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Erik Hassle- Hurtful

This Swedish newcomer is fresh faced and pop-driven. I really like the tone of his voice; it is clear and emotional and lends itself well to the types of music he writes and covers. He’s also still enough of an unknown to put out great music and not buy into the influences of the fame-monster. He does a great acoustic cover of “Be Mine” with Ellie Goulding.  Check him out!

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Two words: Ed Sheeran.

Ed Mother-f-ing-Sheeran, man! Most mellow, rocking, folky, soulful, looping, hip-hopping ginger around.

This kid is amazing & I cannot stop listening to him. He is one of the rare voices and talents that sounds better live than on his album. Don’t get me wrong, his album is amazing, but his live stuff is all genius! And his covers & collaborations are unique and I generally prefer them to the original. Scratch that. I have yet to find a cover he has done that I didn’t prefer to the original. And he plays some of the coolest guitars ever: slick little 3/4s and an awesome Martin backpacker guitar.

He is a giant fan of the impromptu show, will sing for his supper or a place to stay, and he’ll stay up all night to record the perfect song on the perfect bridge at the perfect time of day. Keep an eye on this one. He’s going places.

And since I’m not sure that I linked to enough of his awesome songs, here is another 🙂

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“Pack Up” by Eliza Doolittle

 Today’s Spotlight Sunday is one I found through a friend of mine who is a DJ in CA. I have fallen in love with this song & it’s been stuck in my head for days 🙂 Eliza Doolittle is billed as a cross between Lily Allen & Joss Stone & if that weren’t enough to recommend her to me, I saw her do an acoustic version of this song for A64, an acoustic show in Britain… It was stupendous! Such a cute girl, such a great song, and the backing vocals are amazing as well! So here it is, enjoy! Click through for the video on YouTube 🙂

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“Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes, Single

Today’s song is one that is close to my heart. I discovered this group at the behest of my friend Aaron Farr (check out his blog) & I fell in love.

Their music became the soundtrack to one of the best summer/falls of my life: getting back into performing for the first time in 5 years, meeting a ton of great new friends, getting into hiking & holding my own, impromptu dance parties, fall festivals, ghost hunting, coffee shop hanging. Just all around fun. And this song is one that I played the first time I made it up McAfee Knob (here in SW VA). Beautiful rockface and a pretty challenging 3mi. climb each way. So here is the soundtrack to the summer of 2009. Summer of my life. **Click through link for their video on YouTube!**

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7 Failed Album Covers

We’ve all seen ’em. You’re browsing through the racks of new and used CDs at your favorite music store & then… BAM! Your eyeballs are assaulted by some of the strangest/ most disturbing/ least wanted visual images you’ve ever seen. I happen to live for these moments. They bring me immense pleasure and I have been known to actually cackle in the middle of the store, bringing stares from on-lookers and scowls from the employees behind the counter. So here is a small glimpse into my personal world… I give you 7 immensely strange album covers.


You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues

You Don’t Have To Be Black To Love The Blues- Junior Parker

“You don’t have to be black to love the blues…” but apparently you do have to be any race other than Caucasian and willing to perpetuate racial stereotypes. This small Asian child is all too willing to dive into a watermelon roughly the same weight as his little brother as long as he can get his thimble-full of muddy watered-down blues (Get it? muddy watered= Muddy Waters? I’m pure genius. You don’t have to be jealous of my rapier wit. Lol).

The Kingdom Seekers- We’ll Be Gone

Ah, the 70’s, how I wish I had been a part of you. These heavenly blue dresses are just what the doctor ordered to cure this nasty rash of crotch shots that permeate our media airwaves.  Is it just me or do the women look like they are permanently leaning away from the center of the picture? “I’ve got it!” Larry TooShort said to his stylist. “I finally know how to stand out. Bill’s got that awesome porn-stache; Tom’s got his mannequin-hand. I’ll be the ladies’ man! Could you just sew a couple of really strong magnets into Karen & Maddie’s dresses? I’ll stick a couple in my pockets and they won’t be able to keep their hands off me!” Perhaps Larry TooShort there should have rethought having such strong magnets sewn into the dresses. Or maybe he should have learned about polarity.

