Merry Music Monday | Vol 15

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1. 100 Mile House – “We’ll Count All The Days”

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… a single. You can get this for free on Bandcamp.

2. Al Owen – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

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… on Our Christmas Wish a Cancer Free World (iTunes | Spotify). I wouldn’t call myself a fan of this song, but I can get down with this funky blues version. Real down.

3. LAYLA – “Winter, You Tease”

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… on The New Year EP (iTunes | Spotify). So, so crazy about this one. Sure, it’s not a “Christmas song,” but it’s a winter song and it just fits in a Christmas playlist.

4. The Canon Logic – “Kiss Me on Christmas”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify).

5. Echosmith – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify).

Merry Music Monday | Vol 14

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1. The Crane Wives – “Winter Song”

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…on A Very Crane Wives Christmas EP (Bandcamp). I dig this folky take on Sara Bareilles’ original.

2. Amy Stroup – “You Make The Cold Disappear” 

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… on You Make the Cold Disappear EP (for free on NoiseTrade). I was torn between posting this one and “Wishes Come True” from the same EP, so make sure to get it.

3. John Pringle – “Christmas in Bruges”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify).

4. Jeremih – “You’re Mine”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify). This one gets stuck in my head just like “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” but it’s a lot more appropriate…

5.  Dean Martin – “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”

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… on Christmas With the Rat Pack (iTunes | Spotify). Don’t forget about these perfect classics. This one in particular just transports me to a Christmas party in the ’50s, and I look fabulous as I gaze over the New York City skyline and sip a martini…

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Merry Music Monday | Vol 13

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It’s that Holly Jolly time of year again, people! Get in the spirit here every week with one of my favorite features every December – Merry Music Monday. 5 songs, every Monday, until Christmas Day. Pretty simple, and pretty amazing. Let’s get this party started right…

1. Gent & Jawns – “Turn Up Ye Merry Gentleman”

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…on A Very Decent Christmas (iTunes | Soundcloud). Yup.

2. Nick D’ & The Believers – “Christmas in the City”

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…a single (iTunes | Bandcamp).

3. Zerbin – “Fall”

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on Christmas! (free on NoiseTrade). I love this take of “Oh Holy Night.”

4. The Lonely Wild – “Holidays”

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a single (iTunes | Spotify). There’s just something I love about a bitter, Christmas heartache song.

5. Johnnyswim – “Christmas Day”

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….on A Johnnyswim Christmas (iTunes | Spotify).

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Music Monday | The Bones of J.R. Jones

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The Bones of J.R. Jones is currently opening for Goodnight, Texas – a band I shared a few months ago, r recommended by one of you nice people. Jonathon Linaberry (aka The Bones of J.R. Jones) was kind enough to answer some questions for this Music Monday feature. Stream my favorite track from his latest album Dark was the Yearling while you learn a bit about him.

Stream: “Hearts Racing”

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Raised in:
Small town Central New York.

Lives in:
Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

What role did growing up in New York play in how you developed your musical sensibilities:
I’d say that growing up with a lot of space and two brothers, taught me the value of family. We had a blast growing up whether we getting into trouble or not and I write from those memories quite a bit as well as drawn to music that I can connect to on that level. Also, growing up in Central New York , I kind of fell into the punk and hardcore scene.  Those shows taught me about passion and blind love for the moment in a performance. I remember going to see bands at the local community center and seeing people leave with bloody noses, bruises, covered with sweat. I was envious of the bands that could elicit such a response from the crowd. Such heart. Such love for the music and for the message. Not that I want people to hurt themselves at my show…I just want them to experience that emotional burst that I fell as a kid growing up.

Describe your music in 5 words or less:
Raw Country Blues with Honey.

What inspired you most during writing this album:
It may sound a bit morose, but my grandfather passed away while I was recording this album. That definitely had a profound effect on the songs I chose to put on it.

Favorite track from the album:
My favorite track is “Dreams to Tell.” I had the most fun with this song, so much fun that I put two versions of it on the album. The reprisal version was the first song I wrote for Dark was the Yearling and probably the truest to form. I have a soft spot for how stripped down it is. I love it. I wish I wrote more songs like it.

Favorite place to perform in the South:
Right now, I’d have to say Boone, NC. I played there in early September and the reception was so warm. I didn’t want to leave. The beer, the food, the people were just what I needed that night. One of the venue’s owners even put me up for the night. And for that I am eternally grateful. I can’t wait to get back.
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Listen to more of The Bones of J.R. Jones…
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Music Monday | Sir Sly

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You guys know should know by now how much I love Drake, and thus, covers of Drake songs. This isn’t the first I’ve shared (remember this one?) Well, I also love Sir Sly. Their debut album You Haunt Me (Spotify) is fantastic. So, naturally, this Sir Sly cover of Drake’s “Marvin Room” is pretty perfect to me.

Make sure to give Sir Sly’s album a listen…or a lot of listens.

Music Monday | Jessie Ware

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It was “Wildest Moments,” probably like the rest of Jessie Ware‘s fans, that hooked me. I just never got sick of it. Devotion is a fantastic album, and her second, Tough Love, is no different. I was behind on listening to this album until a push from Jamie telling me how amazing it was. First play through, I completely agreed. But with every listen it just gets better and better. It’s so well rounded – from deeply sexy moments (my favorites: “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” and “Desire”) to cliché pop ballads (in a good way – like “Champagne Kisses”).

But back to the sexy moments.

Next to the songs I’ve already mentioned, I keep coming back to her second single from the album, “Say You Love Me.” Once I found out she wrote it with Ed Sheeran, I had an “ahhh haaa…” moment. Simply put (as NPR did) – it’s very lovely and very straightforward and I very much like it.

Stream: “Say You Love Me”

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Music Monday | Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

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High School Caroline was obsessed with Something Corporate, her first introduction to Andrew McMahon‘s piano, vocal and songwriting skills. She loved all of their albums and still jams them, and not just for the nostalgia. End third person, move forward.

I’ve been into every one of Andrew McMahon’s projects. SoCo, Jack’s Mannequin, and now his solo venture. It’s no surprise that I’d be into this new endeavor. In Billboard’s Exclusive Premier of the album, I learned that to write the album, he literally set off for the wilderness – a cabin in Topanga Canyon. “McMahon would write during the week and head home on weekends to be with his wife Kelly, who was pregnant with their first child. Their newborn baby, Cecilia, inspired the album’s second track, ‘Cecilia and the Satellite.'” The song mentioned is my favorite from the record, and even sweeter after reading him describe it – “I wanted to have a snapshot of who I was in the years leading up to meeting her.”

I love this album in it’s entirety – it just gets better and better with each listen.

Stream: “Cecilia and the Satellite”

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