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Music!

2016 was another year.

I added 68 new albums to my library. I attended 37 concerts (or 106 music sets), including hitting up the 5th annual Firefly Music Festival. I also wrote concert reviews for 23 concerts and five days of festivals!

Onwards!

 

Top Albums Listened to in 2016*

  1. ‘Simple Forms’ by The Naked and Famous
  2. ‘Secrets’ by Deep Sea Diver
  3. ‘The Balcony’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  4. ‘Yoncalla’ by Yumi Zouma
  5. ‘Everybody Wants’ by The Struts
  6. ‘White Noise’ by PVRIS
  7. ‘Higher Truth’ by Chris Cornell
  8. ‘Every Open Eye’ by CHVRCHES
  9. ‘Wild Things’ by Ladyhawke
  10. ‘Stay Together’ by Kaiser Chiefs

Honorable mentions: ‘Better Nature’ by Silversun Pickups; ‘Delirium’ by Elle Goulding
*Does not have to have been released in 2016.

 

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2016

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Tuesday. Off to the office.
My brain is functioning like this today.
  1. Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac
  2. Dirty Work – Steely Dan
  3. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  4. King of Pain – The Police
  5. Wasted Time – The Eagles
  6. Shock the Monkey – Peter Gabriel
  7. Go With The Flow – Queens of the Stone Age
  8. Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin
  9. Home – Joe Satriani
  10. South City Midnight Lady – The Doobie Brothers

 

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Less music. That’s the theme of 2014. I did everything less than last year.

It’s still a high volume, but not turned up to 11.

Proceed to some less notable lists.

Lesser stats: I burned 53 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 23 concerts (or 60 music sets). I invaded the 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. I stormed the Concert for Valor in DC.

Enough about me…oh wait, never mind.

Top Albums Listened to in 2014*

  1. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart
  2. ‘AM’ by Arctic Monkeys
  3. ‘My Someday’ by Blondfire
  4. ‘Haerts’ by Haerts
  5. ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  6. ‘Himalayan’ by Band of Skulls
  7. ‘Forcefield’ by Tokyo Police Club
  8. ‘Talking is Hard’ by Walk the Moon
  9. ‘Turn Blue’ by The Black Keys
  10. ‘Spreading Rumors’ by Grouplove

Honorable mention: ‘Beacon’ by Two Door Cinema Club

*Does not have to have been released in 2014.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2014

  1. Firefly Music Festival Day 2 (Dover Downs) – including Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters
  2. Firefly Music Festival Day 3 (Dover Downs) – including Tegan and Sara, MS MR and Grouplove
  3. The Head and the Heart (DAR Constitution Hall)
  4. Tegan and Sara (9:30 Club)
  5. Kaiser Chiefs (9:30 Club)
  6. The Sounds (9:30 Club)
  7. Band of Skulls (9:30 Club)
  8. Kasabian (9:30 Club)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2014 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Homecoming Heroes’ by The Head and the Heart (30)
  2. ‘Ash Tree Lane’ by MS MR
  3. ‘Hurricane’ by MS MR
  4. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  5. ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ by HAIM
  6. ‘Don’t Save Me’ by HAIM
  7. ‘Hearts Like Ours’ by The Naked and Famous
  8. ‘My Number’ by Foals
  9. ‘Hemiplegia’ by Haerts
  10. ‘Coming Home’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  11. ‘Another Story’ by The Head and the Heart
  12. ‘Hot Tonight’ by Tokyo Police Club
  13. ‘Where the Kids Are’ by Blondfire
  14. ‘Alive’ by Empire of the Sun
  15. ‘Are You What You Want to Be?’ by Foster The People
  16. ‘I’m With You’ by Grouplove
  17. ‘Hey I Don’t Know’ by Kongos
  18. ‘I Never Learn’ by Lykke Li
  19. ‘Nuclear Seasons’ by Charli XCX
  20. ‘Wings’ by Haerts
  21. ‘Springtime’ by The Head and the Heart
  22. ‘Weight of Love’ by The Black Keys
  23. ‘Waves’ by Blondfire
  24. ‘Summertime’ by The Head and the Heart
  25. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart (15)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2014

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From June 19-22, I gallivanted around the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware for the 3rd Annual Firefly Music Festival.

This was my second visit to Firefly (see what happened last time). I may say more about it, but for now, here’s a playlist of most of the bands and artists I saw.

