Thom Zimny, who is a long time film director and archivist for Bruce Springsteen said:
"I'm honored to celebrate my 20 year collaboration with Bruce and Jon (Landau) by sharing some of the treasures, both recent and past, from the Springsteen Archives with the fans,"
Eileen Chapman, Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University said:
"We are grateful to have Thom Zimny return to present rare concert footage of Bruce Springsteen's live career on stage at this year's Asbury Park Music + Film Festival. Last year's event turned out to be one of the real highlights of the year in Asbury Park and we look forward to another memorable afternoon ..."
The screening will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 25 at 4:00 pm ET. Tickets are priced at $30.00 and $25.00 can be purchased HERE
Like last year - a panel discussion and Q&A will follow the screening moderated by Backstreets editor, Chris Phillips.
In its sixth year - the not-for-profit APMFF will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities. It also features "An Evening With The Sopranos Creator David Chase", a performance by Melissa Etheridge and festival staple Dylan Archives V.
“The internet as a whole has never been a reliable resource for detailed or even accurate information re: Radiohead. Many sites that attempted to provide some measure of service have long since gone dark as well. The overall effect has been ‘Radiohead’ search results that yield random and/or abbreviated shards: songs and album titles unaccompanied by detailed artwork or any additional context, low quality videos preceded by advertisements and shuffled via algorithms, and so on… That ends with the unveiling of the Radiohead Public Library.”
The project is described as “an online resource containing videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera.” Fans can stream concert footage, TV appearances, B-sides, rarities, and music videos. There is also a display of artwork, out-of-print merchandise and members can even order some of the shirts. Did we mention you can create, download and print off your own library card? Seriously - every Radiohead fan should have this card on them at all times.
https://t.co/Gk4BUXwjsg has always been infuriatingly uninformative and unpredictable. We have now, predictably, made it incredibly informative.
The event - a benefit for Sean Penn's Haiti relief non profit - raised over 5 million dollars and feauted several magical moments on stage - but the one that stole the show was Beck and Jenny Lewis teaming up to sing the song "Love Hurts"
The song has been covered many times - but in a tweet Lewis said the two were aiming for aiming for a hybrid of Nazareth’s very popular version and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons’ lovely duet.
Green Day have shared the single and video for their new single titled Oh Yeah! upcoming studio album Father Of All…,
Now here's the interesting part ... the anthemic song is a nod to their long time hero and Baltimore native - Joan Jett ... The song's title and chorus come from her 1984 hit Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah). But that song was actually a cover of a song Gary Glitter co-wrote and released in 1973. (Glitter has been convicted many times of child sex offenses and who is currently in prison
Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy: The Hella Mega Tour 2020
Jun 13: Paris La Defense Arena, France
Jun 14: Groningen Stadspark, Netherlands
Jun 17: Antwerp Sportspaleis, Belgium
Jun 21: Vienna Ernst Happel Stadium, Austria
Jun 24: Glasgow Bellahouston Park, UK
Jun 26: London Stadium, UK
Jun 27: Huddersfield The John Smith’s Stadium, UK
Jun 29: Dublin RDS Arena, Ireland
Jul 17: Seattle T-Mobile Park, WA
Jul 21: San Francisco Oracle Park, CA
Jul 24: San Diego Petco Park, CA
Jul 25: Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, CA
Jul 28: Commerce City DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, CO
Jul 31: Arlington Globe Life Field, TX
Aug 01: Houston Minute Maid Park, TX
Aug 05: Miami Hard Rock Stadium, FL
Aug 06: Jacksonville TIAA Bank Field, FL
Aug 08: Atlanta SunTrust Park, GA
Aug 11: Minneapolis Target Field, MN
Aug 13: Chicago Wrigley Field, IL
Aug 15: Pittsburgh PNC Park, PA
Aug 16: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA
Aug 19: Detroit Comerica Park, MI Aug 21: Washington Nationals Park, DC
Aug 22: New York Citi Field, NY
Aug 24: TorontovRogers Centre, ON
Aug 27: Boston Fenway Park, MA
Aug 29: Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park, PA
Coldplay released Everyday Life, their first album since 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, last November. And on a recent appearance on Ellen, the band performed the albums latest single - "Cry Cry Cry" (lead singer Chris Martin's favorite track from the record).
But instead of performing the song on stage - the band took their show to the audience - and performed amoung the viewers ... even having some of the attendees play on the song. Check out the performance below.
