Archive for the ‘GOOD BEATS’ Category

  • May 29, 2014

    songs for spring (2014)


    it’s been so long since I found myself in this little corner. so long that I’m still trying to summon up the energy to come back. who knew that writing for a living would make writing for fun less so? I should have know, I suppose. anyway. I’ll eventually find my way back in fits and starts. I always do. in the meantime here’s just a few of the songs I’ve been loving this spring. (check out last year’s list here.)

    click here to download. (and please buy the albums if you like the song!)

    click here to stream on Spotify.

    song – artist – album {link to purchase}

    1. nunca – trails and ways – trilingual ep {link}

    2. thunder clatter – wild cub – youth {link}

    3. in / out – dan croll – sweet disarray {link}

    4. if you didn’t see me (then you weren’t on the dance floor) – dale earnhardt jr. jr. – the speed of things {link}

    5. dissolve me – alt-j – an awesome wave {link}

    6. lovers – brothertiger – golden years {link}

    7. bloodsport (saul sweet remix) – raleigh ritchie – black and blue ep {link} – album and spotify version are different from this one

    8. gooey – glass animals – gooey ep {link}

    9. towers (stop the car remix) – bon iver – bon iver {link} – album version is different from this one

    10. youth – daughter – if you leave {link}

    11. being alone – joachim cooder with robert francis – love on a real train {link}

    12. love like a sunset, part II – phoenix – wolfgang amadeus phoenix {link}

    13. generator ^ first floor – freelance whales – weathervanes {link}

    14. just say yes – snow patrol – up to now {link}

    15. go do – jónsi – go {link}

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  • December 9, 2013

    silver and gold


    silver and gold. silver and gold. everyone wishes for it. how do you measure its worth, just by the pleasure it gives here on earth. 

    oh i’m getting old. oh i’m getting old. everyone wishes for youth. how have i wasted my life trusting the pleasure it gives here on earth. 

    sufjan. over and over.

    (also. if it’s going to be this cold in nashville, I wish it would just go ahead and snow already.)


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  • May 22, 2013

    songs for spring


    as promised on monday (don’t forget about the GIVEAWAY!), I have another little gift for you all today. the last few days have been full of lots of writing, so today, I will just leave you with this – some of my favorite songs from the past few months.

    Click here to download.

    Click here to find on Spotify. (it’s missing the two bonus tracks)

    song – artist – album – link {link}

    1. á tout á l’heure – bibio – silver wilkinson {link}

    2. how long must I wait – dr. dog – feel the void {link}

    3. breakers – local natives – hummingbird {link}

    4. featherstone – the paper kites – woodland ep {link}

    5. wild country – wake owl – wild country ep {link}

    6. genevieve – lucius – lucius ep {link}

    7. o’ be joyful – shovels & rope – o’ be joyful {link}

    8. wiseman – frank ocean – (bonus track)

    9. futile devices – sufjan stevens – age of adz {link}

    10. tessallate – alt-j – an awesome wave {link}

    11. within dreams – the album leaf – a chorus of storytellers {link}

    12. april come she will – simon & garfunkel – sounds of silence {link}

    13. song for zula – phosphorescent – muchacho {link}

    14. to the river – james wallace & the naked light – more strange news from another star {link}

    15. we don’t eat – james vincent mcmorrow – early in the morning {link}

    16. shiver – lucy rose – (bonus track)

    17. she lit a fire – lord huron – lonesome dreams {link}

    18. 1957 – milo greene – milo greene {link}

    19. the john wayne – little green cars – absolute zero {link}

    20. in between days – the cure – the head on the door {link}

    21. this must be the place – talking heads – speaking in tongues {link}




  • January 29, 2012

    washed out

    this one spawned an impromptu living room dance party. and friends, if there’s one thing I love it’s a good impromptu dance party.

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  • January 29, 2012

    son lux

    wordless weekends are not so much about wordless music anymore. lately, its just about music that catches me off guard and has me playing it on repeat for days and days. music that slips in quietly behind the scenes and completely makes my day.

    like this guy. who created this album in 28 days. start to finish. 28 days. are you kidding me?

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  • January 23, 2012

    bon iver. again

    hello iceland. you are beautiful.

    I know he is all the rage right now. and that you’ve probably gotten sick of hearing about him from me in one way or another. or another. but he is the one I always come back to when I don’t know where else to go. when I need to be reminded of lots of things about myself. reminded to embrace uncertainty. and vulnerability. and even sometimes melancholy. and in this cold, dreary weather, he reminds me of summer concerts with beautiful friends. concerts that made me just really happy to be alive. I know that sounds a bit extreme. after all, he just makes silly music. but I’m not even exaggerating. I promise. silly music like this feeds my soul and makes me happy to be alive. plus, how cute is that kid?

    in other news, come back tomorrow for the week of lists. oh, how I love a good list.

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  • January 17, 2012

    olafur arnalds

    one more beautiful song for wordless weekend while I am trying to order all my thoughts.

    one more night to wonder if I can really say all that I want to say.

    but he makes a lot of things seem more possible than I think they are.

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  • June 7, 2011

    wooden heart

    I have loved this song for so long and for so many reasons. and if I could imagine the perfect images to go with it, these would be them.

    a small warning: maybe don’t watch this on a saturday afternoon in the middle of a crowded coffee shop. its beauty and honesty will make you cry. and then you may feel awkward when you look up and people are giving you odd looks of concern and confusion.

    but please watch it. as big as you can make it (all you have to do is click on the little arrows in the bottom right). and more than once. and then tell me what you think.

    back in march in the midst of regrouping, this song was getting me through so many things. in its own way, bringing order to the chaos I was feeling in and around me. and now here is the official video and I can’t really believe how great it is. and how well it fits into the images I had in my mind whenever the song played.

    thanks to my wonderful friend with the wonderful blog, I found it this weekend. it was actually directed by her super cool brother, whom I don’t know, but often wish I did because of how he captures light and details in videos like this one (and also in this one).

    I love his voice. the cadence of his tone and how it mixes with the words. I love the melody. the slightly distorted simplicity of it. I love the way he is honest and raw and slightly dramatic in a way I wish I could be sometimes. but mostly it’s those lyrics. lyrics like this: I know that we are all made out of shipwrecks, every single board. but also like this: but we pick ourselves up, and try and grow better through the change. and definitely like this: everything falls apart at the exact same time that is all comes together perfectly for the next step. how they show me life is broken. but also full of hope. and beauty. and a small glimpse of what is to come.

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