Tuesday Tunes

I am apparently undeterred by my lack of music knowledge! This is my 7th Tuesday Tunes, which is just mind boggling considering I still have a set of New Kids on the Block sheets. I still don’t know how I feel about this series. It has nothing to do with pretty interiors or fancy clothing or Paris. So I’ve decided to make it applicable. And since I don’t think there are songs about painted white brick and floorboards, I went with the second best option. Meaning this week’s songs are in French! Mon dieu!

In a little Parisian side-note, I am impatiently waiting for “Midnight in Paris” to be released on DVD so I watch it a million times in a row while eating macarons and drinking champagne. If you remember, I went to see it and was thrown even deeper into my spiral of Francophile delirium (Annie, this is the post where we first met!). So I curiously checked Amazon to see when the DVD is coming out:

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “Why are there 5 exclamation points next to the release date?” or perhaps, “Why are you so excited about the release date, isn’t it too far away?” Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, I am bizarrely fixated with Paris. If I could tattoo the Eiffel Tower on my face, I would, so any release date would be exciting. But, oh, yes, there is that teeny tiny detail about the release date BEING MY BIRTHDAY, OH MY GOD. Yes, my birthday. December 20th. I do not think it is a coincidence that this adorable movie is being released on my birthday. This is a gift from the French gods! I had better get a copy of this as a present, people. In fact, this had better be the first thing people think to buy me. I am turning a quarter of a century old this year, and I was previously all grumpy about it, so perhaps “Midnight in Paris” is the universe making it up to me.

Anyway, enough being greedy. On to some French music, oui?

Coeur de Pirate is technically French Canadian, not a Parisienne, but we’re going to let it slide because, hello. Have you heard this song? She is adorable and her voice is so raspy and mature. It’s catchy and dance-y and lots of other cutesy words I can’t think of right now because I’m trying to pretend I’m French.

And conversely, Coralie Clement’s voice is so dainty and sweet that it’s almost too cute for words. This song perfectly captures every lovely feeling I have about Paris. She’s writing a love note to her neighbor and telling him to meet her on the terrace. Trop romantique.

BONUS:

Because, come on. Accordion music from one of the most charmant French movies ever made? Oui, je crois.

See you tomorrow, party people!

Tuesday Tunes

It’s Tuesday, so I have some tunes to share with you. But I first want to make clear that I have the worst taste in music, really, and would be happy as a clam to listen to New Kids on the Block (even their new stuff) all day and that I sometimes still listen to the Spice Girls without the tiniest shred of irony. In the interest of full disclosure: I went to see both of them live within the past 3 years on their respective reunion tours. So I don’t know how long I’ll be able to continue these Tuesday Tunes posts (tangent: how brilliant would it be if I called them Tunesdays? eh? eh? get it?) without alienating the portion of my readership that does not enjoy nostalgic pop. I also have a very limited scope of music that I enjoy, and there is a whole lot of classical all up in there, so one day you might get some Chopin. I make no promises!

This song gives me goosebumps of epic proportions. I have no idea how I’m going to wait another week for her new album (White People Problems). I’ve been blasting this on repeat pretty much since it was released. Try not to pay attention to the video; I never understand what is going on in music videos. There are very few albums I can listen to all the way through without skipping a song (less than 5) and “Lungs” has a spot on that list. That album was my soundtrack all of last summer, and now anything Florence does is perfection to me. She is also a muse for Gucci and Chanel, the lucky, leggy, red-headed beauty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4ajwiV_7W0

Despite all of the time I spend on the internet (and trust me when I say it is A LOT), I only yesterday found out that Miike Snow is from Sweden! This explains so much about why I love them, I think, or why I’m innately drawn to their music and could listen to them all day. Somehow I just knew deep down they were too cool to be American. I bet they have gorgeously decorated apartments with white floors and white brick walls. Anyway, this song is super cheery and adorable, totally puts me in a good mood, and might or might not have been featured in an episode of “Gossip Girl.” If I worked out, I think I would listen to this song while I was running or lifting weights, or whatever it is people do in gyms. If you’ve ever seen me attempt to display any sort of athletic ability, then you know I have all the range and stamina of a drunk kitten. Clearly those 12 years of ballet did not make a lasting impression on me once I stopped. I used to be lithe and graceful, I swear!

Happy Tuesday! What jams are you pumping this week? I’m always looking out for new music.

Tuesday Tunes

I’m beyond sorry for the lapse here, you guys. I really don’t know what happened. I have lots to share, but since today is Tuesday, how about we break it down with some Tuesday Tunes?