So far- the band has made no 2020 touring plans for Everyday Life- siting “We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial”
People are talking about the Texas based Black Pumas .. and they are saying some pretty amazing things:
“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic... Burton lends an elegant elasticity to Quesada’s tightly layered productions.” – PITCHFORK
“Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan in the Texas-based duo’s suprisingly fresh take on 70s soul... a debut so perfectly realised by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next. ” – THE GUARDIAN “ONES TO WATCH”
“Tireless, charismatic energy... tapping the collective unease of the national moment.” – ROLLING STONE
“The world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now (4/5 Stars)” – Q MAGAZINE
“A soulful explosion... Quesada’s grooves are impeccably matched with Burton’s voice, which can go from buttery Al Green to Wilson Pickett bluster in no time flat.” – UNCUT
So it's no surprise that they are making th rounds on the TV circuit - check out their performance from Fallon below, their Austin City Limits performance HEREand look for them on Ellen on Monday ... oh - did we mention they are nominated for the “Best New Artist” Grammy award? And they will be hitting the road this spring for a world tour (including a stop at Baltimore Soundstage on 6/19 (scroll for full tour info)
After expressing doubt about the Rock Hall Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails said in a statement:
“A sincere THANK YOU goes out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting body—it always feels great to be recognized for your artistic efforts and I am honored. Many congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees (DM finally!)—see you back in Cleveland where it all began for me!”
Nominees snubbed from this year's induction are Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, Thin Lizzy, Pat Benatar, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and Judas Priest.
And on Wednesday, January 15th - CORE, Sean Penn's Haiti relief non profit will host their annual gala in LA. Keeping in tradition - the event will be star studded with Beck, Jenny Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Henning May performing with Portugal. The Man serving as the house band.
Former 4 Non Blond Linda Perry - who curated the event - explained to Billboard:
“Portugal. The Man is actually gonna be the house band. They’re gonna come out with this artist from Germany named Henning May; he is amazing. They’ll do a couple of their songs, then Jenny Lewis will join them, then Dwight Yoakam, and at the end it’ll be Beck, Dwight Yoakam, Jenny Lewis and Portugal. The Man closing out the evening.”
Flora Cash - one of our favorite bands of 2019 will release their debut album in 2020 embark on a headlining tour to support it.
Shpresa Lleshaj (from Sweden) and Cole Randall (from Minnesota) - who met online after discovering a mutual appreciation for each other's music - will release Baby It's OK on March 6th (you can preorder the album here)
The album will include the singles Missing Home and You're Somebody Else. They have released another song from the album - You Love Me - which you can hear below.
Well - on his 51st birthday - Dave Grohl is promising 2020 will be a big year for the band via an instagram post:
“Holy Shit!!! 25 years?! Thank You guys for being with us year after year…for singing along & making every show the best night of our lives....We’re JUST getting started, so Buckle Up, 2020… it’s going to be an INSANE year full of some seriously crazy shit…”
After sending out some cryptic teases in the form of a virtual reality scavenger hunt this past Friday - Pearl Jam have announced the details of their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton - AND North American tour dates - including a March 28th show at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena (full itinerary below) ...
Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American concerts will be made available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and ticket presale, a Ten Club presale for eligible members and a general public ticket sale.
Tickets will be mobile only and strictly non-transferable (except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law).
Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates
March 18 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
March 20 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
March 22 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre
March 24 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
March 28 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
March 30 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
April 4 - St. Louis, MO - Enterprise Center
April 6 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
April 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena
April 13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
April 15 & 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
April 18 & 19 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
Here's the onsale details:
1. Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Registration and Ticket Sale
General public tickets will be sold first through a presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code allowing them to purchase tickets.
Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins Monday January 13th and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT.
The Verified Fan presale then begins on Thursday, January 23 at 10am venue local time.
2. Ten Club Ticket Presale
A special ticket presale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club (current as of January 12, 2020) is being supported on the Ticketmaster Request platform. Full details at pearljam.com.
3. Public Ticket Sale
A remaining, limited number of tickets for each venue will be released through a traditional general sale on January 24, 2020 at 10am local time on Ticketmaster.com.
NOTE: $5 of each ticket is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).
The band's much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020
Gigaton Cover Artwork
Of the album - Mike McCready has said -
“Making this record was a long journey. It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times."
“I guess I was listening to a lot of ’70s Herbie [Hancock] and WAR at the time and wondering how much funk was inside me, too. I sent it to Beck and he dug it, but he said, ‘It should be 3 bpm faster.’ And what do you know? HE WAS SO RIGHT. It made all the difference in the groove.”
The band has resurfaced with an interesting landing page on their website. If you head to PearlJam.com and you’ll see an interactive map with pins in North America, South America, Australia and Europe ... (NYC being the only east coast location)
There's instructions to find the locations and open a special Facebook or Instagram lens to reveal the message.
A massive Prince tribute concert will take place in LA on January 28th - two days following Grammys.
“Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince” has a star studded lineup - including performances by Beck, Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Earth Wind & Fire, Mavis Staples, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, and Juanes - plus former Prince collaborators like Morris Day and the Time, Susanna Hoffs, and Prince’s old band the Revolution will also participate.
