Monday, August 30, 2010

Let's face it. Much of life is JACKED. Brilliant moments DO exist. But there are a lot of non-brilliant spans of time that could use an injection of everything's going to be alright-ness. that kids, is where sound comes in. darkest days can be transformed by music. thus. my #MusicIsTherapyMix to YOUR rescue. and hey, if you're riding a wave of awesomeness, this mix will only bring you better vibes. first 3 to comment will get a mix CD mailed to them. oh yeah.

Home - Weird Tapes
it does a disposition good. a sunny merry-go-round ride.
via hype machine. dreamy, gentle & chill. keep riding the wave.

Pull My Heart Away - Jack Peñate

Sky Dive - Sunvisor
makes me dream to a beat.

Underwear - FM Belfast
why the hell didn't i run through the streets in my underwear in high school with as little as there was to do in bloody polk county, fl? awesomeness.

Last Year's Disco Guitars - Bishop Morocco

hints at the cure musically, hints at moody brit sound vocally, but well, that could be the cure too. point is, it's nostalgic, thoughtful. beautiful.

Whoop - Mahjongg
chicagotronics. ha. vibe on this via

In the Water - Beat Connection

someone on pitchfork said it best, if you can't wait for more delorean & you're not thrilled with 1st impressions of new cut copy... like dreams of sunshine from a rainy city.

Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix) - The Whitest Boy Alive
a wistful, end of the night at the club, sweating but still dancing kind of sound with a poignant chorus.

Low S
houlder - Toro Y Moi
this. song. makes. me. happy.

The Most Certain Sure - !!! (Chk Chk Chk)
try to sit still. pure energy.

Mmmmhmmmm - Loose Shus

you'll groove to it. neo disco?

Lindblum - RK9
you're just going to have to trust me on this one. it's ethereal. fuzzy. gorgeous. & strangely uplifting. met this cool kid & his lovely gf at grand central. didn't even know he made sound at the time, mad glad we spoke. that's how i got lindblum.

Little People (Black City) - Matthew Dear

holy beats, holy vocals, holy dark discotheque.

Count Your Lovers (ElI Escobar) - Clubfeet

makes you want to kiss everyone. i swear. so. freaking. sexy. i mean it. it's love.

Moon - Children Palmbomen
a chill imaginative trip

Photojournalist - Small Black
what a candy shop should sound like? fantastical, quirky, bliss for the ears.

p.s. you survived monday. good job!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DJ Brian L
JD Duran
Pop 'N Wave

seriously. grab yourself a beer/glass of wine/huge cup of coffee & settle in for some truly cool music-listening histories, prepare to laugh, dance, shed a tear, kick something & in between take a potty break or two. this is a LONG, but GOOOOD one. from the short & sweet to the thoughtful and in depth, i asked & i received pitchfork-inspired 5-10-15-20s from some of the music-minded individuals i've come to admire, bounce sounds off of, get good music info from. some DJ, some blog, some make music themselves. i've taken the liberty of adding hyperlinks to some songs and artists that didn't have them (i didn't ask for them, just to be clear). anyway kids, check it out.


, a blog writer for Miami New Times tweeted me his: @sunlovey 5 simon & garfunkle (my dad's record), 10 nirvana, 15 garbage, 20 nine inch nails, 25 dance music... i need more than 140 characters

popnwave, a DJ at Tampa, Florida's The Castle, that commands the room with sound AND video 'til the wee hours in Ybor City:
My first music memories are tied to MTV and my dad lifting weights in the basement (LOL), nothing edgy just pure pop: FIVE! Michael Jackson & Paul Mccartney - Say Say Say:
I was under the Stock Aitken Waterman spell. Banarama, Kylie.. and UGH yes Rick Astley! Luckily, my brother, being 6 years older exposed me to Smiths, New Order, Cure, Depeche Mode, RHCP, etc though at the time I didn't remotely appreciate it!
Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
FIFTEEN! By this time I was pretty confused, not sure if I wanted to be straight outta Long Beach , Seattle or somewhere over in Europe! Dr Dre - Ain't Nothin' But A G Thang:
Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box: Snap - Rhythm Is A Dancer: TWENTY! I had gone to the dark side, I was stomping around the local club The Castle clad in jeans and my newest "industrial" band shirt from KMFDM or whomever. It wasn't until the year after that I spent a semester in Prague during them summer of '99 that I got back into lighter/brighter electronic stuff. That was the year trance pretty much owned the world. KMFDM - Megalomaniac: And One - Get You Closer:

, (Alex, founder & CEO) Consequence of Sound, a chicago and new york based music blog I follow religiously filled us in on is music-listening history:


Raffi, duh. Seriously, what kid growing up in the late 80s/early 90s wasn't subjugated to the inspiring sounds of "Bananaphone" and "Down by the Bay"?


