Archive | December, 2009

amazing albums released in 2009. (and the top two tracks)

30 Dec

This list is based on albums that I have listened to over the year. These are the ones that have stood out to me the most, had the most playtime on my iPod, and stayed on my playlists throughout the months.

9. “FarRegina Spektor


(The Calculation) (Dance Theme of the 80’s)

8. “Acid TongueJenny Lewis


(See Fernando) (Acid Tongue)

7. “ActorSt. Vincent


(Just the Same but Brand New) (Actor Out of Work)

6.  “Year In The KingdomJ. Tillman


(Howling Light) (Though I Have Wronged You)

5. “Strict Joy: Deluxe VersionThe Swell Season


(The Rain) (I Have Loved You Wrong: Live Version)

4. “Blood BankBon Iver


(Woods) (Blood Bank)

3. “EllipseImogen Heap


(Wait It Out) (Tidal)

2. “Curse Your BranchesDavid Bazan


(When We Fell) (In Stitches)

1. “Mean Everything to NothingManchester Orchestra


(I’ve Got Friends) (Shake It Out)

Honorable Mentions:

* “Incredibad” The Lonely Island: This album got a lot of playtime especially when I have been stressed out. It makes me laugh. I always need that.

* “Veckatimest” Grizzly Bear: I’m not sure why I haven’t been listening to this album sooner, but I think this only didn’t make the list because I haven’t got to listen to it enough

* “Middle Cyclone” Neko Case: I didn’t like her a few years ago when I heard her for the first time, but when I heard this album, I absolutely loved it.


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amazing concerts of 2009.

16 Dec

I had the privilege of attending a dozen or so live concerts this year. In high school, I was at a local show every weekend, but before this year, I hardly ever got to see bands I loved live for awhile. On top of getting to be a part of some incredible performances, I was also fortunate to be accompanied by friends that are near and dear to me, and on a few occasions, my handsome hubby was able to be with me as well. Here is a brief account of the shows that stood out the most to me, in the order of when they were attended.

1. The New Frontiers Final Show – It was sad to say goodbye to such a phenomenal group, who were also my friends, but this show was a great way to say goodbye. This was a very memorable show.

2. Flight of the Conchords – Our seats really sucked, as you will see in the video below. But I was so happy to be there and sing along to their hilarious songs. They opened with “Robots” in which they were dressed up in their cardboard outfits. haha!

3. Sarah Jaffe – I am so thankful my sister introduced me to her music. It is very haunting and moving, and seeing her live is no different. I saw her twice this year, and both times were great.

4. Jenny Lewis – She is by far THE most adorable person to see live. I wanted to marry her by the end of the night. Favorite songs were “See Fernando”, which she opened with, and “The Charging Sky”.

5. David Bazan – I was so wrapped up in this show, that I didn’t get any video, but let me just say… this was such a good show. Probably #2 of the year. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite song, because they all blew me away.

6. Regina Spektor – she is one of those people that you have to see live before you judge her music. I already loved her anyways, but this concert left me speechless. She did a good range of old and new songs, and as you will see in the video, she did this acapella song about who people are based on their eye colors. I wish you could have been there just for that song alone. Here are the lyrics just to show you how cute it was. http://bit.ly/4vXpWB

7. Imogen Heap – and this is it folks. the show I’ve been waiting years to attend. It was everything I expected and more. Her first song was “First Train Home” and I couldn’t help but tear up when I saw her. I know, I’m a dork. But she is truly an innovator and she changed my life, and helped me fall back in love with music over six years ago. The encore was the best part of the night. She started with “Hide and Seek” and continued with an audience-participating version of “Just For Now”.  I will never forget this night as long as I live.

8. Yo Gabba Gabba – Readers of this blog already know my undying love for DJ Lance Rock, but this day was so special to me. You will see in the video how excited June was to be there. It made my heart happier than it has been in a long time. For those who don’t watch the show, Biz Markie is a reoccurring performer and was able to be on their live tour. The crowd went nuts when he got on stage, and rightfully so. All in all, this was one of the best days we’ve had as a family ever. I loved it.

9. J. Tillman – I almost didn’t go to this show, because it was the same day as Yo Gabba Gabba, but after some talking into by good friends, I went. And I’m so glad I did. Josh Tillman’s voice could calm the worst storm. He is even more unbelievable live than I could have imagined. Josh and his band really brought the house down with “Though I Have Wronged You” It made me very emotional, in the best way possible.

