Coble’s 2013 Top Albums List

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Coble’s Top Albums of 2013:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience part 1

In all seriousness, Justin Timberlake wins 2013. When this album first came out, it took a couple of listens before it sunk in. Life was empty without a song about courting in space (only he could make a song about that sexy) but now I can’t go back– no I won’t go back to a world without it. Everyone in our house loves it and it is the go-to music when we don’t know what to listen to. Whether it’s my speakers, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, my heart etc; I bow in front of the king, JT.

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Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal

This album is so rich and fulfilling. I discovered it in the spring and truly haven’t been able to wear it out. Harmonies are my weakness and so is catchy folk music, apparently. It’s been a theme this year for me.

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The Lumineers

Again with the catchy folk music. Jeremiah Fraites voice is young and vulnerable and perfect for this Americana sound. “Ho Hey” sucked me in and I haven’t left. It’s reminiscent of Cold War Kids in all the best ways.

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Bastille – Bad Blood

Everything is Bastille and nothing hurts.

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Fall Out Boy – Save Rock n’ Roll

This is the best comeback album of the decade so far, I will fight anyone who argues (with this album as a soundtrack, and I will win). Perhaps my opinions are blurred by nearly ten years of strong appreciation for this band, but I have no apologies for it.

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Note: Arcade Fire has a special place in my heart but I regret that this year’s album has not yet spoken to me.

Newport Folk Festival: Free Streams & Mp3s

By: Brendan

NPR Music recently posted several concerts from the Newport Folk Festival, some of which are available as downloadable MP3s. Here are my favorites…

The Lumineers

JD McPherson

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Shovels & Rope

Iris Dement

Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt

The Mountain Goats

The Lumineers: Talking Heads Cover

“Na├»ve Melody (This Must Be The Place)” is one of my favorite Talking Heads songs, so I always enjoy hearing other artists cover it. I was especially excited to hear the new cover by The Lumineers, since I loved their self-titled debut so much. The cover is one of four previously unreleased tracks featured on the upcoming “Deluxe Edition” of their album – I really hate the “Deluxe” edition gimmick…just record a new album already! A great song covered by a great band should be great, no? Sadly, it’s a bit of a disappointment. It’s by no means bad, it is The Lumineers after all. But this particularly cover is lackluster compared to the Talking Heads’ quirky original or Shawn Colvin’s heartfelt cover (which remains the definitive version for me). You can stream The Lumineers’ cover below. If you like it, I highly recommend you check out Talking Heads original and Shawn Colvin’s cover (better yet, get Shawn’s entire Cover Girl album).

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The Lumineers: Free Live Mp3!

Guest Post By: Brendan

The Grammys broadcast this year was perhaps my favorite of the past decade. The crossover of indie-rock artists to mainstream Top 40 radio is a welcome change. Among my favorite moments of the night was seeing pop luminaries enthusiastically joining in with the chorus to “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. That song is included in this live set from KEXP, recorded in April of last year.