Bruce Springsteen - "Glory Days"

I'm fortunate enough to have a mother who is a diehard Springsteen fan, so my first "real" concert was The Boss, and for whatever reason the uber cheesy yet fantastically catchy "Glory Days" seemed to resonate with me the most during this age. Can't say why, but the whole baseball angle had to help.


Beastie Boys - "Interglatic"

Sure I'm now just as much a Springsteen fan as my mom, but during my teenage years, it was hard not to consider the Beastie Boys the first "cool" concert I ever attended. And as a 15 year old boy, no song from the Brooklyn outfit resonated more with me than "Interglatic", what with its funky yet hard hitting, mosh approved beat and even more spectacular music video. Robots and white guys rapping... what's not to like?


My late teens saw a short-term immersion into the world of punk music. This included but was not limited to The Clash, Dropkick Murphys, Anti-Flag, and Bouncing Souls; but it was ultimately Rancid which proved to be my go-to band. I can't choose my favorite Rancid songs because there's just too many, but, for the sake of this discussion, I'll go with "Time Bomb". After all, the two minute and twenty-four second number is the definition of punk perfection: one could sing a long to the catchy hook while moshing along to the pure punk blitz of Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen's guitars. And as someone who attended five Rancid between the age of 18-20, I can tell you that from experience.


Aside from The Clash (who remain my favorite act of all time), my fascination for punk music ended at 19. Around that same time, I created Consequence of Sound and since then, no two acts have captivated me more than Kanye West and The National. Kanye because, well, he's Kanye and there's no one more fun to cover than him. It also helps that the guy is a master of both rhymes and beats (see: "Jesus Walks"). The National because, well, their last three albums have consisted of the most beautiful and masterful songs I've ever heard. Plus, "Mr. Novemeber" has served as a particular inspiration for me; as someone who is responsible forsome 50 contributing writers and a readership 10x that, the "I won't fuck us over" serves as an added boost when the going gets tough.

RK9RK, a cool creator of sound himself (a song of his will be featured on my upcoming #MusicIsTherapyMix, you'll dig!) weighed in too:
5. I was listening to my parents music of course. primarily classical, jazz and plenty of queen. My dad is an amazing piano player so I heard a lot of that as well.

10. Around this time or maybe 12 I bought my first albums and got interested in music. My first album was californication by the red hot chili peppers, then I got the gorillaz first album and went nuts for it. I also listened to smash mouth (hey now, your an allstar... Haha) and blink 182.

15. I was crazy about music, and discovered limewire to download my music. I started to play the guitar and my favorite band was the Mars Volta (still is). After a short bout with angsty screamo music, I listened to a lot of indie stuff (islands, franz Ferdinand, arcade fire etc) and a ton of punk rock (rage against the machine, dead kennedys)

20. Ah I had a revelation. I had always thought rap/hiphop was ignorant and that house music was soulless. I realized at 18 how wrong I was about this. (admittedly with the help of some substances and forced listening). So I fell in love with electronic music and hop hop, and at the same time started making that music on my pc. Since then my appreciation for these genres has expanded to a huge level. At this point, I listen to new music in new styles everyday.

last & so not least, DJ (duh), album reviewer, blogger, fraternal twin music tweeter:
I've decided to follow a musical kindred spirit, the lovely and awesome, Sunlovey. She and I had this same idea to pretty much steal Pitchfork's "5-10-15-20" feature and do one of our own. It's a pretty cool concept where some hipster indie artist waxes poetic about the music they were listening to ages 5, then 10, then get the idea. Anyway, the difference between me and Sunlovey is that she went ahead and did her list (check it out here: Now I follow in her ever-fashionable footsteps. So here it is, my my life story in music, in multiples of 5.

