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(365) Days of Favorites//4.6.22

i miss you dad

And have you heard voices
I’ve heard them calling my name
Is this the sweet sound that call’s the young sailors
The voice might be one and the same
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
Its something that I’m supposed to be
Someday we’ll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me

Kermit The Frog – Rainbow Connection [from The Muppet Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]

The Muppets


Nine years later…

This is for my Dad.

He passed away nine years ago today.  I was shocked.  I was despondent.  I was really f’ing angry.  But nine years later, no matter how upset I might get, one particular song always cheers me up — “Rainbow Connection”.

One of my all time favorite memories is Dad strumming along on his guitar and singing “Rainbow Connection” to my sister and I.  I’m certain my love for everything Muppets is because of my Dad.  Come to think of it, my “expert love” for everything music is because of my Dad.  Heck, this here blog may not have come to fruition had my Dad not instilled his love for music in me.

where i get my dashing good looks

My Dad introduced me to the likes of Elton John, Elvis, The Rat Pack (he always said Sammy Davis, Jr. had the best voice), The Big Bopper, Willie Nelson, obviously The Beach Boys (my Dad was a HUGE Beach Boys fans), and not to mention a wide array of show tunes and Disney soundtracks.   More importantly, my Dad was always super cool with letting me listen to basically any music I wanted to.  I know he didn’t care for quite a bit of the music I listened to, but he tolerated it and rarely gave me a hard time.

I tried to “man up” for the funeral, but when “Rainbow Connection” was played during the service, the waterworks came on and I had a hard time listening to it for the next couple of years.  I don’t even really remember what made me listen again, but I discovered the song makes me happy.  I still sometimes tear up when I hear the song, but they’re happy tears now.  So without further ado, let us all enjoy the vocal stylings of Kermit the Frog, as he performs one of my Dad’s favorite songs.

New Music Roundup: 11.22.11

A few of my favorite new releases this week…

The Antlers//(together) EP

For fans of: Bon Iver, Girls, Youth Lagoon, The xx
Key tracks: VCR (The xx cover), I Don’t Want Love (Peter’s Version), Rolled Together (feat. Neon Indian), Parenthesis (PVT Remix)



Death Cab For Cutie//Keys & Codes Remix EP

For fans of: The Postal Service, Dntel, Passion Pit, RAC
Key tracks: Some Boys (Rac Maury Remix), Codes and Keys (Yeasayer Remix), Unlocked And Open (Cut Copy Remix)



Sea Lions//Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask

For fans of: Sweater Girls, Catwalk, The Andersen, The Specific Heats
Key tracks: Grown Up, I Should Be Sleeping, I Loved her So Much, A Song for You



SUNBEARS!//You Will Live Forever

For fans of: Apartment, Saint Motel, Starfucker, Mindil Beach Markets
Key tracks: Give Love a Try, They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical, Together Forever, The Uncertainty Paradigm



Ty Segall//Singles 2007-2010

For fans of: Thee Oh Sees, Epsilons, Charlie & The Moonhearts, Jacuzzi Boys
Key tracks: Caesar, (…and then) Judy Walked In, My Sunshine, Standing At The Station


More noteworthy new releases:
Cirque Du Soleil: Iris
Ellie Goulding//Live At Amoeba Music
Kate Bush//50 Words For Snow
Silverclub//No Application EP

and of course, The Muppets!



[watch] Life’s a Happy Song

Zachary Scott for The New York Times

The marketing for The Muppets has been fantastic and this latest bit is one of the best ones yet.

In the video below, Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) and Kermit the Frog (The Muppets) perform the film’s opening song — “Life’s a Happy Song”.  (Fun fact: McKenzie served as the film’s music supervisor and also wrote the film’s songs)

The Muppets hit theaters this Wednesday (11/23) and the soundtrack is out now (iTunes).

[watch] The Muppets Dance Themselves Clean

Who would have thought Kermie, Animal, and Cookie Monster were the next supergroup?

That thought never crossed my mind until I watched this unofficial video for LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yrself Clean, arguably the best song on This is Happening.  And even though it’s quite obvious that Henson and Co. had nothing to do with this production, I tip my hat to director and producer, Javier Douglas.