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March Playlist March 1, 2010

  1. No One Could Change Your Mind – The Generationals
  2. The Poison – The All-American Rejects
  3. Her Name is Alice – Shinedown
  4. Follow Me Down (feat. Neon Hitch) – 3OH!3
  5. Welcome to Mystery – Plain White T’s
  6. Tea Party – Kerli
  7. Baddass – Black Robot
  8. Kill Me Carolyn – The Whigs
  9. Polaroids and Red Wine – Jaguar Love
  10. Hug the Harbour – Emma Pollock
  11. Lay Back Down – Eric Lindell
  12. New in Town – Little Boots
  13. Don’t Hold Your Breath – Athlete
  14. The Unknown – Athlete
  15. Like Boom – Vita Chambers
  16. Phones Don’t Feud – Holiday Shores
  17. Violet Hour – Sea Wolf
  18. 11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas
  19. Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz
  20. 1901 – Phoenix
  21. Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken – Camera Obscura
  22. If Looks Could Kill – Camera Obscura
  23. French Navy – Camera Obscura
  24. Le Disko – Shiny Toy Guns
  25. Falling Down – Space Cowboy
  26. I Go to the Barn Because I Like the – Band of Horses
  27. Creepshow – Kerli
  28. Animal – Neon Trees
  29. Dancing – Standard Fare
  30. Beautiful Day – Kerli
  31. High Heels – Kinnie Starr
  32. Solitary Gun – Rogue Wave
  33. This Too Shall Pass – Ok Go
  34. Old Hollywood – Julian Casablancas
  35. It Is What It Is – Lifehouse
  36. Here Tomorrow Gone Today – Lifehouse
  37. Wrecking Ball – Lifehouse
  38. I Will Live on Islands – Josh Rouse
  39. Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbits
  40. Nothing Like You – Frightened Rabbits
  41. Not Miserable – Frightened Rabbits
  42. Beat the Devil’s Tatto – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  43. Conscience Killer – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  44. Mama Taught Me Better – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  45. River Styx – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  46. I Don’t Even Care About the One I Love – The Whigs
  47. Long Goodbye – The Nadas

February Playlist February 3, 2010

  1. Game Over – V.V. Brown
  2. Crystal Village – Pete Yorn
  3. Backwards Walk – Frightened Rabbit
  4. Wait It Out – Imogen Heap
  5. Shark In the Water – V.V. Brown
  6. It’s the Weekend – Andrew Friendly
  7. Answer to Yourself – The Soft Pack
  8. Cynthia – Millionyoung
  9. World Behind My Wall – Tokio Hotel
  10. Amarillion – Datarock
  11. Merrymaking At My Place – Calvin Harris
  12. Bizarre Love Triangle – Sennen
  13. Plans & Reveries – Black Gold
  14. A Beautiful Mine – Rjd2
  15. Idols – Black Gold
  16. Drop Those Legs – The Recital
  17. Alice – Avril Lavigne
  18. Rose Garden – Nick Jonas & the Administration
  19. Bottles – V.V. Brown
  20. Conspiracy – Nick Jonas & the Administration
  21. Rats – U.S. Royalty
  22. Where Are You Now – U.S. Royalty
  23. Upper East Side – Experimental Aircraft
  24. With a Gun – Experimental Aircraft
  25. Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace – Experimental Aircraft
  26. Set Fire to the Third Bar – Snow Patrol feat. Martha Wainwright
  27. What’s the Attitude? – Cut Chemist feat. Hymnal
  28. Everything Is New – Jack Penate
  29. One Life Stand – Hot Chip
  30. Midnight – The Watson Twins
  31. Harpeth River – The Watson Twins
  32. Move Along – The Soft Pack
  33. Pot Kettle Black – Tilly and the Wall
  34. Morning Light – Smoke Fairies
  35. Call It a Day – The Soft Pack
  36. If You Were Here – Cary Brothers
  37. Have a Good Sleep – Hot Hot Heat
  38. O.N.E. – Yeasayer
  39. Rome – Yeasayer
  40. Eternally Missed – Muse
  41. Crying Shame – Muse
  42. Pull My Heart Away – Jack Penate
  43. Rocket – Goldfrapp
  44. The High Road – Broken Bells
  45. Self Preservation – AM
  46. Action/Reaction – Choir of Young Believers
  47. Savin’ You – The Watson Twins
  48. To Feel Love – Butterfly Boucher
  49. Fox on the Run – The Academy Is…
  50. Beat Control – Tilly and the Wall
  51. Holdin’ Steady – Shelly Fraley
  52. Oblivious – Samantha Stollenwerck
  53. Carefree – Samantha Stollenwerck
  54. Glass – Ross Copperman
  55. Symphonies – Dan Black
  56. Yours – Dan Black
  57. Rain Down On Me – Santana feat. Dave Matthews
  58. One Fine Morning – Santana
  59. Inside These Lines – Trent Dabbs
  60. Look Back On – Trent Dabbs
  61. Still Alive – Lisa Miskovsky
  62. Electra 33 – Sophe Lux
  63. President – Sophe Lux
  64. God Doesn’t Take American Express – Sophe Lux
  65. My Heart, Your Hands – Dommin
  66. No Time – The Heavy
  67. Oh No!  Not You Again! – The Heavy
  68. Blow Me Away – Breaking Benjamin
  69. Ghosts – Laura Marling