It's no surprise the Beck tops the list of the performers - giving his recent release of his Prince medley recorded at Paisley Park:
And who could forget the amazing cover of Darling Nikki by the Foos:
The musical line up for this past Saturday's Art of Elysium’s Heaven Is Rock and Roll (January 4) gala in Los Angeles was billed as Marilyn Manson, L7,Cheap Trick, and something labeled Dave Grohl and friends.
As we reported - the friends Dave was bring along we surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear and they planned on performing some classic Nirvana tunes with help from Beck, St. Vincent, and Violet Grohl (Dave’s daughter)
Family ties: Dave Grohl’s 13-year-old daughter Violet joins surviving members of #Nirvana to sing “Heart-Shaped Box” at @TheArtofElysium gala in Los Angeles (also in the backing band: Nirvana fans Beck and St Vincent... NBD) pic.twitter.com/TICogKODG7
And that they did. The crew gave a five-song set (with Dave on drums, Krist on bass and Pat on guitar) that included “Lithium” (with St. Vincent), Beck lending a hand for “In Bloom”, a collaborative reaching back into the archives for the Bleach track “Been a Son,” and Violet Grohl sitting in for “Heart-Shaped Box.” The group finished the set with a cover (of a cover) - David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” with Beck on vocals, and St. Vincent on the guitar.
Check out the full set below:
@beck introduced this cover by recalling "the most insane mosh pit" of his life. How insane was it? He crowd surfed for nearly the entire show and when Beck finally got back on his feet, his hands were bleeding. Where was it? The Hollywood Palladium. What band was it? #Nirvana. pic.twitter.com/yno679yw8l
"Our family's support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now."
"I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz"
Spike Jonze's relationship with the Beastie Boys started in 1993 when they met in LA on the set for the Sabotage music video. The Jonze directed video is a classic (to say the least) and spawned into collaborations on multiple future videos, album covers, a memoir, and even a stage show.
And now Jonze will release his first-ever book featuring some of his personal photos shot during the time he spent with the Beastie Boys.
Michael Stipe is celebrating the new decade - and his 60th birthday - with the release of his second solo single - “Drive To The Ocean” - which you can hear below -
You can also purchase a download of the track at MichaelStipe.com - with Stipe donating all of his earnings for the next 365 days to Pathway to Paris - an organization commited to halting climate change. The cost of the track is $0.77 but you have the option to pay more. The download includes “exclusive wallpapers, the (Stipe-directed) video, a lyric video, a high-resolution audio version of the song as well as Stipe’s original lyric document”
Stipe says of the track:
Says Stipe of this, his second solo release, "I am so happy to collaborate with Pathway To Paris for this year 2020. The work that they are doing is vital and foundational— it is essential for a future that we can and will claim as our own.”
Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, the three surviving members of Nirvana, are set to share the stage this weekend at The Art of Elysium’s annual Heaven gala benefit in LA. The headlining performance is being billed as "Dave Grohl and friends" and will feature appearances by Beck, St. Vincent, and Violet Grohl (Dave’s daughter)
The black tie gala will also feature performances from Marilyn Manson, L7, and Cheap Trick with proceeds benefiting The Art of Elysium, which supports individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges including illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis.
Tickets for the fundraising event range from $250 to $100,000.
How could we not include this lovely song that Ms Prankster wrote expressing her love for us!
103 - Rock n Roll Degenerate - Mary Prankster
Baltimore's own Mary Prankster roared back on the scene in 2019 with a “genre-hopping joyride” of an album titled Thickly Settled. We've settled on the 3:50 opening track - Rock n Roll Degenerate - as our favorite song from the album.
102 - Cosmic American Blues - OJR
Nashville's Oliver John-Rodgers aka OJR returned in 2019 as well ... and there's something about the word play in the lyrics to Cosmic American Blues that we just couldn't resist.
101 - Wedding Bell Blues - Morrissey
What a year for Morrissey - he had a run on Broadway, actually showed up and played shows (including a night when he turned Merriweather into a vegan venue) and sold other people's records with his autograph on them). But, Wedding Bell Blues, a cover of the Laura Nyro song that was later made famous when the R&B group 5th Dimension released it in 1969, from his 12th solo album is what we'll remember Moz for the most in 2019
100 - Love is the Only Way - Cage the Elephant
2019 might have been the year of the pig on the Chinese calendar - but it was the year of the Elephant on the WRNR calendar. Love is the Only Way is not the only cut from CTE's Social Cues you'll see on this list!
99 - Gimme Gimme - Meiko
We love us some Meiko .. and Gimme Gimme from her fifth album “In Your Dreams” - an exploration into consumer culture - left us wanting more!
