These are the records that Iâ€™ve been listening to the most over the last few weeks. However, itâ€™s by no means exhaustive since my iPod is set on shuffle most of the time. Tally ho!
In no particular order:
1) Bruce Springsteen: Live in Dublin
I loved the Seeger Sessions record but we didnâ€™t get a chance to catch that tour. Thank The Boss for this record (and DVD)! This is a fun set of songs with a few classic Bruce tunes redone in the Seeger Sessions style and an army of musicians that sound AMAZING together. Great stuff.
2) Paul Simon: Graceland
This is one of my favorite records of all time and I decided to revisit it after the Paul Simon special on PBS last week (a Library of Congress tribute dealio). A cool folk/world music sound and a title track that is easily one of the greatest songs of all time. “And I say losing love
is like a window in your heart. Everybody sees you’re blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow”.
3) Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne Bailey Rae
I first saw her on Saturday Night Live and was really surprised at how great she was. A breezy, soulful voice and some fantastic playersâ€¦ it makes for great easy listening on the road.
4) Feist: The Reminder
Casella turned me on to Feist while we were driving to a show and I really dug it. Not long after I picked up this record and I’ve been a fan since. I love her voice, thereâ€™s just something really different and interesting about her that pulls you right in. Very cool record.
5) Jeremy Casellla: Recovery
Speaking of Casellaâ€¦ this is his latest record and I still canâ€™t put it away. A beautiful and moving collection of songs that accomplishes the nearly impossibleâ€¦ itâ€™s actually unique.
6) M. Ward: Post-War
I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend (I think it was Geof) and I really dig it. The song Rollercoaster makes me happy.
7) The Police: Everything they’ve released
Rhonda and I are going to see them in a couple of weeks with a few friends. So Iâ€™m listening to all of their records to get readyâ€¦ still one of my favorite bands.
8) Andrew Osenga: Letters to the Editor Vol 1
Osenga is a friend. Heâ€™s also nuts. And by â€œnutsâ€ I mean a genius (and nuts). Thatâ€™s the only way I can explain how he took story ideas from his fans, turned them into amazing songs and recorded them in a week or two. Not to mention that he also used fan submitted â€œwebgroundâ€ vocals for a song. Lastly, itâ€™s fantastic and really shows just how great a storyteller he is. A crazy, musical mad scientist genius.
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