Monthly Archives: June 2011

Weird Al Yankovic – Alpocalypse

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Alpocalypse

Ohhh boy.  Weird Al Yankovic just released a new album!

Now, traditionally, I probably wouldn’t write about an album like this on my blog.  However, this album definitely is an exception.

I was fortunate enough to have an older brother who showed me the way on several occasions.  Being a baby sister meant you wanted to do everything your brother did which in turn helped me become the person I am today:

  1. A tomboy (no pink + purples for me) and good at sports
  2. Not being completely grossed out by bugs (I really can’t stand spiders, though)
  3. Truly understanding what the line “May the force be with you” meant because you watched the entire saga repeatedly
  4. Dominating anyone who plays me at Dr. Mario (and being a good competitor for the original Halo during my freshmen year of college)
  5. Supporting Bret’s love for the Pittsburgh Pirates since my brother used to be a fan growing up
  6. Understanding that men do all of the following things: fart, burp, poop (and none of them are pretty)
  7. Learning the lyrics to different “boy” music such as Eminem, Dr. Dre, R.E.M., Crash Test Dummies, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Blink 182, Green Day, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Bolton (JUST KIDDING!), and most importantly, Weird Al Yankovic

Then the first CD I can remember Rich having was Off the Deep End, and the only song I remember is “Smells Like Nirvana.”  The album that I truly remember and can still sing lyrics to are from the Bad Hair Day album.  “Amish Paradise,” “Phony Calls,” “The Alternative Polka,” “Gump,” and “The Night Santa Went Crazy” were all my personal favorites.  I think Rich, Steph and I would listen to this album all the time.

Weird Al hasn’t released an album since 2006.  There have been so many great songs since ’06 that would have made great parodies, especially since Lady Gaga coming into existence in 2008.  Well, looks like Weird Al thought so, too.  His new album includes parodies of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, White Stripes, Weezer, Miley Cyrus, B.o.B, and T.I.  My favorite by far is “Perform This Way.”  I can’t stop watching the video (it’s so disturbing and true).  “Polka Face” is obviously another personal fave.

So, Rich, this post is for you.  Thanks for putting Weird Al into my life.

Warm Weather – So Far/Vertigo

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DancesAnother band that’s been easy, breezy for the summer is called Warm Weather.  While their new album Dances only has 5 songs, they’re enough to keep you nodding your head and swaying back and forth.

“So Far/Vertigo” reminds me in some ways of Rusted Root’s “Send Me On My Way” with the drums and sing-a-long tune.  It is my favorite song from their EP.  When I first played “I Only Know,” I thought I was listening to K’Naan’s “Fatima” — which isn’t a bad thing.  “Fall Through” makes me feel like I should be sitting next to a driftwood fire on a beach in Hawaii, sipping on a piña colada.

You can download the whole album on the Warm Weather bandcamp page.

Warm Weather – So Far/Vertigo

Warm Weather – I Only Know

Warm Weather – Fall Through

Givers – In Light Album

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In light

I cannot get enough of this group.  I have been listening to “Up Up Up” non-stop which in turn led me to listening to the entire album… over and over again.

Givers are from Louisiana and just released their first full-length album “In Light.”  I think this might be my summer album… Every song is so gorgeous, fun, quirky, and will keep your feet tapping along.  It only makes sense that the album would be great since they are under the same label as Mumford and Sons, The Temper Trap, Phoenix, and Two Door Cinema Club.

I’ve actually been listening to Ra Ra Riot, Bombadil, Born Ruffians, and Vampire Weekend lately because I’ve been missing my summer songs.  Now, I am cured.

Listen to the entire album below and go buy their album!

Weekend Playlist 6.24.11

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I’ve been consistently bad at updating this blog on any day other than Friday.  Hopefully, starting Monday, I can go back to giving you all songs aside from what I post on the Weekend Playlist.

My sister Stephanie showed me this video today, and I think it’s pretty great:

I also put this song (below) on the playlist, but I LOVE watching the video that goes with it.  DJ Earworm is definitely one of my favorite mashup DJs.  I actually asked for his “how to make a mashup” book from Santa this year.

I’m playing in a tennis tourney this weekend, so wish me luck!  I’ve been trying to watch Wimbledon as much as possible.  Fortunately, Bret is more of an avid watcher than I am and keeps me updated. ♥

Last week, Bret and I ended up going fishing, and I caught THREE fish.  We were also able to stop by his parents’ farm to see all of the new changes.  I, of course, wanted to see the little calves.  They’re so cute 🙂

Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?

Weekend Playlist 6.17.11

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Things to look forward to this weekend:

  1. Cooking the homemade pasta we received in our CSA box
  2. Tennis tournament (Wish me luck!)
  3. Fishing at Bret’s grandparents’ house
  4. Potential dinner at Jioio’s (Best.  Pizza.  EVER!)
  5. Watching Bret play baseball both Saturday and Sunday
  6. Jogging outside
Oh wait… Several items on that list might not happen because…. DUN DUN DUN!
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT???  I know we haven’t received that much rain recently (our herbies and tomato plants are struggling a bit), but still.  Ughhh.

