Music Roundup! Week 2

Sorry for the delay. The day got away from me – in a good way. Let me count the ways…

1. First day of half-marathon training = success!

2. Baby shower where I didn’t know anyone except the guest of honor = success! I love meeting new, interesting women from all walks of life.

3. Running into a new friend at the library and chatting like crazy in the cold.

Each Saturday I’ll share my thoughts on the music of the week. Please keep in mind I am not a music critic, just a girl with a musical obsession that needs to be tempered.

Yoga+Music365 is my effort to expand my musical horizons by listening to a new album every day in 2010.

I’m always looking for new music, so please send me the titles of albums that you absolutely can not live without, albums you wish were on everyone’s iPods and albums you play over and over despite no one else “getting it”.

The albums don’t have to be new releases, just new to me.

NOTE: I’m linking to MySpace when it’s available because of the ease of listening to songs, not because of a love of MySpace.

MUSIC ROUNDUP!

Day 8:

Title: New Seasons by the Sadies

Highlights:

Nothing really stood out for me.

Will I listen again?

Maybe. We’ll see what other gems reveal themselves this year.

Day 9:

Title: The Reminder by Feist(full disclosure: I’ve heard this one before, but not in 2010).

Highlights:

  1. So Sorry
  2. Past in Present
  3. 1234

Will I listen again?

Absolutely! I’m not sure what it is about this Canadian singer that makes me keep coming back, but I do.

Day 10:

Title: Noble Beast by Andrew Bird

Highlights:

Will I listen again?

I will keep trying, but none of these songs is nearly as good as the songs on the Andrew Bird mix CD my friend Michelle made for me. I would give you some of those names, but she didn’t give me the names. I did figure out “Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left.” Listen now.

Day 11:

Title: Stay Positive by The Hold Steady (full disclosure: I’ve heard this one before, but not in 2010).

Highlights:

Sequestered In Memphis

Will I listen again?

I have it, but I don’t ever listen to it. I have a strange disconnected relationship to The Hold Steady. I saw them live last spring and couldn’t stop smiling because they so clearly have a great time playing and their songs are fist-pumping athems of classic American rock, but for some reason I’m always listening to something else. Maybe now that I’m going to be walking a lot more I’ll add them to the mix and see if that helps.

Day 12:

Title: Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

Highlights:

  1. This Tornado Loves You
  2. People Got A Lot of Nerve

Will I listen again?

YES! Although I will have to keep myself from always listening to Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. The title track has a lyric that I believe is connected to my tear ducts.

Will I ever see you again
Will there be no one above me to put my faith in
Every time – a tear in my eye. I don’t know why, but that’s some powerful music.

Day 13:

Title: Emotionalism by The Avett Brothers

Highlights:

  1. Shame
  2. Paranoia in B-Flat Major

Brotherly harmonies!

Will I listen again?

Yes! Love, love, love! We may just have to go see them when they come to the Crest in April.

 Day 14:

Title: Trouble in Mind by Hayes Carll (full disclosure: I’ve heard this one before, but not in 2010).

Highlights:

1. Drunkin’ Poet’s Dream

2. It’s a Shame

3. She Left Me for Jesus

Will I listen again?

YES!  These dudes opened for Old97’s on their Blame it on Gravity Tour in 2008 and were rocking enough to capture my attention. Plus the pedal steel player looks like a 1967 version of Jimmy Page.

Please leave a comment about what you think I should be listening to this year.

Or send me a CD – Yoga+Music365 c/o Tami Hackbarth PO BOX 188616 Sacramento, CA 95818.

Yesterday’s yoga brought to you by: the post walk/run stretch by Fleet Feet in Sacramento.

Today’s yoga brought to you by: the kitchen!

Yesterday’s music is Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis

Today’s music is Re-Arrange Us by Mates of State

 Yoga+Music365

Music Roundup! Week 1

 Starting today, each Saturday I’ll share my thoughts on the music of the week. Please keep in mind I am not a music critic, just a girl with a musical obsession that needs to be tempered.

Yoga+Music365 is my effort to expand my musical horizons by listening to a new album every day in 2010.

I’m always looking for new music, so please send me the titles of albums that you absolutely can not live without, albums you wish were on everyone’s iPods and albums you play over and over despite no one else “getting it”.

The albums don’t have to be new releases, just new to me.

NOTE: I’m linking to MySpace when it’s available because of the ease of listening to songs, not because of a love of MySpace.

MUSIC ROUNDUP!

Day One:

Title: 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack

Highlights:

There is a Light that Never Goes Off – The Smiths

 Mushaboom – Feist

Us – Regina Spektor (link included video of this and the next song and movie preview – BONUS!)

Vagabond Wolfmother

You Make My Dreams – Hall and Oates – If you haven’t seen this movie, this scene is worth the price of admission. Seriously, watch it NOW!

Will I listen again?

Without a doubt!

Day Two:

Title: Furr by Blitzen Trapper

Highlights:

1. Sleepy Time in the Western World (every album should start so strong)

2. Furr – very Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel-esque. LOVE IT!

3. God+Suicide (the title alone wins)

4. Black River Killer (Why oh why, do I so enjoy the songs about killing people?)

Will I listen again?

Absolutely!

Day Three:

Title: In Our Nature by Jose Gonzalez

Highlights:

1. How Low

Will I listen again?

Jose Gonzalez was recommended to be by a friend because of how much I love Elliot Smith‘s breathy/folky “only meant for lover’s ears” kinds of songs. JG didn’t do much for me. Not to say he isn’t a talented musician because he is, he just isn’t my cup of tea.

Plus he has an 8 (!) minute song on a 33 minute record. I guess he didn’t get my very personal memo about the brilliance of the 3 minute song.

Will I listen again? Maybe. We’ll see what other gems are uncovered this year.

Day Four:

Title: My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura

Highlights:

1. French Navy (Just trying listening without tapping your foot or shaking your butt.)

2. Away with Murder

3. Forests and Sand

4. Honey in the Sun

Will I listen again?

I already am!

Tracyanne Campbell sounds like an angel, plus it’s catchy & you can dance to it!

Day Five:

Title: Narrow Stairs by Death Cab for Cutie (full disclosure: I’ve heard it before, just not in 2010. For some reason I LOVE this band name. Why? I really don’t know).

Highlights:

Radio hits galore!

1. I Will Possess Your Heart

2. Cath…

Will I listen again?

Um, yeah. And so will you if you listen to “alternative” commercial radio. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s nice for good music to come on the radio sometimes.

Day Six:

Title: Flower of Avalon by Tracy Grammer

Highlights:

1. Laughlin Boy

2. Preston Miller

Will I listen again?

She has a beautiful voice – very much like Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies. So I’ll probably stick with Margo and play “Lay It Down” when I want to hear the Cowboy Junkies.

 Day Seven:

Title: Here We Come by The Fratellis

Highlights:

1. Shameless (very Big Star. Yes, Big Star that did that 70’s show song)

2. Look Out Sunshine!

3. Babydoll

4. Acid Jazz Singer

Will I listen again?

YES!

Please leave a comment about what you think I should be listening to this year.

Or send me a CD – Yoga+Music365 c/o Tami Hackbarth PO BOX 188616 Sacramento, CA 95818.

Today’s yoga brought to you by: The Kitchen! in Sacramento. All kidding aside, it’s a home practice day.

Today’s music is The Reminder by Feist.