Music

Cold December Nights: A Christmas Playlist

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It’s no secret that I am crazy obsessed with Christmas. I love everything about it.
Snow, eggnog, christmas cookies, & spending time with friends & family.
But one of my favorite, favorite things about Christmas is…
the music!
Nothing says it’s Christmas time quite like hearing Christmas music wherever you go.

Every year I am in charge of the Christmas music and make a huge playlist. I like to have a wide variety of Christmas songs and include a little something for everyone – some good ole classics (Elvis & Frank Sinatra), a lil country (Nobody does a Country Christmas quite like Dolly Parton!), a lil pop (Britney, Mariah), indie, etc.
I like to add new Christmas songs each year and keep it updated because let’s be real, nobody wants to hear the same old christmas songs played over and over again, year after year.

Here’s a list of 20 of our current favorite Christmas songs for this holiday season..
(You can find all these songs on youtube or itunes.)

Happy Christmas Caroling!

1. Merry Christmas, Baby. by Cee Lo Green ft. Rod Stewart
2. Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me) by Elvis Presley
3. Mr Right by Leona Lewis
4. My Only Wish (This Year) by Britney Spears
5. New York Christmas by Rob Thomas
6. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
7. Last Christmas by Taylor Swift
8. Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson
9. Carry Me Home by Hey Rosetta!
10. Little Saint Nick by She & Him
11. Sleigh Bells & Reindeer by Act As If
12. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) by U2
13. All My Bells Are Ringing by Lenka
14. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Jessica Simpson
15. Cold December Night by Michael Buble
16. Silver Bells by Elvis Presley
17. Joy To The World by Andrew Ripp
18. Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea
19. Winter Wonderland by Jason Mraz
20. Oh Santa! by Mariah Carey

What’s on your Holiday Playlist this year?!
We’re always on the lookout for new Christmas music. We’d love to hear your favorites! Comment & let us know.

Natasha xo

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Music

Gotta Hear This: Lover, You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley

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No explanation needed. Jeff Buckley is one of the greats.

‘It’s never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It’s never over, all my riches for her smiles when i slept so soft against her
It’s never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
It’s never over, she’s the tear that hangs inside my soul forever’

Xo Natasha

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What’s On Your Ipod: 5 Current Favorites

Instead of choosing just one song to feature, I thought I’d switch it up a bit and feature 5 songs. These are the 5 songs on my Ipod that I’m currently addicted to…

Do your ears a favour and check errr out!

1. She Wants To Know by Half Moon Run

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Band Links: Facebook, Twitter

My other favorite songs from their Debut album ‘Dark Eyes’ are Need It & Call Me In The Afternoon.

 2. Real Love by The Boom Booms

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Real Love is available for FREE download here!

I love everything about The Boom Booms – their name, chill tunes & positive vibes.

I got the chance to see them live this past Summer and have been hooked ever since. Their live show is incredible. So uplifting – its like one big, soulful dance party. They are constantly touring, so if you get a chance to see them live, DO IT! You won’t be disappointed.

Band Links: Facebook, Twitter

3. If I Didn’t Know Better by Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen (from the television show Nashville)

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John Paul White of The Civil Wars wrote this song with singer-songwriter Arum Rae. White and his Civil Wars bandmate, Joy Williams originally recorded the song for their ‘Live at Eddie’s Attic’ 2009 album.

I love Sam & Clare’s version on the show.

Sam Palladio who plays Gunnar on Nashville is in an indie folk band called Salt Water Thief. 

4. Crying In The Night by Buckingham Nicks

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Buckingham Nicks is a 10-track LP that Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham recorded before joining Fleetwood Mac. Although the album was considered a commercial flop and was never officially released, there are quite a few gems on the CD. Crying In The Night is my favorite.

5. Crooked Smile by J. Cole feat. TLC

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From my headphones to yours, Enjoy. 🙂 

Natasha xo

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So I know I’ve been seriously lacking with the music portion of the blog, (I have been so sidetracked by my baking obsession lately!) but I found some much-needed motivation after coming across an artist named Max Frost.

I first came across his song ‘White Lies’ a few months ago on the ‘May 2013 Playlist’ from the Indie Rock Playlist. If you haven’t heard of the Indie Rock Playlist – they release epic playlists monthly that consist of really cool indie rock/pop/electronic songs by up-and-coming artists, and also some more mainstream bands. If you are a fan of indie music, definitely check it out. I’ve found out about a lot of good songs and bands from there.

White Lies was the song that really stood out for me and I’ve probably listened to it a good hundred times since then. The song is so catchy, its got a killer melody but the lyrics are what gets me. Sooo good.
I just thought to look up the artist the other day to try to find out more info and I’m glad I did! There’s not too much info online about him yet but I’m sure that’s going to change very soon… Max Frost is definitely an artist to watch. So much talent.

I’m not sure how I would classify his music – mix of soul, hip hop, feel-good, alt, blues, funk, fresh, rock. Normally the greatest artists have a wide range of influences which translates into their music and I believe Max is one of them.
If you were to take the greatest bits and pieces from each genre of music and blend it all together to create this unique new sound – that’s how I would describe his music.
Catchy, unique, feel-good tunes.