Age 5
Thinking back to 1981 is tough. I may not have been as cool as I would become at the age of 5, but there were hints of what direction my musical taste would go. To think, just a year later, I would go on record to admitting that my favorite band was the Clash; I made this bold statement at my 6th birthday party when the magician brought me up for a trick and asked me what my favorite band is. Then I proceeded to sing "Should I Stay Or Should I Go." Anyway, back then I was living in Brooklyn. The first music I remember listening to and actively liking was The Beatles and The Stones. I was too small and too young to be allowed to work the record player so I had to wait until my older brother or sister were there to play records for me. I remember listening to a lot of big rock bands like The Who and Styx. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite songs of all time is "Come Sail Away." To this day, I listen to it and just love it. But again, this was the beginning of the 80's so I have fond memories of seeing videos for the first time and being enthralled by it all. The ones that stood out most did so for very different reasons.

First, there's Gary Numan's "Cars." He sounded like a robot and the video was so bright but the song was just so catchy. My older brother or sister bought me this 45 and I still have it. It's one of my most prized possessions in my record collection (by the way, the B-side is "Metal.")

Then there's Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock N' Roll." She will always and forever be the definition of "BADASS." Shaggy hair, thick eyeliner, leather jacket...just utter coolness. I consider this to be the start of my obsession with big sing-along choruses and handclaps.

Age 10
I have to admit that I had to look online for a list of what albums came out in 1986. It turns out that there was some really good stuff that was released then. Songs I'd be tempted to say that I loved back when I was 10 just to maintain some cool points. For the record, those would be "Bigmouth Strikes Again" from The Smiths and "Bizarre Love Triangle" from New Order. But again, it was Brooklyn in the mid-80's and heavy metal was pretty popular. Hell, I can't even lay claim to liking Slayer's "Raining Blood" at this was out back then, but I definitely did not know it. That being said, this was the time that my slow evolution into becoming metalhead really began.

Yeah, that's right...Van Halen. I friggin' LOVED Van Halen. This was the first single without David Lee Roth. Now I loved Diamond Dave, but I loved VH so much that I really wanted to like his replacement, Sammy Hagar. I'll be honest, I do really like this song. I dug the album, 5150, as well. But then they would really go into the crapper. I prefer old Van Halen to Van Hagar, that's for sure. Yeah, this song is still good, but it will never top "Dance The Night Away" from Van Halen II. That one is still proudly on BriPod. On another note, I remember being at a friend's birthday party and there was a singing contest (yes, an actual singing contest with a $10 prize) and even though I had a sore throat I went up there and sang "Why Can't This Be Love." After I sang it, I even bragged to one of my friends and said "Yeah, that was the new Van Halen song."

And here begins my unhealthy love of hair metal power ballads. I can't even call Poison a guilty pleasure because I happily proclaim my love of their music even now. And not in the ironic sense. They just wrote some really great pop songs. Hell, on more than one occasion when out doing karaoke, I have gone to Poison for my song choices ("Talk Dirty To Me" and "Fallen Angel") AND I was told that I was charismatic and that I could sing on key upon finishing each "performance." Now that I think about it, I think I sang this song when I tried out for Glee Club. Hmmm, that explains my unbreakable bond to Bret, CC, Bobby, and Rikki.

Age 15
By this point I was a full-fledged metalhead. I spent my Saturday nights staying up late watching "Headbangers Ball" with Riki Rachtman. This is how I got exposed to the heavier stuff, like Pantera, Exodus, Sepultura, etc. I was so into metal that I tried to grow a mullet. Seriously.

When I was 15 every one of my friends loved Metallica. There was also an all metal station on AM radio back then; AM 1480- Z Rock. I remember the day that "Enter Sandman" came out, Z Rock played it non-stop. And I don't mean every hour...I mean they played it on repeat for what felt like a whole day. Ever the non-conformist (well, as non-conforming as someone who still liked the floofier hair metal could be, I suppose) I was more into Megadeth. I totally wore out my cassette copy of Rust In Peace. This was the first song off that album and it's just a total killer. I still remember arguing with friends over who's better: Metallica or Megadeth. I still can't believe I always sided with Dave Mustaine.

Yeah, that's right....I just went from Megadeth to Mr. Big. Like I said before, I'm a sucker for power ballads...even ones that didn't have much power. Also, around this time my perpetual case of being girl crazy really started to get bad. Needless to say, if you were a girl I had a crush on then this song ended up as the centerpiece of the mixtape I'd make. Really, just try to resist this's almost impossible.

