Quips and summaries from experiencing and appreciating music in a city that is as foreign and familiar as they come - New York. So here is to music anywhere and everywhere. Starting from concert one on week one after the move in 2009.

Monday, December 28, 2009

What I Eat For Dinner, Mostly

With all of the 'Best Of' lists circulating around not only because it is the end of the year but the end of a decade, a pretty rocky one at that, I thought I would give you my very personal list. My criteria for judging each song had nothing to do with what Spin, Rolling Stone, Billboard, friends nor any other source said. I did not look at albums sold, concert tour earnings, or award winners (although I did enjoy going to the MTV Woodie Awards). I simply reviewed my lala.com collection and sorted by sheer number of times I played the song, and picked the top 25.
This is certainly not scientific - I have a large iTunes collection, listen to NPR music and woxy.com, and have a stocked iPod that were not consulted. I also had a slight bias towards keeping a few songs from albums that came out this year over a few older, more played classics; however you will see pre-2009 dates below that I could not bear to remove. Finally, as my last defense, several of these songs come from my 'she goes' playlist that is my favorite chill mix that I play late at night when I am working, writing, a little drunk or in need of comforting background music; it only makes sense that my relaxed mood music finally gets the praise it deserves.
I may very likely follow suit and follow this posting up with another one listing my top songs or albums of 2009, of the decade or go negative with my most hated songs. However, I decided to first give you a more intimate look into my music collection. I feel exposed, and maybe even a little embarrassed, or is that vulnerability? I suppose that is the feeling that anyone gets when sharing their preferences although, music is the throne for personal preference.
Enough of my rant, enjoy! The playlist is free to listen to, at least until Apple decides what to do with their new purchase - lala.com.
KEY: (Song, Artist, Year the album was released, Number of plays I have for the song)
1. Glass, Concrete and Stone, David Byrne - 2004 - 66 plays
2. The House She Lived In, The Veils - 2009 - 51 plays
3. Two, Ryan Adams - 2006 - 46 plays
4. Tightrope, Yeasayer - 2009 - 41 plays
5. Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine - 2009 - 40 plays
6. Jacksonville Skyline, Whiskeytown - 2001 - 39 plays
7. Growing Up Beside You, Paolo Nutini - 2009 - 37 plays
8. Sit Down By The Fire, The Veils - 2009 - 34 plays
9. Sunlight, Harlem Shakes - 2009 - 35 plays
10. Goin' To Acapulco, Jim James, Calexico - 2007 - 33 plays
11. Goods, Mates of State - 2004 - 28 plays
12. Paranoia in B Major, The Avett Brothers - 2007 - 27 plays
13. Skinny Love, Bon Iver - 2008 - 27 plays
14. Whispered Words (Pretty Lies), Dan Auerbach - 2009 - 26 plays
15. Burial, Miike Snow - 2009 - 25 plays
16. Eet, Regina Spektor - 2009 - 23 plays
17. My Girls, Animal Collective - 2009 - 21 plays
18. Boulder to Birmingham, Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler (Live) - 2006 - 21 plays
19. Hysteric, Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2009 - 21 plays
20. Winds Of Change, Fitz and The Tantrums - 2009 - 21 plays
21. Lalita, The Love Language - 2009 - 21 plays
22. Daylight, Matt & Kim - 2009 - 19 plays
23. The Giant of Illinois - 2009 - 18 plays
24. Intro, The xx - 2009 - 14 plays
25. Little Secrets, Passion Pit - 2009 - 11 plays
There are some really great albums expected to come out in 2010, stay tuned!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rob Drabkin

On Monday, November 30th I had the opportunity to see an old friend from high school take the stage at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Rob is currently on tour opening for Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam; a very talented guitarist from the tiny Isle of Man (I had to look it up, note how funky their flag is when you look it up too).
Back in high school Rob was our school's resident guitar virtuoso so it makes sense that he is working to become a successful musician. He is getting popular in our hometown of Denver and after this tour, his first national tour, I expect great things from him.
What was surprising about his show is how strong and clear his voice was; surprising because he never sang in high school and if you read his bio on his web page (below) he only recently decided to incorporate singing with his guitar playing. I was also impressed by how well constructed the lyrics of his songs are, they are fun to listen to but always have a much deeper meaning.
You can get his CD on iTunes or through his web site: http://www.robdrabkin.com
A few good reviews of Rob:
"The surprise of the night was the middle act, Denvers Rob Drabkin. Taking the stage armed with an acoustic guitar, a djembe (small acoustic drum) player and an afro that would have made a Will It Go Round In Circles-era Billy Preston proud, Drabkin lit into the first of many short stories told with guitar and drum....His intricate finger picking method and character driven songs got our attention. With a voice and song structure not too far from Dave Matthews, just this side of Jack Johnson, Drabkin won me over... By the end of his set, I was a fan, bringing his cd home for closer inspection." - A.J. Crandall, KINK FM Radio. Show Review Oct 6th, 2008.
"Rob Drabkin somewhat mirrors Jack Johnson. Not so much in a musical way, but in a singer/songwriter way that will shoot him from MySpace to MTV faster than he can cut his distinctive hair. People were obsessing about Jack Johnson in 1997 when he appeared on Napster and now, almost 10 years later, his name is as common as a hipster drinking a PBR and riding a Vespa. If he keeps this up, he will shoot out of the local scene faster than The Fray" --The Colorado Daily.