The Books of 2012.

>> Saturday, December 29, 2012

I read a shitload in 2012. 75 books to be exact. More than I've read in the last 5 years combined probably. And if you know me, you know I tracked the hell out of that noise. So, without further delay, here are all the books I read in 2012, in order of awesomeness. Books 1-5 are all-timers, heartbreakers, gut-wrenchers, tear-jerkers, soul-stiffeners and all around masterpieces. And should be read by everyone with at least one eye.

**Note, this is not a list of books released in 2012. Just books read by Addi in 2012.
  1. Looking for Alaska by Green, John
  2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Asher, Jay 
  3. Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1) by Maberry, Jonathan 
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by Green, John
  5. Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Grant, Mira
  6. Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Cashore, Kristin
  7. Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2) by Grant, Mira
  8. Poison Study (Study, #1) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  9. Dust and Decay (Benny Imura, #2) by Maberry, Jonathan 
  10. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro, Kazuo
  11. Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3) by Grant, Mira
  12. The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lowry, Lois
  13. Before I Fall by Oliver, Lauren 
  14. The Book Thief by Zusak, Markus 
  15. Flesh and Bone (Benny Imura, #3) by Maberry, Jonathan 
  16. Fire Study (Study, #3) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  17. Magic Study (Study, #2) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  18. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Taylor, Laini 
  19. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Blake, Kendare 
  20. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Cashore, Kristin
  21. Storm Glass (Glass, #1) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  22. Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Oliver, Lauren 
  23. Spy Glass (Glass, #3) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  24. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) by Taylor, Laini 
  25. Starters (Starters and Enders, #1) by Price, Lissa 
  26. Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Blake, Kendare 
  27. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Clare, Cassandra 
  28. Messenger (The Giver, #3) by Lowry, Lois
  29. Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  30. Hunger (Gone, #2) by Grant, Michael 
  31. Lies (Gone, #3) by Grant, Michael 
  32. Plague (Gone, #4) by Grant, Michael 
  33. Fear (Gone, #5) by Grant, Michael 
  34. The Dead (The Enemy #2) by Higson, Charlie
  35. Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2) by Lowry, Lois
  36. The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5) by Dashner, James 
  37. Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Oliver, Lauren 
  38. Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  39. In The Land Of The Dead (Benny Imura, #1.5) by Maberry, Jonathan 
  40. The Fear (The Enemy #3) by Higson, Charlie
  41. Son (The Giver, #4) by Lowry, Lois
  42. 1.4 (Point 4, #2) by Lancaster, Mike A. 
  43. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Collins, Suzanne (reread)
  44. Sea Glass (Glass, #2) by Snyder, Maria V. 
  45. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Clare, Cassandra 
  46. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Clare, Cassandra 
  47. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Clare, Cassandra 
  48. Unwind (Unwind, #1) by Shusterman, Neal 
  49. Outpost (Razorland, #2) by Aguirre, Ann 
  50. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Clare, Cassandra 
  51. Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Aguirre, Ann 
  52. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by King, A.S. 
  53. Feedback (Variant, #2) by Wells, Robison 
  54. Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) by Cashore, Kristin
  55. Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Roth, Veronica 
  56. Gone (Gone, #1) by Grant, Michael 
  57. Eden (Eden, #1) by Taylor, Keary 
  58. Hate List by Brown, Jennifer
  59. Countdown (Newsflesh Trilogy #0.5) by Grant, Mira
  60. Human.4 (Point 4, #1) by Lancaster, Mike A. 
  61. Breathe (Breathe, #1) by Crossan, Sarah 
  62. UnWholly (Unwind, #2) by Shusterman, Neal 
  63. The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3) by Lore, Pittacus
  64. Variant (Variant, #1) by Wells, Robison 
  65. Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Evans, Richard Paul
  66. The Academie (Academie, #1) by Joy, Amy 
  67. Reached (Matched, #3) by Condie, Ally
  68. BZRK (BZRK, #1) by Grant, Michael 
  69. First Night Memories (Benny Imura, #0.5) by Maberry, Jonathan 
  70. Be More Chill by Vizzini, Ned 
  71. The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5) by Ness, Patrick
  72. Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
  73. Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) by Laybourne, Emmy 
  74. Hana (Delirium, #1.5) by Oliver, Lauren 
  75. Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Robbins, Tom

Best of 2012: Albums & EP's

I know its been a long time. And you have my apologies. I will explain what is going on with the blog in an upcoming post in the next week or so. But, as promised, here are my favorite records of 2012. I'm not able to go into as much depth as in years past, so, this is it. No best songs/album covers/cover songs/or worst records this year, again, I'm sorry.

Now, onto the goodstuff. This year was a tough year for me musically. Nothing, outside of maybe 3-5 albums really stuck with me, so putting together this list was a real challenge, probably the hardest year-end list in my 5 years to date. But, I think, I did it. Keep in mind that the top five records are all timers. Records that will never leave my rotation. I hope you enjoy.

1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers 

This is hands down, my favorite record of the year. Solid from beginning to end without a skipper.


2. Zach Fleury – Be Still, Neverland, Egypt (also my favorite album cover of 2012)
This is the closest that any record came from upsetting The Lumineers from the top spot. And if this record had another month of spins, it just might have done it.


3. Ambassadors - Litost 
The out of nowhere record of the year. I love just about every track. In another year, without Zach and The Lumineers, this would easily claim the top spot.


4. Ingrid Michaelson – Human Again 
I didn't want to like this record. I have never considered myself an Ingrid fan. I always considered her a cutsie pop folk one hit wonder. But damn, I was wrong. There is so much depth in this album, so much heart and break. It was my surprise record of the year, maybe decade.


5. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist 
When I started writing this list a month ago, this was number 11. This is the first record of this year that has gotten better the more I have listened to it. I do not know if that is more about the lack of quality of this year over all, or the immense talents of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. I vote for the latter.


6. fun. – Some Nights
 Yeah yeah yeah. This album is overplayed and whatnot, but damn, it is good. If you know me, you might be shocked about their inclusion on this countdown. Yes, it’s true that I generally rebel when my favorite indie artist make it huge, but, I cannot help but love this album and forgive all of you for finally catching on.


7. FM Radio – Out Of The Blue 
Oh, now this is just my speed. I have been a fan of Schuyler Fisk since her debut album “The Good Stuff” came out in 2009. But this duet project with Tim Myers outpaces her previous efforts by tenfold. And considering how good her two solo releases were, that says a hell of a lot.