Yesterday, my lovely friend Anna and I took a drive with the top down on her convertible to do some serious Columbus Day shopping, since we had the day off work. I dropped an obscene amount of money at the J Crew Factory store, but oh man was it worth it! I am also the proud owner of my first piece of Le Creuset cookware (hello, gorgeous tea kettle!) and a gorgeous pair of heavy wool trouser pants for the impending cold-weather.

Anyway, Anna and I have very similar taste in music (thank god, because the drive was not short, and can you imagine how inconvenient it would have been to throw myself over the side of the car if she insisted on blasting Insane Clown Posse or something?). Here are two songs I’ve been loving recently.

I loved Ingrid Michaelson enough before I heard this song, but now I just love her even more. I have no idea what is going in this video, but this song has been stuck in my head ever since we played in the car yesterday  and it’s so damn catchy with a slightly dark element in there, too. Look at me, talking about music like I have any clue what I’m talking about. All you need to know about this girl is that she’s the genius behind this adorable song and she gives girls-in-glasses a good name!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91ijItzxaZ0

Look, judge me as harshly as you’d like, but this song is universally loved and I defy you to tell me otherwise. This song came on at the bar I stopped in on Friday night and the place went nuts. I then played it on repeat on my laptop while I cleaned the kitchen over the weekend. If this song doesn’t just get you singing along and loving every oh-so-80’s moment of it, then maybe you didn’t hear the line, “As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympia above the Serengeti.” Or that fantastic chime-y bit at the end? This song is perfect for fall (“I BLESS THE RAAAIN!!”). It’s actually perfect for every season, all the time. Also, how many people were actually IN Toto??

Happy Tuesday, kiddos! I’ll be back tomorrow with some delicious interiors inspiration for your hump day.

Sexy Tunes

I don’t know if it’s the weather (all dark and dreary here today, making me think it’s the perfect sort of day to spend curled up in bed with someone), or maybe some sort of residual feel-good-ery left over from last night’s office happy hour, but today I’ve been playing the “Sexy” playlist on StereoMood. Wait, have I not mentioned StereoMood before? Oh man, this site. You go and click on a mood, an adjective, a feeling, and then a playlist of thousands of songs pops up and you just let it go. Lost in Jamaica? There’s a playlist for that. Feeling nostalgic? Yep, there’s a playlist for that. I don’t consider myself particularly hip or in-the-know about music (but interiors! hoo boy! those, I know) but I have never heard of roughly 90% of the artists that are included on the playlists. It’s always pleasantly surprising to discover new, great music.

So! Today. Sexy tunes, for a hopefully sexy Tuesday.

I appreciate me a good beat . This song delivers. It is extremely difficult to sit in my cubicle and not dance to this. I am as white and as square as they come, with just about as little sense of rhythm as any one person can possibly be bestowed with. Unless you are putting me in a leotard and pointe shoes, I cannot dance. But this song! This song makes me want to bop my head and dance. It’s moody and sexy and delicious all at once. Can music be delicious? It can now. You know what this reminds me of? An episode of Skins, the best show ever made and further proof that the Brits do everything better. Tell me I’m wrong (to either assertion).

 

Blue Oyster Cult might seem like an odd choice to include in a post about “sexy tunes,” and you’d be right. It is odd. But this song is sexy, and I’m sorry if that is difficult for you to accept. Mom, don’t read this next part: If you’ve never made out to this song, you need to get on that, stat. It’s grungy and fun and super classic rock. It might not have anything in common with the song above from Nevergreen, aside from the fact there are instruments, but I assure you, this song is sexy.

Okay, you’re turn. What are your favorite sexy (or questionably sexy) tunes? Sharesies!

 

Tuesday Tunes

I’m not in the best of spirits today, a carry-over a particularly rough (read: emotional) night last night. A majority of the time, my impulsive side is one of my favorite things about myself. I don’t look before I leap, I don’t weigh consequences or pros and cons, and usually, if I like something, I go for it. A majority of the time, this works out for the best. But there is that small minority where things just don’t pan out like I’d hoped, and I end up defeated and upset, because along with being impulsive, I have this tendency to get really, really excited and built-up about things, even (especially?) before they are definite. So today I’m a mixture of sad, disappointed, and a little heartbroken. But I’m trying to be positive, so today’s music selection is the most upbeat song I could think of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxFa9HLdhIY

True story: I heard this while shopping at  a Forever 21 a few years ago, and it has become my go-to song whenever I’m feeling particularly down in the dumps. Because, really, just try to be in a bad mood while listening to this song. It’s not possible!