  1. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’ by Tegan and Sara
  2. ‘Hash Pipe’ by Weezer
  3. ‘Come With Me Now’ by Kongos
  4. ‘Laredo’ by Band of Horses
  5. ‘All The Days’ by Haerts
  6. ‘Red Hands’ by Walk Off the Earth
  7. ‘Dreaming’ by Smallpools
  8. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  9. ‘Where It’s At’ by Beck
  10. ‘Think of You’ by MS MR
  11. ‘I Believe’ by Basic Vacation
  12. ‘Money Tree’ by Caroline Glaser
  13. ‘I Got’ by Young the Giant
  14. ‘Paris’ by Magic Man
  15. ‘Never Let You Go’ by Third Eye Blind
  16. ‘Harlem’ by New Politics
  17. ‘Twisted Tongue’ by Misterwives
  18. ‘Hell and Back’ by Airborne Toxic Event
  19. ‘Tom Sawyer’ (Rush cover) by Imagine Dragons
  20. ‘All My Life’ by Foo Fighters
  21. ‘Ways To Go’ by Grouplove

 

Encore

  1. ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer

 

Jam on!
Don't stop the music!

Don’t stop the music!

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Music. Makes the people come together.

Continue for a random round-up of a musical year.

Notables: I burned 62 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 28 concerts (or 73 music sets). I invaded the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California. I shot up my 90’s fix by rocking to Soundgarden twice and Pearl Jam.

Top Albums Listened to in 2013*

  1. ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National
  2. ‘Heartthrob’ by Tegan and Sara
  3. ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ by CHVRCHES
  4. ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons
  5. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band of Skulls
  6. ‘Wolf’s Law’ by The Joy Formidable
  7. ‘2nd Law’ by Muse
  8. ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim
  9. ‘Paramore’ by Paramore
  10. ‘Bankrupt’ by Phoenix

Honorable mention: ‘Secondhand Rapture’ by MS MR

*Does not have to have been released in 2013.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2013

  1. Coachella Music and Arts Festival Day 1 (Empire Polo Club) – highlights: Metric and Of Monsters and Men (both of whom I also saw later in the year)
  2. Pearl Jam (Baltimore Arena) – the second time I’ve seen them, last in 1998.
  3. Soundgarden (DAR Constitution Hall) – I saw them twice this year!
  4. Muse (Verizon Center)
  5. The National (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
  6. Metric (Ram’s Head Live)
  7. fun. with Tegan and Sara (Merriweather Post Pavilion)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2013 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Stubborn Love’ by The Lumineers (46)
  2. ‘Amsterdam’ by Imagine Dragons
  3. ‘Closer’ by Tegan and Sara
  4. ‘Underdog’ by Imagine Dragons
  5. ‘Sunset’ by The xx
  6. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band Of Skulls
  7. ‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop
  8. ‘Sea of Love’ by The National
  9. ‘Proof’ by Paramore
  10. ‘Recover’ by CHVRCHES
  11. ‘Anything Could Happen’ by Ellie Goulding
  12. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’ by Tegan and Sara
  13. ‘Drove Me Wild’ by Tegan and Sara
  14. ‘Gun’ by CHVRCHES
  15. ‘Shock To Your System’ by Tegan and Sara
  16. ‘Now I’m All Messed Up’ by Tegan and Sara
  17. ‘Hear Me’ by Imagine Dragons
  18. ‘Heavenfaced’ by The National
  19. ‘I Was A Fool’ by Tegan and Sara
  20. ‘We Got the World’ by Icona Pop
  21. ‘Entertainment’ by Phoenix
  22. ‘Go With The Flow’ by Queens of the Stone Age
  23. ‘Oblivion’ by Grimes
  24. ‘Fixed’ by Stars
  25. ‘Panic Station’ by Muse (17)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2013

