lagga – Fun New Music from The Pixies

As the description that accompanies the video below explains, “The Pixies stopped by the Rolling Stone office to play two songs, including a brand-new, yet-to-be-recorded number titled ‘Um Chagga Lagga.'”

And boy is it fun. Enjoy!

They also performed “Planet of Sound” while at Rolling Stone, and apparently, they have about a dozen songs they’re getting ready to record for a new record. So we have that to look forward to… which is nice.

You can read the Rolling Stone interview with The Pixies, here: “See Pixies Play ‘Planet of Sound,’ New Song ‘Um Chagga Lagga'”

Ten Songs – Celebrating The Pony Express

Screenshot 2015-04-14 08.42.45Today’s Google Doodle is a fun celebration of the 155th Anniversary of The Pony Express. So I thought, an appropriate soundtrack for playing along with Google would be fun. Enjoy!

A Fortuitous #FlashbackFriday – A Restless Ear’s Favorite Music of 2012

Having just recently dusted off this blog site, I discovered this hidden draft of a post that I never completed or published in early 2013.  So why not just send it on its way through the Interweb for a musical stroll down memory lane – call it a fortuitous #FlashbackFriday:

A Restless Ear’s Favorite Music of 2012
Conventional wisdom dictates that one publish their “end of year” list at, well, the end of the year. Most pundits publish their best of the year lists anytime between Thanksgiving and, well, the end of the year. But I like to challenge convention. So here now, a week into February of 2013, I am publishing my long promised favorite songs and albums of 2012.

In fairness, I really was counting on the Mayan’s and really never expected I would actually have to publish this year’s list! But I’m glad I am, because it was a terrific year of music and herewith are my favorites. Keep in mind, I am not a professional music critic, just a plain old listener like you, with a restless ear.

My Top Ten Favorite Tracks

1. Yet Again – Grizzly Bear

2. Myth – Beach House

3. Heaven – The Walkmen

4. Splitter – Calexico

5. Werewolf – Fiona Apple

6. The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids

7. Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings

8. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

9. Gawd Above – John Fullbright

10. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala

Top Ten
1 Yet Again Grizzly Bear
2 Myth Beach House
3 Heaven The Walkmen
4 Calexico  Splitter
5 Werewolf Fiona Apple
6 The House that Heaven Built Japandroids
7 Stay Useless Cloud Nothings
8 Stubborn Love The Lumineers
9 Gawd Above John Fullbrigt
10 Feels Like We Only Go Backwards Tame Impala
11 – 20
11 Run Right Back The Black Keyes
12 Sixteen Saltines Jack White
13 Would that Not Be Nice Divine Fits
14 I found You Alabama Shakes
15 Ain’t Messin ‘Round Gary Clark Jr.
16 The Only Place Best Coast
17 Pretty Girl from Michigan The Avett Brothers
18 Parted Ways Heartless Bastards
19 Cherokee Cat Power
20 Jules and Jim Nada Surf
21 – 30
21 The Descent Bob Mould
22 Laura Bat for Lashes
23 Who David Byrne & St. Vincent
24 One Lovely Day Citizen Cope
25 1904 The Tallest Man On Earth
26 My Road Now Paul Westerberg
27 Watch the Corners Dinosaur Jr.
28 Candy The Men
29 That Wasn’t Me Brandi Carlile
30 Never Go Back Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
31 – 40
31 Don’t Leave Me [Ne Me Quitte Pas] Regina Spektor
32 Breezeblocks alt-J
33 Hail Bop Django Django
34 Sunset The XX
35 (Untitled) Love Song Romany Rye
36 Emmylou First Aid Kit
37 California Delta Spirit
38 Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood
39 Take a Walk Passion Pit
40 Cry For Judas The Maountain Goats
41 – 50
41 Reboot the Mission The Wallflowers
42 Kill for Love Chromatics
43 Revolution Dr. John
44 Primitive Girl M. Ward
45 Midnight in Harlem Tedeschi Trucks Band
46 It’s Time Imagine Dragons
47 This Girl Punch Brothers
48 Eyeoneye Andrew Bird
49 Charmer Aimee Mann
50 Little Talks Of Monsters And Men
And the Rest
51 Love Interruption Jack White
52 Every Single Night Fiona Apple
53 Soon After Midnight Bob Dylan
54 Darkness Leonard Cohen
55 You, Me, & the Boatman (Truth Is, I’ve Been Thirsty My Whole Life) Quiet Company
56 When I write My Master’s Thesis John K. Samson
57 I Will Wait Mumford & Sons
58 Longevity Yeasayer
59 Happy Pills Norah Jones
60 Knock Knock Band of Horses
61 Mercy Dave Matthews Band
62 Bottom of the World Alejandro Escovedo
63 Man on Fire Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
64 Hold On Alabama Shakes
65 Ruin Cat Power
66 I’m Shakin’ Jack White
67 R U Mine? Arctic Monkeys
68 Younger Us Japandroids
69 Waiting for Something Nada Surf
70 Elephant Tame Impala
71 I Know what Love Isn’t Jens Lekman
72 One More Jimmy Cliff
73 Live and Die The Avett Brothers
74 Tessellate alt-J
75 Ho Hey The Lumineers
76 That Time Is Gone The dB’s
77 Fall In Cloud Nothings
78 Little Black Submarines The Black Keyes
79 Crazy Pills Archie Powell & The Exports
80 Heartbreaker The Walkmen
81 Who’s Feeling Young Now? Punch Brothers
82 Surf India Deadbeat Darling
83 Teardrop Windows Benjamin Gibbard
84 All The Rowboats Regina Spektor
85 Second Chance Robbers on High Street
86 Babel Mumford & Sons
87 Jealous Girl Ben Kweller
88 Jeremy The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
89 Day Four Bloc Party
90 Sleep Alone Two Door Cinema Club
91 Sleeping Ute Grizzly Bear
92 That Old Black Hole Dr. Dog
93 All This Time Heartless Bastards
94 What’s So Bad? Motive
95 Break My Heart La Sera
96 The Way It Is The Sheepdogs
97 Researching the Blues Redd Kross
98 Behold the Hurricane The Horrible Crows
99 On the Run Kaiser Chiefs
100 Girls Deep Sea Arcade
101 Angels The XX

