Tunes of the Week Edition No. 6

Published 6/7/15 by:

This is always the time of year where I feel like throwing on some Elton John style shades, rolling the windows down, and embracing my inner Penny Lane. And one simply cannot act or pretend to be as boss as Penny Lane* without a soundtrack. Whether you’re dragging yourself to work during this warm weather, heading to the beach with friends, or celebrating something really fantastic like graduating from high school, you should always have something rolling in the background to bring you back to this moment in time. So here are some ideas of what to listen to while the wind of the road takes care of the rest.

*Please view Almost Famous immediately if you’re unaware of this reference.


Babyshambles’ Nothing Comes to Nothing – Have you ever had a place to go, and you’ve tried on essentially everything you own? Put this song on, and you will be satisfied with the first outfit you throw on. I’m not kidding. This song makes everything feel good.


The Howls’ All – For those of you not in the know: I may be the biggest Friday Night Lights fan on the planet. I had a podcast where I interviewed the majority of the cast members, and I just want to hug Jason Katims with everything I have. If the show were still on, this haunting, yet triumphant song would absolutely make the soundtrack. Can’t you just see the Panther’s field lights in the distance as you listen? PS Watch this show if you haven’t. It’s on Netflix. PPS This song was featured on another great show: Kingdom. It stars one of my FNL favorites Mr. Matt Lauria.


Adam Ezra Group’s Takin Off – Do you like Pearl Jam? Probably listen to this immediately.


The Helio Sequence’s Can’t Say No – For those of us looking for more tunes to add to our Flaming Lips-esque playlists. This is the type of melody I like to listen to while cooking, doing laundry, or other mundane activities. Something about it just makes me want to sway my hips, and eases me out of the fact that I’m doing things that have to be done, rather than things I want to be doing.

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Tunes of the Week Edition No. 5

Published 6/20/14 by:

Well folks, school is out for the summer! I now have free time to peruse music at my leisure, and bestow upon you the tunes that are piquing my interest! During the hot weather I definitely find myself gravitating towards country music; I can’t help it, there’s just something about a chorus that includes margaritas, jean shorts and goodnight kisses. However, since I’m exactly one day into my student/camper-free summer, the tunes this week aren’t deep fried yet. Watch out for that next week. For now, please enjoy my eclectic choices, which demonstrate how chaotic life has been the past two weeks as I entered grades, data and a sauna of a classroom.



Deptford Goth‘s Feel Real – If you’re into Bloc Party or The Postal Service, I think you’ll dig this song. It’s catchy, and reminds me of night time car rides, and goosebumps. Especially goosebumps inspired by night time car rides with crushes. What? TMI? Deal.



Sugar and the Hi-Lows‘ Two Day High – This is a super duper duo comprised of Amy Stroup and Trent Dabbs, both of whom you may know from the multitude of television shows that their songs have graced while they were solo artists. They recently opened up for Ingrid Michaelson, which is where I encountered them, and now I’m obsessed. Their whole album is like one long jazzy dinner party that you never want to end. So, yeah, buy it already.





Tom Odell‘s Long Way Down – Tom Odell is like the long lost friend you never knew you were missing. This song is stark, beautiful, and builds to one hell of a crescendo. The song is featured on the soundtrack for The Fault In Our Stars, and I’m never turning back.




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Tunes of the Week Edition No. 4

Published 5/14/14 by:

I love May for a lot of reasons. One reason is it means there’s about a month of teaching left for me. Another reason is that it’s bright enough to wear sunglasses when I leave my house at 6:45am. I can’t really explain how my disposition changes when wearing sunglasses en route to school, but my whole demeanor changes, and I just want to pump jams non-stop. Other than when the leaves change, it’s the only other time of year that I actually enjoy my commute. Here’s what I’ve been playing to start my day right.


Mikky Ekko’s Kids – This song was played in the season 3A finale of Teen Wolf. Yes, I’m endorsing Teen Wolf…look for a post on that later. This song is upbeat, and reminds me of Foster the People a tiny bit. This may only be applicable to me and my weird musical associations, but when I listen to this, it feels like a warm breeze no matter what the actual weather is.