98 - Go Crazy - G. Love
G Love was another artist we were happy to have back in 2019 - and we were pretty crazy about the song he dropped on us with special guest Keb' Mo'
97 - Rusty Nail - Peter Bjorn and John
Another quirky hit from an old favorite ... the Swedish indie pop trio who gave us the 'whistle song' aka Young Folks returned in 2019 with no signs of rust :)
96 - Hurry on Home - Sleater-Kinney
Starting to notice a trend here? The Olympia, Washington riot grrrl band burst back in 2019 and dazzled us with an amazing show at The Anthem and an amazing album The Center Won’t Hold
95 - Night Running - Cage the Elephant feat Beck
Remember what we said about this being the year of the Elephant? We present to you exhibit B - a smash hit with their 2019 tour mate - Beck
94 - Crowded Table - The Highwomen
When this country super group composed of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires - made their live debut in April at Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday concert - we had no idea that we were going to get a full 12 song album ... that is as good as you would expect from these performers.
93 - Suspirium - Thom Yorke
Taken from the score of the 2018 horror film Suspiria - we loved what Thom did - but we think the live version of the song from the infamous Electric Lady Studios is more haunting than the movie was!
92 - Strangers - City and Colour
City and Colour is the project of Canadian (hence the U in colour) ex-hardcore artists Dallas Green. He began releasing his own music under this moniker (which comes from his first name being a city and his last name a color) nearly 15 years ago - and Strangers is cut with some deep meanings "about how you will never truly know another human being ... You’ll never really understand what it’s like to be inside someone else’s brain or heart. So, we need to appreciate the differences. If we do, maybe we can live better with one another." woah ...
91 - Holy Roller - Emily Wolfe
Evoking some serious blues rock and roll sounds - we loved this jam - produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes - from the the Austin Texas tour de force that is Emily Wolfe
90 - Moderation - Florence + The Machine
OK - we'll say it ... if there is one thing we don't need in moderation - it's music and tours from Florence Welch. Please come back in 2020 with more new music and tours F+TM!
89 - I Was Wrong - BAILEN
A band that keeps it in the family - BAILEN consists of twin brothers Daniel and David Bailen and their younger sister Julia. And it wasn't just the twang in the song I Was Wrong that we loved - the idea that song is about "coming together and listening to the other side of an argument, hearing another perspective, and being able to say I was wrong" really had us thinking...
88 - Misery - Michigander
A late add to the list ... you'll never guess where Jason Singer aka Michigander is from ... MICHIGAN. The song may be called Misery - but it had us smiling every time it came on
87 - Sunday Driver - The Raconteurs
Another band that was back from hiatus in 2019 ...and with a FURY ... Jack White and Brendan Benson's The Raconteurs (also from Michigan) from start to finish - the album Help Me Stranger was a 2019 favorite - and Sunday Driver was one of the first (and best) songs we heard from it!
86 - Kyoto - Haelos
It's been said that timing is everything - and with the lyrics "Cherry blossom cherry blossom .. It's the air that we breathe" on a track that came out just as the Cherry Blossoms blossomed ... Haelos provided the perfect soundtrack for the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC
85 - Deja Vu - SOAK
Derry Ireland's SOAK is a mighty force in a small package. When we had the chance to bring her to Annapolis for a pop up happy hour show- it was a no brainer to have it at FADO - who's owner is from the same small town made famous by the Netflix show
84 - Forgive Me - Smith & Thell
Kind of a theme this year ... listening, compassion, and forgiveness. Swedish pop/folk artists Smith and Thell's track was part of a project originally written three years ago - but in 2019 they combined the three songs into one and came out with Forgive Me - a song about a friendship that went a little bit downhill due to the duo's focus on their musical careers ...
83 - Doin' Time - Lana Del Rey
It's not often covers make our year end best of list ... and two covers (see Morrissey at #101) is unheard of ... AND the fact that LDR covered a song we play the original of (by Sublime) makes it all the more wild ... but the intoxicating spin Lana Del Rey put on this 90s classic was worth including it on the list
82 - Sunflower - Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacey
Back to the bands that roared back in 2019 ... Vampire Weekend hit us with a double album, Father of the Bride, that was full of hits, fun marketing and a tour that featured giant inflatable frogs, globes, and all request encores!
81 - They Own This Town - Flora Cash
Here's what we know about Flora Cash ... Shpresa Lleshaj from Sweden and Cole Randall from Minnesota met online after discovering they appreciated each other's music. They decided to link up in Sweden and collaborate together ... the output is amazing synth pop (that set the Severn River ablaze on a 2019 Rock N River Cruise) ... what we don't know is what Flora Cash means ... they've never revealed the origin or meaning of their band name to anyone.
80 - Overexcited - Guster
What is so amazing about this song is not the quirky lyrics, the catchy rhythms, or the unique percussions - it's that Ryan Miller - frontman of the Boston based band - sings the song with a perfect British accent ... they even brought in a coach to the studio - making sure the accent was true to form :)
79 - Release - Grace Potter
Another come back in 2019 - Grace Potter ... have you checked out our podcast with her??? Release is an amazing track from an amazing album
78 - Mockingbird - Wild Belle
The sibling duo Wild Belle (multi-instrumentalist and producer Elliot Bergman and singer-songwriter Natalie Bergman) might be from Chicago - but they make some blissful island pop music - and Mockingbird is a perfect example of the "blazed out modern soul and world-rock sounds" they have developed
77 - Will We Talk - Sam Fender
English actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Fender's album Hypersonic Missiles is just that - a hypersonic missile full of bar rock that would have you believing he was from the Jersey Shore and not North Shields, England.
