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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.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted the top 5 songs played from my iTunes… so what better time to start again than the present? Yes, I’m excited about doing this weekly list again, as it gives me an idea of what I’m gravitating towards. It’s kind of like a weekly music diary for me – I can look back and see what sort of mood I was in. Was I in a nostalgic mood? A mellow mood? A drop-my-pants-and-do-the-helicopter mood?

I text my buddy Obama and told him I’m starting this list again, and he text back:

    “2 kool 2 kool I b chillaxin 2 it yo.”

He’s excited, and therefore you should be as well… so without any further ado, here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

UnknownRyan Bingham – Beg The Poet (live at the Connoly’s)

I have no idea where I got this live performance of “The Poet” by Ryan Bingham, but I must have gotten it from somebody super-dee-duper cool… which means I must have given it to myself.

“The Poet” is the first track off of Bingham’s Junky Star album. I love this album. I love this album so much I have it fake-tatooed on my right butt cheek. Why the right one, you ask? Because it right thing to do at the time.

*groan*

This live acoustic version could be an earlier draft of the final tune, as it differs from the album cut in the arrangement and some of the lyrics. Regardless, it’s a great beautifully dark listen. I have the entire Live at the Connoly’s show somewhere in my collection… I’ll look for it and post it sometime.

I played this song 13 times this week.

The Poet (live at The Connoly’s):

Cowboy_Junkies-The_Trinity_Session_(album_cover)Cowboy Junkies – Misguided Angel

I actually have the Cowboy JunkiesTrinity Session album on cassette tape. I was surprised when I found out. So surprised that I wrote a poem about it:

Hey hey, Bob Dylan, I found an old cassette tape
No, it’s not of one of your records
It’s by a band named The Cowboy Junkies
I bet you wish you thought of that name for a song
Well, you didn’t, so I guess that sucks.

I never said it was a GOOD poem.

“Misguided Angel” was apparently the last song recorded for the album. Story goes that the band had to wait for the extra musicians to arrive in order to track this song. The session was running late, so they paid the security guard a few bucks to let them stay. When everyone arrived, they recorded “Misguided Angel” in one take. Very cool.

So cool that I played this song 10 times this week.

Misguided Angel:

sheyna-g-400x266Sheyna Gee – Breathe

Sheyna Gee is a country artist that has been making a name for herself out here in Southern California. She’s been in the business for the majority of her life (if not for all of it), and has been developing a following the old fashioned way: by playing out relentlessly. I think she continues to play out at least 4 times a week either with her band or solo. That’s quite a schedule to keep up for a performer.

She’s known for her more energetic and upbeat side, but “Breathe” brings her down into the depths that we all go to when we take inventory of our lives. This track showcases the intimacy of her voice, which is a side I love hearing from any singer. The power of a whisper is something not to be underestimated.

Check out her website and Facebook page for upcoming show dates and news. She does a great job keeping in touch with her fans, so throw her a note and tell her Swap sent you. She’ll know what you mean.

I played “Breathe” 9 times this week.

Breathe:

67487e_ebeb8643cbb74fadaa922acdfb1af9d3.jpg_srz_410_410_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzJeramiah Red – Can’t Help Myself

Here’s another Southern California band from Southern California. Jeramiah Red was formed in 2010 and has since achieved some pretty impressive things. They’ve won in the “Best New Artist,” “Best Blues,” and “Best Rock” categories at the Orange County Music Awards, and their debut single, “My Baby,” currently plays at the Honda Center every time the Anaheim Ducks win a game.

Impressive. Most impressive.

What’s their music sound like? Their bio states, “Their boot stomping combination of blues guitar, steel-driven harmonica, and raucous vocals, created a perfect storm that continues to destroy everything in its path.”

That sort of description intrigued me, so I played this song 6 times this week to thunderous applause.

Can’t Help Myself:

Jeramiah Red on Facebook

john_lennon_0John Lennon – Imagine (live acoustic)

Do I even need to tell you who John Lennon is, or anything about his signature song, “Imagine?” I certainly hope I don’t.

I mean, how can anyone that listens to music NOT know who John Lennon is? And how can anyone that listens to music NOT know this song?

So to test my theory, I went and asked my 101 year old grandmother (yes, she’s got her eye on becoming the oldest person alive) if she knew who John Lennon is, and whether she has ever heard “Imagine.” Do you want to know what she said to me?

Her exact words (translated from Chinese): “I am greatly offended by your line of questioning. Please step outside so’s I can whomp your ass.”

Now, I do not enjoy having my ass “whomped,” so I apologized and rubbed her feet as I played this live acoustic version of “Imagine.” It played 4 times before she fell asleep and I could sneak outta there alive.

Imagine (live acoustic)

There you go! That’s it for this week. Thank you always for reading and be sure to visit our Facebook page to stay updated on all that goes on here at TheFrontloader.com! Some exciting things are coming up in the near future… you won’t want to miss it!

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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.

Wow. I would never have guessed it, but Sarah Palin’s reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, set a ratings record for the TLC channel with over 5 million viewers. That’s a HUGE number.

To give you how huge of a number that is, let me give you a few things to think about:

– Los Angeles has a population of just under 4 million
– Only 909 people voted for Palin during the 1999 mayoral Wasilla, Alaska race. That’s a SHITLOAD less than 5 million.
– A panagram is a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet. For example: Pack my red box with five dozen quality jugs.

Ok, that last thing wasn’t about Sarah Palin… that’s because I think I’ve spent enough time on her.

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

Rocking Chair – Eric Clapton

I did not expect to see this song at number one this week. Eric Clapton‘s “Rocking Chair” must have put me at such ease that I just let it play and play and play until IT decided to stop.

“Rocking Chair” is actually a Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael composition. This is the same guy that wrote such classics like, “Georgia On My Mind,” and the ever so popular, “Heart and Soul” that Tom Hanks played with his feet on that giant keyboard in the movie, Big.

I think most everyone knows “Heart and Soul.” I grew up knowing it only as a piano instrumental and was shocked when I discovered that the song actually has lyrics to it.

Carmichael wrote the music and Frank Loesser wrote the words:

Heart and soul, I fell in love with you,
Heart and soul, the way a fool would do,
Madly…
Because you held me tight,
And stole a kiss in the night

But you know what? That has nothing to do with the fact that I played “Rocking Chair” 28 times and is off Clapton’s latest release, Clapton.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Rocking Chair

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Racing in the Street – Bruce Springsteen

I’m sure it comes to no surprise that a song off Bruce Springsteen‘s latest release, The Promise, made it to the list this week.

