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Song Of The Year | 2015 Q2 | Ben Howard | Time Is Dancing

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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There is a couple of songs from Ben Howard’s new album that I love.  This one… was on repeat so much near the end of the year when the album came out… and leading up to his concert in Toronto at Massey Hall.

This version below is from a live performance at BBC Radio 1…  and I love that you can hear India more on this version than the track from the Album.  Fuck it’s good.

Enjoy it below:

Wrapped up in dissonance
I’m sorry that I just walked away

Lost in the insignificance of mine
I had no words to say

Now I am better
I implore you to say It isn’t right

But somewhere deep in history
You’re father pulled the teeth out of your fight

Hold it in. let’s go dancing
I do believe we’re only passing through
Wired again, look who’s laughing
You again, all you, all you, all you.

Hold it in, let’s go dancing
I do believe we’re only passing through
Wired again, looks who’s laughing
Me again, all fired up on you.

And now she’s caught between
What to say and what she really means

Wrapped up in empathy
The chemicals are pushing past my blood

Hold all my cliches
They are tipping my tongue to tell you that it’s love

Hold it in, let’s go dancing
I do believe we’re only passing through
Wired again, look who’s laughing
You again, all you, all you, all you

Hold it in, let’s go dancing
I do believe we’re only passing through
Wired again, looks who’s laughing
Me again, all fired up on you.

And now she’s caught between
What to say and what she really means
And I am finally colouring
Inside the lines that I live between

Hold it in, let’s go dancing
I do believe we’re only passing through
Wired again, look who’s laughing
You again, all you, all you, all you

Hold it in, let’s go dancing
I do believe we’re only passing through
Wired again, looks who’s laughing
Me again, all fired up on you.

Previous Selected Songs:

Ben Howard | Time Is Dancing | 2015 | Q1

Vancouver Sleep Clinic feat. Raury | Superfly | 2015 | Bonus Song To Start The Year

We Were Promised Jetpacks | It’s Thunder And Lighting | 2014

Ivan + Alyosha | The Fold | 2013

Ben Howard | The Fear | 2012

Passenger | The Last Unicorn | 2011

Ben Howard Concert | Toronto | Massey Hall

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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I was lucky to have gone to his third concert in Toronto at the beginning of 2015 with Little Miss Sweetness at Massey Hall.  Below is a snippet of part of my OSE Video that covers the concert.

Ben Howard Concert + Snow Days from Dan Deveau on Vimeo.

 

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It was simply beautiful night.  On our way to our seats… we bumped into Bear and Chris Bond sneaking up at the top deck of Massey Hall to stand and check out the venue and the opening act.  This concert was such a wonderful night for so many reasons.

Ben Howard | Conrad | Best Song YTD For 2014

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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 The new Ben Howard album is out and IFWWW is awesome and this is such a sweet song that melts into your core.  The song reminds me of how I view “Old Pine” by Ben.  It makes you want to listen to it in the morning as you start your day.  Such a great song from his BBC Radio 1 night.

You can’t help but fall in love with India in the video below.  It was interesting reading an article about her how she worked at a University and would play little gigs with Ben… since it was them two.  Then when Ben was signed to Island Records… he asked her to quit her job and go with him on tour.

Ben Howard | New Album | iTunes Festival | Live Look At The Album

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Right now… it’s 11:56pm and I’m listening to BBC 1 Live Lounge with Ben Howard who is in studio and he is about to play his entire album live on the radio.

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It’s been such a long time with waiting for this album to come out.  Ben is actually my fave artist.  His music to me is in levels.  When I discovered him on itunes on November 18th, 2011.. I only downloaded 4 songs.  (Keep Your Head Up, The Fear, Only Love and and Further Away).  These songs were at a time in my life that I really needed them.  It was 18 days after my wife and partner for 23 years wanted to leave and be on her own.  In 2012… I ventured into a little more Ben and downloaded a couple more songs.  September 25th of 2012 and almost a full year with only 4 Ben Howard songs, I downloaded Old Pine, Everything, Gracious and Promise.  These songs blew me away.  They were soft and sweet and made me think of new things.

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Then the handle fell off the kettle in December of 2012 and I downloaded every fucking song I could find.  Completed the album.  Watched all the footage I could find on YouTube and my tumblr exploded with love for Ben & India.  My goodness India.  Having the chance to watch him twice in concert here in Toronto has been sweet.  I’m still waiting for him to return.  He just played this past summer at Western Canada at a Folk Fest.

 

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This new is just about to be performed live on BBC Radio 1 where he is going to play the entire album track by track.  Something he has not done before.  I’m very interested.  Honestly… I was not feeling good about this album.  I was hearing how Ben was worried that this album was deep and cold and in a way…. I was expecting another album like Every Kingdom with playful riffs on the guitar and warm sweet sounds of Ben & India smiling at each other as they played.

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The Burgh Island EP

Ok… let’s get to why this blog post is here.  The reason I got off the couch after falling asleep and waking up after reading the reaction on Tumblr to tonight’s BBC 1 Live having Ben and the gang in the studio to play the entire album track by track.

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After some tracks has been released on his fourth album “I Forget Where We Were”… I started to get excited.  It started with “End Of The Affair” and followed by “I Forget Where We Were” and now “Conrad”.  I’m excited as shit.

Just for tonight… let’s rate them from 1 to 3.  1 will be something that I’m not digging yet.  2 is in the middle and I enjoy.  2A will be something that I enjoy and I want to listen to more and appreciate it.  2B will be something that I’m excited about and will be more on repeat.  3 is hitting me inside and I love for the mood it brings me.

