iTunes Mixery

For those who don’t know, this is iTunes Mixery part diez (ten). Here’s how it goes: I play iTunes on shuffle -> tell you which song comes up -> provide the mp3 and a tidbit -> continue until five songs and embarrassment are complete. Again, nothing’s off-limits – I don’t “fix the mix”. Have a look into my life…

  1. Katie Herzig – “Take It To The Country” [MP3] (Katie Herzig on CD Baby). This soul folk songstress has stolen my heart on numerous occasions, and she recently provided some lovely backing vocals on Andrew Belle’s song “Static Waves”. This track is slightly subdued and a bit monotone, but it’s relaxing all the same.
  2. St. Vincent – “Marry Me” [MP3] (from Marry Me). Two female singer/songwriters going 1-2 in this mixery?? Nice start, ladies. Annie Clark is obviously a bit different than Herzig, what with her quirky multi-instrumentalist ways. Some wonderful layered, playful harmonies in “Marry Me”. In case you forgot, we named her newest album Actor our fifth best album of 2009.
  3. Sondre Lerche & Regina Spektor – “Hell No” [MP3] (from the Dan In Real Life soundtrack). More singer/songwriters! Nothing particularly exciting about the actual song here, though Lerche and Spektor are obviously favorites on their own. It’s a pleasant track with a bit of a jazzy/old-time feel and complementary back and forth vocals. The two make a nice duo.
  4. The Cinematics – “Sunday Sun” [MP3] (from A Strange Education). Those Scots, always popping up at random times. “Sunday Sun” is taken off The Cinematics debut album from 2007 and is very much Britpop influenced with heavy choruses and a strong electric bent.
  5. Taken By Trees – “Watch The Waves” (Memory Tapes version) [MP3] (get East Of Eden). The Swedish pop of Taken By Trees grew quickly on me, as “Anna” became one of my favorite songs of 2009. East of Eden was a stellar overall effort, and this stripped down, wandering version of “Watch The Waves” from Memory Tapes is lovely.

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