Music Monday | Janine and the Mixtape

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Janine and the Mixtape is responsible for my current sexy song obsession. I’m pretty sure I listened to it over 20 times last week when I first heard it. I couldn’t stop, wouldn’t stop, still won’t stop. I watched the video. I listened to the version with Pusha T. I listened to the acoustic version (thanks to a reader who posted it on my wall – Hi Hector!) Then I went back to the original and just played and played and played it.

Stream: “Hold Me”

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Riiiiiiiight?!

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Music Monday | Kiah Victoria

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I’m not going to lie to you. When Kiah Victoria‘s cover of “Fix You” started, I thought that there was no way I was going to like it. After all, this is in my top 5 favorite Coldplay songs. It seemed too easy to ruin. But, then again, covers of Coldplay songs have turned out to be some of my favorite covers ever – like Willie Nelson covering “The Scientist” and Aimee Mann doing the same.

Kiah’s soulful, alt-R&B vibe sucked me right in. This cover is so different, so re imagined, than the original, which is exactly what makes it work.

Check out her Gravitate EP. It’s seriously hot. And also hawt.
Personal favorite – “Breathing is Too Easy.”
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Music Monday | Carl Anderson

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This Carl Anderson song played on a Bands Under the Radar playlist I was listening to the other day. And by the other day, I mean the day it was 12 degrees in Georgia. I was cooking dinner, warming myself with wine, and these lyrics were just too perfect.

I want to go where the sun is shining
I want to go where the sky is blue

Stream: “Ocean”

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I want to see clear across the ocean, too, Carl. Real bad.

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Music Monday | Louisa Wendorff

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I’m going to be honest with y’all…
My most played artist of December was Taylor Swift. And over the holidays, I didn’t check out any new music. I was all about the pop ballads and the 90s rap (thanks to Houston’s Boom 92).

When the internet exploded last week with this Taylor Swift mashup by Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson, I exploded as well. If you haven’t seen it, let the video below be your gateway into this Nashville singer/songwriter’s music. Then give her EP Arrow a listen (iTunes | Spotify).

Merry Music Monday | Vol 15

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1. 100 Mile House – “We’ll Count All The Days”

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… a single. You can get this for free on Bandcamp.

2. Al Owen – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

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… on Our Christmas Wish a Cancer Free World (iTunes | Spotify). I wouldn’t call myself a fan of this song, but I can get down with this funky blues version. Real down.

3. LAYLA – “Winter, You Tease”

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… on The New Year EP (iTunes | Spotify). So, so crazy about this one. Sure, it’s not a “Christmas song,” but it’s a winter song and it just fits in a Christmas playlist.

4. The Canon Logic – “Kiss Me on Christmas”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify).

5. Echosmith – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify).

Merry Music Monday | Vol 14

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1. The Crane Wives – “Winter Song”

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…on A Very Crane Wives Christmas EP (Bandcamp). I dig this folky take on Sara Bareilles’ original.

2. Amy Stroup – “You Make The Cold Disappear” 

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… on You Make the Cold Disappear EP (for free on NoiseTrade). I was torn between posting this one and “Wishes Come True” from the same EP, so make sure to get it.

3. John Pringle – “Christmas in Bruges”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify).

4. Jeremih – “You’re Mine”

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… a single (iTunes | Spotify). This one gets stuck in my head just like “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” but it’s a lot more appropriate…

5.  Dean Martin – “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”

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… on Christmas With the Rat Pack (iTunes | Spotify). Don’t forget about these perfect classics. This one in particular just transports me to a Christmas party in the ’50s, and I look fabulous as I gaze over the New York City skyline and sip a martini…

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Merry Music Monday | Vol 13

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It’s that Holly Jolly time of year again, people! Get in the spirit here every week with one of my favorite features every December – Merry Music Monday. 5 songs, every Monday, until Christmas Day. Pretty simple, and pretty amazing. Let’s get this party started right…

1. Gent & Jawns – “Turn Up Ye Merry Gentleman”

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…on A Very Decent Christmas (iTunes | Soundcloud). Yup.

2. Nick D’ & The Believers – “Christmas in the City”

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…a single (iTunes | Bandcamp).

3. Zerbin – “Fall”

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on Christmas! (free on NoiseTrade). I love this take of “Oh Holy Night.”

4. The Lonely Wild – “Holidays”

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a single (iTunes | Spotify). There’s just something I love about a bitter, Christmas heartache song.

5. Johnnyswim – “Christmas Day”

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….on A Johnnyswim Christmas (iTunes | Spotify).

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