My Top Songs – 2018

Listen to the top 100 songs that I played on Spotify during 2018.

They recently sent me an email which highlighted my 2018 music. I love a wide variety of music from many genres and artists, but you probably already knew that, if you have followed my blog over the past 4 years. In fact, Spotify called me “adventurous” because I listened to “non-mainstream” artists 159% more than the average Spotify user. I also included my top songs for 2017 and 2016.

Playlist (2018)

Your Top Songs – 2018 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 7 hr 23 min

Enjoy the following custom playlist Spotify created for me with the 100 songs that I loved most this year, all wrapped up.

 

Playlist (2017)

Your Top Songs – 2017 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 6 hr 53 min

 

Playlist (2016)

Your Top Songs – 2016 (Playlist) – 99 songs, 7 hr 4 min

 

Summary

Here are various summaries they provided that reflect my Spotify listening history during 2018. Very interesting!

Statistics

  • 11,288 minutes (188 hours – 22% more than 2017)
  • 2,736 songs (228/month)

Top Artists

Top Songs

  • Dressed on Festen (2017) by Milos Milonakis
  • Questions on The Journey, Vol. 1 (2018) by Cinthia Garcia
  • Slow Down
  • Luminous on Encounters of the Beautiful Kind (2018) by Rachel LaFond
  • A Beautiful Distraction on Waking the Muse (2013) by Michele McLaughlin

Top Genres

  • Pop
  • Classical
  • Indie
  • Roots

Oldest Song

Even with all the newfangled music coming out, I still found time for oldies like this.

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo on Mascagni:Cavalleria Rusticana (Remastered) (1953) by Renato Cellini

 

Tastebreakers (Playlist) – 50 songs, 4 hr 4 min

To broaden my horizons in 2019, Spotify created this playlist of songs from genres and artists I don’t usually explore.

 

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Listen to indie folk music by Handsome & Gretyl and Lullen on their new album A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack).

This music was created for a short documentary film about grief & loss. Lullen is one of the side projects for Handsome (Brett), which he describes this way:

Lullen is a soft breath of soothing, seaborne melodies designed to mimic the calming, clearing effects of the sound of the ocean. Created with deep, warm felt piano and awash with deep reverberations, Lullen moves listeners to center, focus, and dream.

New Album

A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack)  (2018) – 11 songs, 35 min

 

Recent Single

Make You Mine  (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 22 sec

 

See my music post on Handsome & Gretyl for more albums, videos, and links. It will be updated with the new album.

Photo credit: A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack) @ Amazon (album cover).

Darlingside: Extralife

Darlingside: Extralife

Listen to indie folk music by Darlingside on their new album Extralife.

Albums

Enjoy the harmonies from this Boston quartet.

Extralife (2018) – 12 songs, 39 min

 

Videos

These are a few music videos from the new album.

Best of the Best of Times – 3 min 3 sec

 

Futures – 4 min 21 sec

 

See my music post on Darlingside for more albums, videos, and links. It has been updated with the new album.

Photo credit: Extralife @ Amazon (album cover).

Birds of Chicago: Love in Wartime

Birds of Chicago: Love in Wartime

Listen to Americana music by Birds of Chicago on their new album Love in Wartime.

New Album

Enjoy their new album.

Love in Wartime (2018) – 11 songs, 45 min

 

Playlist

This is my playlist of their songs.

Birds of Chicago (Playlist) – 21 songs, 1 hr 36 min

 

Videos

Here are videos of a few songs from their new album.

Superlover – for Folk Alley Sessions – 3 min 55 sec

 

Lodestar – Live at Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas (2016) – 4 min 44 sec

 

Baton Rouge – Live on Folk in the Field at Calgary Folk Festival (2017) – 6 min 31 sec

 

Love in Wartime – Concerts in the Kitchen – 6 min 48 sec

 

Listen to more of their music at my Birds of Chicago post for more albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlist has been included there as well. Also you might like the Po’ Girl music from Allison Russell’s earlier group.

