Music To Get You Through The Trump Years…

Hi all,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I felt inspired to share a playlist I procured. The last couple of years and particularly the last few weeks have been terrible for our country, future, the world, and our sanity. With all the disgusting things being done now by the Trump administration and some of his uniformed and bigoted supporters and how far it has and will continue to set us back, I find myself more hopeless and angry than ever. When I feel like I’ve reached a breaking point, I’ve been listening to a playlist I created called “Revolution” which is exactly what we need! We have tried and are still trying peaceful revolution via protests and political discussions via social media and in person, but it doesn’t seem to have gotten us anywhere. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” (JFK). You can save and listen to this playlist whenever you want by clicking “Follow” at the top of the playlist in Spotify. The playlist is embedded at the bottom of this article.

There are songs on this playlist that address the Democratic Primary and the rigging, cheating, and sandbagging of Bernie Sanders. Thanks a lot Hillary, DNC, and the media for screwing us of the only decent person to run for President in 2016 and probably since the 50s or 60s! Bernie would have won! The opening song “Disco Inferno” is a direct deference to Bernie, as it became an unofficial anthem for his campaign and is a fun note to start such a dark and angry playlist on. Bern baby Bern! There are songs that directly address Trump and his Facist mentality. There are songs that address the government at large and how we got to where we are. Many of these songs express the anger that is stirring and that we will need to harness to overthrow the current regime and shape a better future than we have had for the past 30-40 years. There are songs about our dying planet. There are protest songs. There are songs about the militarism of the Police. There are songs about race. Black Lives Matter! The only song missing from the playlist is Prince’s Black Lives Matter protest song “Baltimore” since his music is unavailable on Spotify. If you want the full experience you can insert that song after Bruce Springsteen and before Pussy Riot. There are also songs about income inequality. And  toward the latter half of the album, there are songs of hope and love, which is just what we need. Obama was a good step further and he made some good changes, which are now being undone, but he never went far enough. He wasn’t allowed to because he was still owned by Wall Street and Corporations like almost every other politician. He answered to them ultimately. Not us. We need a real Progressive in office who doesn’t take money from Wall Street or Corporations, who can’t be bought, and whose only concern is the betterment of life for the poor and middle class of this country. Like Bernie! Bernie and/or Tulsi Gabbard 2020! We shall overcome…someday, but until then, I hope this playlist is cathartic and helps you push through the dark times we are living in. Power to the people! Viva la revolucion!

Follow Me On Spotify!!!

Spotify is an amazing music subscription service that puts millions and millions of songs at your finger tips, instantly. It’s like Pandora Radio, but better because you can choose exactly what you want to listen to (artist, album, song) and not be forced to listen to what Pandora thinks you want to listen to, but if that’s what you want, Spotify also has their own Pandora style radio stations as well.

I’ve used it basically since it first became available in North America, back in July 2011. It started in Europe first and was such a huge success there, it’s now spreading worldwide. It’s also a great place to share music and playlists with your friends. Recently, they have also added really cool music apps that help make the music listening experience even cooler. There is a Rolling Stone app, a Billboard app, a last.fm app and a bunch of other really cool and useful apps.

I’ve explained how exactly the service works, from the free to paid options in a previous post, so I wont bore you with those details again. If you would like to learn more, you can read the previous blog post at the link below:

https://volume11blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/try-spotify/

Or you can go to:

http://www.spotify.com

Anyway, on to the purpose of this post. Join Spotify if you already haven’t and enjoy the expansive universe of music available. If you have already joined and/or when you do, follow my Spotify account and check out what I’m listening to and take a listen to one of my MANY playlists. Hey, you never know I may even start doing special Volume 11 playlist just for you guys.

Keep in mind one of the flaws with Spotify is how it tracks your listsens. It puts up a list of your most listened to artists, albums and songs, but it can be very inaccurate. Right now it says my most listened to artist is currently Common, but I’ve been listening to far more Phil Collins, Matchbox Twenty and Grateful Dead, as of late. Also whatever music you actually own and is loaded into your computer, will automatically be loaded in to your Spotify library, but since artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin aren’t on Spotify they and other non-Spotify artists won’t be tracked, even if your listening to your own Beatles CD’s through Spotify. Otherwise you would see The Beatles and Pink Floyd on top of my listens list a lot. Anyway, follow my Spotify account by clicking the link below and then clicking Add To Favorites when you get to my account. Once you are following me, message me, so I can follow you back. We can start a great little community.:

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Song Of The Day: 4/19/12 (Eyes Wide Open)

Today’s song of the day is “Eyes Wide Open” by Gotye from his album “Making Mirrors”, which is a magnificent album and so different. I’ve been listening to it a ton on Spotfy, since February, but I never actually owned it, however I always like to own physical copies of all of my favorite albums and this is definitely my favorite, so far this year. I track all of my music listens with last.fm and “Making Mirrors is my most listened to album, so far this year.  His single “Somebody That I Used To Know” has complete blown up. I’m actually quite surprised that something so out of left field is getting so much mainstream attention. But I can’t complain. It’s great to see real, good music getting so much attention. Today I was at Best Buy with one of my best friends and he ended up buying me “Making Mirrors” as a Birthday gift. It’s a great addition to my CD collection. Do any of you guys own the CD? What do you think of it?

