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The best music of 2012

5 Jan

I’ll first admit. The title is a bit misleading. You know, SEO and shit :). This post is about the best music I heard in 2012. 2012 is long gone (a week already!) but I still wanted to share with you people the music that rocked my world in the past year. It’s not necessarily music that was created or released in 2012. Just good music I heard this year. You can hear everything in a playlist. So, without further ado, here it is:

Bill Fay – This World

One of the best albums of the year. Take the time to listen to all of it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

Of Monsters & Men – Mountain Sound

 

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire

 

Alexander Ebert – Million Years

Alexander is the lead singer of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

 

alt-J – Tessellate

 

City and Colour – The Grand Optimist

 

Shearwater – Home Life

This band really reminds me of Talk Talk (great band from the 80’s). I’m sure they were influenced by them to some extent.

 

Flotation Toy Warning – Donald Pleasance

 

Daughter – Smother

 

Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine

 

Cherry Ghost – People help the people

 

The Lumineers – Scotland

 

R.E.M & Neil Young – Country Feedback

This one’s from 1998 but I just found it this year and I think it’s great.

 

John Martyn – Glory Box

This is also something I’m pretty ashamed to admit that I only found this year. I say it’s better than the original. What do you say?

 

Sun Kil Moon – Tonight The Sky

One of my favorite bands ever that I finally got the chance to see live this year. Everything that Mark Kozelek ever touched is pure gold.

 

Daniela Spector – Hiroshima

Something in Hebrew for the end. The amazing Daniela Spector.

 

There are so many songs I wanted to add to the list but decided it’s getting too long. Maybe I’ll do a second part. 2012 was a really good music year. Let’s hope 2013 will be even better.

Have a great 2013 and let me know what was your best music of 2012 by leaving a comment. Feel free to subscribe to my channel on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/gilsaaaaa. Thanks!

 

 

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Some good music I heard lately

11 Oct

For sometime now I’ve been in a constant battle with myself whether to turn this blog to entirely about my entrepreneurial experiences or leave some music nuance to it. Finally I decided  that the both can co-exist. Shocking, I know. I’ll have just music posts and in non music posts I’ll add soundtrack. Let’s see what will be the feedback :).

Well, this post is only music. I just wanted to share some really good stuff that I heard recently. Not a lot of text. Just music. No worries. I got it all on a playlist here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NF4H3e_q2k&list=PLWGFwoBp4qX7vi8bjZiX1wUmy8Vg-SEr4&feature=plpp_play_all

The Lumineers – Scotland

A band I got to know in the hardly strictly bluegrass festival that went down in SF. Great band and this is one of their best songs.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire

Check out the video as well. Brilliant. And of course a great song.

Odawas – Alleluia

This one is a bit weird but amazing nonetheless.

Arcade Fire – Suburban War

The Middle East – Blood

A band I came across lately. I really recommend on listening to more songs from them.

Bon Iver – Holocene

Just went to their concert. It was really good. This song always makes me want to travel. Check out the video. You’ll feel like that as well.

Thanks for listening. Let me know if you liked it and if not go hear Lady Gaga. I’m just kidding. If you didn’t like it I’ll love to hear about it. F**k the Accolades. Seek the Criticism.

The music that made my week – January 18th

17 Jan

Yo yo, how are you people?  It’s been a stormy week out here and thus this week playlist will be adjusted accordingly.

Here’s this week’s playlist for a rainy day link – music for a rainy day

Pearl Jam – Just Breath

Just finished watching the movie Pearl Jam Twenty. As you already guessed I’m a big Pearl Jam fan. You can hate their music, tell they gone too mainstream or you can go Kurt Cobain on them but there is one thing that I think most people will agree on. Pearl Jam is one of the most respectable bands ever. Their pursuit after their fans benefit, the way they always stood up for what they believed in and the way they survived the shitty times they’ve been through overwhelms me. In the era of instant, where stars are made out of crappy reality TV shows, the era of the Coldplays and Britney Spearses, Pearl Jam is truly a pearl and one can just hope that they will be celebrating 40 so our kids will know how it was in the old world – where music was art.

Sun Kil Moon – Blue Orchids

Sun Kil Moon is another project of the great Mark Kozelek. I just love the harmony of Mark’s voice and his guitar playing. Perfect for stormy weather. You can find a great cover of this song here.

Mojave 3 – Bluebird of Happiness

I think I’ll start a new section in the posts of the music that made my week. The section will be called: “Put your earphones on, turn the volume to max and float away”. It will probably last a week :). Anyway, this is this week’s float away song. I’ve been to a concert of Mojave 3 about a year go and for some reason they performed strange versions for most of the songs. I didn’t like it. I like they’re album versions much more.