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Small Things: (2A/3)  I’m digging the delayed guitar on this opening track.  This song comes in at 5:43 in length.  Hello India!  It’s 12:34am now and I don’t know if I will be able to get all the lyrics and comprehend it.  I’m also typing this as the album is playing.  Love the quick little jabs of guitar.  This is sort of a “Lost In Transition” song that I would find on my mixtape and would be perfect for a nice walk outside alone.  Last night, I ripped the audio from YouTube of him playing Small Things and I like the acoustic version that I listened to this morning on my way to work and home again.  You can listen to Ben play “Small Things” live on the radio here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwfU5UuP5K8

Rivers In Your Mouth: (2A/3) Love the opening 10 seconds.  Drums… then… wait for it… wait for it….  sweet goodness.  A quicker pace on the second track.  12:45am.  India is with him again for this one.  I wish the lyrics were online for these.  So far… 2 songs I would like playing in my earbuds and I would not want to “skip” them.  ooooowww  Ben is raising his voice.  With more tracks to come… I’m leaving this at 2A on my scale… but it could be ranked a B when the dust settles.  5:11 in length.

I Forget Where We Were: (3/3) This song is fucking awesome.  I’ve been listening to this song for about 3 weeks now.  Yes… “Hello Love…”  This song fucks with me inside.  Three songs in… and I’m wondering if this will be my top fave on the album.  Jesus… the words in this song.  India, your playing with me.  4:41 in length.  Watch and listen to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA5aJFZ6GU4

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Ben is cute.  It’s hitting him that he is going to play track by track the whole album.  Would love to know what is going through his mind as he wonders what the reaction to his new songs from so many fans that have begged for a year and asked the band when new material is going to come out. 

In Dreams: (2A/3) Oh shit.  Interesting.  3:33 in length.  This is another song… I’ve listened to this morning but acoustic.  It has the “old Ben” feel with the clever lyrics and guitar.  This song is building.  India is playing the “Big Thing”  😉  This song will grow on me.  You can listen to the acoustic version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqeYrWaynyc

She Treats Me Well:  (3/3)  Finger picking.  Love the opening.  12:59am.  Sweet India again.  I think with where I am in my life… this song is deeper inside me.  India plays along with him very well on this song and this is the first song.  Simple classic Ben on the guitar.  Playful Ben laughing at playing along with India.  Must be so nice for them to play new music and feel like a “little kid” playing something new and fun.  5:17 in length.

Ben’s having a little drink and gathering his thoughts before starting the next track.

Time Is Dancing:  (2B and maybe a 3/3)  It’s a hidden sleeper and will grow on me.  6:49 in length for this one.  So far as this one starts… I’m digging the new album.  Happy so far.  Different feel on the guitar for this one.  India again is singing along with him word for word.  1:09am.  This song has an underlying beat that is steady and it’s a song that makes you think about your life and where you are on this earth.

Evergreen: (2A/3)  This one starts off slow and India is right with him on this one.  It’s a slower track and something you would find on my “Lost In Transition” mix.  4:04 in length for this track.  So happy with this album so far.  I’m not scared anymore.  😉

 

End Of The Affair:  (3/3)  1:16am and Ben and the band is tuning their instruments.  Love his shyness.  I hope someone adds this feed to YouTube so I can rip this quick and get it on the ipod. End Of The Affair is starting and I’ve also had this one on the iPod for about 3 weeks.  It’s a little “Esmerelda” without the anger that I feel inside.  This song is two parts.  The first part is quiet and then it gets rough and deep.  1:22am and shits going to get real in this song now that the second part is starting.  “Your Ex is an idiot” and makes me shake my head.

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Conrad: (3/3) Sweets listened to this song first before me.  Love how this song opens up.  Sweet song and has an “Old Pine” feeling for me.  1:28am and I’m happy.  This song goes for 6:08 in length.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYR6A47DK-Q  This song might be my fave and would beat out the title track.  Just because it makes me happy and it’s a perfect song for the morning.  1:33am and that song rocked.

All Is Now Harmed:  (2A/3)  Drums 😉  Light song and it just started.  This one will come in at 5:02 in length.  India is right with him on this one.  This is the final track on the album.

 

His new album comes out on Oct 20th of this year.  I’m going to buy this one just outright on iTunes.  Tomorrow night… he will play the iTunes Festival… which I’m excited as shit to watch.  I don’t know when I can command the TV and hook up the laptop and play it loud.  I will do that the first opportunity I can.  No idea what he will play.  I’m sure he will play some old faves from Every Kingdom mixed in with tracks from the new album.  Can’t wait for tomorrow night on the big TV or on my laptop with earbuds if that can’t happen for a while.  It’s a couple of minutes before 2am.  I should get to bed.  I’m up in 5 hours.  😉

Night world.  Be kind to us all.

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Ben Howard | T In The Park | 2014

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Setlist:

00:00 – Black Flies
07:25 – The Wolves
14:45 – Only Love
20:28 – Keep Your Head Up
26:58 – The Fear

I ripped this YouTube concert from just a little while ago.  It does not have any of the new songs… but it’s a good little mix of some key songs from Every Kingdom.  Great for the new Ben Howard fan or someone seasoned.  😉

 

 

Private Ben Howard Sampler Mix + You Need to Learn Him In Levels

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Ben Howard is my all time fave with musical artists.  You need to learn him in “levels” and I usually share links to my dropbox where you can download Ben Howard in levels so you can understand his music has a couple of different vibes and moods.  The first level is a general introduction with some simple songs from the Every Kingdom Album.

Here are 10 songs for the introduction to Ben:

upbeat/gives you a little lift = Diamonds, The Wolves, Keep Your Head Up, The Fear, Old Pine + Only Love

calm/makes you think = Bones, Gracious, Everything, Promise

 

Send me a message and I will send you the link to the songs above.  Once you learn those songs you are ready for level two and I can send you the link to those also.