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Hi.

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New Tunage

New Tunage

Thanks for my new springtime playlist y’all! You guys really came through for me in a big way! I suppose you could sense my desperation by the inclusion of Miley Cyrus on my favorite tunes of the moment, huh?

I have been playing my new tunes on loop. I think it is safe to say Brado is already sick of them. But not me…I am LOVING your recommendations! Here is just a sample playlist for your listening pleasure (that is, if technology works the way it should work). It is an eclectic mix so there is bound to be somethin’ for everyone.

It didn’t work, did it? Damn it? I really hate being a technological idiot.

To make up for my lack of technology skills and because I know some people had trouble posting their recommendations to the comments section, I thought I would take a minute to list everyone’s recommendations here.  I also want to give a shout out to those who took the time to offer up their recommendations. Gotta give credit where credit is due (and yes, I facebook stalked some of you to get your photo). Here we go:

Recommended by: Komal


Who is she?

An awesome former student that I taught in Dubai. She was smart, fun and cool way back when…and it seems she still is. Her picks are super fun. I have so many favorites on this list but I think the Booty Swing is especially fun and different. I also love Let Her Go, basically because I am a sucker for a sappy, sad love song (She is the one who is not impersonating a walrus in this photo. Obviously).

Her Picks:

Let Her Go – Passenger
Say Something – A Great Big World
Apples – The Seasons
Heart to Heart – James Blunt
Booty Swing – Parov Stelar
Berlin – Modeselektor

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Recommended by: Julie

Who is she?

Only the coolest chick in Truckee, CA and one of my besties for life. She also happens to be an awesome musician herself and has her roots planted deeply in the bluegrass of the south. That means she is my go-to-girl for good ol’ pickin’ tunes.

Her Picks:

Southeastern – Jason Isbell

Loretta – Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

Recommended by: Grace

Who is she?

My blogging B.F.F. That being said, technically we have never met. Someday I will tell you the whole story about Grace and why we are destined to be friends but for now you should just check out her blog (cause it is awesome). She not only has great taste in music but also in cool typography printsand jorts. Oh and she lives in Minnesota (I know how you Minnesotans get all excited about other people from Minnesota).

Her Picks:

Do or Die – 30 seconds to Mars

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Recommended by: Bec

Who is she?

A crafty mama and friend in Beijing. This woman can do it all: Start her own baby shoe business? Check. Make awesome home-cooked meals? Check. Educate you on all things breastfeeding? Check. And, as it turns out, she also has her finger on the pulse of great music. All the sudden I am feeling pretty bad about myself.

Her Picks:

Brother – Matt Corby

Only One – John Butler Trio

One Day – Matisyahu

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Recommended by: Aly

Who is she?

My buddy from Dubai, but she hails from Minnesota and currently lives in Hong Kong. She knows her music and based on her facebook status update yesterday, she also makes a mean salsa (Doty, my mouth watered when I saw that picture). She should really come visit me in Beijing soon!

Her Picks:

Bands: Alt & J, Haim, The xx

Lose It – Austra
Help I’m Alive – Metric

Dirty Diana – The Weeknd

Hey Brother – Avicii (I was instructed to not judge her for this…but seriously… can someone who recommended Miley Cyrus really be in the position to judge?)

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Recommended by: Debbie

Who is she?

A native Virginian, an international sensation and all-around loveable chick. Seriously, everybody loves Debbie D. She rocks! She is also is responsible for satisfying my need to hear Wrecking Ball but saving me the embarrassment of actually having to admit that I like Miley Cyrus. Thank you DD!

Her Picks:

Wrecking Ball – Eli Lieb

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Recommended by: Jill

Who is she?


The dear friend who got this whole acquiring-new-music ball in motion. She also might be the sweetest Texan in Singapore. Or maybe even just the sweetest Texan. My favorite Jill saying, “Singapore is hotter than a witch’s tit in a brass bra”. Oh, Jill. I love you.

Her Picks:

Blessed – Brett Dennon

Dancin’ at a Funeral – Brett Dennon

Linen – The Bergamots

Candy Wrappers – The Bergamots

A Love Like Yours – The Bergamots

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Recommended by: anndxb (Miss Ann?)

Who is she?

I am not positive because the email address wasn’t super clear but I think this recommendation might be from the best high school receptionist this side of anywhere. If it is in fact THE Miss Ann, that confirms that she is reading my blog and that means she must still love and remember me, right Miss Ann? I love you too! Note: there is no photo because she basically doesn’t exist online or outside of school. She is kinda like Batman. You know she is around and she makes the world a better place, but she never really shows her face.

Her Picks:

Bonfire Heart – James Blunt

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

Recommended by: Elizabeth, E.G., Texas, Trina or one of the other billion nicknames she has.


Who is she?

If Jill is the sweetest Texan, Elizabeth is the funniest Texan. She is a heavy drinker, a loud laugher, a rain cloud destroyer, my future sister-in-law (at least I hope so…but no pressure!) and completely average at best. Please don’t think I am mean because I just said that. Elizabeth will totally love that I just called her average…it is her life-long goal…swear. For the record she will HATE that I called her my future sister-in-law.

Her Picks:

In true Trina style she still has not submitted her picks (despite her promise to do so). That being said, she is the one that introduced me to Robin and she did send me this link so I feel like she deserves some recognition:

There you have it folks. Your springtime playlist! Even though I didn’t technically do anything….you’re welcome.

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Stop the Mama Day Madness!

Stop the Mama Day Madness!

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Notes from the Underbelly