Sigur Ros – Untitled 4

This is taken from the Vanilla Sky soundtrack. Great movie in my opinion.

every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

David Bowie – Wild Is The Wind

King David celebrated 65 last week. Where are you David???

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading and like always, let me know what music made your week.

The music that made my week – January 7th, 2012

7 Jan

First of all I want to start by saying thanks for reading my previous post. I got a lot of feedback about my first post ever. One of the things people said was that it’s better if I’ll give a link to a YouTube playlist at the beginning of the post and not at the end as it will be great to hear the music while reading.

I’m a thoughtful person… This is this week’s playlist link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0JwW623n1A&feature=BFp&list=PL4D389B2E834C7D65

And now let’s go straight to the music that made my week and hopefully will make yours. This week’s music is dedicated to some artists I’m going to see this summer.

Pearl Jam – Crazy Mary

This song was originally performed by a singer named Victoria Williams. Victoria is an American singer-songwriter. In the middle of her music career Victoria learned she is suffering from multiple sclerosis. Pearl Jam’s cover was part of a tribute to Victoria in order to raise money for her medical care as she didn’t have health insurance. This tribute included covers for Victoria’s songs from artists like Lou Reed, Soul Asylum and of course the great Pearl Jam.
Stay tuned for a nasty Guitar/Keyboards solo battle at the end of the song.

 

 

Radiohead – Where I end you begin

I just love how Thom Yorke move in this video. Just can’t wait to see them live. In my opinion, one of the best bands ever.

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I Could Have Lied

Taken from their best album in my opinion “Blood Sugar Sex Magic”. The guitarist John Frusciante joined the band in this album after replacing Hilel Slovak that died from (how surprisingly) heroin overdose. John’s guitar changed the sound of RHCP forever even though he left the band not so long after he joined because of – guess what? – a heroin addiction.
John won’t be at the concert of RHCP that I’m going to see as he recently left the band which makes seeing them a much less exciting experience. Well, I guess it will be great nonetheless.

 

 

Eddie Vedder – Rise

Taken from Into the Wild soundtrack. If you haven’t heard the soundtrack you should. Quick. Now. Eddie Vedder wrote all the music and it’s awesome. By the way, the movie is really good too. The thing that stayed with me from the movie is this line “Happiness only real when shared”. Mark Zuckerberg knew exactly what he was doing…

 

 

Thom Yorke & PJ Harvey – The mess we’re in

I wish I could see PJ in concert this summer. She’s one of the coolest women out there.

 

 

A few words on a website I like. A lot. thesixtyone is a great place for finding Indie artists and explore some amazing music. Recommended for open-minded people who want to discover music and are tired of the crap commercial TV&Radio sells. Just a taste here. I’ll bring some more examples from time to time.

 

Thanks for listening and don’t be shy sharing the music that made your week.

The music that made my week – January 1st, 2012

1 Jan

New week, new month, new year so seems like it’s the best time for a new, first ever, blog post written by me. I wanted to do this for so long and I finally have my own blog. I guess it’s a first timer excitement. With shortage of time as you grow up I’ll probably find myself writing once a year…

In case this will not be an annual experience I’ll try to write on the music that rocked my world on a weekly basis. So, without further a due, the music that made my week:

Archive – Again

This 16 minutes mind-blowing song will definitely make you think about relationships with people you love. “You’re tearing me apart…”, “You’re killing me again…” and this kind of suicidal shit and in the end, eventually, can’t live without your love “Without your love, You’re crushing me inside”, “Without your love, I’m dowsed in madness, Can’t lose this sadness…”. Typical relationship… Just put your earphones on and turn the volume to maximum.

 

Led Zeppelin – No Quarter

In my opinion one of Led Zepplin’s most underrated songs. I’m an old fashioned guy. I still buy, trade, prey CDs. I got Houses of the Holey last week and it just reminded me how much I love this song.

 

Jackson C. Frank – Blues run the game

Jackson’s life story is one of the saddest ever. The man just didn’t manage staying out of bad luck. This is his most memorable song. It was covered by many: Simon and Garfunkel, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and others.

 

Neil Young – Cortez the killer

Yo kids, studying history in high school can lead to great things :). Some general knowledge: Cortez was Spanish conquistador who conquered Mexico for Spain. Such a powerful song with one of the best guitar solos ever.

 

Greg Dulli – The killer

I just noticed that 2 songs involved with killers. I promise it’s not intentional.
Everything Greg Dulli touches turns into gold. The twilight singers, the afghan wigs, the gutter twins, Mark Lanegan (I’m just kidding on this one, Mark is great). More to come from Greg.

 

If you want to hear all the songs in this post as a playlist you can check it out here.

Thanks for reading and let me know about the music that made your week.