76 - The Game - Milky Chance
Milky Chance are a German electronic pop duo with a strange name but some damn catchy songs ... The Game is a perfect blend of reggae/chillwave/rock that has us bobbing our heads uncontrollably when it comes on
75 - High Steppin - Avett Brothers
High Steppin was supposed to be a straight up country song by the brothers Avett - but instead it came out as a piano driven bouncy diddy with harmonies that had us .... HIGH STEPPIN all around the studio ...
74 - To The Ground - Death Cab For Cutie
This may not sound like arena-rock - but to DCFC - this is arena-rock. Reminiscent of something the Edge and Bono would release - this song is a reminder of what has made this Pacific Northwest band the powerhouse they have been for decades.
73 - N.Y.E - Joseph
N.Y.E. is a song, as singer Natalie Closner Schepman can attest to, that reminds us that no matter what you're going through - New Years Eve can be a magical evening in which you can forget it all and get lost in the moment - every year.
72 - Turn Me On, Deadman - Robyn Hitchcock and Andy Partridge
When you pair up two amazing artists like Robyn Hitchcock and XTC's Andy Partridge - you know the output is going to be amazing ... and Turn Me On, Deadman is proof
71 - Summer Girl - HAIM
With this song being such a departure from HAIM's pop forward sound - it's not hard to understand that it has some dark meaning - the song was written at a time when the band’s producer (and singer Danielle Haim’s romantic partner) Ariel Rechtshaid had been diagnosed with cancer. Danielle has said of the lyrics: "I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically ... I wanted to be his sunshine—his summer when he was feeling dark.” In regards to his cancer, Rechtshaid has said he "caught it early, had a surgery & continues to keep a close eye"
70 - Sympathy - Vampire Weekend
This funk laden jaunt from Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride is punctuated by the lyric “Now we’ve got that sympathy/ What I’m to you/ You are to me/ Let’s go.”
69 - Wish You Were Gay - Billie Eilish
For anyone who thinks Billie Eilish is a one hit wonder ... you need to get a copy of the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, listen to it completely - and tell us if you still think she's a one hit wonder
The National made Barack Obama's best of 2019 so why wouldn't they make ours? While the beginning of this track sounds like a malfunctioning panic attack - the song unfolds into a beautiful The National-esque song ... and when you add in the fact that David Bowie band mate Gail Ann Dorsey is singing back up? Duh - it's on the list!
66 - Van Horn - St. Motel
Go ahead ... try and not jam out to a St. Motel song .. we dare you ... St. Motel always bring the jam and Van Horn is the truth!
65 - Justice - Citizen Cope
Cope delivers some lines in this song that we all needed to hear in 2019 and take into 2020 - like "There's so much trouble in the world / Surrounded by miracles / So much hatred undeserved / But it will not work because / Still my love will be received" <3
64 - Shockwave - Liam Gallagher
While we can pretty much give up hope on an Oasis reunion - we can at least take solace in the fact that Liam (and Noel) continue to producer solid rock songs through their own solo projects.
63 - Wars - Of Monsters and Men
When Of Monsters and Men came rumbling to Annapolis many moons ago - we had no idea that they'd be still popping up in our best of lists in 2019 (OK - maybe we did because they were and are THAT good)
Foals released two albums in 2019 - ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Parts 1 and 2. The Runner is on the later album and the lyrics describe the aftermath of the former. Lead singer Yannis Philippakis described the song as “... a call to find a sense of purpose and perseverance despite the odds and despite the troubles we may find inside or outside ourselves.”
60 - Love You For A Long Time - Maggie Rogers
What can we say about Maggie Rogers that we haven't said a million times ... we love her because of her amazing career path, her magical music, and because she's one of us - a Marylander :) Maggie released this song just after being nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy Award and says “It’s a song about love in all its forms—romantic love, the love I feel for my friends, the love I feel for my band, and the love I’ve shared with all of you. I wanted it to sound like the last days of summer. I wanted it to sound as wild and alive as new love feels.”
59 - Might Be Right - White Reaper
Despite the glam rock-esque guitars in this track - the band described their first new album in 2 years as “nu-disco boogie and grinning twin guitar leads into masterly crafted pop songs” ... whatever that means ... we dig the tune
58 - See Through My Eyes - The Head and the Heart
A single from the indie folk collective's fourth album is just as beautiful as ever and a song the band says "is a song for anyone that needs to be reminded not to judge themselves. We made a video to try to illustrate stripping away the artificial reality of the every day to get to the core universality of the human species.”
