For the regulars of my site, they already know I am a huge Matt Nathanson fan. For those non-regulars, I will let you know I am a huge Matt Nathanson fan. I have been re-exploring his earlier catalog lately and I want to point out a great live set he has available called ‘At the Point’.
‘At the Point’ was recorded, well, at The Point. The Point is an intimate club in Philadelphia, PA. It was recorded in the Summer of 2005 and released in 2006. It is only Matt and his acoustic guitar. Nothing or no one else.
What I love about this album is it is a lot of his old songs from before my discovery of Matt which was around 2007 or so. The album showcases his live performance, his ability to own a crowd, his comedic stylings (he is one funny SOB), his voice and most importantly his songwriting and musicianship.
From such classics as “Church Clothes”, “Answering Machine”, “Curve of the Earth” and “I Saw” to his cover of Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” and Drivin’ N Cryin’s “Straight to Hell”, you get lost in his performances as they are delivered so flawlessly and seem so personal. You get laughs as he tells stories that will have you laughing your ass off and you just get an hour and seven minutes of pure enjoyment. This is what a live album should be. Something you can feel and connect with.
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It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2018. My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2018. Go check it out by clicking on the link. These 20 songs are all genres other than rock. Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not. They are my favorites, that touched me in some way so don’t expect any indie bands or anything trendy. If you want that go to one of the cool sites out there, this ain’t it.
If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2018 or the Top Albums of 2018 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.
Let’s get started…
#20 – “Space Cowboy” – Kacey Musgrave off the album ‘Golden Hour’: I am not huge into today’s country music, but Kacey is different. She is doing things her way, pushing boundaries and sounds. I love her voice and her songs are always interesting and worth diving into lyrically. This one is no different. It is more pop than country, but still good.
#19 – “Say Hello” – Rhett Walker Band off the ‘Rhett Walker Band E.P.’: Rhett’s a Christian rock band and this song comes off with the power of Church Revival and gets you up out of you chair, hands in the air and give it your all. If you want to get moving, this will do it.
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The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year. I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2018 (click to read). This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, Country, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums. Rock is my favorite genre and that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.
Note: These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers. There aren’t the trendy indie bands on everyone else’s top albums list. These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way. So, we might as well get started…
The #1 Album of 2018
Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart: Man, what can I say about this guy. He is my favorite singer/songwriter out their right now and has been for sometime. Within just a couple listens to this album I felt like I knew all the words and I was singing right along like I had grown up with these songs. And how do you know an album is great, you keep singing it when you aren’t even listening to it. Yes, I was and I am still singing. The songs “Mine”, “Way Way Back”, “Used To Be” “Long Distant Runner” and “Best Drugs” are some of my favorites but there is not a bad song. Perfect!!
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Matt Nathanson is one of my all time favorite singers and songwriters, no doubt. If I had to list my Top 10 Bands or Artists, Matt would be there along with Kiss and Def Leppard (if you follow me, you know I love those two bands so that is high praise). Why do I love him and his music so much? Well, this album is a shining example of why.
Speaking of the album, this album took a long journey. No, not Matt writing and recording it. A literal long journey. The album was shipped Friday October 5th (the day of release) from Nashville, Tennessee. It stated it would not be to me until Thursday, October 11th which I thought was strange as North Carolina is not that far from Tennessee (well not really far). When I looked up the tracking #, the package suddenly appeared in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Now I am not great on geography, but San Juan isn’t anywhere near North Carolina the last time I checked and doesn’t seem the normal traffic route for a package. Needless to say, it din’t arrive by the 11th as stated. The USPS finally corrected themselves and I did receive it on Saturday, October 13th. It could be worse, I might not have ever received it.
‘Sings His Sad Heart’ is exactly that. An album of songs that are about “loss”. Sounds depressing, right? It is far from it. Matt’s pop sensibility is second to none. He can write an album chock full of catchy tunes that stay with you and never leave. His mixture of that pop sound with folk and rock blends so nicely together that his music makes you feel like you have known the songs and the album your whole life.
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Welcome to October. Halloween decorations will start going up and Fall should be arriving soon…well I am in the South so I guess we don’t get Fall weather until Christmas. The new releases are still coming fast & furious (great title for a movie franchise…I wonder if it has been done). There are two releases from 2 of my favorite singer songwriters and there are just so many to choose you should be able to find something. My choices are in Blue. Let me know what interests your or I am missing anything so people will know.
- Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart – (Acrobat Records): Matt Nathanson, what can I say. He is one of my favorite Singer-Songwriters out there today. I have seen him live 3 times (all is an opener…I need to see him as a headliner). This album will be there when I get home on vinyl along with his Def Leppard Cover E.P. on vinyl as well. This will consume most of my listening this weekend. His lyrics are insightful at times, quirky, funny and sometimes damn near brilliant. I can’t say enough good things. Damn…I hope I haven’t built him up too much to disappoint…nah..can’t happen.
- Steve Perry – Traces – (Fantasy): The legendary Journey singer is back with his first album in over 20 years and I could not be more excited. I can’t say I am a huge fan of what I have heard so far, but that doesn’t matter. Any new music by this man is welcomed and will be listened to for time to come.
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Just a few short weeks ago, Matt Nathanson brought us a Def Leppard Tribute E.P. titled ‘Pryomattia’ which was a really nice surprise and damn near perfect. Well, now Matt brings us an actual new song called “Way Way Back” which is supposed to be from a yet unannounced new album coming “soonish” as Matt puts it.
