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our favorite christmas songs

December 19, 2011
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Since our firefly team logs many listening hours of holiday tunes during the month of December, they have become experts on defining their favorite Christmas songs.  Here’s a few they still like to hear over & over again…




Plus Bess also loves Christmas Eve Sarasjevo – Trans Siberian Orchestra


Danielle also loves anything off the Andy Williams 1962 Christmas Album


A little fun fact – Steve & I spent our first married Christmas on our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic (not quite Hawaii ~ but tropical none the less) & we just celebrated our 13th anniversary.  Steve also loves a little Run DMC Christmas in Hollis


And I also love this upbeat Bing Crosby Holiday Inn remix


We would wake up Christmas morning with my dad playing the “record” over and over again.  To me this song brings back wonderful Christmas memories with my family.  I now play it over and over again on Christmas morning for my family.


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a very she & him christmas

November 27, 2011
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I’ve collected a LOT of Christmas cds over the years in the process of building up my library for the stores.  So a seasonal album has to rate rather high in my book to be added to my long playlist… and this one makes the grade.

Here are a few of my favorites…

A review reads, ” Deschanel’s unfussy voice puts a charming spin on yuletide chestnuts ”Blue Christmas” and ”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” And their take on the Beach Boys’ ”Christmas Day,” with its gingerbread-spicy surf licks, is sweet enough to cure an eggnog hangover.” -Kyle Anderson

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class actress

October 24, 2011
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These catchy tunes by Brooklynite, Elizabeth Harper are the latest on my download list.

A review reads, “Class Actress is the moniker for Brooklyn singer-songwriter Elizabeth Harper, but this definitely isn’t her first venture into the music industry. Harper had released a solo record under her own name back in 2005, but it wasn’t until she hooked up with electronic producer Mark Richardson that her songs were really given the proper vehicle to set herself apart in the indie music world.”

Rapprocher balances these unashamedly poppy and simple melodies with layers of analog synths and vintage drum beats that keep the album from ever being too sugary. In fact, Class Actress actually went through the pain of sampling ’80s drum hits and really gives this album the feel of something that was recorded in 1982.”

Rapprocher is a tight little album full of melodramatic pop tunes dripping in ’80s loving.”

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take a break with toro y moi

September 28, 2011
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With the days getting shorter & the nights getting colder… it’s the perfect time to throw on some chilled music like new beat & pop under the covers with book or in a hot bath.

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A review reads, “Some albums are meant to be played loud. Toro y Moi’s “Underneath the Pine” is not one of them. The second effort from Chaz Bundick expands on the dreamy bedroom haze of his debut – roll your eyes and call it “chillwave” – ditching laptop sounds for live instrumenta-tion. This is music that is meant to linger in the background – the hippest of on-hold tunes.” -David Malitz

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simple girl

August 24, 2011
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Getting ready for a little getaway to South Haven for a few days so I downloaded this happy ditty & added it to my road trip play list.

A reveiw reads, “The Detroit-based duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott) is hard to classify. The label calls them “indie-pop.” If you were going to coin one of those annoying, overused and mostly meaningless genre mashups writers like to coin for music outside an easy to draw frame, you might call them indie-alt-digital-folk-garage-rock-pop. Regardless of what you call them, you can feel how much fun they’re having the whole time, and just like laughter or Hep C, it’s highly contagious.” -Jeff Gonick

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the morning benders

July 13, 2011
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While listening to a little XMU on satellite radio in the car recently, I found Steve involuntarily tapping his hand out the window during this song… which prompted me to take note to look up these Californian hipsters.

A review reads, “The title to the Benders’ sophomore effort and Rough Trade debut, Big Echo, appropriately evokes their sonic shift in the past two years. The album is a homecoming of sorts, as it finds the Morning Benders correcting their PacNW indie pop identity crisis in favor of a more coastal, kaleidoscopic California haze. It also finds them embracing the cavernous experimental rock sound of Grizzly Bear, whose Chris Taylor shares a co-production credit with Benders singer/guitarist Christopher Chu.” — Larry Fitzmaurice

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drew holcomb and the neighbors

May 24, 2011
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These guys played at Kensington a couple weeks ago.  Unfortunatley I couldn’t make it, but really dig their style.

A review reads, “There’s a lot of noise going around comparing this guy to the likes of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, and etc., but I have a far better analogue: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider. Drew Holcomb sings like him, writes like him, and has the same feisty spirit as Cochrane…and thank Christ someone’s following the path ’cause John Cougar Mellencamp sure ain’t cuttin’ it nor are Mellencamp’s wannabe’s.” -Mark S. Tucker

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nice to michou

April 20, 2011
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I discovered this happy band from Windsor when I recently taped a green gifting segment for our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market.  They were on a few segments before me so I got to see them live which prompted me to find out more about this cute quartet.

A review reads, “With obvious influences from bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, Michou’s newest album is a mix of indie pop and folk rock. Cardona is more mature, both musically and lyrically, than Myshkin but remains just as energetic and enjoyable as Michou’s music has always been. If you like Death Cab For Cute, Attack in Black and Said The Whale, you will more than likely like Michou.” – Katie Campanella

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foster the people

March 27, 2011
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Oh, these California boys sound as good as they look…

A review reads, “I hope your summer playlist isn’t finalized yet, because here’s one more essential track for the mix: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.  It’s a laid-back, breezy song made for a top-down covertable cruise to the beach.

A killer melody floats lightly over a surf guitar lick as mellow as low-tide. Ambient synths echo a distant cicada buzz creating a hazy summer feel. It’s an indie-pop jam that exudes sunny californian vibes.”

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relax with a little washed out

March 13, 2011
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So… we’re not going any place warm this spring, but this 3 minute video vacation is a nice mental break if you’re trying to escape the grey skies.

A review reads, “Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard. To hear Greene tell it, he’s only been making music as Washed Out for a couple of months. But he’s already generated attention thanks to gorgeous tracks like “You’ll See It” and the BNM’ed “Feel It All Around”.

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