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Best Of 2012: Close Calls

Here are some artists/albums/songs that grabbed my attention in 2012, but didn’t quite make my Top 10 list…

First, my 5 favorite singles of 2012:

The Shins – “Simple Song”

Michael Kiwanuka – “I’m Getting Ready”

Ben Taylor – “Oh Brother”

Norah Jones – “Happy Pills”

Willie & Lukas Nelson – “Just Breathe”

And some other music I really enjoyed…

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
Two of my favorite artists got together to put out a very creative and experimental album in 2012:

Charlie Mars – “Let The Meter Run”

This contagiously feel good song was my earworm for a while:

Dr. John – Locked Down
This album, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, is pretty dynamite. Here’s “Revolution”:

Dave Matthews Band – Away From The World
I liked a lot of what I heard from the new Dave Matthews Band album, especially this single:

Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

I pretty much love anything Regina Spektor does, and her 2012 album has a wide range of solid songs on it…just check out how different the these two tracks are (both have gorgeous music videos!):

Jesse Harris – Sub Rosa

This album has a wonderfully relaxing vibe to it…I think Jesse Harris has a Donovan/Nick Drake feel:

Andrew Bird – “Danse Caribe”
Far and away my favorite track on Andrew Bird’s 2012 release, Break It Yourself:

I’m sure I’ll think of more, but this, along with my Top Ten list, pretty much wraps up favorite music of 2012! Thanks so much for reading and listening…here’s to a lot more great music in 2013!


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SONG: Regina Spektor


If you have five minutes, sit down quietly to take in this gorgeous song and video. The words, the vocal performance, the clear emotion in the entire track is so palpable… it’s absolutely stunning. I don’t know why I’m at all surprised because Regina Spektor just continues to deliver this kind of work again and again. The kind of music that just reaches a deeper place and grabs hold.

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SONG: Regina Spektor

“Dance Anthem Of The 80’s”

I listened to a lot of Regina Spektor today, while I cleaned and sat in the sun. Her upbeat tunes are great for sunny, warm weather and this tune from her album Far is a great example of that feel-good vibe. Here’s a live version from her Live in London DVD:

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Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)”

I’m EXTREMELY excited for new Regina Spektor…her new album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, comes out on May 29th. Here’s a track from the album:

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mvyradio HOT SEAT

Tune in tonight as I take you to the beach…with music that has a sunny, CHILL, fun, relaxed feeling…

Sublime – “DJs”
Bob Marley – “Bend Down Low”
Brett Dennen – “Comeback Kid”
Rilo Kiley – “With Arms Outstretched”
The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
Frightened Rabbit
– “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”
A Fine Frenzy – “Electric Twist”
Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
Feist – “Mushaboom”
311 – “Stealing Happy Hours”
Led Zeppelin – “Friends”
Paolo Nutini – “Pencil Full Of Lead”
Paul Pena – “Gonna Move”
Regina Spektor
– “The Calculation”
Shawn Lee – “Throwing Shadows at the Wall”



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Song Of The Day

Regina Spektor – “On The Radio”

Tonight I started watching Regina Spektor’s new concert DVD, Live In London, and let’s just say it starts off strong. After a gorgeous intro, the first tune is “On The Radio” and while I know and love the song, I nearly cried listening and watching it done live with the orchestra. In fact I had to stop and rewind to re-watch it…to see it and to hear the beautiful words again:

“This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath
No this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
Then try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some…someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You just do it all again…”

I can’t wait to move on to the rest of the DVD…but for now, here’s what made me stop to write:

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Lyric Of The Week

Regina Spektor – “Folding Chair”

In this fun, catchy tune from her latest album Far, Regina Spektor reminds us that the human body is really quite amazing and beautiful. Despite all sorts of pressure that society puts on men and women alike, we should remember that our bodies are miraculous… from our DNA codes, to the way our cells function, to the little things:

“I’ve got a perfect body, but sometimes I forget. I’ve got a perfect body, cause my eyelashes catch my sweat. Yes they do, they do…”

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Regina Spektor – “No Surprises”

Regina Spektor covering Radiohead…it’s a winning combination.

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Best Of ’09: Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor – Far

After initially being turned off by this album’s single, “Laughing With”, I gave it another chance and checked out the rest. Boy am I glad I did! Tracks like “The Calculation”, “Folding Chair”, and “Wallet” won me over instantly. And I’ll admit, even the one tune I used to skip over, I now listen to once and a while. I think Regina Spektor has that perfect blend of expected and unexpected on this album. I also like feeling totally goofy and fun on one tune and introspective and quiet on the next. I almost overlooked it, but Far has definitely made an impression on me this year.

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Regina Spektor – “The Calculation”

This is the opening song on Regina Spektor’s latest album, Far, and it’s by far my favorite track on the album (heehee). I included it on a mix CD I made for my Dad, and driving his car around this weekend, I listened to it twice. Then tonight, as I sat down on the couch with my Mom, the tune was featured on the ABC show, Castle (my Dad shouted “REGINA!” from the kitchen). It’s got an extremely fun, upbeat tone to it…with some playful lyrics that touch on a sensitive subject:

“You went into the kitchen cupboard
Got yourself another hour
And you gave
Half of it to me
We sat there looking at the faces
Of these strangers in the pages
‘Til we knew ’em mathematically

They were in our minds
Until forever
But we didn’t mind
We didn’t know better

So we made our own computer out of macaroni pieces
And it did our thinking while we lived our lives
It counted up our feelings
And divided them up even
And it called that calculation perfect love

Didn’t even know that love was bigger
Didn’t even know
That love was so, so
Hey Hey Hey

Hey this fire it’s burnin’
Burnin’ us up
Hey this fire it’s burnin’
Burnin’ us…

So we made the hard decision
And we each made an incision
Past our muscles and our bones
Saw our hearts were little stones

Pulled ’em out they weren’t beating
And we weren’t even bleeding
As we lay ’em on the granite counter top

We beat ’em up
Against each other
We beat ’em up
Against each other
We struck ’em hard
Against each other
We struck ’em so hard
So hard until they sparked

Hey this fire it’s burnin’
Burnin’ us up…”

Here’s Regina performing “The Calculation” on The Interface:

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My blog about the album Far

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