Ages and Ages

I couldn’t think of a better song for New Year’s Eve

I know I’ve posted this song before, though it was a different version, but I honestly could not think of a better song to close out 2014 and bring in 2015. It’s the time of year where everyone tries to make promises to themselves or to others but this is all you need to do ever: “Do the right thing, do it all the time.”

Cheers to one of my favorite bands of all times, Ages and Ages. This version is one of my favorites because they beautifully incorporated their family and friends.

Happy new year to everyone! Do the right thing!

COOKIE MANIA PART 1 (baking) and PART 2 (frosting)

PART 1:

Yesterday I baked 4 dozen cookies while listening to my (hands down) favorite podcast: All Songs Considered and it was the Christmas episode, so I basically couldn’t have been any happier. AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:

Essentially Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton were kidnapped and sent on a super secret mission to outer space where some special musical guests visited them. My favorite addition to the show was the song contributed by Ages and Ages. Everything they do makes me happy. They’re the kindest group of musicians you’ll ever meet and gosh darn are they talented. To hear the entire podcast, click on the spacemen below:

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PART 2:

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This process is about to begin and I’ve found the most excellent upbeat music that is necessary for frosting dozens of cookies. Yes, I’m taking a break from Christmas music but I’m pretty dang excited about Springtime Carnivore. This gal (Greta Morgan), just released her debut, self-titled album November of this year. She’s only a few months older than myself and she’s already accomplished so much. Not only did she release an entire album, but she played a majority of the instruments herself, besides the bass guitar. Her sweet candy pop and dream rock is well suited for frosting cookies or whatever you might find yourself doing today. Check out this neat music video (image montage) for one of the song “Collectors” off of her album:

I’ll check in later today with some more music and a photographic evidence of dozens of frosted cookies. Wish me luck!

What are your top 3 favorite albums of 2014?

This is hands down, my favorite time of year. Not only is it Christmas time, it’s the time where all of my favorite music blogs and sources pick their top albums of the past year. I look forward to the month of December because of this! All Songs Considered, Sound Opinions and the Hype Machine all have wonderful ways for their fans to explore their top picks for the year. I usually fall in love with several albums by artists I’ve never heard of, or become aware of albums I missed. I highly recommend checking out what they have to say.

The Hype Machines gets more and more creative each year. This year, they suggest and album for every moment of the year! For example, “Long bike rides through the city when you’re really stoned and it’s kind of chilly outside and the sun is coming down” was Sea Oleena’s 2014 album, ‘Shallow.’

My top 3 favorites are:

‘Heal’ by Strand of Oaks

‘Singles’ by Future Islands

‘Divisionary’ by Ages and Ages

Tell me your top 3!

Turkey and Stuffing for your ears

I packed this week’s playlist with all kinds of different tracks to hopefully satiate your musical cravings! Happy Thanksgiving!