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>chris brown ft. pitbull – where do we go from here



Chris Brown should definitely stick to making dance songs.  I think this song is going to get big once it’s released.  Watch out Taio Cruz.

Highlights while finding the song:

Bret:  “Is that Pitbull?”

Me:    “No.”

Bret:  “Yes it is!!  I GUARANTEE it.”

Me:    *checks song* …  “You’re right.”

Bret:  “YES!!! HAH!!!! I know me my Pitbull.”

Enjoy.  And for old times sake, I’ve included my fave Pitbull song “Go Girl”


>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

>coldplay + the killers xmas songs



Both Coldplay and The Killers released Christmas songs this week.  Neither song really gives me a Christmas “feeling.”  Coldplay’s song is very pretty, and I will never object to a new Coldplay song.  However, Bret and I watched an interview 60 Minutes did with Coldplay over a year ago, and Chris previewed the song.  When he previewed the song, I was SO EXCITED.  The song sounded beautiful.  You can watch part of the interview here at around the 1:07 mark.  Chris says, “That’s gonna be good though — I can feel it.”  And it would have been good if he stuck with that song.   The one that came out this week is good and really beautiful, but sounds nothing like the song he showed us.

Out of the two, I much prefer The Killers’ song.  Is it because Brandon Flowers looks so great in this video?  Maybe.  I actually really like the story the song tells and the video goes along well with the lyrics. The Killers make a Christmas song each year, and none of them really ever sound like Christmas songs.  It’s the thought that counts, though — right?  You can find their old songs below, along with the videos to Coldplay’s new song “Christmas lights” and The Killers new song “Boots.”

Killers – Great Big Sled by Freedom Or Death
The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa by Freedom Or Death
The Killers – Joseph Better You Than Me by Freedom Or Death
Happy Birthday Guadalupe – The Killers by Freedom Or Death

>bretany’s xmas playlist



I called this Bretany’s Xmas Playlist because Bret and I don’t always listen to just the Christmas classics during December.  To keep things interesting and exciting, I create a playlist that combines both old Christmas classics with more non-traditional songs.  Every knows all the best Christmas songs to listent to (Burl Ives, Etta James, Bing Crosby, etc.) but there are other songs that can give you the wonderful Christmas feeling as well.

I’ve put together a playlist that includes some of my “new” favorite Christmas songs below.  A few of my favorites are:

Alec Duffy“Every Day is Christmas”

This has become my staple Christmas song.  I love how the lyrics are applicable to our current lifestyle and love the simplicity of the song as a whole.  Guys — If you need to really tell a lady you love her during this romantic time of the year… Play this song!  It’s so sweet.

Jack Johnson“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Everyone knows I’m a big Jack Johnson fan.  This song isn’t as new as others, but I still play it every year.  The old Rudolph song can get kind of annoying after listening to it a few times (mainly because you feel obliga.  This version, however, can be played over and over again during the Christmas season.

Sufjan Stevens “Put the Lights on the Tree”

I know I just put this song in my previous post, but it has also become one of mine and Bret’s favorite Christmas songs during the season.  It’s so catchy and always puts a smile on my face 🙂

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson“Winter Song”
This song might sound sad, but don’t be deceived.  When I listen to this song, I think of standing outside — pitch black sky… all the snow is falling… bundled up in my best winter attire — and hearing nothing.  Did you ever notice how calm and quiet it is during the winter?  It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the most this winter.  So yes, this is my Winter Song.

The Hotel Cafe Medley“Auld Lang Syne”
Listen to this song until January 1 rolls around.  When you play it, think about all that has happened this past year… Good and Bad.  Ups and Downs.  Think about what you want to accomplish in the year 2011.  Then, make sure you play it on New Year’s Eve.  Bret and I go skiing every New Year’s — usually alone — and make sure we play this right before we call everyone to wish them a Happy New Year.  This song makes you feel like you’re with everyone — even when you aren’t.

I also needed to include the Christmas Lights video Bret and I watch every year.  We played this so many times during Freshmen year of college… It never gets old.

>bombadil – reasons



I don’t know how I never heard this song before.  I have so many Bombadil songs (and I love them all).  All of them are so quirky!  This one, however, definitely is on the top of my list as one of my favorites from them now.

The song is simply lovely, and the lyrics really hit home. 

Take a listen and judge for yourself:

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>There is more to life than increasing its speed.



First. Play this:

Thank You For Nothing by Elizabeth & The Catapult

Beautiful song…  Sad… But beautiful…

So I’ve been trying to “slow things down” a bit and go back to having fun again.  Bret and I had our first round of Thanksgiving this weeked at his parents’ house.  We were able to see Bret’s little nephew (yay!) who we don’t get to see often since Bret’s brother doesn’t live in Pittsburgh.

After eating our Thanksgiving feast last night, Bret and I went and played in our first round of Turkey Bowls this year.  Our team came in second place, unfortunately, but it was a lot of fun and crazy gorgeous outside.

I was sitting here on the couch after the Steelers game (GO STEELERS) and tried to take a picture of the sunset  outside.  Anytime the sky is pink/red, Bret and I chime in together:  “Red at night, sailor’s delight!”  Since my phone is so old/stupid/crappy, the above picture was the best I could take.

Regardless, tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day.

The sunset inspired me to put together a “laying on the couch” playlist.  I wanted to collect a few new and old chill songs that you can listen to while you relax tonight and/or tomorrow.  Once Thanksgiving is over, I will be updating this blog like a champ with all kinds of new Christmas songs.

Until then, get in your PJs, and relax.  Think. 


