18 July 2014

Daily Joy » The Replacements

So much great music to share that these Daily Joy posts will be stopgaps between blog posts. Enjoy!

I am headed to Forecastle Festival this Sunday specifically to see The Replacements and Beck. Much like seeing Beck earlier this season, The Replacements are a bucket list item for me. If you need further evidence of Paul Westerberg and crew's power, here's a great ode to them that I found on Meredith Listens twitter feed. So... let's hear it for soul-wrecking, round 2, eh? ;)  Have a great weekend. xo ~Joy

>I Will Dare
by The Replacements

How young are you?
How old am I?
Let's count the rings around my eyes
How smart are you?
How dumb am I?
Don't count any of my advice

Oh, meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I might dare

Call me on Thursday, if you will
Or call me on Wednesday, better still
Ain't lost yet, so I gotta be a winner
Fingernails and a cigarette's a lousy dinner
Young, are you?

Meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now, I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I will dare

17 July 2014

Daily Joy » Band of Horses

So much great music to share that these Daily Joy posts will be stopgaps between blog posts. Enjoy!

Band of Horses are coming the LC Pavilion this Friday. Laredo is one of my favorite tunes — which I featured back in December 2010.  This song has definitely stood the test of time. If you make the show, enjoy!

Gonna take a trip to Laredo
Gonna take a dip in the lake
Oh, I'm at a crossroads with myself
I don't got no one else

Impossibilities at the door
I won't be needing them anymore
Oh, is this the first time in your life?
It's hard just to get by

But oh, my love, don't you even know?
And oh, my love, are you really gone?

And can you see the world through a window?
Are you having troubles in droves?
Oh, I think the worst thing I could do
Is get back home to you

I put a bullet in my Kia Lorenzo
A kitchen knife up to my face
Throw me in the deep of Jenner Lake
Believe me when I say

That oh, my love, you don't even call
And oh, my love, is that you on the phone?

And oh, my love, you don't even know
That oh, my love, are you really gone?

09 July 2014


(...there goes my site's PG rating)

I posted this to my Pinterest account a long time ago. It’s still funny as hell. And rings more true today than ever. It's fitting I'm composing this post on the anniversary of the passing of my friend, Ned Williamson. He was taken from us far too soon. Grief is a tough thing. One day you’re okay, feeling stable, the next moment any small nuance can kick you to the curb, leaving you a total wreck. I think it's because the profound impact people can have on your life — and then the fact they never fully got to learn of that impact — is what's so hard for us to accept in the end.

Ned's absence is a meaningful reminder for me to embrace life, love boldly, and take risks. Some days I am better at it than others. But I am trying. And I have my eye on the prize. So this post is dedicated to those conversations we have with ourselves during our challenges. And as you'll quickly see, the artists below have captured these sentiments like poetry in motion.

Enjoy this post. And the tunes (17 of them!) The music player is at the bottom. Or you can click on the individual tunes, which open/play/download in a separate window.

Thank you for your time. And your heart. ~Joy

Laser cut pre-dawn curiosity from Alice in Wonderland 
I am a morning person. Have been since childhood. La la love that time. Great thinking time - I design in my haze from when my alarm goes off to when I actually rouse from my bed. I resolve nuances I couldn't quite figure out when my brain was conscious. And, who doesn't love a great morning workout? I'm on my way to achieving breakfast club member status at Melt Hot Fitness. :) Owner Kelly Sodergren's mix of a heated studio, dim lighting, and a music library that rivals my own makes the wee hour wake up call beyond worth it. I always leave the studio feeling stronger. If not in my limbs, at least in my mind.

> Can’t Wake Up
by The Apache Relay
For those who prefer the snooze button over the benefits of a vigorous morning activity, this one's for you. It's all about matters of the heart.

> Coffee
by Sylvan Esso
This tune plays during our Barre class warm-up at Melt. Until recently, I didn't know who the artist was as I'm pretty sure whipping out my phone to Shazam a song in class is a no-no. My bud seanHARTMAN, recently suggested I give Sylan Esso a spin. And then it all clicked. Thanks, Universe.

This tune is hauntingly fantastic. It might be my 2014 version of the highly addictive Two Dots by Lusine (another one perfect for your edit sessions, Bil Zelman.)

 I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

In the spirit of gettin' after it, away we go....
by Hacienda
I've had this tune in my "potential posts" list for a long time. So happy to have found it a fitting home. Dan Aurbach produced the track. I feel his thumbprint all over it. And I like it. The documentary-style video is pretty sweet too. My heart IS racing.

by Young the Giant
I'm a sucker for songs about driving, mostly because I love driving. And listening to music while driving. So yeah, this song was pretty much a slam dunk:
"Get out the car it's time for me to drive. Oh, you can't hide for long. I want to spend the night. Just tell me you were all alone. It's so wonderful. Hey, I feel wonderful"

Inspiration overload from this yogi

Josie Schweitzer definitely has a cult following. If not in her yoga studio, Thank Yoga, then most definitely via her Instagram feed. Checking her posts have been part of my morning routine for awhile now. Motivation on so many levels. Give her a follow too!

by The Whitest Boy Alive
This band's name juxtaposed with their sound was a delightful and unexpected treat for me. And then I saw their photo and it all made sense. Bummed they broke up. I like the tempo of this tune... good for decision making. And again, me w/the lyrics. I know, I know...
"So many people telling me one way. So many people telling me to stay. Never had time to have my mind made up."

Branding Phobia about the culture of anti-branding to Barcelona

Somewhere in my mind, thematically pairing: Training + Barcelona branding + Kitten + Girls + Boys makes perfect sense. Trust me, eeeez good.

> Girls Chase Boys
by Ingrid Michelson

"Their tears were their love" Poem #34

by Lucius
Ok, back on track: Training? Check. Soul-wrecking images/lyrics? Yup yup. The steel drum used in this version makes my ears happy as it's not the version I had originally heard.

> Put Me to Work
Oh man, I hope to catch PAPA at Lollapalooza specifically for this tune. The energy captured digitally has got to be 1000-fold when on a stage. That's a whole lotta piano going on (pronounced: pie-ann-oh)

 I Feel Good Today by Niels Buschk

Upside of this nervous energy phase I'm in, I (finally) bought a bike. Don't know why I resisted this so long. Thankful for the nudge. And now down the rabbit hole of this lifestyle I go.

> First Time High (Reconstructionist Remix of An Eluardian Instance)
by Of Montreal
"And I accept you as my very first mover." Mover? What the...? Makes me chuckle.

> Friendly Pressure (Cool Breeze Remix)
by Jhelisa
Turn up the volume and enjoy this funky remix.


These rest of these images and tunes embrace freedom. Don't let others hold you back. Be true to yourself. Find your footing. Find your voice. Powerful stuff, right? 

by José Gonzalez
From the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. I love the anthemic vibe from the children's choir in this tune. Great fit for this Continue to Wonder image. 
"Heart's on fire, leaving all behind you. Dark as night, let the lightning guide"

by Vacationer
Dear Skully's: 7:15pm show times are stupid.
Dear Vacationer: You have a new LP out. Could you not play for 15 more minutes? Sigh... Although it made for the most memorable near-miss ever. "Good night, Columbus." 

by The Black Hollies
When I'm not working on blog playlists, this band is in heavy rotation for me. I cannot get enough of their old-school hippie vibe. This song is about being stuck in between... and it's on point. You really should get out of nowhere and just Be. Here. Now.

Disco is far from dead, Friends

> Gimme the Nightclub (dj BC edit)
by Dan Meth
This is a ridiculous mash up of Jay-Z and George Benson. Ridiculously good, that is. In celebration of my upcoming birthday and being 5"4', this Shorty is embracing the disco ball.

Opened eyes. Open mind. Open heart. 

I saw MMJ open for Pearl Jam a zillion years ago in Cleveland. They left an indelible impression on me. I'm smitten these two tracks help round out this post.

> The Day is Coming
by My Morning Jacket
Goal setting, at it's best. 

> Speed of Sound (Live_Philly)
by Pearl Jam
Rushing adds unnecessary stress. Slow down. Let great music be your driver. And in this live version, believe: in Eddie we all trust. #testify
"And yet I'm still holdin' tight to this dream of distant light. In that somehow I'll survive. But this night has been a long one. Waiting on a sun that just don't come."

Quote written out on paper with sepia and black ink.

by Minus the Bear

Goodness, I didn't realize this post would be so long. The work showcased above drove the momentum of the post. Matching the tunes is always a labor of love so this was incredibly enjoyable. The final tune wraps this all up nicely:

No excuses, Friends. You can do this. We can do this.

16 June 2014

Just My Type

Fabien Barra's Harmonie Intérieure wall graphics.

Hey. Hi. Remember me? Or this blog? I barely do. My last post was 3 years ago. That's like even before Emoji's were common place.

Wait. What? I know. I know. Sigh...

When Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Ping, and Twitter Music came along, it seemed that blogging wasn’t as relevant since you could get your streaming music so readily (ps: nerd joke about Ping and Twitter Music. #posers) I was even using Facebook and Twitter for one-off music posts. But verve for a tune is hard to emit via a mere 140 characters.

During these past few years however, I’ve continued to amass a crazy amount of music and unconsciously paired the tunes with themes from my glorious interweb finds. I’ve been blogging all along, just only in my mind evidently. Who knew?

Recently, a nervous energy has washed over me and it's pushing and poking me to have my voice heard again. As a result, I have a lot to say, get out, unload. Which is why I blogged in the first place: I love writing, and don’t do it enough. This blog used to be an incredible creative outlet for me. The fact you might stop by to read my rants/raves/meanderings and even enjoy the music I posted, well that was back seat to what drove me to continually contribute to this blog.

This specific post might be a bit messy, so feel free to revisit later in the week as I get my sea legs back and see fit to further refine. You can access the tunes playlist style via the Streampad player at the bottom of the browser or download directly by the links w/in the blog post.

Ready? Please carve out about two hours, crank your headphones, maybe even pour a drink (at work–bourbon? / at home–caffeine?) and possibly you'll find you can relate to my catharsis.  xo Joy

THE BEGINNING » Serving up some Barry to set the tone of this post as it's a cautionary tale of entanglement regarding typography and love. Because if you don't have passion for all things, what do you have?
> Love's Theme by Barry White

Love Lightboxing & Layer Tennis matches? Add this type competition to your mix.
Type Fight: an arena for people who like having fun with letters.

Claudia Chow, former Creative Director at HUGE, stated it best at her CSCA lecture, “Designers are obsessed.” Guilty as charged. And within our arsenal of tools, it could be argued we obsess and debate the most about typography as its the foundation for all our projects. One of the biggest font battles going on right now is over at the former Hoefler & Frere-Jones, now operating as, Hoefler & Co. How each party views the foundation of their business relationship is riveting. Their pre-break up documentary, Font Men, illuminates their long-term impact on the type industry.

> Bros
by Wolf Alice. I love this lil unknown band's sound. And the precious lyrics, "I am so lucky you are my best friend..." The EP cover art is just as cute. Reminiscent of all the #tbt pics on Instagram.

> Beautiful War
by Kings of Leon. I'd never profess to be a huge KOL fan but I've possibly featured their tunes here more than any other artist. They are incredible songwriters, as the lyrics of this song demonstrate.

> In My Veins
by Andrew Belle (featuring Erin McCarley). Another incredible songwriter. I met Andrew a few years ago at a valslist.com house concert. I encourage you to see him live. He's the real damn deal. So is this song. (featured on Grey's Anatomy season 6 finale. My point: support house concerts They can introduce you to some amazing talent!)

> Take it or Leave it
by Cage The Elephant. They just surprise and delight w/each new release. I doubted they could surpass "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" fame. I was wrong. Proof the journey is more like a marathon, than a sprint?

 Kickstarter darling: Quality playing cards presented through typography.

Who doesn't love a good game of cards? That's what my parents and I did while I was growing up, til their dying days, in fact. Many o' heart felt conversations were had during those games too. Having close friends/family over for a night of cards and conversation is a lost art. Digital be damned. Bring on the analog for this girl. You have been warned.

> Heart is a Drum
by Beck. A bucket list event for me this Friday — I am sure Beck Hansen is going to wreck my soul. Can't wait. Y'all should come and witness my undoing during this, or almost any, song from his Morning Phase LP. Two shows for the price of one?  Let's hope not. :)

Actually, while the song title is drum-centric, it's the delicate introduction of the piano around 1:11 and it's subsequent layering throughout the rest of the song that tugs at me. Greatly looking forward to seeing this song performed live. Melt down be damned.

> Keep Your Heart
by TV on the Radio. For those that love a good falsetto shrill, here you go.

> Lay Your Cards Out
by Polica. Bonus points for working "a sunder" into any song.

These posters tell, "... a love story from hopeful beginning, through falling in love and expressing its passion, the appearance of doubt, the inevitable breakup and its aftermath." See, more than just another pretty (type) face.

by Faces. Some Rod Steward and Ronnie Wood when they were mere legends in their own minds.

by Heart. This is on my list of songs to learn how to play on guitar. But only the first 1:17 of it... And, pretty sure I'd need a guitar first. No worries. I'm a work in progress.

by James. "Wooooowooooowoooowooo." I mean really, what else is there to say?

> To Look at You
by INXS. "Real life documentary" before real life documentaries were ubiquitous.

Concrete letter sculptures submerged in various marine environments around Western Australia.

Underwater typographic installment? In Australia? Told you the interwebs were cool. The photos are even cooler. This raises the bar on the 'out of home' channel ideas.

by Broken Bells. This song was intended for Type Fight playlist above, but it actually has "amok" in the lyrics. I'm all about the details, Friends. And happy accidents.

> The Ocean
by Richard Hawley. My need for the ocean is never satiated. Angry sea. Mellow sea. I'll take any form. I need it at a primal level. Getting my fix this week, in fact. Like Richard croons, "I love you just because." (Man, his voice is quite melty, no?)

A game? Or a font? Google results mayhem. Downright unlawful.

Get yer guns kids. Time to play. No need to conceal weapons here. This takes a while to load but it's a fun silly font game. All creatives love a good distraction.  --> squirrel

by Junip. I like the cadence of this song. Reminds me of biking or blading on a sun-dappled path. God bless, summer. 

by The Cars. KA-POW—some old school Ric Ocasek for you, you Geranium Lovers, you.

Unifying the world's handwriting into a universal typeface.

Kudos for BIC for creating this heavenly distraction while demonstrating incredible restraint in product placement. It's a timely conversation as the art of handwriting is leaving our schools. I'm all for anything, digital or analog, that can highlight the importance of penmanship and handwriting. They have +300k characters entered so far. I can't wait to see where this nets out.  Contribute your fine penmanship, won't you?

by Switchfoot. 1-2-3-4-5...

by San Fermin. I overlooked this song initially. Never saw the build-up coming around :52. Oh, those horns. "I'll fall for you soon enough." Indeed I have, San Fermin.

by Hiromi. Some jazz goodness. May you all find joy in your life.

THE END » Well, that's what nervous energy will get you... I used to end each post w/a single draw of lyrics from a favorite post song. That won't work here as there is just too many from which to choose. Hope you're cool w/the break from format. I'm a firm believer that change is good.

So... for all this "talking," you'd be surprised what a good listener I am. Let me know your thoughts. I'd love to hear them. Radio silence is never a good thing, right? Now, time to try to wind down w/some Colin Hay. Thank you. Be well, always. 

> Goodnight Romeo by Colin Hay

25 September 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joyce

::  J O Y O U S   O C C A S I O N S  ::
artwork from the joy of living ~ visions of a healthy future

{all photos courtesy of my iphone hipstamatic addiction.}

Ah, fall is officially here, meaning summer, my fave season, has come to a close. Boo hoo. Add to that, the world is akimbo: reported gloom + doom based on the U.S. economy; earthquakes on the East coast a few weeks ago; Apple brainchild Steve Jobs retires, R.E.M. breaking up. Quel dommage.

I respect these state of affairs and their (greater?) purpose, yet they are counter to my essence. Despite being in my own state of flux, I keep pushing on. Those around me ask, "How?" It's not that big of a mystery: happiness can be found in spurts/doses/segments. And should be celebrated as such. Chasing categorical, 24/7 happiness is a challenge beyond (my) means.

My Mom led by example: she lived in the moment. Her fifth year yartzeit (an endearing term a Jewish gal friend taught me) was last week. Five years... Hard to believe.

I telegraph many special moments w/her that were just that, 'moments'... be it a half hour or 5 minutes: a scrabble game, a shared beer, an inside joke at the expense of my rival-of-the-moment... just short blips at the moment caught my breath and made me take note. I am thankful to whatever higher level granted me the awareness to take that pause.

If your parents are still alive, I suggest you love on them. Today. Or, as often as you can.

Playing a bit of catch up here so this playlist is long... but worth it. I've been working on it for awhile. Just wanted to take my time. It's a happenstance of happy tunes for reasons that probably only make sense to me. Sorry. ;) But I'm fairly sure these tunes will linger w/you, as they do me.

Fond farewell, Summer. See you not soon enough. And Mom, thanks for watching over me. And to the rest of you, find your happy place - even if it's for a minute to two. xo to all ~Joy

Go Outside
This song is the epitome of me. From the xylophone to the lyrics. Totally this girl. If you hate this song, we can't be friends.

The Black Keys
My home state boys! Love this tune. Timely tribute to Ohio. I also cannot wait for their next BlakRoc project. aside from being insanely talented, Dan Auerbach seems to have the midas touch on all his side projects (like the divine Jessica Lea Mayfield.)

Wouldn't It Be Nice
My fave part of the tune is at 1:47: "Run run run..." ala Beach boys. Nice.

Can't You Tell
Another Beach Boys ish vibe. Just meandering. Isn't that what downtime is all about?

Waves (Rodaidh Radio Edit)
Holly Miranda
I love this tune. THEN I found this video, and fell in love deeper. I love that bar/café, I love the raw high contrast b/w vignette Vincent Moon chose, I love that the Barback-come-Violinist is as relevant to this vid as Holly. Listen to the dialogue of this vid from the get go. Shot glass clinking and all. Sláinte, eh?

I've always been a print/interactive girl, but after being moved by this vid, and a recent chance to suggest the soundtrack to a good friend's indie movie, maybe video is my next big thing...

Stand In the Water
Great title. Even better lyrics.

Street Joy
White Denim
Dreamy Cali vibe. Slight added bonus that "joy" is in the title. I'm listening to White Denim constantly. Their LP, D, is worth your ears + time as well.

Put The Days Away
Sun Airway
Time's passing. Embrace the moment. Or reflect on the past. Both have value. ;)

As most of you know, Twitter is a strange time suck. Most days I've a love/hate relationship w/Twitter. A necessary occupational evil, I say. However, there are normal folks out there. Witness them at Twistori. It can def pull you out of a slump if you follow the positive words.

Goth Star
I love the stop/start -ness of the vocals, somewhat like Ohio's Fall: one day cold, next day crazy hot... I also love the title of this tune as it supports my art school mentality that all goth kids are cool. As is my friend Lor, below. She's not goth, but she is a star in my eyes + heart. 

Upside Down
I'm from Northeastern Ohio. As such two words are all you need to know when it comes to amusement parks: Cedar Point. End of discussion. And if you do go, make sure when you ride the Corkscrew, you do so in the very last seats.

In Every Direction (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Remix)
Two of summer's favorite darlings in one song? Hooray! Junip (José Gonzales frontman) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (possibly best new band name of the year). This song is solid on it's own, but I do love this remix as each band's essence is kept pure (vs a remix casualty.)

Once Around The Block
Badly Drawn Boy
Light and whimsical this tune... (Yoda speak. lol)

The One AM Radio
Further evidence you can take the girl out of So Cal, but you can't take Southern California out of the girl. The reference to "driving down the stretch of Wilshire Boulevard..." tugs at some heart strings mostly because back in the day I was doing so in an uber luxury vehicle in the name of due diligence for my then client Land Rover. Too. Much. Fun. (to be paid for. truth.)

Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer
Love the title of this song as it makes me think of all the blockheads (pun!) I see when I go to the Memorial Tournament. Please note, the fine gent below is def NOT a blockhead (nor is my fab friend who shined me onto this artist.). ;)

Sleep Forever (Bassex Remix)
Portugal. The Man
Perfect tune to end this long post. Night, everyone. Or, happy nap, pending when you read this.

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You quiver like a candle on fire
I'm putting you out
Maybe tonight we could be the last shout
But I'm fascinated by your style
Your beauty will last for a while

You're feeling instead of being
The more that I live on the inside
There's nothing to give
I'm infatuated by your moves
I've got to search hard for your clues

~ Once Around the Block by Badly Drawn Boy

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22 July 2011

Oscillate Wildly, Baby

::  D V D P  M A D N E S S  ::

Inspired by the heat, keeping this short + sweet. { thanks, Friday. }

Oscillate Wildly
The Smiths


16 May 2011

Stopgap Pleasure

::  T O O T H P A S T E  for D I N N E R  ::

I stumbled upon this illustration and savored the irony as believe it or not, my blog HAS been top of mind. A new year's resolution was to post monthly. And I did so...um...until April. My conundrum: I have so much (new + old) music I want to post, I can't get my act together to focus on which I want to share first. Maybe it's because I'm listening to a lot of mashups as of late that my blogging brain is now scrambled into 10 second sound bites/bytes... Curse you, Gregg Gillis. ;)

So while I laugh at myself, at least I've found the hospitality to offer up some eye and ear awesomesauce as a stopgap gesture regarding my intent to get back to heartfelt and scintillating blog posts. (source: Information Aesthetics)

::  anatomy of a mashup | Daft Punk Visualized ::

Listen. Download. 
Cameron Adams, The Man in Blue

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Work it
Make it
Do it
Makes Us


~ Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk 

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11 March 2011

earthquakes, tsunamis, catastrophe, oh my.

I am so distracted by the earthquake + tsunami in Japan. I have a friend there on business travel and can't image how the fear would be compounded by being in a foreign country away, and from your family.

For reasons unknown, this has shades of 9/11 for me in that I can't stop looking at/reading the news wires. I'm in awe of the photography shown to date. And even stumbled upon a haunting audio of the seismic waves. My heart goes out to all. The America Red Cross has set up donation relief efforts quickly. The opportunity to text a $10 donation is in place: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10

What's particularly disarming is that I have an unusual amount of friends out on business travel this week and next, both state side and international. I wish everyone safety. Come home soon! Big hug ~Joy

Safe From Harm (Perfecto Mix)
Massive Attack

Safe and Sound
Electric President


11 February 2011

A Bit o' Britt

::  B R I T I S H   G O V E R N M E N T   P O S T E R  ~  C I R C A  1939  ::

Ah, to be fourteen again.

And to be in a band. Now, that would have been sweet...

Alas, I find myself amused by living vichariously through my 14 year old niece, Britt. She's always loved music. At last count she has 3 electric guitars; a slew of amps; mics; maybe an acoustic guitar; um, two drum kits... And well-versed on all each piece of equipment. Not bad for a hobbyist, eh?

Well this hobbyist is smart and surrounded herself w/like-minded music junkies who, "...just wanna perform and have fun...". Enter, I Like It Loud, a talented trio formed while attending a music school camp in Southern Florida. Some of their fave bands are ones of pure punk goodness: Green Day, The Clash, The Ramones. They've just started playing local all-age gigs showcasing their original song, "Miss ADHD." And true to the youth of today, they have a strong grasp of the power of branding and promoting (check out their tshirts, blog, videos, facebook fan page!) As long as Britt doesn't come on stage out of an egg, I fully support my girl! 

This post is a belated 14th birthday gift dedicated to my wonderfully creative, cool, and talented niece. The playlist is long, but worth it! It contains British-inspired tunes. However, some are 100% American bands which have a europhile vibe. Some are currently on the airwaves, and other's I've loved since my college days (gasp...)

