This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

This week has been full of lists… but we can’t let it all end without This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes! Yes, this is a tradition here at… I love seeing what the most played songs were, my mom loves seeing what the most played songs were, even President OBAMA checks in every week to see what the most played songs were.

Don’t believe me? It’s true! Check out this text I got from my mom:

“Wis 92ui pwipxx9 #jk1ofjah.”

She doesn’t quite have the texting thing down yet.

On with the list!!!!

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You Can’t Blame the Youth – Bob Marley

I have to be honest… aside from Bob Marley, I don’t listen to much Reggae. My oldest brother introduced me to Marley, and every now and then I have to get my Reggae fix. The rhythm is so hypnotic that it puts me in a fine, fine mood for anything, especially watching Joaquin Phoenix’s interview on Letterman.

Did anyone else see that? Wow. That’s really all one can say about it: “Wow.”

Anyhow, “You Can’t Blame the Youth” has always held a special place in my heart. One of my professors used to claim that was her “Theme Song” as she graded papers. Nice sentiment. I’m not sure if she meant that as an encouraging comment or not… I guess I’ll never know unless Professor Turner happens to read this and decides to write me through the Contact page.

Here’s a cool live in-studio performance of the song. This version comes from a collection called “Rastafarian Chant” that I think is a bootleg… I can’t find much information on it. If anyone out there knows something about these recordings, please write me!

“You Can’t Blame the Youth” was played sixteen times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: You Can’t Blame the Youth (live in studio)

Bob Marley on Amazon
Bob Marley on iTunes

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Little Black Angels – Jonah Smith

I forget where I first came across Jonah Smith. It was most likely through another music site… all I know is that after sampling a song or two, I knew I had to get the whole album. His self-titled release is a fantastic collection of songs that range from Americana to soul.

I’m a sucker for the Fender Rhodes, which is the backbone of Little Black Angels.” One of my favorite sounds is that of a sustained Rhodes. There’s nothing quite like it… mellow, expressive, and as thick as molasses… it soothes the soul. Smith seems to dig it as well because he favors the Rhodes on many tracks on his album.

Jonah Smith’s music will be familiar to many of you. He doesn’t really break new ground, but he is excellent at what he does. Good songs… that’s the key. Who cares about “breaking new ground” if you don’t have the SONG to back it up?

Just write good songs. And Smith does that well. I played “Little Black Angels” thirteen times this week. Pick up his album… it’s worth it.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Little Black Angels

Jonah Smith on Amazon
Jonah Smith on iTunes

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Whiskey Bottle – Uncle Tupelo

Uncle Tupelo captured my attention in the late 90’s, long after the group had disbanded. I was thrilled when they reissued their catalog, and immediately went out to pick up what I could find. No Depression was, oddly enough, the last Cd I could find of the reissues. It was their debut album, and still remains the album that is credited with defining and solidifying the Alt. Country / Americana genre.

“Whiskey Bottle” is a song that I have to revisit every now and then. I consider it one of their best tunes, and every time I hear it, I’m reminded of just how good a songwriter Jay Farrar is. His work with Son Volt is reminiscent of Tupelo’s style, but he’s really developed into his own sound. I don’t quite know how to describe Farrar’s music other than calling it “The Jay Farrar Style.” There’s power, awareness, politics, and commentary, and he sure knows how to pick a good melody.

I played “Whiskey Bottle” eleven times this week. Love this song. That’s not a statement, it’s a command.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Whiskey Bottle

Uncle Tupelo on Amazon
Uncle Tupelo on iTunes

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Mummified – Future Clouds & Radar

Future Clouds & Radar is the brainchild of Robert Harrison. Harrison seems to be an ambitious type, as his first album under this name was a huge 27-song double-disc. His current release, Peoria, contains only 8 songs, and judging from the quality of the music, I’d really like to check out that debut album.

The song I’m hooked on from Peoria is “Mummified.” I love the piano hook intro, and the production reminds me of The Beatles… there’s just that “Beatles” sound that we’ve become so familiar with.

“Mummified” carries with it an extended ending that lasts almost as long as the main portion of the song. It sounds great with headphones on… all the little nuances can be heard (there’s a lot to catch). The whole song has such a good feel to it that I can’t help but repeat it over and over again.

I played “Mummified” ten times this week… not counting the spin it’s getting right now as I type this. Check out their MySpace page for more samples and tour dates. This is definitely a record that I’m going to spend more time with, as it’s that kind of record that seeps into your head and demands to be played again and again.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Mummified

Future Clouds & Radar on Amazon
Future Clouds & Radar on iTunes

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Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones

I’m actually amazed that this is the first time The Rolling Stones have appeared on this site, as they are one of my favorite bands. The Stones’ “golden period” from 1968-1974 is hard to beat. Take a look at the albums they released during that span:

Beggar’s Banquet – 1968
Let It Bleed – 1969
Sticky Fingers – 1971
Exile on Main Street – 1972
Goats Head Soup – 1973
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – 1974

WOW. Impressive. Most impressive.

True, some people would cut it off at 1972, but this is my list and not theirs.

“Dead Flowers” (off of Sticky Fingers) is just a great song to listen to… pretty much whenever. I played it eight times this week. I would have played it nine times, but I I didn’t.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Dead Flowers

The Rolling Stones on Amazon
The Rolling Stones on iTunes

In case you were wondering, President Obama doesn’t actually check this list every week. From what I understand, he checks it every OTHER week. I guess being the Prez is his top priority now. Go figure.

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6 thoughts on “This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

  1. Poor Mom she sure takes a beating. Someone needs to tell her to check the internet and what son #3 is writing about her…ha!

    I can totally hear the Beatles reference in Mummified, I like it..thanks.

  2. Jonah Smith and Future Clouds & Radar are the two from the list I’d never heard of, and they’re my favorite downloads from today’s list… thank you for the intro! Really love Mummified.

    And heh… “I would have played it nine times, but I didn’t.”

    TY! 🙂

  3. Is Joaquin Phoenix serious? WOW! Is right! What the heck is he thinking?? SHEESH!! He is seriously on drugs!!
    Thanks for the downloads as always. I love reading all about each artist! 🙂

  4. Why am I annonymous now? Thats weird! all of the other times it had my name and picture. Its me Tracy BTW!! Tracy in California! 🙂

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