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Weekly Music

April 10th, 2014


The new Jessica Lea Mayfield album, Make My Head Sing, is streaming on Pitchfork. It has a lot more edge than her previous album and it satisfies the angsty teen in me, though it’s not an all purpose listening situation. But I dig it.

Exciting news I wasn’t aware of until this week: First Aid Kit has a new album coming out in June! The new song, My Silver Lining, makes me wonder if the new album will have less ballad-leaning songs but it’s hard to judge an album by one song. The vocals are more subdued, but I like it. I love those ladies.

Dabito has a really great new music mix up and through it I discovered Timbre Timbre has a new album, Hot Dreams. I find it to be a bit less spooky-sounding than his other work, but it’s still good late night chill music. His voice is just so haunting, always.

The mix also reminded me I never shared this Ruby the RabbitFoot song, “Ways” I really like that I hear on KCRW a lot. I’m not a huge fan of the rest of the album as it’s a bit too sweet for me, but I love this song a lot. Her voice reminds me of Jenny O. a lot.

ps. thank you all for the amazing dog stories and tips! I’m overwhelmed by all the advice but love to hear your own journeys with your own dogs, it’s always helpful to not feel so alone in your struggle!

Weekly Music

April 4th, 2014

I totally disappeared this week, because whoa, it’s been nuts. A brief hello!

I haven’t heard a ton of new music this week, but a few things:

Another sweet new Lykke Li track “No Rest For The Wicked”.

Wye Oak has a new album coming out this month and I can. not. wait. “The Tower” was released a few months ago and somehow I haven’t heard it!

Lastly, this isn’t exactly music, but every Friday I am downright giddy for a new episode of my new favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour. If you’re into pop culture (particularly TV and movies, but they talk about books and music as well) and want to hear smart, funny people from NPR making observations on it – get on it.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Weekly Music

March 18th, 2014

(this video is from a different live performance but wanted to include a video as well in this post)

I heard a wonderful live performance on KCRW this morning with Hozier that blew me away. I’d heard “Take Me to Church” here and there (it came out last Fall) but only really stopped to pay close attention to the song yesterday coincidentally, while I was driving – wondering for a split second if it was a new James Blake song. There are similarities in the piano and voice, but beyond that Hozier has a folk and blues sound that is so gorgeous. I love the way you feel like his voice is going to crack in the pushing emotion of “Take Me to Church”, but it stays steady yet not 100% perfect and over produced. You can hear the whole performance here.

Weekly Music

March 11th, 2014

Hi guys, how was your weekend? We drove up to Ojai for a much needed breather and stayed at a hotel one night and camped the next up in the hills. It was brief but so necessary as we’ve both been working like crazy and barely doing anything but that and watching TV in those exhausted last hours of the night. But omg, True Detective, amiright?? (Only on episode 6, no spoilers) It’s OK to be a couch potato when it’s good TV, obviously. Ok, anyway, another good week of music collecting.

Future Island’s performance on Letterman was incredible. And I’m not sure what I love more – the performance or Dave’s ecstatic reaction to it.

Really dig the new Gardens & Villa album, Dunes. Secretly Canadian has the best bands.

New Lykke Li! Looking forward to the new album, I Never Learn, out next month. I love watching her grow as an artist. She’s also one of the few artists I enjoy following on Facebook as it’s actually her down to earth updates.

I heard this new Sharon Van Etten song in the car while I was running errands the other day and I wasn’t even 100% sure it was her at first, and even pulled over for a second to confirm it as I’m a huge dork. I love it.

Weekly Music

March 4th, 2014

Lots of good new music lately! Bursting from the seams. I’ll try to make up for skipping it last week.

Little Dragon “Klap Klap”

Jessica Lea Mayfield “I Wanna Love You”

Tycho “Apogee”. Stream the whole beautiful album, Awake, on NPR now. I always recommend Tycho to those who need some good instrumental music to work and focus to.

Dum Dum Girls “Rimbaud Eyes”

Real Estate “Talking Backwards”

Nick Waterhouse “It #3″

Michael Kiwanuka “It Always Comes Back Around”. Sidenote: I don’t watch House of Lies but I thought that was Naomi Watts on the posters as it Kristen Bell.

Weekly Music

February 18th, 2014

It’s such an exciting time for music, this month. Two albums NPR is streaming until their release, both of which I have not listened to enough yet to give too much of an opinion on, but I definitely do not dislike.


St. Vincent. Her two first releases from this album didn’t get me super excited, but I love love love “Prince Johnny”.

