30 June 2012

myTunes ~ Summer 2012

Continuing my love affair with Spotify, I've been enjoying sweet tunes as of late-- some old, some new.

Music is always an interesting conversation topic because I've noticed how many people like to claim they have eclectic tastes or only listen to (or at least ADMIT listening to) bands no one has ever heard of (*cough* hipster! *cough*).  There's this odd desire to be the one that converts someone into a fan of an artist or band, or claim they knew about the band before they were famous. Why does that matter? And why does everyone have to listen to a huge VARIETY of music genres?! If you prefer country or rap or pop or alternative or metal, say so proudly.

Then there's the person who refuses to respect you as a person because they listen to rock and you like country (or whatever).   Most of my cousins listen to a lot of country; my older brother enjoys mainly jazz and talk radio (no, he's not 80... kidding!); my younger brother loves classic and 80's rock with Disney tunes thrown in the mix; my parents-- who are musicians, enjoy mostly talk radio-- while my dad likes his jazz and my mom enjoys Josh Groban. On my husband's side, my mother-in-law is obsessed with Radiohead and my sis-in-law introduced me to Phoenix and Miike Snow. Not one of the artists or genres named makes anyone cooler than the other. Sure, it might be difficult to decide what to listen to during a road trip, but having an open mind is key.

This might negate what I said earlier, but I try to listen to a large mix of genres. In my playlists, you'll find:

  • Disney music, tons of soundtracks
  • Musicals like "Les Miserables" "Chicago" and "Wicked"
  • Ke$ha, Kaskade, Jem, Madonna, Rihanna, Katy Perry
  • Yo Yo Ma, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole
  • Allison Krauss, Johnny Cash, Big & Rich, Carrie Underwood
  • Led Zepplin, AC/DC, ZZ Top, U2, Beatles
  • Snow Patrol, Badly Drawn Boy, The Postal Service
  • Bjork, Sigur Ros, The Offspring, Nirvana, Green Day
  • Kate Nash, Adele, Portishead, Celtic Music, The King's Singers, Classical & Choral
Etc... etc...  That being said, I only listen to music that suits my mood at the time. For example, I haven't listened to Big & Rich or Carrie Underwood in a few years, same with The Offspring and Green Day. Every once in a while I go back to them, but I'm very ADD with music. Plus, I'm not what you'd call a band "Fan." I listen to what sounds good to me, what makes me move, makes me think, or makes me feel. I go by songs, not artists.

I will freely admit that I know next to nothing about Country, Rap, or anything listened to over in Europe (with the exception of the UK since I happen to accidentally discover I love UK pop and rock). And I don't look down on anyone that loves a certain genre or follows a certain band. Can't we all just agree that the power of music is AWESOME?!
Which brings me to my current obsessions:


 White Arrows "Dry Land Is Not a Myth"  Just released June 19th, the title of this album made me laugh because it's a line from Waterworld my husband frequently quotes. What a fortunate find.

Zee Avi "Ghostbird"  I became familiar with Zee when I Shazaamed her song "Milestone Moon" in Starbucks. Turns out every song is amazing.

Of Monsters and Men "My Head is an Animal"  Another find thru the Starbucks speakers, this band caught Michael's ear and we keep replaying the album.


1. Three Dog Night: "Never Been to Spain" and "Shambala"
You might not know the band, but you probably know the classic rock song "Joy to the World" that starts with the line "Jeremiah was a bullfrog!" These two tunes just rock.

2. Beirut: "Postcards from Italy"
This song sounds like old home movies of a European vacation shot on 8mm with a Bolex.

3. The Shins: "Simple Song"
Their latest hit, Simple Song is upbeat, sweet, and this generation's "classic rock."

4. Ed Sheeran: "Small Bump"
Another Starbucks find. And how do you not love a man with a beautiful voice singing a melodic song about his child?

5. Slackwax: "Close to my Fire"
Starbucks find again! Now you know why I'm there everyday! Slow, sultry, and sexy tune.

6. Carole King: "He's a Bad Boy"
Heard this one at our local cafe "The Village." They like to play obscure tunes. This is a great classic pop song that makes me think of big hair and housewives in pearls and polka dots.

What have you been listening to lately? 


  1. I am obbbbbsessed with of Monsters and Men, obsessed. I can't wait to check out the rest of the list though :)

    1. Well I hope you like what you hear! I'm not very good at recommending music for some reason. It's not that I have bad taste, I just think I have trouble knowing others' tastes. Like... I think I know and then I'm wrong. ANYWAY, enough about me, Beirut has such a "vintagey" (new word!) sound that it reminds me of you. And Zee Avi... well... her voice is like... velvet? chocolate? silk? Whatever, it's amazing. I think you'll definitely like her.

      But if you don't-- that's okay too!!! :)

  2. We have a similar philosophy about music. I like a wide variety and listen to whatever suits my mood. I like to mix up genres, different play lists for doing different things just makes sense! I will check out some of the artists you mentioned.

    also, dying at the hipster thing. SO TRUE!

    1. Haha, yeah, hipsters are in abundance in LA and seriously do not understand that attitude! Let me know what you think about whoever you listen to!