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"Serbia" by TĀLĀ

What begins like another layered instrumental like her earlier single turns into a soulful pop jam with TĀLĀ’s surprisingly captivating vocals. The lyrics are repetitive clearly, but I like how it sounds as if we’re jumping into he middle of another song. It’s weird and good.

"Player" by DESSERT

This sounds light and poppy enough, but it features a couple of interesting surprises: that group of voices that sound like a roaring shout, the sound break, the cheeky lyrics. It reminds me of SOPHIE’s brand of pop. Something about it is just a little off. But that makes it memorable.

Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm planning to travel via train from New York to Los Angeles in a few months' time, the train stops in Chicago and I'm thinking of stopping for a few days. Is there anywhere you'd recommend staying for the night and places to visit whilst I'm briefly in Chicago? Thanks!

Consider an AirBnB rental. Most of the city’s hotels are downtown, an inaccurate picture of everything we have to offer. Museums are never boring and our museums are certainly not. The AIC is the pinnacle, but the MCA is where my heart settles. Our neighborhoods are weird and good. Visit and love Pilsen if you only have time for one. Literally anything to do there will work. Get to the waterfront. You’ll be confused that a lake can seem so vast and impenetrable, but you will like it. In a few months, it will be summer. Try a street festival. They are corny, but they are also very Chicago. Walk downtown. Just reserve an hour or two to feel the buildings surround you. I have traveled all over and only Chicago’s buildings make me feel the weight of my smallness. You will feel the world as it is, all bodies, all lives, all history. Go to Dusty Groove. Just go. Take a food tour: a hot dog from Hot Doug’s, a jibarito from Borinquen, fried chicken from Crisp … there is more, but I’m getting hungry. Go to Smart Bar. It doesn’t matter what night. Any night will be perfect. Take a shot of malort. Any bar should know what I mean. Then take another if you’re especially brave. I think you’re brave. 

Anonymous asked: How do you know what to include in a diary? I'm thinking of starting one, any tips?!

A diary is yours alone and only you can know what to include in it. But maybe consider: lists of things to accomplish, illustrations, quick anecdotes about the day, a summary of everything you’ve loved and hated thus far, a numerical ranking of hookups, a collection of your feelings over a collection of your activities. I do a little bit of everything. 

I was always considered the most like my maternal grandmother. We both have a fondness for rich food and rich clothing. During those afternoons and evenings in which my father worked late and my mother took graduate school classes, my sister parked in front of the television and I stood loudly by my grandmother’s side. It is through her in which I found a strange love of soap operas, of sweet candies, of fancy handbags. Her closet was my favorite play room.

Anyway, I snapped this photo of my sister and grandmother during Easter festivities yesterday and I was struck by their similarities. Both were wiped out by the evening meal. Both reclined on the couch in silence. Both looked elegant in shades of blue. Family is not a tale of direct descendants but of how little bits and pieces of lineage - physical, habitual, cultural - seep through in the everyday.

Recently.

If you are in Chicago, you should come to this event tonight. I am one of the featured performers and I am both terrified and excited! 

Pieces of my video project.

Well.

I lost my job on Tuesday. I was fine, and then I panicked in a way I hadn’t in years. I forgot how it easy it is to be unsure of things. I forgot what it is like to start all over again. You think that it will be easier once you are older because with age comes wisdom, but that is not the case. I am older, but I know now how risky everything is, how nothing is as straightforward and rational as we want it all to be. Things won’t happen the way we want them to…maybe they are not supposed to in the end.

With that said, I took a shot of fireball with my coworker at 5 and knew that change is not always wrong or bad. Sometimes we must be forced out of the situations we find ourselves in. Sometimes our comfort is lacking, but we stay put because it is all we know. I’ve been there with relationships, with friendships especially. We play these scenarios out again and again until we learn from the past. Eventually, we become better and stronger. But it takes time and care. I’m learning to take care of myself.

"Malfunction" by Tirzah

I really love the simplicity of Tirzah’s instrumentation coupled with the complexities and depth of her lyrics and vocals. It’s something of a perfect match. Her voice is all smooth and warm-like, yet her instrumentation is sparse, bare, a testament to true minimalism. If the other components are compelling enough, the song can and will still shine. 

I was naive to believe we are concerned for each other - strangers and family alike - equally. I was naive to think that we are all strong in mind and body. I was naive to think of anyone but myself. I was naive to try when everything told me not to again and again.

I like this because it touches on the appeal of Snapchat: its ability to become quick reminders of the people around you. Barrett sends me some of the greatest, most hilarious, most endearing Snapchats and even if I haven’t seen him in a couple of weeks, I am reminded of why he is such a great friend. They can act as quick, visual messages that resonate more than a text message and a phone call because they won’t last. That’s the key. By opening it, you are acknowledging that it won’t last forever, that you have settled in for this quick moment and that it will be gone. 

"Sometimes" by Oscar

I’ve always enjoyed Oscar’s music, which at times reminded me of Orange Juice. This latest track sounds like a straight descendant of Television Personalities. It’s loud and short and quirky and bright, like my favorite Television Personalities songs. This faster-paced direction seems like the right one for Oscar’s music. 

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