57 - Good Luck - Broken Bells
Broken Bells - another group we were happy to get new music from in 2019! Danger Mouse (producer extroidonaire) and James Mercer (The Shins) ... the track is "reflective of specific discussions between the two" ... While we still haven't gotten that full album they have teased - they admit that despite constantly working on music - the "two always drift back to one another as Broken Bells. When it happens naturally, it happens—and right now it’s happened in the form of writing and recording sessions for the third Broken Bells album.”
56 - Hello Sunshine - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce finished his Broadway residency, had a Netflix special and teased a full tour with his E Street Band in 2019 ... but he also released a country throwback album - Western Stars. We aren't the only ones who loved this track ... it was also included on Barack Obama's best of 2019 list
55 - So Caught Up - Teskey Brothers
The Australian duo Sam and Josh Teskey put out an album of what can best be described as 'Blue Eyed Soul' ... It evokes a powerful throwback sound that it could have come out of Memphis and not Melbourne.
54 - U (Man Like) - Bon Iver
Another big year for Bon Iver ... headlining spots at festivals, sold out tours, and Grammy nominations ... but this track - that features Moses Sumney, Bruce Hornsby, and Bryce Dessner - is the 2019 highlight from Justin Vernon for us.
53 - I Get No Joy - Jade Bird
We love us some Jade Bird ... we caught her as her star was rising in 2018 and it continued to rise in 2019. She released her debut album, toured alongside some heavy hitters - like Hozier, Father John Misty,and Jason Isbell ... but this track here - about “the stream of thought that runs through your head at all times as an over thinker” had lyrics like “Psychotic, hypnotic, erotic, which box is your thing?” stuck running through our heads all year long
52 - Superposition - Young the Giant
The second single off of the band's fourth album, Mirror Master - Superposition - not only got a lot of air time on WRNR - it was featured in the TV Shows Grey's Anatomy and Roswell, New Mexico AND was featured as a track in the video game - Rock Band 4
51 - Unchained - Devin Gilfillian
From his debut album - Black Hole Rainbow - Nashville's Devon Gilfillian says this song "was originally inspired by the story of Brian Banks, an African-American professional football player wrongly accused of rape, but it’s evolved into so much more than just that. It’s a song about empowering yourself to become your greatest potential no matter what tries to stand in your way.”
50 - Now That Your Gone - The Raconteurs
The second entry on the list from the Nashville via Detroit heavy hitters that returned in 2019 with their amps turned up to 11. On this bluesy ballad - Brendan Benson takes the lead on vocals and was the b-side to the band's 7″ single from Third Man Records - marking the band’s first new music since 2008.
49 - Hero - Michael Kiwnauka
“Maybe all heroes die first” ponders the British singer songwriter - who pays homage to 'heroes' who have paved the way for us like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, John F Kennedy, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, and more on this track from his third album - KIWANUKA.
48 - Black Cadillac - Mondo Cozmo
Speaking of John F Kennedy - Mondo Cozmo says “The lyrics of ‘Black Cadillac’ were written on tour while the Kavanaugh hearings were being televised. We would watch the hearings in the van on my phone. This was right after I was asked to go speak to Congress on behalf of the MMA legislation which ended in a lunch in the Kennedy Room of the Capitol where there was a small sugar spoon at the table that I wanted to steal.”
47 - Change - The Revivalists
As much as we loved The Revivalists song Change from the album Take Good Care - the trippy video following a fan who sneaks into a sold out show and spends the night dodging security amid fellow "RevHeads”. Side note - the venue in the video, Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, is described as “...a huge immersive multidimensional mystery dwelling complete with secret passages and portals to magical worlds amidst surreal and mesmerizing art installations.”
46 - Dylan Thomas - Better Oblivion Community Center
Another power duo to make their debut - Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers came out of nowhere early in 2019 and blew us away with their debut album ... but after a brief tour - we haven't heard much from BOCC since the summer - but you can still contact them at (785) 433-5534
The Black Keys were back in 2019 - and the name of their album - 'Lets Rock' set the tone for what they were ready to unleash on fans who had been missing Dan and Patrick. Lo/Hi was the first music we got from the duo in 5 years - and it was worth the wait!
43 - Mariners Apartment Complex - Lana Del Rey
All it takes is one song to make you 'get' Lana Del Rey. And for many, Mariners Apartment Complex was that track ... from the Grammy nominated album Norman F*cking Rockwell - LDR delivers a hauntingly beautiful tune reminds you - “I fucked up. I know that. But, Jesus/Can’t a girl just do the best she can?”
42 - Sisyphus - Andrew Bird
Another song inspired by our current political landscape, Andrew Bird says this track, named for the king doomed by the Olympic gods to roll a stone unsuccessfully up a hill for eternity, came from the "the idea that our enemies are what make us whole—there’s an intimacy one shares with their opponent when locked in such a struggle. If we were to just walk away would our enemies miss us? How did we get to this point and how can we, through awareness of it, maybe pull ourselves out of this death spiral."