8. Good Old War – Come Back As Rain 
Those who know me, and read this blog, know how I feel about familial harmonies. If you don’t know, you should figure out that I love them. No amount of practice can replace how naturally voices of a shared gene pool layer together. This record soars.


9. Delta Rae – Carry The Fire 
Damn. I didn’t want to like this band. They were kinda thrust upon me on youtube. “If you like blah blah blah, you’ll like Delta Rae…” under every video. But, I gave in, and damn, this record, although occasionally a bit too country/poprockish, is so solidly written and sung, it cannot be ignored. Also, their song "If I Loved You" kills me every time, in the best possible way. (fuck this medley blows me away every time)


10. Tim Myers – Technicolor 
A ruckus riot of a record. Played loud and often.


11. Lemolo – The Kaleidoscope 
An overly mellow, and stunningly beautiful record. Although, I feel the ladies soar their best when the pace quickens, as in the latter half of “We Felt The Fall” that does not mean their record is not a win. It is a solid, long awaited debut for this local duo.


12. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
Some records stick to your ribs and force you to fall in love with them. I was resistant to this record from day one. I was so head over for the first record that I braced myself for disappointment on the second, and nearly talked myself into it. But, this heart of this record won out.


13. Gentleman Jesse – Leaving Atlanta 
This record is the truest rock record I have heard in years. Feels like a honest, heart of 80’s garage punk rock around. So natural and right sounding.


Top 3 EP's of 2012

1. The Native Sibling - Water Too Deed, Words Too Shallow
Far and away the best EP of the year, if the was a full length, it would be top 5 for sure. I urge you to listen and keep track of this duo as the grow in the future. Big things.


2. Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn - Pieces We Are
Kris has been around for sometime now. I have heard him, seen him in concert, and frankly been unimpressed. Now, that sounds harsh, but until this record, he didn't give me reason to take notice. This is a huge step forward for this cat, and hopefully more will come.


3. K’naan - More Beautiful Than Silence
At first I was sad that this was not a full length, as I was so supremely impressed with this two previous releases, and although this was good, it was not on the same level as the others. I hope he is saving the great songs for his next full record.

Update

>> Monday, November 26, 2012

I am busy working on the best albums of 2012. It will not be as in depth as in years past, and I apologize. But, to answer the handful of questions, yes, it is coming.

-Addi

Song of the Day: "Here I Am" by Impossible Bird

>> Friday, September 28, 2012

Impossible Bird escaped me. It was not until a lovely reader commented on our facebook page that I was lucky enough to hear this enchanting duo. As much as I try to keep my feelers out there on the local music scene, there are bound to be those I miss out on. But, I am stoked that Impossible Bird is no longer one of those bands I was missing out on. This record, and this song especially is choice. This duo is an uncomplicated force to be reckoned with. Simple beauty does not need complication to stand out.

Please, if you have a favorite band that I have missed. Local (Pacific NW) or otherwise, please let us know here, or on our Facebook page. Although, we hate to admit it, we cannot be all knowing.

"Here I Am" by Impossible Bird

Songs of the Day: "Morning Comes," "If I Loved You," "Is There Anyone Out There," and "Bottom of the River" Medley by Delta Rae

>> Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Here is a fun little thing. I love this video. It is the prefect way for me to introduce you to my favorite new band. Delta Rae. This is a 4 song medley of their material. It gives you a great taste for their diverse and beautiful sound. I have never seen a band with so many lead singers. Capable leads at that. I know they are a little more country than I generally lean, but quality is quality. Give them a taste.

"Morning Comes," "If I Loved You," "Is There Anyone Out There," and "Bottom of the River" Medley by Delta Rae

Song of the Day: "Out On The Town" by fun.

>> Thursday, September 20, 2012

OK, I'll admit it, this record is winning me over, majorly. I've been a (huge) fan of fun. since they were just a whisper of a band after The Format ended. I heard rumors of  members of The Format and Steel Train coming together to form a lowercased, punctuated indie supergroup. And jumped on board right away. And their first record killed me. My favorite record 2009, and one of my favorites of the decade. But, this album took a while to catch with me. I think because of how big Aim & Ignite was in my life, it was hard to let that record go to embrace this one. But, apparently, I am over that. Slowly but surely, this record climbed to the top of my rotation.
This is a bonus track, and it is one of my favorites. Enjoy.

"Out On The Town" by fun. 

Song of the Day: "I Found You" by Alabama Shakes

>> Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I know, I know, I know. Every blog and their mother has talked to this band this year. And I tend to avoid bandwagons. But this band, and this album, and this song especially merit individual notice. In simpler terms, this shit right here is fantastic.

"I Found You" by Alabama Shakes

Shit I Like vol 3.

>> Friday, September 7, 2012

Here is some more shit I like right now.

1. This Carson Henley song. 
Damn. This song breaks me. How Carson is not the biggest name out there right now leaves me dumbfounded. I know, I'm often early to the party, but it's time to get this Henley hoopla going people.
"Leave This Mess" - Carson Henley


2. Slow Club music videos that don't feature the band at all.  
Have you ever wanted to see what a butter beer binger looks like? Here is your chance.
"Beginners"

This is one of my favorite songs, and videos ever. Ever.
Giving Up On Love"


3. Perks of Being A Wallflower Trailer
I don't think this needs words.


4. Creamy Pesto Gnocchi
I had this for dinner. My last dinner before Weight Watchers officially starts. It was very yummy. But, I am going to be a handsome man soon.


Song of the Night: "Don't Forget Me" by Le Wrens

>> Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I realize I just wrote a song of the day, but by doing so I realized something.

This, what you are reading right now, is our 700th post here at Listologies. Not a number to celebrate, but it is pretty rad/sad to sit back and realize how much time I have probably spent sitting here, putting my shit out there, and actually having you all read it. So, thanks.

To celebrate this mini milestone I am going to share with you the second Le Wrens song that left me physically affected in the past week. Now, the entire Gundersen clan has talent just falling out of them individually  but this Gundersen Grouping comes together is such a beautifully graceful and dynamic way. Le Wrens is like the tide, natural, yet immensely powerful. Craveable heartbreak.  I do not know that I love a band more RIGHT now, then I do here.