Age 20
At this point, I was living in Boston going to college. I was just under a year away from getting involved in college radio (which I still am to this day.) I was also slowly becoming a goth. It was a couple of years after NIN's The Downward Spiral so it seemed like industrial bands were sprouting everywhere. I was one of those kids who hated Stabbing Westward but loved Gravity Kills but also went backwards to discover older industrial bands like Front 242 and Skinny Puppy and just about anything that Wax Trax! put out. Industrial music also opened the door for straightforward electronic music. I had pretty much ignored anything with keyboards while I was a metalhead (though I secretly liked Depeche Mode and New Order) but with a supposed industrial music revolution kind-of happening I opened up my musical palette. Oh and I also still dug Weezer.

I had seen Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds when I went to Lollapalooza '94 but I just didn't get it then. It took this song with Kylie Minogue to turn me around to both artists, as I'm a fan of both of theirs to this day. This was on Murder Ballads and it might be my favorite "he said/she said" type of song. And this is what led me to becoming a bit of a goth.

SKINNY PUPPY!!! This was definitely case of "better late than never." Sure, Puppy pre-dated NIN; sure, Trent even used "Dig It" as the prototype for his own "Down In It." The Process wasn't a typical Skinny Puppy album, if such a thing even exists. I grew to love this band's older stuff more but this song, "Death" holds up very well over time. Just hearing it makes me want to thrash and stomp about flailing wildly. I met Ogre a couple of years ago and he was very very nice. We talked about our favorite Cure albums: mine is Disintegration, of course and his is Pornography. I told him that that was my second favorite Cure album...I lied, it's really The Head On The Door.

Like I said, I still liked Weezer. Pinkerton was such an awesome album. I can't believe how much this band sucks now. Stupid Rivers Cuomo. This album was so full of awkward charm. One of the many reasons I like this song is the pro-wrestling references: "Watching Grunge leg drop New Jack through a press table"...ECW! ECW! ECW!

Age 25
So after college, I went through a bit of a dark period where all I listened to was industrial, classic goth and New Wave and well, that's it. When it came to new music, I was a bit lost. I'll admit, the only new stuff I was into for a while was that band that won VH1's "Bands On The Run"-- Flickerstick. Oh and I liked Incubus but only the album, Morning View because I thought "Wish You Were Here" was an awesome song. Thankfully, I started dating a girl who was very much into indie rock (our first date was an Interpol concert.) That was enough to open the door for me to rediscover good music.

The Faint was one of the first bands I remember reading about after 2000 that was being compared to some of my favorite New Wave bands. It was an interview I read where they mentioned that the song they most wanted to hear in dance clubs was "It's A Sin" from the Pet Shop Boys. Based on that alone, I picked up Danse Macabre and instantly, "Glass Danse" jumped out as my favorite song by them. It makes perfect sense that an ex-goth (or a supposed ex-goth with goth tendencies) would fall head over heels for this band.

During the great Britpop War between Oasis and Blur, I chose my side wisely. My pick was Pulp. To me, they were head and shoulders better than either Oasis or Blur. And the thing that separated them was Jarvis Cocker. Easily one of my favorite lyricists (up there with Reznor, Robert Smith, Martin Gore.) The lyrics to "Common People" is one of the biggest reasons that that's in my Top 10 favorite songs of all time. Anyway, "Bad Cover Version" appeared on the last Pulp album, We Love Life and Jarvis is at his sarcastic best comparing a former love's new boyfriend to himself by saying that it's like a bad cover version of him, even going so far as saying that the new beau is like "a later Tom & Jerry, when the two of them could talk, or the Stones in the 80's." Just brilliant. As much as I dig Jarvis' solo work, I still pray that Pulp reunites.

Age 30
By now, my music taste is fairly well-rounded. Sure, I'm still a big music snob, but can you really call someone who loves Robyn, Robbie Williams, M.I.A., and Spoon equally a snob? That's something to ponder.

With a name like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it was inevitable that I'd like them. On that same note, I do tend to gravitate towards bands with clever names whether it's I Love you But I've Chosen Darkness, A Place To Bury Strangers, or The Go! Team. But there is the occasional letdown-- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, I'm looking in your direction.

