- Passion Pit: "Make Light", Manners
This band rocked my universe this past year. The album just makes you happy...no other way to put it.
- Phoenix: "1901", Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Ok, so everybody has heard this song. A lot! I was a late follower of the band, but that didn't keep me from making "1901" my walk-out song this year, too.
- Acceptance: "Take Cover", Phantoms
Older album that I can't seem to get over. Catchy rock anthems from beginning to end, but "Take Cover" is the one song to rule them all (I've been re-watching the LOR trilogy).
- Manchester Orchestra: "Shake It Out", Everything To Nothing
Led by my high schoolmate, Andy Hull, this band has been a part of my pre-game listening experience since early college. They released their 3rd album Everything To Nothing and it has been in the CD player ever since. Andy and I haven't talked in a while, but he can be sure i'm still listening.
- Gustav Holst: "Jupiter: Bringer of Joy", The Planets Suite
You didn't think that I could get through a playlist without throwing you a curveball (sorry, it was too easy). I love Classical Music. I think it's genetic. Anyway, this is my favorite piece from my favorite classical composition. It's 6 minutes of, well, JOY! For whatever reason it gets me in the right frame of mind to pitch. Listen to it and tell me you don't feel like you have sparks shooting out of your fingers afterward.
I need new suggestions for this coming season. Bring 'em on. If they make the cut then you will get credit for it publicly. Isn't that what we all want in the end?