Bret and I are trying to not listen to what weather.com says because they’ve been wrong about Pittsburgh weather on multiple occasions.

Instead, I’m going to pretend that it’s going to be 80 and SUNNY all weekend and will celebrate with a playlist!

Enjoy 🙂

Noah & the Whale – Tonight’s The Kind of Night (RAC Remix)

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Last Night on Earth

I’ve been listening to “Tonight’s the Kind of Night” (RAC Remix) and the original song on repeat today.  I am simply obsessed with Noah’s voice…  And the lyrics just kind of hit home for summer:

Tonight’s the kind of night

Where everything could change.

I definitely didn’t give their most recent album Last Night on Earth (released this past March) much of a listen.  Now, I am getting to all the great songs that I’ve been missing!  I put the entire album below for you to listen to (with the RAC remix first).  I really can’t choose a favorite because I love this whole album.

Enjoy! 🙂

Weekend Playlist 6.10.11

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Summer playlist

It’s heeeeeere!  FRIDAY!

This video cracks me up:

Bret and I were thinking about having some people over tonight to do a cook-out, but we’ll see if that happens/who’s in town.  It’s been so gorgeous outside that it would be crazy to stay indoors.  We planted some tomato plants last weekend and are hoping to maybe get a few more plants (maybe a pepper plant of some sort) to add to our “garden” family.  We officially have our herbs planted, and our Dwarf Lemon tree seems to be relatively healthy (for now).

I’m going to head down to the Arts Fest today at some point to check out some of the booths.  I still much prefer fall festivals to arts festivals (especially when it’s 90 degrees outside), but I’m a sucker for any festival/celebration.  I always think, “Maybe I’ll get one thing,” but for those who know me can already guess that I probably won’t buy anything because I’m such a bad shopper (Translation:  I’m not good at spending money).

I wish they had better performers/musicians this year.  I think last year (or the year before) they had Ingrid Michaelson come and perform.  The big performance this year is Brandi Carlile.  Meh.

Anyways, it’s the weekend.  Get pumped up!  I am really loving Shakira’s new song “Rabiosa.”  She’s very cute + sexy in the video, and the song is just pure fun for summer.

Catch ya’ on Monday 🙂

Beirut – East Harlem

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East Harlem, Goshen, 2011

Oh boy!  This past week has been a week full of great new music! 🙂

Today, I ran across a new few new songs released from Beirut.  Bret and I used to include their song “Elephant Gun” on a bunch of our road trip playlists.  “Elephant Gun” always reminded us of people celebrating outside or an outdoor wedding (inspiration for down the road maybe?)

Zach Condon has a way of creating music that puts nothing but a smile on your face. And c’mon — that album cover?  How can you not smile at it?  Nutmeg makes that exact frownie face all the time.  I could only get a semi-frownie face for this picture (taken last summer):

The new album is expected to be released some time this summer.  Beirut will also be at both Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza this year.  Check and see if they will be making a stop in your city by looking at their tour dates here.

Listen to the new tracks “East Harlem,” “Goshen” and “O Leãozinho” below.  I cannot stop playing “Goshen.”  If I had a baby right now (NO! I’m not pregnant nor am I planning on having a baby ANY time soon), I would play this for him/her to go to sleep.  Maybe I’ll play it for my furchild Nutmeg to go to sleep to.  “East Harlem” is just… awesome – from start to finish.

Beirut – East Harlem

Beirut – Goshen

Beirut – O Leãozinho

Beirut – Elephant Gun

Weekend Playlist 6.3.11

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It has been such a beautiful week.  Now — THE WEEKEND!

Bret has a double-header tomorrow, so I’m ready to put on my best #1 fan face for the games 🙂

I think we’re planning on seeing Hangover II/Bridesmaids this weekend too (EEEEEEEEEK!)  I don’t care if Hangover II is the same as the first Hangover.  I’m in the mood for a good laugh.

See you on Monday!

Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

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Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

I am so excited about this and officially cannot wait for the new Coldplay album due out later this year.

Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

My favorite line of the song:

I’d rather be a comma than a full stop

“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” is pure Coldplay.  Some people think that Coldplay is getting “worse,” but if you listen to this song and listen to some of the songs from Viva La Vida, it makes sense why they would continue along this music route.   It’s an anthem.  It was created to get concert-goers’ hands in the air… Fists pumping… Singing at the top of their lungs!  Once 1:06 hits, there’s no going back.

This song reminds me of “Lovers in Japan,” one of my favorite songs from Viva La Vida.  Bret and I listened to “Lovers in Japan” a lot because we loved “Rein of Love” (which came right after the song).   I also think it was one of my favorites because of their music video for it, too.  Since I’m missing the Viva La Vida album, I posted a playlist of the whole thing below.

I guarantee there’s going to be a bunch of dance remixes made of “Every Teardrop…”.   Coldplay will headline the opening night of this year’s Glastonbury festival on June 24.  Most likely, they will play some new material along with some old favorites.

Take a listen.  Are you excited for the new album?