  1. ‘Danse Macabre’ by The Faint
  2. ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons
  3. ‘Master of My Make-Believe’ by Santigold
  4. ‘Business Casual’ by Chromeo
  5. ‘Sky Blue Sky’ by Wilco
  6. ‘Away From The World’ by Dave Matthews Band
  7. ‘Shrines’ by Purity Ring
  8. ‘Songbook’ by Chris Cornell
  9. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band of Skulls
  10. ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Bruce Springsteen
  11. ‘Pines’ by A Fine Frenzy
  12. ‘Oceania’ by The Smashing Pumpkins
  13. ‘All You Need’ by Duran Duran
  14. ‘Roses’ by The Cranberries
  15. ‘The Lumineers’ by The Lumineers
  16. ‘Iconic EP’ by Icona Pop
  17. ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’ by Band of Skulls
  18. ‘2nd Law’ by Muse
  19. ‘The Temper Trap’ by The Temper Trap
  20. ‘Halcyon’ by Ellie Goulding
  21. ‘Grow Up and Blow Away’ by Metric
  22. ‘Visions’ by Grimes
  23. ‘Heartthrob’ by Tegan and Sara
  24. ‘Tré’ by Green Day
  25. ‘Lifelines’ by Andrea Corr
  26. ‘Youth Novels’ by Lykke Li
  27. ‘Comedown Machine’ by The Strokes
  28. ‘The North’ by Stars
  29. ‘Mosquito’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  30. ‘Bankrupt’ by Phoenix
  31. ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National
  32. ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ by Vampire Weekend
  33. ‘Once Upon Another Time EP’ by Sara Bareilles
  34. ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ by Paper Route
  35. ‘Random Access Memories’ by Daft Punk
  36. ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ by Alice In Chains
  37. ‘Give You The Ghost’  by Polica
  38. ‘The National’ by The National
  39. ‘Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers’ by The National
  40. ‘A Ghost is Born’ by Wilco
  41. ‘The Five Ghosts’ by Stars
  42. ‘Songs for the Deaf’ by Queens of the Stone Age
  43. ‘Cedar + Gold’ by Tristan Prettyman
  44. ‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles
  45. ‘Revolver’ by The Beatles
  46. ‘Girl Who Got Away’ by Dido
  47. ‘People, Hell and Angels’ by Jimi Hendrix
  48. ‘Wolf’s Law’ by The Joy Formidable
  49. ‘Delta Machine’ by Depeche Mode
  50. ‘The Blessed Unrest’ by Sara Bareilles
  51. ‘Paramore’ by Paramore
  52. ‘Nocturnes’ by Little Boots
  53. ‘Tales of Us’ by Goldfrapp
  54. ‘Gravity the Seducer’ by Ladytron
  55. ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ by CHVRCHES
  56. ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions’ by Franz Ferdinand
  57. ‘Reading, Writing & Arithmetic’ by The Sundays
  58. ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim
  59. ‘Secondhand Rapture’ by MS MR
  60. ‘Bitter Rivals’ by Sleigh Bells
  61. ‘In Rolling Waves’ by The Naked and Famous
  62. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart

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In honor of my recent trip to Indio, California for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, here is a random playlist from many of the bands and artists I saw.

Coachella Playlist

  1. Nobody Told Me – Vintage Trouble
  2. Last of the Summer Wine – Palma Violets
  3. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  4. Sick Muse – Metric
  5. She Will – Savages
  6. Lay Your Cards Out – Poliçia
  7. Laredo – Band of Horses
  8. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
  9. Don’t Tear Us Apart – Dropkick Murphy’s
  10. Over and Over – Hot Chip
  11. Gone Daddy Gone – Violent Femmes
  12. No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
  13. Love Spreads – The Stone Roses
  14. There’s No Other Way – blur
  15. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
  16. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
  17. Enola Gay – OMD
  18. Elephant – Tame Impala
  19. Fixed – Stars
  20. Walcott – Vampire Weekend

Encore

  1. 1901 – Phoenix

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We all survived the Mayan end of days relatively unscathed. I didn’t sit on my laurels waiting for the fiery end, I rocked all year. This is my music story for 2012 and I’m sticking to it.

I added 50 new albums to my library. I attended 26 concerts (or more specifically 61 music sets). I went to the first annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. I listened to music while running. While hiking. And everywhere in between. Enough small talk.

Top Albums Listened to in 2012*

  1. ‘My Head Is An Animal’ by Of Monsters And Men
  2. ‘Synthetica’ by Metric
  3. ‘Electra Heart’ by Marina and the Diamonds
  4. ‘III’ by Shiny Toy Guns
  5. ‘Human Again’ by Inrid Michaelson
  6. ‘Walk The Moon’ by Walk The Moon
  7. ‘Passive Me, Aggresive You’ by The Naked and Famous
  8. ‘Bodyparts’ by Dragonette
  9. ‘King Animal’ by Soundgarden – They are back! Not their best album, but certainly worthy.
  10. ‘Some Nights’ by fun.