“Racing in the Street” actually became a favorite Springsteen song of mine through the various solo acoustic performances from his bootlegs. If you’d like to hear one of these performances, click here for a solo acoustic show from Barcelona.

The song first appeared on his Darkness on the Edge of Town album… the version off The Promise is an alternate recording that has some lyrical differences and is just a bit faster than the original.

By the way, if you haven’t picked up The Promise yet, let me just say that it’s quite good.

I played “Racing in the Street” 14 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Racing in the Street

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Take Me Somewhere – Tennis

I was pretty excited to hear about Tennis‘ new record, Cape Dory, that’s set to drop on January 18th of next year.

We’ve featured Tennis before… check out “Marathon” here.

“Take Me Somewhere” reminds me of a holly jolly Christmas for some reason. I remember hitting repeat on it because it brought back memories of decorating a Christmas tree with my family. Fitting for this time of year, I suppose, but I don’t think the song is about Christmas.

I’m really looking forward to Cape Dory… I have a feeling that it’ll be a record I spin a LOT for 2011.

“Take Me Somewhere” was played 10 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Take Me Somewhere

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Round and Round – Selena Gomez and The Scene

You know what? I’m not even ashamed that this song made it to the list. I think Selena Gomez is hilarious in the television show, Wizards of Waverly Place, and this track, “Round and Round,” off her latest record is pretty daggum catchy.

Oh yes, I actually have a copy of her new record, A Year Without Rain.

“Round and Round” is simply one of those guilty pleasures of mine. Don’t judge me. I played the song 7 times this week to thunderous applause.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Round and Round

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Thrown Right at Me – The Tallest Man on Earth

Remember back in September when The Tallest Man on Earth released his EP, Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird, without any buildup? (read about it here) Well, it seems that I haven’t had enough of the music because yet another track off of it has found its way to the Top 5 songs list.

If you’re not familiar with The Tallest Man on Earth yet and you’re really into the acoustic singer/songwriter style, I would highly recommend taking a listen to “Thrown Right at Me” without any hesitation.

In fact, why don’t you just stop reading right now and go down to the Dig-It section for a spin… yes, go right NOW.

And just to punish you for NOT taking my advice, I’m going to say some really offensive things to piss you off:

– All Beatles cover bands are better than what The Beatles could do.
Jethro Tull deserved to beat out Metallica for the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental
– Every track on Santana‘s latest album, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, is better than the original.
– Brett Favre will return next year.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Thrown Right at Me

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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.

I know that I missed last week’s Top 5 list… but I have a good reason for this… and that reason will go with me to my grave. So if you want to know what I missed the Top 5 list on November 5, 2010, you’ll have to attend my funeral and beat it out of me… which probably won’t happen because I’ll already be dead.

Which works out quite nicely for me.

Anyhow, has anyone been watching Conan O’Brien’s new show on TBS? It’s been a good week of comedy for the man… I’m looking forward to seeing how the show progresses as time goes on. For those of you that watched it… thoughts? Criticisms? Compliments?

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

My Way To You – Jamey Johnson

I think Jamey Johnson‘s latest album, The Guitar Song, is one of the best releases so far this year (click here for our review). I’ve been listening to it quite a bit this past week, and the last track, “My Way to You,” got the most repeats.

There’s nothing incredibly unique about this song… it just fit my mood, I guess. My favorite line is “Chasing after dreams that don’t come true.” Maybe I’m being pessimistic here, but sometimes I feel like that’s what I do 99% of the time. I suppose that if I don’t chase them, then I’ll never actually know if they don’t come true… so the chase is just as important as the failure.

Have you ever chased something that, deep in your heart, you KNOW will never come to be… yet you go after it anyway?

That’s how I’ve often felt as a musician. I’m not talking about fame and fortune, but the dream of writing the perfect song… of writing a song that embodies who I am, what I want to say, and everything I’m feeling at the time. Crazy thing is, that will NEVER happen because who I am, what I want to say, and everything I’m feeling changes.

So I’m chasing a dream that won’t come true. But I’ll chase the chase till the day I die.

I played “My Way to You” 15 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: My Way to You

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Young Blood – The Naked & Famous

When the first notes of “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous started playing, I had a gut feeling that I knew I’d like it. Turns out my gut was right… which just goes to show you that I should rely on it all the time from this point forward.

So if I take a test and come across the problem: 1+1=?

If my GUT tells me the answer is 5235, then that’s what I shall put down. So 1+1=5235.

Call me crazy, but that’s what my gut tells me.

Regarding New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous, though, I am NOT crazy because “Young Blood” will most likely please all those that come across it. The song is off their latest record, Passive Me, Aggressive You… there’s an 80’s feel to it… nice synth textures… take a listen to the song and if you can, catch their live show.

Here are their upcoming US dates… check their MySpace page for more info and music.

Nov 19 2010 9:00P Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Nov 20 2010 9:30P Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, New York
Nov 22 2010 9:30P Bardot Hollywood Hollywood, CA
Nov 23 2010 9:30P Echoplex Los Angeles, CA

“Young Blood” was played 10 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Young Blood

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Take My Hair – Depression State Troopers

Depression State Troopers have one of the most self-glorifying MySpace blurbs I’ve read in a long time: “Sometimes it’s just this easy. Sometimes two friends decide to write and record some music and through some stroke of genius and happenstance the results are stunning. It doesn’t hurt matters that the two friends in question are Tim Williams and Jacob Jones. Both with enough talent and drive to propel their own careers as solo artists.”

It’s always funny when people use the word “genius” in how they describe themselves… and to openly claim they have “talent” is just a bit much for me. Call me humble, but I’d never tell someone, “Yeah, I’m a genius and have talent.” I’d find a much subtler way to put it… like, “Yeah, I’m a friggin’ genius and more talent in my pinky than you have in your entire body.”

THAT, good people, is subtle.

Thing is, though, that Depression State Troopers is really quite good. “Take My Hair” is off their latest release, The Reason for the Fall… something to add on my list.

