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Well, here we are. Summer is technically not over, and yet the temperatures hovered somewhere around 45 this morning. Fall always arrives earlier than we remember and earlier than we’d like, but with it brings some of the best music of the year. And so, another mix. This time, I’ve largely included new music with a couple of greats (like Ivy, my beloved) to complete the seasonal listening picture. Enjoy!

Free FALL, a MIXICISMS (download)

  1. "Exo Exo" by Saigon
  2. "Hourglass" by Rodrigo Amarante
  3. "Busy Baby (ft. Nina K)" by Tomas Barfod
  4. "Taken it All" by Zoot Woman
  5. "Before You (Rachel Foxx flip)" by J-Louis
  6. "Be My Baby (Cashmere Cat edit)" by Ariana Grande
  7. "Chandellier (B A S E C A M P remix)" by Sia 
  8. "Never Catch Me (ft. Kendrick Lamar) " by Flying Lotus
  9. "This Is Your Time" by Muneshine X El. Train
  10. "Slow (ft. Rochelle Jordan)" by Cyril Hahn
  11. "Talk Talk " by George Maple
  12. "Villages" by Alpine
  13. "Your Design" by Grace Mitchell
  14. "Every Other Freckle" by alt-J
  15. "Emmanuel" by B A S E C A M P
  16. "Undertow" by Ivy
  17. "Don’t You Love (ft. BANKS)" by Lil Silva
  18. "Your Woman (cover)" by Paris Carney 
  19. "Worry Heart" by Evy Jane
  20. "Send Me Out" by Kelela
  21. "No More Honey" by Blonde Redhead

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Inspired by 3D modelling software glitches, Noa Raviv has designed garments that bring the digital into a physical space.  Classic Greek and Roman sculptures are the starting point and then worked into hi-tech garments.

naomi campbell photographed by seb janiak

Garage’s Shala Monroque glides through the city like the most fashionable Mary Poppins ever. (via)

Click here to support Help for my P.O.T.S. treatment by Lauren Kinsey

Lauren is one of the most brilliant and kind people I know, and we’ve never met. Like many people who read this blog, we only know each other online. And yet, I cherish what she’s taught me about photography, historical subcultures and the arts. She is a special person, but she is also suffering.

In 2011, Lauren was diagnosed with a Pelvic Floor Disorder which has caused Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She suffers from daily dizziness, nerve pain, fatigue, nausea, headaches, rapid heart rate, insomnia and weakness. It has left her bedridden after multiple hospitalizations, unable to work. There is no cure, but there is help.

Lauren is looking to go to Mayo Clinic Pelvic Floor and Mobility Programs. She has spent all of her savings and many of her treatments are not covered by insurance. She is also looking to move into a one-floor controllable living environment to help with her debilitating symptoms. If you are at all capable of donating to her fund, that would be wonderful. And if you can’t donate, but can signal boost, that would be wonderful as well. 

I wrote a short piece for The Guardian on musicians who are great, but not necessarily as big as they should be in light of the distribution deal between aging dad rockers U2 and Apple. Here’s my full list. (Largely ladies, hmmmmm…)

"Chasing Control" by Dreamshow

A simple, yet perfect little video that matches well with the classic, contagious, familiar NYC garage vibes of the song.

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"For A Night" by Ana-Tole featuring Niia

I received an email about this track and was surprised that it only racked up 600 views since it was posted three days ago. “For A Night” is such a fun, straightforward house track, the sort of perfect accompaniment to any dance floor and one that I immediately fell for on the first listen. 


Train Politics

“Um, excuse me. Can you move?” a man asked me on the train a few years ago.

I was in my seat fully and only carried a small bag. On my body, an all-sequined jacket. Dainty on the outside, but sharp upon touch. I had just bought it a month before and I began wearing it almost every other day. It was not a shield but rather a nod, a clap, a reassurance of whom I was becoming.

“I’m not in your seat,” I said confused.

“My legs need more room,” he said. His legs, his body, his space, his comfort, his self. I looked at him, shorter and smaller than me. What about my legs, my body, my space, my comfort, myself? I already gave more than I needed. What more did I have to give.?

I looked him over again. I didn’t move and returned to my book, the one I never put away, the one I never wanted to put away again.

He sat down and stretched out, spreading his body into my seat, his arms jutting into my own until I heard a low yelp.

“Ouch!” he cried. I looked over at him.

“Your jacket!” he shouted. Ah yes, my jacket. This jacket. Can you feel it all?


"All the Things" by Beverly

Goodbye, summer. 

Recently: Renegade Craft Fair with Lourdes, Oak Street Beach for the last summer sun, walking from Soho House, my hood, the Morgan train stop, and the moments before the Robyn show in Millennium Park

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! A Discussion with Rachel Bertsche

I will be hosting this discussion and event with Rachel Bertsche at Open Books in Chicago. Would love to see you there! 

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Open Books presents An Evening with Rachel Bertsche, hosted by Britt Julious, Thursday October 9th at 6 p.m.

After her bestselling first book, MWF Seeking BFF, Rachel sets her sights on the glamorous lives of movie stars. In Jennifer, Gwenyth and Me, she embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood role models—while sticking to a budget—to see if they really hold the keys to happiness. In discussion with local writer Britt Julious, Rachel will explain the preparations behind the project, her own relationship to Hollywood, and her biggest takeaways from writing Jennifer, Gwenyth and Me.


In addition to her books, Rachel has written for the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, More, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fitness, Women’s Health, New York, Huffington Post,, and more. Rachel has written about everything from porn films to shark skin, and her work has been included in three of the O, The Oprah Magazine annual anthologies. 


Host Britt Julious is a born and bred Chicagoan with a devotion to snappy pieces of really, really good writing. In 2014, Britt founded Inland, an online and print publication examining contemporary Midwest culture. She also writes for a variety of different publications and organizations including Vice, where she is the Chicago contributor, The Guardian, WBEZ, Pitchfork and Rookie. She currently serves as the senior editor of literary site This Recording where she is free to expound on the merits of Ishiguro and Whitney Houston equally. In 2012, The Chicago Reader named her the city’s “Best Local Writer Who Excels at Social Media.” She is a champion for the underdog, a lover of sequins and a proud Black Hippie.

Cooly G readies second album, Wait 'Til Night

Listening to Cooly G’s new album will give me the chance to finally explore that highly feminine, modern and aggressively sexual quality to her music that is rare, relatable and unchallenged. I’ve been trying to articulate it accurately, but really, it’s one of those sounds that make only make sense to the listener and even then, the listener must come to that true conclusion. Saying it is not enough. It could never just be enough.


"Come into My Room"