* Can I just add that I am OBSESSED with the entire album Travelling Like the Light from V.V. Brown.  Best $6 you will ever spend.

*  Surprisingly, (since I am not 14), I love the new album by Nick Jonas & the Administration.  Part John Mayer, part Michael Jackson, and part awesome.

*The Watson Twins album Talking to Me, Talking to You is phenomenal.  Every song is my new favorite, until I listen to the next one.  This album has a song for whatever mood you’re in.  It will be playing on repeat for the next few months I assure you.

*Surprise of the month has to be Jack Penate.  His album is truly a fresh sound, which I like to think of as British Disco Reggae.  He makes me happy.


Music Bliss January 17, 2010

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Kate VoegeleWhat happens when your favorite singer covers your favorite band of all time?  I believe its known as Music Bliss.  I experienced this phenomenon when Kate Voegele released her cover of Muse’s Starlight on her iTunes live session last week.

I am usually not a celebrity stalker, but I’ve been a fan of One Tree Hill since the first episode.  I’ve reached that point where I refer to the characters by their first names and talk about them like we’re friends.  I will shamelessly admit that my roommate and I followed Kate Voegele around Florida for a weekend, and watched her perform live two nights in a row, in Orlando and St. Pete.  Unlike most singers, she’s even better live.  I actually got to meet her, and I babbled like a starstruck 14 year old.  (She said she liked my shirt!)  It was, without a doubt, the best weekend of our lives.  Muse

My brother introduced me to Muse, and for that I will be forever grateful.  We’ve almost worn out both our copies of The Resistance and we’re still not tired of it.  We’ve never seen Muse live, but we’ve decided we will gladly pay an arm and a leg to see them next time they come.I would also like to add that Supermassive Black Hole is my favorite song of all time.  Seriously, do you not feel cooler after listening to that song?  I wish I could have that song playing every time I walk into a room in slow motion with a wind machine pointed at me.  (Since that happens a lot…)

Needless to say, you can only imagine my excitement when I listened to Kate Voegele’s version of Starlight.  Go listen to it.  You can thank me later.


