Five for Friday: Random Spotify Shuffle

Since I’m out of town today for business and my normal lunch writing time is unavailable, I prepped a softball of a Five for Friday list in advance.  This should be an easy yet fun post  that provides everyone with a little insight into your musical tastes.  I actually did an iPod shuffle post for my very first Five for Friday post nearly a year ago!  Check it out here.

Here are my five with commentary.  Enjoy and then set your Starred Playlist to shuffle and link yours up using the Linky Tool at the end of the post.  Don’t use Spotify?  Then go ahead and give that iPod a shuffly spin!

Dead Sara- Lemon Scent

I just found this band a few weeks ago.  There is really nothing better than stumbling upon a band that you should have already been listening to ages ago and then devouring their entire discography song by song!

This puts me right back in the 90s when all my favorite music was on the airwaves.  These chicks rock the hell out.


Tears for Fears- Mad World

Any music listening platform in my possession will be heavy on the 80s.  Favorite 80s band?  Tears for Fears.  This is one of their best.


Lana Del Rey- Off to the Races

Though the hipsters damn near ruined liking her, I’ve never been shy about proclaiming my love for Lana.  I dig her voice.  I dig her bizarre lyrics.  She’s a weirdo, a talented weirdo.


Local Natives- Who Knows Who Cares

I’ve listened to this album too many times to count, I grinned like a fool watching their performance on Austin City Limits, and now I finally get to see them live at Shaky Knees next month!


Ima Robot- Scream

Another of Alex Ebert’s projects.  This one is quite different from Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.  I’m a fan of anything this bizarre man releases.


Alright ladies and germs, your turn.  Shuffle it up and lay it on me!

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Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: I See Stars 2013 Edition

Another pseudo 2013 best of list.  I thought I’d put these in my past.  But Jen and the crazy weekly music blog hop she posts over at at My Skewed View asked for:

This week the theme of our MixTape is – The best new songs you’ve heard this past year. Can be oldies or new songs, either way they are new to you!

Well, since I’ve already done my top albums of 2013 list and many of my favorite songs of the year coincide with that list, I’ve decided to take my list in a slightly different direction.  I’m going to list the first song “starred” on my Spotify account for every other month of 2013.  This should be fun and give a true representation of my tastes….which are all of the musical map.  Well, you’ll see.

January 3, 2013

Top Shelf- Alchemy

I love reggae.  I especially love white boy reggae.  I think it is some kind of hold over from my skater boy days which occurred nearly simultaneously with my “I’m gonna wear flannel and sulk” days.  I’m a sucker for laid-back rhythms and the overall sense of chill that accompanies this type of music.  I’ll have to dedicate a mixtape to this genre at some point.

March 6, 2013

Chelsea Light Moving- Empires of Time

Birthed out of Sonic Youth’s demise.  If you’re wondering where Thurston Moore ended up…..

May 10, 2013

Futurebirds- Virginia Slims

Nice laid-back, country/hippie/folkie sound I always tend to enjoy.  These guys are out of Athens, GA.

July 1, 2013

Tame Impala- Music to Walk Home By

I’ve featured Tame Impala on the blog a few times.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, stop what you’re doing and go.  Now.  That 60s psychedelic rock sound is still alive and well….and coming out of Australia.


September 3, 2013

Volcano Choir- Comrade

Perfect for a nice, relaxing moment of the day.  I’m one of the few music snobs who doesn’t enjoy Justin Veron under the monicker Bon Iver, but I dig him in this band.


November 5, 2013

The Gaslight Anthem- Old White Lincoln

I was lucky enough to see them at Voodoo this year.  Good, solid rock music.  It has a Springsteen sound without having to sit through the Boss’s horrid vocals (sorry Springsteen fans).



Last “starred” of 2013– December 30, 2013 Disclosure- When a Fire Starts to Burn

This album got all kinds of critical acclaim last year, but they are so bizarre.  I don’t know why I like this song, but I do.  I enjoy some electronic music from time to time.

First “starred” of 2014– January 7, 2013 Parquet Courts- Stoned and Starving

I’m always a sucker for the lo-fi, indie guitar rock.


Stay positive & love your life!




Listening to: Tilian – Now or Never (feat. Tyler Carter)

Eating:  Arugula salad.

Random thought:  My iPod has been acting a bit sketchy for the last two days.  Right off the bat, that worries me more than car problems.  Gasp, what would I do without “my music” at the gym each morning?!  You know, cause I definitely couldn’t just get a new iPod.  I’m ridiculous.