My Favourite Songs of 2012

These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning it’s move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

Emm Gryner – Ciao Monday

I see great things from this Canadian singer-songwriter.  Love this version, recorded live at CBC.

Graffiti6 – Free

This song reached and grabbed me by the ears and shook me to a musical high.  Phenomenally written song, reaching one crescendo after another.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Another tune that grabbed me.  The more I listened, the more I liked.  This song will be around for years, in movies, on TV, in commercials.  Instant classic.

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

Iceland’s contribution to music this year, and a great video as well.

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

What a voice.

Caro Emerald – Back It Up

My favourite find of the year.  I am really digging this act.  Great voice, and different in a great way.

That’s a start, still have some more to pass on and will do so tomorrow.  Don’t want to destroy your attention span.


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  I hope each of you has a great new year and hopefully I can add to your soundtrack.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Music On My Social Media – Ian McAnsh

Canadian artist, Ian McAnsh is a follower of mine on Twitter.  Ian is a recording artist and a professional golfer and hails from Trenton and Belleville Ontario. His music is a pop blend.  He recently released his first album “Back To Da Brix”.  Give him a listen.

This song is off the album.

Don’t Stop

This song is a live version of “Go With The Flow”.


Listening To Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg (Photo credit: wfuv)

Jake Bugg is today’s featured artist and the song is “Two Fingers”.  Jake hails from Nottingham, UK.  The astounding fact, 18, yes 18.  Catch this tune and tell me that this not a great song.  Looking forward to more.

Some Links:

Jake Bugg Home

Jake Bugg on Twitter

Listening To I.V. Webb

I V Webb

While perusing my email, I came across a missive from Sarah T, asking if I could listen to some music from American artist I.V. Webb.  I did, and now I post.  I love listening to all music, and especially love stepping out of the mainstream and giving due to the myriad of outstanding artists in the world.  I.V. is now placed on that list.  The world of social media has indeed made the world of music a much more interesting place.

First, a bit about I.V..  This was taken from her website.

“I.V. Webb, native of New York, resident in London, a beautiful, unique and sometimes haunting voice that belongs everywhere, driven by restless, universal feelings. Deeply emotional, never sentimental, her work recalls not only the hues and shades but more importantly the pure spirit of greats such as Patti Smith, Sandy Denny and Chrissie Hynde.
Far from the formula of pop, sometimes calling on the bittersweet electric folk of underground Manhattan or windswept Celtic romance, her spiraling songs and poignant vocals are both testament to her skill and testimony of her experience.”

Lets listen to a couple of tunes.

This tune is titled “Speechless”

An interesting song, that builds as it goes.

The second song is called “In Mind”

Some Links

I.V. Webb on iTunes

I.V. Webb on Twitter

I.V. Webb on YouTube

I.V. Webb Home