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

Year Three, Month Ten. (34 of 192)

I hadn’t realized how long it was since Passion Pit‘s last album came out, three years. Right before I heard this new single my friend asked me if Passion Pit was gonna be releasing something soon and I was all, it hasn’t been that long since the last one. Jump to literally two weeks later and I heard Take A Walk, not only that but I was able to procure the full album. I guess I didn’t notice the spacing of time because I still listen to Manners on a fairly regular basis, I wasn’t yet yearning for more. But since I got it — and it is awesome — I’m all… hmm, I guess it had been a while.

Passion Pit, Take A Walk

I don’t want to jinx it, but these last couple of months have gifted us with some really great albums. Thanks Summer, you’re not bad… even if you do rob me of comfortable fashion choices.

Runners up for July’s best song,
Twin Shadow, Golden Light
Bat for Lashes, Laura
Passion Pit, I’ll Be Alright
Dirty Projectors, Gun Has No Trigger

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

Year Three, Month Nine. (33 of 192)

I love Hot Chip, their new album In Our Heads is FANTASTIC. Summer months are always kind to my ears, I look forward to all the dancey and energetic music that I get to blast in various hot places. This album has definitely been blaring in my ears nearly non-stop since I got it. Motion Sickness is the perfect opener to prepare you for the upcoming party residing In Our Heads. Like last month, it was kind of hard to pick just one song, but I stand by my choice as a proper representation for June. Sadly, they don’t have an official video for this track… yet. But I found a nice substitute.

Hot Chip, Motion Sickness

Other notably enjoyable songs off of In Our Heads
How Do You Do?
Flutes
Night And Day
Don’t Deny Your Heart

and for the slow jam in all of us… Look At Where We Are.

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

Year Three, Month Eight. (32 of 192)

I can not stop listening to Niki & The Dove. The first time I heard Tomorrow I felt impregnated by it, there was no stopping it, it was my new baby daddy. I often become disappointed when I fall hard for a single track only to discover the album is no good (cough, Lana Del Rey, cough). I had the album for quite some time before I braved it, gladly, it was awesome. It may end up being one of my favorite albums of the year, or in the least the Summer.

Niki & The Dove, Tomorrow

I honestly couldn’t decided which song I wanted to use for this, it’s kind of what took me so long to put this up. Here are the reasons why…

The Fox
DJ, Ease My Mind
The Drummer

I’m clearly enamored. I hope you will be too… if you’re not already.

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

Year Three, Month Seven. (31 of 192)

I remember the first time I heard “Paris Is Burning” and I didn’t really like it. When I heard it again a few months later I loved it. Funny how that works. When “Strange Mercy” was released last year it was over, I was officially in love with St. Vincent. I enjoyed her before but not the way I do now, right now she can do no wrong. I’m sure it’ll eventually pass, but let me just enjoy this moment.

St. Vincent, Krokodil

(Here’s the recorded version)

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

Year Three, Month Six. (30 of 192)

Terrence has been listening to this song non-stop for weeks now. It’s nice to see him excited about music, he’s been getting old and boring like me. In his case, once he stopped buying cd’s music died a little. This is a boy whose cd collection is nearly as impressive as my record collection… well… almost. But since Spotify was born I noticed the spark coming back, it’s awesome. I love a home to be filled with loud music. Terrence and I both grew up in loud musical households, and I’d like to keep the tradition. Maybe one day if Terrence allows me to have babies we’ll pass the tradition down. In the mean time, it’s nice to randomly dance in the kitchen with my love.

<3<3<3

Japandroids, The House That Heaven Built

P.S. While sifting through some old photos on my computer I stumbled across this clip of Riley getting her groove on from last January. She's adorable.

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

Year Three, Month Five. (29 of 192)

 

I’ve been in a battle with music lately, I’m having a bit of a hard time relating to it the way I did before. Last night Terrence and I had a discussion about my detachment, he says its because I care less and am less invested. I feel like I’m trying harder than ever to be invested in it. I guess that’s the problem, it just doesn’t come natural anymore. This song is a good time though, I may not be amazed by it, I’m not listening to it on repeat or anything… but it certainly has earned its place as my favorite track from the month of February.

 
Grimes’ Oblivion

P.S. I’m a bit behind on these so I’ll be overloading you guy in the coming days with music posts. Sorry.

Riley’s Soundtrack, Year 3.
October | Intro
November | Take Care
December | Montreal
January | I Belong In Your Arms
February | Oblivion

Year Three, Month Four. (28 of 192)

This song is so sweet, I completely fell in love with it on the first listen. It was also just in time for Valentines day and I really love making little mixtapes for Valentines, score. Recently I’d been working on songs for Terrence and my wedding and all those Valentines mixes we made over the years are certainly coming in handy. This song will definitely have a place in my wedding playlist.

Chairlift’s I Belong In Your Arms…

P.S. I apologize for continuing to be behind on these… to be fair, I have been slacking all over.

Riley’s Soundtrack, Year 3.
October | Intro
November | Take Care
December | Montreal
January | I Belong In Your Arms

Year Three, Month Three. (27 of 192)

Earlier today I wrote about how I feel disconnected from music lately. You’d think posting these monthly tracks would be a clear indicator that I stay in touch. Honestly, it’s pretty difficult to choose one song to represent each month. Not because theirs so many to choose from either. More than anything trying to guide Riley through life surrounded by better music has made me realize how far me and music have grown. I keep going back to the old standards that my parents raised me on, anythings better than Bieber.

The Weeknd’s Montreal…

P.S. I’m a few weeks late with this post, sorry. I’m terrible at being consistent.

Riley’s Soundtrack, Year 3.
October | Intro
November | Take Care
December | Montreal