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You should be listening to Joshua Radin!

Joshua Radin is the wispy, hushed vocals singer/songwriter who got his start in the business by playing an early composition for his buddy Zach Braff (yes, that Zach Braff, he of Scrubs and Garden State fame).  Braff, clearly liked the song, and featured it on the soundtrack to his hit T.V. show Scrubs. 

This fortuitous event led to a recording contract for Radin and his music found its way on to other shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Brothers and Sisters, as well as movie soundtracks for The Nanny Diaries and The Last Kiss.  His debut album We Were Here was released in 2006.

Joshua Radin Discography:

  • We Were Here
  • Simpler Times

In 2008 Radin released his sophomore effort Simpler Times.  As with his debut, many of the tracks from Simpler Times made their way on to T.V shows such as House M.D., Bones, and 90210.  Prior to its release, Radin’s label asked him to add a more “radio friendly “song to the album.  Not wanting to capitulate to the man, Radin returned all of the label’s money and released Simpler Times on the aptly titled independent label Mom & Pop Music without changing anything on the album. 

Top 5 Joshua Radin Songs:

  1. Today (We Were Here)
  2. One Of These Days (Simpler Times)
  3. Sun Drenched World (We Were Here)
  4. Winter (We Were Here)
  5. I’d Rather Be With You (Simpler Times)

Radin has a sleepy quality that leaves you imagining him waking up and serenading his sleeping companion.  His delivery is restrained and subtle but alluring and delicate as he draws you into each song.  His lyrics are clever and straight forward and typically accompanied by a sparse, acoustic guitar.

Check out Joshua Radin at www.joshuaradin.com

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIFknUShX_k

Note: This is the song that Joshua performed at Ellen DeGeneres Wedding

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-ExkrpHICU&NR=1

Another Note: Cover of Ben Harper’s Waiting On An Angel

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You should be listening to Counting Crows!

I’ve always liked the Counting Crows and fondly recall the release of their debut album “August and Everything After”.  This was due, in large part, to the timing of the release which was late in my college career and I associate the album with the freedom and liberating experiences as a student of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  To be fair, I was pretty liberated before this time but at this point, I was in my own apartment and had cultivated a wide circle of friends to share the experience with.  And yet, I digress.

August and Everything After” was released late in 1993 and the band toured relentlessly in 1993 and 1994.  They toured with The Cranberries, Bob Dylan, Cracker, Los, Lobos, Midnight Oil, and The Rolling Stones to name a few.  The surprise success of their first single, “Mr. Jones”, an ironic tail of struggling musicians who dream of becoming a star, propelled them to stardom and made their debut the fastest selling album since Nirvana’s “Nevermind”. 

The sudden and staggering success took a toll on the band and caused lead singer Adam Duritz to have a nervous breakdown.  It also halted their touring as they only played two gigs in 1995.  This allowed Duritz to write their sophomore album “Recovering the Satellites” which was released in October of 1996.  The sound was a little heavier and lyrically dealt with the trappings of stardom and the ability or lack thereof, to acclimate.  Their touring resumed and they released “Across a Wire: Live in New York” which was a double live album that captured their acoustic VH1 Storyteller concert on one disc and disc two was a bit of a an electric set recorded for MTV’s Live from the 10 Spot.

Over the course of years, the band has had a variety of  musicians that have come and gone.  While their sound has stayed relatively close to its origin, in large part, due to the emotional connectivity of Duritz’s passionate vocals, there has been some variation of songs that have been done both electrically and acoustically.

Counting Crows Discography:

  • August and Everything After
  • Recovering the Satellites
  • Across a Wire: Live in New York
  • This Desert Life
  • Hard Candy
  • New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall
  • Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings

Top 5 Counting Crows’ Songs

  1. Anna Begins (August and Everything After)
  2. Colorblind (This Dessert Life)
  3. Miller’s Angels (Recovering the Satellites)
  4. Holiday In Spain (Hard Candy)
  5. Omaha (August and Everything After)

Personally, I’ve always been drawn to the emotionally tortured vocals of Adam Duritz.  Lyrically I find him to be beautifully expressive while, on their latest album in particular, at times a bit self absorbed.  Lately, I’m more inclined to listen to their live music as it seems riskier in the respect that they alter the arrangements and can do multiple interpretations of a song in either acoustic or electrical instrumentation.

Their music has appeared in several movies, which include: Clueless, Rounders, Cruel Intentions, Mr. Deeds, Two Weeks Notice, and most notably, Shrek 2.  As well as television shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Scrubs, Party of Five, Felicity, E.R., One Tree Hill, and Brothers and Sisters.

I’m a fan and I know that nostalgia plays a factor in that but I also think that musically, they have found a way to stay somewhat relevant.  I don’t think there music necessarily paved the way for bands or pioneered a sound, but I also think that they don’t suck. 

Check out the Counting Crows at www.countingcrows.com.

Counting Crows music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.countingcrows.com.

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You should be listening to Amos Lee!

Amos Lee is a Philadelphia born singer/songwriter with a soulfully smooth voice.  His self titled debut album was released in 2005 and since then, he has opened for such acts as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, B.B. King, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, John Prine, and an extended tour with Norah Jones.  Not a bad start for this relative new comer.

 His musical style is primarily acoustic, set to guitar, piano and a bit of percussions.  He tends to stick pretty close to the folksy soul style while occasionally bringing a little funk to the mix.  For you fans of the “ARC Angles”, Amos Lee’s latest album “Last Day at the Lodge” has Doyle Bramhall II playing guitar. 

If you watch much television, you might have heard Lee’s music on“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Studio 60”, “E.R.”, “Army Wives”, “Brothers and Sisters”, and “Six Degrees”.

Lee has a great musical DVD “Amos Lee Live from Austin TX” that has tracks from his first two albums and really showcases his talent. 

Amos Lee Discography

  • Amos Lee
  • Supply and Demand
  • Last Day at the Lodge

Top 5 Amos Lee Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight (Amos Lee)
  2. Street Corner Preacher (Last Day at the Lodge)
  3. Shout Out Loud (Supply and Demand)
  4. Seen It All Before (Amos Lee)
  5. Baby I Want You (Last Day at the Lodge)

Check out Amos Lee and let me know what you think.

Amos Lee’s music is available on iTunes, some record stores and www.amoslee.com.

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