I played “Take My Hair” 8 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Take My Hair

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So Prone – SLUTEVER

It seems that I’ve had Slutever‘s latest record, Sorry I’m Not Sorry, in my iTunes for the longest time now… it was released back in July and I finally had a chance to take it for a spin.

The record has an incredibly lo-fi, trashy sound that seems to get under your fingernails yet you don’t want to wash it out. “So Prone” grabbed me the most… they really got the “trashy” sound down pat.

I’ve never been a huge fan of seeing people vomit, so you can imagine that the album cover did me wonders.

You can pick up Sorry I’m Not Sorry for free right now by clicking here. I actually dig the record a lot.. will have to spend more time with it.

“So Prone” was played 5 times this week.

Here are their upcoming show dates… visit their MySpace page for more info.

Nov 13 2010 8:00P Mitten House w/ CREEPOID, ACID KICKS, NURSE BEACH Philadelphia, PA
Nov 16 2010 8:00P Kung Fu Necktie w/ THE COATHANGERS, TOUGH SHITS Philadelphia, PA
Nov 29 2010 7:00P North Star Bar w/ BLACKHAWKS, ESKIMEAUX, SECOND FLOOR STORIES Philadelphia, PA

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: So Prone

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Cried Wolf (and Other Animals) – The Rest

I was pleasantly surprised by The Rest‘s beautiful track, “Cried Wolf (and Other Animals).” At first I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but as the song progressed, I knew that I had to find out more about this band and see if I could find more music.

Lucky for me, I came across this page that allowed me to pick up their entire Cried Wolf EP for free.

I would strongly suggest checking out that link… along with the EP, you can take a look at the Cried Wolf book as well. I love it when bands do that little extra for their music. The book’s artwork is wonderful to look at, as is the story.

From what I get from their MySpace page, The Rest is a more than a band. Their bio explains, “we can easily tell you that we’ve gotten to do lots of exciting, fulfilling things under the The Rest moniker (this book), (these albums), (these videos), (this beer), (this label), (and more) – basically, we’ve been quite busy. It’s a happy balance, but one that rarely feels sure-footed.”

“Beer?” you ask? Yes, I was intrigued as well. Go get more info on it by checking them out on MySpace!

And don’t forget to pick up the Cried Wolf EP for free here.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Cried Wolf (and Other Animals)

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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.

I know I usually write about my pal Obama-san, but this week I’m afraid I have to shift the focus to Sarah Palin. In case you haven’t seen this, here’s the promo video to her upcoming reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Pretty incredible promo, huh? Are you going to watch this? I sent a text to Obama asking this very question, he replied with, “Who’s Sarah Palin?”

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

Burning Hell – Tom Jones

I got turned onto “Burning Hell” by Tom Jones thru my friend John Beard. He suggested that I watch Jones’ performance of this tune on Letterman via YouTube, which I did… I dug it so much I ripped the audio of the studio recording and played it for the remainder of the evening.

The Letterman performance had Jones and just a guitarist and drummer… a common practice nowadays. While I thought it was unique with The White Stripes, I’m finding it to be a bit of a bore now. Come on, Tom… how hard would it be to have a bassist in the mix?

People don’t give bassists enough credit. That low-end thump adds SO much!

But he’s Tom Jones and I’m not.

I played “Burning Hell” 12 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Burning Hell

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Long Black Veil – The Band

Every now and then I get re-hooked on The Band‘s music. I see it as a cleansing of sorts, and although I never know when it’ll hit, I always welcome it. So when I started playing “Long Black Veil” over and over again, I had a feeling that the moment had come again to play The Band‘s albums.

My favorite is their self-titled record, but “Long Black Veil” is off their debut, Music From the Big Pink.

The song is a 1959 country ballad that is told from the point of view from a man who is falsely accused of murder. It’s one of those classic narratives that has been covered by everyone… I wouldn’t be surprised if Ke$ha takes a stab at it someday. Wouldn’t THAT be something, folks?

No, I don’t think so, either.

She’d probably cover it and claim that she was “returning to her roots.”

I played “Long Black Veil” 9 times this week. Love this version.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Long Black Veil

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Trust – Generationals

“Trust” by New Orleans band Generationals is one of those songs that just creep into your playlist. It doesn’t shock you, it doesn’t hit you like a ton of bricks, it just sits in that comfort zone…

There’s nothing wrong with that, and I dug on the song for a while… but then I needed something that had more of a punch.

But you know what? I kept coming back to “Trust” just because it felt GOOD.

Their MySpace has a link for a free 5-song download. Go visit, listen to some more tunes, click the link, and get some free stuff.

What more can you ask for?

I played “Trust” 7 times this week. Those were 7 very comfortable moments.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Trust

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Lille – Lisa Hannigan

Lisa Hannigan‘s debut solo album, Sea Sew was a Spin of the Week here at TheFrontloader.com last year. Her voice is just staggeringly beautiful… I just can’t get enough of it.

“Lille” was the lead single from the record, and it remains one of the record’s highlights for me. The song’s a simple acoustic tune, but the melody is so adorable that it feels like a fairy tale song to sing for kids.

But I guess lines like, “I went to war every morning,” and “Now it’s dead and gone and I am free,” don’t really play all that well for a fairy tale. I can’t imagine saying the second one to a group of kindergarten kids.

Me: “Now it’s dead and gone and I am free.”
Kids: “What does that mean, Mr. Louie?”
Me: “Well, ‘it’ refers to all of my deepest, darkest secrets… the kind that keeps me awake at night and makes me scared to look at myself in the mirror… sometimes I have a friend lock me in an iron box just to be sure that I don’t harm anyone. Want a cookie?”

I played “Lille” 6 times this week. Great song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Lille

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Zum Wohl – Cluster

Here’s a song that I totally forgot about. My iTunes played Cluster‘s beautiful instrumental, “Zum Wohl,”, after I set it on “shuffle,” and I liked it so much that I played it again and again.

The song is off their 1976 record, Sowiesoso, and is simply a repeated synth pattern with embellishments…. but it creates such a mood around it that made me feel like I was wrapped in the arms of a loved one.

Cluster has been around since the early 70’s and is essential listening for any electronic music fan. Sowiesoso was a record that a friend of mine recommended to me after learning of my complete fascination with Depeche Mode… I remember playing it one day in the living room… my dad came through the kitchen and asked me, “Is this really that interesting to you?”

