Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm on fire!

Guess you could say I’ve gotten my groove back. Or maybe I’m just feeling inspired lately. Probably a little bit of both! I’m back for the second day in a row with a brand new mix. It probably helps that I figured out/realized I can make a post and have it publish later in the day. Now when I’m feeling all inspired I can make a bunch o mixes and ‘save’ them for a later date. Oh how fancy technology can be! Now if only I could figure out why the spell check has given up in Word. So please ignore any misspellings I miss.

So, what’s in this mix? A little of rock and roll, a little blues and maybe a smudge of country. Yes, I do listen to country music. Its pretty far between and a rarity but it happens! So enjoy!!

The Black Keys – “Nova Baby”
Have you heard The Black Keys yet? Their former album ‘Brothers’ was amazing and now they’ve released a new one. Two albums in less than two years is impressive, but two awesome, kick ass albums in that time frame is freaking amazing! “Nova Baby” is my current favorite off of El Camino. The whole CD has a very 70s rock feel to it. With this song I can pictures bored suburban California teens hanging out by someones pool and loading up on sun-in. Do they still make that stuff?

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – “Goodbye Kiss” “Apologies”
This is where the little bit of country music comes in. I wouldn’t exactly call them a country band but I have heard others. There’s defiantly a twang going on but there's also a whole lotta rock influences there. I, of course, pick two sorts love songs, sorta kiss off songs. One is more up beat and the other is a bit slower. I think they're both great to have playing when you're either debating ending things or just getting over a breakup you know is for the best but you might not exactly want to say goodbye. That type of love song seems to be my favorite. Sometimes you have to ignore your heart and use that big ol brain you got.

The Gossip – “Dimestore Diamond”
Beth Ditto – “Goodnight and Good Morning”
Have you heard of Beth Ditto and The Gossip? You really should give them a listen. Beth is a badass and they make badass music. Their stuff almost has a 70s disco feel with a little bit of 80s new wave mixed in. Think Debbie Harry and Blondie or Pat Benatar with a modern twist. Its good stuff. I like to listen to them while I’m getting ready to go our. Its like a musical boast of confidence.

Florence and the Machine – “Shake it Out”
Flo is everywhere. People love her music and they fact that there’s NO AUTOTUNE! Praise the heavens! I am, of course, a big fan and the new CD is just as great as lungs. Really not too much I can say besides go listen and hope that Flo stops wearing those flowing dresses all the time. I’m not a fan of those. At all.

Coldplay – “Princess of China”
Its Coldpay! It’s Rihanna! All together!

Amy Winehouse – “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
I’ve sat here for the last minutes trying to think of something smart to say regarding Ms. Winehouse, but I’m drawing a big blank. She left us to early. She had an incredible gift but her demons won in the end. I’m thankful Lioness was released. In a way its her parting gift. This song in particular really showcases how amazing of a voice she truly hard. It’s bittersweet.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The mood: Revenge.

So ABC has this wonderful new show Revenge that I’m just plain addicted to. So much so I watched 9 episodes in a day and a half. I tend to overindulge in things I love…. If you havent watched it you should. It’s the perfect nighttime soap opera and has that girl from Everwood. (side note: Everwood was ‘set’ in Colorado) The best part, the show has some kick ass music! I’ve discovered 3 news bands that have a great mellow, haunting vibe to them. Two qualities I’m a big fan of. Take this mix as a little sampling what you might be missing out Wednesday nights.

Little Dragon – “Twice”
They’re from Sweden, you cant go wrong there. “Twice” is from their self-titled debut albumn. The rest of album is a great mixture of blues, pop, and little rock accompanied by Yukimi Nagano soulful voice. Her voice gives me the same feeling hoemade mac and cheese does. So comforting.

Agnes Oble – “Riverside”
I dare you to listen to this song and not feel the little hairs on the back of you neck not jump. This song is creepy but oh so beatiful at the same time.

Angus and Julia Stone – “For You”
I believe this song was played during all the promos for the show? I’m not sure but I love the guitars and how she sings universve. It starts off slow but builds itself into a frenzy.

Gotye – “Somebody I uesd to Know”
This song is not from the show, but it fits in while with the pervious songs. This verse is what hooked me: “Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over/But had me believing it was always something that I'd done/And I don't wanna live that way/Reading into every word you say/You said that you could let it go/And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

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So Sorry!

I might have accidentally forgotten about this little blog, but not anymore! New mixtapes ARE coming soon- like today! I promise! Life got a little busy but I havent stopped listening to music and looking for new songs to fall in love with. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You tell me that you love me but you never want to see me again

Wow, February is just about over. March has always been one of my favorite months. Normally its the last of winter and signs of spring start popping up all over the place. Even tho winter hasn't hit us that hard where I am and love the more mellow seasons.

So here are the mix of songs I've been listening to to close out this short month.

Bayside- "Winter (Acoustic)"

I love this acoustic CD of Bayside's even if it is 6 years old now. This song in particular is perfect for right now. Changes are about to be happening and I think the lyrics perfectly express that feeling. This song was written as a result of John Beatz's passing and its pretty damn perfect. There is so much raw emotion coming at you. For me this song also represents growing up and dealing with those changes. I walk away from this song knowing no matter what life goes on.