Photo credit: Love in Wartime @ Amazon (album cover)

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SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 22

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 22

The Middle Biscuit is a weekly SXSWfm specialty radio show stream, hosted by Elizabeth Spruiell on MixCloud, which focuses on indie/pop/rock music gems (about an hour long).

SXSWfm_biggerSXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas recently held from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

This is how Elizabeth describes her weekly show every Thursday at 12 & 6 CT.

What is the Middle Biscuit? Literally speaking, it is the warm, highly-coveted, center, perfect biscuit my brothers and I fought over when our Mom set down a pan of her homemade fare. Figuratively, the middle biscuit is a symbol representing any thing that is elite compared to those that surround it. Tune in weekly to feast on what I consider middle biscuit tracks and middle biscuit artists from the massive universe of indie-pop-rock. Mostly new stuff, sometimes classic, either way, you’ll get your fill.

Middle Biscuit #114 – JMT (2/22/2018) – 59 min

Playing tracks by Bonny Doon, Father John Misty, Night Moves, Unlikely Friends, The Drums and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • Bonny Doon — A Lotta Things
  • Father John Misty — Mr. Tillman
  • Night Moves — Kind Luck
  • Unlikely Friends — Hey Sunshine
  • The Drums — Are U Fucked
  • GIRLS — My Ma
  • A Savage — Phantom Limbo
  • The Walters — What’s Left
  • Portugal. The Man — Do You
  • Django Django — Sundials
  • Dan Auerbach — Malibu Man
  • Grizzly Bear — Glass Hillside
  • DMAs — In the Air
  • Tweedy — Where My Love
  • Temples — The Guesser
  • Julian Plenti — Only If You Run

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SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 8

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 8

The Middle Biscuit is a weekly SXSWfm specialty radio show stream, hosted by Elizabeth Spruiell on MixCloud, which focuses on indie/pop/rock music gems (about an hour long).

SXSWfm_biggerSXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas recently held from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

This is how Elizabeth describes her weekly show every Thursday at 12 & 6 CT.

What is the Middle Biscuit? Literally speaking, it is the warm, highly-coveted, center, perfect biscuit my brothers and I fought over when our Mom set down a pan of her homemade fare. Figuratively, the middle biscuit is a symbol representing any thing that is elite compared to those that surround it. Tune in weekly to feast on what I consider middle biscuit tracks and middle biscuit artists from the massive universe of indie-pop-rock. Mostly new stuff, sometimes classic, either way, you’ll get your fill.

Middle Biscuit #113 – Half of it (2/8/2018) – 56 min

Playing tracks by Martin Courtney, Slow Hollows, Ty Segall, Baywaves, Cherry and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • King Tuff — Psycho Star
  • Strange Ranger — The Future
  • Beach Fossils — Closer Everywhere
  • Bloody Beach — Troubled Minds
  • MGMT — Hand it Over
  • Pinky Pink — Robber
  • Dusted — Backwoods Ritual
  • Baywaves — Down 4 U
  • Car Seat Headrest — Nervous Young Inhumans
  • Cherry — Majestic Wonderland
  • Slow Hollows — Romantic
  • VACATIONS — Relax
  • Martin Courtney — Northern Highway
  • Ty Segall — My Lady’s on Fire
  • Kyle Craft — Exile Rag

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Wild Child: Expectations

Wild Child: Expectations

Listen to indie pop music by Wild Child from Austin, Texas on their new album Expectations that was just released yesterday.

There’s an interesting article on their website with background about the album and band. They are on tour in the USA, Canada, and Europe from March through May.

New Album

Enjoy the music.

Expectations – 12 songs, 47 m1n

 

Videos

Here are several videos for songs from their new album

Expectations – 4 min 12 sec

 

The One – Live – 3 min 0 sec

 

Playlist

Here is my playlist of their songs.

Wild Child (Playlist) – 38 songs, 2 hr 18 m1n

 

See my music post on Wild Child for more albums, videos, and links. I have incorporated the new album and an expanded playlist there as well.

Photo credit: Expectations (Amazon – album cover)

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