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Hello Pretty City faves of 2016!

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Favorite songs of 2016:
[My criteria for loving a song: If I look into the future and imagine any of these coming on the radio, I do a quick swoon, turn up the volume, and spend the whole time hoping the song lasts forever.]

Maggie Rogers: Alaska
Haley Bonar: Hometown
Angel Olsen: Shut Up Kiss Me
Parquet Courts: Berlin Got Blurry
Beyonce: Formation
Sturgill Simpson: In Bloom
Itasca: Buddy
Whitney: No Woman
Rihanna: Work
Benji Hughes: Fall Me In Love
Blossom Dearie: Sunday Afternoon (Not a new song but it’s new to me in 2016 so I must include it. I feel like it’s the unofficial theme song to Hello Pretty City!)

Fave albums of 2016: 
Sharon Signs To Cherry Red – Independent Women 1979-1985: Volumes 1 + 2
Matt Pond PA: In Winter
Cass McCombs: Mangy Love
Angel Olsen: My Woman
Damien Jurado: Visions of Us on the Land
Mitski: Puberty 2
Yumi Zouma: Yoncalla
Kevin Morby: Singing Saw

Playlist for 9/29/13 show

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

There was one song that Sam Amidon played on the violin this past Thursday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall that may have made every heart anxious and then nearly stop beating. It was a tear-inducing performance that I’m still sad is over.

8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
Magnet: The Gospel Song (So many elements of a perfect song! Hand claps, stomping, banjo, sweet and smooth singing.)
The Tallest Man On Earth: King Of Spain
The Secret History: Anthony!
Beach Day: Beach Day
The Cave Singers: Easy Way
Washed Out: Within and Without
Calexico: Fortune Teller (Something about this song gives me chills each time I hear it.)
Lou Doillon: One Day After Another
Veronica Falls: Everybody’s Changing
The Avett Brothers: Murder In The City
Spectrals: Limousine
Ravens & Chimes: The Parting Glass
Powerdove: Love Walked In
Magnolia Electric Co.: The Handing Down
Timber Timbre: Black Water
Jens Lekman: Black Cab


9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Jim Guthrie: The Sound Of Wanting More (Still pretty sure this album, Takes Time, is on my list of fave albums this year. I expect to be enjoying it for many years.)
Jenny O.: In Our Hands
The Concretes: A Way Of Life
Beach House: Lazuli
Lily & Madeleine: These Great Things
Yellowbirds: Stop Tonight
Belle & Sebastian: The State I Am In
Olof Arnalds: A Little Grim
Treetop Flyers: Is It Worth It
Bombino: Tamiditine
Feist: The Water
Sea Wolf: Leaves In The River
Emiliana Torrini: Fisherman’s Woman
Don Peris: Palos Verdes
Little Joy: Unattainable

Picture note: Listen for Sam’s interview and performance this week on WEXT.

New Iron and Wine

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


This new Iron and Wine song. It immediately sounds good to me. (And the album cover features one of my favorite photographs. It’s by Barbara Crane and it’s on the cover of one of my most beloved books, Private Views. Some of the photos from the book are here.) The new album comes out April 16, 2013. I’m ready.

Please Cass, please

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I loved Cass McComb’s last album so much that I’m a little scared to listen to this new single. But I’m doing it now.