With back-to-back dinner parties this weekend, I of course had to spend a good chunk of time obsessing about the proper soundtrack for said soirees. The answer I came up with is the collection presented here: 19 food and family friendly tracks you probably haven’t heard but will want to.
For loyal readers of this blog, this CD will serve as a nostalgic tour through the mellower tracks that have emerged as my favorites over the last year or so. For the newbies out there, feel free to search the artists’ names on the blog so that you can learn more about them. And do track down their commercial releases: there’s not a band on here that’s not worth the price of admission.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s the track list and the link to the music. Continue reading
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Tagged Arcade Fire, Ben Harper, Cee-Lo Green, Chiddy Bang, Florence and the Machine, Hey Marseilles, J. Cole, John Legend, Josh Ritter, Michael McDermott, Murder Mystery, Pearl Jam, Ryan Bingham, South Rakkas Crew, The National, The Roots, The Very Best, The xx, Tinashe, Vanessa de Mata
I have an uncanny, nearly-unmatched, ability to forget names. Although I’m moderately capable on most other aspects of everyday life, I’m that guy who– upon meeting you for the fifth time– might introduce myself as it were the first.
I’ve developed all sorts of crafty adaptations to compensate. My use of pronouns can be quite impressive (“hey you” is just the beginning, believe me). I’ve also taken to certain non-committal phrases like “nice to see you” that deftly side-step the whole “have I met you before” issue. And I’ve also developed plausible-if-not-certifiably-truthful reasons for my inability to remember your name (yes, your name– nobody ever experiences it as an inability to remember names in general: only an inability to remember your name).
My number one excuse proffered for forgetting your name is that the part of my brain intended to hold peoples’ names was annexed years ago by the part of my brain that retains song lyrics. Continue reading