16 December 2010

warm winds coming through

i would like for you to "find me where the warm winds coming through". couple dexter tortoriello and megan messina of houses know what's up, living in hawaii "in a warm house / packing [their] suitcases with the sun in [their] eyes". this song is washed out-esque, and we know i love what ernest gets up to!

"reds" by houses

their story makes me like them even more:

07 December 2010

palms sound nice

painted palms remind me of yeasayer, with a little touch of the rainforest. 

download the whole ep for free!:

appropriate for the season: "winter hymn" by painted palms

03 December 2010

i cannot wait for summer

...amen to that song lyric. (although, to be honest, it feels like summer in austin today. mother nature is being a big tease.) i love george lewis jr.'s voice. and it helps that i am a huge fan of 80's new wave. these songs make me feel like i'm molly ringwald.

"i can't wait" by twin shadow

"slow" by twin shadow

28 November 2010

it's casual

i am still full. and lazy. cannot figure out what this song means. but it's mellow to go w/ my mood.

"casual" by here we go magic

22 November 2010

the most natural thing

i am making our thanksgiving traveling mixes and john special requested this one from the republic tigers, which he discovered on my computer and i had forgotten about. i think my little magic friend inside of itunes recommended this to me awhile back. this song soothes me, but also keeps me going... the group blends rock and folk in the right way.

hey, enjoy your thanksgiving!

"buildings and mountains" by the republic tigers

11 November 2010

from the tide

i want to go to where they are.

a b-side off of the new single release, "caregiver". 
"heirloom" by memoryhouse

and just because we're talking about them, my favorite remix:
"to the lighthouse (million young remix)" by memoryhouse

08 November 2010


hot water's turned off because it smelled like gas in my apartment. and my car is going in tomorrow for what's bound to be an expensive day.  say it with me: grrrr.

"the pills won't help [me] you now" by the chemical brothers
(w/ midlake)

that's enough from darah downer.
nothing like a little robert smith to pick-me-up!
"not in love (ft. robert smith)" by crystal castles

26 October 2010

much cooler than a ponytail

 braids, formerly the neighborhood council from calgary, are stepping it up in their new town, montreal.

yay, blogotheque!


16 October 2010

i want to live near the sea

karin dreijer andersson is done with her current project, fever ray. in her last project, karin and her brother, olof, duoed as the knife. according to her website, she's pairing up with olof again on a project for an ingmar bergman play. hopefully, after some time off she'll take that eerie unique voice on tour in some venture, so i can hear it live.

"when i grow up" by fever ray

and first aid kit taking on the same song:


the movie waiting for superman came out this weekend. i cannot wait to go see it! please check out my cousin, clayton's, blog for a poignant review: http://suchmovingpictures.blogspot.com. go see it! oh, and pledge to see it, too, by way of the widget at the bottom of my blog and get some kiddos some books!

this song may not be up my music alley, but it makes my eyes well from the association with the movie and the premise.
"one day (feat. akon)" by matisyahu

lwf: the new acl

that stands for "lovely weather festival". austin city limits 2010 was the most lovely-weathered music festival i have ever been to! next year is back in mid-september. booooo! hot month, bad choice.

this year's highlights: miike snow, beach house, spoon, black lips, broken bells, lcd soundsystem, the morning benders, and the national. 

this year's misses: the xx--way too mellow and crowded, the black keys--they were better at lollapalooza, i think it had to do with poor sound because we stood on the wrong side of the stage.

and my favorite shows:
foals were even better than i expected. cannot wait for a potential return tour to the states!
"total life forever"

what a glorious experience listening to band of horses from our blanket in the grass. it was hard to miss the flaming lips, but i had never seen boh live before.
"the end is not near"

the strokes are punks. they came on 15 minutes late and left the stage early. i could have gone to see phish and listened to 30+ more minutes of music. good thing the strokes played all of the favorites and made us dance.
"is this it"

kind of sad i missed lissie. she may be a little country, but with her laura marling and laura veirs sound, her show would have been a nice transition into the park if i would have made it in that early (ha, like 12:30).
"everywhere i go"

i also went to a school of seven bells after show. and i was horribly disappointed to find out one of the twins quit the band. they tried, but it just wasn't the same without the harmony. however, opener, active child, was hauntingly awesome! i would say that the sound pat grossi and his harp creates is "bon-iver-synth-pop." 








12 October 2010

i keep it real

acl recap coming. in the meantime, i keep it real. remember that.

"come with me" by ceo

09 October 2010

hasta mañana, boys

quit being so awesome, foals.

