Musically Speaking: A Whole Lot of the Same, But Different

I’ve had a good run of music over the last 2 months – I’ve found some really cool new stuff and enjoyed some old favorites once again. I usually won’t listen to the same stuff repeatedly, but lately Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ latest album, “This is Somewhere” has been really a stalwart on my iTunes playlist. Definitely worth a listen if not a buy if you like strong blues-influenced rock.

Top 15 Songs

  1. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, This is Somewhere“Big White Gate” , “Stop the Bus”  and “Mastermind”
  2. Morningside” – Sara Bareilles, Little Voice
  3. “American Folk Song” – Warren Sroka, American Dreams Soundtrack
  4. Mr. Columbus” – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, This is Somewhere
  5. Love on the Rocks” – Sara Bareilles, Little Voice
  6. “Jesse James” – Bruce Springsteen, Live in Dublin (CD 1)
  7. “The Mountains Win Again (Live)” – Blues Traveler, Travelers & Thieves: On Tour Forever
  8. “Late Morning Lullaby” – Brandi Carlisle, The Story
  9. “The Story” – Brandi Carlisle, The Story
  10. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day, Bullet in a Bible
  11. “Falling or Flying” – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, This is Somewhere
  12. “Sola” – Insite, Sola (Single)
  13. “Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin, Greatest Hits
  14. “Watch Me Walk” – Keri Noble, Let Go
  15. “Die In My Bones” – The Barrel House Mamas, gathering

Top 5 Albums

  1. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, This is Somewhere Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - This Is Somewhere
  2. Bruce Springsteen, Live in Dublin Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band - Live In Dublin
  3. Sara Bareilles, Little Voice Sara Bareilles - Little Voice
  4. Brandi Carlisle, The Story Brandi Carlile - The Story
  5. Janis Joplin, Greatest Hits Janis Joplin - Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

New Discoveries

  • The Barrel House Mamas – My boss’ daughter’s band, it’s very folk-oriented but good music.
  • Tin Bird Choir – My buddy Matt turned me on to this band, led by his friends Eric and Heather Hurlock. A local band, they are getting quite a bit of notice, even getting to play in the Philly Folk Festival this summer.
  • Eddie Vedder, Into the Wild – Great music from the movie: Vedder uses a more laid-back folky style but with his traditional edge. Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild (Music for the Motion Picture) [Deluxe Version]
  • Jack Johnson, Sleep Through the Static
  • Tina Dico, Far

Old Classics Returned

  • AC/DC, Back in Black and Fly On the Wall – For some reason, I’ve been on an older AC/DC kick – not just the typical stuff, but good bluesy heavy metal tunes like “Whole Lotta Rosie” and rockers like “For Those About to Rock”.
  • Janis Joplin, Greatest Hits – We should never forget one of the best vocal performers in classic rock. Every time I hear her, I get chills.
  • Everlast, White Trash Beautiful – I go through spurts with this album. There’s some really good, powerful songs here, although “Saving Grace” is still my favorite tune (but it’s not on this album).

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