Sure, it'll never beat "House Of Jealous Lovers," but The Rapture is one of those bands that demand dancing. The part in this song that goes "People don't dance no more, they just stand there like this, they cross their arms and stare you down, and drink and moan and diss" is pretty great, mainly because I used to be that guy. Now I dance like no one is watching. Is that a line in a song? There's no way I could've made that up just now.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Got Soooo Inspired...
by a recent anthropologie email. the image way up above shows how you take a dress you're wearing right now, on a hot august day, then, as temps begin to free fall, add the required layers. i.e. socks, a cardie, tights, a coat, boots & so on. smart, no? i totally feel it. even though i HATE the color brown, shown. it's smart. green (as in environmentally green). and even frugal, considering you're taking a dress you wore one season, and bringing it to the next by reinventing it.

so today, i actually tossed on a little summery dress i got at anthropologie, then layered a sparkly ruffle sweater coat over it from boston proper. i foresee adding tights someday (remember, i live in south florida, it's going to be quite some time before tights are fathomable) and will likely pair dresses like this one to boots sooner than reasonable, just because i miss my boots. and probably ruffly over-the-knee socks too, like dior did, so loved that ad.

something tells me it's going to be mad fun to wear bright summery dress with otherwise somber-hued boots and coats. give it a go, loveys!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

THE GOLDEN FILTER At this instance I liken the golden filter to glasser in my own little music vacuum. Each is an electronic act centered around delicate, yet commanding females of a haunting nature (in this case, Penelope Trappes). And upon seeing each live I found myself surprisingly entranced. <---wrote this in car on way home from miami. & yeah, still holds true for the most part. The Golden Filter, live, has a darker quality I suppose I didn't expect, but felt nonetheless. Obvious highlights were Solid Gold & Hide Me. The room busted a move hard to those songs. The band should ® or ™ their beats. Seriously. They're so distinctive. Yeah, I'm glad I checked them out. And I'll continue to jump on their sick remixes. Listened to their spin on Yeasayer's Madder Red on the way down, download it here at Ear Blessings. Hope your Monday wasn't too toxic.


(in vivid, ruffly blooms from express/da-nang military skirt)

Friday, August 20, 2010

The SQUEAKY wheel
gets the SOUND
ha, yeah, am going to pretend i can take total credit for the onslaught of shows heading to south florida. all my bitching paid off. i did it. thank you thank you. yeah. here's who you should miss in the next few months:
TOMORROW 8/21 (you have your choice): Interpol @ The Fillmore The Golden Filter @ Grand Central

Tears for Fears @ Broward Center for Performing Arts

Miami Horror @ LIV (Fontainebleau)

SATURDAY 9/18 (you have your choice):
The Drums & Surfer Blood @ Grand Central
Toro Y Moi @ The Electric Pickle

MONDAY 9/20:
James @ Culture Room


Yeasayer with Washed Out & Awesome New Republic @ The Fillmore

LCD Soundsystem with Sleigh Bells @ The Fillmore

Vampire Weekend with Beach House @ The Fillmore

Matt & Kim @ The Culture Room

TUESDAY 10/19:
Caribou @ Grand Central

Tuesday 10/26:
MGMT @ The Fillmore

Wednesday 10/27:
Phoenix with Wavves @ The Fillmore

kids, save up your $$$ now & prepare to call in sick. lots of school nite shows.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

inspired by pitchfork's 5-10-15-20 column i'm going to grace you lucky loveys with my own. you should try it too. it's kinda fascinating to reflect on the music that shaped you. hmm, but yeah, i need to call myself out now. there's a major difference between my 5-10-15-20 & those found on pitchfork. am not some bada$$ indie artist with a brain the hipster masses are dying to pick. whatever. and you know what i think? i think all the super star indie bloggers out there SHOULD do their 5-10-15-20s too so that the rest of us can get a legit idea of where they're coming from when they pitch sounds. anyway, here's what i listened to around age 5, 10, 15, 20+:

i was living in raleigh, n.c. and big into putting on dance routines in head-to-toe neon for my parents. it WAS the 80s after all. said dance routines were all about the sounds of blondie & cyndi lauper. not sure how i stumbled on these, i think it was in the car. my dad was a member of one of those album/cassette clubs and i vividly recall him buying me blondie 45s and the she's so unusual cassette tape. he was big into hippie sound. my mom dug the beatles. they played their respective records from time to time. (keep having to edit as i think, did love MJ, i admit. but man, prince was WAY cooler.)