Cocktails & Conversation- Jan August

I knew Lars & The Real Girl was a remake. This CD should be subtitled “How To Score With Your Date: Roofies- Your Ace In The Hole”

The Planets- Gustav Holst

Way to sex up classical music, Westminster/Gold. Between those awesome ray guns and the man-sized leotard/ bodysuit combo & granny panty crotch shot, who wouldn’t get all hot and bothered by these galactic crusaders?

Push Push- Herbie Mann

All that glorious chest/stomach hair… This man must play a mean flute to have gotten a record deal despite his preoccupation with masturbation. He couldn’t even stop tugging it long enough to take the picture. With one hand on his flute and the other on his… other flute, Herbie ushered in the age of sexy winds.

I Love My Life- Jim Post

Sweet ‘stache, man! What with the thundering waterfall and the sneak-peek of that long mop of hair you’re hiding back there, you could have been a death row inmate’s wet-dream, but instead you come to bring us sexy, sexy tunes. Thank you, Jim Post. Thank you & your wet rat mustache.

Music To Massage Your Mate By

Also found under its alternate title: “Bow-Chick-a-Bow-Bow.” His creeper stare is enough to make you run for the nearest tube of super glue and glue your own lady secret together for protection take the edge off any woman’s day and his hands promise to lock you up in a sex dungeon and torture you until you agree to play house with him take you on a magical journey to complete relaxation. I’m wondering if the instructional booklet goes a little something like this: 1. Position your target mate on the nearest suede object (couch/ottoman/rug/jacket) & push her fluffy blouse up around her chest. 2. Make sure your cut off shorts are a little too short for comfort but just shy of screaming “YMCA” when your ass cheeks rub together. 3. Position the camera so that you can capture all of the action to relive again & again after she gets away when your lady friend calls it an evening. 4. Put on Music To Massage Your Mate By and get to rubbing one out on her.

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“Return To Me” by Matthew Ryan, Regret Over The Wires

I have a confession: This song reminds me of my ex. And not a good ex either. A year ago, I wouldn’t have been able to listen to this song without feeling that piercing agony that accompanies the bottom dropping out of your world when the one you live for says “I don’t love you anymore. There’s someone else. She’s pregnant and we’re getting engaged.” That particular agony is especially acute when these statements drag on the heels of one another, as was our case. We were together for 5 years and then, BOOM. Bad breakup. But this song rates anyway.

Matthew Ryan’s voice, while it is exactly what the ex patterned his vocal stylings after, is unique and pleasant. It has a gravelly, raspy quality that suits his material well. And this song is just artfully rendered. I love the sentiment his vocal quality imparts to the otherwise less-than-mind-blowing lyrics. Sweet, soft, tender, heartfelt if not thought-provoking. A great introduction to a very talented artist. **Click through the link for the video on YouTube :)**

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In an effort to beat my previous  record of nine posts in one month the month, I will be starting a new blog series. This one will hopefully give me about 12 to 15 posts  by the end of August 🙂 The themes will be as follows:

  • Monday- Make A List Monday
  • Tuesday- Two Quote Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Wordy Wednesday (I will ask a friend for a word and write a story inspired by it in some way)
  • Thursday- Day off
  • Friday- Formspring Friday
  • Saturday- Start A Challenge Saturday
  • Sunday- Spotlight Sunday (A review of one of my favorite songs/artists)

Hopefully I can stick to this for at least one month. As you all can tell I am not very good with my follow-through. I have will and drive, but I quickly lose interest or find another project that then occupies me fully. I am trying my best to break this habit that I have of not being able to form new & lasting habits. Ironically, that seems to be the only lasting habit I have. :/ 

***Update 9/1/2010- I completed the month of August successfully and I actually enjoyed doing this little series of guided postings. It challenged me and allowed me creative freedom at the same time. I’m setting a new goal for myself to keep it up through September. With all the wedding planning for Heather Beth, the baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays (including my own- 27th- GASP!) and new job position, this month will be much more difficult. What better to challenge myself with? :)***

So in anticipation of the first of August, I will start off with my first Spotlight Sunday.