A Restless Ear’s Favorite Music of 2011

I’m not a music critic. I don’t even play one on TV. But I do have a bit of restless ear. I enjoy spending my spare time exploring, discovering and listening to all kinds of music. I also like to create compilations of the music I enjoyed most throughout the year. By no means, however, is my offering below a definitive “best of 2011” listing. Consider it, rather, a collection of favorites that soothed a restless year.

MY TOP TEN FAVORITE TRACKS

1. Lost in My Mind – The Head and the Heart

2. Jejune Stars – Bright Eyes

3. Jesus Fever – Kurt Vile

4. Vomit – Girls

5. Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now) – Portugal. The Man

6. Circuital – My Morning Jacket

7. Dawned On Me – Wilco

8. Tree By The River – Iron & Wine

9. Cough Syrup – Young the Giant

10. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
 

MY TOP TEN FAVORITE ALBUMS

1. The King is Dead – The Decemberists

2. Whole Love – Wilco
 

3. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
 

4. Circuital – My Morning Jacket
 

5. Ashes & Fire – Ryan Adams
 

6. El Camino – Black Keys

7. Father, Son, Holy Ghost – Girls
 

8. Wasting Light – Foo Fighters
 

9. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
 

10. Young the Giant – Young the Giant
 


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Best Cover Song:
Guns of Brixton – Jimmy Cliff

Welcome Back:
The Jayhawks

A Fond Farewell:
R.E.M.

ROUNDING OUT MY TOP 50 TRACKS
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
Living Is So Easy – British Sea Power
Walk – Foo Fighters
Junk of the Heart (Happy) – The Kooks
Dirty Rain – Ryan Adams
Weekend – Smith Westerns
Love The Way You Walk Away – Blitzen Trapper
Miss K. – Deer Tick
Calamity Song – The Decemberists
Will Do – TV on the Radio
How Come You Never Go There – Feist
Video Games – Lana Del Ray
Don’t Forget How Much I Love You – John Doe
She Walks In So Many Ways – The Jayhawks
Bright Lights – Gary Clark Jr.
Stay Young, Go Dancing – Death Cab For Cutie
A Little Bit of Everything – Dawes
The Way It Goes – Gillian Welch
Holocene – Bon Iver
Colours – Grouplove
Get Burned – Sleeper Agent
Santa Fe – Beirut
All At Once – The Airborne Toxic Event
Heart in Your Heartbreak – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Gotta Get It Right Now – Telekinesis
Heavens Just for Moviemakers – Graham Wright
Black ( feat. Norah Jones ) – Danger Mouse
I’ve Been Thinking – J Mascis
Future Starts Slow – The Kills
Money – The Drums
Options – Gomez
Under Cover Of Darkness – The Strokes
Na Na Nothing – Mike Doughty
Behold the Hurricane – The Horrible Crowes
The Walk – Mayer Hawthorne
Guns of Brixton – Jimmy Cliff
Losers – The Belle Brigade
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
Woods – The Rosebuds
Long Time – Cake

5 MORE ALBUMS I’VE REALLY ENJOYED
Dye It Blonde – Smith Westerns
Metals – Feist
Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile
The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch
Keeper – John Doe

Let me know what you think. Leave a comment. What did I miss? Which are the keepers? Which are the clunkers?

Enjoy!

 

Cover Me

Inspired by a crowd sourcing request from The Hired Guns on Twitter today, I compiled a baker’s dozen of some favorite cover songs. This was no easy task. It turns out, there are a lot of really good cover songs. So, by no means is this list definitive. But I’ve playlist tested it on my iPod and it seems to hold together well. So take it for a spin and let me know what you think. What cover songs do you suggest?

All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again – Cat Power (Bob Dylan)
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
Redemption Song – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
Hurt – Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
Wonderwall – Ryan Adams (Oasis)
Love Hurts – Gram Parsons (Everly Brothers)
Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies (Velvet Underground)
Little Wing – Stevie Ray Vaughan (Jimi Hendrix)
The Man Who Sold The World – Nirvana (David Bowie)
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker (The Beatles)
Stand by Me – John Lennon (Ben E. King)
What a Wonderful World – Joey Ramone (Louis Armstrong)

Enjoy!