Happy Tuesday, lovely readers. I’m planning on getting a manicure after work (I’m going for this color) and a half-pound of salted caramels to cheer myself up. What are your go-to remedies when you’re feeling sad?

Tuesday Tunes

Well, so much for a post yesterday. I got home from DC so late on Sunday night I simply did not have the energy to upload any photos or assemble a post. Tomorrow, I promise! In the meantime, here are two new Tuesday Tunes (try saying 3 times fast!) for you to enjoy:

Keane is one of my all time favorite bands, if not my number one. When “Hopes and Fears” came out I remember listening to it over and over and over again, even making sure to bring extra batteries with me when I commuted to school for my disc-man (Yes, there were days when people didn’t have iPods). They’ve kind of lost me with their third album and newer stuff, but their first two albums remain two of the only CDs I can play from start to finish without wanting to skip a single track. “Bad Dream” is one of my favorite songs off “Under the Iron Sea.” If you have previously written off Keane as a soft-rock band for wussies, change yo funky attitude and go buy both of them, immediately.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hswGOQKRIeY

I intentionally did not include the official video for this song, because it is beyond bizarre and weird and at one point she gets soaked in fake blood from a stuffed white cat. I don’t know what to make of it other than that it is distracting from her incredible voice. Also distracting from her incredible voice? These lyrics. Basically, don’t pay attention to anything in the song other than her range and adorable-ness. It’s catchy, and I’m guilty of really liking this song. It’s different than anything I’ve heard in a while. She’s classically trained as an opera singer, which I kind of pick up on, but not really, because I don’t really know anything about music.

Enjoy your Tuesdays! Any songs you’ve been hitting repeat on lately? I’d love to know!

Tuesday Tunes

Well what do you know, another weekly recurrence to add along with the Friday Five (there will be one this week, promise!). What can I say, I like alliterations a little too much.

Here, for your listening pleasure, are two songs I’m currently enjoying.

I heard this song in an H&M a year ago and danced around the store to it while carrying my inexpensive, European-sized clothing items, thinking I’d google the lyrics when I got home and figure out who it was. I have done that so, so many times before. I feel like half of the songs I like I first heard in stores. Either I am musically challenged or I shop too much. It’s probably a little bit of both. Anyway, once I got home I couldn’t remember any of the words. I googled everything I could remember, but it was futile. Finally, a month later I was back in H&M and it came on again! I Shazaam’d it and voila. Now I dance around my house to it. I know nothing about this band, and there is seemingly no information about them online, but this song is catchy.

 

And bringing it down a bit, this song is from the movie Broken Embraces, and it is simply beautiful. Heartbreakingly beautiful. It makes me wish I had ever learned to play the guitar, or been any good at violin as a kid.

Happy Tuesday! Any catchy songs you’re listening to lately?

Tuesday Tunes

Well, I never intended this blog to be a personal one, but I watched my page views literally quadruple in one day after I posted this in memory of my dad. Not that I’m in this for page views, either, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it’s nice to feel like you’re not just writing into outer-space, you know? And I loved writing that post more than any other I’ve done since I started this blog, so that tells me something. I think I’ll start adding more personal elements to my posts. Don’t worry, you’ll still get your fair share of materialistic posts about beautiful furniture or inspiring rooms, but maybe more with a dash of, “Hey! I’m a real person!”

The timing couldn’t be more fortuitous, really, because I have a few weekend trips coming up that are just begging to be photographed. And I’m thinking about getting this baby with some of my security deposit from my old apartment. Like, want, don’t need, and am having severe anxiety over even thinking of buying it and switching dslr platforms entirely. Yikes. See? Materialistic and personal. I CAN DO THIS.

Anyway, with an increased readership, I realized I’m also going to have to start posting more frequently here. I can’t promise I’ll have something awesome for you every day, or something substantial even, but I’m definitely aiming for more regular content around these parts. Hopefully my job won’t mind that I’m blogging on the company dime. Kidding!

SO. Music! I’ve never posted music on here before, and it’s high time I share with you these two songs. I’ve been recently addicted to both of them. Hopefully you do not find them egregiously opposite your taste in music and feel like giving them a listen.

Ignore the first 30 seconds, it’s just a French telegram. Trust me, just get into it. And yes, that is morse code.

The last minute and a half is just incredible to me.

Love em, hate em, or got your own tunes to share? I’d love to know!