If there is one thing Matt Nathanson can do and that is write a great song. The man has a way with lyrics and he delivers another sensational song. The story is of a love lost but letting that person know that they won’t find someone that loves them as much as you did. That when they realize what they lost they can find you in their memories.
I love lyrics like “Didn’t know that forever only meant forever till you found someone better” which is what I think most people really believe. And “Radio just wanna hurt me, put you in every song” as who hasn’t gone through a break-up and every song on the radio reminded you of that person. The song is so relatable and Matt has a way of making everything simple and crystal clear.
It is a love song that only Matt can write. It is a fun, catchy little tune that will get you singing and “do-do-doing” right along. If this is any indication of what is to come on the new album, I guess Matt will get more of my money as this will go on pre-order immediately when available…in vinyl of course!!
I would give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars if I had to rate which I guess I do since this is a review. Give it a listen or go buy now and help support the artist. It is the least you can do so we keep getting great new music from them.
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We interrupt the normal Tuesday’s Memes scheduled to talk about something amazing…Matt Nathanson surprised his fans with an announcement of a new album and released it the very next day. The album was only a 6 song E.P., but who cares. Any new music from Matt is super fantastic. The only problem is that it wasn’t actually new music. It was an E.P. full of cover songs.
Now, they aren’t just any cover songs. They are from my all time favorite band, Def Leppard. If you don’t know, Matt Nathanson is a metal head. I realized that a few years ago when I saw Matt being interviewed on the VH1 show “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk. Matt gushed on and on about his rock and metal influences and it made me appreciate him more than I already did.
Matt is also one of my all time favorite artist and he can do no wrong in my book. So, let’s throw Matt together with Def Leppard songs and you have what could possibly be the greatest combination in music history. I am not kidding!!
When I saw the track listing, I was a little disappointed with a few choices as they seemed obvious and then stunned at some others as I couldn’t imagine what he would do with it. The songs are as follows:
- Pour Some Sugar on Me
- Bringin’ on the Heartbreak
- Comin’ Under Fire
With cover albums you either need to nail it perfectly or completely re-imagine the song. Matt completely re-imagined the songs. He plays them acoustically and even adds some string orchestration to them. He takes these songs and makes them his own and does an absolutely impressive covers album.
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Oh the Holidays! The end of the year. Christmas time. The time John is not supposed to buy any albums since it is the holidays and it is my birthday time period so no record purchases as people need to have something to give me as a gift. Well, that didn’t quite work this year.
I did set aside a list of albums people could buy for me for Christmas and/or my Birthday and I made sure that anything I picked up was not from that list. December turned out to be a treasure trove of purchases, gifts and free stuff. I definitely hit the jackpot with a crap load of albums to listen to and some day write about.
It all started mid-November when the Coke reward program was giving away $5 Amazon gift cards for every 10 bottle caps redeemed. Well, I had been collecting them at work as I do drink one Coke product everyday and on really stressful, busy days, maybe two. The $5 Amazon Gift cards were actually $10 because they allowed you to redeem it twice. After setting up a several more accounts with different email addresses, I was able to redeem $40 worth of caps (I would have done more, but I ran out of caps). What did I get with the $40 from Amazon? Music of course. I picked up the following:
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For My Sunday Song #48, I am going with my favorite Matt Nathanson song called “Headphones”. The song features singer LOLO and is off Matt’s album ‘Show Me Your Fangs’ released in 2014. It is one of his best albums, so check it out.
The song “Headphones” for me is about putting on my headphones, listening to music and escaping. When you listen to music, it can take all your cares in the world and throw them out the window. With music, you can feel invincible (as the song states). The song is everything I feel about music and how important it is in my life. Heck, I even started a blog where all I talk about is music. I have only known this song for 3 years now, but it is the soundtrack to my feelings on music.
The song is actually about a girl who moves to the big city to have a fresh start. Where everyone around her is concerned with trivial things, she is out there being who she is. Her escape is music and she is happy just sitting around listening to music and not getting caught up in the madness. Matt is great at telling stories and he knocks another one out of the park with this one. Matt is one of the best songwriters out there and I can’t get enough of his music. If you want to hear what Matt Nathanson says about the song, go to USAToday.com and check this article out.
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My Sunday Song #16 is completely different than any other song I have posted on this series. It is one of the strangest and at the same time one of the coolest and best songs I have heard lately. The song is “Bill Murray” by one of my favorite artists, Matt Nathanson. It is off his latest album ‘Show Me Your Fangs’ and worth buying if you don’t already have it.
The official video came out this week and is strange and glorious just like the song. I am going to let Matt explain the song from what he wrote for the posting of the song on Youtube.
Celebrity is such a huge part of our culture. So much so that whenever I’m interviewed I’m asked, without fail, “if you could hang out with one celebrity who would it be?” well, the list is short. it’s really a list of one: Bill Murray. In a Kardashian world, Bill Murray is the anti-Kardashian. he lives his public life in this amazingly unselfconscious, passionate way. makes creative decisions – from what i can tell – based purely on what he WANTS to do and he refuses to play the game of celebrity the way it’s played by everyone else and that is super inspiring. so i wrote this song about Bill and me hanging out for 100 days, Thelma and Louise-ing our way across the world. In the song, Bill rains down sage advice on me about the world and relationships and love, like I imagine he does with his actual, real-life friends.
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