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I made a 'Best of '07' compilation for coworkers and thought I'd share my picks with you, in no particular order. Hope you've got a little time to spare!
All downloads have been posted with permission from the bands themselves. Thanks bands!
1. Nicole Atkins and the Sea: "The Way It Is"
I think this is my favorite song of the year. Here's the clip from Letterman.
2. Peter Bjorn and John: "Young Folks"
I'm such a sucker for whistling. And isn't this the most visually satisfying video ever.
Her performance was elegant and spectacular.
And guess what we've got? Three (very real) pairs of tickets for three imaginary readers!
A pox on you, Sony BMG Music Group, for not having the sense to understand online music blogging! But huge props to whatever A&R person did have the good sense to discover and sign Atkins. Her dreamy, dark stylings and orchestral arrangements are stunning.
It was all the venue's fault!
New York-based chanteuse Nicole Atkins and her band, the Sea, have captured the heart (and ears ) of TIG Boston-correspondent Betsy Boston, and also amazed me when I had the chance to catch her play at SXSW this year. Perhaps you haven't heard of Nicole yet... but that's surely going to change in the next few months, after she releases her full-length debut on Columbia this summer.