Monthly Archives: December 2010

>jessie j ft. b.o.b. – price tag



I’ve been listening to this song pretty much non-stop when I heard it last week.  I don’t know why, but I really ENJOY Jessie J’s music.  It’s always refreshing when singers can actually sing as opposed to being autotuned/edited etc. etc.

Parts of “Price Tag” remind me of Natasha Bedingfield’s “These Words.”  So far, Jessie J has only released “Do It Like A Dude” on iTunes.  The song is pretty catchy (and angry!), and the video is ridiculous.

Anyways, listen to Jessie J’s pop concoction here.  I still prefer the live version she does with Jools Holland, but I can’t argue about a guest appearance of B.o.B.


>james mercer – journey through the past



Oh my.  This is just beautiful.  Very Brandon Flowers-esque.

James Mercer… Thank you.

For those who don’t know him, James is the founding member and lead singer-songwriter of the indie rock group The Shins.  The Shins remind me of the Garden State movie soundtrack.  Bret and I listened to almost every song from that album during our freshmen year.

This past year, both Mercer and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock contributed music to director Chris Malloy’s 180° South, a documentary about adventurers in Patagonia. Mercer’s contribution to the movie was a cover of Neil Young’sJourney Through the Past.”

Listen below to this wonderful song along with Neil Young’s original (although I can’t help but envision Jimmy Fallon singing it!), and my favorite Shins track:

James Mercer – Journey Through The Past
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Neil Young – Journey Through The Past
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The Shins – Caring is Creepy
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>kellee maize – something sacred



If you share Kellee Maize’s new music video on your Facebook wall, she will send you a free CD.  How fun/cool is that?

When I first heard about Kellee, I didn’t know what to think about her. However, the more I listen to her, the more I like her.  I enjoy this song.  I also love that it features Pittsburgh in the video (obviously, since Kellee is a Pittsburgh-native), and the Pausch Bridge (the rainbow-colored Penguin Bridge) at Carnegie Mellon University.  She’s also accomplishing great things here in the ‘Burgh

Check her out, and support Pittsburgh’s musicians!

>the head and the heart + dr. dog



I’ve posted about this band before and can’t WAIT to see them perform here in Pittsburgh in February.  They’re going on tour with Dr. Dog starting January 28.  If they’re coming to your area, you should definitely go.  It’s going to be a fun and epic night!

Take a listen to The Head and the Heart below and visit their MySpace page:

Sounds Like Hallelujah by theheadandtheheart
Ghosts by theheadandtheheart
Down in the Valley by theheadandtheheart
Cats and Dogs by theheadandtheheart

And listen to Dr. Dog here:

TOMS :: Dr Dog :: The Breeze by TOMSshoes
Dr. Dog – Shadow People by Dr Dog

>glowstick party playlist



if you wanna get with me, there’s some things you gotta know.
i like my beats fast and my bass down low.

So we’re going to pick up the pace with this playlist.

Going into this week, I wanted to put together a good workout/jogging playlist.  Some of the pop stuff that’s out there right now just isn’t cutting it.  I’m not one who will listen to an entire playlist of “techno” music, but I decided to put together some of my favorites that are out there right now (new + old).  I need some songs with high BPMs to work out to.

I’ve decided to call this my “Glowstick Playlist.”  During this past spring, we rented a party bus for my friend’s bachelorette party, and the bus party didn’t really get started until we whipped out all of the glowsticks.

Use this playlist to kick your workout’s butt this weekend.

Oh, and here’s a Norwegian Recycling song for your listening/viewing pleasure 🙂

>party like an animal playlist



Nutmeg and I went for a walk the past two days in the park.  I’m so happy that we still have a dusting of snow on everything.  It makes everything so pretty.  It’s been snowing all morning and is still absolutely gorgeous outside.
Since I love Nutmeg so much (and any animal for that matter), I’ve put together an animal playlist.  Most of these are old, but I still love to play them.  “Oto the Bear” and “Ballad of Moose Bruce” are definitely my favorites.  I included the Fantastic Mr. Fox song in there since it has been on TV (and because I loved the movie).  Yesterday, when Mr. Fox did the *whistle click click,* Nutmeg thought Bret was home… and he wasn’t.  So sad.
I also can’t stop listening to “Sheep, Sheep, Dontcha’ Know the Road?”  Ahh!  I tap my foot along to it the entire time… And sing-along with it.  And repeat over and over again.  Bret says I only like the song because of this video.  This might be true, but it’s still a good song 🙂

>white panda – stereo hands



I have to get some dance music on here again.  It’s been a pretty chill week which is why I’ve been putting more slow, acoustic songs on the site.  However, it’s Thursday… Which means tomorrow’s Friday… which means I better get my act together and find some weekend music.