 "Don't Forget Me" by Le Wrens

Song of the Day: "Lately (I've Been On My Back)" by BOAT

Between Stevie and I, we have probably shared this song, or a version of, 7-31 times. It is, and has been one of our favorites to come out of the NW. And, today just seems like a BOAT day. Enjoy.

"Lately (I've Been On My Back)" by BOAT

Song of the Day: "How We Love" by Ingrid Michaelson

>> Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Who knew Ingrid Michaelson could pull this record off? I didn't that's for sure. I only picked this up during a half asleep middle of the night buying spree. I didn't even remember it until it shuffled on while driving to work the next morning. But, wow. This record is spectacular. Seriously, she is one of the strongest song writers out there currently. This is the surprise album of the year. Almost a surefire lock for top 13.
I wrote that on my Up and Coming Music list back in March. And it still holds true. In fact, this is one of the very few albums I picked up early in the year that I still love and play often. I never used to count myself a fan of Ingird, sure, I like her quirk, and I found value in her song writing ability, but never saw much past that. Until now. This record is so deep and choice. It overflows with such high quality that other records would kill for. 

"How We Love" by Ingrid Michaelson

Listologies Nominated!!!

>> Monday, September 3, 2012

So, I makes me really proud to write this. We, at Listologies were nominated by King 5 for the Best of Western Washington annual poll under their Best Music Blog. This is crazy news. Last year, we were included in the list, but as a write-in vote. And we finished in the top 20 thanks to all of you lovely people. But this year, we didn't even have to do a write in nomination. How f'n cool is that!!??!

Anyways, I am not going to urge random visitors to vote for us. But, if you are here, and you honestly like what you see, we would be eternally grateful to have your vote. We are currently sitting in the number one spot on the leader-board, but our lead is quickly shrinking.

Please vote here. It's really easy, you can log in with Facebook or Twitter. And if you do choose to vote, share the link and encourage others if you feel so inclined.



Song of the Day: "Love is a Mocker" by The BGP

If you read/watch this site, you will know by now that we have an affinity towards The BGP. We have for a while. And with the sounds they are making now, it is sure to continue in the future. It baffles me, blows my mind even, that The BGP are not the biggest thing on the scene right now. I know they have their fans, count me among them, but, no where near what they deserve. Hopefully with they new songs they are dropping this year, that will all change.

This track, live at The Triple Door, really shows the heart and soul of their sound.

"Love is a Mocker" by The BGP

Shit I Like vol. 2

>> Sunday, September 2, 2012

Here is some more shit I like right now.

1. The Native Sibling - The Tinderbox Sessions. 
The Native Sibling are my preemptive favorite band. Luckily the band has been kind enough to share some of their sounds with me, and I am in love. But, those noises are not out there for all to enjoy just yet, so I cannot declare them my favorite band. See how that works. But, luckily for all you of, they just released a two track EP called The Tinderbox Sessions that you can get at their bandcamp page for only a buck-ninety-nine.
Or, if you are lazy, you can watch the videos of the songs right here and swoon.

"Weather Veins" - The Native Sibling


"Save Home" - The Native Sibling


2. "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
I have never loved and hated a book so much at the same time as I did while reading Jay Asher's "Thirteen Reasons Why" This book ruined my week, in the best way possible. It cuts deep, but is so beautifully written that you pride the incisions it gives you. It literally took me a week to recover and pick up a new book. It was that impactful. It is not a book for everyone, but it should be. I hate/thank Stevie for recommending it to me.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
3. Goodreads.com
Looking at my webtraffic, when taking into account my iPhone, it goes something like this: Gmail, Facebook, Goodreads, Youtube, Blog.
Yeah, Goodreads is right up there in the top 3. I mean I know I go there a lot, but I never realized it was that much. Goodreads is a social networking site for book lovers. Goodreads is the largest site in the world for readers, and now the 10th largest social networking site on the web. I am what some call and avid reader, and this is what I call home.


Song of the Day: "Caleb" by Le Wrens

I posted this on our Listologies Facebook page late last night. And sometimes I fall in love with a song while half asleep and wake up the next morning, listen, and think, WTF Addi? It's like a really bad musical one night stand. That, however, is not the case with this Le Wrens track. I want to make this song my girlfriend.
Seriously, this song is so beautiful, heartbreaking, and jarringly real feeling. I love it. And this might be my favorite live shoot of the year. Eratosthenes is the bees knees of videographers. Check out all the Ballard Sessions here.

"Caleb" by Le Wrens


Shit I Like, Vol. 1

>> Saturday, September 1, 2012

This is where I am going to share my varied opinions on shit I like.

Shit I like #1: John Green
I read a lot, (54 books so far this year) and lately, one author has really stood out to me. John Green. If you have not read "Looking For Alaska" or "The Fault In Our Stars" read them now, but bring tissues. LFA moved quickly into my top 3 books of all time, and that is a hard bunch to get into, and TFIOS has cemented itself into my top 20, but is growing on me more and more as I look back on it. I don't know if you use Goodreads, you should you know, but for any author to have 1 book with a 4-star or higher rating is very rare, John Green has 4.

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


Shit I like #2: Hit and Run

Ok, from this trailer, you're probably like "what the hell Addi?!" and rightfully so. The trailer does the movie no justice. I went and saw this last night as a, lets-just-go-and-see-whats-playing kinda thing, and walked out thoroughly impressed. The car scenes, rad. The action scenes, rad. The comedy, pretty rad. And the chemistry between Dax and Kristen, super rad and believable. Also, I love her. 

Shit I like #3: The 90's

Right now, for whatever stupid reason, I am stuck on the nineties. I keep going back in my iPod and pulling out 3eb, the eels, live, the refreshments, tonic and new radicals. I know, random assortment of bands. I also keep wanting to wear my flannel shirts and listed to 107.7 the end. Something is wrong, but also so right. 





Up and Coming Music List 2012. Updated 9/1/12

***I apologize, this is a series, that for the last 3 years, I have kept up with on about a 3 month regular basis, and it has been one of my most popular, but this year got away from me. I'm sorry. I guess I am just not finding much music to love this year (outside of a very strong handful). But, the year is not over. So, here we go.

Inspired by Stevie's Up And Coming Book List, I am going to start the same thing with my music purchased for the year. I found this to be really useful in both 2010 & 2011, that I am now completely reliant on it for 2012.

