Record Store Day is one of the most wonderful times of the year for music fans – it’s a time to line up outside your favorite store and hope you’ll get to pounce on all the limited releases and deluxe editions the retailers are sent. I’ve had some remarkable Record Store Days, from the time I got a black eye in competition for a Dave Matthews Band release (I wish I was kidding) to the time I got my favorite Hold Steady record on vinyl. It’s a day that’s always been close to my heart because in college I got to sit in on a few roundtables about planning the next year’s national event, which was really cool. The 2017 edition is this Saturday, so download your list, get ready to line up, head to the store, and be sure to check out the bands that are playing! These are the bands with releases this year I’m excited to check out. If you have a minute before diving in to the jams, please take my reader survey!
Mayer Hawthorne, Someone Like You
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: Hope the High Road
Sunny Day Real Estate: Rain Song
Goo Goo Dolls, ‘Cuz You’re Gone
Are you a vinyl fan? What releases are you excited for this year?
The end of the year always means it’s time for those year end “best of” lists – best albums of 2015, hottest singles, best movies, etc. To be honest, when I sat down to consider what a Best Albums of 2015 list would look like for me, it all felt obvious. Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, sure. Craig Finn and Doomtree, of course. But beyond that, I felt stuck – not to mention it can take me a bit longer to finally get around to listening to a new record once it does come out. Rather than another post of albums of the year (you can check out the 2014 post, if you like), I thought I’d do something a bit more personal here and recap my favorite concerts of 2015! A few I blogged about, many I Instagrammed, and a few saw me unable to put my phone down to stop Snapchatting – let’s revisit!
One of the truths I’ve discovered is that in Nashville, you can truly see live music anywhere – even at a barber shop. In November, Cory Branan played a (not-so) secret show at Scout Barbershop as part of Cause a Scene. It’s no secret that he’s my favorite active musician, and I’ve only missed one of his shows since moving to town. At this point, he always knows the tall blonde girl in the crowd, and I had jokingly tweeted him the day before that I was preparing his set list (he doesn’t write them out, so I’m always shouting out songs at him.) This time, my year of following him paid off: I constantly ask to hear one specific old song that can really mess up his guitar, and he closed his set with it for me. One of the best nights of music I’ve been to in town.
Happy Tuesday! I’ve seen a lot of people lately looking for new music to get them pumped up on runs or in the gym, so I thought I’d make a playlist and share some songs to mix up your playlist. My music tastes vary widely (as you’ll see,) so there is literally something for everyone on this playlist.
Lea Michele, “Louder” I just wanna hear your voice, don’t be afraid, why don’t you scream a little louder?
Jason Isbell, “Grown” you took my little hand and took me to your room, you taught me how to want something so I learned how to move.
Neon Trees, “Sleeping With A Friend” all my friends, stay up past midnight looking for the thing to fill the void. I don’t go out much like I used to, something ’bout the strangers and the noise
Scott Woodlee & Postmodern Jukebox, “Timber” It’s going down, I’m yelling timber, you better move, you better dance. Let’s make a night you won’t remember, I’ll be the one you won’t forget
The Hold Steady, “Runner’s High” Man I’m so tired of running.