The Lighthouse and the Whaler’s Pioneers – One of my most trustworthy musical advisors recommended this song to me after a co-worker saw this band open for Matt Pond PA. It definitely has a Vampire Weekend vibe, and makes me want to have a BBQ really badly.





Kurt Vile’s Wakin on A Pretty Day – I discovered this song last fall when I saw one of my favorite coming of age movies of the 2000s,
“The Spectacular Now”. This song is versatile in that I like to cook to it, drive to it, write to it, and grade to it. Also, it’s lengthiness lends itself to pretty lovely daydreaming. I’m so upset that I can’t see him perform with Jenny Lewis this summer. *Sighs audibly*


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Tunes of the Week Edition No. 2

Published 3/26/14 by:

The past few weeks I’ve had social commitments on Sundays – gasp! I know! Sundays for some people are reserved for worship, brunch, or in my case, grading. For whatever reason I’ve had a lot of requests to socialize on Sundays, and I’ve gladly accepted. As a result of this, I’ve been in my car driving for the past few consecutive Sunday mornings and it’s been a music revelation. Some of my favorite stations do “Sunday Morning Over Easy”, “Acoustic Sunrise” or my new favorite: “Sunday Morning Country Oldies”.  All three of these stations play music that’s either unplugged, rare, old or live. It’s been so fun hearing new renditions of some of my favorites, or a Lorrie Morgan single that I forgot existed. I encourage you to check out your local stations to see what they’re up to on Sunday mornings. I’m planning on making it a more regular occurrence in my own life. In the meantime, here’s what else I’ve been listening to this week. Enjoy, and please let me know if you have recommendations!


The Black Keys’ new single “Fever” – This is the first single from their upcoming album of the same title, which will be released on May 13th. It’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, a bit psychedelic, but still has those grainy vibes that are so fun. I always find their upbeat tunes to be great highway driving music – that is, if you like to drive fast.


Indian Summer‘s  single “How Sad” – I discovered this band through a few bloggers who wrote about bands to watch at SXSW. They’re equal parts Bon Iver, MGMT, and Vampire Weekend. I don’t know much about this band, but the catchiness of this song, and the cleverness of the video made me a fan.

Granville Automatic‘s “Don’t Come to Tennessee” – Another discovery via SXSW, but this is much twangy-er than what I’ve posted in the past. Truth be told: I love country music. These gals are channeling Patsy Cline, The Dixie Chicks and Zooey Deschanel simultaneously, and it’s divine.


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Tunes of the Week Edition No. 1

Published 3/15/14 by:

Listed below are the tunes that caught my ear this week. I’m constantly searching for new music via friend recommendations, iTunes recommendations, or from Pandora. I have to give a shoutout to two local radio stations as well, because they lend me some new ideas on a pretty routine basis: 92.9 WBOS and 92.5 The River. I’m hoping that if I can keep up a weekly post about new music that some of you may throw your new favorites out there as well. So, shall we?

Ray LaMontagne‘s new single “Supernova” – While Ray’s growly gorgeous voice still exudes from this track, the overall vibe of the song is something new for him. It has a tinge of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and just feels lighter than some of his other music endeavors. I’m looking forward to his new album “Supernova” coming out on May 6th, as well as seeing him in concert in Boston in May at The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.




Coldplay‘s new single “Magic” – I keep saying to my brother that this sounds like a Chris Martin solo project, but I’m not complaining. Coming from the same vein as “Up in Flames” this is a bleak track that features Chris’ stellar vocals with what sounds like a synthesized drum. Call me a Coldplay diehard, but I’m really enjoying hearing this on the radio. Coldplay’s new album “Ghost Stories  is released on May 19th, and I hope to see them on tour for my fifth time.




Ingrid Michelson‘s new single “Girls Chase Boys” – This may not sound like a compliment, but Ingrid is my favorite soundtrack lady. She has had music featured on so many TV shows and movies that I adore, and her voice captures the feelings being visually depicted in an absolutely perfect and eerie way. This new single from her upcoming album “Lights Out” which will be released on April 16th surprised me in a fantastic way. This is more pop than Ingrid has ever been, but she still is showcasing those beautiful intonations in her voice! I can’t wait to see her in concert for the first time in May at The House of Blues.



What is everyone else listening to in preparation for summer concerts?

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