Friday, December 27, 2013

The Best of 2013: Music

I can't believe how much music I listened to this year. Some years go by and I barely scratch the surface of anything new but this year was very different. The "Blogged 50" playlist on Songza got a lot of play in my house and helped me search out a lot of new stuff. A surprising gift from writing The Lost Girl is that to avoid the same things over and over again, I need to actively look for new stuff to share which exposes me to new stuff. Mutually beneficial!

Well, this was a fun year as far as my musical tastes were concerned. I've always loved pop music, and I feel like it really took an interesting turn this year with the further inclusion of electronic sounds. Some interesting bands like The Antlers and Alt-J popped up on my radar this year too. Nevermind the return of Quebecoise-darlings Arcade Fire. Read on for more!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best of 2013: Films

A big reason that these best of list were so hard to complete was based solely on this first category. I spent this year on Netflix and as a result I haven't seen too many movies this year (save for some summer blockbusters, but only one of them made this list). But as I type, my wishlist is long. Between 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr Banks, Fruitvale Station, I have a serious climb toward awards season ahead of me. But that said, the few films on this list were worth the effort of making it to the movie theatre.

Monday, December 23, 2013

HEAR THIS: Soulful Acoustic Cover of "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5

It's really unbelievably beautiful how these two were able to transform this pop hit into such a heartachingly woeful ballad. Just goes to show that perspective and interpretation is everything. Enjoy loves.

Your girl,

PS - Hoping to get my "Best of 2013" lists out by the end of the week! Stay tuned.