Sorry it's taken me all day to get to this but Friday's are sorta busy for me and this one's been outrageously so. Um, so I finally sorta fell in love with Erica Hahn last night. I love it when people let their walls down enough to expose the human frailties that we all have and that we all try so DESPERATELY to conceal. I can't help but think if we all learned to let go a little, put the armor down and let people in more...ya know, show them what's behind the facade that the world would be a more loving, peaceful place. But then again I'm an eternal optimist to a fault so I'm sure lots of people would disagree with that but I don't care...I remain undaunted.
Either way, she had me at "You're glasses." Having recently gone through the experience of a love awakening myself (if you wanna call it that) I loved the idea of that statement. In fact, I love it so much that I wish I'd thought of it myself back then to describe how I was feeling at that time. There are just some people that come into our lives that help us see ourselves and sometimes the world around us with a deeper clarity than we've ever imagined. The people that just encourage us to become more and better and stronger and in my experience it's those people who are the greatest gifts in this life. I'm so thankful and grateful that I've been blessed with the experience of having someone to be my glasses and hopefully it won't be the last pair I get. :)
So...enough of that...enjoy the songs and have a great Halloween!
Vampire Weekend - "Walcott"
El Perro Del Mar - "From the Valley to the Stars"
Raining Jane - "Prelude"
Greg Laswell - "Days Go On"
And a .zip file too...see, I didn't even forget!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I love Izzie. A lot. It's not the easiest thing in the world to do you know, to confront someone that you KNOW is going to be an asshole to you and show them genuine care and affection even though they're nowhere NEAR deserving it. Nope, not easy at all. I liked last night's episode for a lot of reasons but that scene between her and Alex really got me. Katherine Heigl is pretty much the perfect girl. I think I wanna be her when I grow up.
The music last night was super, super great too. I don't always think they use the right songs at the right time but they absolutely nailed it last night. Enjoy these tracks from some great artists...
Brandi Carlile - "Hiding My Heart"
Erin McCarley - "Love Save the Empty"
Greg Laswell - "Comes & Goes In Waves"
Emilie Mover - "Ordinary Day"
Lenka - "Live Like You're Dying"
And a .zip file...I know I forget to do this sometimes but this time I FINALLY remembered!
And a GINORMOUS thanks to faithful reader Carrie who sent me a copy of The Bird & The Bee song "My Love" that we were looking for last week. A million thank you's!!!
The Bird & The Bee - "My Love"
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Brett Dennen. Hmmm...what can I say about Brett Dennen that hasn't been said? Not a lot, really. There are the obvious comparisons between him and my boy John which I'm sure will be even more prevalent since Mayer's boy Alagia placed his prints all over Hope for the Hopeless but I see the two as wholly and completely opposites. There will never be a time when I will envision Dennen in a blues trio or rockin' classic SRV cuts with ferocious intensity. Nope, just ain't happenin'.
Now don't get me wrong, I like Brett Dennen. I've mentioned him here before and So Much More made the contender list for '06 and as a person, I think he's interesting and top notch. His passion for projects that make a difference in the lives of others, promote peace, unity and social change gives me the warm fuzzies like you've no idea and I love that he's such a throwback artist but I pretty much just like him an awful, awful lot and that's the extent of it. I mean, while I enjoy his company quite a bit more than most, if I had to make a short list of people to invite to an end of the road soirée to celebrate my passing, I'm guessing he might not make the cut.
So here's another new release that is actually in stores now that I really like a lot but don't love just quite yet. There are tracks that I can already see myself putting on mix discs for friends and adding to theme compilations but for me, this just missed the mark a little. Maybe Alagia's handiwork is wearing on me or maybe I need to just put it away until I'm in the right mindframe to appreciate it. Either way, check it out and decide for yourself. Start with these...
Brett Dennen - "Wrong About Me"
Brett Dennen - "When She's Gone"
Brett Dennen - "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Brett Dennen - "Follow Your Heart"
My favorite on the album was actually the song I posted last week that was featured on Grey's Anatomy and for anyone who missed it, here it is again...
