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Audience – Cold War Kids

Down by the Water – The Decemberists

Perfect – Smashing Pumpkins

Daylight – Matt & Kim

West Coast – Coconut Records

Can You Tell – Ra Ra Riot

Lisztomania – Phoenix

Semi Automatic – The Boxer Rebellion

Heartbroken, In Disrepair – Dan Auerbach

Why Go – Pearl Jam


The full Broken Bells album (self titled) is awesome.  Huge fan!  I am especially fond of “Mongrel Heart”, “October”, “The High Road”, “The Ghost Inside.”  That last one has been played a LOT in the last few days.

Here’s what else is in heavy rotation around here:

Athlete –  “Tourist” and “”Wild Wolves”

Matisyahu – “One Day”

Say Hi – “November Was White, December Was Grey” (the chorus especially speaks to me right now…a lot.)

The XX – “Cystalised” and “Intro”

Sea Wolf – “You’re a Wolf”

Led Zeppelin – “Tangerine”

Adrian Romero – “Studio 54”  (Adrian is a friend from many many years ago who is ridiculously talented…and probably one of the smartest people I’ve ever known.  Good stuff, that guy.)

This video is awesome.  These “OK Go!” dudes seem like they would be ultra fun to be friends with…so smart, creative, funny and musical!

I am HIGHLY recommending the song “The High Road” by Broken Bells.   Very.  Highly.

Their full length album comes out in March, but if the single is any indication of how good the album will be…whoa.

I’m also enjoying the Bat for Lashes album “Two Suns.”

My mom, sister and I went in together to get my dad Beatles Rock Band for Christmas this year.  It was a big hit!

Mom, Dad and I rocking out. We needed Tricia there to sing to make it a true full family affair.

Cousin E and aunts D and D playing along.

Here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks.

Nick and I went to Crested Butte for some skiing and we drove through these types of conditions on Monarch Pass to get there:

It took us about 5 hours and 45 minutes to do the normally 4 hour drive.  Luckily Nick loves driving through conditions like this and sees it as an adventure.  Plus he’s a good driver so I felt mostly at ease with the situation.  The photo above is hardly the worst of it…there were times when we couldn’t see anything and were just using the force.  Apparently, to actually close the road there have to be enough semi trucks (who like idiots didn’t put on their chains like the sign said they had to) stuck so that no other vehicles can get through.  We passed 3 that were stuck and none of them had their chains on.  I don’t get it.

I shopped and prepared gifts for Nick’s side of the family who we had to ship gifts to as we are spending Christmas in Colorado this year.

We went to a super fun holiday party at our friends Pam and Ryan’s house.  Live music, good friends, great party!

My latest favorites:

album The Empty Northern – Gregory Alan Isakov

album Carried to Dust – Calexico

Album Lovely Creatures – Bob Schneider (esp. the song Bringdown)

Closer to Love – Mat Kearney

Don’t Wanna Cry – Pete Yorn

Down in a Hole – Ryan Adams

Eet – Regina Spektor

What I Wouldn’t Do – A Fine Frenzy

The Chain – Ingrid Michaelson

Dying Day – Brandi Carlile

And in a totally different vein…Lady Gaga’s new song “Bad Romance” is on repeat quite a bit.   Like Drea, I can’t stop watching the video and it’s my new favorite dance around the house song.  Along with K7’s “Come Baby Come” which is a nice throw back to the 90’s.  FUN!

Suzie and I stayed up really late to attend the Horse Feathers show at the Hi-Dive Friday night.  I thought they went on at 10…nope…they went on a midnight.  What?  I’m not 21 anymore dammit, midnight feels late!  But I love the Horse Feathers so Suz and I left the hipster madness, crossed the  street to have a cocktail at Beatrice and Woodsley and caught up with one another without having to yell for 2 more hours.  If you’ve never been there, go soon.  It is a gorgeous restaurant with a delicious sounding and reasonably priced menu.  We got there too late to try out anything except cocktails and dessert, but if those were any indication of the full menu’s goodness, then it’s going to be tasty!

We headed back over to the Hi-Dive around midnight and Horse Feathers finally took the stage.  Love, healing, beautiful.  I know I went on and on about them in an earlier blog post but I can’t say enough good things about them.  I was using a new lens and I don’t really know how to use all the manual settings on my camera so I didn’t have a ton of luck getting great shots.  But a few did come out.  Thanks again to Ross for letting me borrow his new piece of glass.

LLS- I was thinking of you…hope to see you when you’re home for Christmas!

Suz – thank you for being such a good sport!

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“…it’s just the end of everything you know.  Head versus heart is like bicycle versus a car”

From Bob Schneider’s new album, Lovely Creatures.

Pretty much sums it up.

P.S.  Buy this album.  Today.  It’s so good.