Adele - "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Someone Like You"

SHE IS AMAZING! I could easily go on and on and on and on about how much I love her voice, her music, just her in general. I'll spare you this time. Her latest '21' has just hit stores in North America. I was lucky enough to get a UK copy weeks ago. It's in my car now and has been on repeat since. She is the perfect example of a true talent. No fancy gimmicks needed here. So here are 2 of my favorite songs off of '21'. If you don't truly enjoy them than we cant be friends.

The Black Keys - "Never Gonna Give You Up"

The best way for me to describe The Black Keys is this: picture 60s Motown and the current group of indie/hipsters got together and had a love child this would be it. They're cool, sexy and funky all at the same time. This song is probably the best example. Hell, even my dad would love The Black Keys.

Bedouin Soundclash - "Brutal Hearts"

I came upon this song while watching The Romantics. The movie was pretty horrible, but this song made up for the hour and a half I'll never get back. The song is dark and moody, but Coeur de Pirate's vocals wrap you up in a cozy blackout where you want to spend the rest of the night.

Bossanova - "Blue Bossanova"

Another Pandora find. I play this song when I'm driving down the road with the windows down a bit and the sun shinning. It just makes me feel like a badass. It's just plain cool.

Paper Route - "Second Chances"

"Nothing's good, nothing's right, but I love you."

Picture the sweetest female voice singing that to you. Pretty heartbreakingly beautiful right? This song fits in so well into my anti-love song collection. Ever had one of those relationships that is just so unhealthy and so not good for you, but you cant stop yourself? This song will bring you back to that point. And you're secretly love it. There are so many perfect lyrics throughout the just over 4 minutes of this song.

Unkle Bob- "Swans"

I first heard this song while I was on the treadmill running to Grey's Anatomy. (That show has an awesome soundtrack by the way) Another song for my anti-love collection. Love isn't all hearts, flowers and rainbows. Most of the time its everything you don't want it to be and here's a good example of that.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's a new year, so there's that.

Holly smokes it’s been far too long! It’s not that I’ve been ignoring this blog, I actually think about it quite a bit in my day-to-day life. That probably makes me one of the biggest nerds around, but we’re not here to discuss that today. We're here for the music. I held off anything new since I'm an organizing freak. I wanted to actually upload a mix instead of relying on youtube again. And with a new computer there was formatting, re-organizing, and getting used to working with Mac instead of Windows. All really blah, boring stuff unless you're me and well, you're probably not.
Now I'm heading down a path I wasn't planning on. Let try this again.


I couldn't come with a good enough theme for this mix so I'm just going to go with the playlist it came from. Just about every month i start a new place simply titled the month and year. Sometimes there's an underlying theme other times its just a mix of song i really like at the time. Most of the time its song i just happen to be obsessed at the moment. I get into a couple songs and play the hell out of them for about a month. The good ones go on to be favorites, one I will always listen to and the rest are more one hit wonders. Sometimes you're just in the mood to for something that's not always you're 'type'.I love keeping track this way so i can go back and see what mood I was in for the particular month. some months are more embarrassing than others.

Below is January's play-list broken down into two different mixes. I split it up since half of the songs were more up beat while the others were more down-tempo and somber side.

January One
( Michaelson - Parachute
I consider her the thinking girl's pop artist and this single is by far her popist. kinda sexy too and i have listened to it about 20 times since yesterday. Cheryl Cole from the UK's X-fator has a version of this song herself, but I love Ingrid a thousand times more

Kesha - We R Who We
I like Kesha, I will admit that, I will not put a dollar sign in her name tho. This is just good fun music. There's not point in analyzing it past that.

Metric - Blindness

If you haven't listened to anything by Metric before, you need to. Or if you watch Grey's you might have heard a bit of one of their songs here and there. It's good guilty stuff that no one should be missing out on. And they're damn good live too.

Fefe Dobson - Stuttering

I like her, she's Canadian and reminds me of myself, personality wise. Fun pop music and you can sing your little heart out to in the car.

Little Boots - Symmetry

If you like Bat for Lashes or Goldfrapp you'll enjoy Little Boots no matter what size shoes you wear.

January Two
Citizen Cope - Sideways

1st time i really listened to this song was on a flight bound for Jersey. It was November, cold, and I was feeling homesick for the East Coast. So for me, this isn't just a love song about a person, but a whole way of life, friends, family, and skylines.

Ray LaMontagne - Sarah and Let it be Me

It's Ray LaMontagne! Just fabulous. He's the perfect long drive kind of music. Pretty sure at least one of his songs has been used in a car commercial- its that fitting. Enjoy!

The National - Anyone's Ghost

There is something old school about this band/ this song. I picture a group of grungy, bearded, plaid wearing but attractive guys jamming out in someone's 70s styled basement recording this song on someone cassette player. Sag carpet and lots of cigarette and other plant smoke fill the air. I totally think its hot.

Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
If you've forgot how amazing Ms. Winehouse's voice is and can only picture her drunken drug fueled ways here's a reminder. Man, I wish she could sober up just enough to record some new stuff. I don't care if she goes on a bender five seconds after its been mixed.

Greg Laswell - Comes and Goes (In Waves)

It's a repeat, but is worth it.