So from what I could gather, I found out that he’s a Singer/Songwriter/Producer & Multi-Instrumentalist (Max played all the instruments on every track he’s recorded so far) from Austin, TX.
He’s only 21 years old (crazy!), and has been playing gigs for almost a decade already.
He just signed to Atlantic Records and is releasing an EP later this year so look out for that! I’m so excited to hear the EP – I’m sure he’s going to be topping the charts soon and doing big things.

Follow Max on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/maxfrostmusic or visit his site http://www.maxfrost.net for the latest news.

Check out another great track by Max titled My Walk :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_qvgN3TGbY
(this has been my jam the past few days – i listened to it while running today, and literally couldn’t stop smiling at everyone i passed haha. instant mood-booster)

Natasha xo

Song: Millions
Artist: Hannah Georgas

Vancouver, BC has such a strong music scene right now and I believe Hannah Georgas is a main component as to why. Her synth-pop, singer/songwriter style and witty lyrics are a breath of fresh air.

Originally from Newmarket, Ontario, Hannah moved to Victoria to attend university, and later on located to Vancouver.
She won the “Emerging Artist of the Year” award at XM’s Verge Music Awards in 2011 and “Solo Artist of the Year” at the Sirius/XM-sponsored Indies. Her first album, ‘This Is Good’ was put up for the Polaris Music Prize. And at the 2011 Juno Awards, Georgas was nominated for both “Best New Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.”

She has toured with fellow Canadian Kathleen Edwards as her opening act, plus was apart of Kathleen’s backing ensemble.

Her second self-titled album was released on October 2, 2012. Check out one of my favorite tracks from the album, titled ‘Millions’. Ryan Guldemond from the band MOTHER MOTHER also makes an appearance!

‘I wanna make a million bucks. I wanna make my millions.
My fear is a crutch, a little hell that I live in.
If she can do it what the fuck, how come I can’t?
I wanna make a million bucks. I wanna make my millions.’

http://www.hannahgeorgas.com/
http://www.twitter.com/hannahmusic

Natasha xo

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Kings of Leon

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I’m obsessed.
I just watched their documentary ‘Talihina Sky’ (the name of one of their earlier tracks, and also the name of the town they grew up in) on Netflix and I have a new found appreciation for their music. I was a fan before, but even more so now. I will admit, I wasn’t too impressed with the way the film was shot. I know it wasn’t meant to be this long, factual documentary per say, but I think a little more information should have been given. Also, subtitles in some parts would have been great hehe. Besides that, I really loved how the film showed us where the guys were raised and how they grew up. If you aren’t aware, the 3 brothers Nathan, Caleb & Jared’s father was a minister, and they spent a lot of their youth travelling from one Pentecostal church to the next. Matthew (guitarist) is their cousin. The documentary introduces you to their extended family, cousins & friends and gives you a lot of interesting insights. There’s also some home video footage of the guys growing up which was really cool to see too. I love documentaries for the reason that when it comes to public figures, documentaries make them seem more real and accessible and it’s pretty clear to see when people are being genuine or not. Society tends to view celebrities as these mystical creatures with special powers or something. Kings of Leon seem like really down to earth, kind, extremely talented guys who are genuinely in it for the music.

Lead singer Caleb Followill’s voice is perfection, and suits their style of alternative/southern rock amazingly. Before I watched the documentary, I didn’t listen to too much of their older music, and now I’ve realized that it’s some of their best work. At the end of the film, KOL play Talihina Sky sitting in a circle acoustically. That was my favorite bit of the whole film by far. Caleb’s voice was mesmerizing. The song sounded incredible acoustic. It was so raw and beautiful. That was what made me fanatic about finding more of their music. That version of Talihina Sky in the documentary is far better than the few recorded versions they’ve released. It’s worth it to watch the documentary just for that one part alone.

Kings of Leon have a distinct, true, original rock sound and I think that’s why people connect and love them so much. They’re not hipster wannabes. Between Caleb’s distinct voice (a front man must have a unique voice to stand out.. especially in rock music!), the quality and emotion of their songs, musicianship and their lyrics, they are the epitome of what a real rock band should be. I know there are people who say they are overrated, blah blah blah. I disagree. With so many mediocre rock bands out right now, Kings of Leon are popular for a reason.

Kings of Leon are releasing their 6th studio album Mechanical Bull on September 24th, and TOMORROW (July 17th) they are releasing the first single titled ‘Supersoaker’!
There are quite a few live videos of the song on youtube if you can’t wait till tomorrow to check it out. I’m stoked for the CD release in September, but until then I’ll be rocking their older stuff on repeat. My current favorites are The Runner, Where Nobody Knows & Taper Jean Girl.

What do you guys think of the new single ‘Supersoaker’?! Love it, Hate it? Comment below and let me know!

Side note: For people who have seen the film.. How 70’s did Kings of Leon look when they first started out?! It felt like watching footage from a 70’s rock band.. loved it!

‘But everybody says this place is beautiful
And you’d be so crazy to say goodbye
But everything’s the same this town is pitiful
And I’ll be gettin’ out as soon as I can fly’

– Natasha
xo

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