I didn’t know what to say, so I played it cool and replied with, “Yeah, it’s cool.” When my dad wanted more than that, I was unable to elaborate… so I just kept saying, “It’s cool, dad. You know, man? Cool.”

That was YEARS ago. I think if my dad asked me that same question again this week, I’d probably answer with those exact words again.

I played “Zum Wohl” 5 times this week. Cool, man… you know?

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Zum Wohl

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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.

You know what’s weird? Absolutely NOTHING happened to my buddy Barack “The Obaminator” Obama. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

No book was thrown at him. He didn’t start an argument on a talk show. He didn’t fall off a platform. He didn’t punch a 12-year old kid. He didn’t wear anything weird.

Nothing.

Well, he did do a lot of presidential stuff, but aside from THAT… nothing. Except eat pizza. One thing I’ve noticed is how angry he looks when he eats pizza. Take a look at Obama and pizza when compared to a moment where he appeared to be pretty pissed off:

I mean, dude… if you don’t want to eat pizza THAT much, don’t eat it.

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

Mouth Full of Diamonds – Phantogram

“Mouthful of Diamonds” is off one my favorite albums of the year, Phantogram‘s amazingly amazing Eyelid Movies. This record is still in my regular rotation and I hope it stays there for a while because it’s just that good.

There are so many excellent lines in this song: “The world is not around because of you,” and “You tell the truth when you could have lied,” are two that always stand out to me. The second is such a simple line but I think it’s something we’ve all thought about sometime in our lives.

Anyhow, Eyelid Movies should be on your “must hear” list for 2010 and beyond. I’ll say that again… Eyelid Movies should not be named Eyelid Boogers because it doesn’t sound as cool or as deep. I’ll say that one more time… Eyelid Movies should not be used as a child’s name because it would sound incredibly strange for people to shout out, “Hey, Eyelid! C’mere!”

I played “Mouthful of Diamonds” a stunning 19 times this week. It was on repeat and I just dug it and dug it until I got to China.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Mouthful of Diamonds

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You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples

I had been looking forward to Mavis Staples‘s new album, You Are Not Alone, to come out because A) I dig on Mavis, and B) Jeff Tweedy of Wilco produced it.

It was one of those unexpected collaborations for me, and the results were quite good. I can’t say that ever track off You Are Not Alone was a home run, but it serves as an excellent gospel record… and the title track was just what I needed this last week.

“You Are Not Alone” is one of those songs that fit perfectly for a rainy day, when there’s gloom everywhere… when all you see outside is grey. Everyone needs to be reminded that they’re not alone, and it doesn’t matter who they’re not alone with, as long as they’re not alone. Did that make sense?

I’ll be curious to see if You Are Not Alone is the last time Staples and Tweedy work together. It’s one of those albums that, when played, will undoubtedly give you a lift… and sometimes that’s all you can ask for from music.

Click here to watch Staples perform on Letterman.

I played “You Are Not Alone” 15 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: You Are Not Alone

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Kings & Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars

Ever since watching that commercial that featured the 30 Seconds to Mars song, “Kings & Queens,” for the first time, I knew I needed to have that song in my music collection.

I can’t even remember what the commercial was for. All I know is that it was for some soft drink… there was a lot of people running around on a beach, acting like they just cured cancer with their enthusiastic drinking of the soft drink. Was it Orange Crush? Squirt? Mountain Dew? I can’t remember. I’m going to YouTube it… hold on…

A-HA! Sunkist.

Did you know that actor Jared Leto is a member of 30 Seconds to Mars? Don’t know what Leto has done? He’s acted in movies like Fight Club; Girl, Interrupted, and Panic Room… and he’s the main songwriter for the band. Pretty talented guy, indeed.

“Kings & Queens” is off 30 Seconds to Mars‘ 2009 album, This is War… the song’s another instant pick-me-up, and it picked me up 12 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Kings & Queens

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The Northwest States – Secret Knives

I checked out “The Northwest States” because it appeared to be one of those “buzz” songs, and after listening to it a few times, I can understand why it’s getting some attention.

Secret Knives are from New Zealand, and someone needs to tell them that their MySpace page is extremely difficult to look at. I wonder if they even look at it… click here and check it out… it’s black text on a dark/near black background. Who designed this, and why would they think this looks good?

This page is like one of those horrendous outfits celebrities wear on the red carpet that has everyone asking, “Didn’t you look in the mirror before walking out the door?” or, “How much are you getting paid to wear this?” or, “You lost a bet, didn’t you?”

It is my hope that Secret Knives fixes this problem soon because I didn’t even bother to try to read about them there.

Luckily for them, I dug on “The Northwestern States” 7 times this week. Good song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Northwest States

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Arena – Suuns

The first thing I noticed on SuunsMySpace page is that they were once called Zeroes but had to change it to Suuns due to “American legal reasons.”

That kind of stinks, especially if you’re attached to your name. I bet you Zeroes had a special meaning to the members… I’ve been trying to find the connection between “Suuns” and “Zeroes,” and I can’t except that they’re both round. Can you think of anything?

Maybe an “S” is kind of like a backwards “Z” or something?

In any case, I sat here digging on their track, “Arena,” for about 15 minutes. Totally love the opening, and I think I would have been satisfied if the entire song were just that loop going over and over again… but it turns out that there are vocals and those vocals add some good stuff.

Vocals don’t come in until about halfway through the song.

“Arena” comes from their current EP, Zeroes, and although I haven’t checked it out yet, I hope this song is a good indication of what’s to be heard. Hmmm… the EP is called Zeroes… they used to be CALLED Zeroes… I wonder if the original name of the EP was “Suuns?”

It’s possible. It’s possible.

I played “Arena” 4 times this week to thunderous applause.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Arena

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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.

It’s been another week of weirdness for pal-o-mine, President “Kung-Fu” Pand-Obama. He had a book thrown at him, which wasn’t so bad because the thrower only wanted to get Obama to give him some free advertisement… but the real whopper was that he discovered he’s related to Sarah Palin (TheHuffingtonPost.com).

Yes, he was stunned by the news.

“I’m WHAT?” he texted me.
“Yup, dude… you guys are 10th cousins.” I replied.
“You’re lying.”
“Hey, don’t blame this on me. Get this… you’re also 11th cousins from George W. Bush! Take a look!”

Obama Family Tree

“Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.”

