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the ultimate goal.

lots going on. ish.
tab started wards and is on Q4, half-trained for a half marathon and beat my goal time of 2 hrs by 7 minutes thanks to CJ and Lauren, attempting to study for more tests, earnings season is about to start, obsessed with anything and everything by Harlan Coben, trying to get back into my weekly mp3 blasts but failing miserably, working on perfecting my poached egg (more vinegar? less??), trying to do more yoga (and work on those ridiculously fun arm balances), juggle lots of visiting friends and family, try to actually train for another half next month, keep up with work, make more banana pancakes on lazy sundays w tab, check out all the new restaurants that keep popping up in the mission, and still work in some time for both the laundry and the pup.  and maybe carve a pumpkin this weekend?

some goodies:
Dead Man’s Bones – Pa Pa Power <– if you liked “my body’s a zombie for you” – which i did, youll dig this.
Interpol – Barracade <– still not sure how i feel about the rest of Paul Banks & Co’s new LP, but this is good
Morgan Page & Lissie – Longest Road <– been overplaying this all summer and it gets better every time
Gayngs – By Your Side <– Justin Vernon + 22 friends covering Sade? perfection
Passion Pit – Tonight, Tonight <– dont worry, i havent forgotten these guys. Fantastic pumpkins cover.

Also started a tumblr @ rightmindleftcoast.tumblr.com but undecided about whether or not anyone but t will read it. plus, you cant post more than one mp3 a day. we’ll see.


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NPR’s All Songs Considered just did a Best of ’09 (So Far). Totally digging it except for two important omissions: Florence & the Machine (the incredible Lungs – Drumming is especially fantastic, as is her cover of Postcards From Italy) and Sunset Rubdown (Dragonslayer = brilliant; see Idiot Heart & You Go On Ahead / Trumpet Trumpet II).

Here’s their list, with the picks i especially agree with in bold. What do you think? (lots of mp3 reposts / tracks ive sent in my mp3 blasts, but a few new ones, too)

The Best Songs of 2009 (so far)
1. “My Girls” Animal Collective
2. “Two Weeks” Grizzly Bear
3. “Blood Bank” Bon Iver <– justin vernon! oh, to have been emma, forever ago!
4. “The Rake’s Song” The Decemberists
5. “Lisztomania” Phoenix <– so much fun
6. “Zero” Yeah Yeah Yeahs <– my fave track on It’s Blitz. love running up Alamo Sq to this.
7. “This Tornado Loves You” Neko Case  <– amazing.
8. Sleepyhead” Passion Pit <– no secret im in love with this song.
9. “Laughing With” Regina Spektor <– disappointing, i thought. especially this track.
10. “The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid” The Decemberists <– love Shara Woodren on this!
11. Train Song” Feist and Ben Gibbard <– from my fave collaboration of the year
12. Knotty Pine” David Byrne & Dirty Projectors <– same album. love love love it.
13. Daniel” Bat For Lashes <– lush. posted a killer remix a few months back, i think.
14. “Summertime Clothes” Animal Collective
15. “One Wing” Wilco <– sorry, ive never been a big jeff tweedy fan, except when he collab. w/ Billy Bragg
16. “The Fear” Lily Allen <– great track. but still obsessed with her cover of “Straight to Hell
17. “Heads Will Roll” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
18. “Wilco (The Song)” Wilco
19. “Stillness Is The Move” Dirty Projectors <– great track but im not obsessed w/ Bitte Orca.
20. Help, I’m Alive” Metric <– im not a huge Emily Haines fan, but there’s something about this track.
21. Anonanimal” Andrew Bird
22. “On No” Andrew Bird <– fantastic song. i wish i listened to him more.
23. “No You Girls” Franz Ferdinand
24. “I And Love And You” The Avett Brothers
25. “French Navy” Camera Obscura <– fantastically fun
26. “Magpie To The Morning” Neko Case <– gorgeous.
27. “Woods” Bon Iver
28. “Black Hearted Love” PJ Harvey and John Parish
29. “While You Wait For The Others” Grizzly Bear
30. Panic Switch” Silversun Pickups <– love, love, love the build up in this.

Read on for the album picks…

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Killer remix of Natasha Khan’s first single from her soph album, Two Suns.
Oh, and the old Gaelic folk song that Passion Pit sampled for Sleepyhead. Check it out.

Bats for Lashes – Daniel (Death Metal Disco Scene Remix)

Mary O’Hara –
Oro Mo Bhaidin

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Ahh, year end. crisp winter nights, hot chocolate (now, with red peppers ala kat), new sweaters, snuggly scarves, wool socks, brisk runs, red noses, holiday cheer (and snark), and lists! Lists upon lists upon lists! who’s been naughty, who’s  been nice; ingredients for jb’s mother’s ginger snaps; recipients of belated holiday cards, gifts for sister and parents,  pumpkin beers ive yet to try… and last but not least, the best-of lists!!

now, to try and put these in any logical order would be ridiculous and unfair. and when i say the best of ’08, lets not go crazy trying to define what that means for albums released in 2006 in Sweden (thank god Robyn is finally getting some recognition) or the UK (ooh adele! mgmt!). lets just drop all the pretentious logistical stuff and say that here follow the tunes that i dug like mad in ’08.

some are just tracks, others are albums (i admit it, some cds i just didnt listen to all  of – leona lewis, for example – and some i couldnt stop spinning). but all were tunes that will forever remind me of the  following: early mornings driving on brick roads through baltimore, that giddy feeling you get when you realize youre smack dab in the middle of falling in love, packing up and moving all the way across the country, spending lazy nights with the roommies, blogging the multitudes of pop culture crap, running along the bay on the perfect afternoon – the lights just beginning to dim and everything illuminated by soft lights on the water, bike rides down hills at top speed, bike rides uphill and miserable, dance parties in soma till the early morning, road trips down route 1 in search of the perefct bag of cherries, sunday afternoons overlooking dolores park with a nora roberts novel and warm beet salad, grilling on my balcony while the sun goes down, and taking giant blindfolded leaps of proverbial cliffs…

Continue for the mp3s

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