December 31, 2014

Records of the Year: 2014

ONE. Blake Mills: Heigh Ho. Blake Mills' show at El Rey in September was one of the best I have ever seen, and I don't say that lightly. The instrumentation, the songs, and the talent on display were all top notch.

TWO. Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams. This record was like a ice cold glass of water on a hot day: exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

THREE. The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream. This record showcases some amazing tones and great production. I probably listened to it 25 times in a row after the first time I put it on.

FOUR. Beck: Morning Phase. I hadn't listened to Beck too much before this year, and this record as a complete work was really impressive to me.

FIVE. Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Songs in Country Music. Recording live-to-tape is getting more and more rare, and this team knocked it out of the park with that process. I love how this record sounds.

Here are several other records I really enjoyed this year in no particular order:

  • Hozier. Hozier. I'll just say this: I am not the only person who has him on a year-end list.

  • Delta Spirit. Into the Wide. Total rock'n'roll.

  • Young Oceans. I Must Find You. I needed this record this year. The song "I Must Find You" was really great for re-centering and late nights.

  • Copeland. Ixora. I love that these guys came back -- but the April Fool's announcement threw me.

  • Coldplay. Ghost Stories. Continually solid and dominating their niche.

  • Field Report. Marigolden. Singer-songwriter music that feels really fresh.

  • First Aid Kit. Stay Gold. Great songs, good melodies, good harmonies. Sounds like Eisley + country, and Lacey and I loved it.

  • Taylor Swift. 1989. Her marketing people deserve some kind of award as well.

  • Tycho. Awake. Some of my favorite instrumental music in the last decade. Love it.

  • Crowder. Neon Steeple. Solid all-around record.

  • Luke Reynolds. After the Flood. Just heard of this guy recently, and I really like the tunes.

  • Colony House: When I Was Younger. Proud of these 3 ... they have been hard at work for so long. These are all really solid songs.

  • SOHN: Tremors. Incredible voice and great programming.

  • Brooke Fraser: Brutal Romantic. New territory for Brooke, and it's a good direction.

  • Matthew & the Atlas: Other Rivers. New discovery this year for me. Great for working late at night.

  • St Lucia: When The Night. These songs get me playing the air drums really hard.

  • Noah Gundersen: Ledges. Noah really put his best into this record. Excited for people to start seeing our #SerialBoxTV episode with him.

Thanks for reading! I made a Spotify playlist of some of the highlights here.

I want to hear about your favorite records. Tweet them at me here: @p_dodd

September 26, 2014 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: September 26, 2014

It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.

  • Since seeing him live last week, I've been on a huge Blake Mills kick. If you're new to Blake Mills, you'll love this intro to his music. But if you've been a long-time listener, you'll love it as well:
August 22, 2014 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: August 22, 2014

  • I've shared this before, but going into this weekend, I hope this is a good encouragement:

"God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves." -A.W. Tozer

  • The end of the Tree Ring is near, but I am glad they're not leaving us without a peace offering of a new record. And I am stoked on the new song, "Beside A River."
  • Looking for some great information on the background of what is happening in Ferguson? Check out Vox's coverage of it all.

  • I am really glad to have seen Glass Optical in Dallas earlier this week. If you want literally the best experience buying frames, lenses, and anything optical-related, wait until you are in Dallas and do it then.

  • Seen some ice bucket challenge videos? Interesting piece about how it started.

  • Ryan Adams really nailed it with "Gimme Something Good" on Jimmy Fallon and love this BTS of "Wrecking Ball":

  • Pretty excited about Baylor's new McLane Stadium (shown below). Hope to make it out there this year.

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  • T. Swift is sure making news with her new video. What do you think?
May 23, 2014 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: May 23, 2014

  • If you are not waging war on the sin in your life and not growing in your knowledge of God, you view Jesus as a historical figure and not a savior. -M. Chandler

  • Fun to see Nickel Creek back at it. I love this song.

  • Suzy Lee is going full-time with Dear Darling!

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  • My friend Trey started doing Weekend Links on his new site. Stay tuned to what he posts. It's always going to be well worth your time.

  • If you're following me anywhere, you know that I LOVE Seth Godin's blog. This post in particular is helpful for me: "'No' is essential"

March 4, 2013 – San Diego, CA

Links: March 4, 2013

Man, it's been a while. Here are a few fun things from the past month...

  • Interesting to see the recent buzz around MailBox app these past few weeks. But I am really excited for the public release of Turbine. Sign up for the Turbine newsletter and stay tuned!

  • Have you seen the Google Glass website?!

  • Lacey and I are excited to get our hands on one of the new Miir Tumblers soon! Order one today!

  • How sweet are these photos of Paris? Gets me pretty excited for our trip this summer...

  • A HUGE congrats to Ryan Booth and crew whose film, This Is Where We Live, scored one of the few spots in SXSW's Film Festival!

  • RGIII, how do you do it?!

  • Pretty pumped JT and Phoenix are back! Hoping the records are better than the singles, but I still like the video (linked).

  • Don't miss new Svim Team tunes:

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