Playlist
Out of Silence
Neil Finn
Terrorise Me
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
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1000 Kisses
Patty Griffin
Chief
Genre: Folk
Year: 2002
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Stumble into Grace
Emmylou Harris
Time in Babylon
Genre: Country
Year: 2003
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Twenty-eight years after her major label debut, Emmylou Harris remains as vital, electric, and bold an artist as the young woman who moved to Nashville in the early ‘70s. But where she once carried on Gram Parsons’ vision of wedding hardcore country to contemporary rhythms, for the past decade Harris has explored an acoustic sonic landscape rooted in folk, yet set apart by driving percussion, world-music elements, and gauzy and ethereal vocals. Stumble Into Grace follows the Grammy-winning Red Dirt Girl with an even bleaker and beautiful collection of songs, almost all of which she wrote or co-wrote. Two songs concern themselves with social commentary, the slant-eyed "Time In Babylon" (co-written with Jill Cuniff of Luscious Jackson), poking a stick in the eye of designer fashions and TV culture, and the affecting "Lost Unto This World" framing scenes of female genocide throughout the ages. Yet much of the program has an Emily Dickinson quality about it, as if told from the point of view of a woman looking back on her past life, realizing it is almost over, and finding herself nearly crazed from lost opportunity, lost loves, and loneliness. Even her elegy to June Carter Cash, "Strong Hand," where Linda Ronstadt guests, centers on the "miracle of how one soul finds another." A poetic spirituality lifts up even the most hopeless lyric, as do the otherworldly background vocals (Julie Miller, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Jane Siberry) and producer Malcolm Burn’s haunting instrumental touches (a Cuban churanga and a deftly-placed accordion, which offers a sympathetic wheeze). At 57, Harris may be square in the middle stages of chronological life, but as a performer, she is still in the forefront of genre-transcending artistry. --Alanna Nash
Stumble into Grace
Emmylou Harris
Time in Babylon
Genre: Country
Year: 2003
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For all the delight their fans take in parsing their wry and obstinately obscure lyrics, Steely Dan wouldn't command the kind of following they have if they weren't such consummate craftsmen in shaping melodies, layering keyboard and guitar effects and applying sophisticated doses of jazz, funk and soul. On his own albums, of which Morph the Cat is only the third--and the first since 1993's Kamakiriad--the group's sardonic co-mastermind Donald Fagen avails himself to more socially observant and personally revealing themes. But here, too, it's the music's dark shimmer and bumptious grooves that get under your skin, carrying his serious intentions with them. The grandly allusive "Morph," named after what Fagen describes as a "vast, ghostly cat-thing" that hovers in the Manhattan sky (not unlike Woody Allen's catty mother in "New York Stories"), reflects with no loss of irony or oblique meaning on the angst and sense of loss felt in the post-9/11 world. There are visions of death--including his own--and political oppression. There's a comic romantic encounter with a female airport security guard and a reverent faceoff with the ghost of Ray Charles, whose essence is nailed: "Well, you bring some church but you leave no doubt/As to what kind of love you love to shout about." Even when Fagen's hipster sensibility flirts with preciousness, the music is so richly, radiantly alive, the collective power of the songs can't be denied. --Lloyd Sachs
Morph the Cat
Donald Fagen
What I Do
Genre: Pop
Year: 2006
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Morph the Cat
Donald Fagen
H Gang
Genre: Pop
Year: 2006
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Morph the Cat
Donald Fagen
Morph the Cat
Genre: Pop
Year: 2006
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When Chumbawamba--an anarchist musical collective from Leeds--can have a major U.S. hit, this isn't reality--it's more like Utopia. They'd been plugging away in the underground for years, highlighting hypocrisy with wit and releasing a series of brilliant albums before achieving critical mass in 1997. There's the drum & bass ("Smalltown"), and "The Good Ship Lifestyle" where they manage to weld the rhythms seamlessly onto songs. Anything and everything is fair game here, and why not? Chumbawamba have their own voice, and these snapshots of England (Polaroids of Leeds, really) prove that pop and politics can make comfortable bedfellows. --Chris Nickson
Tubthumper
Chumbawamba
Tubthumping
Genre: Rock
Year: 1997
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Essential Oils
Midnight Oil
Put Down That Weapon (2007 Remastered)
Genre: Rock
Year: 1987
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Essential Oils
Midnight Oil
Beds Are Burning (2007 Remastered)
Genre: Rock
Year: 1987
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Essential Oils
Midnight Oil
My Country
Genre: Rock
Year: 2012
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Essential Oils
Midnight Oil
Truganini
Genre: Rock
Year: 2012
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Katy Lied
Steely Dan
Any World (That I'm Welcome To)
Genre: Rock
Year: 1975
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Katy Lied
Steely Dan
Bad Sneakers
Genre: Rock
Year: 1975
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Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Wallace
Year: 2017
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Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Rain
Year: 2017
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Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Flight to LAPD
Year: 2017
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Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Sapper's Tree
Year: 2017
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The Dark Knight Rises (Deluxe Edition) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Hans Zimmer
Gotham's Reckoning
Year: 2012
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
S.T.A.Y.
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Detach
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Coward
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
I'm Going Home
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Running Out
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
A Place Among the Stars
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Afraid of Time
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Mountains
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
The Wormhole
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Message from Home
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Stay
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Day One
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Dust
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Cornfield Chase
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer
Dreaming of the Crash
Genre: Soundtrack
Year: 2014
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Just Us Kids
James McMurtry
Cheney's Toy
Genre: Rock
Year: 2008
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Wheelhouse
Greg Howe
Shady Lane (feat. Richie Kotzen)
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
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Wheelhouse
Greg Howe
Shady Lane (feat. Richie Kotzen)
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
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Wheelhouse
Greg Howe
Throw Down
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
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Wheelhouse
Greg Howe
2 In 1
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
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Complicated Game
James McMurtry
Deaver's Crossing
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Year: 2015
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