Fleet Foxes

I’m watching the Fleet Foxes on SNL right now.  They’re performing Blue Ridge Mountain and it sounds FANTASTIC!!!  I’m very proud of them.  I first heard them live so I knew they were good, but they sound tonight.


ps Blue Ridge Mountain made it to my top ten of 2008 list.  I think if I had to put my list in order that would be first.  I love when they get all riled up about half way through the song.

Democratic Process

I love fulfilling my civic duty.

What a rush.  My polling location is right across the street from work.  So this morning, I pull on my Sunday best, grab my id, a bill, and registration confirmation.  I wasn’t going to get turned away!

I get there around 8 expecting to have to wait in line, but I just walk right in and vote.

I did my civic duty with pride.

I made an election playlist – enjoy:

sidenote:  My actual playlist has 66 songs.  I’m giving you all the sort version

1.  A Change is Going To Come – Sam Cooke

2.  America – Simon and Garfunkel

3.  Jack and Diane – John Cougar

4.  I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King

5.  Revolution – Grandaddy

6. We’re All In This Together – Ben Lee

7.  We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

8.  Power to the People – Black Eyed Peas

9.  Love Generation – Bob Sinclar

10.  Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

11.  How It Ends – Devotchka

12.  Break on Through – The Doors

13.  People Get Ready – Eva Cassidy

14.  Goin’ On – The Flaming Lips

15.  Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

16.  Holding out for a Hero – Frou Frou

17.  Freedom – George Michael

18.  Working Class Hero – Green Day

19.  Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’le

20.  What a Difference a Day Makes – Jamie Cullum

21.  A Little Bit More – Jamie Lidell

22.  Oh Happy Day – Lauryn Hill

23.  Got to Give it up – Marvin Gaye

24.  The Times They are a Changin’ – Mason Jennings

25.  Mad World – Michael Andrews

26.  This Year – The Mountain Goats

27.  Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket

28.  Rockin’ the Free World – Neil Young

29.  Back of The Bus – Outkast

30.  Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters

31.  I Woke Up Today – Port O’Brien

32.  Another One Bitest the Dust – Queen

33.  It’s the End of the World As We Know It – REM

34.  New York, New York – Ryan Adams

35.  Political Scientist – Ryan Adams

36.  World on Fire – Sarah McLachlan

37.  Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel

38.  You, Me and the Bourgeoisie – The Submarines

39.  Flint (For the unemployed and underpaid) – Sufjan Stevens

40.  I shall be Released – Wilco w/ Fleet Foxes

41.  What’s Ging On – 4 Non Blondes



I have a special connection to my ipod.  This does not make me a unique person.  I don’t’ know anyone who has an ipod and doesn’t feel like they have this special bond.  But me and my pod we’re something great when we’re together (which is allll the time).  I’ve decorated ipod with a sticker that says “every day is an adventure” that I got from an outdoorsy store where I bought a water bottle.  (Like I would buy anything but a trendy water bottle at an outdoorsy store).

But ipod and me – it is a true and untainted love.  I mean it’s the keeper of many of my favorite things:  The new King’s of Leon song Sex on Fire, Outkast songs that instantly make me think of Frat parties freshman year at Sigma Chi, David Sedaris books to make me laugh, and Office and Greek tv episodes.  Really it’s like a time capsule of all things that make me happy.  If you can imagine, ipod’s and my love just grew deeper.

I got to work this morning and started with my morning rituals:  Got a Mountain Dew, opened my work email, open my personal email, and opened itunes.

When I opened my itunes it asked me if I wanted to upgrade to version 23098234.2


This download takes a while, and I try to wait patiently even though I just want to listen to Tyrone by My Morning Jackets.  Let me tell you, the wait was so worth it.  Itunes now has something called Genius.  And it lives up to it’s name.

Genius knows how to anticipate my unspoken desires.  If you click on a song on your itunes and then Genius button, it will create a playlist of songs it thinks you will enjoy based on that song.  I must admit, I was a little weary.  Could technology really anticipate that I like an eclectic mix of music.  I have playlists with Tom Waits and Miley Cyrus.  Would it know that?

Well check this out.  I’ve been really into Bon Iver Skinny Love the past few days.  Let’s see what it creates for me.

