Music Monday

music monday – back to big sur playlist

I’m starting a new weekly installment for your viewing and listening pleasure, Music Monday! Here’s our road-trip playlist from this past weekend. And to quote Adam, “playlist flow matters!” So make sure to keep the songs in order.


Β 1. All In a Day by The Open Sea

2. GlΓ³sΓ³li by Sigur Ros

3. Dead Mans Will by Calexico / Iron And Wine

4. Low Man by Alberta Cross

5. One October Song by Nico Stai

6. Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells

7. Big Blue Sea by Bob Schneider

8. Beautiful Things by Gungor

9. Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens

10. Generator ^ First Floor by Freelance Whales

11. For The Summer by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs

12. Stars by David Crowder*Band

13. About Today by The National

14. Holocene by Bon Iver

15. Theologians by Wilco

16. Pumped Up Kicks (Pete Goodings Stella Polaris Remix) by Foster The People

17. Big Sur by The Thrills

18. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison

19. Rebellion (Lies) by Arcade Fire

20. Blood by The Middle East

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  • RunEatRepeat
    October 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I love this! Since I’m finally loving my ipod I need new music for it πŸ™‚

  • LJ
    October 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    what about a grooveshark playlist? I love supporting artists (iTunes, amazon).. but sometimes its nice to have a playlist that you can check out.. just an idea πŸ™‚

    • Adam
      October 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Can you see the preview widget above the list? You should be able to preview them all through the Amazon media player. I’m sure Jenna will investigate other options such as Spotify & Grooveshark in the future.

  • katie @KatieDid
    October 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Love Holocene by Bon Iver and just about everything from Iron and Wine… listening to their pandora right now in fact.

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    October 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Going to love this feature. Love many of the bands you have listed and some new ones to try out too.


  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    October 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Wait, you forgot to include Britney Spears on this list! kidding πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your latest beats and hits you’ve been enjoying!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    October 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I love #19 on your list. My fiancee and I always sing the “lies, lies” part when we play it in the car. Music Monday is a great idea!!

  • Rachel @ Runner's Tales
    October 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    My boyfriend is the exact same way when it comes to playlists! If he gives me a new mixed CD, he is very adament about me listening to in the exact order. I am not even supposed to hit the suffle button on my iPod once I add the CD to my iTunes. He really loves his music!

  • Jenny @ Simply
    October 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Great idea – I love discovering new music. I agree that flow is definitely important – no one likes an emotional roller coaster of a play list πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    October 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I completely agree with the ordering of a playlist! I used to have a show at my college’s radio station for 8 years and the flow was really important! Love most of the music on this list and looking forward to listening to the rest that I don’t know. I’ve been planning a vacation to Big Sur and recently saw Treebones featured on some Cooking Channel show. I wanna stay in a yurt!! Did you see the human nests? haha, crazy.

  • Sam @ Samantha in Training
    October 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I really like “Generator ^ First Floor” by Freelance Whales (now I must download it)!Thank you for sharing : )

  • Mary
    October 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Love love LOVE this idea!

    I second Adam’s suggestion that you might check out Spotify for future playlists? πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    October 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Great playlist! I’ve been needing to update πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    October 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I just wanted to say that I love you guys’ taste in music! I am always looking for new artists to listen to:)

  • Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso
    October 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This is awesome! I’m always looking for new music to jam to, heading over to Spotify now! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ella, RD
    October 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’m surprised there is no Black Keys on there πŸ™‚ Is it strange that I think of your blog when I hear them? Or when I go into Anthropologie? Weird how the internet seeks into the subconscious!

  • Prathiba
    October 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Oh yes! I definitely like this idea. I suck at finding good music so I just go with other people’s recs. SO excited about Music Mondays!!

  • Dee
    October 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm


  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    October 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Aah…what a fun idea. I’m already pumped for next Monday πŸ˜‰ Love the new feature Jenna!

  • Liz
    October 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I LOVE THIS! I can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

  • Orla
    October 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Don’t you think you should be disclosing that all the above links set you up as an Amazon affiliate, earning you money from not only the purchase of those songs but any other purchase the click-er makes during the same browsing session? It’s very coincidental that your new feature, on a non-music blog, takes people to one of the largest online stores in the world with the biggest affiliate program around.

  • Nikki
    October 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I agree with Orla. It’s really dishonest you’re not disclosing this is an Amazon affiliate link, and that you’re potentially making money off this. I know there are official FCC rules which dictate these things (of which I actually don’t know or care that much) but I genuinely trust you as a blogger and thought you would have disclosed something like this.

    • jenna
      October 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      I’ve never kept my relationship with Amazon a secret and in fact, actually do disclose my affiliate partnership with them on my FAQ page.

      • Orla
        October 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        You only updated your FAQ page in the last two days. In my eyes, you completely buried this disclosure in a page that your existing readership does not frequent. This is really underhanded, and is the kind of change that warrants a full, main page disclosure. I’m really surprised by this.

