The 2017 Summer Mix

unnamedHey guys, Happy 4th of July.

Although it’s a bit belated, the 2017 Summer Mix is FINALLY ready for your ears. Two hours of songs to make you laugh, cry, and feel alive.

Believe it or not, at one point, it was up to something like 42 songs, so I have done a LOT of editing (although the liner notes sure don’t make it seem that way…they are forever long).

Hope you’re doing all the summer things. It is the best season, after all, isn’t it?

Coming Back to Life: The 2016 Spring Mix

unnamedIt’s closing in on the best night of the year…Daylight Saving Time begins in an hour. Tomorrow, it won’t be dark outside until 7 PM, and my internal clock will once again be back on track. While most of my friends are out getting an early start on St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to stay in and tackle finishing up the Spring Mix.

Spring is definitely in the air here in the Queen City. After a pretty emotionally tough few months – winter is always rough for me – I feel myself finally starting to perk up. The 2016 Spring Krissie Mix is definitely a reflection of what’s been going on in my life as I was building it…it is ALL OVER the place. Some new artists, some old loves. Some happy tunes, some sad. Anyway, there’s a little something for everyone to love.

If you want to read about why I was listening to these songs, or how I found out about the artists, or just get a sort of creepy look inside the way my brain works, download the liner notes here. I didn’t do a label this time around…if anyone really wants one, send me a note and I’ll make one for you. But I figure no one is really burning CDs anymore, right?

Happy almost Spring, everyone!

 

A Cure for the End of Summer Blues: The 2015 Fall Mix

I don’t know about you guys, but even though we have the day off, Labor Day is always a big bummer for me. Not only do I have a case of the Sunday-night blues on Monday, also the unofficial end to summer… and we all know that I’m a summer girl. So, this year, I decided to make sure that I finished the Fall Mix in time to brighten up Labor Day. Because I can’t possibly the only one not looking forward to fall and time changes and cold weather. Right?

If you’re one of the folks that likes to read my ramblings about the songs or wants to burn everything to a CD and listen, you can pick up the liner notes and the label here (and perhaps a bonus track that wasn’t on Spotify).

Happy listening, friends. Hope you’ve had a tremendous three-day weekend.

Something New: Grizfolk

Long overdue on a lot of posts, including a Rock Boat recap and a review of the new Mighty Oaks album, Howl.  Yeah, yeah, yeah. Coming soon, I promise.

But for now… I may have mentioned to a few of you that I’ve kind of got a thing right now for little keyboard-sythpop action.  So when Justin Hopkins posted about a new band to check out… Grizfolk fell right in line with what I’m craving…and more.  It’s sort of this hybrid synthpop-acoustic-folky sound. Great lyrics. I’m TOTALLY digging it.

Hailing from Venice, California, the quintet just dropped their debut EP, From the Spark (iTunes | Amazon) , on February 25th. The lead single, “The Struggle,” is a total earworm, but pick up the 4-song EP is for just $2.76 and get the REAL gem, “Waiting for You.”  Obsessed.  Watch their performance of this beaut during their Jam in the Van session below.

The band just wrapped up an opening gig for ZZ Ward in the U.S. and is now off to Europe for a bit.  So bummed that I missed them in Charlotte….

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