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Happy Thanksgiving, you guys!

28 Nov

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Lurve Songs…

14 Feb

Hey Er’body!

Every Valentine’s Day I basically repost this and it has generated a list of pretty great songs. Feel free to post suggestions for the list at the bottom (just make sure they adhere to the loose set of rules below).

Have a great Day!

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People have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.

For some it is a nice dependable day where you can spend time with a loved one. Others spend it in a car with a discount bag of chocolate and their therapist (i.e. Taylor Swift). Some people might hate Valentine’s Day but everyone likes music.

Some of the lists iTunes had for Valentine’s Day songs were lame– so I compiled my own.

The guidelines for the list were:
1) Only one song per artist.
2) Songs have to be about love in some way. No break-up songs.
3) All songs have to be awesome.

*NOTE* The artist listed is not necessarily the original– just the artist I prefer performing the song

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough ~ Marvin Gaye

Ain’t No Sunshine ~ Rockapella

A Kiss To Build A Dream On ~ Louis Armstrong

All You Need Is Love ~ The Beatles

As Is ~ Ani DiFranco

As Long As Your Mine Wicked(musical)

At Last ~ Etta James

Be My Angel ~ Mozzy Star

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head ~ Kylie Minogue

C’est Magnifique ~ Pearl Bailey

Christmas TV ~ Slow Club

Come To My Window ~ Melissa Etheridge

Come What May ~ Moulin Rouge

Darlin’ Be Home Soon ~ The Lovin’ Spoonful

Dude (I totally Miss You) ~ Tenacious D

Easy Silence ~ Dixie Chicks

Elaborate Lives Aida

Everything You Want Vertical Horizon

Five O’Clock World The Vogues

Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra

Giving Up ~ Ingrid Michaelson

Glad All Over The Dave Clark Five

God Only Knows ~ The Beach Boys

Happy Together ~ The Turtles

Haven’t Met You Yet Michael Bublé

Heaven ~ Brandi Carlile

Here (In Your Arms) ~ Hello goodbye

How Can I Tell You ~ Cat Stevens

I Believe In A Thing Called Love The Darkness

I Can’t Take My Eye’s Off Of You Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

I Hear A Symphony The Supremes

If You Need A Reason Mason Jennings

In Spite Of Ourselves John Prine & Iris DeMent

I Only Want To Be With You Dusty Springfield

Is It a Crime? ~ Russ Columbo

I Want You ~ Tom Waits

I Want You To Want Me ~ Cheap Trick

I Will Keep The Bad Things From You ~ The Damnwells

I Will Love You ~ Fisher

Just One Look ~ Doris Troy

Love Today Mika

Mail Order Annie ~ Harry Chapin

Me and You ~ Barry Louis Polisar

My Life Would Suck Without You ~ Kelly
Clarkson

Nine Million Bicycles ~ Katie Melua

No One Alicia Keys

Ocean Stone ~ Chris O’Brien

One Big Love ~ Patty Griffin

Sea and the Rhythm ~ Iron & Wine

Shooting Stars and Satellites ~ Death Cab For
Cutie

Someone To Watch Over Me ~ George
Gershwin

Somewhere Only We Know ~ Keane

Songbird ~ Eva Cassidy

The More You Ruv Someone ~ Avenue Q

The Promise Tracy Chapman

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) ~ Natalie Cole

This Years Love ~ David Gray

Time After Time ~ Cyndi Lauper (and Sarah McLachlan)

To Love Somebody Nina Simone

Unchained Melody ~ Righteous
Brothers

Unforgettable ~ Nat King Cole

What I Wouldn’t Do ~ A Fine Frenzy

Wonderful Tonight ~ Eric Clapton

5 Years Time Noah and the Whale

Photo of the Day 12.31.12 ~ Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions

1 Jan

WOODIEWoody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions from 1942

“Wake up and fight!”

(and here is a little snippit I found on BrainPickings talking about the list)

 

Photo of the Day 12.25.12 ~ Merry Marvel Christmas

25 Dec

marvel happy holidaysDesigned by Michael Cho

 

Underrated Christmas Songs

24 Dec

It is easy to think that you might have OD’d on Christmas music when it has been playing on the  overhead speakers in every shop you’ve been in since November.

But don’t despair!

The following is a list of underrated Christmas songs. They aren’t just on the list because they are obscure. All of these songs are legitimately amazing and I honestly don’t know why they are so obscure.

So browse through and take a listen.

Because music is an important part of any holiday. Right, Buddy?

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01) Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree ~ The Magnetic Fields

A jaunty song about Christmas and dealing with people. It is a gentle plea to everyone to maybe fake it a little for the holidays:

Why sit in your dark and lonely room?
Must your every word be sincere?
Here’s a vial of laughing gas perfume
See that people smile when you’re near
If they don’t like you screw them
Don’t leave your fortune to them

Don’t be put off by the German that happens midway. As a german major, I assure you, it’s all good stuff.

02) Pretty Paper ~ Willie Nelson

If you want a Christmas song that will put teardrops in your eyes, this is the song.

