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Weekly Finds

I really only have one find for you this week:


You can preview the whole thing free on Grooveshark: here.

PS: Thank you all for your comments on Wednesday’s post about Resistance. It was great to read your comments. Many of them reminded me of this quote by Andy Warhol: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

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Musical Intermission.

Just five new songs I’ve been enjoying. What have you been listening to?

2011 Was a Good Year for Music

I’ve been wanting to do this post for months now, but as you can see, it’s quite an undertaking. I kept putting off sitting down and typing it up. I finally did and I hope you enjoy the end result. These are my favorite albums that were released in 2011. (I found and fell for a lot of other albums that year too, but they were released earlier. Like Heartbreaker or Grown Unknown.) There are a handful of other albums but these are the ones I listened to the most and would recommend (all for different reasons.)

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
I honestly didn’t like this album when I first heard it. I thought: What happened to Laura? What is this funky, jazzy stuff? But after a month or so, I came back to it, this time sitting down and focusing on the lyrics and instrumentality and was blown away. I can’t believe how much this little lady has matured as an artist in just four years (and three albums.)
Top Track: Sophia

Natalia Kills – Perfectionist
Apparently, this is my second top-played album from 2011. I’m ashamed to admit it. It’s a guilty pleasure! Total pop goodness, all about sex and money and fame. It feels like a well rounded, polished pop album.
Top Track: Wonderland

Lisa Hannigan – Passenger
(The link above is only $3.99 for the whole album download!)
Only a couple play counts behind “Perfectionist” is Lisa Hannigan’s sophomore album. It’s an album that seems too perfectly put together to be true. But it is. I first fell in love with Lisa when hearing her on Damien Rice’s albums. I was sad when they split up (especially since it was just before my brother and I saw him live so she wasn’t performing at the concert.) Even though, I’m excited that she is coming into her own and having a chance to shine. And shine she does.
Top Track: Knots

Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore
Another album full of a perfect mix of songs. You’ll fall for her sexy, soaring voice and perfect blend of pop and rock. (And if you like The Avett Brothers, you may like her cover of one of their songs here.)
Top Track: Vultures

Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
Gillian has beautiful sadness cornered. This album, which took many years to come about, is a lovely example of folk-country beauty. It feels completely pure and unadulterated. The dark lyrics and beautiful harmonies and guitar work. It’s a winner.
Top Track: Dark Turn of Mind

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
Just like with Laura Marling’s album, I was a little disappointed at first that I wasn’t just getting an extension of a previous album. (In this case: “With Blasphemy So Heartfelt”—one of my all-time favorite and top-played albums.) But when I came back to it with a more open-mind I realized how much I loved it. It’s more upbeat and ambitious electronically/instrumentally than her first album but the lyrics and motifs are still melancholic in all the right places. (And while I was digging up links for this post, I came across another tie with the Avetts! These boys are turning into the Kevin Bacons of my music world.)
Top Track: Run Myself Into the Ground

Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Unlike many of the other follow-up albums from my favorite artists, this one I welcomed immediately. There was no “eh, this isn’t what I remember.” I fell in love right away. It’s seems like the prefect next-step in his career. If you loved Shepherd’s Dog, get this now without fear of regret. (And if you don’t have Shepherd’s Dog, get it here now. Best $2.99 you’ll ever spend!)
Top Track: Walking Far From Home

Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials
Although I still prefer the charm of Lungs, Florence Welch’s sophomore album is really good in it’s own right. It feels less story driven. Her first album seems to center around characters while this one seems more personal in it’s themes. Though, I will admit, since she became so popular, I feel like she is risking putting out pre-packaged albums in the future, if you know what I mean? (Think Alanis Morissette or Jewel. Their earlier work was much more true and less designed-to-sell.) Still it was enjoyed enough to make it to my Top Ten List.
Top Track: Shake It Out

The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
I love that The Decemberists have gone in a folk-country direction. It really suits them. They’ve always had a bit of a folky-feel to me, especially in The Crane Wife but this is a new, refreshing sound. And the icing on the cake? Gillian Welch is on many of the tracks!
Top Track: Don’t Carry It All

Alela Diane – Alela Diane & Wild Divine
I think Alela Diane has a voice that people either love or hate, kind of like Bob Dylan or Conor Oberst. But like these two men, she, in my opinion, has a voice that fits perfectly with the emotion and imagery of her songs. I’m smitten with her.
Top Track: To Begin

Honorable 2011 Album Mentions:
Lady Gaga – Born This Way, Birdy – Birdy, Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues, The Black Keys – El Camino

What new music have you been finding? Anything great to suggest? Who is your favorite artist?

My Place & Yours : Secret Weapon

I’ve decided to play along in My Place & Yours over at Meet Me at Mikes.
The theme this week is “Secret Weapon.”
My Place and Yours : Secret Weapon
My first thought was my stash or scrap box because all I have to do is dig one out and start playing around with the fabrics and I’m dreaming up new ideas. But then I realized, maybe my real Secret Weapon is my Music. I never sew in silence. Whether the tunes are streaming out of my laptop and filling the room or pouring into my ears via headphones, drowning everything else out, they are always present and keeping me going. It’s like fuel to the fire.
I’m currently obsessed with Sarah Jaffe.
(PS: There is still time to enter the Simple Small Hobo Giveaway here on my blog. Comments close later tonight, EST and I’ll announce the winner!)
Hope your weekend is going splendidly.

30 Days of Happiness : Continuity

I’m beginning to fear that my daily sources of happiness are a bit repetitive.
30 Days of Happiness : Continuity : Fabric
Fabric turning into aprons.
30 Days of Happiness : Continuity : Music
Music from the library.
30 Days of Happiness : Continuity : Nature
Nature from the yard.
30 Days of Happiness : Continuity : Food
Food (vegan lo mein.)
I try to live in the day, so keeping track of what makes me happy has opened my eyes to the fact that perhaps continuity is a source of comfort to me. I always thought I was one who embraced change but perhaps I only enjoy it if the larger picture remains stable.
I hope I’m not boring you all.

Friday Recap

I’m digging Florence + the Machine.

Hoping to treat myself to The Handmade Home once I make a few more sales. (Did you see her bright and adorable studio?)

The spool holder over at kootoyoo is so clever.

About to start a custom order for a set of black and white makeup bags for bridesmaids. Very excited. I love black and white.

Dad dug up a ton of carrots from the garden and Mom, Grandma and I cleaned them up last night.

Don’t forget to enter in the giveaway for the pot holders if you haven’t already. I’m closing comments later tonight.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


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