A short, relaxed Christmas playlist, especially good if you’re kind of over the standards by this point.
Christmas Is A-COMING // Lead Belly
Merry Christmas, I Love You // James Brown
Please Come Home For Christmas // Willie Nelson
Gee, Ain’t I Good To You? // McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Merry Christmas Baby // Chuck Berry
Blue Christmas // She & Him
She’s Coming Home // The Wailers
Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree // The Magnetic Fields
Christmas Don’t Be Late // Rosie Thomas
If You Were Born Today // Low
O Come, O Come Emmanuel // Punch Brothers
Carol Of The Bells // Mae
Sherburne // Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
Away In A Manger // Bright Eyes
Lo! How A Rose E’er Blooming // Sufjan Stevens
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas // Copeland
Everything in a single file.
Best of lists coming soon!
Soon or Never // Punch Brothers
Takmit // Saintseneca
Anagram // Young the Giant
Felicity // Rain Dog
Step by Step // Jesse Winchester
Scared Straight // The Long Winters
Ascension // I Break Horses
Pendulum // Pure Bathing Culture
O Little Light // Hiss Golden Messenger
Hollow Talk // Choir of Young Believers
Down to the Sound // Bibio
Silver Timothy // Damien Jurado
Second Bite of the Apple // Beady Eye
Digital Witness // St. Vincent
Worms // Youth Lagoon
Neverending Math Equation // Sun Kil Moon
Relief // The Dodos
Heartbeats // Jose Gonzalez
Gold // James Vincent McMorrow
Flume // Coeur de Pirate
The best pants
Just wanted to stop in and wholeheartedly endorse Carhartt WIP Slim Pants as the best pants in the world (that I own). They fit perfectly, are tapered and slim enough to not look sloppy, but not super slim and uncomfortable. They’re made out of genuine Carhartt materials, so they’ll last forever, but they’re designed in Germany, so they have a sophistication to them that the standard American Carhatt pants just don’t have. I wear them hiking, with normal business clothes, and paired with a jacket if I’m meeting with some higher-ups.
Carhartt Slim Pants, in Rubble
Just a great pair of pants.
Favorite Pic from 2013
Ever since my wife and I got iPhones back in May of 2012, our picture-taking has been through the roof (having two kids in time has certainly helped). We have so many pictures I feel like I’d need to take weeks off of work just wade through them all.
This year especially, because we had the chance to experience the amazing Pacific Northwest this summer. It was a unbelievable place, and one I would not mind at all returning to. One weekend, we made a trek down the Oregon coast to Northern California, to go see some redwood trees. Wow, is all. Just go. Pictures can’t capture the experience of walking through a catherdral of such massive living things. It’s also where we took my favorite picture of the year, which is our oldest son sitting on a ledge of the Boy Scout Tree in Jedidiah Smith State Park.
My second favorite is from the weekend we spent with my parents in Yachats, OR. A nice picture of Pop and Turner playing on the beach.
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Best Albums of 2013
2013 Collage of Album Art
Here’s the list, in alphabetical order. Rdio links, all. There’s quite a range here, from the noise of Holden and the harmonies of Minor Alps, to the Brooklyn garage rock of Parquet Courts and the floaty Americana of Gregory Alan Isakov.
If I had to pick a favorite, as far as the one I went back to the most over the year, it would probably be CHVRCHES’ The Bones of What You Believe. Great melodies that never got old, production that wasn’t too dense, but not so simplistic to be annoying, plus Lauren Mayberry’s basically perfect vocals. It is so good.
Arctic Monkeys // AM
Cass McCombs // Big Wheel and Others
CHVRCHES // The Bones of What You Believe
Darkside // Psychic
Everything Everything // Arc
Frank Turner // Tape Deck Heart
Gregory Alan Isakov // The Weatherman
Haim // Days Are Gone
Holden // The Inheritors
Jason Isbell // Southeastern
Local Natives // Hummingbird
Lorde // Pure Heroine
Mason Jennings // Always Been
Minor Alps // Get There
Parquet Courts // Light Up Gold
Phosphorescent // Muchacho
Son Lux // Lanterns
Surfer Blood // Pythons
T. Hardy Morris // Audition Tapes
Vampire Weekend // Modern Vampires of the City