Woo boy, I often struggle to find a couple more songs to put on mixes to make it at least an hour, and this time I had to remove a few songs because it was getting too long. We're knee deep in amazing new releases and I've been really in the mood for some great old goodies lately, so this is a good mix, trust me. Listen here or stream below.
Red Museum Frankie Rose
The Queen of Hearts Offa Rex
This Strange EffectThe Shacks
Mirage Toro y Moi *
Plastic Soul Mondo Cozmo
Floating By Washed Out *
Leave The Light On Overcoats
Shark Smile Big Thief
Drew Barrymore SZA *******
High & Dry Roman GianArthur
Actress Hand Habits
The Dolphins Fred Neil
Neighbors Grizzly Bear
Crazy Love Van Morrison
Shame Cassandra Jenkins *
Stars next to new albums I highly recommend, or in the case of SZA, I enthusiastically screamingly desperately recommend
Listen here on Spotify for stream below! Stars next to new albums I highly recommend.
Rican Beach Hurray For The Riff Raff
Hello Sunshine Damien Jurado + Richard Swift
No Coffee Amber Coffman
Get Lost Washed Out
She Won't Go Away Faye Webster *
Saturn Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, James McAlister
Slip Away Perfume Genius * (excellent Song Exploder episode of this one)
Mythological Beauty Big Thief
Fool's Errand Fleet Foxes
Saw You In A Dream The Japanese House
Moonshine Freeze This Is The Kit
We Go Home Together Mount Kimbie ft. James Blake
This Road Laura Misch
Thinking Of A Place The Way On Drugs
Into the Ether Leif Vollebekk
Oh boy, Spring means SO many excellent new albums. New albums from Dirty Projectors, Aimee Mann, Valerie June, Real Estate, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, and Laura Marling are at the top of my recent rotation. I want to underline underline underline the new Laura Marling album, Semper Femina: it's perfect. Singles from the new Mac Demarco album (coming in a couple weeks) are so good I had to cap each end of this mix with it. Eagerly awaiting new Feist and Gorillaz, as well. Woo! Ok, have a listen to mix no. 3 here on Spotify or stream below.
On The Level Mac Demarco
California The Lagoons
Adromeda Gorillaz ft D.R.A.M.
Caught A Light Sneeze Tori Amos
Up In Hudson Dirty Projectors*
YAH. Kendrick Lamar
Astral Plane Valerie June
Hello Sunshine Billie Marten
Goose Snow Cone Aimee Mann
Midenhall The Shins
Cave Future Islands
Wild Fire Laura Marling
This Old Dog Mac Demarco
*There's a really great Song Exploder episode that breaks this song down
I had the great pleasure of teaching a FREE online class for Brit + Co that just went live today! Mobile Product Photography for Your Online Store. The class is for absolute beginners who have products they're interested in sharing with the world and want to take simple, easy photos of them and sell them online. We teamed up with Weebly, and the second half of the class focuses on how you can start your own online store using the awesome photos you take in the class, and I walk through setting up my own Weebly store where you can see photos from the class.
In the class you'll learn how to:
- Harness natural light to create amazing product photos with minimal equipment.
- Shoot three different types of product photos and enhance them with The Color Story app.
- Quickly set up and upload your product photos into your first Weebly shop.
The class is totally free, take a peek at the trailer over on Brit + Co to see if it can help you and see how huge of a dork I am! (desk kick back at the end was improvised after a long day of shooting, ha) I hope it inspires some would-be entrepreneurs to kick start their own line.
Thank you Brit + Co for SUCH a fun shoot and a little solo trip to SF that was so great, and thank you Weebly for being such a rad partner.
I was feeling the need to make something just to make something yesterday, and decided to turn them into some desktop and mobile wallpapers! I got a new computer and needed something to spruce my desktop up, and hilariously I haven't changed the wallpaper on my phone since my very first iPhone over 6 years ago, oof! Two colorways as I like options and also am a serious Libra and can't make choices. *shrug* Download 'em below.
Mostly new(ish) it's-almost-Spring tunes. Listen on Spotify here or stream below.
Cool Your Heart Dirty Projectors
I Miss You Bjork
Leila Miami Horror
Ran Future Islands
Something Here Day Wave
Need a Friend (Wye Oak Remix) EL VY
My Old Man Mac Demarco
The Space Tapes Shura
The Turn Down Thundercat ft Pharrell
High Little Dragon
Darling Real Estate
Next Time Laura Marling
Just The Same Bruno Major
Still Miss The Way Molly Parden
Rooting For You London Grammar
Meg of Make Nice interviewed me late last fall and it's up now! I talk about creative pressure, Fiona Apple, and karaoke (I can't help myself). Thanks for having me, guys! This part seems to be resonating with a lot of people who have read the interview:
New year, new format. Regular mixes every month or two, comin at ya. Listen to Mix No. 1 on Spotify or stream below.