January Playlist January 10, 2010

  1. You Really Wake Up the Love In Me – Duke Spirit
  2. Lassoo – Duke Spirit
  3. Neptune’s Call – Duke Spirit
  4. Straight Lines – Charlotte Hatherley
  5. Hotblack – Oceanship
  6. That’s Not Really Funny – Eels
  7. Pitter-Pat (Acoustic) – Erin McCarley
  8. Etude No. 2 – Phillip Glass
  9. The Music That Haunts This Town – Ian Axel
  10. Waving at the Shore – Throw Me the Statue
  11. Blah Blah Blah – Ke$ha
  12. Audience – Cold War Kids
  13. Coffee Spoon – Cold War Kids
  14. Santa Ana Winds – Cold War Kids
  15. Sermons – Cold War Kids
  16. Everybody Wants You – Billy Squier
  17. Boots & Boys – Ke$ha
  18. Take It Off – Ke$ha
  19. Blood Oranges – Foreign Born
  20. Blown Out – Benjy Ferree
  21. Is There Nothing We Could Do? – Badly Drawn Boy
  22. Where I Want to Be – The Dangerous Summer
  23. Gravitate – Lou Barlow
  24. Will You Be By Me? – Wallpaper Airplanes
  25. Thank You – MoZella
  26. The Age of Anxiety – Virgin Islands
  27. I Start to Run – White Denim
  28. A Whisper – Coldplay
  29. Shiver – Coldplay
  30. Sparks – Coldplay
  31. Every Planet We Reach Is Dead – Gorillaz
  32. Makeup – Everybody Else
  33. Horchata – Vampire Weekend
  34. Giving Up the Gun – Vampire Weekend
  35. Its Not Right – Katharine  McPhee
  36. The Rolling People – The Verve
  37. Starlight – Kate Voegele
  38. Flying Machine – Everly
  39. I Couldn’t Save You – Kate Voegele
  40. Ant Hill Mob – The Monotones
  41. Killer in the World – Romance
  42. Just to Get to You – Isor Wallobee
  43. Tora Tora Tora – Pretty & Nice
  44. Love Etc. – System and Station
  45. Swim – Oh No Ono
  46. Wish That – B.Reith
  47. She’s Got a Hold on Me – Hacienda
  48. Four Provinces – The Walkmen
  49. Cold Shoulder – Kevin Ayers
  50. Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
  51. We Got Some – Chris Joss
  52. Love Song – Spoon
  53. True Love Will Find You – Hey Marseilles
  54. Summer Breeze – Peter Bjorn and John
  55. We Belong – Everly
  56. Bonfire (Live in NY)  – Third Eye Blind
  57. Hello – Dirty Little Rabbits
  58. Trouble – Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions
  59. Kickin’ with You – Jason Mraz
  60. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Black Mustang
  61. Can’t Stop These Tears – The Black Hollies
  62. An End Has a Start – Editors
  63. Out of the Blue – Julian Casablancas
  64. The Night Before – The Stereotypes
  65. Right Round – Flo Rida
  66. Eight Steps Away – The Good Listeners
  67. Insect Losing Balance – The Good Listeners
  68. Feeling Good – Muse
  69. Turn Me Loose – Madcon
  70. Magic – Ladyhawke
  71. Warm in the Shadows – Music Go Music
  72. Staying In Love – Raphael Saadiq
  73. It’s Not You – Halestorm
  74. I Get Off – Halestorm
  75. The Blackest Lily – Corinne Bailey Rae
  76. Paris Nights/New York Mornings – Corinne Bailey Rae
  77. She’s Mine – Brett Dennen
  78. Sugar Assault Me Now – Pop Levi
  79. God & Suicide – Blitzen Trapper
  80. Oh My! – The Gray Kid

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Noisettes December 26, 2009

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Noisettes Shingai Shoniwa You know those times when you get a song stuck in your head?  I kid you not, my friend Amy had O Christmas Tree stuck in her head for about two months one time.  But what about those times you get a song stuck in your head but you don’t really mind if it stays Noisettes Wild Young Heartthere?  That’s how I feel about the Noisettes songs Wild Young Hearts and Never Forget You.  The whole album has a happy, nostalgic, disco feel that makes you want to sing along.

Singer Shingai Shoniwa is fascinating to watch, with her outrageous hairstyles, and awesome sense of fashion.  Watching her dance barefoot in an old theater in a fringed flapper dress in the video for Never Forget You completely conveys the sense of Silver Doc Martinsyouth and freedom in the song.  She can even pull off silver Doc Martins with a sheath dress and leather jacket.  It makes me want a pair of silver boots.  And a fringed dress.

The British band is best known for its rowdy live shows in London.  They’ve toured with Muse and Lady Gaga and have also performed Don’t Upset the Rhythm live on One Tree Hill.

They’re the kind of songs that make you think about your first love and your other happy memories.  Those are the thoughts that I’m happy to have stuck in my head.


Another Reason to Love Abe Lincoln

Chester French Love the FutureMy new favorite album is none other than Chester French, Love the Future.  Formed in Boston and named for Daniel Chester French, who designed the Lincoln Memorial, this stand out new group could be filed under pop, rock, alternative, hip hop, you name it.  Jacks of all trades (or genres), Chester French has collaborated with Asher Roth, and toured with Lady Gaga, Blink 182, and N.E.R.D.Chester French in Vogue

They’ve also appeared in Vogue, as “Already Famous”, a “band you should already know”.  Fans of Weezer, Phoenix, Hot Hot Heat, Plain White T’s, and the Kooks will be spinning this record for a long time to come.  My favorite tracks are C’mon (On My Own), Bebe Buell, The Jimmy Choos, Neal, and Not Over You.