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

Hard Times – Ryan Bingham

I can’t resist songs titled “Hard Times.” My feeling is that I’m always curious to see how hard their times are in comparison to other artists. I think my favorite “Hard Times” is by Ray Charles (it’s a must hear), but this one by Ryan Bingham ranks pretty high on the list as well.

Off his Mescalito album, “Hard Times” has one of the best slide guitar tones I’ve heard in a long time. Sure, that’s probably not so much of a selling point for some of you, but for tone-freaks out there, it’s a thing of beauty.

I’m not sure if I’m a tone-freak anymore. I used to be judge guitar tones like I would a good melon… now I think I’m one of those “Hey, if it’s in tune, the f*** it!” kind of folk. Out-of-tune guitars is far worse than anything else. I’d take a cheap Squire Strat through an amp made out of pig intestine to an out-of-tune guitar any day.

The tone in “Hard Times” has just the right amount of grit and hollowness to satisfy these bones. The song is quite good as well… I played it 11 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Hard Times

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Soulless – Fake Problems

Florida’s Fake Problems just released their third album, Real Ghosts Caught on Tape last month. They’ve been around since about 2005, and derive their name from the notion that their debut album was recorded solo by singer Chris Farren with no problems or commitments. I totally dig the name… makes me wonder how many problems I create in my life out of nothing… seemingly just for sake of having a problem to solve or brood over.

Here’s a funny moment for the band (taken from Wikipedia):

On an early 2008 tour with Smoke or Fire, the band was driving through Tennessee to their next show, when a giant turkey flew through their window. Two shows were canceled and the band had to stay at a motel in Cleveland TN for the weekend while the windshield was repaired.

A giant turkey flew through their window??? I remember seeing a group of wild turkeys wandering around my backyard during my stay in Nashville, but this is a first for me. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to have a giant turkey fly through my car windshield.

I wonder if “Soulless” was written about that turkey? I played it 10 times this week to find out… didn’t come up with any conclusion.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Soulless

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These United States What LastsWater & Wheat – These United States

“Cumulonimbus WordPop fr th’Jangly Railyard Dreamer” is what their MySpace profile reads. These United States definitely has a way with words.

“Water & Wheat” is off their latest record, What Lasts, and ends with the promise of, “I continue to walk.” That line jumped out at me when I first heard the track, and I think that’s what kept me going back (nice rhyme there).

There’s nothing extremely fancy about the song, but it moves with such gusto that I couldn’t help but do a little head thrashing while listening. There was a moment where I slammed my head into my desk because of excessive head thrashing, but don’t worry… the desk is A-OK.

The band has a number of videos up on their Vimeo page… there’s a bunch of “making of What Lasts” videos to check out. If you’ve ever been interested in the behind-the-scenes of a record, these videos give a pretty good idea of that.

I haven’t heard What Lasts yet, but I’m going to put it on my long list of “things to listen to.” I wonder when I’ll ever get to the end of that list?

“Water & Wheat” was played 8 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Water & Wheat

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I Don’t Wanna – The Call

“I Don’t Wanna” is one of my favorite songs by The Call. I love Michael Been’s voice here… it’s majestic, it’s epic, and it’s commanding in its presence.

Originally off their album, Into the Woods, the song’s meaning has always eluded me. I could be WAY off the mark, but the lyrics have always made me think of God, and how I think He doesn’t want to MAKE you love Him… He just knows that when the time comes, you will. The last lines, “I ain’t gonna pray for you to love me / Because I know you will / I just know it!” give me that impression.

Forced love and appreciation never lasts nor is it genuine.

I could be WAY off the mark, though. If someone else out there has a more conclusive idea behind the song, I’m all ears… but to be honest, I like my interpretation because it’s kept the song in the back of my mind for many, many years.

So I guess what I’m saying is please don’t burst my bubble!

I played “I Don’t Wanna” 6 times this week. Love this song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: I Don’t Wanna

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Prudence Teacup Two LullabiesThe Devil’s Lullaby – Prudence Teacup

I don’t know much about Prudence Teacup except that she writes some pretty haunting music.

“The Devil’s Lullaby” is a fine example of this.

The track is part of the soundtrack to the film, Two Lullabies (download for free here). Here’s a brief description of the film:

The short film “Two Lullabies,” directed, written, and produced by our friend, Joseph Hung, is finished and available to watch on VIMEO.com. It is a faustian tale that portrays a cabaret singer’s fall from grace, and stars our very own Prudence Teacup, who wrote and performed the two songs on the soundtrack. Both tracks, The Devil’s Lullaby and The Angel’s Lullaby, originated from a batch of home recordings produced by Alfra Martini (a.k.a Prudence Teacup) in early 2007. These scratchy demos later inspired Joseph Hung to write a script for a short film.

Click here to watch the film.

I played “The Devil’s Lullaby” 4 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Devil’s Lullaby

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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.

My amigo, President Obama-lama-ding-dong, had a pretty traumatic week. Take a look at this video:

In case you were wondering, it was I who planned the whole thing… it was I who rigged the seal to fall… and finally, it was I who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the shield generator.

Obama cracked a few jokes in public, but after the speech… he was ma-a-a-a-a-d. He was so livid that he didn’t know what to do… so he sent his wife to reprimand me. Somehow, she broke into my house at night, snuck up into my room and hovered over me until I woke up. This was the first thing I saw:

YOU LITTLE BASTARD!!!!!

Mrs. Obama convinced me that I feel bad, so I sent The Pres a text with a link to This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes. We’re cool now.

Hush – Basia Bulat

I’ve been meaning to write about Basia Bulat for a while now, but for some reason I never get around to it… so I’m glad she came up in the top spot this week.

Basia has an absolutely GORGEOUS voice that is so expressive… seems that she knows every nuance of her voice and knows how to control them. Just take a listen to this near a cappella performance of “Hush.” She reminds me of Tracy Chapman in her fragility, and Joss Stone in her soul.

Her latest album, Heart of My Own, has received a good number of positive reviews and landed her on the list for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). Unfortunately, she didn’t win, but hey – it’s an honor to just be nominated, right?

