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I was fumbling through my iPod to resurrect some long forgotten tunes and I decided to give my older Jason Mraz CD’s a whirl again. I’ve been a fan of San Diego based Mraz for years but haven’t spun his older tracks in many moons. I’m sure you’ve heard his current hit, I’m Yours, that’s been circulating on the radio, from his recently released May 2008 CD, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. I just adore his sassy lyrical wordsmith style.

Listening to his earlier songs reminded me why I like him. He makes me smile. And smiling feels good. 

There are plenty of tracks you can sink your teeth into and hum over and over again. I heart Mr. Curiosity, The Remedy, You and I Both, Bella Luna, and of course who doesn’t love Geek in the Pink, made even that more famous by the American Idol contest, Chris Richardson. (But of course, Jason’s the real rhythm and rhyme master). Mr. Mraz will be in flapping his chops in Sweden this September and Fattie just surprised me with tickets! Yah! 

Here are just a couple videos to get you in the mood.

Jason’s current hit, I’m Yours

and one of my favorite songs, Life is Wonderful from his CD, Mr. A-Z:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkHTsc9PU2A

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l74d1fmZbw

 

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Happy to be back in the states for a couple weeks and tonight I’m feeling so grateful for the abundance and availability (well, compared to where I’m currently living in Sweden) of decent live music here.

Last night we headed out to set our eyes and ears on the San Diego based, Augustana. I’m sure you’ve heard their song, Boston which sold a million digital copies and was featured on the TV show One Tree Hill or the catchy tune, Stars and Boulevards – both songs from their first album, All the Stars and Boulevards. I adore their sporty heartfelt style – kind of a mix between Keane, Train, and The Fray. Dan Layus’ voice is amazing and his soulful breathy vocals sound even more fabulous in person. And being extremely easy on the eyes certainly doesn’t hurt either.

The girls and I had a blast hanging out together but unfortunately didn’t snap any pix worthy of posting. Here are two versions of Augustana’s new single, Sweet and Low, to whet your appetite. Trust me, you’ll be humming this one in no time.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2D07wrBNMk

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUJiOveDGg

Augustana’s second CD, Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt just hit the stores on April 29th. For $9.90, it’s seriously worth the dough.

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Colbie Caillat - Coco

Colbie Calliat is the super cute 22 year old blondie singer-songwriter from California who broke records with her song, Bubbly – it’s been viewed more than 17 million times on youtube and upwards of 20 million on myspace.

Her CD, Coco, has been making the rounds in my iPod since last year and it continues to grow on me a little more every time I hear it.

It’s feel good music. Here’s her song, Magic.

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brett dennen

Ok, I realize I might be a little obsessive by nature. Even my friends would agree, once I like something I really like it. I’m just loyal and dedicated like that. That’s how I roll.

My current addiction is Brett Dennen.

Yeah, I heard him a couple years ago too but couldn’t really decide how much I liked him – I mean, was I willing to commit, get off my wallet, and fork over the $12.99 for his new CD? Well, after about a year pondering it and getting more & more attached to the 3 songs I did own by this musical master, I decided yes; Brett’s definitely worth it. I immediately – and happily – purchased just about everything by Dennen I could get my grubby paws on and have been playing him non-stop for a few weeks months. (wow – the time has flown by)

Brett Dennen is the passionate, confident, and captivating freckled face 28 year old Californian whom I currently adore. This goofy red haired, sometimes headband wearing, guitar carrying, singer songwriter’s music is brilliant, honest, and completely mesmerizing to me.

Rolling Stone names Brett Dennen as one of the top 10 artists to watch in 2008. (for the full article click here)

They offer this illustration on Brett’s “sound”.

brett dennen sound

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Nick Pitera is unusually talented and has tremendous vocal abilities – you can’t question that. Apparently, some refer to him as the ultimate singing mermaid.

I think he’s an angel.

Just spend 60 seconds listening to him perform Oh Holy Night. I got chills.

Here Nick sings both parts in Disney’s Aladdin song, Whole New World.

Yup.

Both male and female roles. Aladdin AND Jasmine.

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pizza cone

I’m not sure if this is right or wrong……But it’s sure, uh, well, different….Can you really muck around with something as classically wonderful and delightfully pure as Italian pizza and turn it into, well, a hot pocket type burrito thingy in an ice cream cone?

