This time of year always brings back memories of holidays past. I can still feel the giddy anticipation of Christmas morning, sitting at the stop of the stairs with my brothers and sister, all in our footed pajamas, anxiously waiting for our parents to give us the nod to go downstairs. Or the annual tradition of my siblings and I staging the manger scene with an old refrigerator box, some stuffed animals, and inevitable arguments about who was going to get to play Mary and Joseph. And remember the time before TiVo when you had to actually plan in advance to watch Christmas specials? We would curl up around our tiny television set, wrapped up in blankets, popcorn in little bowls, watching Rudolph, Frosty and the Charlie Brown crew inaugurate yet another holiday season.
Now I have the pleasure of making Christmas memories for my own children and I absolutely treasure it each and every year.
This is going to be my last post for 2011 as I plan to take the next two weeks "off" to relax and enjoy the holidays with my family and friends. Thank you for lending me your ear each week. If you hit "play" in our Spotify playlist, it would take over twelve hours to listen to the 186 tracks that we have accumulated over the year. I look forward to discovering and sharing lots more in 2012.
Here are my picks for the final playlist of 2011 which you can listen to via Spotify here: GunBun Music Monday 2011.
"Default" - Django Django
Django Django is made up of four mates who met at art school in Edinburgh. This single is from their self-titled debut album which will be released January 30th, 2012.
"Hell, Heaven" - Parlovr
This track comes courtesy of my friends Steven and George who are avid SXSW'ers and who have created a Spotify playlist of bands that are slated to perform there in 2012. Parlovr is supposed to be killer live, so you should definitely try to catch them at SXSW if you are going next year.
"Boy Lilikoi" - Jónsi
I am a big fan of Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi so I was very excited to see that Director Cameron Crowe tapped him to score his new film, We Bought A Zoo. I think that the entire album is fantastic and I can't wait to see the film.
"Ribbons & Detours" - Silversun Pickups
Another favorite of mine is the alt rock band Silversun Pickups - especially their 2006 hit Lazy Eye. This track is from a three-song vinyl they put out in late November for Record Store Day's "Back To Black Friday." I am looking forward to the release of their third studio album in Spring 2012.
"Woo" - Anthony Hamilton
Anthony Hamilton is an R&B/soul singer-songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. I came across his new album, Back to Love, on Spotify and put it on as background music while I worked. Before I knew it, I was dancing around a bit in my seat - it's just that kind of music! Funk-pop meets R&B meets hip-hop. And not a lurid lyric to be found.
"Riverside - Lulu Rouge Remix" - Agnes Obel
Agnes Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter with lots of prizes and awards under her belt. Her cover of Elliot Smith's "Between The Bars" is worth a listen (available on iTunes here). This remix of her 2010 song Riverside is my bonus song to end the year!
Until next year - Cheers, Lisa