Happy New Year!

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.  

2012 FAVOURITES

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

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Some Music for the World Traveller

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.

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Track Listing:
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

Another TGIF Playlist: Music for the Long Weekend!

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.

GenerationalsU Say It 2

A really upbeat and sweet song– good album too, and you can download the band’s free EP, Medium Rarities here if you want to hear more.

Miike Snow feat. Lykke LiBlack 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.

HospitalityBetty 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 SugarThe 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.

Awake at Midnight – Mixtape

This is the playlist that made itself.

I listen to this mix and it takes me somewhere far away, where the months fly from February to April, skipping over slushy March entirely.

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1. Free My Mind (RAC Remix) – Katie Herzig
2. Sitting – White Denim
3. Neighbor Crimes – Capybara
4. The Sun – SURES
5. Brand New Start – Concrete Knives
6. Paddling Out – Miike Snow
7. In Decay – Phedre
8. My Better Self – Tennis
9. Breathing Out – Doveman
10. Unless You Speak From Your Heart – Porcelain Raft
11. Stones In The Attic – Mr. Little Jeans
12. You Need Me On My Own – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
13. Sweet Cheeks – Digital Leather
14. Top Bunk – Gauntlet Hair
15. Little By Little (Caribou Remix) – Radiohead

Love,

Katie

Download: The August Playlist! 

August is one of my favourite months. Not because of the warm weather–even thought that is pretty awesome.  Not because it means a break/vacation from school–school’s for fools kids, and not because of my birthday… Gotcha — that is exactly why I love August… I know some people try to ignore their birthday, but clearly I am not that type of person (who passes up a guiltless excuse to eat cake?).  I also know I’m late with this playlist and that August is almost at its halfway mark, but better late than never I hope.

I took a nostalgic route to this months mix, as usual.  Most of the songs remind me of my month abroad.  Regardless, I hope you like the medley of Avi Buffalo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Broken Social Scene, and Talking Heads to round off the month with. Enjoy!

Track Listing:
01 Favourite Food - Tokyo Police Club
 02 Truth Sets In - Avi Buffalo
 03 The Golden Age - The Asteroid Galaxy Tour
 04 7/4 (Shoreline) - Broken Social Scene
 05 Staring at the Sun - Tv on the Radio
 06 Each Year - Ra Ra Riot
 07 Black & Blue - Miike Snow
 08 I've Got Some Friends - Akron/Family
 09 The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
 10 Thank You For Sending Me - Talking Heads
 11 Your Own Religion - TV Girl
 12 Outlaw - Triptides
 13 After Hours - We are Scientists
 14 Kid A (cover) - John Mayer
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