still in raleigh and spending long summer days on the swim team at the Weswyn swimclub afforded me the opportunity to totally soak up all sounds new wave. that was my childhood soundtrack. and i wanted my MTV (LOVED peter gabriel vids, hard!). boy george, tears for fears, pet shop boys, level 42, inxs, human league, thompson twins, modern english, flock of seagulls, wham!, OMD... it was around this time that i first heard depeche mode too, just didn't realize it was depeche mode, thought it was tears for fears (people are people). also remember dancing about to LL cool J, run DMC, young MC. that's when i dug rap.

by 15 i was full-blown music obsessed. and getting my first taste of seeing the bands i loved live. very first show: depeche mode/nitzer ebb. my tastes were all the hell over the place. i was experimenting with my ears. sounds spinning on my CD player: depeche mode, the cure, new order (dabbling in joy division too), REM, dead milkmen, violent femmes, helmet, fugazi, henry rollins band, rancid, operation ivy, jane's addiction, echo & the bunnymen, ride, happy mondays, nine inch nails, front 242, lords of acid, meat beat manifesto, my life with the thrill kill kult, the farm, they might be giants, and ugh, of course, a foray into grunge—really really dug alice in chains and soundgarden back then, more than the much more hyped nirvana or pearl jam.

could. not. get. enough. dance. music. and just back from a semester in london. i fell hard for all sounds electro and under the spell of major DJs & dance artists, around 18-19 actually, but such an obsession definitely carried over into my early 20s. bouncy, happy house music, deep heart-felt thudding, the trance-y mental ambient stuff— allister whitehead, faithless, jeremy healy, keoki, moby, underworld, the chemical brothers, leftfield, john digweed, sasha, fat boy slim. The chill sounds of St. Etienne, the whole brit invasion lot of blur, oasis, cornershop, suede, pulp, super grass. i also saw trainspotting in the theater. like six times. and found its soundtrack, original and disk 2 killer to the core.

and then there was something of a lull in my music listening development. i reverted without regret to my sound trifecta (the cure, new order, depeche mode) and kind of lingered there. for like, well, a few years. then the curiosa festival happened, created and headlined by the cure. this festival submerged my head back into new indie music in a major way. interpol, mogwai and the rapture opened. i fell hard for interpol, mogwai and the rapture. thank you, robert smith. bands like bloc party, keane, the killers, the bravery, the strokes, the hives, also made their way into my consciousness. time frame was transitional. pale in comparison to...

hot. damn. bam. the internet explodes upon my ipod & suddenly i'm 15 again, flooded with so. much. killer. new. sound. i love right now in music. hard. and the access we all have to tracks almost the second they're created. the fact that so much brilliant stuff IS being created. that every single week you can encounter like five new dig-able bands. so please do DIG IN.

and the super star indie bloggers i referred to earlier. i'm going to name names. give us your 5-10-15-20s too. i beg. i insist. i demand. i doubt.
hipster runoff
gorilla vs. bear
(damn i'm forgetting so many, help me out.)

Or what about you
Gotta Dance Dirty?
Cream Team?
Right Hear?

Or just music lovin' individuals like
poken girl

show me your 5-10-15-20s.

(dress from dress candy boutique)
there's fashion to be found

I swear if you just open your eyes, use a bit of imagination & get over any "i'm not buying a dress at a tourist trap" pretenses, you will add serious fun to your closet that no one else will have.

That was the case on my recent jaunt to key largo. We popped in a CVS to buy sunscreen and like a moth to a flame I fled to the garish wall of apparel and walked out with the blue print sarong you see above for $9.99. My friend Melissa scored a batik-print sarong too, for $19.99, made in India. At the register I fell for a cheesy little faux-flower clip ($4)that looked like a sprig of bougainvillea. I found myself wearing it the entire weekend.
Sunday rolled around and we headed north towards home, making a quick stop at an extremely touristy little shack so Melissa could get souvenirs. And low & behold, amidst all the kitschy keys paraphernalia, I saw the strapless flower power dress above hanging on a wall. "Gotta have." I thought to myself & voila. It's so right for the waning days of summer ahead.
So seriously, loveys, know this: there's fashion to be found EVERYwhere.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

