Monday, August 23, 2010

Music Monday

I don't usually participate in this wonderful weekly blog feature that a lot of my pals partake in, but this week I thought I would give it a go. Music is a huge part of my life, and I don't think there's many instances where there isn't some form of music being played or created in our home. Recently, I've been listening to the same bands and the same albums over and over, so I thought I would recommend some of my old favorites, just in case any of them are new to you.

The first band I'm sharing is one of my all-time favorite bands (musicians) from my younger years, Pedro the Lion. SO GOOD. I'm going to recommend his first (and in my opinion, the best) album, originally released in 1998 and then re-recorded and re-released in 2001 by Jade Tree. The album is called "It's Hard to Find a Friend" and has a million of my favorite songs on it. To me, this music is incredibly contemplative. It makes me want to lay in bed and just stare at the ceiling, think about life, and daydream. I hope you enjoy it too.

Here are a couple songs from that album. Every song is amazing, so if you like it, I suggest downloading the whole thing! If you're viewing this post via Google Reader you'll need to actually click on my blog to see the playlist.


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Another band I've been non-stop listening to lately is one of my normal favorites, Lucero. Oh, Ben Nichols. His voice is so amazing and their songs are just so wonderful. Listening to them makes me want to go sit and swing on a front porch, in the middle of the summer somewhere in the South, and have an ice cold beer. Or whiskey. A few things wrong with this picture. One, we don't have a proper front porch or a swing, I live in Arizona, I don't drink beer or whiskey (pregnant or not)...and we're heading into fall. Oh well, a girl can dream. I bet that if you don't already LOVE this band you will soon.

a few of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums from this band (Tennessee):





And last but not least I've been listening to St. Vincent an awful lot. My friend Elisa originally introduced me to this wonderful woman a long while back, and I really, really love her and her multiple instrument playing, beautiful singing self. My favorite album of hers is probably "Marry Me," released in 2007. Here are a couple of my favorite songs from that album.





I hope all of you enjoyed this little music post, and I hope you have a fabulous Monday!

19 comments:

  1. I've never heard of any of these bands but I love discovering new music so I'll be sure to check all three out. Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a great Monday too. :)

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  2. I just started to play the first song by Pedro the Lion. My daughter and I are at the table having breakfast (shes 10 months) and when it started playing she started dancing!! I think she likes it. Cant wait to hear all your suggestions!

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  3. That Pedro album is great. It reminds me of when I first moved out on my own (that's when I listened to it.)

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  4. duuuude that pedro album brings back so many memories.

    lucero is also so heartfelt. what an awesome mix for monday. we should totally exchange mixes!

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  5. I absolutely love Pedro the Lion! The hubs and I love lying in bed and just listening to them. Thank you so much for sharing your music. Have a great Monday.

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  6. thanks for sharing these bands. i really like pedro the lion, but the other 2 are new to me and i am checking them out on grooveshark right now

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  7. I love, and have loved, Pedro The Lion for years and St Vincent has such an amazing voice (I'm a sucker for female vocals). Great choice in song/artist selection.

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  8. i do love me some Pedro the Lion. and i can recall (like it was yesterday) the controversy over a few of the songs on the Control album.

    i still pop it in from time to time & get thrown back a good 8 years.

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  9. I've always been a huge Pedro fan! I love St. Vincent too! I always sing "Mary me John!" Awesome post! =D

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  10. I've already shared with you how much I love Lucero, but I'll say it again...! Do you like the newest album as much? I feel like his voice changed a lot (in a not-so-great way).

    And St. Vincent is awesome too. Sort of in the same vein (but not really)- you should check out Dirty Projectors, I've been obsessed lately.

    xoxo,
    susannahbean

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  11. I've never heard of these bands, but I think I'll give them a listen! :)

    http://littlesugarmonster.blogspot.com

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  12. I love Lucero and love love love St. Vincent. Be sure to check out her sophomore album, Actor. It's amazing.

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  13. omg i didn't know anyone else listened to lucero! i saw them live once and fell in love. pedro is also a favorite. didn't know i could like you anymore than i already did!

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  14. Lucero has been one of my favorites for so long! I live in Kentucky, and they've been coming up here to play regular shows for almost 12 years. Gosh, that long?! After enduring the rowdy beer sloshing and smoke filled bars just to see them, it still never gets old.

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  15. i LOVE lucero! especially living in tennessee and only an hour from memphis i have gotten to see them NUMEROUS times over the years! they are truly a gem of tennessee <3

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  16. Absolutely love pedro the lion, have listened to them for years and I never grow tired of their music!

    I didn't know you lived in az, I do as well. It's nice to know there's other tattooed mama's around town besides me!

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  17. "You're up in the morning and down when the work's been done with excellence, industry, dilligence, naturally I wish I could be you, just for a few habit forming years. Laziness cuts me like fine cutlery. I need a miracle, someone to help me...myself." These lyrics changed me in my anxiety-ridden early twenties. So thankful for this band.

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