"spanish sahara" by foals

05 October 2010

only bored as i get older

deerhunter is a four-piece indie psychedelic ambient rock band out of atlanta. these guys are wowing me with their new album: halcyon digest. singer bradford cox also has a solo project i am a fan of, atlas sound.

"he would have laughed" by deerhunter

"revival" by deerhunter

"walkabout" by atlas sound

02 October 2010

jacqui in a new decade

today is my best friend's birthday! hoping she's having a nice time and wishing i could be there with her to celebrate. in her honor, her all-time favorite, mr. kanye west:


30 September 2010

fall fix

autumn really exists. i had forgotten how beautiful it is! getting a friend, family, and fall fix was good for my soul. as i drove the junkia around town, i played some old cds, circa 2002ish. memories...

drives in the '73 beetle with beau.
"the sea" by morcheeba

south carolina road trip.
"destiny" zero 7

spinning. blue hippie skirt. steve o.
"driver" by phish

just because

i love this song.

my dear friend

dear friend, i will miss you. but picturing you flying to a happier place brings me great joy. i hold you close to my heart. whatever you decide to do, i hope you are able to leap with confidence. see you soon!

"growing up beside you" by paolo nutini

29 September 2010

makes me want to jump

this weather is glorious! and here are the latest songs i'm listening to with my arm outside my open car window, dancing. thanks to john e.!

"wet & rusting" by menomena

"avril 14th" by aphex twin

"your rocky spine" by great lake swimmers

"sudden rush (the twelves remix)" by erlend oye

"jungle drum" by emiliana torrini

20 September 2010

feet on the air

i've never seen the pixies live before. but i will on wednesday. and i am really excited to see the fuck buttons tear it up again... all two of 'em! but i will admit i am pissed that it's at my least favorite venue in austin. austin music hall, redeem yourself this week, please.

train hobos dying in an earthquake? never would have guessed.
"here comes your man"

with your feet on the air and your head on the ground
"where is my mind"

18 September 2010

my favorite word

y'all. yeah, that's it. i moved to texas so that i could use "y'all" without weird looks. (oh, and so i could have a koozie on hand at all times without getting heckled.) let's be honest, there's another word in this song i like. a lot.

"fucked up (hurricane mix feat. thom yorke)" by tupac shakur

17 September 2010

i've got something on my mind

you may hear neil young and the beach boys influences in this new track, "shadow people," from dr. dog. i do!
you can stream the new album and score some free songs if you're willing to share the link on facebook: http://www.drdogmusic.com/

16 September 2010

a man in my eyes

how tall is he, really? folk musician, kristian matsson, the tallest man on earth, is playing at antone's on saturday. be there or be sad you missed it. nate will agree, a favorite tiny desk concert:

15 September 2010

dream of you forever

in honor of the walkmen's kick ass release: lisbon, here's a gothamist house video of them doing my favorite song from the album:
"blue as your blood"

listen to the new album. you will love it!
and if you can get this to run on your browser, i am jealous: 

13 September 2010

most contagious laugher

i have been really missing my brother lately! 

i just rediscovered some gems i downloaded when i raided his music collection this summer.

"losing your affection" by future bible heroes

"constant surprises" by little dragon

"lay your head down" by keren ann

10 September 2010

happy running away

my concert-stalker, chris--no joke when he was in austin, every concert i went to he was there--posted this song awhile ago and i finally remembered to download it. and now i am satiating on it.


"chinatown" by wild nothing

awesome find by scott!

"walking in chinatown" empire of the sun vs wild nothing

09 September 2010

i like a good mix

the latest. from john.

pinback has turned up on several gifted mixes:
"loro" by pinback

they'll be here at the mohawk acl weekend!:
"dust devil" by school of seven bells

i hear an 80s ring:
"in your room" by airiel

brooklyn-based classical musician's are wowing me with this one:
"cherry blossoms" by project

07 September 2010

i'm only good sometimes

blonde redhead's new album is coming out the 14th. cannot. wait! hit their website, or sign up below to download this track for free. http://www.blonde-redhead.com/. oh, and see them in austin in december. it's a dream concert for me!


