Monthly Archives: January 2011

>stay toasty! … with a playlist



Bret and I got Nutmeg a new bed last week since her old sheepy bed was completely falling apart.  We both were sick of finding fleecy balls on the backs of our legs and the bottom of our sweaters.  As you can see above, Nutmeg truly hates her new bed.

So, according to, a huge “crippling ice storm” is expected to hit Pittsburgh sometime tonight/tomorrow.  That’s sweet — exactly what I was looking forward to going into this week.  It probably won’t be as bad as what the meteorologist is saying.

Ok.  Maybe it will be bad.

Anyways, I made a nice playlist (full of a variety of new + old songs) for you all in case you get trapped inside this week!  Get your groceries tonight, prepare yourself this ENTIRE WEEK for the Steelers Super Bowl, and make yourself cozy (much like Nutmeg has this past week).
Doesn’t sound too demanding, does it?
Songs on the playlist include:
Matt Nathanson – Little Victories
Mumford and Sons – Feel the Tide
Timmy Curran – Moving On
Gregory Alan Isakov – That Moon
Matt Costa – Astair
Iron & Wine – Love and Some Verses
Mumford and Sons – White Blank Page
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Regina Spektor – On The Radio
White Stripes – We’re Going to Be Friends
Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds and a Sound
Avett Brothers – Murder in the City
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
Bon Iver – Blindsided
The Veils – Sit Down By the Fire
Spoon – I Summon You
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Spring


>new music from amos lee + others


>I wanted to post a few new songs that were released this week:

Let’s start with Amos Lee… *swoooooooooooon*  I heart him.  He released his new album “Mission Bell” today and so far — so good!  He’s so dreamy…

Amos Lee – El Camino

I haven’t heard of James Vincent McMorrow before, but after previewing his album, I have to say that I’m officially a fan.  All songs paint a wonderful story and are simply beautiful.  Reminds me of Bon Iver…
05 – James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat

Abigail Washburn has a great folksy voice.  I remember listening to “Keys to the Kingdom” non-stop when I first found the song.  Her music always makes me happy. Listen here.

I like this song.  It has the right amount of pop + beats that make it tolerable and enjoyable.  It is the latest MP3 released from Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound.
MNDR – “Cut Me Out”

>weekend playlist



We’re all prepping for the Steelers game this weekend!  Nutmeg’s been sleeping in her Steelers fleecey blanket all this week.  She didn’t really like me turning it into a cape for the photo, but she dealt wth it.  LOVE her…

So yea!  Friday!  The week is over!  It.  Was. SO.  BUSY!

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On a different note, I have been in a really good mood today.  The snow is beautiful outside… I cleaned the kitchen… had a few wonderful conversations with people today.  When I asked Sabrina if she had any crazy plans for the weekend?


I’m going to the gun show
Yeah I said that. I have tickets.
I didn’t go to Dallas last weekend.  Instead I drove 1.5 hrs southwest to another suburb of Houston and met some college friends for dinner at Red Lobster…
Yeah, we know how to roll. 

… cue the ROFL.  Totally miss this girl.

Anyways, since I’m in a good mood – I must include a weekend playlist!  There are so many great things about this weekend:

1.) Steelers celebrating/partying Friday – Sunday (literally, everyone is the
city is going nuts)

2.) Not worrying about what to wear for the weekend (Obviously, it has to be
black and gold… or a jersey)
3.) Steelers playing in the AFC championship on Sunday (YEAAAA!!!!) 

So wonderful.  Let’s get this weekend started with some music!

Nothing’s going to bring us down 🙂

>why coachella ’11 will be wonderful…



The list of people performing at Coachella 2011 came out this week.  It’s interesting to me that they would put some bands in bigger letters than others when some of the better bands are actually the guys in point 4 font on the poster.  Kings of Leon?  Really?  They had one good year…  Don’t waste your time listening to “Use Somebody” when you could be listening to some other awesome bands.

And Kanye… I mean, his performances shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone.  Plus, he will sing all of his new stuff, but none of it is really that good (in my opinion).

I went through the poster and strategically pulled out who (if you are going) should not miss!

