Playlist of the Week: March 10, 2014

Crosses (the new Def Tones lead singer side project) enters the LTD mix this week, courtesy of Bishop (Seattle)

Took an extra push again today to get our numbers up, but at the end of the day we continued our streak of most songs in a week! Thank you to new nominators Hoyer-Gosselink, Bishop, Gipson, Heyming, and Hagan (all 5 of you are from completely different slices of my life, and I love it all the way.)

21 tracks coming your way here and now from 21 committed music lovers- love doing this and love hearing what piques everyone’s interest. Playlist below- as always, we’ll open new nominations for next week’s starting Friday. Everybody gets one, nominators below :)

✝✝✝ (Crosses) – The Epilogue- Bishop (Seattle)
Royal Teeth – Heartbeats Olivos, M. (Philadelphia)
Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless Quinnelly (Fort Collins)
Bishop Allen – Things Are What You Make Of Them Goodman (DC)
Metallica – All Nightmare Long Small (Boston)

Delta Spirit enjoyed a short run with “People C’mon” in a past tournament. Back again just so you can hear ‘em, courtesy of Hoyer-Gosselink (San Francisco)

The Devil Makes Three – Old Number Seven Olivos, G. (Seattle)
Drive-By Truckers – Goddamn Lonely Love Tracz (DC)
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener Babij (Vermont)
Yo La Tengo – Griselda Marton (NYC)
Rayland Baxter – The Mtn Song Kuncaitis (Boston)
Delta Spirit – Devil Knows You’re Dead Hoyer-Gosselink (San Francisco)
Jump Little Children – All Those Days Are Gone Lui (Harrisburg, PA)
Mariachi El Bronx – 48 Roses Bruckner (Cleveland)
Billy Bragg – Walt Whitman’s Niece Brooking (Jackson, MS)
Vast – Free Gipson (Seattle)
Shovels & Rope – Hail Hail Glasser (DC)
Pearl Jam – Unemployable Denson (Silver Spring, MD)
Sbtrkt – Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon) Palmer (Seattle)
Whiskeytown – 16 Days Hagan (Seattle)
Plantrae – Enter the Seed Heyming (Riverside)
PAPA – Put Me To Work Akers (San Francisco)

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Playlist of the Week: March 3rd, 2014

A little later than I’d expected, but continued on our momentum with 17 songs on this playlist- just the right length for a mix CD. Check ‘em out! This one feels a little mellower than last week’s, but that’s ok. It’s March. Also, I realized how spread out a lot of us are and wanted to call some attention to it. It’s rad. See below.

As you can see, there are no boys in BOY- it’s super deep.

Jamestown Revival, “Fur Coat Blues” (Kenda in Boston)
Anders Osborne, “Marmalade” (Katie B. in ____?)
Josh Ritter, “Hopeful” (bessaface in DC)
BOY, “Oh Boy” (Genevieve in Seattle)
Lord Huron, “Time To Run” (Quinnelly in Fort Collins)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “I Should Have Known It” (Corbett in New York)
The Be Good Tanyas, “Lakes of Pontchartrain” (G-mo in Seattle)
Jimmy Cliff, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (Nos in New York)

Billy Gibbons and Co.

Oscar Issac and Marcus Mumford, “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)” (Joe D. in Silver Spring)
The Cat Empire, “Panama” (Babij in Vermont)
Billy Gibbons and Company, “Oh Well” (Lindsay E. in Oklahoma)
The Southland, “Creatures” (Scott H. in Seattle)
The Cure, “10:15 Saturday Night” (Caitlin B. in Mississippi)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, “Retreat!” (Matt B in Cleveland)
Trampled By Turtles, “Duluth” (James W. in Minneapolis)
Dye, “Fantasy” (Jim Rock in Oakland)
Holy Wave, “Do You Feel It?” (Jonas in ______?)

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Playlist of the Week: February 24, 2014

The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs – Red Eyes – Quinnelly
Django Django – Default – Matthew B.
Tokyo Police Club – Bambi- G-mo
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sugar Dyed – emglasser
Kodaline – Love Like This – ktracz
TV On The Radio – Second Song- babij
The Jam – Town Called Malice- Pete M
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Rouse Yourself- acporter
The Strokes – Machu Picchu- howl
Huey Lewis & The News – I Want A New Drug – 2006 Digital Remaster- Nos
Say Anything – Alive With The Glory Of Love- Peter N.
Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys- Maegan O.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Stranger to My Happiness- Emmy LK
Blaze Foley – Clay Pigeons- Bourne
The Donnies The Amys – The King of Norway- Lui
The Hold Steady – Southtown Girls- Brooking
Alabama Shakes- Always Alright – bessaface

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Playlist of the Week: February 17, 2014

Bastille with an LTD site debut

Happy President’s Day! We hope this Monday morning finds you well, healthy, and happy, wherever you might be this wet, gray morning writing from my home in the Wallingford/Green Lake area of Seattle. Gross weekend. Gross Monday. Meh.

