Year Four, Month Seven. (43/192)

When I first heard this song I got so excited. It was immediately decided that it would be our Summer anthem… sadly at this point I may be a little over it, but it’ll come back around. It always comes back around.

Get Lucky is already a classic as far as I’m concerned. Small children, like my niece, will be growing up on it. I’m positive that the way I feel about Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence, Riley will about Daft Punk’s Get Lucky… which is awesome. I kind of feel like I should get the 7″ right now and hold onto it for her. Because I also feel like vinyl will never die, which is also awesome.

Daft Punk, Get Lucky [Radio Edit] (Featuring Pharrell Williams + Nile Rodgers)

Other notable songs,
Janelle Monáe, Q.U.E.E.N. (Featuring Erykah Badu)
Phoenix, Entertainment

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen
November | Wrath of God
December | Sheila
January | San Francisco
February | Sacrilege
March | Let the Groove Get In
April | Get Lucky

Year Four, Month Six. (42/192)

Three very important albums came out in March, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, Phosphorescent’s Muchacho and The Strokes’ Comedown Machine. To be honest, The Strokes album was a grower for me. Some songs had an immediate impact, but the rest took some time, mostly because I felt the album was all over the place. Phosphorescent’s new album is beautiful, I fell in love with it immediately and just wanted to sit in the dark with it on repeat for hours. What stopped me from listening to Muchacho on repeat or having the time to immediately let Comedown Machine sink in… The 20/20 Experience occupied my life for several weeks, I didn’t have time for anything else. If you got into my car in the Springtime, odds are JT was playing on repeat. I apologized, no one took offense.

I lost my iPod in May… if I find it I bet JT will be queued up.

Justin Timberlake, Let the Groove Get In

I actually listened to this song so much, that I made myself sick of it. I hadn’t played Let the Groove Get In in several weeks, today being my first time since retiring it. The time apart was good, now I’m into it all over again. I love it so much!

Other notable songs,
Phosphorescent, Song for Zula
The Strokes, One Way Trigger
Justin Timberlake, Dress On

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen
November | Wrath of God
December | Sheila
January | San Francisco
February | Sacrilege
March | Let the Groove Get In

We Will Become Silhouettes

This past weekend I fulfilled the dream of my 19-year-old self, I saw The Postal Service live. It was absolutely fantastic. I was filled with such an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. I could visualize just about every moment I listened to Give Up back in 2003, from empty parking lots to dark bedrooms. It was an amazing feeling. The best part was that Jenny Lewis was there to complete the team, I was wondering which female vocalist they would bring along from the album, I’m glad they chose her. I love Jenny so much. Amanda and I got drunk very quickly and danced and sang along to every song.

I was a college freshman when Give Up came out and Amanda was a high school freshman… I feel a lot older… probably because I am. Its different with a band like The Postal Service, since they only made one album. I’ve seen plenty of bands live that I’ve been listening to for over a decade and not had that feeling. The Postal Service definitely represents a time in my life, whereas those other bands don’t necessarily do the same thing for me.

After the show we drove around listening to The Postal Service, Figurine, Rilo Kiley, Dntel and a little Death Cab For Cutie… we were in full on nostalgia mode. I’m amazed I could still remember all the lyrics to all these songs that are 10 or more years old. We exchanged stories that each song transported us back to… it was a good night.

I only wish more of our friends could have enjoyed this night with us, but it was nice even with just us.

“Everything will change…”

xo,
Ana

Year Four, Month Five. (41/192)

I didn’t immediately like this song, it was a grower, but now its my jam. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for their album, Mosquito, which did not grow on me at all… it makes me kind of sad. I love me some Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I hope this isn’t the start of something bad. I’ve been listening to a lot of their older stuff to cheer myself up.

I almost didn’t pick Sacrilege, I went back and forth a lot between it and the ones below… inevitably I chose it for being more upbeat. Riley is little, she likes to dance… I’m not sure that she would appreciate Autre Ne Veut as much as I do.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege

Other notable songs,
Autre Ne Veut, Counting
Autre Ne Veut, Play By Play
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen
November | Wrath of God
December | Sheila
January | San Francisco
February | Sacrilege

Year Four, Month Four. (40/192)

I’d never heard of Foxygen prior to this album, but the moment We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic began to play, I was into it. San Francisco is such a happy and mellow song, it reminds me of that feeling I get when The Beta Bands’ Dry the Rain is playing. Its nothing too in-your-face amazing, but its a solid track. I love it. I’m bobbing my head to it as I type this, you should too.

Also, this video is good times… if not a little seizure-y here and there.

Foxygen, San Francisco

Other notable songs,
Yo La Tengo, Ohm
(That’s all I got, it was a slow month)

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen
November | Wrath of God
December | Sheila
January | San Francisco

 

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Year Four, Month Three. (39/192)

Nothing really comes out in December, I feel like everyone tries to get their music kicks in before then, this way they can make all the year end lists. So picking a song for December is always difficult. A lot of times I b***s*** with an ok song, rather than one I really love… but I actually really love this song. I don’t usually listen to Memory Tapes that often, I always forget about them. Although I feel like they always have one stand out track on their albums that I love and play on repeat. This is definitely that song.

