Song of the Day – Call It What You Will (Joe Pug)

I call today a disaster

She calls it December the 3rd

I haven’t posted since May, so it might seem odd to post a Song of the Day out of nowhere, but when Joe Pug’s “Call It What You Will” came on today and I noticed that my favorite line in the song mentioned today’s actual date, I felt compelled to post. My love of Joe Pug is well documented at this point, so I’ll just let the song do the talking.

As an added bonus, it’s full of references to the region of the country I was living in until July. I’ll fill you about all that soon.



Song of the Day – Ho Hey (The Lumineers)

As has been previously mentioned, my best friend Jody and have I have many things in common – but music is not one of them. While I’m more cute troubadours with moving lyrics, she more lyrics that make you move (dance preferably, Gaga being her favorite). But every once in a while the stars align and we both love the same song.

In January I was scolded for not having listened to a song that she had previously sent and ordered to listen to it right away. That song was The Lumineers “Ho Hey.”

At the time, she sent me a recording of their Daytrotter Session, but they have since released this adorable video. They’ve also recently released a self-titled album. My copy has been order and I’ll report back. Until then, I hope you enjoy the song.

New Josh Ritter – Why, Bringing in the Darlings

Very few things make my day the way an announcement of new Josh Ritter can. Today Ritter announced a new EP entitled Bringing in the Darlings. It’s been 25 minutes since the email came out, and I’ve already pre-ordered my copy. It’s fair to say I’m a fan (in case you didn’t get that from this entry).

You can stream the song “Why” right now over at Paste Magazine. You also get an immediate download of it if you buy one of the packages here. Good for those of us that will have trouble waiting for it’s release on February 21.

Upon first listen it’s already a song that resonates with me. Anyone that knows me knows I have difficulty making the big life changing type decisions, and am currently in that process right now. Maybe this will be my anthem until I get to where I need to be.

“Why spend your only life waiting, to do what you know you can do?”

Thing-A-Day #4 – Barrettes

A day full of creation and inspiration for future projects. A friend and I went to a small town nearby to do some antiquing. I looked like it would be a day without purchases, but then I left the final store with my arms full. Here’s a pile of my purchases – foreshadowing of projects that will come later this month.

I’ve been looking for a suitcase to cover in fabric since seeing this one on Pinterest several months ago. It would be perfect for a merch case. So now I just need to discover a secret talent, start a band, book a tour, finish the suitcase, and hit the road. Easily done.

I’ve painted a couple of coats on the board featured yesterday, but I’ll wait until there is real news on that front to post again. I also made a delicious 5 bean soup. And somehow managed a giant nap as well. Successful day.

This evening I started making a pair of barrettes that have been special ordered by a very kind colleague. Here’s what they look like so far…

Chirp, chirp!

Well, I should probably head to bed – waking up in a couple short hours to see blog favorite Reed Turner perform on Austin’s KXAN at 8:40 their time. Living out west does me very few favors when it comes to time. If you are up at that time watch it with me live here, or read about it here tomorrow.


Song of the Day – Gray or Blue (Jaymay)

There are television shows that I actually enjoy watching on Wednesday nights, but I was so at peace crafting and listening music that I stuck with that instead last night. And Pandora rewarded my decision by playing great music. A lot of The Band, John Prine and Joe Pug.

The Avett Brothers’ station is dominated by male voices, so maybe the fact that a female artist popped up piqued my attention. I had never heard of the song Gray or Blue, or the artist Jaymay, but I enjoyed it last night and hope you will today.

Confession: I Like Starbucks Mixes

After years of successfully boycotting Starbucks, I succumb to the pressure and became a first time customer. I still don’t visit often, as I would still prefer to support local coffee shops and our local Starbucks locations involve driving – which I also try to avoid (whoa, does that sound granola enough for you…but it’s true).

Last March I was traveling with students and traveling with any large group seems to always involve a stop for coffee. It was during that visit that I picked up “Save It For A Rainy Day,” a compilation specifically designed to listen to on a rainy day. The compilation borrows it’s title from a Jayhawks song, who I love despite being from Minneapolis instead of Kansas.

Today I celebrated “Treat Yourself” day, an idea inspired by a recent episode of Parks & Recreation. For me this meant a failed attempt to upgrade to the new iPhone, some expensive nail polish that I bought purely for the name, and some new music. It also involved a Pumpkin Spice Latte, which meant a visit to Starbucks. There I found their newest compilation – “When Folk Meets Rock.”

Clearly, this is the perfect CD for me. Those that have been following along could have deciphered that this is my preferred genre. In fact, this blog might as well be called When Folk Meets Rock, though I’m still quite happy with The Crafty Audiophile.

So, despite it coming from Starbucks, I’m enjoying this CD and the mix of artists it represents. I also love the artwork and the frameable poster liner notes. You win this round, Starbucks. Well played.

Here’s the track listing for those that are interested:

  1. The Cave Singers – Seeds of Night
  2. Bob Dylan – She Belongs To Me
  3. DeVotchKa – You Love Me
  4. The Byrds – I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
  5. M. Ward – Fool Says
  6. Love – A Message to Pretty
  7. Belle & Sebastian – Sleep the Clock Around
  8. The Beau Brummels – You Tell Me Why
  9. The Magnetic Fields – I Think I Need a New Heart
  10. Donovan – Celeste
  11. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  12. Jeff Buckley- Last Goodbye
  13. Josh Ritter – Girl in the War
  14. José González – Down the Line
  15. Al Stewart – Nostradamus