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!
The Ash & Clay
These guys are one of my favorite discoveries of the year. I’ve heard folks say they are just a “rip off” of Simon & Garfunkel, but to me, they bring back that familiar S&G sound but with a new twist. At times they are quirky, at times they are a bit bluegrass…and they are absolutely hilarious and charming live in concert.
The Milk Carton Kids
Tonight at 9PM on mvyradio, I’ll feature a set from The Milk Carton Kids as our mvy LIVE. Listen in to hear their performance from Newport Folk 2013 where they completely won me over with their incredible music and hilarious on stage banter.
I’ve been checking out all the live videos I can find from these two since I saw them this summer. Check out their dynamite performance on Conan:
LISTEN IN tonight at 9PM for an entire live set from The Milk Carton Kids!
Wow, I’m still processing all the amazing music I witnessed at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. As expected, I loved hearing Feist, Beck, The Avett Brothers, Michael Kiwanuka, and JD McPherson. I was incredibly impressed by the Wheeler Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Frank Turner, and The Lone Bellow. And of course there were a few other acts that I had never even heard of, who are now on my radar:
I had heard of this band, but never listened before and they certainly impressed me at Newport! They have a very dreamlike vibe to their sound, yet they can really ROCK out too. Matthew Houck is the main force behind this group, and he’s based in NYC.
“Song For Zula”
My sister had seen this LA based band earlier this year and told me they were not to be missed at Newport. She was right! Their sound is a wonderful mixture of genres and really SOLID and tight. My co-worker used the word “sophisticated” to describe it, and I think that’s spot on. For fans of Local Natives, Andrew Bird and Fleet Foxes.
“Ends Of The Earth”
Shovels & Rope
I was completely surprised with how much I enjoyed Shovels & Rope. This husband/wife duo from Charleston, SC have gritty harmonies that demand your attention.
The Milk Carton Kids
These guys were probably my favorite discovery of the weekend. At times they sounded like Kings Of Convenience, and at other times they channeled Simon & Garfunkel or The Everly Brothers. Their dry humor between songs kept us laughing and then their music completely silenced us…SEE THEM LIVE if you can! They’ve got shows coming up with Josh Ritter, Sarah Jarosz and Over The Rhine.
“The Ash & Clay”
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL