The adorable Alia Shawkat stars as a girl getting over her ex-boyfriend in the music video for Friends Of Friends, the sparkling single off Brooklyn’s Hospitality 2012 self-titled album. This album was probably one of the best understated pop albums of last year, so do yourself a favour and check out Betty Wang and Eighth Avenue stat.
2013 is just hours away and I’ve been trying to come up with a top album list for 2012* these past few days, but I gave up because I just haven’t given enough albums the time and devotion it takes to name them “best of” so INSTEAD, I went the song route, because that is a safer place for me. SO, to christen the end of the year I’ve decided to bundle 12 of my favourites song and basically make myself a personal 2012 soundtrack that I hope you can enjoy as much as I have. Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!
* If I were to give you three albums that I enjoy every second of whenever I put them on I would go with: 1-Channel Orange (worth the hype– times a bajillion) 2-Happy to You and 3-Coexist.
Track Listing 01 Reunion - The xx 02 Money Trees (feat. Jay Rock) - Kendrick Lamar 03 Velvet Elvis - Alex Winston 04 Rosie Oh - Animal Collective 05 Vase - Miike Snow 06 Radio - Lana Del Rey 07 Argonauts - Hospitality 08 Half Gate - Grizzly Bear 09 Disparate Youth - Santigold 10 Ugly Needs - Miniature Tigers 11 Undone - Luke Lalonde 12 Crack Rock - Frank Ocean DOWNLOAD HERE
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a downloadable playlist, so I finally fought off my laziness long enough to put some songs together and get one up on the blog— and now I feel like I’ve had a pretty productive day and it’s only noon, which is dangerous, because I may spend the rest of the afternoon watching terrible reality TV or napping with the dog to keep me in check. It’s my day off and these are my life decisions…
Travelling has always been a pretty fun and relaxing thing for me, because you’re usually going somewhere new and exciting so it’s always worth the sore neck from awkward napping positions and germs from the recycled air, plus, making a playlist for the airport/flight just adds extra excitement to the whole process. So here are 15 songs inspired by travelling and the places that make me want to go to them, that hopefully you can enjoy next time you take off.
01 You Only Live Once - the Strokes 02 Gangster Tripping - Fatboy Slim 03 Archipelago - Miike Snow 04 Leave House - Caribou 05 Eighth Avenue - Hospitality 06 Trip - Vacationer 07 Canada vs. America - Broken Social Scene 08 Mexico - The Soft Pack 09 Verona - Geographer 08 Zimbabwe - Bob Marley 10 Paris 2004 - Peter, Bjorn & John 11 Summer - Tiger Waves 13 Desert Island - Architecture in Helsinki 14 The Harrowing Adventures Of - Tokyo Police Club 15 Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand
Here is what I’ll be listening to this long weekend, after I wake up at noon and shove my face with costco sized portions of mini-eggs. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Miike Snow feat. Lykke Li – Black Tin Box
Miike Snow’s new album Happy to You, is a must purchase/listen for me. It like the perfect medley of music/songs for the summer– I haven’t been bored with it yet since I got it and if I were introducing someone to the album for the first time I’d probably get them to listen to: Vase, Paddling Out, and Archipelago next.
Sleigh Bells - You Lost Me
My favourite on this album is You Lost Me, but I wasn’t able to find a hostable version of it– you can download it from this link and take a listen, though. This album was a little less bad ass then Treats in my opinion, but still a really good follow-up to grab if you liked their first.
Hospitality – Betty Wang
I try to be an adult, and not giggle after reading the name of this song out loud, but I’ll forever be an adult-child and I’m okay with that. This is another newer album I’ve been listening to a lot and really like. Another favourite on the album (Katie played it on her show before) is Friends of Friends:
Hot Sugar – The Seagull
Warning: this is instrumental — but you can check out the entire album from the player– more music to add to my Summer Jam 2012 mix.
Wise Blood - to all the girls who have trusted me
One of the strangest videos, just saying.
I’ve also been listening to a lot of Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys since seeing them at the ACC — not usually my favourite concert venue– but we had GA tickets and had spots so close to the stage I could have backhandedly brushed Dan Auerbach’s beard if I wanted to. One of the best concerts I’ve been to in a while, so the afterglow hasn’t worn off and both bands have been in heavy rotation. Click HERE and HERE for my favourites to listen to right now from each band.