Lots of great new music this year. Here are 13 of my favorite songs of the year along with some brief commentary. Hope you enjoy it!
"Most People" by Dawes: I love this band from Los Angeles. They put out their new album Stories Don’t End in early 2013, and I actually had a really hard time picking a favorite song for the playlist. Great album.
"The Man Who Wants You" by Amos Lee: One of the great voices in music today. New album is worth a listen if you like this style.
"Shake" by The Head and The Heart: Unique sound from this band. I loved the last album, and this new one has some good tracks, too, especially this song.
"Gangsta Girl" by Michael Franti: Go ahead…try not to dance.
"Like You Mean It" by The California Honeydrops: It was a big year for the throwback big band sound, and these guys nailed it with their new album, including this title track.
"Walt Whitman" by Trampled By Turtles: Technically released in 2012, but this is the studio version of the best live performance I saw all year, so it makes the list on that basis.
"You Make It Easy" by Brett Dennen: If you like Brett Dennen, then you’ll love the new album Smoke and Mirrors.
"No Place for My Dream" by Femi Kuti: Nigerian musician Femi Kuti makes my list for the second year in a row. Great song: African music with lyrics that ring true worldwide.
"Lost in the Light" by Bahamas: My wife turned me on to this Canadian band over the summer. When was the last time you heard a rock band that prominently featured backup singers? Really cool.
"No Matter Where I Am" by Jesse Dee: More throwback big band sound. This Boston kid has an incredible voice.
"Ones and Zeros" by Jack Johnson: New stuff from an old favorite.
"Grace for Saints and Ramblers" by Iron & Wine: The new album is much more upbeat than what I’m used to hearing from Iron & Wine. Check it out.
"The Clearness Is Gone" by The Avett Brothers: I was reaching for my guitar the very first time I heard this song. This is, hands down, my favorite song of the year.
Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year!