my year of heavy listening in 2013

1 January, 2014

This year was marked by music for me more than anything else. I’m not sure there has been a year of music since I was in college that will forever be so inexplicably bound to this time and place in my life. Usually there are a handful of songs and a couple full albums that […]

Mixtape Monday! An Anchor Tag Giveaway!

26 November, 2012

There is currently a Free Shipping Sale for Cyber Monday in the Anchor Tag Etsy Shop going on, but I got bored promoting that, so I’m declaring it “Mixtape Monday” and giving away a set of the best-selling Etsy item, my Mixtape Postcards.  This is much more fun. It’s completely free to enter, the contest runs from now […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation (So Far) – My First Metal Concert

21 July, 2012

Wow, how are we closing in on the end of July already? I moved up to the Boston metro area, then Summer started and it’s been a blur. I’m going to recap some of the highlights. And no, unfortunately, I am not on vacation for the Summer. I’ve been very much working. However, summer continues […]

the list of now’s favorites: 2011

15 January, 2012

Oh hi, middle of January. It was time to do this 3 weeks ago. Alas, I had some priority issues over the past month – this blog being one of the things that had to go hang out on the back burner for a while. So here’s my list of highlights from 2011: Books Music […]

because I love you.

20 August, 2011

It’s been awhile (too long) since I made a mixtape. I started making this as a work mix, to paint to, but then it turned into something seasonal, something tidal, something… emo. So because it’s the end of summer. And because I’m emotional tonight. And yes, because I love you. I made this mixtape and […]

PSA: It’s Coachella Weekend!

17 April, 2011

And the next best thing to being there is watching it streaming live! I’m a little late in posting about this, due to not having internet until today and thus missing out on their Friday lineup entirely! Tonight I missed the New Pornographers and Gogol Bordello (but video clips should be posted in the archive […]

music 2010: a round-up of lists

27 December, 2010

I ((heart)) the last two weeks of December.  Amongst other things, like my love of the holidays, there is a veritable explosion in the list-a-verse with the addition of everyone’s “best of” lists.   I just posted my list of what I was listening to all year, now here is a round-up of the others that […]

the list of now’s year in music: 2010

27 December, 2010

This is my version of a “best of” list, although I am very often listening to music that was no released this year.  This year in particular, I was not actively discovering or trying out too many new releases.  I’m not sure why, I guess I just was pre-occupied with other things.  While I frequently […]

David Yates + Cast Discuss Dancing Scene in “Deathly Hallows”

2 December, 2010

I recently wrote about how much I loved the scene in Deathly Hallows when Harry and Hermione dance, specifically the use of the song  “O Children.”   I’ve been wondering how that came about.  Was the dancing scene originally written into the script and someone just thought of that song?  Was it a love of the […]

Nick Cave’s “O Children” in the latest Harry Potter film

27 November, 2010

As much as I love film and have a great, great love for several favorite films in particular, my obsession and connection with music runs an entire level deeper.  I am not exaggerating when I say the the use of music and excellent sound cues contributes so much to my experience watching a film, it […]

Sorry, Katy Perry…

28 August, 2010

Aside from being totally unimpressed that you kissed a girl and you liked it… Beach House just has a better Teen Dream. and my inner teenager ((hearts)) them hardcore right now.

weekend short list

17 July, 2010

What I am up to this weekend. 1. Catching some of Pitchfork Music Festival (streaming live on my computer) I’m not at Pitchfork in Chicago, but this is the next best thing.   Tommorrow there are sets by Cass McCombs, Beach House, St. Vincent and Pavement. 2.  Discovering new music I like. This morning I caught […]

Listen Up!

4 July, 2010

Five places to get a (good) free music fix! I love my music collection, but sometimes if I don’t add new tracks to my digital mixes,  my itunes will start to get that “not so fresh feeling” and I have go on a downloading frenzy. I have recently come across a few freebies from artists […]

Aggressive Apathy, It’s a New Year Edition

11 January, 2010

The beat between apathy and rabid, nagging, annoyance.  Do I have distaste for these things?  Not necessarily, I don’t care enough.  I start to develop exposure angst, when I do not I wish to see, hear, read, or discuss them EVERYWHERE. So, it’s 2010, now.  Can the media and my co-workers stop discussing the following?  […]

Bob Dylan sings Christmas in MY heart!

10 November, 2009

Call me crazy, but I think Bob Dylan’s Christmas album is totally wonderful. I feel like everyone is missing the point and that it’s supposed to be campy and a bit ridiculous.  I mean, look at the picture he chose for the album cover!  I feel like he knows how he sounds on these songs […]

“Glee” Does Springsteen?

2 November, 2009

Or at least they hope to soon. Entertainment Weekly reports: If you’ve read the Glee cover story in the latest issue of EW, you know there’s one artist above all whose music the Fox series’ brain trust is aching to take on: Bruce Springsteen. “I think Bruce is our next holy grail,” Glee co-creator Ryan […]