1.Skinny Love – Bon Iver

2. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

3.  The National – Fake Empire

4. Good to Sea – Pinback

5. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold

6.  Electric Feel – MGMT

7.  Metal Heart – Cat Power

8.  Strange Times – The Black Keys

9.  Normandie – Shout Out Louds

10.  Anthems for a 17 year old – Broken Social Scene

11.  Track 11 (From the Crane Wife) – The Decemberists

12.  All of My Days – Alexi Murdoch

13.  How it Ends – Devotchka

14.  Off the Record – My Morning Jacket

15.  Track 7 – Matt’s Mix

16.  A & E – Goldfrapp

17.  Start a War – The National

18.  Hold on, Hold on – Neko Case

19.  M79 – Vampire Weekend

20.  I Woke Up Today – Port O’Brien

21.  is there a ghost – Band of Horses

22.  Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes

23.  New York – Cat Power

24.  2080 – Yeasayers

25. The Dress Looks Nice On You – Sufjan Stevens

WHAT AN AMAZING PLAYLIST!!!!  The fact that it could pick up that Track 7 from Matt’s Mix fits with Sufjan Stevens blows my mind!

You’ve done it again Apple.  Well done.

I stand and applaud you.


This weekend was quite the Occasion. I traveled up to Chicago to visit with friends, celebrate the birth of Courtney, and go to Pitchfork music fest. I’d say the weekend earned two enthusiastic thumbs up! Fine holiday fun.

Friday, immediately after work, I headed to the big city or at least that was the plan. However, my life doesn’t work like that. I had to run home and pick up a few things I forgot to pack. Of course, I left my ipod at work. I REFUSE TO TRAVEL 3+ HOURS WITHOUT IT! But finally circa 6 I got on the road. It was a pretty easy trip, stop a gas station for some gatorade, hit up taco bell, listen to Harry Potter audio book. (sidenote: I always feel very cool listening to Harry Potter when I cruise up to a drive through or a toll booth).

Saturday started the weekend’o’fun. After a delish brunch at some Hari Krishna restaurant Molly and I headed to Pitchfork.

(please note the guy behind us. I have a feeling it’s not a ciggie he’s smoking!)

The first act we caught was Fleet Foxes. Foxes indeed.

They were actually one of my favorite acts. I’ve been listening to them non stop (no really I’ve had my headphones in listening to them as I run errands, when I’m cleaning at home. I’m obsessed) since I’ve returned. These guys can harmonize.

check out one of their performances here.

The heat was pretty intense on Saturday and it was so sticky. But the world is kind and Molly discovered the popcicles. I’m not kidding when I say these Popsicles changed my outlook on life. Fruity delishiousness was exactly what I needed right then

Seriously, don’t they look good?

After the pops we watched Vampire Weekend. They were great. I’ve just been loving their cd all spring/summer. I can’t get the video I took to imbed, but trust me, you’re not missing much. I’m a terrible videographer.

The rest of the day was spent listening to acts from the comfort of a poncho seat.

Here’s a list of the other acts I saw day 1:

Caribou (or the end of it)

Fleet Foxes

Dizzee Rascal

Vampire Weekend

!!! (I was loving their lead singer’s hot dance moves!)

We sadly had to leave before we could see Animal Collective. But Molly and I kept our head up because we were going to the wonderful birthday celebration for Courtney.

We decked out in our Sunday best and headed to a wonderful Italian dinner. Afterwards we headed to some bar in the Lincoln Park area. This bar was full cute guys, or so it appears at first glance. Here’s an example of what type of guy was at the bar. Emily and I are just chatting about life and we notice this guy behind Annie that keeps staring and pointing at her. He then calls over a friend and starts doing to same thing. This goes on for legit 15 mins or more. Finally the guy comes up to Annie and pulls out this beauty, “We’ve voted you best dressed here. We appreciate that you took the time to put yourself together tonight, so I want to buy the best dressed a drink.” Annie thinks it was ruffied.

Things like this go on all night, but we had a magnificent time. After last call we’re on our way out when a monsoon hits. I mean it is pouring down rain.

It looks a little like this.

For some reason, Annie, Molly, and Courtney decide to go get us a cab. Emily, Kathryn, and I enjoy the nice dryness of the inside. My friends are troopers. They came out of this looking a little like wet dog (but very cute wet dog).

Happily, the rain ended just in time for us to enjoy day 2 of Pitchfork.

Annie, Kathryn, Courtney and I went on day two.

Here’s who we saw:

Les Savy Fav

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon (at least Annie and Court saw them)

The Dodos

M. Ward


Bon Iver

Dinosaur Jr


They were all great. I didn’t know much of anything about The Dodos before I went, but they were fantastic as well. All the acts lived up to my high expectations.

There’s Bon Iver. Good work!

The BEST part the concert was the people watching. GOLD SOLID GOLD. The festival was one big Ray Ban commercial I swear. The place was filled with too cool hipsters – guys in skinny jeans, girls in headbands worn rambo style. The best game to play while people watching was, “Who doesn’t belong.” I loved the ladies with their Louis Vitton bags standing next to people with fanny packs. I was content doing nothing but watching people walk by. I really wish I was cool enough to be a hipster… someday maybe… someday.

There’s much more to say on this subject, but I’m tired so that’s all you get for now!