Chester FrenchThe two members, D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, cite British pop as an influence for their upbeat, unique sound that sounds a little retro.  Their fresh beats will put you in a good mood and keep you dancing.  And as if they weren’t cool enough, check out their free mixtape, Jacques Jams.  An entire album, filled with the likes of Lady Gaga, Wale, Pharrell Williams, Kardinal Offishall, and Solange Knowles.  http://chesterfrench.com/mixtape/



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Bloom LipstickThe VeronicasI’ve been on the hunt for a baby pink lipstick ever since I saw The Veronicas video for Untouched.  After months of searching, I’ve found the perfect pink:  Bloom Lipstick in Princess (3rd from the left).  It’s the perfect shade of lilac-pink that is slightly reminiscent of the ’60s mod makeup looks.  Paired with a smoky eye, its a fresh take on a retro style.

Bloom Lip BalmI’ve had a love affair with Bloom’s Lip Balm in Orange since I was in high school.  The company hails from Australia (as do the The Veronicas) and boasts a full line of makeup (including mineral makeup) with gorgeous, natural colors and pretty packaging.  I wish Sephora would get with the program and start carrying Bloom, but for now I have to get my fix at Ulta.


Vampire Weekend December 15, 2009

Vampire WeekendAs much as I love Edward, I’m all excited for a vampire of a different kind.  Vampire Weekend will be releasing their much anticipated sophomore album, Contra, January 12, 2010.  Their delightfully different sound usually conjures up images of old fashioned Ivy League boys in preppy outfits, but also makes me think of Dr. No.  James Bond might give Edward a run for his money, but that’s another topic for another post.  Dr. No is set in the Kingston, Jamaica of the 1960’s, which lends itself to the old fashioned, islandy feel of the music.

Vampire Weekends hails from Columbia University, so I got the Ivy League part right, but their influence is more South African than Jamaican.  (I shouldn’t have painted my nails through geography…)  Either way, these boys know how to keep me coming back for more.  Check out their new single Cousins while you wait for the album release;  it’ll put you in the mood.

Bonus question:  Are there any Oxford Commas in this post?


Cinema Italiano December 13, 2009

Kate Hudson Cinema Italiano NineI have a feeling Kate Hudson is about to blow everyone away in her upcoming film, Nine. We’ve all watched her acting career blossom, but she’s about to add singing and dancing to her resume.  Check out the trailer for the movie along with the first song release, Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson.  The song is already available on Amazon’s mp3 downloads.


Costume designer Colleen Atwood took on the intimidating task of creating the many costumes for the production.  Pictured here is Kate Hudson’s Swarovski crystal mesh dress for the Cinema Italiano number.

The musical, directed by the Oscar nominated Rob Marshall (Chicago) is scheduled to be released Christmas Day.  Kate holds her own with a star studded cast, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, and Sophia Loren.  The story follows a famous film director (Day-Lewis) as he interacts with the many women in his life.  This film promises elaborate scenery, multiple costume changes, and sweeping musical numbers that will not disappoint.


All in the Family December 11, 2009

My brother is a genius when it comes to music and has introduced me to some amazing bands, so he deserves an entire post dedicated to his influence.  I even have a playlist on my Zune dedicated to music he’s given me.

He loves classic rock, and I have a modern, eclectic taste for punk, dance, and rock.  But we agree completely on one thing:  Muse is the greatest band of all time.  We’ve practically worn out their new album, The Resistance.

If you haven’t seen it, check out the music video for Uprising.  Spoiler alert:  evil teddy bears take over a playdough town.  I still laugh everytime I see it.  But not even teddy bears and playdough can mock Matt Bellamy’s voice and Chris Wolstenholme’s bass that you will never get out of your brain.

Our favorite concert DVD is the Live 8 benefit concert from 2005 featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, U2, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, and many more.  My favorite moments are when Johnny Borrell of Razorlight performs Somewhere Else in his furry plaid hat, and when Bono joins Paul in a Bono-y rendition of Sergeant Pepper.  And I’m not even a huge Beatles fan.

Reggie and the Full Effect now takes up residence in my Zune thanks to Jordan, and I’ve discovered the magic of Dream Theater.  Fatal Tragedy is an epic masterpiece that makes almost 7 minutes fly by that is faintly reminiscent of The Eagles.

He also gave me the Them Crooked Vultures album, heralded as “the greatest super group ever” by Rolling Stone Magazine.  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin came together to create an album of pure rock greatness.