Brett Dennen - "Ain't Gonna Lose You"
You can put a stick in my spokes
I can be the butt of your jokes
I can be the laughing stock, I can be your hoax
But I ain't gonna lose you
They can come and tear my house down
They can run me out of town
They can tie me up, call me a clown
But I ain’t gonna lose you
I can’t stand
The thought of another man
They can make me turn my back on my friends
Send me away to up in San Quentin
Put me in the hole, a thousand times again
But I ain’t gonna lose you
Throw me in a hurricane
Tell the whole world I’ve gone insane
Run an electric shock to my brain
But I ain’t gonna lose you
I can’t stand
The thought of another man
I’ll sing it from my roof top
I’ll sing it from the bus stop
I’ll sing it on the street drunk to a cop
But I ain’t gonna lose you
Having said all that, I wanna share the review I read of the record that I liked the most from All Music's Steve Leggett:
A deliberately careful songwriter with an at times Dylanesque flair for unlikely rhymes (he matches "spokes" with "hoax," for instance, and mostly gets away with it), a certain Nick Drake-like fragility (due in large part to his voice, which is pitched high and sounds at times eerily like Billie Holiday), and a subtle African pop feel (he has Femi Kuti singing backing vocals on one of the songs here), Brett Dennen is certainly singular, and at his best, he catches a breezy, mellow groove that allows his thoughtful songs to truly shine. If there's a downside, it's that they all shine in almost exactly the same way, and over the course of an album, can start to feel like one big mellow song sung over and over again without a whole lot of variation. But when these songs work, they really work, and pieces like "Heaven," even though Dennen goes on about things like "the cloth of conviction," are strikingly effective. Other standouts on Hope for the Hopeless, his third album, include the Kuti track, "Make You Crazy" (which features Dennen's most perfectly soulful and spirited vocal yet), the easily likable "World Keeps Turning," the impressive "Ain't Gonna Lose You" (where the spokes/hoax rhyme dwells), and the innocently positive and hopeful "Follow Your Heart," even though it sounds maybe too much like a second rewrite of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" at times. Nothing here is less than pleasant, but the lyrics do get a little on the overwrought and ornate side in songs like "So Far from Me," where crows ravage a field of wheat while scarecrows know their own defeat etc., and if Dylan can get away with stuff like that because he's, well, Dylan, Dennen makes it all sound just a little too delicate and labored. Still, Hope for the Hopeless works more than it doesn't, and when it really clicks here, which is often enough, Dennen shows himself to be a unique voice and talent.
Ahhh, new Snow Patrol! After listening off and on for a few days I've decided that I think I prefer sad sack Mr. Lightbody in the throes of depression to his interpretation of happy go lucky that he says he found while recording A Hundred Million Suns but ultimately, I'll take him any way I can get him because he's such an amazing talent. If I'm to be perfectly honest, I wasn't a HUGE fan of the band until Eyes Open picked me up off the floor, spun me around and put me back down in a better place. I had the albums but save a few songs here and there, they just didn't do it for me. Now, I feel differently because I'm a big enough fan that if they keep putting out albums, I'll happily keep buying (or freely accepting from labels and promoters) whatever they produce.
So far, I like A Hundred Million Suns. I don't love it yet despite the fact that Gary calls this they best effort to date but something tells me that in a few weeks I totally will...once I've had time to process it lyrically, I'm CONVINCED I'll adore it. Here are a few tracks for you to sample so you can decide for yourself. Either way, it's worth picking up a copy for yourself when the album hits stores next week...even if just for the epic final track that clocks in at 16 minutes, 18 seconds and is pure genius.
Snow Patrol - "Lifeboats"
Snow Patrol - "Crack the Shutters"
Snow Patrol - "Set Down Your Glass"
And the video for the first single (which I'm pretty crazy about)
Snow Patrol - "Take Back The City"
Friday, October 17, 2008
So I've got this ear infection that put me in bed immediately upon hitting the door last night so I haven't seen any of the episode to know where the above photo fits in but it really makes me happy to see Izzie and George hangin' out and cuttin' up. After all they've been through, my main hope for those two characters has always been that they maintain their friendship. Friendship to me is often times FAR more important than romance and you don't realize it until you've lost both. Oh well...the lessons in life we all must learn, right?
Enjoy these tracks from last night's episode. The only one I don't have is the new Bird & The Bee track but I'm pretty sure that might not be dropping until next year or at least late this year. If I'm wrong, I'm sure one of you will tell me and if you have the song and wanna give it up, feel free to post a link and do the whole "nana-nana boo-boo" bit. :)
Joshua Radin - "One of These Days"
The Rescues - "My Heart With You"
Bernadette Moley - "Love to Me"
The Whitest Boy Alive - "Done with You"
Patrick & Eugene - "Altogether Now"
Emiliana Torrini - "Big Jumps"
Brett Dennen - "Ain't Gonna Lose You"
And thanks to a great friend/reader of the blog, Dieter, who is obviously keeping it together and staying on top of things while I'm busy having a crazy weekend, you may download ALL the songs from this season thus far (with the exception of the aforementioned "My Love") here.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I've mentioned this enough times that I don't feel the need to do anything other than direct you to the last lengthy post I made about the greatness that is Ray. I've had it on repeat for awhile today and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the first two tracks so much I'm pretty sure I wanna marry them.
