Monthly Archives: September 2010

>the best part of waking up

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>There are a lot of things that I could go living without.  I could live without Pittsburgh traffic in the morning.  I could live without watching any television (with the exception of Weeds and The Big C).  I could live without having to take Nutmeg out every time she gets her “poopy face” (Note: Must train Nutmeg to open front door).

With that being said, there are some things I can’t live without.  One of these things was introduced into my life around 5 years ago when I came to college.  Never before was I introduced to this wonderful, key component to my every day life.  I love waking up every morning know that I will be able to enjoy the rest of my day because of its existence.  What is it you might say?

COFFEE!
COFFEE!
COFFEE!
COFFEE!

And today is…
NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! 
I love coffee.  It makes me feel warm and cozy and keeps my going throughout the day.  I love it in the morning.  I love it in the evening.  I love it with nutmeg and cinnamon.  Mmm mmm mmm….
So, in honor of such a wonderful addition to our every day lives, I’ve put together a playlist devoted to coffee (you can find it at the bottom of the post).  Sorry all you tea drinkers.  Today is NOT your day.

A few of my favorites include:

“Starfish and Coffee” by Matt Nathanson
This song was originally done by Prince, but I really couldn’t bring it to myself to put Prince on this blog.  Bret and I would go to the Matt Nathanson concerts here in Pittsburgh at the Rex Theater, and he always played this as a sing-a-long for the crowd.
“Black Coffee” by Peggy Lee
I must admit, I found this song today and listened to it a few times before deciding to put it on the playlist.  I must admit — It’s a pretty sexy song.  The intro reminds me of “Oogie Boogie Blues” from Nightmare Before Christmas.
“You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon
I think one of the most memorable lines in this song is “I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee… clouds in my coffee…!”  That’s a good tribute to coffee, right?
“Run Around” by Blues Traveler
Now, this song was impossible to learn.  Some parts of the song you can figure out, but John Popper sings so fast at some parts that you can’t keep up.  However, there is one part I know everyone remembers, and that’s the part where he yells: “Oh! I like coffee and I like tea!”  Definitely a coffee-worthy song.

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>ra ra riot – boy

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Bret and I plan on going to the apple festival this weekend.  I looked at the weather, and the temperature isn’t supposed to go over 60 (YES!)  I’ve been waiting to wear all the jackets that I have managed to collect over the years.  More importantly, I’m ready (not quite yet) to bring out my duck boots to wear as well.

In the music world there is a NEW RA RA RIOT album!  You have no idea how much this excites me.  I love Ra Ra Riot, and “Can You Tell” is still one of my favorite songs to come up on my shuffle now and then.  Ra Ra Riot just released their album “Orchard” which I haven’t listened to in its entirety yet (appropriate title for my upcoming weekend though, no?)  I put the song “Boy” on mine and Bret’s playlist to my parents’ house last weekend, and I’m a fan.  I has the same charming sound that made me fall in love with Ra Ra Riot. They recorded a Daytrotter session last week, so you can download some live MP3s here.

Check out their latest song, “Boy:”
And just to bring back my old favorite, here is “Can You Tell:”

Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell by ChutMonCherie

>are they laughing at or with me

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>So I haven’t updated this baby for a few days — my bad. I went home this weekend since my parents got a new WEIMARANER puppy. He was the cutest little thing. I love everything about puppies — their breath, their fur, their yaps… Everything!


Well, I’m going to be posting a few more new stuff and try to make sure I’m updating this everyday. Last week, Jack Johnson released his video for “At or With Me.” I’m a big JJ fan, but I’m not too crazy for this song. However, this video shows (once again) why Jack is such a cool guy.


Remember not too long ago when Dave Matthews was a guest on SNL? Andy Samberg did a skit where he portrayed Jack Johnson in a skit called “The Mellow Show” where he makes fun of Jack. You can rewatch the skit here:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/eqhq_HakM0gggISXdv_ekg

Jack Johnsons’s new video features him and Andy Samberg beating the crap out of each other.  Obviously it’s not real, but still, the idea of Jack Johnson beating Andy Samberg up is pretty funny.  It reminds me of the whole Marky Mark and Andy Samberg fiasco. Plus, it’s a funny video to watch on a Monday morning:

>it don’t make no difference if you sit or if you stand

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With October just around the corner next week, I am ready to bring out all the usual pumpkin suspects.  Starting on Friday next week, I plan on making my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin bread, and maybe some apple crisp if we go apple picking. 

I also decided that Bret and I need to start really thinking about we will be for Halloween.  Last year’s costumes were an epic fail.  People couldn’t tell if we were dogs or bunnies when in fact we were really sheep.  I think two things not to do this year would be:

1.  Don’t make our costumes on Halloween day.
2.  Don’t pick costumes that requires you to wear fleece all night.

We also need to figure out what Nutmeg could wear for when trick-or-treaters come.  I know that no matter what we pick, she is not going to be happy. 