I mean, what would the Italians say?

Oh, what’s that? Yup. This cone shaped creation actually originated in Italy! It seems the concept of Pizza da Passeggio, walkaway pizza, started brewing 6 years ago with an little idea that has blossomed into a successful company in Italy.

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I stumbled upon the Acoustic Lounge on KSFS podcast while digging through iTunes. It’s free and I love it.

The Acoustic Lounge on KSFS hosts the Artist Spotlight every week, featuring sit down interviews and exclusive live performances with artists whose music is featured regularly on the show.

Some guests have included James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Jose Gonzalez, Ari Hest, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper, Tristan Prettyman, Jamie Cullum, Jack Johnson, Joshua Radin, Matt Wertz, Eric Hutchinson, Jon McLaughlin and Teitur – just to name a few!

You can visit the Acoustic Lounge site at: http://myspace.com/acousticloungeksfs or subscribe to their free podcast via iTunes.

If you are in possession of other great podcasts, don’t be a hog.

Please share!

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It snowed a few days ago and in my optimism I thought it would melt by the days end.

Well, can someone be so kind as to gently remind me I’m in Sweden now?

The beautiful snow didn’t melt as I had planned; in fact, it kept coming down. And now 4 days later it’s still here.

Unfortunately, we haven’t put our winter tires on the cars yet; and since it’s the law here, going too far away without them is a little risky. So, I’ve been holed up at home these last few days making every effort and excuse for a jaunt out of the house.

Oh, what have I been doing to keep busy? Rearranging the junk drawers, doing laundry, scanning cookbooks, listening to music, relaxing, changing all the linens, scrubbing the bathrooms, creating a photo book online, vacuuming, surfing the web, chatting with friends, dusting, shopping online, organizing my closet, trying new recipes, skimming through all the magazines my mom sent me from the states, and getting all snuggled up, grabbing my iPod and going for long reflective walks in the snow.

A few things I saw on my chilly 2 hour walk today (in no particular order):

  • Fresh moose tracks in the snow
  • 2 gorgeous lakes
  • A cow patty
  • Icicles dripping from the tree branches
  • Not another human soul

A few things I wish I had seen:

  • The running tracks/trails around Forest Park
  • Lake Oswego
  • A beef patty with all the fixings from Giant Burger
  • Drip coffee from Starbucks
  • Shiiki



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I’m telling you, I adore boys who can sing. At this very moment my iPod is heavily weighted towards acoustic male singers.

EHutch

My latest obsession (easy now – there’s no stalking involved) is Eric Hutchinson.

Originally from the east coast, this twenty something performer has been called one of the most talented singer-songwriters that Boston has to offer and made the top 10 best album sellers on iTunes in September of 2007 (without a label!).

I had downloaded Hutchinson’s latest album, Sounds Like This, back in September and played it incessantly for 2 weeks. I knew I was pushing it when Fattie groaned in his cute accent, “Really? Again? Maybe we could hear something else tonight?”.

So, I’ve been patient for a couple months, laying low, mixing in other artists, but now it’s time to rekindle the love for this CD….His voice is spectacular.

 

Here’s a snippet of an editorial review:

‘You haven’t listened to Eric Hutchinson yet? Oh, you must not be a fan of intelligent pop music. Or is it that you hate hearing new music that is modern yet schooled in the prime of pop music’s yesteryears? For the last 3 years Eric Hutchinson has been cultivating his own brand of acoustic green-eyed soul. Now it is time for you to hear it. Notice the painstakingly placed lyrics, brimming with sarcasm and wit. Turn your attention to his carefully crafted, yet effortless melodies. He sings! He plays guitar! AND piano! He may very well be the next Stevie Wonder! …but probably not. ‘

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I stumbled upon Man Stroke Woman completely by accident when I was gluttonously surfing youtube one afternoon. Am I the last person ever to hear about this show? Granted, I’ve spent the majority of my life in the states NOT watching BBC but, uh-uhmm still.

This show makes me giggle.

You won’t be able to view the show’s videos from their official BBC site unless you are located in the UK. But of course it seems several folks have taken the time to post the majority of the short vids from their TV series on youtube.

A friend of mine in Australia sent me this clip the other day:

Man Cold

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