Thrift and win.

Sometimes you just come out a winner.  Today I ventured to the Salvation Army downtown, on the recommendation of my friend Kari.  There was so much to look at.  So much.  Since I recently decided I needed more flannel in my life I spent a lot of time looking at the flannel options. Imagine my surprise (and my unbelievably good luck) when I found a shirt from The Gap that I eyed some time ago (maybe even last year) in my size and only $3.99.  If I remember correctly it was originally somewhere in the $65 range which is why I said, “I love it but I have to pass,” in the first place.  Downside of a $3.99 shirt, a little hole has to be sewn, so I’ll just bust out those skills.

Flannel and ruffles, how much better could it be?

Also, some favorite music as of late, that I have found to be recommendable.  Enjoy!

  • Ani Difranco, Lifeboat
  • Of Monsters and Men, Little Talks (although I heard them on mainstream radio lately, which means everyone will soon love them…)
  • The Givers, Saw You First
  • Chameleon/Comedian, Kathleen Edwards
  • So American, Portugal. The Man
  • Filthy Halls, Apple Horse
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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!

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