04 September 2010

the drafthouse

it was a perfectly temperatured night in austin last night. and it rejuvenated my austin-spirits, being one of the best nights i have had since i have been home.

if i ever move from austin, one of the things i will undoubtedly miss is the alamo drafthouse movie theaters. who doesn't love the option to eat and drink while you watch a movie? and who isn't excited that they are going to be showing waiting for guffman on the big screen in one of their series'?! more than once, i have immediately gone home to download one of the remixes they have played during their alamo events previews. the latest is a track from girly band, au revoir simone.

here's a video of the remix (i like the beats):
"shadows (teenagers remix)"

and here's the track without the remix:

03 September 2010

so, there!

crummy week, i showed you. turned it around with a show at one of my forgotten favorite venues, the cactus cafe. that venue kicks ass--the acoustics and intimacy are hard to beat. scott and i saw a local band, the eastern sea, play a free show there last night. good luck to those boys and girl on their tour. here's to hoping their zeal is embraced on the road like it is by their fans in austin.

  "this is holborn" by the eastern sea

02 September 2010

ooh la la

so excited to see sweet sufjan stevens at the long center next month. his sound is hard to describe. electronic? folk? a bit little of everything. mix it up, sufjan, i like it. download his new album, the age of adz: sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/the-age-of-adz

equally as excited to check out a musician at the long center. so fancy.
here's one from his new album: 
"i walked"

01 September 2010

young and movin' fast

besides giving a shout out to the home state, there's one thing i have to say about the black keys: rock and roll (on the playground).

"tighten up" by the black keys

30 August 2010

lakes, paddling, and sinuses

maria, kim, and i went paddle surfing this weekend. it was so peaceful. we paddled in a quaint quarry up north. next time: lake austin. here's a band called lake. today, this song is soothing me and my sinusitis. 

"bad dream"

27 August 2010

it's the weekend, party people

i love to put leftasrain.com on shuffle at work. here are two fun ones i discovered today:

"youngblood" by the naked and famous

"moneygrabber" by fitz and tantrums

25 August 2010

music themed gifts

oh, how i love music-themed birthday gifts. not only did i get itunes gift cards (shout out: chris, mals, courtney & fred!), but katy gave me 50 blank cds (subtle, i think she wants a mix), maria gave me a headphones necklace, and scott made me a killer mix!

rock out to some new tunes from scott...
"lewis takes off his shirt" by owen pallett

"falling without knowing" by tilly and the wall

"bruises" by chairlift

23 August 2010

dirty, dirty

guess how old i'm going to be?!

twenty-nine was by far my best year. so, as jeanie would say, "i ain't scurred" of turning thirty! thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with me on saturday. to those of you that couldn't be there, you were missed.  please check out our fun:

i think this song is appropriate to blare as i exit my third decade.
"ooh la la" by the faces

19 August 2010

party time

three day weekend! you feel me? i think it is party time!

i'm finally feeling transitioned back into my life and home.
 "home" by glasser

one adjustment is getting back into the swing of my long work commute. but i am a lucky girl, for the second year in a row i can say i am excited to be back at work! all i need on my drive out to the burbs is some good musical accompaniment.
how appropriate: 
"sprawl ii (mountains beyond mountains)" by arcade fire

15 August 2010


lollapalooza, bryan--that's his hand--loves you!

instead of slamming any musicians--well, i might do that, but just lady gaga--i figured i would share songs from the shows that i liked best.

but first: lady gaga is a nut job. i opted to see her instead of the strokes (regret 1) but only because i will see the strokes at acl, and figured i would never ever pay to see her live again. i'll admit it, she was entertaining. she talks too damned much, though. and frankly, i don't particularly like her voice. and when she screams it's scary. the set and costumes were wild and fun to take in, but after awhile i felt like i was at a musical and let's be honest, i hate musicals. and now, on to what i don't hate...

(for my gypsy loving friend, jacqui.) gogol bordello and his gypsy punk band are awesome! he got us dancing even in the direct heat of midday. gogol brings the party and i thought it was cool how many countries are represented in his band. check his energy here:

one of my favorite shows was the fuck buttons. really?!, just two guys?
"flight of the feathered serpent"

the walkmen were the first band we saw during our lolla weekend, and they were a nice transition in.
"canadian girl"

what i remember about cut copy is a colorful flashing light backdrop and a lot of bouncing.
"lights and music"

and, now, for the show i was most excited to see: the arcade fire. they did not disappoint! in fact, they impressed. i even noticed that a certain someone, who thinks their most impressive record was funeral, was beside himself with rocking. it's hard to describe how incredible they are live.
it's true, funeral is fantastic. "rebellion (lies)"

i had so much fun at lollapalooza, that my best friend broke her foot! some other noteworthies to see if they come your way: the black keys, the national, yeasayer, the dodos (we missed them, but we did hang out with them), devo (for real! oldies but goodies), raphael saadiq, and edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros (but only if you haven't seen them before, every show is the same).  other regrets: hot chip (conflicted with the black keys) and empire of the sun.