My favorite blog to write is my year end music review. And it be honest, I start it in January of each year. I start collecting music as soon as possible, and use a smart playlist to amass them all in one place for easy listening and examining.

Below you will see a quick list of the albums I have picked up so far this year (October 2011 - Current).  I will try to update them every couple months or so. If I have an opinion of the record, will post a quick note, but keep in mind, I may change mine. I realize this list can get exceptionally long by the end of the year, and I appreciate you reading it. Thanks. I hope it serves you in expanding your 2012 music collection.

I have included YouTube links this year. Just click on the name of the artist to hear a sample song from the mentioned album.

Items added since last posting in March will be marked with an *. New opinions on original entries will be posted in GREEN.

*Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
This is what I like to refer to as a blog band. Every person with a music centric blog, like myself, has collectively made this band the 2012 indie darlings. And, and I hate to say, it is deserved. This is a solid, but unspectacular record with a strong and unique voice. Currently just sitting inside the fringes of my top 13.

*Alex Clare - The Lateness of the Hour
This is that guy who does that one song that you hate to admit you love. I just wish he was a whole record worthy. But as it sits, right now, he is a one song wonder in my opinion. Sorry Auttie.

*Allo, Darlin' - Europe
Been a fan since their self titled album came out in 2010, and this is much like that. The band has not grown, but polished. Strong, yet unremarkable album.

*Ambassadors - Litost
This shit right here is the shit. If I were to write my top 13 today, this record here would co-claim king of the hill (more of that later). Not since The Temper Trap's conditions came out in 2009 have I been this excited about a record.

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
I have been told for years that I need to get into Andrew Bird. That he is right up my alley. But I hate taking music advice from people, so I rarely give in. But this year, after hearing a snippet of Danse Caribe I decided to take the chance, and so far, so good. Musically it is very strong. But no song has swept me away... yet. Still.

Ben Kweller - Go Fly A Kite
One of my favorite records of 2012. Ben Kweller has taken a huge creative step, Songs like Gossip and Full Circle shine bright while nothing else on the album dims. Solid solid works. Strong contender for the end of the year top 13. This has fallen off hugely for me. I wish it hadn't, but I have grown tired of it. 

The Black Keys - El Camino
This record came out in late 2011, and it raced up many of the best albums of 2011 lists. Which, in my opinion is very short sighted. You cannot truly examine a record in less than a month and determine its merit. The record is not bad, but it cannot hold a candle to their 2010 release "Brothers." I cannot seem to find the soul of this record. 

*Carson Henley - 100 Hours
Now this record shows its soul in the first 8 bars. If you don't know about the 100 Hours project, you are missing out on something truly special. And it's a project that finally helped Carson find his balance on that line of soul and truth that all musicians try to reach. This music lives. It breathes, it aches and pains, it loves and breaks. This record is something I was missing.

Casiokids - Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
Some songs drive me up the flucking wall, some songs I crank up.

Chairlift - Something
Chairlift. What I say about Chairlift. Chairlift is like shaved ice on a really hot day. Really satisfying, but not filling. And I don't mean that as a slight.

Choir Of Young Believers - Rhine Gold
I just got this today. But I could not be more excited. Their 2009 release took over my life. This was number 10 on my 12 in 2012: Most Anticipated Albums list, and I cannot wait to dive in to it. Dove in and was disappointed by its tepidness. 

*Clock Opera - Ways To Forget
This band put out one of my all time favorite songs last year. So I was really excited for the record. And although it could not possibly live up to my crazy expectations, it has not disappointed either.

Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
Damien Jurado is a NW product, and the pride of the indie Seattle music scene. And rightfully so. Up until recently, I didn't "get it" with him. But, after seeing him live a few times, it sank in. His newest album, Maraqopa, is his best. He, somehow, after being on the scene since the 90's, is still finding a way to grow.

Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
This album has me torn. They do not do anything special or different on the scene, but they do it well. Songs like California and Otherside really stand out.

Dia Frampton - Red
This record, from the runner up of the Voice last year, took me by surprise. I expected to find it chalk full of canned pop songs with an indie edge, but thankfully, I was wrong. The depth and subtle touch on this record is uncannily strong for a major label debut. Although, I do not dislike it, I keep finding myself skipping tracks when they come on. Hmmm

*Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
I want to like this band. I really do. But I just can't. Someone explain the appeal to me.

Drake - Take Care
This record has fallen off for me since I got it in late 2011. I loved it first, but now I find it to be a bit shallow and one note. That one note is great, but to stretch it to 19 tracks gets a little tired. Bored.

Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
It's like if you took southern cali beach rock and shoved them into a garage. And it works, one of my dark horse favorites of 2012. Fallen off tons.

*Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
Yes please.

*Electric Guest - Mondo
Makes me wanna dance. Which is a mistake.

*Eric Hutchinson - Moving Up Living Down
I have a soft spot for singer song writers. This should be well known by now. But, singer song writers have been stupid and disappointing lately, except for Eric Hutchinson. His record, not only follows up his strong debut, but out shines it. One of my easy favorites.

*Fanfarlo - Rooms Filled With Light
Some bands don't need growth to prosper, Allo, Darlin' is the perfect example, but some bands fall stale so quickly that without growth you find disappointment. Fanfarlo is sadly the perfect example of that.

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
Officially has front runner status. One of the best records of 2012, First Aid Kit has found their maturity without losing what made them special. Still the best two part harmonies I have heard in the last 5 years. Has lost front runner status, has lost all status. 

*FM Radio - Out of the Blue
This little duo rocked my 2011 with one track. And thank got they didn't disappoint with their full length. One of my favorite records of the year, easily.

*Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
I can't help but wish this album was more. Not longer, or more tracks, but just more. It's hard to put in words. You feel like this record is superficial, and does not delve deep enough to matter.

fun. - Some Nights
I can't make up my mind here. Their 2009 release "Aim & Ignite" has become one of my all time favorite albums, so I am having to overcome my own expectations to give this record a fair shake. I can tell you this, Why Am I The One and Some Nights Intro are easily two of my favorite tracks of the year. I give in. This album is great. 

*Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta
A fantastic ruckus of a record.

