Butch Walker’s Tribute to His Father

Butch Walker made me cry. His new song was inspired by the death of his father and features a guitar solo by Bob Mould, who also lost his father in recent years. I guess that makes three of us.

Walker’s new album, Afraid of Ghosts, will be released on February 3rd. The album was produced by Ryan Adams, whose influence can be heard in the sparsely arranged, melancholy melodies. I especially connect with the title track.

Buy @ Amazon

Butch Walker Official Site

Laura’s Top Albums of 2014

Guest Post By: Laura

Laura’s Top 25 Albums of 2014:

25. Mary Lambert: Heart on My Sleeve

Buy @ Amazon

Mary Lambert Official Site

24. The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt

Buy @ Amazon

The Gaslight Anthem Official Site

23. Jamie T: Carry On the Grudge

Buy @ Amazon

22. Ed Sheeran: X

Buy @ Amazon

Ed Sheeran Official Site

21. John Newman: Tribute

Buy @ Amazon

20. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Buy @ Amazon

19. Shakey Graves: And the War Came

Buy @ Amazon

18. July Talk: Guns & Ammunition

Buy @ Amazon

17. James Bay: Let It Go

Buy @ Amazon

16. You + Me: Rose Avenue

Buy @ Amazon

You + Me Official Site

15. Spoon: They Want My Soul

Buy @ Amazon

Spoon Official Site

14. FKA Twigs: LP1

Buy @ Amazon

13. Johnny Marr: Playland

Buy @ Amazon

12. Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity

Buy @ Amazon

Cold Specks Official Site

11. St. Vincent: St. Vincent

Buy @ Amazon

St. Vincent Official Site

10. Neon Trees: Pop Psychology

Buy @ Amazon

Neon Trees Official Site

9. Banks: Goddess

Buy @ Amazon

Banks Official Site

8. Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Buy @ Amazon

Foo Fighters Official Site

7. Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Neverland

Buy @ Amazon

Counting Crows Official Site

6. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold

Buy @ Amazon

5. Damien Rice: My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Buy @ Amazon

Damien Rice Official Site

4. Hozier: Hozier

Buy @ Amazon

3. Jack White: Lazaretto

Buy @ Amazon

Jack White Official Site

2. Jenny Lewis: The Voyager

Buy @ Amazon

Jenny Lewis Official Site

1. Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams

Buy @ Amazon

Ryan Adams Official Site

Read more of Laura’s reviews at her music blog Lyrique Discorde

*all mp3s, streams & videos uploaded by & posted w/ permission of artists, labels and/or their PR reps

Frog Trouble: Free Mp3s by Ryan Adams & Ben Folds!

Children’s author Sandra Boynton penned the 12 country and children’s songs on the new compilation, Frog Trouble, then she gathered several country and rock stars to record them. Among the singers on the album are Allison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Fountains of Wayne and Linda Eder. You can download free, legal mp3s of the tracks “Heartache Song” by Kacey Musgraves, “When Pigs Fly” by Ryan Adams and “Broken Piano” by Ben Folds at Noisetrade and buy the entire album at Amazon.

Frog Trouble 3-Song Sampler (mp3 download page)

Buy Album @ Amazon

Richard Swift: The Atlantic Ocean

Guest Post By: Brendan

I have been spending a lot of time with Richard Swift’s The Atlantic Ocean this week. I sought him out having noticed that his production elements on recent albums from The Mynabirds and Foxygen were a huge part of their appeal. The Atlantic Ocean has a similar retro vibe. There is something comfortable about the production values in his work – this album felt like a place I could go for solace.

Several tracks stand out. “Bat Coma Motown” is a beautiful, smile-inducing song. Here’s the chorus:

I wasn’t wrong, I wasn’t right
You’re thinking it over with an easy mind
Well, if I did you wrong I apologize
But if I had the chance I might do it twice to you now

My favorite track on the album is “Ballad of Old What’s His Name,” which features the catchist hook ever, and somehow combines the guest instrumentalist talents of Ryan Adams, Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon and Pat Sansone of Wilco.

The album concludes awesomely with the Motown-inspired gem “Lady Luck.” You can download the mp3 and watch the video below.

You can stream the album here.

Richard Swift – Lady Luck (mp3)*

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of label


Ryan Adams & The Cardinals: Follow The Lights EP

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals will release their Follow The Lights EP tomorrow, October 23rd. The seven-track EP is a nice companion piece for the Easy Tiger album, with Adams’ signature mellow rock sound.

Follow The Lights features two new songs – the pretty title track and “My Love For You Is Real” – as well as several live in studio performances. The stand out track is the Alice In Chains cover “Down In A Hole”, in which Adams really lets his voice go. I’m still waiting for him to record a rap/soul/heavy metal covers album.

Ryan Adams – Follow The Lights (audio stream)

Ryan Adams Official Site
Ryan on MySpace
Pre-order the EP
Buy Ryan Adams Mp3s