Today’s song:

“Come on, Come Out” by A Fine Frenzy.

This song is catchy, perfectly soulful but sweet. The rhythmic, mellow arrangement underscores the beauty of Alison’s voice beautifully. I’ve been a fan of A Fine Frenzy since the song “Almost Lover” debuted back in 2008, but I never got around to buying the album. I have been missing out. I downloaded One Cell In The Sea with an iTunes giftcard I had and have been listening to it non-stop since. If you haven’t listened to this song/CD, I would highly recommend it. (On a side note: I really want her hair color. Like, really really want it. Haha.)

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Snow Day Spa Playlist

Another weekend snowed in with no one but my animals… and a need to calm my mind. I am going to treat myself to a snow day spa, and I have the perfect playlist for just such an occasion! Enjoy the subtle, soulful sounds in the tub, surrounded with candles and the beautiful scents of CHOCOLATE bubble bath (recipe to follow!).

  • The Dress Looks Nice On You- Sufjan Stevens
  • Dream- Priscilla Ahn
  • Lullaby- Priscilla Ahn
  • How Deep Is Your Love- The Bird & The Bee
  • Quelqu’un m’a dit- Carla Bruni
  • Like A Star- Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Duet-  Rachael Yamagata
  • Be Your Love- Rachael Yamagata
  • Fireflies- Rachael Yamagata & Rhett Miller
  • Sunny Road-  Emiliana Torrini
  • In The Waiting Line- Zero 7
  • Let Go- Frou Frou
  • Morning Song- Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Tel Que Tu Es- Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Mykonos- Fleet Foxes
  • Corner Of Your Heart- Ingrid Michaelson
  • Crash This Train (Acoustic) Joshua James
  • My Hands Are Shaking- Sonre Lerche

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My Cooking Playlist

I am a human jukebox; I love either having or being able to recall a song for any occasion. And being a jukebox, I love to develop the “perfect playlist” for any activity, occasion, holiday or mood. I spend quite a bit of time cooking, either for clients or for family & friends; because of this, I find myself searching for music to fit my culinary moods. Instead of searching and clawing for the right track & often only coming up with the same standard songs that cover a variety of moods, I decided to put together an entire list just begging to be played in the kitchen. These songs can make you dance while you’re pulling together decandent creme brulee or sing while you sweat your onions for a Saturday meatloaf. I hope you enjoy!

  • Mary’s Kitchen- Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Guacamole- Texas Tornados
  • Too Many Dirty Dishes- Albert Collins
  • Chicken Noodle Soup- DJ Webstar & Young B
  • Maximum Consumption- The Kinks
  • Chocolate Salty Balls- Chef (from “South Park”)
  • Cook With Honey- Judy Collins
  • Bread & Butter- The Newbeats
  • Eat It- Wierd Al Yankovic
  • Hey Good Lookin’- Hank Williams, Sr.
  • Be Our Guest- from “Beauty & The Beast”
  • The Frim Fram Sauce- Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
  • Peaches- Presidents of the United States of America
  • Food, Glorious Food- from “Oliver”
  • Animal Crackers In My Soup- Shirley Temple
  • C Is For Cookie- Cookie Monster
  • I Like Cold Beverages- G Love & the Special Sauce
  • Buttermilk Biscuits- Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Milkshake- Kelis
  • Recipe- G Love & the Special Sauce
  • Peanut Butter Jelly Time- Buckwheat Boys
  • Cheeseburger In Paradise- Jimmy Buffett
  • The Banana Boat Song- Harry Belafonte
  • Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
  • Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk- Rufus Wainwright
  • Shortnin’ Bread- Mississippi John Hurt
  • I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts- Monty Python
  • Chocolate Jesus- Tom Waits

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