1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
2. Willy Mason – Carry On
3. Lucius – Wildewoman
4. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow
5. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
6. Paul McCartney – New
7. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…
8. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
9. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay
10. The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still
These were my favorites of a really solid year of music! It was tough to pick this top 10.
Vampire Weekend in the #1 spot is likely no surprise to you if you know me or read this blog. To me, there was no competition there. If you haven’t heard Modern Vampires of the City, try sitting down for a listen sometime, with an open mind. It saddens me that hype or reputation can sometimes turn people off of a band altogether, without a single note of the music being heard.
A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog, leaves comments, likes posts, etc.
I really appreciate you! I hope I helped you discover something new in 2013…here’s to another year of great music!
Happy New Year!
Once I Was An Eagle
Laura Marling makes very raw music that is sometimes uncomfortably sad or honest, making for stunning songs that are easy for me to make a connection with. Her latest release is sure to be high on my year-end list…
Tonight on mvyradio, I’ll feature Laura Marling’s album Once I Was An Eagle in its entirety. I have to say, I’ve not heard such a beautiful album in a very very long time. Sitting and listening to this record while reading the lyrics, I went through so many emotions and came close to tears many times. It’s an incredibly powerful piece of art, and I hope you can join me to listen at 9PM – mvyradio.com
We are beyond excited to welcome Laura Marling to the Vineyard for a Friends Of mvyradio benefit performance – Sunday, September 1st at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Get your tickets here – FriendsOfmvyradio.org
Here’s another single from Laura Marling’s forthcoming album…I can’t quite express how excited I am to have this CD in my hands! Once I Was An Eagle comes out May 28th.
“Where Can I Go?”
Although 2011’s A Creature I Don’t Know was her 3rd album, it was how I was introduced to English folk singer Laura Marling. Now I’m completely floored by this new single from her forthcoming release, Once I Was An Eagle.
I’m VERY excited to hear more…I’ve always loved Marling’s Joni Mitchell-esque style and here it’s beautifully subdued at first and almost reminds me of Tracy Chapman. Then of course the track’s energy builds (as she does so brilliantly), and I’m left wanting to hit PLAY again and again.
Laura Marling – “Sophia”
The building of energy in this song never fails to give me goosebumps. I love all the words, but these lines especially resonate with me… she says them just as the tune approaches that dramatic dynamic change:
“Sometimes I sit, sometimes I stare
Sometimes they look and sometimes I don’t care
Rarely I weep, sometimes I must
I’m wounded by dust”
Laura Marling – “Sophia”
Ok, give this song a minute. Actually, a minute and 25 seconds. It’s a slow start, but it’s incredible! We weren’t sure about playing it on mvy…it’s tough when a song doesn’t grab the listener’s attention within the first minute. But ultimately this song is flippin’ gorgeous, and Laura Marling is truly channeling a Joni Mitchell feel towards the second half. The video is so fitting too. She begins sitting alone, and then walks up to the rest of her band as the song builds. Dynamite.
Laura Marling – “Rambling Man”
My friend J recommended Laura Marling to me a few weeks ago, and I’ve loved everything I’ve heard so far. I found this song in particular very moving…and the video really pulled me in. It’s hard to believe this English singer/songwriter is just 21 years old. Her words are so clever and prolific. Definitely check out more if you dig this tune…