Beck Morning Phase. I can’t find any audio on youtube for any of the other songs besides the two I’ve already shared, but I’m so amazed at how much Morning Phase sounds like my favorite Beck album, Sea Change. The first song “Cycle” is even a sister song to the first song on Sea Change, “The Golden Age”. I need to let this sink in more as I know it’s a beautiful album, but part of me keeps wanting it to be Sea Change as it sounds so similar. I need to let it stand on its own for a bit!

I have a non-music post in me soon, promise. Ha.

Weekly Music

February 11th, 2014

New music from two Pacific Northwest gems.

So crazy excited that a new Mirah album, Changing Light, is coming out in May! I liked the Thao & Mirah album, but nothing beats her own work and I can’t wait. I’m particularly excited by her working with composer Jherek Bischoff. The single “Oxen Hope” is excellent.

Damien Jurado quietly (at least to me) came out with a new album and upon discovery I thought, “well, I’m about to listen to this to death”. Mission accomplished. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is amazing and has a very similar quality to his fantastic previous album, Maraqopa (thanks to the amazing Richard Swift?). The deluxe edition includes some beautiful stripped down songs with a choir at the end that are very Neil Young-esque.

Weekly Music

February 4th, 2014

I’m positively slammed with work right now so all I can muster are music posts for the time being. Which I keep up thanks to your awesome positive feedback about them lately.

New Future Islands makes me giddy as everything they put out makes me feel so dang good. I love a unique voice, and Samuel T. Herring certainly delivers that magic. “Seasons (Waiting On You)” is from their forthcoming album Singles.

Another new Beck song! “Waking Light” is a slow jam beauty.

Not new, but Will saw Nosaj Thing a couple weeks ago at the Echoplex and had me listen to his last album as he thought I’d be into it. Correct! I recognized Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead’s voice immediately as I was just having a nostalgic moment for them a couple weeks ago, which was a funny coincidence.

Happy listening!

Weekly Music

January 27th, 2014

Just a few songs on repeat:

The excellent new Damon Albarn song “Everyday Robots” from his forthcoming solo album.

Really looking forward to Beck’s new album coming out this year, and I’m intrigued by the single “Blue Moon” as I don’t know yet if I’m 100% in love with it or not. Still deciding!

I realized I forgot to put Caveman on my best of 2013 playlist. Acknowledging it here with my favorite song off the album. I’d never seen this video before and it’s funny as I was just swapping Julia Stiles sightings stories with a friend over the weekend. Love her.

The Best Songs of 2013

December 31st, 2013


‘Twas an excellent year for music, and this list is a doozy. I made a Spotify and Rdio playlist in hopes that those who can’t access Spotify might be able to listen as I didn’t have the means to make it available to download. So I apologize if you can’t access the embedded playlists at the bottom of this post!

I noticed a running theme of this being an overall more mellow list than years past – not sure if it was just my mood or music in general? And much like last year, it was a lot about singular songs for me this year – some of these songs were on albums I really didn’t love overall, but absolutely loved that particular song. If I had to pick my top five albums for the year, I’d say this: Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel, James Blake – Overgrown, Rhye – Woman, Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze, Jenny O. – Automechanic.

This list is in no particular order, enjoy!

Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Day
Au Revoir Simone – Somebody Who
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – War Zone
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Janelle Monáe – Givin Em What They Love [feat. Prince]
Nine Inch Nails – Copy of a
Superhumanoids – So Strange
Psapp – Wet Salt
Cate le Bon – Are You With Me Now?
Jenny O. – Get Lost
Camera Obscura – This Is Love (Feels Alright)
Colette – When the Music’s Loud
Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves
Pickwick – Lady Luck (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Big Black Delta – Love You This Summer
Alpine – Hands
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
Iron And Wine – Low Light Buddy of Mine
James Blake – Retrograde
Low – Plastic Cup
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
Devendra Banhart – Für Hildegard von Bingen
Rhye – The Fall
Local Natives – Breakers
Toro Y Moi – Harm In Change
The Knife – A Tooth for an Eye
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Neko Case – Night Still Comes
Of Montreal – Obsidian Currents
Mutual Benefit – Strong River
Broken Bells – Holding On for Life
AOP feat. Sophia Knapp – The Beggar
David Lynch & Lykke Li – I’m Waiting Here – Bonus Track
Braids – Hossak
Midlake – The Old And The Young
Bonzie – Convert
Andrew Bird – Ethio Invention no. 1



Thank you all so much for supporting my weekly music posts! I know I may not always share the most unique music finds, but being told I cheered someone up or made their day with sharing a song they loved really makes me so happy. It’s the one reoccurring feature I’ve stuck with for that reason and my love and need for music in my life.

Next I’ll be sharing my favorite photos of 2013! And then later, some reflecting and future goals.