I have this thing where I don’t like blogging about the same song twice. But that’s just silly. I wrote about this one over 2 years ago, and the chances that you caught that particular post and are now rolling your eyes at my recycled “song of the day” are quite slim.
I decided today that this tune would fall into the category of “songs my mother would hate” since she can’t seem to stand repetition and here they ask about shadow people 10 times in less than a minute. Yup, I counted. It’s that kind of Wednesday…
Today I was doing some Spring cleaning. It was sunny and breezy and it felt good to open the doors and let the light and fresh air pour in as I swept, dusted, and generally picked up the place. I also had to vacuum quite a bit…but I ran into problems there. Whenever I turned the vacuum on, I couldn’t hear the music I had going – the Dr. Dog Pandora station (my absolute favorite station). The mix was particularly good and each and every song was so solid that I literally couldn’t bring myself to drown the music out with the cursed vacuum’s roar.
This was one of the tunes that really grabbed my attention (and distracted me from cleaning) today…a track by Vampire Weekend from the soundtrack to Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist:
There was a ton of great music this year, but as I mentioned before, I wasn’t as adventurous musically as I have been in the past. I decided to keep the list short, and these 10 albums were clear standouts. I can think of some other artists/songs/albums that did catch my attention this year, so I’ll talk close calls later this week…
1. Dr. Dog – Be the Void
2. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
3. Bahamas – Barchords
4. Mumford & Sons – Babel
5. Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit
6. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
7. John Mayer – Born and Raised
8. JD McPherson – Signs and Signifiers
9. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
10. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind
Happy New Year!
Be the Void
As I post my 10 favorite albums of 2012, I want to talk about my #1! I will say, the #2 album is a VERY close second…and they were both acts I saw live in concert this year. I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Dog since college, but finally seeing them live really changed the game! These guys have so much energy on stage and somehow their harmonies come off brilliantly in the live setting. Honestly they’re close to the top of my list for my favorite live acts ever.
The contagious, feel-good vibes of Dr. Dog’s music don’t seem to be lost on anyone. I can think of countless times this year when I put on this album in a social setting and people have loved the sound and asked who it was. At the same time, I’ve found that anyone who’s familiar with their music can instantly recognize any song and be psyched to hear it. Be the Void is an outstanding album from one of my favorite bands. Somehow, over the years, Dr. Dog has kept what makes them unique and universally appealing while progressing and evolving…
“Do the Trick”
“That Old Black Hole” [LIVE]
“I Only Wear Blue”
Ok, I’ll ease up on the Dr. Dog/Delta Spirit posts soon, I promise. But of course I’m listening to a ton of both lately because I thoroughly enjoyed their live show at Lupo’s in Providence last week! Last night, as I was preparing the 6 o’clock news at mvyradio, I got a phone call from a girl who wanted to hear this song. I told her I was at the Providence show and she said – “So was I! My brother is in Dr. Dog!”. Usually I think it’s a little obnoxious when family members of the band request their songs on the radio, but this time, I didn’t mind.
This track is hiding at the very end of Delta Spirit’s latest self-titled album. It’s honestly been making me cry lately…with it’s gorgeous, lush sound and words that I think really make you FEEL the emotion. Tomorrow night I’ll see Delta Spirit LIVE with Dr. Dog at Lupo’s…
“So cold I know you can’t believe it
Sometimes you gotta face the feeling
When you don’t care if you get up again
There’s a thousand things I will not understand
How you’re dealing with the hell I put you through
If I had my way I’d be right there next to you
There’s certain things in life you cannot change
There’s certain things…
I hope you know I care.”
“That Old Black Hole”
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m beyond excited to see Dr. Dog at Lupo’s in Providence on Wednesday. I’ve never seen them live before and the cherry on top is that one of my favorite bands is opening – Delta Spirit! This song and video get me SO PUMPED for the show!!!!!
This tune is one that really shows how versatile Dr. Dog is as a band. It’s always difficult for me to describe them to people. Sure I can say Beatlesque harmonies…but listen to how this song begins – sounds like Radiohead for the first few seconds before the beat sets in and makes you think you’re about to hear a hip hop track. But nope, it’s just Dr. Dog. I’m beyond excited to see them live (with DELTA SPIRIT!) on 9/19 at Lupo’s in Providence.
The band Dr. Dog creates some of the most joyful sounding music I’ve heard. Even when they’re singing about being lonesome, there’s a bright happiness to the sound. Check out the hilarious music video for this song too…it’s fittingly playful and fun:
Dr. Dog – “Shadow People”
This is one of my favorite tracks from the latest Dr. Dog album, Shame Shame. And what an awesome video! Sparklers, synchronized skating, balloons… it’s a lot of fun. Makes me miss going to birthday parties at roller skating rinks. Anyone else??