Tag Archives: Folk/Indie

>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 weather.com, 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


>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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>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

>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…


>take me away for i just cannot stay


“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