41 - Uneventful Days - Beck
Another comebacker in 2019 was Beck ... he teased his 14th (!) album Hyperspace over the course of 6 months. This track - had a much different toned down sound than some of the other 'junkyard-blues hip-hop' songs released earlier - but it reminds us that the Beck is a cosmic force.
2019 was the year we saw Spacey Kacey turn country music psychedelic ... and it doesn't help that Slow Burn was written while she was in a "bit of an altered state"
38 - Wasted Youth - Jenny Lewis
The third track from her album On the Line, almost echoes the singer's troubled childhood. “Why are you lying? The bourbon’s gone. Mercury hasn’t been in retrograde for that long, oh no. Stop your hiding and drop that bomb. Do you remember when I used to sing you this little song. I wasted my youth on a poppy - Just for fun."
37 - Cuz I Love You - Lizzo
Lizzo ... nothing more to say about this one ... LIZZO was everything in 2019
36 - Love Is Everywhere - Wilco
A soft serenade from Wilco's Ode to Joy ... the vibes are 60s - but the message is what we need to focus on now - Love needs to be EVERYWHERE
35 - Different Kind of Love - Adia Victoria
Look - we weren't the only ones who got down with the Nashville gothic blues badass ... this song also popped up on Barack Obama's best of list
34 - Falling Down The Stairs of Your Smile - The New Pornographers
20 years into their career - The New Pornographers can still write some of the catchiest pop hooks - and Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile - delivers that ... a reminder how just looking at someone can evoke so much love and joy
33 - Gloria - The Lumineers
Does this band have any songs that aren't a woman's name? JK ... Especially since the song is about someone's intense battle with drug and alcohol addiction
32 - Social Cues - Cage the Elephant
It is safe to say that in 2019 - as we deemed the year of the elephant - there weren't too many CTE songs we didn't like. And with Social Cues - the band weighs in on the anxieties that accompany the success as a rock star .... but hey - at least your on the radio :/
“Has it really been that long? Did I count your days wrong?” Yes - it was that long for us to get the psychedelic comeback single from Kevin Parker ... but he didn't make us wait much longer for more - with a 2020 release and tour already lined up
29 - Red Bull and Hennessy - Jenny Lewis
We don't recommend this drink ... but we do recommend giving your full attention to this Fleetwood Mac - esque track from Lewis's brilliant record - On The Line
28 - Rylan - The National
Fans of The National will tell you that this song has been in the band's repertoire for a long time (they have been performing it since 2011) but in 2019 - it finally got a proper release - on the record I Am Easy To Find - and it was one of the year's best songs.
27 - Knock Me Off My Feet - SOAK
Two tracks from SOAK on the countdown . . . and rightfully so. The Irish singer song writer was kind enough to come all the way to Annapolis from Ireland to perform this track for us at a pop up happy hour at FADO on West Street
26 -Blind Leading the Blind - Mumford & Sons
Another song on the countdown that has existed for a few years - but finally made it to a record ... but Marcus Mumford says “We’re proud that we’ve finally finished it, as it feels like one of the most challenging songs, thematically, that we’ve put out there, both for ourselves and our audience. It feels it’s becoming harder and harder to coerce yourself into a listening, present and unafraid disposition, but that’s the gauntlet we’re throwing down for ourselves.”
25 - Love is Love - Grace Potter
Love is Love is something that Grace Potter knows all too well ... and she opened up and talked about love, divorce, and starting over with Bob Waugh in an RNR podcast (listen HERE)
24 - Heart - Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Surprise - that's a word to use when describing how much we loved this song. With a name like Rainbow Kitten Surprise - we didn't know what to think when the single showed up ... but damn - we couldn't turn it off once we started playing it!
23 - Seventeen - Sharon Van Etten
Hey Obama - were you peaking at our list when coming up with yours? Or did you happen to vote for our list a bunch - cause they sure are similar :) On Seventeen - SVE writes a love letter to her hometown - New York City.
22 - Help Me Stranger - The Raconteurs
Again - we were elated to have The Raconteurs back in 2019 (maybe our ears weren't - cause the record stayed on long and loud)
21 - Saw Lightning - Beck
Remember that junkyard-blues hip-hop style of Beck we referenced earlier - well here it is ... complete with Beck's raw acoustic slide guitar and harmonica playing plus Pharrell Williams on drums, keyboards and mumbles.
20 - Everyone Hides - Wilco
Not only was this the second single from Wilco's 11th album (Ode to Joy ) - according to lead singer Jeff Tweedy - “‘Everyone Hides’ is the first promotional video to feature Wilco as a living breathing band of humans in close to 20 years. Maybe for obvious reasons we’ve avoided putting ourselves forward in this way and have tried to play to our strengths musically or, I don’t know, maybe we’ve just been lazy… Or suspicious of expenditures outside of our focus on album making. For whatever reason this time around we just said fuck it and had a blast.”
