I originally posted one of these playlists at mid-year, but it’s been a huge year for new music, so it was time to update the playlist. Now, I don’t know how you felt about 2014, but for me, it was probably the best year of the decade so far for music.
When I put together playlists, or just lists of songs, I don’t normally take the time to rank them. This time around, I had some pretty strong opinions, so at least the top 10 songs here are in the order that I think they deserve to be. I also tried to limit my choices to only one song per artist. Would some of these artists have had more than one song on this list otherwise? It’s definitely a possibility.
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.
Spoon formed in the early 90’s, and has steadily become more popular over the last 15 years. I first discovered their music around 2002, but even then, I only checked out a couple of their songs. It wasn’t until maybe 4-5 years later that I realized how much I loved their sound, probably around the time the film Stranger Than Fiction was released, which featured music by Spoon. Much of the film’s score was taken directly from some of their most popular songs (“That’s The Way We Get By”, “I Turn My Camera On”).
This week, Spoon will release They Want My Soul, their 8th studio album. Even though the band formed over 20 years ago (1993 in Austin, Texas), they received the most exposure in the mid-to-late 2000’s, getting more popular with each album release. The first song I ever heard was “All The Pretty Girls Go To The City” from their 2002 release Kill The Moonlight, and actually played it on the radio show I used to host back then. A few years later, I started discovering more of their music, and they’ve become one of my favorite bands of all time.