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Sound Bites: Daniell Nelson

Foresight is not a common theme in Hip-hop/R&B music. Actually, songwriting that paints a picture of what today’s actions lead to in any genre are not the norm. Daniell Nelson is a Christian R&B artist using music to paint a different picture. In Tomorrow, Nelson uses verses to illustrate how his current actions are based on what he sees taking place around him, from romantic pursuits to racism. Yes there are religious themes as well, but the positivity presented is something anyone can grasp on to. Musically the sound is tight with a fluid rhythm and solid beat. Check out Tomorrow from Daniell Nelson in the youtube video below, and add it to your music collection using the link beneath it.

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Cover Special 2014 Playlist

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It’s that time of year, where we explore excellent reinterpretations of our favorite songs, covered by different artists. This week I explain what qualifies as a great cover song, how a good cover song is different than a tribute track, and more. Enjoy!

Listen to Hour 1

Listen to Hour 2

Hour 1 Playlist

Enjoy the Silence / 3:32 / Anberlin / Punk Goes 90s / Fearless Records / 2006 /
iTunes

The Boys of Summer / 4:24 / Matthew Mayfield / 72 Songs | Every Release / Matthew Mayfield / 2013 /
Last FM

Take My Breath Away / 4:52 / Copeland / Know Nothing Stays The Same AD / The Militia Group / 2004 / Amazon

Skinny Love / 3:23 / Birdy / Birdy / Jasmine Van den Bogaerde / 2011 /
iTunes

Drain You / 3:37 / Horse Feathers / Drain You / Bonnet of Briars – Single / Kill Rock Stars / 2010 /
iTunes

Every Tear is a Waterfall – Coldplay / 3:30 / Awake! Awake! / Live Acoustic Covers / Awake! Awake! / 2011 /
Last FM

Firework feat. David Choi / 4:46 / Boyce Avenue / Cover Collaborations, Vol. 1 / Peace Records / 2010 /
iTunes

Tonight, Tonight (feat. Levi Weaver) / 4:45 / Jenny & Tyler / For Freedom-A Covers EP / Jenny & Tyler / 2013 / iTunes

When I Was Your Man / 3:31 / Jona Selle / Covers Vol. 1 / Jona Selle / 2013 /
iTunes

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry / 3:15 / Amy Lee / We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash / Blackbird Production Partners / 2012 /
iTunes

The Long Black Veil / 2:53 / Iron & Wine / We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash / Blackbird Production Partners / 2012 /
iTunes

Not Dark Yet / 6:23 / Silversun Pickups / Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International [Disc 1] / Amnesty International USA / 2012 /
iTunes

I’ll Remember You / 4:48 / Thea Gilmore / Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International / Amnesty International USA / 2012 /
iTunes

Lessons Learned (feat. Rachael Yamagata) / 4:31 / Cary Brothers / Covers, Vol. 1 – EP / Procrastination Records / 2012 / iTunes

Hour 2 Playlist

Space Age Love Song / 3:49 / No Motiv / Before You Were Punk! / Vagrant / 1998 /
Amazon

Wonderwall / 4:21 / Holly Figueroa / One / Holly Figueroa / 2011 / iTunes

Natural Blues (Moby / Vera Hall cover) / 2:36 / little hurricane / Stay Classy (A Collection of Cover Songs) / little hurricane / 2013 /
Bandcamp

I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover) / 2:20 / little hurricane / Stay Classy (A Collection of Cover Songs) / little hurricane / 2013 /
Bandcamp

No Surprises / 3:45 / Amanda Palmer / Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele / 8ft. Records / 2010 / iTunes

I Walked (Sufjan Stevens cover, featuring Simone White) / 2:46 / Fol Chen / A Timely Introduction to the Sounds of Fol Chen / Fol Chen / 2013 /
NoiseTrade

Runaway / 2:47 / Bayside / Covers, Vol. 1 – EP / Glumshoe Records / 2012 /
iTunes

Empire State of Mind / 3:47 / Halestorm / In the Live Room – EP / Atlantic / 2012 /
iTunes

Berzerk / 3:25 / Madilyn Bailey / The Covers, Vol. 6 / Keep Your Soul Records / 2013 /
iTunes

Diamond Dogs / 3:30 / Lindsay Katt / Diamond Dogs – Single / Lindsay Katt / 2012 /
iTunes

Iron Man / 4:20 / The Cardigans / First Band on the Moon / Universal Music AB / 1996 /
iTunes

Never Gonna Give You / 2:54 / PelleK / Covers Vol. 1 / Pellek / 2014 /
iTunes

Torn / 3:48 / Hands Like Houses / Punk Goes 90s, Vol. 2 / Fearless Records / 2014 /
iTunes

The Day I Tried to Live / 3:45 / Michael Tiernan / Jumping In / Still Listening Productions / 2005 /
iTunes

Black Hole Sun / 4:33 / Copeland / Dressed Up & In Line / The Militia Group / 2007 /
iTunes

Comedown / 5:32 / Mayday Parade / Punk Goes 90s, Vol. 2 / Fearless Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Sick of Myself (Cover) / 3:40 / Bowling For Soup / Goes To The Movies / Zomba Recordings / 2005 /
iTunes

The Mastersons’ Good Luck Charm (Album Review)

The Mastersons

The Mastersons


In a whirlwind week of reviews, we’re diving into The Mastersons’ Good Luck Charm, a southern folk expedition in songwriting.

The Mastersons are a husband and wife duo from Brooklyn, New York. This current residence was somewhat surprising to me, because  without context, I’d be inclined to imagine them living in Tennessee and regularly performing at the Grand Ole Opry. I would classify their music as country with rich southern folk influences. As it turns out, the duo (Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore) were both born in Texas, so their southern sound makes total sense.

Good Luck Charm

Good Luck Charm

I’ve really enjoyed their newest album, Good Luck Charm. As you can imagine, it sports a country sound and features many of the instruments you’d expect from that genre of music. But the Mastersons deserve great credit for their work. Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore compliment each other the way you’d expect a married duo to. At times Chris takes the lead vocals, at other times Eleanor does it. In either scenario, the lead is backed by the other to form a perfectly blended voice.

I don’t have a bad thing to say about Good Luck Charm, and I’m eager to hear what The Mastersons do next. You can get to know The Mastersons at their website.