Tuesday, January 23, 2018

[PREVIEW] Noah Gundersen Returns to St. Louis On January 26th at Off Broadway

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open up your mouth
your mouth
if you want it

On Friday, January 26th, Noah Gundersen returns to St. Louis on the heels of his latest release, White Noise, an album that we called one of the best albums of 2017. It's a shift in sound for Gundersen, who often gets tagged as a "singer-songwriter." Expect something a little different on Friday.

To get you ready for the show, I've created a playlist of my favorite Noah Gundersen songs. Enjoy, and get your tickets to the show at Off Broadway here.

Friday, January 19, 2018

X Games to Feature Live Music By LCD Soundsystem and More, January 25-28 in Aspen

Oh, to live on Buttermilk Mountain.

It's not quite music festival season, but don't tell that to organizers of the 2018 X Games in Aspen. LCD Soundsystem, Martin Garrix, Method Man & Redman, and Marshmello are all set to perform January 25-28 on, and tickets are on sale now. Of course, all the music entertainment takes place alongside sport competitions, which are free and open to the public.

To double your fun in the snow (with comfort!), you will want to learn about the Diamond Music Club, which features "Four-day access into the Platinum Tower, a multi-level, heated lounge featuring complimentary beer, wine and gourmet bites with amazing views of X Games competitions, athlete meet & greets, access into the Diamond Club for all X Games Aspen concerts, behind-the-scenes tour & an exclusive X Games branded gift. Four-day Platinum pass holders also receive one single day lift ticket valid at all four Aspen Snowmass mountains." More information and pricing options are available here.

See you in Aspen?

Friday, December 22, 2017

The 15 Best Albums of 2017

No one will be denied on my boat, on my boat
No getting ahead or falling behind on my boat, on my boat

Hello, friends.

The Speakers in Code Album of the Year for 2017 is Stitch of the World by Tift Merritt. Mainly because when I heard Tift sing "My Boat" live in St. Louis, I got the kind of chills that remain for days. I felt it was incredibly honest, hopeful, and like the full album, went the extra 5% to be great.

Thank you, Tift, and everyone else on this list for giving the gift of music.

Editor, Speakers in Code

1. Tift Merritt, Stitch of the World

Top Tracks: "My Boat," "Dusty Old Man," "Icarus," "Wait For Me"

2. Josh Ritter, Gathering

Top Tracks: "Train Go By," "Myrna Loy," "Showboat," "Cry Softly"

3. Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, Choir of the Mind

Top Tracks: "Fatal Gift," "Nihilist Abyss," "Choir of the Mind," "Minefield of Memory"

4. Matthew Ryan, Hustle Up Starlings

Top Tracks: "Hustle Up Starlings," "Run Rabbit Run," "Battle Born," "Maybe I'll Disappear"

5. Laura Marling, Semper Femina

Top Tracks: "Soothing," "Nothing, Not Nearly," "Wild Fire," "The Valley"

6. John Moreland, Big Bad Luv

Top Tracks: "Sallisaw Blue," "Old Wounds," "Lies I Chose To Believe," "Latchkey Kid"

7. Nicole Atkins, Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Top Tracks: "A Little Crazy," "Goodnight Rhonda Lee," "Listen Up," "Colors"

8Ryan Adams, Prisoner

Top Tracks: "Outbound Train," "Prisoner," We Disappear," "Broken Anyway"

9. Noah Gundersen, White Noise

Top Tracks: "The Sound," "Bad Desire," "Fear & Loathing," "Send the Rain (To Everyone)"

10. Jillette Johnson, All I Ever See In You Is Me

Top Tracks: "Bunny," "Like You Raised Me," "All I Ever See In You Is Me," "Throw Out Your Mirror"

11. David Ramirez, We're Not Going Anywhere

Top Tracks: "Telephone Lovers," "Good Heart," "Eliza Jane," "Twins"

12. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound

Top Tracks: "Molotov," "Anxiety," "Last of My Kind," "If We Were Vampires"

13. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

Top Tracks: "Pain," "Thinking of a Place," In Chains," "Up All Night"

14. Kasey Chambers, Dragonfly

Top Tracks: "Ain't No Little Girl," "Summer Pillow," "Dragonfly," 

15. Ha Ha Tonka, Heart Shaped Mountain

Top Tracks: "Arkansas," "Everything," "Race To The Bottom," "Favor"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The 65 Best Songs of 2017


This ain't for clicks. I promise it ain't for clicks.

This list mainly exists because A) I like to have all my favorite songs on one playlist and B) our readers seem to like it.

By no means am I saying these are the only 65 out there. I know there are many, many more.

But here are mine. My 65. I normally limit to one from each artist, but I broke that rule this year.

These are in NO order.


Friday, December 8, 2017

The 13 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2017

and I don't need for you to tell me what that means
I don't believe in that stuff anymore

Hello, friends. It's been a...well...an interesting year!

My hope is that this year's Sad Bastard playlist will lift you up. You might say, "well, how is a sad song going to turn my blues around?" My answer is that you're better off finding that out for yourself.

But...but...for me, sad songs provide truth in a world of lies. So many lies.

These songs lift me up.

Peace and love...always...