When I started this weekly playlist, my goal was to get good music out there where people would actually listen to it. Now, I don’t know if people are actually listening, but we do get a decent amount of traffic and some of my playlists have subscribers, so at least it’s some kind of a success so far. A few years back I hosted an online radio show called In The Mix. My opening line to every show was always “open your ears and open your MIND” because that’s exactly what I wanted people to do. I was playing mostly new music (like I usually put together here) and mostly music of a certain genre but occasionally I’d throw in other things that people may not THINK they would like, but I hoped they would listen to it anyway.
This week’s edition of The Weekly Dose is one that might not interest those who are mostly into new music, and indie rock, as this is the first real “flashback” edition, with an older artist, but I’m hoping you’ll still give it a listen and love it as much as I do.
I always think of Tune-Yards as the female equivalent to comedian Reggie Watts, and the music he makes. Lead singer Merrill Garbus is essentially a one-woman band, or at least that’s how she started out, creating music out of sound loops and layering instruments and vocals on top of each other until the perfect song emerges. “Sunlight” was the first Tune-Yards song I heard back in ’09 or ’10, and it instantly became one of my favorite songs. In 2011, Tune-Yards released the album W H O K I L L which gave her more exposure, on Sirius radio and online. I also got to see her perform at Coachella that year, which was easily one of my favorite Coachella performances ever.
Now Merrill is back with the brand new song “Water Fountain”, the first track from the upcoming album Nikki Nack which will be released in May. In addition, you can currently get some extra goodies if you pre-order the album from her website. I already ordered the vinyl, which comes with a CD version of the album, and extra items for the first 100, 200 and 2,000 people who order the album there. Continue reading →
Later today, I will begin my alphabetical countdown of my 100 favorite songs of the last ten years (2000-2009), one each weekday, until I get through all of them. But, before that starts, I took some time to sit down and compile my 25 favorite songs of 2009. This was one of the best years for music in recent memory. What was different for me this year, compared to most, is that normally I have a lot of favorite albums… CD’s that I listen to all year, all the way through. This year, I have only a few albums that I enjoyed from beginning to end. So few that I may not even be able to rank them properly, but this was an amazing year for individual songs.