At least that’s what I would say. I don’t have to win… every time…

I played “Hush” 13 times this week. I remember laying in bed with Basia coming through my headphones… check out the song and see if it makes you want to do the same thing.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Hush

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The Devil is a Woman – Chuck Cannon

Chuck Cannon is one of those artists that I didn’t think I knew, but it turns out that I do know, mainly because he’s one of the writers responsible for American Idol finalist Danny Gokey‘s “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” If you’ve never heard this song before, consider yourself lucky.

Anyhow, Cannon wasn’t 100% responsible for that song, so I’m going to cut him some slack.

Besides, he wrote this killer tune, “The Devil is a Woman,” off his album, Love and Money, which makes up for a lot of things. When I first heard this song, I said to myself, “Self? Haven’t you heard that song before?” But it turns out that I hadn’t, in fact, heard that song before… it was a rather boring conversation I had with myself and not really worth talking about anymore.

Cannon’s voice just oozes “life experience.” You can hear every scar, every heartbreak, and every sense of redemption within the words he writes and sings. It’s a voice that demolishes 99% of those out there now… it’s a shame he doesn’t get more press.

I played “The Devil is a Woman” 10 times this week. Love this song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Devil is a Woman

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Blue & Silver – Lower Dens

Lower Dens has already been on the Top 5 list before (August 27) with their track, “Tea Lights,” so I’m betting the band is jumping for joy that they made it here again.

Hey, this Top 5 list may not be on the same level as a Polaris Music Prize, but it’s pretty awesome (in my head).

I mean, making it on this list means that I must have played the song more than most any other song during the week… enough times to get noticed, anyway. And everyone wants to be noticed, don’t they?

I sure do. Which is why I’m starting a new line of Swapmeet Louie cologne products called, Notice Me, F***er!

This cologne smells like a month-old used tampon, and chances are that nobody will want to be within a 5-mile radius around you, but hey – you’ll definitely be noticed and I can almost guarantee you that people will be talking about you for a long, long time.

Notice Me, F***er! has been tested in the strictest of correctional institutions with an overall 100% effectiveness rating by inmates. It was SO effective in Boise, Idaho, that the institution actually set the user free for reasons cited as, “The dude stank.”

How’s THAT for effective?

I played “Blue & Silver” 7 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Blue & Silver

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Jackson, Don’t You Worry – Two Cow Garage

I wrote about Two Cow Garage just list last weekend. Their track, “Your Humble Narrator,” impressed me enough to get it’s own feature here. In that post, I explained that they are set to release their next record, Saint Saint Me, on October 26.

“Jackson, Don’t You Worry,” is a track off that upcoming release, and it’s another stunner for me. This acoustic recording focuses on singer Micah Schnabel’s gravel of a voice, and I totally dig it. I haven’t heard the entire album yet, but you can bet your butt I’m excited about it now.

In that last post on the band, I had mentioned that the deluxe package of their new album will come with a 64 Ounce Metal Flask with the Two Cow Garage logo screened on it. You know, I didn’t really realize just how big 64 ounces is.

64 ounces is HALF A GALLON.

Dude. That’s a hefty flask. I’ve never seen a flask that big before, nor do I know any person who would actually carry that around. HALF A GALLON.

Makes me kinda wanna get that deluxe package… just to see this flask.

I played “Jackson, Don’t You Worry” 5 times this week. Great track… I bet it fits in that flask.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Jackson, Don’t You Worry

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Ghosts – Laura Marling

Laura Marling is another artist that I’ve been meaning to write about but just never got around to it. She’s one of those artists that I can’t seem to find a category for. I believe she’s labeled as “folk,” but since that label is pretty blurry nowadays, I’m not sure if it fits.

I guess in the end it doesn’t matter where you categorize an artist as long as you like their music.

Last I heard, Marling is romantically involved with Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons. I have no idea if they’re still together, but I hope they are because it’d be cool to have a name like “Mumford.”

Marling’s 2008 album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, the UK’s version of the Grammy. I wonder if the people in UK refer to the Grammy as the American version of the Mercury Music Prize? They probably do.

After playing this song 4 times this week, I have come to realize that I really dig her accent. That’s a pretty lame thing to realize after listening to a song, yet that’s where I am.

Such a delicate voice, and that accent makes the song that much… cuter.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Ghosts

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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.

It’s been a weird week for me and my buddy Obama because we finally see eye to eye on something. In case you missed the discussion, Obama feels that the American educational system can benefit from an extended school year (click here to read all about it)… when I heard this, I got excited and sent him a text that said, “Good for you!”

He didn’t quite understand what I was talking about, so he replied with, “Yeah Michelle loved it last night!”

I didn’t quite understand what he was talking about, so I jokingly replied with, “Did she call out my name like she normally does?”

He didn’t quite get the joke because he replied with, “Yes, and so did Oprah!”

That image was too weird for me, so I thought it best to just stop that conversation right there.

This is the exact reason why it’s always best to talk than text.

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

Monahans – Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins just won Song of the Year at the Texas Music Awards for a song called “Find Your Shine.” This is his second time winning that award out of three nominations… not bad!

I wish I could tell you that “Find Your Shine” is this week’s top most played song, but it isn’t… it’s another Higgins cut, “Monahans.”

His most recent offering, Find Your Shine, was released in 2009 and climbed all the way up to #53 on the Americana Music Chart. I’ve only heard a few cuts off of it, and I must say that if you’re a fan of that genre, it’d be something to check out.

Higgins, along with his wife Barbara Malteze, also belong in a Texas band called The Dust Devils. They’ve also won a bunch of Texas Music Awards, including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Vocal Duo of the Year.

Check out his MySpace page for more info and show dates.

I played “Monahans” 15 times this week. It’s got a great feel to it that I nestled into quickly and didn’t want to let go of. I can’t believe how good this guy is.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Monahans

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Heavy Load – Deadstring Brothers

I guess I was in a Rock ‘n’ Roll mood this week because this next song totally fits the bill.

The Deadstring Brothers have been compared to Exile-era Rolling Stones and for good measure. The featured track here, “Heavy Load,” is reminiscent of that period for the Stones… the funny thing is that the band started as a Rolling Stones cover band… I guess they took it to the next level.

Visit their MySpace page for tour dates (they’re mostly in the UK now) and for samples off their current record, Sao Paulo. I’m going to have a lot of fun catching up with this band… I can already feel it!

“Heavy Load” is off their Silver Mountain record… I played the song 12 times this week because I dig on Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Heavy Load

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Silver Lining – Hurts

Ok, this song breaks the “rock ‘n’ roll mood.”