On + Off Maggie Rogers
I Give You Power Arcade Fire + Mavis Staples
How Now Snowblink
Heart Shaped Face Angel Olsen
Sewer Blues Timbre Timbre
Jackpot Nikki Lane
Sorrow Paul Shaffer And The World's Most Dangerous Band ft. Jenny Lewis
Ballad Of A Dying Man Father John Misty
Goodbye L.A. Blah Blah Blah
Listen here on Spotify, or stream below.
Some Sunsick Day Morgan Delt
Ojos Del Sol Y La Bamba
Work Charlotte Day Wilson
Everything Is Free Sylvan Esso + Flock of Dimes
Different State of Mind Kid Bloom
Until You Came Into My Life Ann Peebles
Scared Money NxWorries
Million Dollar Loan Death Cab for Cutie
In a Black Out Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
Hide In Plain Sight Jim James
Wings of Love LIV
Echolocation Fred Thomas
Feel Like I Do Disclosure, Al Green remix
Trouble Girl Ray
Woncha Come On Home Joan Armatrading
Nurse Ratched Cherry Glazerr
Dear To Me Electric Guest
100% pumpkin spice. Listen below or here on Spotify. Stars next to songs from new albums I highly recommend.
Radio Sylvan Esso
Not Nice PARTYNEXTDOOR
Go Off M.I.A. *
Mad Solange, Lil Wayne *
If You Should See Wye Oak
Your Love Middle Kids
Worth It Moses Sumney *
Pink + White Frank Ocean *
Get Low James Vincent McMorrow
The Spoils Massive Attack, Hope Sandoval
Win David Bowie
Be Mine (Jaako Eino Kalevi Remix) Alice Boman
Silver Springs Fleetwood Mac
Blues Run The Game Jackson C. Frank
One More Cymande
Skeleton Tree Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds *
New and sort of new songs for your hot, hot summer. Listen here on Spotify or stream below! Stars are next to the albums I highly recommend giving a listen to in their entirety.
Alaska Maggie Rogers
Wristband Paul Simon *
Desirèe Blood Orange *
Door Nice As Fuck
You Don't Get Me High Anymore Phantogram
First World Problem Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Let It Grow Maximum Balloon + Karen O
Part Two - In My Own Way Ray LaMontagne *
Atomic Number Case/Lang/Veirs
Speaking Gently BadBadNotGood *
Grown Up Calls Toro Y Moi
E.V.P. Blood Orange *
River In Me Trendtemoller
Dark Child Marlon Williams *
Isn't It True Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Rule The World Michael Kiwanuka *
Listen on Spotify or embedded below!
Love Me In Whatever Way James Blake
untitled 08 | 09.06.2014. Kendrick Lamar
Oh No Jessy Lanza
Time Moves Slow (feat Sam Herring) BadBadNotGood
Cautionary Tale Dylan LeBlanc
Blessings Chance The Rapper
Love & Hate Michael Kiwanuka
Fire In The Hole Steely Dan
Running Back to You The Juan Maclean
Opposite House Cass McCombs
Early To The Party Andy Shauf
Bleed George Clanton
Life Itself Glass Animals
Violets Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Phonte
Intern Angel Olsen
Sliding in during the very last couple days of April, the April mix I've been slowly prodding away at for too long. This is more all over the place than usual, not quite as much new music as I normally go for, I've been getting into things I missed back when they came out or, just plain miss from back when. I also unintentionally included a love of cover songs on this. You know I love a cover.
Listen here on Spotify or embedded below.
A Postcard to Nina Jens Lekman
Gludecca Ghost Culture
My Love Majid Jordan (feat. Drake)
Same Ol' Mistakes Rihanna
Better Off Emily Vaughn
Now You See Everything Stephen Steinbrink
Ophelia Marika Hackman
Astonished Man Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Ondine Lower Dens
I'm Not Going Tricky, Oh Land
Happiest Days of Our Lives/ Another Brick In The Wall Jenny O.
Atomic Number Neko Case, k.d. land, Laura Veirs
New Speedway Boogie Courtney Barnett
Left Handed Kisses Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple
Out Of Touch Charlotte Gainsbourg
Anyone Joan As Police Woman
A Case of You Prince
New year, new music. Winter mixes always feel a little more mellow, a little more soul
Help Me June Moon*
Keep Lying Donna Missal
Call The Days as They Were Known Nadia Reid*
100 Million Charlie Hilton
I-69 Roman GianArthur
Midas Maribou State
Can't Nobody Love You The Zombies
Say Jaakko Eino Kalevi*
Lazarus David Bowie
Take It There Massive Attack
Exist 353 Damien Jurado
Yama Yama Yamasuki Singers
Me At The Museum, You in The Winter Garden Tiny Ruins
Letting Go Braids*
Small Car Marvin Pontiac
Vitamin C CAN
Baltimore Lianne La Havas
Stars = songs on albums I'm really into right now I recommend.