*Glen Hansard - Rhythm and Repose
Glen Hansard does not take any changes on this record. Glen Hansard does not tread any new paths. But Glen Hansard does not have too. Fuck, he just does his shit, and does it well.

*Gold Motel - Gold Motel
Not what I was hoping for from them, but not bad. I love her voice.

Good Old War - Come Back As Rain
You know how I said that First Aid Kit has the best 2 part harmonies? Good Old War is right up there in the 3 part harmonies race. This record has an earnestness that has been missing from music since The Tallest Man On Earth last released a record. I am in love with this record. STILL.

Gotye - Making Mirrors
I wanted to hate this record. Somebody That I Used To Know is everywhere, and as great as that song is, and it is fucking great, its overabundance is rather annoying. But, so far, this album is more good than bad, although there are a few songs that miss the mark, the ones that hit are pretty special.

Ingrid Michaelson - Human Again
Who knew Ingrid Michaelson could pull this record off? I didn't that's for sure. I only picked this up during a half asleep middle of the night buying spree. I didn't even remember it until it shuffled on while driving to work the next morning. But, wow. This record is spectacular. Seriously, she is one of the strongest song writers out there currently. This is the surprise album of the year. Almost a surefire lock for top 13. Lock for top half of the list.

*J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
I don't know if I truly like this record or if I am a fan of the novelty of it.

Jennifer O'Connor - I Want What You Want
Quiet grace and beauty. This record begs to be played. Give it a chance.

*Jason Mraz - Love is a Four Letter Word
I never thought I would complain about this on a record, but, Jason Mraz is too fucking optimistic for me. This record is so sugary sweet, hope and love and bunnies it is tiresome after one listen. It's a record for hospice care, not for the general public.

Josh Ritter - Bringing In the Darlings
I just picked this up. Too early to judge. Unremarkable.

Julia Stone - Let's Forget All The Things That We Say
Julia Stone needs to stick with Angus. There is nothing wrong with this record, and I bet that if this was the only album she had put out, and if Angus and Julia Stone didn't exist, I would probably love this, but knowing what I know, and knowing how great she can be, this just falls short.

K'naan - More Beautiful Than Silence
Strong, but short. Come on K'naan, give me more that 5 tracks, I've been waiting 3 years already. But, still, K'naan is the man.

Katie Herzig - The Waking Sleep
I like this record a lot. I has a unique perspective, but does not feel off-putting of non fans.

*Kyler England - Electric Hum
Some of you will wag your finger at me for this, but I love this record. It has so much drive and heart that it is hard not too. Yes, it is rather poppy for fans of this blog, but quality is quality.

*Lemolo - The Kaleidoscope
Best NW release of the year, and its not even close. This record, released this summer, is only getting better as the days get shorter and fall rolls in. It is a winter record.

Los Camesinos! - Hello Sadness
Disappointing. I am not sure if it is the changing members, or the turn in the writing, but nothing has caught up with that debut record. A couple of tracks have started to stand out. But it does not make up for the shortcomings of the whole album. 

Lost In The Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs
Just got it. Too early to judge. Unremarkable.

*The Lumineers - The Lumineers
I mentioned co-king of the hill earlier when I was talking about Ambassadors, this is the other half of the co. This record just gets me. I play it more than any other, and I play it loud.

*M. Ward - A Wastland Companion
I want to love this album, and when I sit and down and listen to it independently, I really feel it, but as soon as it's over, I forget all about it.

Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Nada Surf is still out there making tunes. I was not surprised to find this out, but I was surprised to actually like the music. And it's not at all like I remembered it being in the 90's. Yeah, it's standard alt rock, but the writing is strong, the musicality is solid, and it is a very decent record.

*Niki and the Dove - Instinct
I love me some Niki and the Dove. I have since their first record dropped into my inbox from the Moshi Moshi membership. And they have yet to let me down. Not for everyone.

Of Monsters And Men - Into The Woods
This album is a beautiful mess. Little Talks & Love Love Love are special special songs, but the other two on the EP miss the mark. That is only a 50% success rate. However, considering how great the two successful songs actually are, I still call this one a win.

*Passion Pit - Gossamer
I forgot this was released until this week, and just picked it up. So far I like it, but don't love it. It could go either way.

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
I have only spun through this whole record once, so I am not comfortable putting words down on it yet. But so far I really like it.

Real Estate - Days
Another late 2011 release that ended up on a bunch of best of lists, but this one I can agree with. It is not a unique perspective on rock and roll, but it is a strong outing that does not have any missteps.

*Rebecca Ferguson - Heaven
Take Norah Jones and Adele, squish them together and you end up with Rebecca Ferguson, and its grand. I LOVE her voice. But I am not sure that makes up for a lackluster song selection.

*Right Away, Great Captain! - The Church of the Good Thief
Officially the most disappointing record of the year. But I think that's my fault. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the first two releases by this Andy Hull side project so much, that I put everything into it being spectacular. And I think it is. But, I am not the same guy I was when I first found RAGC, so it does not resonate with me as it should.

The Roots - Undun
Good but not great.

Samantha Crain - A Simple Jungle
I love Samantha Crain. She could release a track of her sneezing into a microphone and I would probably buy it. But, with that said, objectivity, this is a great EP, I cannot wait to find out what she has in store for her next full length.

School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory
I bought this because I liked the name of the album. "Ghostory." And the driving airy electrop pop rock jarred me. Actually jarred me. I was all like "WTF music!?" and I have been a fan ever since. But, it has not moved past that initial burst of like into need. 

Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
Still trying to figure out the big deal.

*The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
Like Glen Hansard, he does not need to change to grow. It's a lot of the same, but for once that is not a bad thing.

*The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap
Looks like Conditions was an anomaly. Not that the entire album is crap, but it does not hold a candle to it predecessor.

Tim Myers - Technicolor
One half of FM Radio, who is putting out an album shorting, Tim Myers is a bad ass. This record, and the subsequent stuff he is doing along with Schuyler Fisk for FM Radio is killer. This album has quickly become one of my favorites. I have some concerns about its longevity, but for now, hell yes!

*Tom Williams & The Boat - Teenage Blood
I forgot I had this, it's on my computer, but never made the move to my iPod where it should be. So I have no opinion formed yet. But from the song linked above, I kinda like it.

*Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites
Yes and no.

*Walk The Moon - Walk The Moon
I think I like Walk The Moon. I really think I like Walk The Moon. They are more than Anna Sun.