If I could, I would LOVE to see any of the artists below live.  I’ve included their music videos (and a playlist at the bottom!) so you can see what kind of performers they actually are:

Robyn – Dancing on my Own Video and Dancehall Queen Video
Brandon Flowers – Only the Young Video
Afrojack (ft. Eva Simons) – Take Over Control Video
Marina & the Diamonds – Oh No Video
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs Video
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man Video
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream Video (and let’s not forget the Wiz Khalifa version here)
Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked Video
The Swell Season – The Moon
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work Video
Tallest Man on Earth – King of Spain Video
Freelance Whales – Generator (Second Floor) Video
Wiz Khalifa – Say Yeah Video (then) and Black & Yellow Video (now)
Ratatat – Seventeen Years Video
Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand Video … and the one with Sid the Kid Video
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out Video
Riva Starr – I Was Drunk Video
fun. – Walking the Dog Video
Ellie Goulding – Your Song Video <– Love her…
Rye Rye – Shake It to the Ground Video
Eliza Doolittle – Skinny Genes Video

>it’s snowing again!



There has been so much going on this week, and I’ve been trying to do my best at juggling everything at once.  Soo…  I don’t have time to do a full post, but here’s a playlist (at the bottom)!

I also compiled some of my favorite funny videos from the week for your enjoyment.  The “Look At This Dog ” video cracks me up everytime.

>jessie j – who you are


>Get used to her because she is going to get BIG in the United States.

LOVE her.

Boombox Series // Jessie J from on Vimeo.

>mason jennings – dr. king


>Back in 2000, Mason Jennings wrote “Dr. King” as a tribute/dedication to Martin Luther King Jr on his album “Birds Flying Away.”

I think that today is a good time to take a step back and see where we are with our nation right now.  Several decades ago, many suffered and struggled through the civil rights movement. Now, I am not a history buff (and I’m not going to sit here and use big words to sound like I know what I’m talking about), but it’d be foolish to think that we weren’t going through our own civil rights movement today.  It’s a different generation and a different time — but there are people still struggling to be accepted / loved / treated as an equal today.

Take some time today to think how YOU can help make a CHANGE.

We all have dreams.

Let’s start making them a reality.

>Yeah. Uh huh You Know What It Is



***** WARNING *****

The national weather service has issued a falling bird warning for Pittsburgh next Saturday starting at 4:30 and continuing until the end of the fourth quarter.

Falling birds could be heavy at times especially around the Heinz Field area.

Heavy accumulation is likely.


>what song/band are you obsessed with right now?



Do you have a song that you are obsessed with right now?  … That song you listen to and then find yourself listening to over and over again?  If you do, I want to know!

I’m going to put together a playlist of all your favorite music.  Now, in order to do this, I’m going to need all of your help.  If you want to suggest a song to be included in the playlist, please post your recommendation either as a comment to this post or as a comment on the Squeaker Box Facebook page.

You can post multiple songs or just one.  I would really like to get a playlist together for all of you by Sunday, so get those recommendations going!

It’s still snowing here in Pittsburgh.  I really would like to go sled riding (not to be confused with sledding) this weekend.  I tried to get a picture of Nutmeg eating snow, but I didn’t do a very good job.

Here are my fave songs to get me in the the weekend mood (playlist at bottom of post):

Wiz Khalifa – “Stoned”
Yelle – “Safari Disco Club”
Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
Lil’ Wayne – “I Run This Flower Shop” (Bret and I have played this non-stop)
Gucci Mane – “My Chain (Jonwayne’s Basement Mix)
Eliza Doolittle – “Skinny Genes” (I’m a sucker for any whistle song)
Natalia Kills – “Mirrors” (She has the potential to get really big)
Lost in the Trees – “Tall Trees”
Edward Sharpe vs. Kid Cudi – “Home is Wherever I’m With You”
Starfucker – “Boy Toy”

I’m still pretty obsessed with Jessie J and can’t get enough of this acoustic version of “Nobody’s Perfect.”  The song starts around 1:00.

And I’m still VERY MUCH obsessed with Little Comets.  Check out this awesome live rendition of “One Night in October.”  Love love love.