Excuses, Excuses

71 / April 2016 / Kristin Kelly

  1. OpheliaThe Lumineers
  2. Roll Up Your SleevesMeg Mac
  3. MississipiThe Griswolds
  4. Back to AutumnTall Heights
  5. SailingThe Strumbellas
  6. TelevisionYou Won't
  7. Tick of TimeThe Kooks
  8. UpswingPrinze George
  9. GoldChet Faker
  10. Messin' AroundPitbull
  11. HigherIces
  12. Hey RoseStreets of Laredo
  13. The Book of LoveMagnetic Fields

There was an Easter Egg hunt that dragged on, a slow hike uphill, a weekend with the in-laws that got messy. There were three birthday parties, two for teething toddlers. A poet and a Y.A. novelist crashed at my house. (Stories told, emotions had, some got old, some not so bad.) I got henna-ed in New Haven, so my hands had to dry. Marlowe took off on her scooter; I had to go after her. Stuck in traffic on the turnpike. There were four nieces and nephews to corall in a hotel. My brother almost caught fire during a Hindu ritual, so I was waiting to put him out. Later, I had to dance with the Indian aunties, then sleep, then catch a bumpy plane to a flat beach. And then, only then, could I post my inappropriately late burnmix. 

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  1. The Lumineers / Ophelia

    My top song of the past few months. Stuck in my head so many mornings you may not want to have coffee with me more than once. I know it's probably already over-played, but I couldn't leave it off. Loving the whole album, especially Cleopatra and Gun Song.

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    The Lumineers is an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado in 2002 by Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). Schultz and Fraites began writing and performing together in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2005. Cellist and vocalist Neyla Pekarek joined the band in 2010, and was a member until 2018. The band's debut self-titled album was released on April 3, 2012. The album's first single, "Ho Hey" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Read more on Last.fm more...

  2. Meg Mac / Roll Up Your Sleeves

    My daughter's most requested song, after "The Lucy Song" (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) . She can sing "roll up sleeves" and she can clap, so she feels like Beyonce. If she knew who Beyonce was.

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    Australian singer-songwriter Megan McInerney, who performs under the stage name Meg Mac, began her career in 2013 when she uploaded a pair of independent singles to her Triple J Unearthed account. The second of those tracks, "Every Lie," was put into heavy rotation on Triple J and helped her win the station's Unearthed Competition . She also went on to play a set at the prestigious Falls Festival on New Year's Eve of that year. Inspired by artists like Adele and Amy Winehouse and classic soul acts like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles Read more on Last.fm more...

  3. The Griswolds / Mississipi

    A Brydie rec.

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    There are two bands called The Griswolds: (1) an indie rock band from Sydney, Australia. (2) a Blues band formed in 1959. (1) Australian indie rock band the Griswolds became an overnight sensation in their homeland with their catchy tunes, laid-back style, and party-hearty philosophy. Named after Chevy Chase's hapless family in the Vacation movies, the Griswolds were formed in 2012 by singer Christopher Whitehall, guitarist Daniel Duque-Perez, bassist Tim John, drummer Chris Riley, and keyboardist Lachlan West. Read more on Last.fm more...

  4. Tall Heights / Back to Autumn

    Once again, a thank you goes out to Brydie.

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    Tall Heights is an American electro-folk duo based in Boston, MA. The group formed in 2009 and consists of singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright. Recent touring has also featured percussionist/singer Paul Dumas. In the summer of 2010, Harrington and Wright were playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In two short years since, Tall Heights has headlined packed listening rooms across New England, toured down to Austin Read more on Last.fm more...

  5. The Strumbellas / Sailing

    I kept going back and forth between 3 songs to include: Sailing, Spirits, and In This Life. All so good.

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    The Strumbellas is a Canadian rock band formed in 2008 in Lindsay, Ontario, and based in Toronto. Their music has been described as alternative country, indie rock, and 'gothic folk'. When a crowd is singing along with the last chorus after hearing the song for the first time, and Twitter lights up with those same lyrics in the days following a performance, you know it's a song that connects. With poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones Read more on Last.fm more...

  6. You Won't / Television

    Weird band name, but I've loved them since Noah introduced them on a mix a while back. I also really love clapping as percussion, as you may have noticed in previous mixes. Cue the applause.

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    Massachusetts natives Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri have been making things together since 1999, when they engaged in horrendously reckless swordplay during a high school production of “My Favorite Year.” From 2003 to 2008 they conspired to produce a series of strange and little-seen movies while Josh attended college in Western Massachusetts and Raky gigged around NYC with a number of different bands. During this period of geographical separation Read more on Last.fm more...

  7. The Kooks / Tick of Time

    An old favorite of mine that seemed to fit on this mix. I apologize to John...I think it might have been on one of the first pre-burnmixer cd's I made for him. I was first introduced to this song at a teenage talent show (I was a camp counselor for a wonderful mix of awkward and sweet burgeoning "young writers".) A pretty girl from New York sang it while a painfully shy boy from who knows where barely managed to keep the rhythm on guitar. It was heartbreakingly good.

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    British indie rock band - formed in Brighton, England, United Kingdom in 2004. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals, guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), and Alexis Nunez (drums). They have released five studio albums; their 2006 debut Inside In/Inside Out peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and their 2008 follow up Konk reached number one. The Junk Of The Heart (Happy) Songfacts reports that Pritchard found himself writing lyrics Read more on Last.fm more...

  8. Prinze George / Upswing

    This was a contender for the Best of The Rest 2015 mix, but I kept it in my pocket.

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    Prinze George is a New York-based indie rock / electronica / pop trio formed in 2013. The members are Kenny Grimm (production/instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums). Read more on Last.fm more...

  9. Chet Faker / Gold

    I'm sort of amazed that this song hasn't made it on any mix. Every time I hear it, I love it. There part about the garden reminds me of the opening song on The Wire.

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    Chet Faker (born Nicholas James Murphy; 23 June 1988) is an electronica musician hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Nick Murphy settled on the stage name Chet Faker as an homage to Chet Baker. Other influences he has cited include Bob Dylan, as well as his mother's Motown albums and his father's "chilled out Ibiza CDs". He first rose to prominence after his cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" went viral online, reaching #1 on the Hypemachine chart in May 2011. Read more on Last.fm more...

  10. Pitbull / Messin' Around

    Enrique sells it for me. Actually, the whole song is an easy sell.

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    There are at least 5 artists called Pitbull: 1) Pitbull is an American rapper from Miami. 2) Pitbull was an American indie rock band from Boston. 3) Pitbull is a Belarusian heavy metal project by Petr Elfimov. 4) Pitbull was a hardcore band from Detroit. 5) Pitbull was an Oi! band from Germany Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida), better known by the stage name Pitbull , is a Cuban-American rapper signed to his own label, Mr 305 Inc. Read more on Last.fm more...

  11. Ices / Higher

    Just magical and cool. Like a fairy cucumber.

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  12. Streets of Laredo / Hey Rose

    Just starting listening to them...really loving a lot of what they do.

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    Streets of Laredo are a Brooklyn based indie-folk outfit from NZ featuring Dave, Sarah and Dan Gibson, Si Moore and Haddon Smith. Read more on Last.fm more...

  13. Magnetic Fields / The Book of Love

    This was the "first dance" song at my brother and his wife's wedding. I thought it was the perfect way to end the mix.

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    This is mistagged for The Magnetic Fields; it would help Last.fm if you could correct your tags, thus bringing all listeners to the band in one place. Read more on Last.fm more...

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