To help usher in a short week/coast to the end of a 3 day weekend (for some of us at least,) as with every Monday morning we’ve got this week’s Living The Dream playlist of the week! Some new contributor welcomes: John B, Rob H, Annie D from my New Haven days, Emmy LK from my UMD days, and Maegan O andPeter M for what I assume is

Wild Cub- playing the Bowery tomorrow if any of you NYC folks are into this one.

succumbing to “yo contribute a song” sibling pressure from their respective older brothers. Check out the playlist below, and this time  I’ll put who nominated which song so you can provide accolades as appropriate :)

Major Lazer. Unclear whether this refers to a giant laser or a high ranking official in the Royal Army of Lasers.

Augustines – Don’t You Look Back (G-mo)
alt-J – Matilda (Sarena)
Kurt Vile – Baby’s Arms (Brooking)
Jackson 5 – Mama’s Pearl (Nos)
Bastille – Flaws (John B.)
Major Lazer – Get Free (Annie D.)
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who (Rob H.)
Step Rockets – Kisser (ktracz)
Blitzen Trapper – Ever Loved Once (Babij)
Valerie June – Somebody To Love (Emmy LK)
Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter (Maegan O.)
John Cale – Paris 1919 (Peter M.)
Lacuna Coil – Trip The Darkness (Adrock)
Red Fang – Blood Like Cream (Otis D.)

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Playlist of the Week: 2/10/14

We had some people nominate a single song that’s got them jazzed up, put it on a shared playlist, and now we’re sharing it with the world. Simple as that- we’ll do it once a week :) Take a listen! It’s eclectic galore.

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Living The Dream Playlist Of The Week

Coming Monday.

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Tournament Day 17: Country Classics, Studio Innovation, Blues Rock, Power Ballads

Day 17 Match-Ups

Alright, I’m making a call. I am unfortunately too busy/stressed/unemployed to keep to the regular schedule of posting as often as I was, even with the ease of SurveyMonkey versus manual entry, so will be toning it back from the bi-weekly format. A lot of our regular guest posters are in the same boat of job changes/seasonally busy/etc., so please bear with us and keep voting! If you’d like to keep wind of the new match-up releases, it may be helpful to subscribe to LivingTheDream.org by following our blog (the button at the top right of the page.) I will try to do no worse than once a week.

Votes due by Sunday, November 10th at 11 PM EST- vote with your heartiest of hearts. For the weekly matches, we’re gonna start it off with some old country standards, follow that up with mid-60s studio innovation songs (a la Spector-influenced but with some other goodies sprinkled in,) continue on to some 70s blues-influenced rock, and finish it up with everybody’s favorite 80s power ballads. YouTube link is below, followed by a Spotify playlist- pick your “Poison” (that’s a joke. A joke about the power ballads.)

Vote Here!!!!

Day 16 Results:

British Rock, 1965
“Help!” by The Beatles- 82
“The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones- 65
“Get Away” by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames- 46
“Do The Freddie” by Freddie & The Dreamers- 45

No problems for The Beatles here as they debut their first non-debut album track- still got 19 more songs in the future competing in this round. Little trivia on some of these other songs that will likely not advance-  Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames included a young John McLaughlin at one point, and were the only British band to be part of the inaugural “Motown Review” tour in England along with The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and others.

Prog/Theatrical Mish-Mash, 1972-1973
“Suffragette City” by David Bowie- 65
“Money” by Pink Floyd- 65
“Thick As A Brick” by Jethro Tull- 53
“Total Mass Retain” by Yes- 43

After a back-and-forth throughout the voting, Bowie and Floyd end up in a dead tie, which means they will both advance to the Round of 512. Jethro Tull drops a second straight and will need some luck to advance either of its songs in the at-large section. As for Yes, they’ve still got an 80s standard to compete in the future.

Traditional Rock, 1982-1983
“Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen- 69
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel- 66
“Hurts So Good” by John Cougar Mellencamp- 65
“King of Pain” by The Police- 59

With all four of these songs within 10 points of each other, gotta call this a close one. The Boss pulls it out with decent showings from Joel and Mellencamp.

Country-Rock Crossovers, 2000-2007
“Hurt” by Johnny Cash- 80
“Picture” by Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow- 65
“Gone Gone Gone” by Robert Plant & Allison Krauss- 61
“Oh My Sweet Carolina” by Ryan Adams- 52

No problems here for Johnny Cash’s way-too-close-to-an-autobiographical-eulogy-for-comfort cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” This song went quite far in the first tournament, and looks to be standing well in this one also. Rock & Crow may sneak in with their 6.5, time will tell. My heart cries a bit for “Oh My Sweet Carolina”, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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