I have a few of White Panda’s mashups but haven’t been too crazy about them.  I just ran across “Stereo Hands” which is a mashup of Waka Flocka and Edward Maya.  I am pleasantly surprised at how well the two blend together.

Weekend playlist will be here by tomorrow.

Stereo Hands by whitepandamusic

>eggplant lasagna + playlist



I was looking through my past blog posts, and the blog post that received the most visits was the one I posted a recipe along with a playlist. Moving forward, I’m going to try to post my baking/cooking playlist that I listen to whenever I’m making something special in the kitchen!

I wanted to try to keep it as healthy as possible.  Plus, this recipe calls for only 6 ingredients!  So, click play on the playlist at the bottom, and enjoy the recipe below.  Keep in mind, 1.)  When I’m baking/cooking, I need all types of music to keep me entertained and 2.) I altered the recipe to meet my taste preferences (you can also do the same):

Eggplant Parmesan
1 large eggplant, sliced thinly (about 1/4″)
2 cups of broccoli (The recipe calls for mushrooms, so you can use them also)
1 cup diced onions
1 cup ricotta cheese (The recipe calls for cottage cheese, but what’s lasagna without ricotta?)
1 bag (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella (I used skim) 
1 jar of spaghetti sauce

    • 1.  Using a 9×13 pan, add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the pan.

    2.  Add first layer of eggplant. (

    As you layer all the veggies add any desired spices such as salt and pepper.  I added S&P, red pepper, and basil).

  • 3.  Add first layer of eggplant.  Then, m

    ix diced onions and ricotta cheese together and spread over eggplant. 

  • 4.  Add another layer of sauce, a layer of shredded cheese, and then the second layer of eggplant.

  • 5.  Add a layer of broccoli, cover with a layer of sauce and a layer of shredded cheese.

  • 6.  Add final layer of eggplant, and cover with remaining cheese.

  • 7.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown top.

I let it sit for about 5-8 minutes before cutting it.  I’m always nervous about making vegetarian dishes for dinner because Bret ALWAYS wants to have some kind of protein/meat.  However, Bret loved this dish and wanted seconds (YAY!), but I gave him a salad instead (with the promise of making something for dessert… which I didn’t make).

It really was a yummy dinner, and I highly recommend making the recipe! 🙂

>matt costa – lullaby



It’s 2:00 am in the morning. “The Hangover” is on and me, Bret, and Nutmeg are all bundled up on the couch. At first, we were watching it, but that lasted about an entire minute. Bret and Nutmeg are completely asleep. Once I’m done making this post, I will close my computer and take Poor Sleepy Bret and Nutmeg to bed.

I muted the movie, and our place was silent for a good bit. Then I thought: “I wish I could play some music to put some happy dreams in both Bret and Nutmeg’s heads.”

I didn’t play any music since I was afraid I’d wake them up. However, if I could play any song, I would play this old Jack Johnson + Matt Costa song called “Lullaby.” I used to send this song to Bret whenever we were apart from each other for weeks during college breaks…


>adele vs b.o.b. + wiz



Brittany:  What should be my anthem be tonight?  I need a celebration song.
Bret:  This one!  This one! 

. . .

I have decided what my “anthem of choice” would be for tonight.  Bret HOWEVER thinks that my anthem should be something different.  Being the nice girlfriend that I am, I’ve opted to include both. 

I — feeling great and happy — really am feeling Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”  Bret, on the other hand, believes that my anthem tonight should be B.o.B (featuing Wiz Khalifa — YES!)  “Fuck the Money.”

Both are appropriate for today’s celebration for two entirely different reasons.

Please use either as your anthem for this evening.

Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Keljet Remix) by keljet
B.O.B – Fuck the Money (feat Wiz Khalifa) by Dynam’Hit