 

Song Of The Day: 4/12/12 (That’s All)

Every now and then I come across musical synchronicities. The most recent involved Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel. I’ve been thinking it was time to dig into Genesis’ and Phil Collins’ music catalouges. I’ve also been hearing a lot about Peter Gabriel lately. First I started seeing ads for him and a live performance he was doing, online. I also recently checked out a collaboration he did with Kate Bush, who I love, on Youtube, the song “Don’t Give Up”.  Then my boss mentioned that Gotye sounded kind of like Peter Gabriel. And finally a contestant on The Voice sang the Peter Gabriel song, “In Your Eyes” the other night, which my fiancee actually thought was a Phil Collins song, originally. Then today I asked my boss (a huge music fan) if he had any Peter Gabriel CDs I could borrow, because Spotify didn’t have any of his music and I wanted to try getting into him after I worked though some of Genisis’ catalogue of music.

Little did I know throughout all of this that Peter Gabriel was the original lead singer of Genesis before Phil Collins took over for him in 1975. I just happened to be hearing a lot about Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel lately, in completely unrelated ways. I knew Phil Collins was the lead singer of Genesis, but never knew that he was preceded by Peter Gabriel. I found this out while I was listening to Genesis today and was doing a little research on them with Wikipedia. I like to know at least a little about as many artists as possible. It’s just so crazy how all of this was connected and I had no idea, but came upon all of it simultaneously. It’s funny because one of the last musical synchronicities I experienced, involved Kate Bush, who is also indirectly connected to this Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel synchronicity. Double synchronicity!!! Anyway, this brings me to today’s song of the day, “That’s All” by Genesis. This is one of their most popular songs. I heard it on the radio the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. That’s all.

Song Of The Day: 3/10/12 (Ironic)

Every once in a while, for whatever reason, old songs/artists that you haven’t heard from in a long time, reemerge out of the blue and all of a sudden you start hearing them and seeing them wherever you go. I’ve been hearing Alanis Morissette songs on the radio a lot lately and oddly enough soon after that she became a guest vocal coach on the hit singing TV show, The Voice. Isn’t that ironic? Don’t you think? In particular, I’ve been hearing her song “Ironic” from her Grammy for Album of the Year winning album, “Jagged Little Pill”. Which I also ironically enough listened to in the last month (before I started hearing her on the radio again and before she ever popped up on The Voice) because I was building up to last months Grammy Awards by listened to every Grammy winning album for Album of the Year, save a few that I couldn’t get via Spotify and/or didn’t own myself. A little toooooo ironic. Yeah, I really do think. So today’s song of the day is, what do you know, Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”.

last.fm’s Best Of 2011

About a month back I found this on last.fm. For those of you who don’t know, last.fm is a website that tracks all the websites subscriber’s music listens across all different music listening services and programs, such as iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. At the end of 2011 they tallied up all the listeners and put together a year end list of the most listened to artists and a year in music chart to display the music listening trends of it’s listeners. The data held within the last.fm universe gives us a great look into what people are actually listening to. In the Artist’s tab you can even play around with the settings and see the music listening habits by location and/or by music genre. Try it out at the links below and see what you think of the list. Anyone you would have thought would have or wouldn’t have been on here or anyone you think deserved to be on here and isn’t or didn’t deserve to be on here? Let us know.

http://www.last.fm/bestof/2011/yearinmusic

http://www.last.fm/bestof/2011/artists

Song Of The Day: 2/19/12 (Just Like That)

I had A LOT of trouble deciding what to make today’s song of the day. Originally I was gonna post a Gnarls Barkley song and ended up surfing Youtube for Pussycat Dolls songs because Cee-Lo wrote and sings background vocals in their hit song, “Dont Cha” and the video suggester in Youtube lead me to that, from Gnarls Barkley, which then led me to listen to the will.i.am produced and featured track “Beep” also by the Pussycat Dolls, which led me to Spotify to listen to one more Pussycat Dolls song. Yea, I know, it’s pretty shameful how much Pussycat Dolls I just listened too, but I always say, I listen to EVERYTHING. Then I was going to post a Whitney Houston song, because I realized that with my Grammy series of songs of the day last week, I never got a chance to do that, but then I got worried that maybe it might be overkill with all the news and radio play she’s gotten in the last week. Although it’s all deserving. Now I’m thinking I should share my favorite song by her. You know what? I’ll do that tomrrow. But with all the confusion over what song to share today, I just said screw it, I’m gonna share one of my own songs. I recorded this song “Just Like That” about 5 years ago when I used to rap. I rapped it over a Chromeo instrumental track. My Rap name was DanMar and this is the last song I ever recorded. Although I’m working on getting back on my musical path and learning to play guitar and make my own music, not really rap anymore, but write and sing my own songs. This is one of my favorites of mine and one of my most fun and upbeat songs. What do you guys think it?

