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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. … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 (Quarter 1)

New year, new music. And it’s coming, fast. Can you feel your pulse racing? All those albums that are about to impact your life. Because you know they will; they always do. 2013 will be no different. Here’s what our eyes and ears are on. January 8th Wooden Wand, Blood Oaths of the New Blues … Read more

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Speakers in Code!

Photo by Austin Nelson You know it’s all beginning… To feel like it’s ending… Three years ago today, my buddy Jason and I launched Speakers in Code, an experimental writing playground of sorts where we could spread the word on the artists and music that we loved. We had not a clue in the world … Read more

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Concert Review | Yep Roc 15, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

Photo by Agatha Donkar North Carolina knows how to throw a party, and Yep Roc Records threw themselves a doozy this past weekend, in celebration of their 15th anniversary. With help from their amazingly diverse line-up of artists, the Cat’s Cradle, and the Carolina Brewery (they brewed a special “Rocktoberfest” beer for the weekend), it … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Tift Merritt – Traveling Alone

Photo by Parker Fitzgerald Sweetness ain’t gonna get you home Oh, you’re bound to get a taste of traveling alone A few days ago, I spoke to Tift Merritt by phone, and we talked about her new album, Traveling Alone, the road, and life in general.  We’ll have that interview for you soon enough, but … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part One

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Over the next four days, we’ll be bringing you our favorite albums of 2010, in no particular order. These are the records that turned round and round throughout our year, and they’ll continue spinning long into 2011. Robyn | Body Talk, Part One (Cherrytree/Interscope) [buy] Robyn, Swedish songstress and dance-pop goddess, … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 50 – 26

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Wanna see the entire list so far? Click thisaway. 50 The Fresh & Onlys – Waterfall Gloomy guitars jangle flawlessly as angelic voices call out of the tugging wind and darkness, pleading with singer Tim Cohen to deliver hazy, yet romantic vocals. [buy the album] [more from The Fresh and Onlys … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Tift Merritt – Mixtape

To find the perfect way,Which album to say,I la la love you.With this plastic cassette,It’s not finished yet,It’s gonna tell you slowly. I didn’t fully hop on the Tift Merritt bandwagon until 2008, when the singer-songwriter from North Carolina released Another Country, an album that I still hold dear to my heart. Songs like “Keep … Read more

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Jill Andrews Covers Tift Merritt, Needs Your Vote

Jill Andrews, besides being one of my favorite songwriters and humanitarians (she recently raised over $1,000 for the people hurting in Haiti), is also a master at covering songs. And for her March cover song, she has given us a beautiful cover of Tift Merritt‘s “Supposed To Make You Happy.” Check it out below. Also, … Read more

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Tift Merritt (The Interview)

I adored Tift Merritt’s last studio effort, Another Country, so much that I recently called it one of the best singer-songwriter albums of the last decade. Her album clearly spoke to me with tunes like “Keep You Happy,” “Broken,” and “Hopes Too High,” and it reminded me so much of Neil Young’s Comes a Time, … Read more

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Strangers Almanac | Bob Dylan

Katie and I, with the help of Glide Magazine, created Strangers Almanac, a column devoted to singer-songwriters, two years ago, and we’ve had a lot of fun writing about some of our favorite singer-songwriters like Tift Merritt, Ryan Adams, Neil Young, Jenny Lewis, Regina Spektor, and Jeff Tweedy. It’s pretty crazy that we’re already on … Read more