Contrast Podcast: 2012 Festive 50 Pt. 1

Part 1 of Contrast Podcast‘s 2012 Festive 50 has finally been posted. It features Muruch‘s Vic introducing the title track from Anaïs Mitchell’s Young Man in America and Brendan intros “Better Now” from The Vesper’s The Fourth Wall. The two albums were #1 and #2 on Muruch’s Top Albums of 2012 list.

Contrast Podcast – 2012 Festive 50 Pt. 1 (mp3)

Muruch’s Festive 50

In case you’re interested, following are the songs I submitted to Contrast Podcast’s Festive 50 (click link to vote for your Top 10!)…

1 Anaïs Mitchell: Young Man in America
2 The Vespers: Better Now
3 Kate Miller-Heidke: Sarah
4 Amanda Palmer: The Killing Type
5 The Mynabirds: Generals
6 J.D. McPherson: Scratching Circles
7 Goodnight Texas: Jesse Got Trapped in a Coal Mine
8 Fiona Apple: Every Single Night
9 Norah Jones: Say Goodbye
10 Cat Power: 3,6,9
11 Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen: If I Didn’t Know Better
12 Birdy: Skinny Love
13 St. Vincent & David Byrne: Who
14 Muse: Survival
15 Sylvie Lewis: The Fish & The Bird
16 Khatia Buniatishvili: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
17 Queen Esther: I Feel Like Going Home
18 The Mynabirds: Wolf Mother
19 J.D. McPherson: Firebug
20 Fiona Apple: Daredevil
21 Anaïs Mitchell: Dying Day
22 Julie Lee & The Baby-Daddies: How He Lied
23 Muse: The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
24 Escort: Caméleon Chameleon
25 Amanda Palmer: Do It With a Rockstar
26 Cat Power: Cherokee
27 Anaïs Mitchell: Shephard
28 The Vespers: Got No Friends
29 Julie Lee & The Baby-Daddies: Uphill
30 Shawn Colvin: We All Fall Down
31 Goodnight Texas: I’m Going to Work on Maggie’s Farm Forever
32 Dala: Lennon & McCartney
33 Garbage: Not Your Kind of People
34 Xavier Rudd: Bow Down
35 The Trishas: Little Sweet Cigars
35 Joan Osborne: Shake Your Hips
36 Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Devils Look Like Angels
37 Sixty Seconds
38 Cara Mitchell: Throughout This Night
39 Bat For Lashes: Laura
40 The Killers: Runaways
41 Heart: Mashallah!
42 Wilson Phillips: Dedicated to the One I Love
43 Diego’s Umbrella: Thrash Mexican Budapest
44 Sonya Cotton: Our Love Is Here To Stay
45 The Crystal Method feat. Martha Reeves: I’m Not Leaving
46 Shawn Colvin: American Jerusalem
47 Jezzy & The Belles: Confess Child
48 Amanda Mair: House
49 Plumes: Hero and Leander
50 Tatiana Kochkareva: Winter

Vote for Contrast Podcast’s Festive 50 Shortlist!

It’s that time of year again! Contrast Podcast asked several of us bloggers to submit our favorite songs of the year for their annual Festive 50 podcast. They’ve compiled the results and narrowed it down, now it’s time for you to vote for your 10 favorites.

I’ve bolded my top 10 choices. I especially hope to see Anais Mitchell’s “Young Man in America” and Vespers’ “Better Now” make it to the final 50. Not only are they the best songs of the year, in my humble opinion, but chances are yours truly may be asked to introduce them on the podcast. Oh and my negative vote went to Lana Del Ray. Ugh, is there a new dying animal genre or something? :p

The Rules:
1. From the list below, pick your 10 favorite songs
2. Arrange them in order from 1-10 with 1 being your most favorite.
3. If you choose to, you can give a negative vote to any one song.
4. Email your 10 favorites to janderson716@gmail.com with the subject “Festive Fifty Shortlist Vote!!!”
5. Share the list! Get more people to vote! Facebook! Blog! Twitter! Tumblr!