a wee bit late to the party, but at the party nevertheless...
jack peñate — pull my heart away

feels like: the shout out louds? a petite tinge of robert smith/cure vibes? jack peñate's album everything is new came out fall '09, haven't heard the rest yet. but i know this: pull my heart away makes your soul dance if you let it. it becomes something so full and vivid if you turn it up. it's thoughtful, yet joyful. you dig? i #love.
(in a fave new embellished shoulder swing sweater from H&M)

addendum: forgot my familiarity with another jack peñate track, tonight's today. also mad catchy. give IT a whirl too.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

this. cover. is. ruling. my. world.
meet... clubfeet.

j'adored james in college. often played at my beloved respectable street. when i heard clubfeet's cover of say something tears came to my eyes. tears of both awe and wistful reflection. it's so #love. must add though, entire album is essentially without flaws in my humble opinion. #love also is: Count Your Lovers (particularly smitten with this FREE mix of Count Your Lovers by Eli Escobar, whom I plan to delve further into as an artist too, tomorrow), BrightLightsBigCity, Pull It Together, Edge of Extremes... aw, hell, all of it! Entire thing is yum. If you dig Cut Copy, Passion Pit, Hot Chip—THIS IS YOUR NEW FAVE.

(in a sky & sequin tank from -shock- charlotte russe & denim leggings by

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Golden Filter is playing Grand Central, Miami on Saturday August 21st. This is going to be one hell of a dance party. Golden Filter's original sound + their various remixes = gorgeously infectious beat-driven romps a room should blow up to live. Can't wait. You should come.
the golden filter - solid gold
far away- cut copy - the golden filter remix
Looks like everyone's carrying some version of a skinny-fit cargo. In the expected cotton twill, but also in denim with edgy zips, stitching & cargo pockets (note: the jean version is being associated with moto/biker vibes). I freaking love this look. It's high time cargos got their turn at being sexy. Peep J Brand's version here. Check out Bebe's spin here. And Express's skinny cargo here & in moto denim here. Boston Proper's sexy cargo pant here. Armani Exchange's take on the skinny moto jean here. Check out Sanctuary's skinny leg cargo here. Seven For All Man Kind has a skinny cargo too, see. As does Rich & Skinny, here. So do James Jeans, look. I swear by this style/cut. With the right heel, your legs look 3 miles long. And I'm not tall, loveys. You'll wear these killer pants straight through fall.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

songs living in my head right now. thought i'd share. very little rhyme or reason to some. so much, re:others. have a listen, see what you think.

Total life forever - foals
this is catchy, that is all there is to it. spanish sahara, from the same album was gorgeous and solemn, so very different from this bubbly caffeine jolt.

Sprawl II - arcade fire
1st heard late last week, then again & again, and now, i have given in. has been compared to sound from the knife. as well as depeche mode AND new order. i think the knife is most accurate. nothing like the rest of arcade fire's new release.

Golden cage - fred falke remix the whitest boy on earth
so right. from its sound. to its hauntingly accurate message. i adore this song.

Days of our lives (light in remix) - restless people
do you like tanlines? the artist, not the residual white spans of skin the wrong bikini leaves. yes? they're somehow involved in this and you hear it. i like it. so summer. right on.

Next girl - black keys
something like the black sheep of this here list of songs, right? bluesy. moody. rough and raw. but it captures me. totally left field i know, but, i dig.

Made of - teenagers
fun. cute. dancey. & oh so euro. hints at pet shop boys, with a french accent.

Holdin' on together - phoenix
an older track from phoenix, recently revisited on a hipster run off blog radio session on XMU. inspired me to dig it up. just makes you feel good. and like dancing around.

Slow motion/tomboy - panda bear
since experiencing these tracks live at pitchfork music festival i find myself somewhat hypnotized each time i hear them. eclectic beats and layers of guitar create such killer atmosphere.

In the water - beat connection
pitchfork said it best, if you can't get enough delorean and you find yourself a little disappointed by cut copy's 1st track from their upcoming album, this is just the track you need. so right. so right. immerse yourself in this gorgeous summer bliss.
no youtube vid for this one, but it looks like you CAN get an mp3. awesome little dance track. and a good question—is this love or just music?