Hurts came out of nowhere for me. I have a bunch of their songs in my iTunes, I just never got around to hearing it.

I hate it when I miss something just because I’m too busy to notice it.

Hurts is comprised of Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft, two guys that met outside a nightclub and started talking music. Soon after, they started to write over the the interenet…. one would send the music, one would send the vocals, etc, and they’d slowly put the song together. This may sound may sound like an odd method of songwriting, but I guess it definitely works here.

I suppose that I’m more used a more immediate approach to writing. The way Hurts does it is like mailing a statue to someone, having them make one chip in it, then having them mail it back for you to make your cut… and repeating this until the image is formed.

Actually, that sounds like an interesting way to compose. You don’t know what the next move will be, and that could take you in directions you never expected… I like that!

“Silver Lining” is off their debut record, Happiness… I played it 9 times and if I had more time to listen to songs, THIS one would probably be #1.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Silver Lining

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Heart is Strange (Active Child Remix) – School of Seven Bells

It’s rare that a remix would make it onto the Top 5 list, yet this one of School of Seven Bells achieved just that, thus making it The Greatest Song Ever Recorded.

Now, usually that distinction would go to “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, but seeing that Rick (or “The Ricker”) did NOT give me $152.53 and School of Seven Bells DID… well, you do the math.

In case you’re wondering, “Swap takes bribes???” the answer is “no.” I do NOT take bribes, but I do take payoffs… and that’s not the same thing… unless it is.

Anyhow, this remix of “Heart is Strange” is courtesy of Active Child, the stage name for Pat Grossi.

I love how open and mellow this remix is… it changes the feel of the song and helps me drift off to a blissful sleep when I need it… I’m listening to it right now and it’s making me want to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Heart is Strange (Active Child Remix)

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Helicopter – Deerhunter

Deerhunter‘s latest record, Halcyon Digest, has been making some waves across the internet. It’s been called “brilliant,” “confident,” and “a record!”

The featured track here, “Helicopter,” is one of those songs that… quite honestly, I have no idea how it made this list. I’ve only heard two tracks off Halcyon Digest (“Helicopter” and “Revival”) and I’m not sure if it’s my cup of tea.

“Now they are thrilled with me,” sings Bradford Cox, and I’m not sure who he’s trying to convince… him or me.

The song is 5 minutes of basically the same thing over and over and over and over again until someone in the band said, “ENOUGH!” and then ended the song. I have no idea how this song got the 5 spins it got.

I guess this is one of those bands that I’ll have to spend more time with in order to see what all the fuss is about.

Take a listen and let me know if you can shed some light on this band for me.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Helicopter

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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.

My buddy, President Obama of The San Diego Chargers, had a rough week. At a town hall meeting, a woman stood up and after giving her credentials, said to him, “I’m one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for.” She goes on to say, “My husband and I have joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives, but, quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again, and, quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly. Is this my new reality?”

Here’s the video:

Here’s Obamer’s response:

Interesting. When I texted The Prez after this, he simply texted back, “Can’t talk, watching NFL Total Access.”

So I guess we’ll just have to try to figure out what he was talking about on our own… until then, here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

EastmountainsouthYou Dance – Eastmountainsouth

Note: Vedera‘s track, “Forgive You” easily topped this week’s list but since I wrote about them yesterday in this post, that song is now ineligible. AWWWWWW.

Eastmountainsouth‘s “You Dance” is just a beautiful song that reminds me of the feeling you have when you know you’re sharing something special with someone. Ok, that might not have been the most elegant way to put it, but there you go.

I just read an article on Eight Myths About Being Single… examples of these myths: Single people are not as healthy as people who get married, and Single people favor solitude.

It’s an interesting article… I don’t know how many of you are single out there, but take a look and see if you agree with it.

“You Dance” reminds me that it sucks to dance alone. You have nobody to work off of, nobody to react or respond to, and nobody to make what you’re doing something more. Say… that’s kind of like being single!

I played this song 14 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: You Dance

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Paul Pena - DebutMy Adorable One – Paul Pena

I can’t seem to stop listening to the debut album by Paul Pena. Here are some interesting bits of trivia about Pena that I found via Wikipedia:

– He played bass on Bonnie Raitt‘s debut album.
– Pena was born with congenital glaucoma
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter played guitar on Pena’s debut album
– Pena wrote “Jet Airliner,” the huge hit for The Steve Miller Band
– His latest album, New Train was released 27 years after it was recorded.

If you recall, I was hooked on another Pena track, “The River,” back at the start of September… well, this time it’s “My Adorable One.” It has a great Motown feel to me, and if I weren’t single, I’d probably call up my local radio station and dedicate this song to my better half.

But for now I’ll enjoy it because it’s just a great song, and that Hammond organ sounds soooo good in the backdrop.

I played “My Adorable One” 10 times this week.

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Download: My Adorable One

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Miranda Lambert - RevolutionMakin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert‘s latest album, Revolution, was released a year ago this month. It’s received positive reviews most everywhere and was awarded Album of the Year at the ACM awards.

Lambert continues to amaze and impress me. She’s an excellent writer, singer, performer, and I think the thing I like about her most is that she has maintained her own voice. She’s one of my favorite country artists and I always know I’m going to like what I hear.

“Makin’ Plans” wasn’t a single off Revolution… it’s one of the three solo writes Lambert has on the album, and fits into this “bein’ single” theme I have going in this post.

Lambert sings, “You know me like the back of your hand,” which is one of the things I love about being in a relationship. It’s embarrassing at times, but ultimately it allows you to be yourself completely.

And the whole idea of “makin’ plans” with someone is what life is all about, isn’t it?

Ah, this song hit me well this week, which is probably why I played it 9 times.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Makin’ Plans

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Tired Pony - The Place We Ran FromGet on the Road – Tired Pony

I wish I could remember where this track came from. Tired Pony‘s “Get on the Road” is just a gorgeous piece of music. The band is a bonafide “supergroup” consisting of Gary Lightbody, Richard Colburn, Iain Archer, Jacknife Lee, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Troy Stewart. I’m sure you recognize at least one name from that list, right?

Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody formed the band in 2008 out of his love for country music. I’m not sure if “Get on the Road” is a “country” song, but it’s such a good song I don’t really care.

