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Sleepy Hollow’s Greatest Year(s) in Music: 1997

Elliott Smith | via elliottsmith.bandcamp.com
Elliott Smith | via elliottsmith.bandcamp.com

Sleepy Hollow continues its profiles of potential “Greatest Years in Music” in conjunction with XPN’s on-going musical conversation. Read a case for 1997 below from host Julian Booker:

For this week’s installment of Sleepy Hollow’s “Greatest Year” feature, we move twenty-four years ahead from our last post (1963) to focus on the year 1997. First things first… this is a year that was heavy on pop: Spice Girls’ “Wannabee,” Backstreet Boys’ “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” and Hanson’s “Mmmbop” were all in its top 15 singles of the year.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Greatest Year(s) in Music: 1963

1963

Sleepy Hollow’s Keith Kelleher and Julian Booker continue their profiles of potential “Greatest Years in Music” in conjunction with XPN’s on-going musical conversation. Read their case for 1963 below:

As history would have it, 1963 will forever be remembered as the year The Beatles broke in their native U.K. With their Please Please Me and With the Beatles albums both reaching #1 across the pond, the fab four were now poised to take over North America with the January 1964 release of Meet the Beatles, and of course, their monumental performances on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of that year.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Greatest Year(s) in Music: 1959

Miles Davis
During a recording session (later released as ”58 Miles’), American jazz musicians John Coltrane (1926 – 1967), Cannonball Adderley (1928 – 1975), Miles Davis (1926 – 1991), and Bill Evans (1929 – 1980) perform in the studio, New York, New York, May 26, 1958. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)

As we prepare for this November’s playback of the XPN community’s continuing conversation regarding “the greatest year in music,” the folks here at Sleepy Hollow will be offering a glimpse into what we believe are five years that best exemplify not only popular music over the course of the last sixty-five years or so, but also, what we do here each Saturday and Sunday morning.

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Was 1971 the Greatest Year in Music? Sleepy Hollow’s Keith Kelleher weighs in

1971

What was the Greatest Year in Music? That’s the question at the center of this year’s installment of XPN’s annual countdown. This morning, Sleepy Hollow’s Keith Kelleher puts forth his case for 1971. Give us your thoughts in the comments, on Facebook, or across social media with #XPNGreatestYear and get your vote ready.

Why is 1971 the best year in Music? As someone said to me, “Well, it has to have the Beatles and Dylan in it…!” Not so! Even though the contributions of said artists are important, we had solo contributions from three of the four Beatles instead and there was even more going on in all genres like folk, country, jazz, singer-songwriter and of course rock.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Top 10 of 2015 (So Far…)

Jessica Pratt | Photo by Colby Droscher
Jessica Pratt | Photo by Colby Droscher

It’s that time of year when album releases temporarily slow down and those of us who think about music just a little too much put together our favorite albums from the first half of the year. Here is our top 10 of 2015; a selection of releases that we REALLY think you ought to hear! Continue reading →

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Sleepy Hollow’s Songs of America

Woody Guthrie | via Library of Congress
Woody Guthrie | via Library of Congress

Songwriters and musicians have long been inspired by the American setting, and it’s no wonder. From it’s myriad of breathtaking (and seeming never-ending) natural landscapes to its history of independent will paired with the goal of common good (and lest we forget that ever-evolving idea: the “American Dream”), this place offers a wealth of material from which artists continually cull. Here are a few selections that we here at Sleepy Hollow think do a particularly nice job of representing (at least a bit of) the “American” experience. Continue reading →

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Sleepy Hollow’s Songs of Summer

Yp La Tengo | via http://matablog.matadorrecords.com/2014/03/07/reminder-yo-la-tengo-beach-party-tonight-or-tomorrow/
Yo La Tengo | via http://matablog.matadorrecords.com/2014/03/07/reminder-yo-la-tengo-beach-party-tonight-or-tomorrow/

Today is the official first day of summer, the Summer Solstice. To celebrate, the hosts of WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow, Keith Kelleher and Julian Booker have put collaborated on a list of their favorite summer-themed music. As languid and dense as a late July afternoon, these selections are a good place to start for those looking for a soundtrack to get them through the season, especially during those early mornings and late nights. (Words by Julian Booker) Continue reading →

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Sleepy Hollow celebrates the music of Karen Dalton

Karen Dalton | Photo by Elliott_Landy_| www.landyvision.com
Karen Dalton | Photo by Elliott Landy | www.landyvision.com

Of all the decisions made during the recording and release of Karen Dalton’s second album titling it In My Own Time was, in retrospect, the most apt. Take Dalton’s country-soul workout of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s “How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You)” and listen to it next to the haunting folk-informed pleas on her take of Richard Tucker’s “Are You Leaving for the Country” and try and figure out how they work together on the same album; they do. Continue reading →

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A Sleepy Hollow Memorial Day

"Doi Moi" by Billy Bang
“Doi Moi” by Billy Bang

As we prepare to observe Memorial Day tomorrow, we thought we would use the occasion to look back at some songs inspired by the United States’ long and complicated history of armed conflict. Considering the holiday’s intention to honor those who have lost their lives serving their flag (note the omission of “which” flag — more on its original incarnation, “Decoration Day,” below), here are some songs that eschew the politics of the topic in favor of the essential humanity that has long-inspired songwriters and other artists to depict its dense characters and themes. Continue reading →

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Sleepy Hollow Time Travel: 2005

Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson in 2005 | Photo by Neal Casal | via pastemagazine.com

We’ve spent time over the past few months looking back as far as the 1960s and focusing on the present with new releases, we’ll meet in the middle this week and look back just 10 years to discuss some of our favorite releases of 2005. Continue reading →