On more of a music note, I ran across the band The Head and The Heart today.  Their one song “Down in the Valley” is a really beautiful song.  They are currently on tour with Vampire Weekend, which will probably gain them a solid fanbase over the next year.  I’ve only listened to a few songs, but I like what I’ve heard thus far.  Bret just said that it sounds like it should be in Cold Mountain which in my opinion, isn’t a bad thing.  This is definitely a more chill song to sit back and relax to.  I need to listen to songs like these in order to fill my Coldplay and Greg Laswelll void. 

Down in the Valley by theheadandtheheart

>i’m ready to free willy

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I’m sure half the reason why I like Hoodie Allen is because his name is a fun spin on the name Woody Allen.  I’m not a fan of all of his mashups, but I’ve listened to the track “Swimming With Sharks” a few times and can’t get it out of my head.  The wonderful VV Brown’s original “Shark in the Water” is featured as the base for Hoodie Allen’s track.  The song is bubbly and energetic and makes you want to tap your feet along to the beat. 

Hoodie-Allen-Swimming-With-Sharks by Kmac203

>take me away for i just cannot stay

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“The Water,” will be the third single from Johnny Flynn’s second album “Been Listening” which has a release date of November 1.  He is set to go on tour with Mumford and Sons’ upcoming UK tour.  Gahhhh.  I wish I could see those performances live…  But nooo… Good music is kept only in the UK…

The song has a hazy, floating feeling to it which is appropriate due to the song title.  Singing along with Johnny is Lara Marling a 20-year old with the voice beyond her years.  The song tells a wonderful story of life and its complexities, but through these obstacles something will keep you afloat.  This is exactly the type of song I want to play when I’m having my first cup of hot apple cider, sitting on the porch, watching the leaves change colors, and thinking about what is out there for me next in my life.

I always need a “go to” song to collect my thoughts and to keep myself at ease.  Right now, this song is fulfilling that need.

So wrap yourself up in a blanket or wrap your hands around a hot cup of tea, and press play:


The Water (Featuring Laura Marlin.mp3 by cooperativemusicuk

>game hova

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I was going to save this song to post in a different playlist, but since it’s been the biggest topic of discussion in the music blog world, I figured I should jump on the bandwagon and post it myself.  There isn’t much to explain here for this song other than a bunch of hip hop songs were re-created using 8-bit sound.  Can you imagine playing Paperboy with this music in the background?  He definitely wouldn’t have been in the suburbs…

The songs go in this order:

Jay-Z — Dirt Off Your Shoulders
T.I — What You Know
Chamillionaire — Ridin’
Ludacris — What’s Ya Fantasy
Bonecrusher — Neva Scared
Twista & Kanye — Overnight Celebrity
Ludacris — Move Bitch
Lil’ Jon — Get Low
Kanye — Gold Digger


Tugboat – 8-bit Hip Hop Medley by Zeulaizy3

>i just came to say hello!

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>Thanks to Lady Gaga, musicians are starting to care more about the music videos that they create.  I ran across this video for “Hello” by Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette.  I would have loved this video more 2 weeks ago when the US Open was on.  However, it’s still a fun and goofy video to watch with guest appearances by Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils.  The video also has a guest appearance by Bob Sinclair!  For those unfamiliar with Martin Solveig and Bob, both are big DJs over in France.  The video features the two battling it out in — what else? — a tennis match!  If you want to just listen to the song, you can stream it below.  Otherwise, enjoy the short film 🙂

Hello (Radio edit) by martinsolveig

>this too shall pass

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Ok Go always comes up with the craziest videos.  I wanted to show this video to Bret awhile ago because I knew he’d appreciate the sweet dance moves in this video but forgot about it.  I suddenly remembered it the other night (YES!)  I think if I listened to this song by itself, I wouldn’t like it.  However, I watched this video once… twice… three times… and now the song has grown on me because the video is so fun, unique, and goofy.  The guy in the pink with the moustache is my fave — probably simply because he has a moustache.

Before you watch the video, also check out their song “This Too Shall Pass.”  I would put the video of this up, except it features the Notre Dame marching band in the video, and we don’t want to go supporting ND, now do we? (WE ARE PENN STATE!) However, I wanted to post the Notre Dame version because IMO it’s a lot better than the original.

This Too Shall Pass – OK Go (w/ Notre Dame Marching Band) by bkarcher

And now you should watch the video for “End Love”, then watch it again:

>she’s high in the sky singing

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Akon is always reliable when it comes to producing songs that you can dance to, work out to, and clap your hands to.  “Angel” is the lead single off his upcoming Stadium Music album.  The song itself sounds more or less similar to stuff he’s produced in the past.  The intro actually sounds similar to the intro of Flo Rida’s new single “Club Can’t Even Handle Me” with a mixture of Black Eyed Peas “I Got a Feeling.” However, who really wants to listen to Flo Rida or the Black Eyed Peas? 

Angel – Akon by Rap-Up