Posts Tagged ‘ Music ’


Artist: The Lumineers

Song/Album: “Dead Sea”/The Lumineers

Date Released: April 3, 2012

Genre: Folk Rock

How I heard about The Lumineers: I first heard their music thanks to my girlfriend.  She sent me a link to their song “Ho Hey” (It’s actually being played on Top 40 stations now. Which is awesome and kinda bizarre when it plays after Nicki Minaj).  I listened and liked it, but never checked out the band.  I think part of it was because there are so many similar bands coming out in the folk-rock-indie-singer/songwriter-what-have-you category, and I’ve become a little weary of them.

People kept raving about this album but I resisted.  That is, until “Dead Sea” came on while I was listening to one of my radio stations on Spotify.  The Lumineers won. I listened to the song like 20 times that day, and then the album a few times after that.  Now I am among the slew of their faithful fans.  If you have a chance to catch a show, you should.  Their live shows are supposed to be glorious.  Unfortunately, life got in the way both times they played here in the Nashville.  Hopefully I’ll catch them the next time they pass through.

What I like: I love the lyrics.  It’s not full of those trite love song clichés.  It has a unexpected but still relatable point of view.

My favorite lyric:

Yes, there are times we live for somebody else
Your father died and you decided to live
It for yourself you felt, you just felt it was time
And I’m glad, cause you with cats, that’s just not right


Artist: Paper Route

Song/Album: The Peace of the Wild Things

Date Released: September 11, 2012

Genre: Indie Rock

How I heard about PR: They released an album called Absence in 2009.  A couple of people posted a song from it called “Carousel” on Facebook.  I tried to like it.  I really did, but I just couldn’t.  Fast forward a couple of years and the lead singer J.T. Daly was a guest on the Relevant Podcast.  I really liked what he had to say, but never gave his music another chance.  Then last week, he was interviewed again in promotion for the new album, and I actually checked the group out this time. I’ve been listening ever since.

What I like: I love their hooks.

What I don’t like: They have some electro influences in their music and a couple of songs were hard for me to listen to at first.  After a few spins though, I stopped even noticing.

Songs to check out: “You and I”, “Two Hearts”, “Better Life”, and “Glass Heart Hymn”


I know, I know. I missed last week, and I’m 19 minutes away from missing this Wednesday too. I’m sorry.

Instead of picking one song or artist this week, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite things, Spotify. At first, I thought it was just another Pandora knock off. But it’s not. It’s so much more.

I decided to pay for the premium package because I was spending so much money on music every month. I thought I’d give it a try, and see if having one subscription would keep me from buying so much. To my surprise, it really has worked. I only buy things that I really really want or artists that I really want to support. Otherwise, those random urges to listen to Dolly Parton result in a Spotify search rather than a $1.29 purchase. It is glorious.

I’d like to leave you with a playlist I made for an event that I helped plan last week. I was a bit nervous as never making a playlist for such an occasion. However, I am happy to report that I got a couple of compliments on the music and the event wasn’t so bad either. I’ve been listening to the playlist ever since, and if I do say so myself, it’s pretty good. It has a good helping of some of the best Nashville has to offer like Katie Herzig, Dave Barnes, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, and a few more. Give it a listen and send me one of your favorite playlists. I’m always looking for new music.


I’ve missed quite a few shuffle sessions over the past couple of weeks.  Sorry about that.  As a way to find my way back into your good graces, I’d like to present my music board on Pinterest.  It has all of the songs that I’ve been listening to lately.

And here’s the song that I’ve had on repeat the last week or two: “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous.

They are the original artists, but I actually found the song through Birdy.  She is one of those teenage prodigies.  She released an album of covers in 2011 with this song on it.  I love both versions.  The original has a lot more energy which is great for afternoons at work when you’re not writing a blog post. Wait, what?

What have you been listening to?

Shuffle- “The Walk”

Artist: Mayer Hawthorne

Song/Album: “The Walk” from the album How Do You Do

Date Released: August 2011

Genre: Soul, RB

How I heard about Mayer Hawthorne: Lightning 100. The best radio station in Nashville.

What I like: I dig that the lyrics don’t match the soulful, fun tone of the song. I love that this sound is making a come back.

Favorite Lyric: “Because your shaped like an hour glass, but I think your times up.”

What I don’t like: Well, let’s just say that he doesn’t use the words “chicken chucklin’ attitude” in the normal lyrics. I generally like my music sans obscenities, but this one is just so dang catchy.


Artist: Jake Owen

Song/Album: Alone with You

Date Released: October 2011

Genre: Country

How I heard about Jake: radio

What I like: I’m really not sure.  It’s a guilty pleasure type song for me.  I don’t relate to the song in any way.  I’m not a big fan of Jake Owens.  It’s just a song that I never change whenever I come across it.  I don’t seek it out, but if it comes to me, then I’ll listen.

What I don’t like: The lyrics are kinda obvious.

In my headphones

Artist: Dave Barnes

Song/Album: Stories to Tell

Date Released: March 13, 2012

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Pop

How I heard about Dave: It was sometime in 2005 when I was avoiding writing a paper for Dr. Ruff. I was surfing this cool new site called Myspace. I ran across his site and have been listening ever since.

What I like: I was in a bad mood when I heard these tracks the first time, and only liked a couple of them. Upon getting plenty of sleep and adjusting my attitude, I’ve decided that I actually like every track. It’s a cd I can listen to all the way through with out skipping around.  His songwriting is just getting better, and I’m digging the more poppy sound for the most part.  I’m sure all of the songs will be a lot of fun to listen to live, too.

What I don’t like: The track “Mine to Love” has that cheesy Christian Pop vibe to it. It was actually the first track released on iTunes, so I’ve been able to warm up to it.  It doesn’t bother me anymore, but it’s still not my favorite.

Tracks to look out for: White Flag, Love Will Be Enough For Us, Seventeen, Stories to Tell, and Warm Heart in a Cold World

Here’s my favorite track from the album. If you like what you hear, head over to itunes, amazon, or spotify.