19 - Burning - Maggie Rogers
From Hudson Street Studios in Annapolis to the Ellen Show - Maggie Rogers is living her best life ... and the chorus on Burning - from her debut album, Heard It In a Past Life - sums it up with a cathartic chorus: "I'm in love, I'm alive, I'm burning."
18 - Peach Fuzz - CAAMP
Want to know a secret - we weren't keen on CAAMP when they first came around. A band that put an extra A in their name to garner attention? Seemed campy ... but boy were we wrong. A week later we couldn't get enough of these Ohio boys - who have been "gigging, recording, grinding, and making beautiful noise" since 2013
17 - No Bullets Spent - Spoon
Rarely do you find a track on a Greatest Hits record that's a hit. But Spoon isn't like most other bands ... they can put out a compilation spanning their 20+ year career and afford to include a new track that rivals some of their best work to date.
16 - Calm Down - Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn writes good songs. Period. And has been doing so for 20+ years. In 2019 - when he released the reflective Calm Down - he reflected on that career, saying “I know I have changed internally in the way that I process the world and react to the world. The coolest thing about the older songs is how they seem to grow with me.”
The companion album to an anime film doesn't sound like something Sturgill Simpson would release .. but the “sleazy, steamy rock’n’roll record” that accompanied the film he made for Netflix ended up being one of our favorites of 2019 and expanded his music to all new fan bases.
13 - Trampoline - Shaed
From performing as The Walking Sticks at Middletons in Annapolis to performing on Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve - SHAED have certainly made it... and Trampoline is certainly the reason why they were one of the biggest artists in the world in 2019
We know the Icelandic troupe can make some great indie folk/pop songs... but with Alligator- they step out of that mold and full on rock out
10 - When Am I Gonna Lose You - Local Natives
Now here's a record that stuck with us for the entire year it seems. And that's why the song lands in the top 10 of our countdown ... its not like the song came to the band easily - they recorded 25 (!) versions of the song before settling on the album version we have come to know and love.
9 - Go - The Black Keys
The countdown has been full of great comeback songs - and Go was one of the best ... maybe its because of the tongue and cheek video for the song that shows Dan and Patrick struggling to reconnect ...The two joked “It was great making this video with Bryan (Schlam), partially because it was filmed at the very type of place it is making fun of. The video was fun, but we still haven’t spoken."
8 - Missed Connection - The Head and The Heart
A song that started out as a story about how lead singer Jon Russell met his girlfriend eventually morphed into a song about how the Seattle band formed after meeting at an open mic night over 10 years ago.
7 - Complainer - Cold War Kids
“It seems like now more than ever, the personal is political" explains Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett. And this song serves as an anthem to anyone who wants to see change ACTUALLY happen: You say you want to change this world. Do you really believe in magic?… You can only change yourself, don’t sit around and complain about it.
6 - Colours - Black Pumas
The Austin based / Grammy nominated duo Black Pumas may be on top of the world now - but the video for Colours takes them back to their roots - busking on the streets.
5 - Life in the City - The Lumineers
Heyyyy - a song by The Lumineers that isn't a woman's name :) But just because they changed up the naming methods - doesn't mean Wesley Schultz held back on his impassioned vocals - "And if the sun don’t shine on me today/ And if the subways flood and bridges break/ Will you just lay down and dig your grave?/ Or will you rail against your dying day?”
4 - Bad Guy - Billie Eilish
Recorded in her bedroom - with her brother - on a laptop ... Billie Eilish is on top of the world. And Bad Guy is the single that got her there.
3 - This Life - Vampire Weekend
When rumors swirled that Vampire Weekend was coming out with an album in 2019 - without founding member Rastam - everyone wondered what the sound would be ... would it be the jangly indie pop they were known for? Would it be the world beat sound of frontman Ezra Koenig's solo projects? Turns out it was everything ... combined into one amazing double album. And the album jams from beginning to end
2 - Ready to Let Go - Cage the Elephant
Year of the elephant we say (maybe vampire elephants) but seriously - Social Cues from Cage the Elephant was a raw look into the mind of lead singer Matt Schultz's mind...and he doesn't hold back on Ready to Let Go - which was inspired by the unravelling his marriage to French actress and model Juliette Buchs
1 - Harmony Hall - Vampire Weekend
How do you pick a FAVORITE song of 2019? It's like picking a favorite child ... they are all our favorites - but the line from VW's Harmony Hall really spoke to us and embodied the theme of this list (did you pick up on it?!):
Anger wants a voice, voices wanna sing, singers harmonize till they can't hear anything
I thought that I was free from all that questionin'
I don't wanna live like this, but I don't wanna die
For more on Vampire Weekend - be sure to check out our podcast with Ezra HERE