Songs to keep track of + Holiday records

Hi y’all! I’m back from my self-imposed NaNoWriMo exile. I “won” – which means I wrote 50,000 words of a story. I still need to finish the story, but I met the goal – and then I got sick. Well technically I got sick before I finished it. And I’m still sick. But I had most of this post finished and wanted to get it out there because it’s not doing you any good just sitting in my drafts.

So, I program an Internet radio station and I came across “Everyone’s Asleep in the House but Me” by Owen and wanted to remember to check it out again. The whole album (Ghost Town) sounded good, actually.

Thomas Dolby‘s new album A Map of the Floating City sounds eclectic, layered, and fantastic. Featuring Mark Knopfler, Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor (among others) it’s a welcome return for an artist I’ve long had great respect for, well beyond the seeming novelty of “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive!“.

The holiday albums I want to listen to more: She & Him, Bublé, Biebs, Brushfire’s This Warm December, might as well throw Weiland in there too (and I just found out that Bootsy Collins did a Christmas record back in ’06!), but most of all I’m excited to hear Matt Wertz’s Snow Globe. Wertz is an artist I’ve dug for years – he’s a great songwriter and he’s cranked out a couple of holiday type tunes the past couple of years, including “Christmas Just Does This to Me“, which is included here. He’s got enough integrity and talent (and confidence) to write his own songs in addition to the few standards that he tackles. I’ve previewed it a bit, but I’m looking forward to diving in now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. (I find it hard to listen to winter holiday songs before then.)

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