  • Jamie
    October 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I hate to say this as I really like your blog, but this kind of contradicts your mission statement. A year or so ago you wrote a kind of mission statement for your blog where you stated things that wouldn’t be on ELR anymore, and you very proudly stated that you’d only be working with Foodbuzz, right? If that was a big enough deal to warrant a post, I kind of have to agree with the other readers who think you should have been upfront about this πŸ™

    • jenna
      October 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

      I’m sorry! I’ve had a relationship with Amazon since the first month I began blogging in 2007 so it’s not a new thing (every time I’ve ever done a book review and linked to the book? Amazon.). Since it’s an affiliate partnership, I don’t receive anything free and anyone is able to sign up with them. Sorry for the confusion!

      • Beth
        October 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        As a long time reader, I have really enjoyed reading along as Jenna explores the world through her food, wine, books, and traveling adventures. Her passions have grown and changed much like you would expect any other normal person, don’t you think? I would be worried if her blog looked exactly the same from year to year… I can’t imagine a stagnant life being fulfilling for anyone. I love seeing new posts like this come along, and who cares that the music tabs are from Amazon? She is sharing music for the love of the playlist. You can purchase it from whomever you choose, that’s your right as the consumer. As for mission statements, I feel that with something as personal as a blog, the author has the liberty to update and change the mission as they please. It’s not like she has to answer to a board of directors or anything, this is her blog!

  • Ida
    October 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    fun list!

  • Emily
    October 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I love this idea! I adore music and finding new songs to listen to and it seems we have similar tastes. I am happy πŸ™‚

  • Maria
    October 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Uooooo! Nico Stai n 5!!!! I love him!!!1 Here in Spain he is not very popular, but he is the brother of my best girlfriend boyfriend, sooooo, hip hip hurra for Nico Stai!!!

  • amanda
    October 18, 2011 at 4:41 am

    whoa, music monday is my favorite ever! so glad you started this…. l lllrrrve it!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    October 18, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Oh lordsies…Iron & Wine. The Shepard’s Dog is a masterpiece!

  • Kate @ Kalamazoo Foodies
    October 18, 2011 at 6:12 am

    What an amazing playlist!

    I just used GlΓ³sΓ³li by Sigur Ros in a dance class I taught last week. It is such an amazing piece of music!

    And, I can’t get enough Pumped Up Kicks right now! Seriously.

  • Lauren
    October 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Nice playlist! “Rill Rill” is one of my top songs of the past year. πŸ™‚ In fact, I listen to Sleigh Bells so much that it’s a little embarrassing…

    Have you ever heard Nico Vega? My boyfriend saw them open for She Wants Revenge (another great band) several months ago, and their music is really phenomenal. Based on your musical tastes (or at least the tastes reflected here), I think you might like them.

    • Lauren
      October 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

      *My boyfriend and I saw them open.

      I was there too. πŸ™‚

  • Katy M
    October 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    This is great! I always like getting new music recommendations. I am sure the amount you make as an Amazon affiliate is small and I don’t mind if you are compensated for putting together a nice playlist for folks to enjoy. After all, we don’t have to buy the songs from Amazon if we don’t want to . . . I built this playlist in Spotify very easily and some of these are songs I already own. Rock on!

  • Jen Papaya
    October 18, 2011 at 10:33 am

    ahhhh Freelance Whales <3

  • Emily
    October 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Fun. πŸ™‚

  • Kate
    October 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Love every song on this playlist! You have great taste in music!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    October 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    oooh I heart #6 SO much πŸ™‚ thanks for the awesome playlist recommendation.
    Heidi xo

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    October 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I have an unnatural obsession with Sufjan Stevens. Perfect road trip music!

  • nicole
    October 19, 2011 at 7:33 am

    ah i love your taste in music. lovely play list.

  • Allison Schentrup
    October 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I love this! I am always in search of new music and while pandora is nice, it’s equally nice to have direct recommendations. I also 100% agree with Adam, playlist flow is of utmost importance on a mixed tape (as I still call them).

  • Fernando
    October 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    If readers haven’t heard the songs, and like it, and purchase it, then she SHOULD get a cut!

    I think it’s a great idea, btw. I always wonder what women listen to while they’re baking, so that would be a good idea for a playlist!

  • Lindsey
    October 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    so like, 75% of these songs have been my very favorites at one point or another… I’m pretty sure we must be musical kindred spirits or something…

  • Heather
    October 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while and LOVE it!! And this, i think, makes it even awesomer (is that a word?) You are an inspiration in the kitchen, life, fashion and you have fantastic taste in music! It is a great playlist for what looked like an incredible trip!

  • Lys
    October 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Jenna (or Adam), how did you put the widget playlist in your post? I’ve been trying to do that for a while with WordPress and copying and pasting it does. not. work. Sooooo frustrating!

    • jenna
      October 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      the widget is something we made through Amazon and then just copy and pasted the html code into the blog’s back-end. hope that helps!