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albums that made 2010 better…

14 Dec

And now begins my lists of the year. Starting off with my favorite albums (and favorite tracks from said albums), or the albums that have stood out to me the most. It should be noted that not all of these were released in 2010. I am a bit slow. BUT, these are definitely the albums that were my fave for the year…

Counting down from…

9. Vampire Weekend – Contra (Horchata)

8. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus (Rome)

7. Various Artist – Dark Was The Night (Service Bell: by Feist & Grizzly Bear)

6. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor (Who Knows Who Cares)

5. Glee Soundtrack (Umbrella/Singing In The Rain) – Wait wait wait… before you hang up on me, give me a little bit of a break. Everyone needs a break from life, a break from anything that makes sense. Glee is my go-to when I just need to listen to something that makes me want to dance. It is what I listen to when I don’t want to think about my problems. It’s what I listen to just for the hell of it because it’s fun! I love to sing, I love to dance. So sue me. You have no idea how often these songs have made the worst day a little better…

4. Sarah Jaffe – Suburban Nature (Clementine)

3. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You (The Perfect Space)

2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (We Used To Wait) Though I do have to say… The transition between The Suburbs and Ready to Start is still one of my favorite things in the world ever. Genius!

1. Seryn – Demo (Beach Song) Or some might know that song as the closer of their live set, or “Here We Are”. If you haven’t heard me say it once, I will say it again… Seryn has changed my life. Their music has moved me in a way that music hasn’t moved me in years. Yes, it sounds dramatic… but I wish I could convey to you how true this is. I bought their $5 demo after seeing them 3 times live. I am so excited about their full-length album coming out in January. It will have my favorite song of theirs on it – So Within. If you haven’t checked them out, now is the time. Stream their demo here.

Wait… don’t go anywhere else until you listen to Seryn. Seriously!


instinctive dance moves.

14 Apr

What does that mean? And what are you about to watch?

Well friends… I love to dance. And when I dance, there are certain moves that just naturally flow out of my body. Thus, the list. The video is me and my sister being crazy! I hope you enjoy. We enjoyed making it. I don’t want her to move, but until then… I can do crazy stuff like this with her 🙂

The funniest thing is that this is not very different from what we use to do as kids. Seriously, I have the evidence and you can ask my parents…

spread the news. tell everyone about my blog and this video!

top songs of 2010 so far…

6 Apr

Some of these songs were released this year, and some not. For me, these have been my newest discoveries and newest obsessions. Good music is addictive, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to these and probably won’t stop for a long time to come. Looking over this list I see that most of them are upbeat fast songs that keep me dancing. It has been exactly what 2010 has needed, that’s for sure…

1. Wake Up by Arcade Fire

(After hearing this on the Where The Wild Things Are trailer, I fell in love with this song. I had heard it before, but hadn’t really paid it much attention)

2. Flashing Red Light Means Go by The Boxer Rebellion

(First song I heard of there’s, and after downloading the album… one of the few I like. A song called  Forces ruined it for me. The chorus sings “They’re forces, dark forces, all around“. At first I thought it was a really cheesy song about spiritual warfare or something… come to find out its about an affair, but it totally turned me off to their music the first time I heard it. Dumbest song I’ve heard in awhile. But Flashing Red Light Means Go is a great song…)

3. That Year by Brandie Carlile

(This song reminds me of high school, which of course is what she was going for. Its a sweet and pretty song)

4. Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear

(I love this song because its very harmonious and haunting in it’s own way. Easy to listen to over and over again)

5. Stole My Heart by Little & Ashley

(This is the song from the second Amazon Kindle commercial. Very simple lyrics, very cute song)

6. Passing On by The New Frontiers

(Definitely not a new song to me, but I had a moment listening to it last month that made me really love this song all over again)

7. Lasso by Phoenix

(If I were listing based on which one has been listened to most, it would be this one. Love the beats, love the melody, love everything about it)

8. Clementine by Sarah Jaffe

(Her new album is brilliant. And for some reason… not even sure if I could put into words why…. this is the song I listen to most often)

9. Horchata by Vampire Weekend

(This song grows on you. At first I wasn’t sure what to think of it… then I couldn’t get enough of it. It can make me happy no matter what kind of a mood I’m in)

favorite songs on her iPod that are under two minutes long.

25 Feb

a random, very specific list? yes. if you know me, you shoulda expected exactly something like this from me.

1. Parachutes by Coldplay (0:46)

2. All You See by J. Tillman (0:48)

3. From Me To You by Reggie and The Full Effect (1:26)

4. Orange Juice by Grand Archives (1:32)

5. Swing Low Sweet Chariot by She & Him (1:37)

(And really… could Zoey Deschanel be any cuter in this picture? I want to be her)

6. Sweet Sweet by Smashing Pumpkins (1:39)

7. You Never Arrived by Midlake (1:40)

8. Tautou by Brand New (1:43)

9. Islands by Cat Power (1:44)

songs from the 80’s she can identify in less than five seconds.

13 Feb

No explanations needed…

1. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

2. “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

3. “Any Way You Want It” by Journey

4. “Lord of All” by Carmen (YES! this does count!)

5. “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls

6. “Take On Me” by A-Ha

7. “Kiss” by Prince

8. “I Want To Break Free” by Queen

9. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

there are plenty more. But for now I digress… What are some of yours?

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.

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.

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.