Here is a video of seven of these performances. Apologies for my shaky hands, and poor focus on some of the clips. Hope you enjoy sharing a little bit of these shows with me.

favorite TV show characters of 2009.

14 Dec

1. Taco from The League. So I know he might be the obvious choice from this show, and his character could get old after awhile if not developed, but seriously… his songs have made me laugh til my face turned red. HI-LARIOUS!

2. Sue Sylvester from glee. If my alter-ego could be one person when she grew up, I’d hope it would be her.

3. Finn from glee. So he’s not the best actor in the world. None of them on that show are. But he is such a cutie and has a fantastic voice. I would have definitely pushed for him to be my dance partner in show choir 😉

4. Cam from Modern Family. If you haven’t started watching this show yet- get to it! This show is not too over-the-top, but it is absolutely hilarious without trying too hard. And Cam… well, let’s just say, if Cam were a real person, he would be my BFF… except when he dressed up as Fizbo. haha!

5. J-Roc from Trailer Park Boys. So I know this show has been around for awhile, but I just started watching it this year. But he is officially my favorite wigga of all time.

6. Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock. Who doesn’t love him? And after last week’s episode, he won my heart! The best gift giver ever? Amazing.

7. Matt Saracen from Friday Night Lights. For those of you who watch this show, you will know that Saracen went through a lot this last season, and I think his acting was phenomenal. He’s also always been one of my favorite characters on that show since I started watching it.

8. Jonathan Aimes from Bored to Death. I love me some Jason Schwartzman, and his character on this show is no exeption. If you missed out on this HBO show, I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the internet.

9. Jason Sudekis on Saturday Night Live. This is the second list he has been on, and for many good reasons. He is absolutely hilarious in most of his skits, and I also love his guest appearances on 30 Rock.

worst movies she’s ever seen.

13 Dec

Again, if a movie is omitted from this list, it is probably simply because I’ve never seen it. You won’t see Gigli on here because I’ve never seen it.

1. Kazaam. Unfortunately I had the non-pleasure of seeing this at a friend’s house as a kid. Even then I knew it was terrible.

2. From Justin to Kelly. Need I say more?

3. Biker Boys. David dragged me to see this movie when we were dating. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion in the theater and received many dirty looks.

4. A.I. I thought the movie was ending at least 4 different times. Terrible. and while we’re at it…

5. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas should never ever do a movie together ever again. I’m done with aliens people!!

6. Phonebooth. Ugh, and most movies with Colin Farell in them.

7. Kate & Leopold. That movie was confusing in the worst ways.

8. Little Nicky. Adam Sandler just needs to learn how to stop sometimes. Just stop.

9. Just My Luck. I am highly ashamed that I even saw this movie. Lindsay Lohan, you won’t be getting an oscar anytime soon, sweetie.

There is definitely more that should be on this list, but this will do for now. Add some! Leave comments. I’d love to hear what you think…

standout music videos of the decade.

3 Dec

Cut me some slack. I’m sure I haven’t seen all the best music videos of the decade. These are just ones that stood out to me as favorites…

9. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce (2008). If you don’t get lost staring at her legs for at least ten seconds, I wonder what’s wrong with you. haha! she is magnificent.

8. We Will Become Silhouettes by The Postal Service (2005), directed by Jared Hess. This was when Jenny Lewis was a member of the band. Ben Gibbard looks so funny in a popped collar. Adorable.

7. Hey Ya! by Outkast (2003). Love me some Andre 3000.

6. Move Along by The All American Rejects (2005). Mulitple face shots of Tyson Ritter? Yes, please.

5. 1 2 3 4 by Feist (2007). So simple, yet so amazing!

4. See Fernando by Jenny Lewis (2009). This music video is perfection. Probably exactly how I would have made it. It’s a great combination of A B 70’s spy movie and Amelie. Love it.

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3. Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend (2008) an ode to Wes Anderson in my opinion.

2. Here It Goes Again by OK Go (2006). I know this got overplayed, but I about lost it the first time I saw this video. Ridiculously creative.

1. Helena by My Chemical Romance (2005) I fell in love with this music video the instant I saw it. And not another music video has come along to take it’s spot as my favorite music video of all time.

So I know this is my list of nine, but here are some honorable mentions… Strawberry Swing by Coldplay, The Ghost of You by My Chemical Romance, Us by Regina Spektor, First Date by Blink 182, and of course On A Boat by The Lonely Island and T-Pain.