*The Wave Pictures - Long Black Cars
Unremarkable.

White Rabbits - Milk Famous
Too new to judge, but excited to get started. I have judged and have found it leave me wanting more, which is never a good sign. 

Xiu Xiu - Always
I dislike this greatly.

*Yeasayer - Fragrant World
Just picket it up. No opinion yet.

Zola Jesus - Conatus
Even though it was released late in 2011, This is right up there with First Aid Kit as the early front runner for the record of the year. I cannot get the album out of my head.

Song of the Day: "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" by New Radicals

>> Friday, August 31, 2012

So, I'm back, and I'm serious this time. It took me forever to find the right song to state how it feels to rejoin the blogging world, so I just decided to say fuck it and go with a song with my favorite opening line of all time. "Make my nipples hard. Let's go!"

"Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" by New Radicals


As a special little inside glimpse of Addi, know that this track is taken from my second favorite album of all time. Now you know.

Song of the Day: "Daydreaming" by Tess Henley

>> Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Guess who's back bitches?! I'm sorry, that's rude. But I'm damn excited, I finally got the olly olly oxen free from the doctor to remove my stupid wrist brace and return to my normal, blog lovin life.

With that. I am excited to share with you a fantastic little diddy from the overly talented Henley family.

I had the hardest time not posting this one handed in last two weeks, but one handed does not do Tess Henely justice. And I just realized how wrong that sounds. Not gonna change it. This song was sent over by my favorite artists rep who has yet let me down with the sounds she shares.

Tess is working hard and finishing up her new album, and if this song is at all representative of whats to come, it should skyrocket her into stardom. The soundscape is perfectly set up for her right now, and I have little doubt that she will make her mark. Soon, Carson and Tess will take over the world, soul by soul.

"Daydreaming" by Tess Henley

Day 3: Song That Makes You Happy: "Caroline" by Noah Gundersen

>> Saturday, July 14, 2012

The 30 Day Song Challenge continues onto day 3. Song That Makes You Happy.

There is not another song, especially this version from ThisCityRocks, that puts a bigger smile on my face. 1 because I was there for this show, and 2, because, just fucking listen.

Day 3: Song That Makes You Happy: "Caroline" by Noah Gundersen filmed at The Big House Ballard.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 2: Your Least Favorite Song: "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

>> Friday, July 13, 2012

Yeah, I didn't give up on this one yet. Here is day 2 of the 30 day song challenge, Your Least Favorite Song.
This one was hard as I avoid listening to crap, but once I really cleared my mind and asked myself "self, what sucks the hardest?" it was easy. It's this crap.

"Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 1: Your Favorite Song(s)

>> Thursday, July 12, 2012

So, on my personal Facebook account, I have just started the 30 Day Song Challenge, and I thought it would be fun to share the daily activities here as well. Not to mention a cheap and easy way to do songs of the day.
So, Day 1 is Your favorite song. Knowing me, I could not pick one. At first, I couldn't pick 4, but, after lots of thinking and hemming and hawing, I got it down to two songs and called it good.

And away we go....

Day 1. Song 1A.
"Need Your Love So Bad" by Little Willie John


Day 1. Song 1B
"Creep" (Acoustic) by Radiohead

Song of the Day: "Stones" by Lynx

>> Sunday, July 8, 2012

On a rare occasion, I outsource my creativity.
I do not do this often, mainly, because I rock. But everynowandthen, I realize that a fresh pair may share something I never would have found.
A few days ago, I asked a new friend of mine, (I will call her NayNay for now, since I didn't get her permission to use her real name) if she could help me pick out the weekend edition Song of the Day. She is one of our favorite readers, and we have chatted music here and there, so I know a couple things. Her tastes do not suck, and she knows what we do around here. So, I was confident she would not let me down. And, guess what, she exceeded all my expectations, and kinda blew me away.
It is very uncommon for someone to be all like "hey, you should listen to this band, you would like them" and actually provide me with someone I haven't heard of. Yet alone two. It is exceedingly unheard of for me to actually like what they shared. Well, that is what happened here. NayNay brought me a selection of 4 songs, 3 of which I loved, and 2 of those 3 were from bands I had never even heard of, 1 of those 2 is shared below. Yeah. That just happened.

Two things about this song/video. One, it's beautifully shot/filmed. Two, the song just gets into you. It makes you crave more. I know I do.

"Stones" by Lynx

Song of the Day: "I Can Lift A Car" by Walk The Moon

>> Friday, July 6, 2012

So, here it is, the song you have all been dying to hear. Only, you didn't quite know it yet. Walk The Moon is a band that I first kinda liked back in 2010 when they released their debut full length "I Want! I Want!" but I couldn't say that I felt they were on totally solid ground. The album as a whole was good, but not great. However, with their 2012 self-titled release, they have finally found their footing. This album, from beginning to end is borderline grand, and nearly spectacular. And that's underselling it.

The band undertook a project called the 7in7.On their own, with no budget, no label support, they made 7 videos, in 7 days for 7 songs. This video is not the best, but it is my favorite song of the bunch.

"I Can Lift A Car" by Walk The Moon

Album of the Day: The Kaleidoscope by Lemolo

>> Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lemolo released their full length debut today, The Kaleidoscope. And, with one cursory listen. It's airy, clean, and fantastic. I will go into more depth sooner rather than later. But, I thought first I'd share the first (new) song that jumped out at me. Enjoy.

Support local music (or long distance music, for you long distance readers) and pick up this record. Be warned, that this record will be everywhere soon, and rightfully so. Go to the girls Bandcamp page and grab it. Or be left behind.

"Move Me" by Lemolo

Song of the Day: "Song Of Good Hope" by Glen Hansard

>> Monday, July 2, 2012

I know. It's perfect. You're welcome.

"Song Of Good Hope" by Glen Hansard

Songs of the Day: "Fur Stop Caring" & "I Wait For You" by Right Away, Great Captain!

>> Sunday, July 1, 2012

Today is the type of day where the air feels heavy and thick with with things unsaid and undone. The aggressively gray skies feel oppressive with unrained rain, yearning to deliver an unneeded baptism.
Today feels paused and unfinished. And these songs, hell, this whole album makes it ok.

"Fur Stop Caring" by Right Away, Great Captain!