03) All I Need Is Love ~ Cee Lo (feat. the Muppets)

And the best Christmas album of the year is from… Cee Lo? Answer: Yes.

04) The Season Is Upon Us ~ The Dropkick Murphys [NSFW]

It’s NSFW for language. It is still a very heartfelt song and it’s the perfect song to play after a little mulled wine.

05) Much Worse Things To Believe In ~ Stephen Colbert & Elvis Costello

Stephen Colbert has an entire Christmas album from his special. This song kind of stands out, though. I also love it because both parts are in my vocal range. (Also check out “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding” which is also on the album.)

06) Christmas TV ~ Slow Club

I first saw this on Chuck. I think now it has become a hipster holiday anthem. Don’t hold that against it.

07) Winter Song ~ Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

Another melancholy song. I can’t have a merry Christmas without these songs in the mix.

08) Fairytale of New York ~ the Pogues (feat. Kristy MacColl) [NSFW]

Super underrated (at least in the States). Probably will stay that way since it is the only Christmas song that includes “f****t” in the lyrics. Still a good song.

09) The Christmas Wish ~ John Denver & the Muppets

The best Christmas song EVER. If one song could sum up Christmas, it would be this one.

10) The Theme from “The Snowman” (“Walking in the Air”) ~ Howard Blake

Between How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, and the numerous Rankin & Bass holiday shows- The Snowman has been forgotten. It’s an adaptation of the children’s book. The entire movie is silent except for this one song. (Go watch it right now! Bonus- David Bowied introduces the whole thing. I would have no trouble believing that The Snowman is an actual memory from David Bowie’s childhood.)

11) At The Christmas Ball ~ Bessie Smith 

Buzzfeed has to be credited with this amazing find (as well as the next two songs on the list). Best lyrics are the opening lines: “Christmas comes but once a year/ And to me it brings good cheer/ And to everyone who likes wine and beer!

12) Five Pound Box Of Money ~ Pearl Bailey

This song is precious to me simply because it introduced me to the amazingness that is Pearl Bailey. Just pull her up on iTunes and sample some songs. She is all sass.

13) Christmas Love ~ Rotary Connection

Psychedelic Christmas.

14) Deck Da Club ~ Ying Yang Twins [NSFW]

Pretty amazing. Also in the running for best Christmas Rap song: Ludacrismas, Merry Mutherfuckin Christmas, and Santa Goes Straight To the Ghetto.

15) Christmas Infiltration ~ Troy & Abed (from the TV show Community)

This is from Community’s season 3 Christmas episode “Regional Holiday Music.” The study group tries to resist being drafted into the dreaded glee club for the holiday musical. The whole episode is hilarious (and Troy and Abed might be the most delightful duo on television right now. That’s right. 5 random Troy and Abed clips for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.).

5 Regular Songs That Can Be Folded Into Your Christmas Repertoire

01) Irish Heartbeat 

Van Morrison, Claymore, and many others have versions of the song. My favorite is Billy Connolly’s version. I readily admit this might be because I am in love with Billy Connolly.

02) Skating ~ Vince Guaraldi Trio 

Obviously, this has become a holiday favorite and is played everywhere- but whateves. It made my list.

03) God Only Knows ~ Beach Boys

Love Actually vaulted this one into the holiday section. I will not fight it.

04) Morning Has Broken ~ Cat Stevens

Any excuse to play some Yusuf.

05) Ain’t It Enough ~ Old Crow Medicine Show

~ Merry Christmas, everybody!

Happy Hanukkah

16 Dec

beginning rabbiLast night was the last night of Hanukkah (but if I can post this before sundown- technically, this post is on time).

This is just a celebratory Hanukkah post because I don’t think the holiday gets enough props.

The only Hanukkah special is an episode of the Rugrats.

What?

The holiday deserves a little more.

Comic Book Heroes that are Jewish. Ben Grimm (AKA The Thing from the Fantastic Four/ AKA Breaker of Souls) is Jewish. Awesome. (There is another list of Jewish “superheroes” on Buzzfeed. Superheroes is in quotes because Magneto is on the list (straight up supervillain). Otherwise, the list is just a number of shady looking people (Acidic Jew, I’m looking at you) or super obscure characters (Dust Devil?). There are some legit heroes on the list, though. Doc Samson, Songbird, and Justice…).

– A song about Hanukkah that isn’t the Dreidel Song. Peter, Paul, and Mary sing Light One Candle.

– Also there is a jewish a cappella group called the Maccabeats (47 thousand points for awesome pun). Here they are doing a cover of Matisyahu’s Miracle.

Mashup of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert talking about Hanukkah.

Rapper Too Short put out a Hanukkah song. This is either the best thing or the worst thing to happen to Hanukkah depending on who you are.

– In adorable/mildly patronizing posts at Buzzfeed: Dogs Celebrating Hanukkah, Cats Celebrating Hanukkah, and Celebrities Who Celebrate Hanukkah. They truly covered their spread.

And also this….

gctnhhanukkah

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

23 Nov