We’re a week into 2014 but I’m still “stuck” on a few songs that came out last year. These tunes NEVER seem to get old for me. I could listen to them on a loop and just turn it up louder and louder each time around. As I put this list together, it strikes me that I’ve never felt so strongly about a year-end list of songs. It may sound weird, but I think 2013 was a really solid year for SINGLES.
I also noticed a real common thread here – all are very epic sounding, strong tracks with lots of energy and soul.
Here are my favorite singles of 2013:
Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind”
Paul McCartney “New”
The Head and The Heart “Shake”
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers”
Deer Tick “The Dream’s In The Ditch”
The Wheeler Brothers “My Time”
Sons Of Fathers “Roots & Vine”
Eric Clapton “Gotta Get Over”
Amos Lee “The Man Who Wants You”
Serena Ryder “Stompa”
“Gotta Get Over”
Have you heard any of the new Eric Clapton album? This is the single and I’m really diggin’ it. It’s got a fun, rockin vibe and (as always) amazing guitar riffs. It’s one of two NEW tracks on the album, which is called Old Sock. Yup, Old Sock.
I’ve yet to listen to the rest of this album, which is Clapton’s 20th solo release and includes mostly covers. Sounds like he’s poking a bit of fun at himself with the album title. The best part about that – Clapton got the phrase from David Bowie. Bowie called Clapton “old sock” in a personal correspondence and Clapton loved it.
Derek and the Dominos – “Layla”
Another fun night of karaoke last night…this night much more low key than the last. There was a guy who sang a few songs over the course of the night, who had a pretty strong voice, and chose this song. Guys, if you’ve got a strong voice that has decent range, sing “Layla”! It’s a killer tune that’s not too obvious, that people can sing along to, and it sounds majorly impressive if you just give it a little power! (*Note: Another bit of advice – do NOT sing “Livin’ La Vida Loca”)
Robbie Robertson – How to Become Clairvoyant
This album doesn’t come out until April 5th, but tonight we feature it in its entirety at 9pm on the Album Of the Week. I remember the first time I saw The Last Waltz, and how I immediately had a huge crush on a young Robbie Robertson… and then I remember how amusing it was to hear some of his wackier solo stuff (like “Somewhere Down the Crazy River”).
I wouldn’t describe this album as wacky, but as extremely solid, with special guests including Steve Winwood, Robert Randolph, Eric Clapton, Trent Reznor, and Tom Morello. Each of these musicians make their unmistakable mark on the tunes they appear on… and I also find myself getting wrapped up in some of the brilliant bass lines from Pino Palladino. What also strikes me with this album is the honesty of the lyrics.
The album’s single, “He Don’t Live Here No More” captivates me. Robertson’s simple yet fascinating lyrics combined with the beautifully textured music and backing vocals create such a gripping tune. It’s one of my favorite songs at the moment. Tracks like “When the Night Was Young” and “The Right Mistake” have a laid back and warm vibe about them. Robertson and Clapton’s co-writes shine as well… “Fear Of Falling” has a catchy chorus and some rippin’ guitar solos while “Won’t Be Back” is a soft and somber ballad of heartache. The album ends with a beautiful “Tango For Django”, written by Robertson and co-producer Marius de Vries.
Hear How to Become Clairvoyant in its entirety!
It’s mvyradio’s Album Of the Week
TONIGHT at 9pm
Eric Clapton – “Run Back to Your Side”
Tonight while I was live on-air, I found myself really grabbed by this new Clapton tune. I had heard it a few times, but it didn’t get to me like it did tonight. Man, he still knows how to rock! I couldn’t hide the smile from my voice when I came back onto the mic after this one:
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