Honorable mentions: ‘Velociraptor!’ by Kasabian, ‘Start the Revolution Without Me’ by Kaiser Chiefs, ‘Anxiety’ by Ladyhawke

*Does not have to have been released in 2012.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2012

  1. The Black Keys (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
  2. Kaiser Chiefs (9:30 Club)
  3. Shiny Toy Guns (Rock and Roll Hotel)
  4. The Killers at Firefly Music Festival Day 2 (Dover Downs)
  5. Of Monsters And Men (The Filmore)
  6. Kasabian (9:30 Club)

 

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2012 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters And Men (42)
  2. ‘Do It Now’ by Ingrid Michaelson
  3. ‘Young Blood’ by The Naked and Famous
  4. ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ by The Black Keys
  5. ‘Some Nights’ by fun.
  6. ‘Anna Sun’ by Walk the Moon
  7. ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon
  8. ‘Petition’ by Tennis
  9. ‘Days Are Forgotten’ by Kasabian
  10. ‘Comeback Kid’ by Sleigh Bells
  11. ‘Oh My God’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  12. ‘Taken For A Fool’ by The Strokes
  13. ‘The Wanderlust’ by Metric
  14. ‘Fading Listening’ by Shiny Toy Guns
  15. ‘Cinema’ by Benny Benassi
  16. ‘No Light, No Light’ by Florence + The Machine
  17. ‘Slow and Steady’ by Of Monsters And Men
  18. ‘Mountain Sound’ by Of Monsters And Men
  19. ‘Tongue Tied’ by Grouplove
  20. ‘Synthetica’ by Metric
  21. ‘Blood Brothers’ by Ingrid Michaelson
  22. ‘Radioactive’ by Marina And The Diamonds
  23. ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons
  24. ‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’ by Marina And The Diamonds
  25. ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys (19)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2012

  1. ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon
  2. ‘All of You’ by Colbie Caillat
  3. ‘Transatlanticism’ by Death Cab for Cutie
  4. ‘Third’ by Portishead
  5. ‘Passive Me, Aggresive You’ by The Naked and Famous
  6. ‘Human Again’ by Inrid Michaelson
  7. ‘Velociraptor!’ by Kasabian
  8. ‘Reign of Terror’ by Sleigh Bells
  9. ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desparation’ by The Wombats
  10. ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ by Van Halen
  11. ‘Employment’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  12. ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ by The Ting Tings
  13. ‘Galore’ by Dragonette
  14. ‘Young & Old’ by Tennis
  15. ‘My Head Is An Animal’ by Of Monsters And Men
  16. ‘Little Broken Hearts’ by Norah Jones
  17. ‘Start the Revolution Without Me’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  18. ‘Some Nights’ by fun.
  19. ‘Rubber Factory’ by The Black Keys
  20. ‘Neck of the Woods’ by Silversun Pickups
  21. ‘Sam’s Town’ by The Killers
  22. ‘First Impressions of Earth’ by The Strokes
  23. ‘Synthetica’ by Metric
  24. ‘Walk The Moon’ by Walk The Moon
  25. ‘Blunderbluss’ by Jack White
  26. ‘Never Trust a Happy Song’ by Grouplove
  27. ‘Palomimo’ by Trampled By Turtles
  28. ‘Future This’ by The Big Pink
  29. ‘Magic Potion’ by The Black Keys
  30. ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunitic’ by Kasabian
  31. ‘Pala’ by Friendly Fires
  32. ‘MDNA’ by Madonna
  33. ‘Night Work’ by Scissor Sisters
  34. ‘Rabbits On the Run’ by Vanessa Carlton
  35. ‘I’m With You’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  36. ‘Anxiety’ by Ladyhawke
  37. ‘Electra Heart’ by Marina and the Diamonds
  38. ‘Battle Born’ by The Killers
  39. ‘Babel’ by Mumford & Sons
  40. ‘III’ by Shiny Toy Guns
  41. ‘Mirage Rock’ by Band of Horses
  42. ‘Hot Fuss’ by The Killers
  43. ‘Bodyparts’ by Dragonette
  44. ‘The Family Jewels’ by Marina and the Diamonds
  45. ‘Former Lives’ by Benjamin Gibbard
  46. ‘¡Uno!’ by Green Day
  47. ‘¡Dos!’ by Green Day
  48. ‘King Animal’ by Soundgarden
  49. ‘Coexist’ by The xx
  50. ‘Empire’ by Kasabian

Rock on!

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