Bonus, a beautiful live version of Donna Missal's Keep Lying. Gah, this song.
Hi. I know, it's been three months. I just needed space and realize that I kind of wish I'd never started this blog and the promises I made to it, ha. But oh well! I leave you this year with my yearly round up of the best songs of the year. Two things I couldn't put on this list: anything from Adele's 25 (was not going to torture you with "Hello" as you hear it enough in the grocery store but the album is really great if you're a pop fan), and this really fantastic EP Roman GianArthur made that mashes up Radiohead and D'Angelo called OK Lady. You can stream that on Soundcloud here.
The Best of 2015, In no particular order:
Vestiges - Martin Courtney
Crosswords - Panda Bear
Lost my Head there - Kurt Vile
Anxious in Venice - Superhumanoids
Slumlord - Neon Indian
Summertime - Vince Staples
Everything I Am Is Yours - Villagers
Majorette - Beach House
Fred Roses - Kisses
Cold Stares - Nosaj Thing ft Chance The Rapper & Maceo Haymes
Sharpness - Jamie Woon
Another One - Mac Demarco
Reconfiguration - Other Lives
Cold Slope - Wilco
Unstoppable - Lianne La Havas
Oino - LA Priest
Los Angeles - the bird and the bee
No Sleeep - Janet Jackson
Them Changes - Thundercat ft Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington
Breathing Underwater - Hiatus Kaiyote
River - Ibeyi
Pointless Satisfaction - Twin Danger
Sparks - Beach House
Wanderer - Little Dragon
Chateau Lobby #4 - Father John Misty
You're Out Wasting - Andy Shauf
Seeds - Moses Sumney
Should Have Known Better - Sufjan Stevens
The Gin One - Nadine Shah
Double Talk - Jaakko Eino Kalevi
III. Follow - Owen Thiele x Zack Sekoff
Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes
Why Don't You Believe In Me - Natalie Prass
Falling Short - Lapsley
Duvan - Amason
Let It Happen - Tame Impala
Sour Soul - Ghostface Killah x BadBadNotGood
Mystery - Boxed In
Living My Life - Deerhunter
All Yours - Widowspeak
Multi-Love - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Listen to below or here on Spotify.
Happy New Year, friends. Hope it's grand.
I heard my last mix was a little too chill, so I tried to make this guy a little more upbeat, particularly if you're in need of something good for the three-day weekend if you're here in the states. I've been moving to not just solely focus on new music on my mixes, but also what just sounds good at the time, or older things I discover as well. Ok, listen here on Spotify!
1. Is This What You Wanted Leonard Cohen
2. Dynamite The Roots
3. Slumlord Neon Indian
4. The Lottery The Stepkids
5. Anxious In Venice Superhumanoids
6. Cold Slope Wilco
7. Another One Mac Demarco
8. Born In The Echoes The Chemical Brothers ft. Cate Le Bon
9. Summertime Vince Staples
10. Treat Me Like Fire Lion Babe
11. There Can Be Only One Cass McCombs
12. Snow In Newark Ryan Hemsworth, Dawn Golden
13. Unstoppable Lianne La Havas
14. Too High Stevie Wonder
15. No Sass Photay
At the end of the month Will, June, and I are driving up to Seattle to visit my family. The idea of driving there was born out of a few things: 1. Will hates flying and avoids it at all costs, 2. Boarding June is ridiculously expensive due to her being aggressive towards some other dogs and has to go to a special for Dogs That Are Asshats and 3. Not too long ago we traded up our pick up truck for a Honda Element, the most perfect camping/road trip vehicle to ever grace the land. Perfect storm excuse for a fun road trip. We drove across the country when we moved to LA from NYC, but I've never done the West Coast trip via car; we did the Amtrak trip and it was magical.
Now, in an ideal world we'd have like, two weeks so we could go a more fun route, but I want a few quality days in town visiting family (and it's already super tight, no time for friend hanging) so we have to gun it a bit and have a couple very long stretches of driving. But the first leg will be more fun than the way back. Will's uncle has a place in Lake Tahoe, so we're going to go up the 395 and stay there - a drive we did a couple years ago and it was amazing. At the time we had to hustle there and didn't make any stops, but this time we're leaving the night before to knock out a couple hours of the drive so we have time the next day for at least one detour - possible a hike at Mono Lake, or a hot spring visit. After Tahoe we drive to somewhere in or around Eugene, then the next day a shorter day driving to my dad's outside Seattle. The way back we'll just head down 1-5 all the way home, possibly stopping in Ashland the first night and Fresno the second.