Visit their official website to see a live performance of “Get on the Road.” I played the song 7 times this week and will undoubtedly pick up the record now.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Get on the Road

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Talking MountainI’m Kind of Leaves – Talking Mountain

Here’s another one of those songs that I kept listening to in order to make sure I heard what I just heard.

Talking Mountain‘s “I’m Kind of Leaves” has some pretty deep lyrics:

Well, there are leaves in my yard that fell down from the trees
Now the trees don’t have any leaves

Wow. Stellar.

Wait there’s more. They go on to sing:

And now I think it’s time to rake up all the leaves… uh-huh!

Double wow.

I think that’s all that needs to be said about this song.

Against all odds, I played “I’m Kind of Leaves” 5 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: I’m Kind of Leaves

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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.

My good buddy Obama was in the news again this week, but this time it was for something he didn’t do. Well, that’s not true… he did a LOT this week, but what I’m talking about here… he didn’t do.

In a Yahoo! article, it seems that this photo is a fake:

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Based on the background, it’s pretty obvious that the pic has been doctored, but what you probably didn’t know was that the rest of it is Photoshopped as well. The article says, ”Al-Ahram, the state-run newspaper in Egypt, recently ran the above photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leading President Obama and other world leaders during Middle East peace talks at the White House.”

But according to a BBC News piece, THIS is how the actual picture looked:

mubarak and sherman

That’s pretty weak, Al-Ahram. PRE-TTY weak.

From what I understand, the reason why Al-Ahram changed the picture was because Mubarak tripped over Sherman… and let’s just say it did NOT look pretty… and they took Sherman out of the pic! How insulting!

I texted Obamanator about this Photoshop scandal and he replied with a simple, “IDK WTF? Who’s da man? I’M da man!”

Then he told me to get on with This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes, and since this whole experience took such a toll on Obamer, I can only oblige…

Those Darlins - Night JoggerNight Jogger – Those Darlins

When Nikki Darlin was asked how Those Darlins came to be, she replied with, “Jessi and I met at a Rock ‘n Roll camp and eventually we started living together and then we were just hanging out playing on the front porch. I don’t even remember why we invited Kelley over but we didn’t have any intentions of starting a band, we were just hanging out making music.” (Spinner.com, March 2010)

“Rock ‘n’ Roll camp?” The first image that comes to mind is that of Camp Rock

Hey, as long as some good music comes out, who cares how these bands form, right?

But that’s an interesting story. I guess it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for people who meet at Rock ‘n’ Roll camp to get together and form a band… it definitely makes more sense than two people who meet at Nun camp.

I wonder if there is such a thing called “nun camp?” I’m going to Google it right now…

Wow. Check it out here.

And if THAT wasn’t cool enough, maybe the news that I played Those Darlins“Night Jogger” 16 times this week WILL be cool enough.

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Black Crowes - Lost CrowesFeathers – The Black Crowes

There are some days that just require The Black Crowes as part of my music listening regimen, and Thursday was the day for me.

Thursday was the kind of day that screamed “GAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!”

Why did I scream “GAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!” you ask?

Well, I have a few reasons, and here’s what sits at #1.

The internet tech guy recommended that I lower my internet speed to get a faster speed and turns out he was WRONG.

You see, he told me that my area can’t handle the higher speed… it’s like pushing a football through a hose… so if I lowered the speed, then it’d be faster. Did that make sense?

Made sense to me at first, but in actual application? NEGATORY.

So I played a song that I KNEW would calm me down… hence “Feathers” was spun a good 12 times in a frikkin’ row.

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Midwest funkSoul and Sunshine – Harvey & The Phenomenals

I got this awesome, AWESOME track from one of my favorite music sites, RolloGrady.com. Their August Mixtape featured this (have I said AWESOME yet?) track by Harvey & The Phenomenals and it seriously hit me in all the right places, including the colon.

Check out the funk of “Soul and Sunshine” and it’ll remind you of why funk is CALLED “funk.”

Do you know why it’s called “funk?” It originates from the Jazz scene. Since “funk” is defined as something smelly, then those Jazz musicians would tell them to “put some stank on it!” Well, “stank” turned into “funk.” When I Googled “where did the term ‘funk’ come from,” I was directed to RealMusicForum.com that states:
“The first known appearance of the word “funk” in a formally-written piece of music was Buddy Bolden’s “Funky Butt” in 1907 but before that it was already a word of encouragement, shouted to bands by enthusiastic audiences in African American clubs.”

Cool. Now we’re all smarter because of Harvey & The Phenomenals.

I funked out to “Soul and Sunshine” 10 times this week. Funky butt!!!!!!

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Three Mile PilotStill Alive – Three Mile Pilot

I was pretty excited to get an email about Three Mile Pilot‘s return… after some successful reunion shows, they have an upcoming album The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten that is out on September 28th.

But what has this San Diego band been up to all this time? According to the press release, “Three Mile Pilot has been out of the game for quite a while. Originally taking a break so their members could focus on side projects like The Black Heart Procession and Pinback, both of which quickly developed lives of their own and gained fanbases beyond expectation, the band was kept on the backburner until early 2009. After headlining a series of wildly successful reunion shows in their hometown of San Diego, the band’s core trio spent months in their home studio writing and recording The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten, their new album that offers a new perspective on the band’s influential sound.”

I remember when Three Mile Pilot hit the San Diego scene… let me just say that those were good times, man… good times.

The appropriately titled “Still Alive” was played 7 times this week.

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Ryan Adams - DemolitionDesire (live BBC4 sessions) – Ryan Adams

I haven’t done the weekly Top 5 limerick in quite a while, so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so. Ryan Adams is the lucky recipient, as I once again got caught up in this live version of “Desire” off his Demolition album.

Just to remind you about how this goes… I write the limerick as quickly as I can.. I shoot for under one minute, and for the most part (meaning 99% of the time), I have no idea what I’m going to write about when I hit “go” on the stopwatch.

Ready?

Here… we.. GO!

Hey Adams, Hey Adams, who’s Ryan,
I know ORION was you really tryin’
But I like your alt.country style best
So put heavy metal to rest
And get back to what you do best.

Ok, that took 53.52 seconds. Yes, I know that I used the same word to rhyme with itself. That’s not ILLEGAL, it’s just frowned upon.

I played this live version of “Desire” 5 times this week.

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