 

Song Of The Day: 2/8/12 (Peter Gunn)

I recently made a playlist in Spotify of all of the Grammy winners for Album of the Year, from the very first to the most recent. There are however a handful missing from the playlist because I don’t own them and they aren’t available on Spotify (e.g. John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy”). Today I started listening to the playlist in anticipation of this Sunday’s 54th Grammy Awards. I started with the first album to ever win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1959, Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”, which is a soundtrack to the television series of the same name. I recognized the title track, which is today’s song of the day, but had never heard the full album. I very thoroughly enjoyed the album and plan on going out to buy it soon. I liked it that much. I see why it won. Over the next 4 days I will be sharing songs from 4 more Album of the Year winners as well, but today belongs too Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”.

Song Of The Day: 1/18/12 (#4. Kate Bush) (Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God))

The #4 artist of my top 7 artists/groups, and the only woman on the list is Kate Bush. Kate Bush isn’t for everyone and I won’t pretend that she is, but she should be. She makes such moving, beautiful music. I’ve only been listening to her music for about 4 months, but I fell hard and fast for her. In that time, I’ve listened to her songs about 700 times according to last.fm (a website that tracks your music listens through Spotify, iTunes and your MP3 player/mobile device). I started listening to her because Big Boi from OutKast mentioned on many occasions how she was one of HIS very favorite artists and biggest influences. Back in 2006, shortly after her album “Ariel” came out, I tried listening to her because Big Boi, who is one of MY favorite artists and biggest influences, said she was so great and I took his reference seriously. I tried listening to her, but I wasn’t ready yet. Her music just didn’t click with me at that time. Five years passed and Big Boi started talking about her in interviews again and she also came out with 2 albums (Director’s Cut & 50 Words For Snow) in that year (2011). So I gave her another shot and boy am I glad I did because she is simply amazing. A genius!!! My fiance who didn’t like her at first and couldn’t stand when I played her, over the past few months, is even starting to kind of like her, which makes me happy because Kate Bush makes such GREAT music and it should be shared and enjoyed by all. She is bigger internationally than in America and even still, not as widely known as someone else of her musical stature, probably because of her complete uniqueness that a lot of people just don’t get. Real music lovers and artists understand her and love her. She is an artist’s, artist.  She has inspired many female artists as well as male artists in the last 30 years and will continue to as long as her music is listened to by open minds and refined ears. So share and enjoy one of her biggest hit songs, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” from her most popular and successful albums “Hounds Of Love”.

What’s New In Music?

Boy, oh boy, it seems like it has been so slow the last couple months, when it comes to music. It’s actually made it quite hard for me to come up with material to write about. It feels like there has been barely any noteworthy albums that have come out since mid November. But actually there has been a bunch of pretty good albums. Kate Bush’s “50 Words For Snow” was great, as usual. I mentioned in my top ten albums of the year post last week, naming it number 1. There were a couple good releases in December, worth listening to, with albums like “Red” by Dia Frampton and “The Dreamer/The Believer” by Common. Also Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa released a soundtrack album to their upcoming film, a “black” Cheech and Chong take off “Mac and Devin Go To High School” and is better than I’d though it would be. Lot’s of catchy song’s about pot smoking, but what would you expect from Snoop in a Cheech and Chong style film’s soundtrack?

Come to think of it Rap has has had a few good months, recently, which Hip-Hop desperately needed, because Hip-Hop has been, well, dead for years now. Some really good, new Rap albums I’ve been listening to include Eminem’s new protege Yelawolf’s debut “Radioactive”. Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover from the TV show, Community, who you’ve NEVER heard like this before, released a killer debut album called “Camp”. Idle Warship’s is a genre bending Hip-Hop group consisting of Talib Kweli and female singer, Res, who released their debut album, “Habits Of The Heart” back in mid October on Spotify before it even hit the store shelves, to create a buzz. It seems like all the good, new music is coming from new acts and a lot from Rap for a change. This is what Rock needs. Rock has had really no major albums come out in recent memory and all the Rock radio stations are switching format away from Rock. Rock really needs a renaissance. If Rap can do it, so can Rock. The Black Keys new album, “El Camino” is really good and they have been getting quite a bit of attention and are even on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone. Foster The People are another Rock band that have been holding it down on the pop radio waves with their surprise, smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album “Torches”.

I began writing this blog post as a question of what to do when there is not much good music coming out, but in the end, I realized that there is quite a bit of pretty decent music out right now. However the questions remains the same, what to do in times, when you thirst for something new for your ears to feast on and there really isn’t anything catching you ears? What I do is go back and listen to old artists that I’ve always wanted to, but never got into and start to dig through their catalouges. While it might not be “new” music, it’s new to me. So, I’ve been listening to the above mentioned albums and some “old” music by Kate Bush, The Allman Brothers and some other older artists. I should note that just because there may not be any major releases out doesn’t mean there is nothing good out. It just takes a bit more digging to find something new and fresh. What do you recommend I listen to right now? Have you heard anything new and interesting? Anything oldy, but goody?

These are some of the albums I’ve been listening to that you all should check out. There’s a little something here for everyone.: