All Songs Considered

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!

Prime Rib and Fondue (yum, right?)

So this week’s playlist is compiled of some absolutely magical discoveries I have made thanks to some friends (Little May, Twin Peaks and White Arrows…you know who you are if you shared this music with me!) who shared their favorite albums of 2014 with me AND thanks to a fantastic music blog I came across this morning (Secretly Important) that had the blogger’s top 10 albums (some of which I had NEVER heard of….love it). The two Kithkin tracks were inspired by Secretly Important. I had to put both of them in the playlist because “Din IV” leads into “Fallen Giants” impeccably. I also have to thank Soundcloud for this playlist because since I’ve been doing these weekly playlists for the past several months, people (artists, record labels, and other music lovers) have been following me on Soundcloud so in turn, I follow them and check out their page. That’s how I discovered this gem by Afrakite. Looks like this Afrakite song was uploaded 3 days ago. I’m REALLY hoping this Montreal-based artist will shell out some more tracks that are as wonderful on the ears as “Grown Apart.”

I had a friend recommend Cataldo to me MONTHS ago and I finally got around to listening to him because his most recent album, ‘Gilded Oldies’, made it onto Secretly Important’s top 10 albums for 2014 as well. Broncho has been kickin’ around in my head allllll week and I’m loving it. These guys know how to have a good time and make good music while doing it. Afternoons’ in your face track, “Say Yes” was a favorite on NPR All Songs Considered and made it onto Robin Hilton’s favorites mix tape for 2014. Anna of the North out of Oslo, Norway really struck a chord with me because it was 6 years ago now I was preparing for my big adventure to Norway for a semester. Plus, her music is simply beautiful. Finally, Last Lynx, a group out of Sweden stole my heart when I heard their latest track, “Get Up”, on the trusty Hype Machine.  Oh and, last night I was treated to the most lovely prime rib for dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert. Had to name the playlist after that experience.

Liar Liar, Plants for Hire

I won’t go into full detail as to why this quote came to mind but, in general, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately and Sponge Bob came to mind. Sponge Bob has nothing to do with the music I’m sharing today but I Googled this quote and I was pleased to see this little video come up.

Anyway, this nostalgic feeling has been mostly reflected in my music-listening and this old Caribou song from 2010 was on a CD I’ve been listening to in the car the last couple of days. “Odessa” is off of Caribou’s 2010 album, ‘Swim.’

The very first song by Caribou that made it into my ears was “Melody Day” off of the 2007 album, ‘Andorra.’ Early Caribou sounds more like psychedelic folk rock….

whereas current Caribou is more on the electronic/dance side. Most of the songs on Caribou’s 2014 album, ‘Our Love’ are too austere and full of sounds that my ears don’t particularly enjoy in large quantities. BUT, “Silver” is something extraordinary and I know it will likely be the soundtrack of the next week or so. It starts off sounding a little machine-like with a driving and circular beat, then Dan Snaith’s airy vocals enter the scene. From there, it changes subtly and slow builds until it opens up around 3:30. It sounds…and feels like I’m in a spaceship that’s taking off into musical interstellar space.

Thanks to Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for sharing this song on their show, ‘All Songs Considered.’