While we'll mostly be driving without a ton of time big detour stops, the one thing I'm figuring out is a few fun stops to shake our legs out and the potential to avoid fast food for every meal - which was the worst part about our cross country trip. I think California and Oregon have more potential for this to be avoided than the middle of the country. So, has anyone else done this trip before and have any recommendations? Any tips welcome! I'm finding using Hipcamp and Roadtrippers helpful.
Lastly, I made a fun visual packing list above, because why not. I tried not to keep this somewhat realistic as I'll be bringing most of these or at least some a similar version. A backpack for stops, my trusty favorite camera with lots of film and a good camera strap, a scarf for hiding gross hair days (already necessary around here from growing my hair out latley), burner bags that make campfires easy when you're tired from so much driving, a portable speaker for night time music that doesn't drain your car battery, all my favorite podcasts loaded up for entertainment, socks and boots that can take me from short hikes to getting wet in the city (inevitable), a warm blanket for the car, and a simple denim over shirt.
Herschel Hanson Backpack / Canon A-1 Film Camera / Wood & Faulk Camera Strap / Blockshop Alma Scarf / Poler Burner Bags / Beats Pill Portable Speaker / Pocket Casts App / Madewell Dip Dye Socks / Pendelton Camp Blanket / AYR Denim Clean Shirt / Ecco Elaine Boots
Listening to all the Ane Brun songs I can get my paws on this morning. Somehow I've never heard of this Norwegian goddess before. The video for "Directions" is giving me major Robyn vibes ala "Call Your Girlfriend". Spotify doesn't have all her albums but I love the Sketches album, which appears to be super stripped down folk versions of her songs. Stripped down version of the first video below. Even more haunting.
I thought I'd revive my beauty series from For Me, For You but do it a little differently this time over here. A mix of products I'm into, and also little tricks and techniques. In this post I refer to products I usually buy at either a drug store or Sephora, but am linking largely to Amazon to make things easier since we all have different drug stores we use.
Ok! So my first trick, pictured above is something I've been doing lately when my nails are looking really short and not so great. I've been working on a project at work that has kept me super busy and stressed, which is always the time I fall back into the habit of biting my nails. The only thing that keeps me from biting them when I'm stressed is having them painted, but when they're in rough shape nail polish looks bad. I normally paint them with a beigey-nude color in times like this, but I've discovered that topping the color off with a matte top coat gives them this very even look - basically like you're not even wearing nail polish, but camouflages uneven length and brittle surfaces. I start with a base coat of Sally Hansen Complete Care, which I've found to be the best base coat to help your nails grow faster and stronger I've used so far, then I paint two coats of OPI Samoan Sand - my very favorite "nude" (sorry I hate that term as it's nude on me, but maybe not on your skin - but it's a bit more pink-toned than beige), then I finish with a matte top coat. I use Formula X Mind Over Matter, but I've also heard good things about Essie's Matte About You top coat. On that note, Essie has an intriguing line of Cashmere Matte polishes I really want to try and sell out constantly!
Next I want to talk about a magical little product that will only cost you three bones. After running out of my beloved NARS eyeshadow primer during a particularly non lucrative month of my life this summer, I did a little online research and found rave reviews for e.l.f's Eye Primer & Liner Sealer. What sold me was that it's stupid cheap, has great reviews, but also comes with a fun bonus tool that is basically a felt tip liner wand with primer liquid, so that you can create eyeliner with any eyeshadow. I think the shadow primer is good - not as good as NARS and if I were say, getting photographed or getting married or something special I'd splurge for NARS, but for every day use the primer is totally fine. But the eyeliner tool is AWESOME. It's fun to try making eyeliner out of different shadow colors I have, and if you're into lining your water line (aka make your eyeballs pop out of your head when you want to look effortlessly fancy) this is great for that.
Lastly, I'd been trying to shoot a little tutorial on super easy eyeliner application after talking to a few of my friends who said they were terrified of putting it on and just avoid it altogether. My go-to method is lining my top lid right above my eyelashes with a soft pencil, and then smudging it with a smudge brush. This is awesome because you can do a terrible job with the liner and then fix it with the smudge brush (cheap version, nicer version). Lucky for me Jillian of Casually Gorgeous (excellent instagram account with no-nonsense beauty tips) made a tutorial of this exact method right while I was failing at trying to photograph myself doing it. Most often I use Smashbox Always Sharp liner, a new favorite, but this method really works with any liner besides liquid.