Britt, most of all, these are tunes I hope you like, and ones which might even wind up on the band's setlist someday. ;) Rock on, Rock Star! I hope year 14 is everything you want it to be! xo Aunt Joy

   The Outright Obvious

All Too Much

All Over Again

See The Sun
The Kooks

For The Girl
The Fratellis

Ruby Soho
Vampire Weekend (Rancid Cover)

   The Somewhat Obscure

Could Be Anything
The Eames Era

Percussion Gun
White Rabbits

Just Drums
Tapes N Tapes


So Far We Are
French Kicks

Oscar Wilde
Company of Thieves

   The Undeniable Classics

Do It Clean
Echo and The Bunnymen

Live Forever

It's Only Life
The Feelies

Still Ill
The Smiths

   The Heartfelt Dedication

Answer To Yourself
The Soft Pack

Let's Dance to Joy Division
The Wombats

That's Entertainment
The Jam

Age of Consent
New Order

A Girl Like You
Edwyn Collins

Ready To Start
Arcade Fire

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You got a talent don't you know?
You're more talented than you know
And you give it a shot
And give it the time
And be surprised how far it goes

~ Answer to Yourself by The Soft Pack
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27 January 2011

You: For Better. Or Worse.

::   1 0 0  T I P S  T O  I M P R O V E  Y O U R  L I F E   ::
By The99Percent.com

Okay kids, end of January is upon us. How are those 2011 resolutions holding up? One friend calls them "Jan-Febsolutions" for their actual life span, despite best intentions. He's probably right.

If you need a little spark to rekindle your new year verve, take a look 100 Tips to Improve Your Life from 99%. These aren't resolutions: not things you need to give up, but things that can enhance your life. Note, those are def two different beasts: give up vs enhance. The suggestions and links gathered by Behance, (the creators of the "Making Ideas Happen" book) are impressive and some, even realistic. One word of caution, if you aren't a Tim Ferriss fan, this list might offend you as his thumbprint is all over this list (although he has made a kettlebell believer out of me.)

I feel we are all our own worst enemies. So give yourself a break if you haven't made a dent in your resolutions (there's still 11 more months!) Take a deep breath and merely make minor adjustments along the way versus wholesale changes. Baby steps, my Friends.

This playlist is a cornucopia of tunes skewed towards our pros, our cons, and everything in between. As the saying goes, "If you don't love you, who will?". ;)

Peace ~Joy

99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)
Starting this playlist about 100 ideas from the 99% with Hugo's 99 Problems was a slam dunk. I love Jay-Z's orig tune. And I love this cover, which Jay-Z did too - he signed Hugo to his Roc Nation label.

Within Your Reach
The Replacements
Can we talk about the guitars in this song? Just crazy good. Just crazy Paul Westerberg.

No New Tale To Tell
Love 'n Rockets
Still a rockin' great tune.

How You Like Me Now
This club fave hit the motherload when Kia used it in their 2010 Super Bowl Spot: Joyride Dream.

Body of Years
Mother Mother

Don't Do It
Sharon Van Etten
Snap. She was in Columbus last week playing The Wex and I missed her... Haunting voice. And tune.

Transparency is the New Mystery
Marnie Stern
I haven't been too heavy handed w/the order of this playlist (for once) so I'm delighted these two tunes back up to one another as they are so very different. Or... are they?

Lose Big
Eef Barzelay
My love for Clem Snide is never-ending (see: Speechless or Apology Not Accepted. As such, so this tune by Eef.

My Will is Good
Port O'Brien
Observation: this band def sounds like they'd be a featured artist on Conan, don't they? Dueling O'Brien's. :)

Good Friends, Bad Habits
There are published studies by Harvard Medical School which support this theory. See Point #10 in this article. lol

Drink Drank Drunk
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
If the Harvard study above is correct, um, you might not want to share this tune w/your friends.

Cry 4 Help
Har Mar Superstar
Man, talking about "owning it"... Sean Tillmann, Har Mar Superstar creator, just puts it all out there for those to love or loathe. Me, I applaud his audacity and creativity. I liken his live show to the experience I had watching Gogol Bordello at Lolla last year: a raucous, riotous act with undeniable talent.

Dear God
If you don't know this about me yet, take note: I've unbridled enthusiasm about most things. And life, yes, it can suck. If that's the chosen lens from which you view. I say make your 2011 suck less. :) And if you're in true despair, then this last song is for you. Be well. Be happy. Be you. 

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Old soul who falls down
Can't stop tripping on these old roads I go down
Get back up and get my...

Foot in the door and my face on the page
Make my mark in the world with a bat and a blade
Just a body of work that you can't ever change
Like a body of years that you take to your grave

~Body of Years by Mother Mother 
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