Get your asses to a music store near you (preferably a small, locally owned establishment) and get a copy of Gossip In The Grain when it drops tomorrow. It's really, really good. Enjoy these until you get your own copy!
Far and away my favorite track on the record...it so makes me happy and giddy and all the other things that a great love song are supposed to do. I'm a bit sad I didn't have it a few months ago though...I would have really liked to share it with someone great.
Ray LaMontagne - "You Are The Best Thing"
And Baby, the way you move me its crazy.
it’s like, you see right through me, you make it easier,
You please me and you don’t even have to try.
Ray LaMontagne - "I Still Care For You"
Ok, so I haven't watched all of "Here Comes The Flood" and I'm going to go ahead and apologize right now if these aren't all the songs or the right songs because to be honest, I've done no research. I was out of town and just haven't had the time. So, consider this my apology in advance if anything is wonky and my thanks to those of you who emailed wondering when I would put them up and for those of you who've said you miss my ramblings and reviews that used to accompany the tunes, again, I apologize. In order to do that I'd have to have time that I just haven't had the past few months. Hopefully I'll be able to return to posting the songs that way soon. In the meantime, just enjoy these...
Sia - "Cares at the Door"
Emiliana Torrini - "Ha Ha"
Little Jackie - "LOL"
Erin McCarley - "Pitter-Pat"
Santogold - "Say Aha"
And because a reader commented and reminded me that I forgot last time, here's a . Zip File.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
As I’ve mentioned more times that is probably necessary, Rachael’s BRILLIANT album A Record in Two Parts: Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart dropped yesterday and I’ve been busy listening to it on repeat ever since. I was so busy falling in love with it in fact that I was too preoccupied to make mention of it yesterday but today I give you three of my favorite tracks. Choosing an absolute favorite would be like choosing between children or between ice cream and chocolate so I won’t go there but suffice it to say that I adore her still…maybe even more than before.
According to Rachael, her “record in two parts” is two halves that create a whole picture of the beauty and pain associated with complicated human relationships and unfortunately the often times subsequent collapse. “Elephants is much more intimate. It’s about being willing to take a risk even if it’s not going to end up well. Teeth is like rediscovering your backbone after you’ve gone through the loss.” I’ve said before I’m a huge believer in the right song, right time theory of life and for me, Rachael’s music always seems to come to me just when I need it most as if to say “I’m here with you experiencing the same thoughts and feelings, joys and pains as you are and you’re not alone.” For me, this latest release feels as if she’s torn a page out of my personal life journal this year and set the words she found to music. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me and hopefully others will feel the same way.
Enjoy these songs and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE buy the album. And I cannot say enough times that if get the opportunity to see her live, I IMPLORE you to do so…it’s an amazing experience that you won’t forget. Check her tour dates here.
You can listen to “Faster” courtesy of Spin.com as well…I think it’s my favorite track from the Teeth portion of the album and one that I played for my ex over the phone last night. He didn’t enjoy it as much. Pfft. Wonder why? :)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Several of you have asked for some "missing" Grey's Anatomy tunes so I wanted to make a quick post to put them up. Enjoy!
Please note this isn't a free for all or a place to request songs...I'm just putting up what several readers asked for on a whim. Thanks for not inundating me with requests and a big thanks to Mary who offered these up to me while I'm away from my home PC so that I could post them for everyone!
Inara George - "Greedy"
Emiliana Torrini - "Beggar's Prayer"
Calahan - "Pouring on the Gasoline"
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I don’t know what you’re all doing this Friday night but I would strongly encourage you to hit your favorite local theater and check out Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I’m thinking it’ll be a case of the movie not living up to the book as David Levithan and Rachel Cohn wrote a fairly awesome novel a few years back but given the soundtrack and the fact that the ever adorably humble and hilarious Michael Cera plays the lead role, it’ll be worth plunking your money down for the tunes and laughs alone.
It’s no secret I love a great soundtrack and after having this one on repeat for a few days now, I think I can say it may be my favorite of the year. Boasting tracks from some of my VERY favorite groups…Vampire Weekend, Bishop Allen, Shout Out Louds and Band of Horses just to name a few. It’s hard to choose with a mix this great but here are some tracks I love…
Richard Hawley - "Baby You're My Light"