Please do all of the above by Sunday, November 25th.

A.C. Newman – I’m Not Talking
Adele – Skyfall
Alabama Shakes – Be Mine
Alabama Shakes – Hold On
Amy Cook – Getting to You
Anais Mitchell – Young Man in America
Antlers – Drift Dive
Bat For Lashes – Laura
Beach House – Myth
Beach House – Other People
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Bill Fay – Cosmic Concerto
Bright Light Bright Light – Cry at Films
Brother Ali – Mourning in America
Bruce Springsteen – Land of Hope & Dreams
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Cat Power – Ruin
Chromatics – Kill For Love
Chuck Prophet – Play That Song Again
Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
Curtis Stigers – Things Have Changed
Daughter – Candles
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who
Dexy’s – Free
Dexy’s – Nowhere is Home
Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice
Django Django – Default
Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings
Field Music – A New Town
Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
First Aid Kit – Emmylou
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
fun. – Some Nights
fun. – We Are Young
Giant Giant Sand – Forever and a Day
Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Never Go Back
Grimes – Genesis
Grimes – Oblivion
Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
Harmed Brothers – A Letter to Lisa
Isaiah Toothtaker – LA Nights
Jack White – I’m Shakin
Japandroids – Continuous Thunder
Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
Jason Lytle – Department of Disappearance
Kanye West et al – Clique
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
Killers – Runaways
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Linden – If I Had Wings
Lumineers – Ho Hey
Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag
Metric – Breathing Underwater
METZ – Wet Blanket
Meursault – Flittin’
Meursault – Settling
Muse – Madness
Muse – Survival
Mynabirds – Generals
North Sea Scrolls – Witches in the Water
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Offspring – Secrets From the Underground
Offspring – The Future is Now
P.O.S – Fuck Your Stuff
P.O.S – Get Down
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
Perfume Genius – Hood
Phantom Limb – The Pines
Ponderosa – For Here I Am Born
Psyched – Cut the Chord
Purity Ring – Fineshrine
Purity Ring – Obedear
Raul Midon – Sunshine “I can fly” (Live)
Richard Hawley – Leave Your Body Behind You
Santigold – Disparate Youth
School of Seven Bells – The Night
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents
Shearwater – Dread Sovereign
Shins – Simple Song
Sigur Ros – Ekki Mukk
Sigur Ros – Varud
Tallest Man on Earth – 1904
Tame Impala – Elephant
Tender Trap – Love is Hard Enough
Ting Tings – Hit Me Down Sonny
TNGHT – Higher Ground
Trampled By Turtles – Alone
Triggerfinger – I Will Follow (live)
Twilight Sad – Another Bed
Underworld – And I Will Kiss
Very Best – We Ok
Vespers – Better Now
Walkmen – Heaven
Wedding Present – Deer Caught in the Headlights
White Rabbits – Heavy Metal
xx – Angels

Contrast Podcast 2011 Festive 50

Contrast Podcast‘s 2011 Festive 50 has been posted. Part 1 features Muruch‘s Vic introducing “Booty City” from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybear’s Scandalous and Part 2 has Brendan‘s poetic intro to “What The Water Gave Me” from Florence + The Machine’s Ceremonials. Both albums were on Muruch’s Top Albums of 2011 list.

Contrast Podcast Festive 50: Part 1
Contrast Podcast Festive 50: Part 2

Contrast Podcast: My First Download

You can hear Muruch couple Victoria & Brendan in the new episode of Contrast Podcast. The theme is “My First Download,” so we introduced “I Will Love You” from Fisher’s True North album.

Contrast Podcast – My First Download (mp3)

Fisher – I Will Love You (mp3)*

*mp3 is hosted by & offered as free, legal download on Fisher’s site

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