NYE: 2 months in the making

Back in October we made our New Years Eve plans.  October.  Our favorite band was playing at the Varsity and when your favorite band plays on NYE you make plans to be there.  Especially after your biggest regret of 2011: not going to their November show at First Ave.  That’s right we saw Dawes. And Caroline Smith and the Sleepers (or Goodnight Sleeps).  It was bomb.

Before the concert I threw some things together for a little dinner party.  12 people.  2011 memories.  Homemade lasagna.  An amazing cake made by Laura.

Just a little craft project I put together...

I’m not sure the topics of conversation at the grown-up table, but I heard plenty of laughter, so I can only assume that they were having a great time.  They did miss out on the North Korea Party Rock Anthem that was pulled out on youtube (you know your party is going good?  when youtube videos start…)

Some of my favorite people!

The kids table.

After dinner we went to the show, which was delightful and started off 2012 with plenty of joy!

Thanks for ringing in 2012 with me friends!

Happy 2012! SO many great memories from 2011!

Noah, Joy, John Paul and Co.

This past week I’ve been to not one, but TWO shows.  Were they both delightful? Yes.  Would I recommend them to a friend? Yes.  Last week was the Civil Wars with opener Milo Greene.  I really enjoyed Milo Greene.  I usually listen to obscure music, but I hadn’t even heard this fun band.  They played multiple instruments and they were promptly nicknamed “Mumford and Daughter.”   Here’s a video.   I would like them to visit Minneapolis again one day.

Almost outdone, Joy and John Paul put together a lovely show–not without some awkward dance moves by Joy Williams.

Concert #2- Noah and the Whale with some terrible opener I would like to never hear again (sorry Nikki Lane, you were not my favorite and will probably not become successful with your band).  Then we got to Noah and the Whale–and they were amazing.  They had some great harmonies and mad violin skills and wore suits and were just generally adorable and talented and if they came back to Mpls. I would be there in a heartbeat.  Thanks Beth for introducing me to Noah and co. in California!

Next concert on the horizon is Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps and Dawes on NYE, ringing in 2012 with Dawes and awesome friends–sure to be a great concert!

Fall fun: out. of. control.

Sorry friends (and Mom) it’s been 5000 days since I last posted.  Life has gotten crazy busy.  So here I’m back now and now I will share what I have been up to:

1.) Booking vacations.  On a whim I decided to visit my lovely college friend Beth.  She lives in CA…as in California.  I bought the ticket last week and leave next week. Pumped? Yes.  In college we always found the most random (bluff climbing, trip to Chicago, concerts, guitar hero at Rock Solid…) things to do. And it was all great.  I have no doubts this trip will be a blasty-blast.

Can't wait to see you Beth!

2.)  Thrifting for adorable fall frocks.  I may have went on a semi-out of control hunt for boots today.  Not successful.

3.) Celebrating birthdays!  October is the 2nd most popular month after February for my friends to have birthdays in!  One day we went to an apple orchard another day we went to a trampoline world.  Seriously.

Fall fun and birthdays! Boom. *photo credit to Laura!

4.) Making plans for New Years Eve.  It may be two months away but concert tickets are bought…we will be ringing in 2012 with Caroline Smith and the Sleepers…or Good Night Sleeps and DAWES.  Outfits are set.  Now there will be no worry about what to do on NYE.  Problem avoided.

Next up.  Posting from Cali…I’ll do my best to make this happen….

The Chart Show

The Current is counting down their top 89 from 2010.  I thought I’d share my votes, some quality music!

10.  Vampire Weekend: Giving up the Gun [my friend calls them preppy]

9.  Communist Daughter: Not the Kid [I saw them in Loring Park this summer and they bring out your hipster side]

8.  Dan Mangan: Road Regrets [Great video, I think we will hear more of Dan Mangan in 2011]

7.  Atmosphere: Freefallin’ [I couldn’t find a clip of this song, but it’s good, trust me.  And they are from Minneapolis too]

6.  Janelle Monae: Cold War [She has a great voice…and amazing hair, really how does one get their hair to stay like that?]

5.  Arcade Fire: The Suburbs [They are catchy and I bet 5 million people will like them in 2011.

4.  Florence and the Machine: Dog Days Are Over [This reminds me of summer and makes my heart so happy.  I especially like to listen to it in winter.]

3.  The National: Bloodbuzz Ohio [They have unique voices I also like their song “Terrible Love” it was hard to chose what song to vote for.]

2.  Dawes: When My Time Comes [I saw them in concert this year and they were amazing. I don’t want to listen to their songs on my ipod because of how great they sound live.  Minneapolis loves Dawes.]

1.  Mumford and Sons: Winter Winds [This year everyone loves Mumford which makes concert tickets hard to get.  Goal in 2011- see them live.  I would recommend every song in their “Sigh No More” album to a friend.  Every. song.  They are that good.

*Honorable mention: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Home

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