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My Top 10 Albums: 2013

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1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

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2. Willy Mason – Carry On

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3. Lucius – Wildewoman

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4. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow

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5. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle

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6. Paul McCartney – New

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7. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

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8. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

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9. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay

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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!
Jess

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Best Of 2013: The Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars

This album contains a lot of depth, power, emotion and passion…and some of that springs from the unique circumstances surrounding its release.

John Paul White and Joy Williams were gaining incredible momentum after their debut album in 2011. But relentless touring created issues between them, and they decided to call it quits shortly before this self-titled sophomore album was finished. They actually finished the recording process separately, and are still not on speaking terms.

Many are hoping for a reconciliation, but if this is indeed the last we hear from The Civil Wars, it will be an incredible farewell.

The Civil Wars

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SONG: The Civil Wars

“Dust to Dust”

I had heard this new single before, but tonight I took a moment to stop everything else I was doing and really take it in. I turned up the volume, closed my eyes and I was struck by just how beautiful it is.

I’m sad that John Paul White and Joy Williams have decided to call it quits…that they aren’t even on speaking terms right now. I’m hoping they’ll eventually reconcile their differences so we can hear more from them.

The Civil Wars

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Cayamo: The Civil Wars

John Paul White and Joy Williams have been one of the most buzzed about acts on Cayamo. As the cruise began, these quickly rising stars were on everyone’s radar. And despite John Paul being seasick, causing one of their sets to be postponed, The Civil Wars certainly lived up to the hype.

The stars really must’ve aligned when these two artists met. Their voices are made for each other. Flawless harmonies ebb and flow in perfect sync and they both seem to really FEEL the music. Joy especially moves with every note…a playful dance that can really cast a spell on the audience. There’s something theatrical about this duo…I was surprised to see them wear the exact same clothes for all three performances – a kind of costume I suppose.

Add to their polished delivery a simply charming stage presence with delighful banter, and The Civil Wars are a must see. I caught all three of their performances and enjoyed songs from their debut album Barton Hollow as well as uniquely rendered covers…incluing Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love”, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, and my favorite – “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.

The two expressed nothing but gratitude for having been invited on the ship and said they’d love to come back and perform again. John Paul promised he’d take plenty of Dramamine next year.

The Civil Wars

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Cayamo: Song(s) Of The Day

While there will be plenty of singer-songwriters with years and years of experience under their belt on Cayamo, there are also some newer artists that I’m thrilled to check out. I’ve blogged about all four of these songs before and I’ll be psyched to see/hear them performed live!

The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”

The Belle Brigade – “Losers”

Sarah Jaffe – “Clementine”

Joe Purdy – “Can’t Get It Right Today”

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Song Of The Day

The Staves – “Mexico”

I just heard about these ladies through the grapevine. I get extremely excited when a friend recommends AWESOME music that’s been recommended by their friend (and so on)… passing on the good word about music is my favorite. It’s like spreading love! If I can share a beautiful song like this with one person who gets goosebumps (like I did), then I’m psyched! Enjoy…

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Best Of ’11: The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

It’s truly hard to believe that John Paul White and Joy Williams have only known each other for a few years. In 2008, they were brought together for a blind songwriting session and they clicked…to say the least! Their debut album, Barton Hollow is brilliant. The songs evoke a range of emotions with their breathtaking harmonies and delicate instrumentation. The chemistry between these two makes them one of my favorite live acts of the year as well…check out their live TV debut on Jay Leno:

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