[Music Monday] Songs for a rainy day.

It has been rainy in Denver, so I’d thought I’d share some great songs having to do with rain or rainy days….

Dirty Rain: Ryan Adams
“You and I are out there dancin’ in the dirty rain…”

Let it Rain: Tilly and the Wall
“Don’t be frightened by the storm so bold and brave / Just let it rain”

Summer Rains: The Ditty Bops
“Summer rains / are falling from the sky”

No Rain: Blind Melon
“All I can say is that my life is pretty plain / I like watching the puddles gather rain”

Rain: The Beatles
“I can show you when it starts to rain / Everything’s the same”

It’s Been Raining: Kimya Dawson
“My mother says that / rain is angels / who are crying / up in heaven”

Enjoy. 🙂

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[Music Monday] “Are y’all ready to get sad together?”

As soon as I heard the first few lines of ” Oh My Sweet Carolina” on Saturday night I knew I was in for a treat. I’ve been listening to Ryan Adams for a while now and I saw him at Red Rocks in 2007, so I thought I had a pretty good idea about what to expect….. but this was a totally different version of Ryan Adams. This version of Ryan was, dare I say, happy and seriously funny. While the rocking performance with The Cardinals was great, I much prefer subdued, sober, acoustic Ryan Adams.

I’ll talk about Ryan in a minute, but first, I need to tell you guys about Butch Walker. I was a little bummed when he walked on stage because I was under the impression that I wasn’t going to have to sit through an opening act. All it took was about 10 seconds for him to prove me wrong. Butch Walker has one of the best voices I’ve heard in a long time and he managed to make the Buell feel tiny with his huge voice. I look forward to seeing him at a smaller venue when he comes to town next.

Here is a taste of what Butch Walker brought to the table:

Now that we have that out of the way, here are a few Ryan-centric highlights from the evening….

*The fact that the show was acoustic provided the opportunity for very interesting versions of old favorites. Ryan managed to inject the same power and life of the full studio versions into the stripped down performance so much that I didn’t miss the band at all. I especially loved particularly slower versions of two old favorites- New York, New York and Firecracker.

*Although the Buell Theatre is pretty large, it felt extremely small and intimate. I believe this is mainly due to the “rules” set in place at the venue-the prohibition of photography (although some people did still take flash photos), the limit of alcohol to the lobby only, and a strong urge against using cellphones (I didn’t see a single person on their phone). Without these distractions we were all able to enjoy the moments for what they were. And they were so great.

*Ryan Adams is hilarious, which is something that was not extremely evident when I saw him last time. He started out the evening joking- “Are y’all ready to get sad together?” He navigated the awkward silences and heckling with amazing sarcasm and finesse.  In past years Ryan would’ve flipped if someone yelled “play the good one”, but this time he just laughed and coined a hilarious song about the man on the spot.

Overall, I have to admit that I think taking three years off was exactly what Ryan needed. I hated on Mandy Moore as much as the rest for “taking” him away when he simultaneously married her and quit music…. but it is evident that taking some time off to refocus, sober up, and enjoy his wife and pets was great for him. And musically, he is better than ever.

Here is a recent performance at a radio station to give you a taste of what the show was like:

If you have never listened to Ryan Adams, I can’t recommend enough that you do so. right now.

[Awkward and Awesome Thursday] Are you lucky now?

AWKWARD:

-The other day I wore my leggings inside out to my internship AND work and didn’t even notice until I got home. The seams were SUPER noticeable, so I’m sure everyone thought I was a hot mess.

-Getting straight up yelled at because we changed our pizza crust and eliminated a few toppings. Oh, I’m sorry that we got rid of the nasty salmon pizza that only you ordered. I bet if you yell some more salmon will magically fall from the sky.

-Jordan moved this week and Loosey was so stressed out she moped around, wouldn’t eat, and even had a swollen nose! (which may or may not have been related) She is better now- but it was pretty weird to have a depressed dog for a few days.

-After doing Wedding Wednesday last week my aunt asked if it meant Jordan and I were getting married. I told her no, but she still asked my mom about it when she saw her. Sorry folks, I can barely afford to throw a dinner party for 10 friends, let alone 100+ friends/family.

AWESOME:

-Denver is forecasted for 12-15 inches of snow within the next 36 hours! I fully intend on doing nothing but making chili, drinking cider, and baking tasty treats.

-I’m going to see Ryan Adams tomorrow! I can’t wait to see a whole lot of this-

-Jordan accidentally got Amazon Prime by forgetting to cancel his trial which is actually kind of awesome. I ordered a book (including shipping) for NINE CENTS yesterday. I can’t even drive to the bookstore for nine cents. AND they have free movies and tv? Obsessed.

-This simple advice from Andy Warhol:

WHAT WAS AWKWARD/AWESOME FOR YOU THIS WEEK?

[music monday] Top Ten of 2011

One of my favorite things each year is compiling my top ten albums of the year. I love reflecting on the year in music and comparing my personal list to music bloggers and friends. This year is an interesting one, as many of my favorite artists came out with albums. It is hard to rate any other artists higher than the old standbys…. I tried to rate everything objectively but I pretty much landed on the old adage that “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”.

Here are my top ten of 2011. Click the links for the artists website!

10. The Harrow and the Harvest- Gillian Welch

9. Mountaintops- Mates of State

8. Kiss Eachother Clean- Iron & Wine

7. Mission Bell- Amos Lee

6. The People’s Key- Bright Eyes

5. Codes and Keys- Death Cab For Cutie

4. Radiohead- King of Limbs

3. 21-Adele

2. Ashes and Fire- Ryan Adams

1. Inclusions- Ben Sollee

What albums were your favorite this year?

[Awkward and Awesome Thursday] Christmas, Loosey, and Generosity

I know I have been all about Christmas this week, but I just can’t help it! I have caught the Christmas bug. And obviously, a lot of my awkward/awesome moments this week revolve around Christmas. Here are the top three in both categories.

AWKWARD:

-I spent a long time last night editing our Christmas card and then threw a fit -like a child- this morning when I couldn’t find it. In the end I’m pretty sure that I just never downloaded it from Picnik in the first place. Ooopsies. (Don’t worry, I found and saved it, and it is awesome.)

-Getting hit on for a good 45 minutes at the dog park and not even realizing it until the guy said I should come in to his work for a drink sometime, he hopes he sees me around, etc. It’s a really good thing I have a boyfriend, otherwise I would be screwed.

-Walked into Jordan’s house today to see that Loosey got into red paint. It got on the couch and there is a sploch on her back. People at the dog park saw it and kept thinking it was blood. Nope, not hurt, just a dog that tries to eat anything.

AWESOME:

-My boss and two coworkers at my internship bought me a freakin’ amazing ticket to Ryan Adams at the Buell. Orchestra, Row Q. RIGHT up front. It may be better than front row at Red Rocks (we’ll see…).

-The other day when I put 5 dollars in the Salvation Army bucket, the sweet man asked if he could hug me to thank me for my generosity. It was so dang precious.

-The amazing generosity of Coloradans even considering the economy is super awesome. Community First Foundation- a foundation that the nonprofit I intern at supports- sponsored the Second Annual Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday to raise money for nonprofits throughout the state. Over 12 million dollars was raised! That is 4 million more than last year. AMAZING.

Did you have any awkward/awesome moments this week?