"I Wait For You" by Right Away, Great Captain!


Carson Henley's 100 Hour Project Documentary

>> Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ok ok ok. I know you just saw a post about Carson Henley for the Song of the Day and all, but there is more you MUST know. A few months back I gave you guys a teaser about a project Carson Henley was working on. The 100 Hours Project. A documentary and album that will change his career.

For 100 straight waking hours, he, with the help of a worldclass producer, and a bevy of fantastic musicians (just from watching the trailer, I see Tess Henley & Allen Stone) locked himself away in a studio to write, compose, learn, and record an entire album. Yeah, that's right. An entire record, start to finish, in 100 hours. Seems like a cross between the best and the stupidest idea ever, which I think is the line any true artist needs to learn to walk. Judging from the results, Carson found his sound.
I wrote that back in April after seeing the trailer and hearing the lead single "Fire" and I can't help but feel it's an understatement. Carson didn't just find his sound, he found his soul. This music lives. It breathes, it aches and pains, it loves and breaks. This record is something I was missing.

Here is the full documentary for your enjoyment. If you love music like I do, but have no real clue the heart, energy and commitment that goes into making it, this will be enlightening. It was for me.

"The 100 Hour Project" 

The 100 Hour Project from Brian Nunes on Vimeo.

Song of the Day: "Leave This Mess" by Carson Henley

There are some songs that will immediately crawl under your skin and set up shop in the form of goosebumps and exaggerated head sways. There are some songs that swell with so much emotion, you can feel the love, honesty, pain and truth all in the first 8 bars. There are very few songs that can do both at once.

Today is 6/30/12, and I am confident in saying that this song will end up in my top 5 songs of the year. Search the blog, you will not see another claim like this one. I do not use my words lightly.

"Leave This Mess" by Carson Henley

Song of the Day: "Bodybag" by Ambassadors

>> Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ah, last tracks. If you have read this blog, you already know how I feel about the final track on a record, so I am not going to go into it again now. Just click of the "Last Tracks" tag in the cloud over to your right.

This song kills me. KILLS ME. It is by far, one of my favorite songs, off one of my favorite records of the year. And I'm betting you don't have this one in your collection. Pick it up now so you don't feel foolish when everyone is talking about it at the end of the year.

"Bodybag" by Ambassadors

Song of the Day: "On Again, Off Again" by Lemolo

>> Sunday, June 24, 2012

One of my favorite bands is soon going to be one of your favorite bands. It's just that simple.

This is a band that I first found back in 2010 opening up for Wakey!Wakey! at The Sunset Tavern, and I was instantly enamored. I have been singing their praises since, as Band of the Week, SotD, Best Noise In The NW, Best Voices in the NW, and most recently, they were my number 3 most anticipated album of 2012. Clearly, I have been expecting them to make the move from local indie darlings to full blown starlets, and now, with their soon to be relased debut album The Kaleidoscope , they should be prepared to take that leap.

I do have to admit that this is a little hard for me. I am possessive over the bands that I love. My secret bands. And I generally don't share them. But can't think of a band in the northwest right now, that deserves having their music adored more then Lemolo.

"On Again, Off Again" by Lemolo

Song of the Day: "Beginners" by Slow Club

>> Friday, June 22, 2012

You've all had that one band that you just cannot get enough of. That one band that you love unconditionally. That one band that always seems to release the right song at the right time in your life. Well, Slow Club is that band for me. And I get a lot of shit for how often I talk/blog about them, but I've gotten to the point where I no longer care. I love this band.

And now, get ready for them to blow your mind. Clearly, they are much bigger in England, because they were able to recruit Daniel Radcliffe to star in this one shot wonder of a music video. If you have ever wondered what Harry Potter would look like drunk, now you know.

I also think it takes balls as a band to have a music video, and not be in it anywhere.

"Beginners" by Slow Club

Song of the Day: "Sophie Sleepless" by Zach Fleury (ft Abby & Noah Gundersen)

>> Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Excuse my language. But Holy Fuckballs, this is beautiful.
I have been a fan of Zach Fleury since I saw him at The Big House in Ballard back in January, reviewed here, and have been waiting for him to have a break out moment. Now, that time is upon us people. If this song/video does not garner him the noise he rightly deserves, then the music world is fucked up. This song, is a soft breeze of fantastic. With the help of Abby and Noah Gundersen, this track has an unbearable ease, like heartache, but craved and cherished.

"Sophie Sleepless" by Zach Fleury (ft Abby & Noah Gundersen)

Song of the Day: "One Love To Another" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

>> Sunday, June 17, 2012

SONG OF THE DAY IS BACK!

I know, I know, I know. I've given you no reason to trust me. The blog has been quiet for about a month now, and quiet for the month before that. But my passions have been restored. Its been a hard spring. I dealt with a family illness, moving, disappointments at work, and just a loss of my passion. Couple that with a down year in music (IMO) and you get a dead zone on Listologies. But, that is over now. I pledge to you, reader(s), I will not let this blog fade away.

"One Love To Another" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Song of the Day: Raconte Moi Une Histoire by M83

>> Friday, June 1, 2012

I've been absent- my apologies. I'll be back soon. Until then...the song I can't stop listening to... xoxo Stevie

Song of the Day: "Rooting For The Underdog" by Gentleman Jesse

>> Thursday, May 3, 2012

Try not to boogie, I dare you. I double dog dare you!
This is off my surprise record of 2012.

"Rooting For The Underdog" by Gentleman Jesse

Song of the Day: "Follow Trees" by The Native Sibling

>> Sunday, April 29, 2012

I love hunting for "soul-quaking" music. I love searching to that one "life-changing" song with will solve all your problems in 4 part harmony. I think it is the journey to find the tunes that really stirs me, and stokes this passion. Don't get me wrong, the music matters, but it's the trek towards the noise that I always remember. You always hear people say, "I remember exactly where I was when..." And that is exactly how I am with the noises that move me and have inspired this obsession. Rarely do songs like this come directly to me. Rarely.
Recently The Native Sibling reached out to us on our Facebook Page, and stole my breath. I realize that sounds very romanticized, and it very well may be, but I'm the one writing this, so I get to be romantic if I want.
This Santa Cruz brother & sister duo make noises to die for. As she sings lead, he supports her effortlessly. Their harmonies are so beautifully delicate that its clear they've known each others voices forever, I guess, as family should.
Right now, they only have one song to consume, which is unfortunate. But, as soon as there is more, I will be sure to post it here.
There are very few bands that can get me as excited as this with one song. If you want to download this song, it is available for free on their Bandcamp page.


