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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
Basically all I did today was walk around, sip limonadas, eye flirt with all of the men who suddenly looked good, and listened to SZA. It was a great taste of what the summer could be and I’m on board.
"Julia" is so unlike everything else on SZA’s album, but I still love it. It’s got massive crossover appeal with those classic synths and ear worm indie pop chorus. It’s the sort of song of summer that sneaks up on you. Before you realize it, you’ve memorized all of the lyrics and a chill has suddenly bitten the air.
How can I improve my writing? Are there any exercises or activities I can undertake to get better, besides reading a wider variety of material?
Read whatever you can get your hands on. Everyone says this, but it’s true. I don’t discriminate. Novels, essays, poetry, nonfiction … basically anything. I don’t know if I’m where I want to be as a writer (are we ever?) but I do know my writing is stronger the more I read, the more ideas are running through my head, the more I have a better idea of what I do and don’t like, do and don’t believe, do and don’t trust.
I think you are one of the most interesting people I've ever met (through your blog, of course!) I wish you lived in England so I could meet up with you for a cup of coffee, sometime and discuss all the topics you post about on your blog and in your writing. Topics I used to discuss with university friends who I haven't seen in a while. The personality that comes through your writing reminds me of them :) (I hope that doesn't sound too stalker-ish)
It doesn’t sound stalkerish! And I wish I lived in England too (or at least got a chance to visit). My current favorite music certainly comes from there! Thank you for the message :D
"Here For You" by Gorgon City featuring Laura Welsh
Been listening to this light, bright summer tune and wishing it was summer. We are close, barely hitting spring. The instrumentation of this one is simple enough, but hits on those particularly warm moments that feel most like the freedom of the sun.
The “Regret” —> “Bring Me Your Loves” —> “Psychopath” progression on St. Vincent’s self-titled album might be one of my favorites. The guitars gradually get more more minimalistic while still aggressive, leading to the fury and bite of “Bring Me Your Loves” and the sweet-sounding chorus coupled with paranoia, anxiety, and regret in “Psychopath.”
Last Saturday, St. Vincent played The Riviera and I am so thankful that I got a chance to see her again. This would be time #4 and with each show, she has grown more confident as a performer. This most recent tour was clearly also her most avant-garde.
Whereas before she relied heavily on a recognizable stage structure, this most recent show featured stairs and an elaborate back drop. Annie moved about the stage, sometimes performing without her guitar. The first few minutes were just a strange, compelling little solo dance number. I used to think, “Why is she so perfect?” Now I think, “She knows that she’s perfect and I love that.”
I really loved your rookie article! it was really eye-opening, I'm really thankful for people like you and magazines like rookie etc that allow me to actually see and notice things that I haven't been informed/ been too ignorant to notice before, so thankyou x
UPDATE: Found her! Thank you for your recommendations and signal boosts!
This is last minute, but I’m looking for a woman with a unique (meaning cool, fun, not basic) look to act in a short film I wrote (It’s super super short and should not be a long shoot). The film will premiere at 20x2 later this month at Schubas.
Also, she (you?) doesn’t have to be a professional actress. Actually, a NON-PROFESSIONAL would be preferred. Should be in her 20s, around 5ft to 5’8. No physical requirements except for height. We’re filming on Saturday morning (like early).
Hit me up (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested or you know someone who might be interested! There is no pay, but I’ll take you out for brunch afterward :D
I was a guest on Vocalo’s The Morning AMp on Wednesday and we talked about street harassment in reflection of International Street Harassment Awareness Week. On the show, I shared two stories and we discussed the prevalence of street harassment toward young teens and women (most likely due to their vulnerability of age). Above is our long, but worthwhile segment.
Here are a couple of things I’ve written about street harassment in the past:
Every time my brother comes home we have a "Show me what you been listening to" stand off and 90% of the songs he likes when it's my turn to play stuff are songs I discovered on your blog. Dance music is really the only thing we bond over and I guess this is a thank you cause if it weren't for those songs we'd just end up arguing more
Dance music is the great uniter! It brings souls together unlike any other. It is on the dance floor where we are free to let go of the pretenses of the outside world and bond with each other soul to soul.
You should listen to this entire Tomas Barfod mix. A couple of reasons why:
It’s only 22 minutes. That’s like an episode of a boring sitcom. Dedicate your time to this.
It features a number of new Barfod tunes from his upcoming LP, Love Me. If this mix is any indication, the new album will be sharp, full of longing, and the perfect accompaniment to late summer nights.
You like good music and this is full of good music.
Tomas Barfod feat Nina K - Aftermath
Dog Bite - Lady Queen (Botany remix)
Beverlay - Typically Her (Kaytranada remix, Tomas Barfod edit)
Tomas Barfod - Happy feat. Eddie Chacon (Acapella)
Memories of late college and close female friendships. This is the sound of that time, the soundtrack of what it was like to think that the world was well within grasp, regardless of whatever anyone else said. The fact that Beverly also includes the divine Frankie Rose is only the cherry on top of this ear worm of a summer song.
It comes as no surprise that Leon Vynehall’s FACT magazine mix is as compelling, sensual, and deeply felt as his original music. I listened to this on the way to work this morning, standing at the bus stop for far too long, wishing I was just inside, but pleased with how the combination of elements (the heavy wind, the drizzle) felt so correct.
I really enjoy reading your essays and other work you post but - and I know a lot of people dislike talking about the financial side of writing - are you able to make a living out of writing or is it something you do purely for the enjoyment of the act of writing?
I’ve talked about this a bit in the past, but I also have a day job that I can’t discuss. I make money from most of my writing, but I also write for free because sometimes the story is more important than what I can get paid for it. But also, I can afford to do so. If I could never get paid, I would still write because it is the truest thing I know. It helps me more than anything else. It is almost a selfish act, something that clears my mind, that makes me a better person, that helps me breathe when I feel like the world around me is too much.