Some of the new ones that I will be listening to… a lot:
– Adele “Someone Like You”
– Gorillaz “Crystalised” (this song isn’t new, but this cover is)
– Darren Hanlon “All These Things” (LOVE this…)
– Matthew and the Atlas “I Will Remain” (Sounds a little like Ray LaMontagne.. With a bit of Amos Lee <3)
– Stornoway “Zorbing”
– Johnny Flynn “Lost and Found” (This isn’t the actual video… but I love this song and couldn’t find an MP3 to stream.

>kid cudi – maniac



As it gets closer to Kid Cudi’s new album “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” release (Nov. 9th), more and more leaks are hitting the web.  I went home this weekend for the Penn State game and didn’t have any time to update the blog.  Now, as I sitting here prepping for the week ahead of me, I needed to check and see what songs I missed this weekend.  Of course Kid Cudi’s songs leak while I’m not paying attention.  Grr.

“Maniac” sounds more like Cudi.  While I’m not 100% about it yet, I know that this will be going on my running playlist because the beat is great.  I’ve listened to it twice in a row now, and it’s already growing on me

I’m really excited for “Trapped in My Mind” to leak.  It has the potential to be something like “Pursuit of Happiness,” but we’ll just have to wait and see.  Listen to the track below along with the track that started it all.

Kid Cudi ft. Cage – Maniac by K_cudi_ru_2

Kid Cudi – Day N Nite by Dj-Cyk0

>a playlist + some spiced apple cider



Like I mentioned earlier, this has been a successful weekend.  Yesterday, Bret and I went to an apple festival which was tons of fun.  We ended up leaving with 6 gallons of fresh, pressed apple cider (two for us and four to distribute to friends + family).  After the festival, we stopped by Schram’s Farms to get some pumpkins.  I took a nice, high quality photo (sarcasm) of some of the pumpkins at the patch.  Bret and I walked away with two big guys and three little ones. 
During our little adventures yesterday, I kept tabs on some songs that suited the autumn/fall mood that we were in.  The playlist can be found below.  Since it’s October, my obsession for Halloween must be fulfilled — so cue the horror/scary/thriller movies!  I made some chocolate chip pumpkin muffins last night for when we watched Shutter Island.  The movie was good, but I really was in the mood for Paranormal Activity. I watched the trailer for the sequel yesterday (knowing full well that I won’t see it in the theater), but it sparked my interest to see the original which Bret and I haven’t done yet.

This morning, Bret requested some hot apple cider.  I don’t have any mulling spices, so I used the recipe that I have to spice up the cider.  Just put the cider on medium-low on the stove to heat it up, and add these spices.  The recipe doesn’t call for cinnamon or ginger, but I like to add both to give it a little more zing:

1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp nutmeg (NUTMEG!!!!!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger

If you have coffee filters, put them all in the coffee filter and tie with a string. If you don’t have coffee filters, use two paper towels layered on top of one another, put the spices in the middle, and tie with a string. Put the little satchet along with the cinnamon stick inside your pot of hot cider and let steep until your preferred taste.
And Voila!
Have some spiced apple cider while you listen to the playlist 🙂

The playlist includes:

Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You
Kate Nash – Merry Happy
Johnny Flynn – The Box
David Karsten Daniels – That Knot Unties?
Sondre Lerche -To Be Surprised
Commander Cody – Hot Rod Lincoln (Bret’s addition to the list…)
Brett Dennen – When I Go
Alexi Murdoch – All of My Days
Tunng – Woodcat
Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
Matt Costa – Astair
Kanye West ft. Chris Martin – Homecoming
I know I keep talking about Mumford & Sons, but I really can’t get enough of them.  We played “Timshel” on our trip to the pumpkin patch.  I love this song…  So pretty, simple, meaningful.  I mean really, if it doesn’t touch your inner core, then I don’t know what does.

>kanye west, bon iver, and peter gabriel



In an effort to put his name back in the spotlight but to also shed some light on some artists that might not be familiar to many, Kanye West has been releasing collaborations every Friday until Christmas.    I actually think that this is a pretty great idea.  I’m not a huge Kanye fan, but I’ll admit — I’ve been looking for his new tracks every Friday.  I haven’t been too crazy about the songs released thus far (even the one that has Kid Cudi included on the track).  I feel like the songs are doing too much and take away from the potential that they could have had.  However, the track releasted this Friday gives me some hope.

Kanye released “Lost in the World” this past Friday which features Bon Iver’s “Woods.”  I had this song two years ago and didn’t really know what to think of it.  Bon Iver has such a unique voice and doesn’t need to use auto-tune for his voice at all.  “Woods” has this creepy feeling to it which I liked when I initially heard it.  I haven’t heard it for awhile until I listened to Kanye’s newly leaked song “Lost in the World” yesterday. Honestly, I’m ecstatic that Kanye was able to take this song and completely transform it to a danceable hip hop song.  “Woods” came out around the same time Kanye released “Heartless” two years ago, and I remember thinking: “Kanye would have loved to have this song.”

Well.  Looks like I was right.

I’ve put Bon Iver’s original “Woods” along with Kanye’s new track that features the song so you can take a peek at both and decide which one you like more.  For additional measure, I also put an additional Bon Iver song (“Flume”) which I particular love.  Peter Gabriel did a cover of the song earlier this year which made me fall in love with the song once again:

Bon Iver – Woods by greentea

Kanye West – Lost In The World feat Bon Iver by JayAura

Bon Iver – Flume by firarland

Peter Gabriel — Flume by henriquemillan