"Follow Trees" by The Native Sibling

Song of the Day: "On Your Way" by Alabama Shakes

>> Friday, April 27, 2012

I know everyone is talking about Alabama Shakes, they are the blog band of 2012. And the stubborn side of me has been resistant. I hate bandwagons. But in this case, screw that. This record is one of the early stand outs of 2012, and I cannot ignore it any longer.

"On Your Way" by Alabama Shakes

Song of the Day: "Battle Cry" by Kyler England

>> Thursday, April 26, 2012

I am trying to get back in the mode of doing a Song of the Day, on a daily basis. My bad. I could say I got distracted. I could say that I got busy. But mostly, I stopped being inspired by the music options presented to me in 2012. And I got a little burnt out. But I am feeling refreshed and inspired.

"Battle Cry" by Kyler England

Song of the Day: "Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers

>> Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I have purchased 93 albums so far in 2012. And it's not even May. To be honest, this year has been pretty weak on the musical front, I was ready to consider the first half of it a total wash. A failure. That was until I got my hands on The Lumineers self-titled debut. It may have saved the entire mess of a year. You're welcome 2012.

I have been apprehensively excited for this record since I stumbled across a live clip of "Ho Hey" back in December, worried that it might fail to live up to what I hoped from it. Damn it feels good to put that worry to bed.

"Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers

Infinite-Mixtapes Sample: The Ultimate Sad and Mopey, Wallow In Bed Breakup Mixtape

>> Saturday, April 21, 2012

Here is a taste of what I (Addi) am up to on my side project blog Infinite-Mixtapes. It would be awesome if you popped over to check it out, and maybe follow or something. It's not as commonly updated, but I think the stuff over there is pretty solid. 


I am going to try and convince Stevie to post a sample of her side project blog I Adore Inspiration here soon too. Aren't we impressive.

So, I fail. This blog got real quiet. I got frustrated by my playlists not working, and song being blocked on the site by WMG, but I am over that now. I got an email about a week ago from a lady with a very difficult request. Apparently, she may be dealing with a break up, because she asked me to provide a soundtrack. Not the "I'm over this bullshit, and better off" kind of soundtrack, but the "I am going to cry and eat my weight in Ben & Jerry's" soundtrack. So, I hope you are doing OK lady, and here is the music to hurt too.

If you'd like to make a request of your own, email me here. I will happily post it here, and if you leave me a name and address, I'll send you a copy in the mail.

This is a video Playlist. Hit Play, if you don't like the song, hit the button to the right of the play button and move onto the next. Enjoy

The Ultimate Sad and Mopey, Wallow In Bed Breakup Mixtape

1. Hand On Your Heart - José Gonzalez
2. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
3. Litost - Ambassadors
4. Hide And Seek - Imogen Heap
5. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
6. Sorry - Maria Mena
7. Everytime - Glen Hansard
8. I Don't Believe You - Pink
9. Bulletproof Weeks - Matt Nathanson
10. Don't Speak - No Doubt
11. Baby Don't Go - Dum Dum Girls
12. Grace - Kate Havnevik
13. Dreaming with a Broken Heart - John Mayer
14. It's Not Over - Secondhand Serenade
15. Missing Your Love - Jonny Lang
16. Sadness Is A Blessing - Lykke Li
17. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You - Colin Hay
18. How Much It Hurts - Just Off Turner
19. Tracks of my Tears - Mary Beth
20. No One To Let You Down - The Head and the Heart

Song of the Day: "The Basement" by Eric Hutchinson

>> Friday, April 20, 2012

Here is a tune to help you start off your weekend right.

You cannot resist the toe tapping.

"The Basement" by Eric Hutchinson

Song of the Day: "Litost" by Ambassadors

>> Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's been a long time since a song just straight shook me. This is the first song of 2012 that has really grabbed me.

"Litost" by Ambassadors

Song of the Day: "Be Still" by The Fray

>> Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today stretched long with wrung hands, held breaths and muted waiting room walls. And I just need music tonight.

"Be Still" by The Fray

Song of the Day: "Moondance" by Van Morrison

>> Monday, April 9, 2012

I know the blog has been quiet lately. I only posted 5 times in March, but life has felt heavy lately, but it seems like the fog is clearing, so, let's get back on track with a classic.

Stand up and spin your loved one around in concentric circles. Dance. Enjoy.

"Moondance" by Van Morrison

Song of the Day: "Fire" by Carson Henley

>> Sunday, April 8, 2012

Every nowandthen, we at Listologies get contacted by management, labels, artist reps and occasional artists themselves asking us to review or share their sound on our site. Most of the time, I let these requests fall to the wayside. Not because I am above it all or anything like that, but because, mostly I don't want to share something that I can't stand behind, and not all the sounds that filter into our inbox are gems. However, I do listen to everything that comes our way, because you just never know. And because of that OCDness, we have a great tune to share with you today.

Earlier this week The Artist Rep from Hey! Listen To This! Music contacted us about a new project that Carson Henley just finished up that kinda blew me away. For 100 straight waking hours, he, with the help of a worldclass producer, and a bevy of fantastic musicians (just from watching the trailer, I see Tess Henley & Allen Stone) locked himself away in a studio to write, compose, learn, and record an entire album. Yeah, that's right. An entire record, start to finish, in 100 hours. Seems like a cross between the best and the stupidest idea ever, which I think is the line any true artist needs to learn to walk. Judging from the results, Carson found his sound.

If you are a NW audiophile like myself, then you no doubt already know and are probably a fan of Carson Henley, as he has been one of the driving forces in the Seattle Soul scene since his 2008 debut album. But, if you are like me, you may feel that he has been slightly in the shadow of his younger sister Tess for the last couple years. But, from the sound that is pouring out of him on the track "Fire" below, I think that shadow is quickly shrinking. But damn! What a talented family.

Below the track, there is a trailer for the Documentary for the 100Hour Project that will be released around the same time as the album. I am stoked for both. Enjoy.

"Fire" by Carson Henley
 Carson Henley - Fire (NEW SINGLE) - 100 HOURS by CarsonHenley