Another thing about listening to music in December. I’m usually taking advantage of the brief window I have to listen to all the classic holiday songs that feel weird to hear outside of December. Not so much the Burl Ives or Bing Crosby’s, but the Waitresses, Kinks and Pogues… ok, I might listen to the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York outside of December. It transcends the holiday season. I also just like to listen to a lot of oldies during the holidays, it makes me feel warm and cozy inside its familiarity.

Memory Tapes, Shelia

Other notable songs, (throwback edition)
George Harrison, Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp
The Velvet Underground, Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
Pogues, A Fairytale of New York

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen
November | Wrath of God
December | Sheila

Year Four, Month Two. (38/192)

I remember when Crystal Castles’ first self titled album came out, it was start to finish awesome. Anything chock full of video game noises is alright in my book. But with each self titled release, they’re growing a bit lacking. This third album has, in my opinion, two really good songs. Unfortunately that might be all it has, I don’t know… I may have to listen to it s’more. This doesn’t take away from the merit of Wrath of God, when I first heard it I was jazzed, I listened to it over and over. Good times, noodle salad.

Crystal Castles, Wrath of God
(Video by Ivan Grbin)

Other notable songs,
Sharon Van Etten, Tell Me
Crystal Castles, Plague

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen
November | Wrath of God

Year Four, Month One. (37/192)

Sometimes when I’m so behind on these I double or triple up… but this time I decided to go along as normal… just REALLY behind. Maybe I’ll catch up one day, although with a fairly busy crochet schedule and a barely planned wedding looming… I doubt it. Take me as I am ghost readers! I love every one of your silent eyes! Also, I’m totally sneaking this post out today, I should be working right now… I’ll be doing that for weeks to come.

Hello, my name is Boring.

One thing that always comes in handy while I’m hooking away on my couch… music. It just occurred to me that you think I’m a prostitute, I assure you I’m not, hooking is fancy talk for crocheting.

Hello, my name is Fancy.

I miss this.

MUSIC. I freaking love this song. I love any tune that forces my hindquarters to inadvertently move in a quick paced sided to side motion. Its true. The video however, I really don’t like it. It reminds me of when I was in middle school and I watched entirely too much MTV. I remember how a music video could make or break a single. Sometimes I would fall in love with a mediocre song because of its great video and other times I would change the channel if a horrid video came on, despite the songs merit. The point being… this video made me change the channel. Don’t worry Ellie, I have iTunes.

Ellie Goulding, Anything Could Happen

Other notable songs,
Sky Ferreira, Everything Is Embarrassing
Tame Impala, Elephant
Bat For Lashes, A Wall

Riley’s soundtrack, Year 4.
October | Anything Could Happen

Year Three, Month Twelve. (36 of 192)

I didn’t immediately love this song, it was a grower. Once it did grow though, I was smitten. Also, I really love when I can bookend these years with a female artist. I want Riley to have positive female role models.

I absolutely love Bat For Lashes, I impatiently waited for her new album, The Haunted Man, to leak for weeks. I know, I’m a terrible music lover… what can I say. It was well worth the wait though, fantastic. In September I played Marilyn so much that I started to annoy Terrence, I’m guessing he was not a fan. He would say things like, didn’t you listen to this already? Yes, yes I did… and if you weren’t here I’d listen to it on repeat, but I don’t out of respect for your sanity.

Bat For Lashes, Marilyn
At minute 2:54, that’s when this song gets super adorable. I die.

Runners up for September’s best song,
Grizzly Bear, Yet Again
Angel Olsen, Acrobat
Bat For Lashes, All Your Gold
Still Corners, Fireflies

Riley’s Soundtrack, Year 3.
October | Intro
November | Take Care
December | Montreal
January | I Belong In Your Arms
February | Oblivion
March | The House That Heaven Built
April | Krokodil
May | Tomorrow
June | Motion Sickness
July | Take A Walk
August | Today’s Supernatural
September | Marilyn

 

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Year Three, Month Eleven. (35 of 192)

I love the way every Animal Collective album has a distinctly different sound, all while keeping the bands signature style. I adore this band. I spent most of August jamming to Today’s Supernatural over and over again, the energy is fantastic. When I first listened to Centipede Hz it had that same energy throughout the album, I strongly recommend it. Then again, I strongly recommend all of their albums. Everyone stop what you’re doing and throw some love towards the Animal Collective.

Animal Collective, Today’s Supernatural

Remember when I said that music was amazing and that it was becoming harder and harder to narrow down a single track to represent each month… yeah… I jinxed it. This was the last amazing single of the summer as far as I’m concerned, everything else is alright. I’m trying to dig deep for next months pick, but I’m feeling a settle coming on.

Riley’s Soundtrack, Year 3.
October | Intro
November | Take Care
December | Montreal
January | I Belong In Your Arms
February | Oblivion
March | The House That Heaven Built
April | Krokodil
May | Tomorrow
June | Motion Sickness
July | Take A Walk
August |Today’s Supernatural