James , the incredible statsman for The Contrast Podcast, has already computed the shortlist for the 2014 Festive Fifty. (James, I think we need to design a cape for you.)
Here’s the list and instructions if you want to vote. Please do! It’s lots of fun to participate and ultimately record an intro to a song for the end of year podcast.
Here’s what’s next:
1. From the list below, pick your 10 favorite songs
2. Arrange them in order from 1-10 with 1 being your most favorite.
3. If you choose to, you can give a negative vote to any one song.
4. Share the list! Get more people to vote! Facebook! Blog! Twitter! Tumblr!
Please do all of the above by midnight Pacific on 11/25 (3 am 11/25 Eastern, 8 am 25/11 in the UK)
Also, yes, there are 106 choices. And yes, Bleachers has three songs to choose from. There was a tie, so I just included both of the songs in the tie.
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Ages and Ages – Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)
alt-j – Left Hand Free
Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
Amazing Snakeheads – Here It Comes Again
Amazing Snakeheads – Where Is My Knife
Angel Haze – Black Synagogue
Bastard Mountain – Drone Armatrading
Beck – Blue Moon
Big Data – Dangerous
Black Keys – Gotta Get Away
Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
Bleachers – Reckless Love
Bleachers – Rollercoaster
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Caribou – Silver
Coldplay – Magic
Conor Oberst – Double Life
Damien Rice – I Don’t Want to Change You
Death Vessel – Mercury Dime
Dirty Elvis – I Hate Being Bipolar, It’s Awesome!
Elbow – My Sad Captains
Elbow – Colour Fields
Fink – Looking Too Closely
First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting on You)
Gavin Clark – Bermondsey Stutter
Gavin Clark – Low Are the Punches
Griswolds – Beware the Dog
Haley Bonar – Kill the Fun
Hookworms – On leaving
Hozier – Take Me to Church
Iggy Azaelea – Fancy
Interpol – My Desire
J Mascis – Me Again
Jack White – Lazaretto
Jamie T – Zombie
Jennifer Nettles – That Girl
Jenny Lewis – Just One of the Guys
Jenny Lewis – Late Bloomer
Joan as Police Woman – Holy City
Johnny Marr – Easy Money
Jonnie Common – Shark
Kate Tempest – Circles
King Creosote – Something to believe in
Kitten Pyramid – Uh Oh
KONGOS – Come With Me Now
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
LORN – THERE AIN’T NOTHING IT’S JUST PAIN AND THEN YER GONE
Mary Lambert: Dear One
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance
Mimicking Birds – Bloodlines
Morrissey – Kiss Me a Lot
Nathaniel Rateliff – Still Trying (Daytrotter Session, Daytrotter Studio, 4/19/2014)
New Pornographers – Champions of Red Wine
Panda Bear – Mr. Noah
Perfume Genius – Queen
Phantogram – Bill Murray
Phantogram – Fall In Love
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Pierces – Creation
Pierces – Kings
Pink Floyd – Things Left Unsaid
Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves
Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
Ray LaMontagne – Drive in Movies
Ray LaMontagne – Lavender
Real Estate – Past Lives
Real Estate – Talking Backwards
Rebel Light – Strangers
Roseanne Cash – When the Master Calls the Roll
Royal Blood – Figure It Out
School Of Language – A Smile Cracks
Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed
Sharon Van Etten – Every Time The Sun Comes Up
Shearwater – An Insular Life
Shilohs – Palm Readers (Daytrotter Session, Studio Paradiso, 2/28/2014)
Sinead O’Connor – Take Me To Church
Spoon – Knock Knock Knock
St. Vincent – Digital Witness
St. Vincent – Prince Johnny
Stars – No Better Place
Stars – No One is Lost
Sun Kil Moon – Carissa
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Temples – Shelter Song
Thom Yorke – A Brain In A Bottle
Thom Yorke – The Mother Lode
Tiny Ruins – Me at the Museum, You at the Winter Gardens
Ty Segall – Feel
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Typhoon – IJswater
U2 – Raised By Wolves
Vance Joy – Mess is Mine
Vance Joy – Riptide
War on Drugs – An Ocean Between the Waves
War on Drugs – Red Eyes
Warpaint – Love Is To Die
Water Liars – Swannanoa
Wild Beasts – Mecca
Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos VII
Withered Hand – Horseshoe
Wye Oak – Shriek
On to the food!
I absolutely love the whimsical presentation of this super easy recipe for Inside-Out Shepherd’s Pie. Slices of garlic toast are topped with creamy mashed potatoes and hearty beef patties. The “pie” then gets a generous ladle of beef and mushroom gravy. Fun and tasty.
2 pounds ground chuck
2 tablespoons steak sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
8-ounces baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1½ cups beef broth
1 (.87-ounce) package brown gravy mix
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
6 slices frozen garlic Texas toast, cooked according to package directions
Mashed Potatoes And Peas (recipe follows)
1. Mix together the ground chuck, steak sauce, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Shape the mixture into six patties.
2. Cook the patties over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes per side in a large skillet, until browned. Remove patties to a plate and keep warm. Reduce the heat to medium.
3. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of drippings. Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, gravy mix and thyme.
4. Return the patties to the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the gravy is thickened.
5. Top each slice of toast with mashed potatoes, a beef patty and some onion and mushroom gravy.
Mashed Potatoes And Peas
1 (24-ounce) package frozen steam and mash potatoes or refrigerated mashed potatoes, heated according to package directions
½ cup milk
½ cup sour cream
2 Tbs butter
1 cup frozen peas, cooked according to package directions
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1. Combine the potatoes, milk, sour cream and butter in a large bowl. Mash to desired consistency.
2. Fold in the peas, cheese and salt.
Recipes from Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine
I was very pleased to see that 4 of my top 10 songs of 2014 made the Festive Fifty shortlist. I’m still tweaking my list as I keep hearing new music and will definitely share it with you in December.
Right now my number one song of 2014 is ‘Horseshoe’ by Withered Hand. I love everything by Dan Willson, so no surprise that the album “New Gods” captured my heart. His voice makes me melt.
Check out Withered Hand on his Website where you can buy the music.