The Best Music of 2014

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Well Planet Earth, I know I’m a little late, but it’s time to reflect on the awesomeness of last year in regards to rocking tuneskies. I can’t say it was the best year in recent memory, with a lot of highly anticipated releases not making the top list. Yet as always, if you dig deep enough, you’ll find some gems, so overall, 2014 definitely didn’t disappoint. Way to go year!

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Jam of the Week: Pink Floyd

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Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Endless River

Genre: Art Rock (UK)

Date: 2014 (Sort Of)

Sound: Moody & Instrumental Awesomeness

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Show #55: Big Sellers

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In honor of the spending season I thought I’d take a gander at some of the best selling albums of all time. To my surprise, they weren’t all terrible Top 40 Pop albums (though many were). So jam out to the very diverse playlist as we count up from 25 million copy sellers all the way up to the second highest selling album of all time with 45 million copies. I’m no math whiz, but if my calculations are correct, 45 million is a lot.

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The Bossman Playlist

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In preparation for our interview with Sugar Shack bossman Gary Feest tomorrow, I thought I’d drop some jams from the Shack. I had asked Gary (the boss) to send in some jams to supplement the interview on the show. He dropped 33 badass jams (minus Seal), and I quickly realized that an hour is only 60 minutes. I’m smart. We only will have room for a few on the show, but the jams will not go unheard. Instead, all you have to do is scroll down, click on the videos, and jam out like a boss. Now that’s what it’s like being the bossman. Me likie.

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Show #47: Crazy Covers (Part 1)

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In my musical travels I’ve come across a fair amount of pretty wild covers where certain artists cover very different genres of tunes. Some make sense, and others really don’t. It makes for a good listen though, and in compiling the playlist, it just so happened that many of these were rare jams from the vault. I’ve got plenty more where this came from, so we’ll call this part 1. Here’s a show dedicated to all the cover bands out there. Well, only the ones that play “Freebird” on request.

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Dark Side of the Moon, 40 Years Later

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In honor of the Dark Side of the Moon show we did awhile back, here is something a listener sent over my way, reblogged from here. Sharing is fun!

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’: 40 Years Later, 40 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Mad Classic

Sure, like everybody else, you’ve listened to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon so many times that you can recite not just every line but every heartbeat, clock tick, and cash register ring by heart. But how much do you really know about the landmark prog classic, which is celebrating its 40thanniversary this month?

To celebrate the 40 years we’ve been listening to what is arguably the preeminent rock album of the 1970s, here are 40 things you ought to know about Dark Side. Because lunacy breeds albums about lunacy, and albums about lunacy breed lunatic obsessions with album trivia. Let’s start with that iconic cover art, shall we?

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Show #4: Dark Side of the Moon

Now that’s what I call a show! Have you ever heard an album played in full without any commercial interruptions on the radio before? The show today introduced a new series called The Vinyl Revival where we get to jam to full albums instead of mixes of songs. New! Nifty! Neato!

Like I said on the show, up to this point, I’ve been a bit hypocritical. I talk about how great it is to listen to full albums versus shuffling mixes, but never play albums on the show. Until now. Insert ta-da! music here.

To recap, the vinyl record was once the main form of delivering music. Because of the limitations of the medium, listeners didn’t have the ability to skip through thousands of songs. With technology advancing beyond records, reel to reels, cassette tapes, and CD’s, we now have a different way of listening to music. A large collection in iTunes or music streamed from Spotify gives the listener thousands of options, thus making the album obsolete.

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