New Year’s is my favorite holiday of all the holidays! It’s not just a time for reflecting on your previous year but also an incredible opportunity to plan out an entire year of what’s to come.
I’ve been thinking about what I want from this year, and it is packed. I’m starting with a handful of resolutions which I’m sharing here now. Hopefully if they’re written in a place where I’m not the only person who can see them (aka not my journal), I’ll be more likely to actually stick to them. So, here goes.
1. No more ‘fast fashion.’
This includes, but is not limited to, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Forever 21, Zara, etc. I’ve only realized this fact in the last few months (yes, slow on the uptake, I know) but stores like the aforementioned megashops manufacture their clothing to be on trend (okay, great) but to last for 10 washes max. That is despicable. Think of how many $30 sweaters (or 40, or 50!) I’ve bought from UO or elsewhere. One year of fast sweaters could’ve bought me at least two beautiful, made-to-last, staple sweaters that I could cherish for years to come.
This resolution will be all about control and perspective. I’ll have to remember that just because the price is good, doesn’t mean the product is. And I’ll have to remember that the $20 I take out of my paycheck every two weeks is going toward something that I will really value one day, not just a venti latte. This will also give me an excuse to focus on thrift and vintage stores.
2. Keep blogging.
It’s as simple as that. I know there has been a bit of a holiday-induced hiatus in my writing lately but between work and friends and family I just couldn’t squeeze it in! I’m really excited to stick to this resolution because it’s become so important for me to document my thoughts in a permanent-ish way. One day I’ll be able to look back at these posts and realize how much I’ve changed since way back in 2012. That alone is worth it to me.
Aside from all that, I’ve got big plans for this little blog in the new year, including a fresh theme and DIY video series! Keep an eye out for my first edition.
3. Keep that New Year’s feeling.
I always feel so optimistic at the start of a new year. Eventually that high wears off, and I land back in the doldrums of my everyday outlook. But this year I will try to keep the excitement and foresight of a new year, or at least try to keep that attitude in mind as often as I can. Sounds cheesy, but my life has taken such a dramatic reversal in the last year, I need to remind myself sometimes to anticipate the future, no matter the unexpected things that may come up.
Also, I made a playlist that I was intending to post yesterday. But I didn’t. So here it is! It’s designed for a night of all-night New-Year’s dancing. But you can dance around your room to it. Find it on 8tracks AND on Spotify!
And with that, here’s to 2013. I hope it’s the best year yet. Yes, the best year of all the years. Ever.
p.s. Do you have any resolutions? Let me know, I’m always inspired by other people’s goals!
I really debated posting anything today but I think it’s important to keep going in spite of tragedy. So if you need some music to lose yourself in, have a listen. This mix is on 8tracks but now you can also find my mixes on my Spotify. Follow me! I’d love to share some more music with all of you.
This month has been barreling through, throwing an unfathomable mix of weather, obstacles, and emotions my way, all the while showing no signs of slowing down.
I’ve had the heavy burden of a long list of life-altering decisions to make, many of which have been made for me by the powers that be. This has made for a rather unorthodox month. As far as my musical mood, I think these fluctuations can be heard in this month’s playlist.
In a last-ditch attempt to get my musical musings for the month of October to you, my ever-devoted reader (kidding here), I’ve squeezed it in at the tail end. There are some appropriately themed spooky ones thrown in but I think it’s a good mashup of all sorts.
P.S. Now you can stream my playlists right from your own computer! Still trying to figure out how to embed them in my actual posts, but here’s the link to the 8tracks:
- Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
- You Should Close the Door – Craft Spells
I saw Craft Spells around this time last year in London at this tiny above-a-pub venue. My friend April and I got drunk off rum and cokes and danced our little indie hearts out. It was great. See a barely-visible shot of the show below.
The night immediately after I saw the aforementioned Craft Spells, I saw this band at the Roundhouse in London. It was an awesome show and definitely the most badass one I’ve ever been to. Also, another milestone was my first-ever beer shower, thanks to the rowdy crowd of drunken Brits.
- So Far Around the Bend – The National
“Take a bath and get high through an apple,
you wanted to cry but you can’t ‘cause you’re laughing.”
- Little Ghost – The White Stripes
This makes the list because a) ghosts—October, obviously. And b) I heard a sound byte once of Jack White asking a crowd if they ever feel like they belonged in a different time period. A man anachronism.
- My One Desire – Freakwater
Apparently this is a cover of a Rick Nelson song? Never knew. Either way, I couldn’t find the version I wanted so give Ricky a try.
- Inside the Cinema – Culture Reject
This is one of my top ten favorite songs of all time. I mean it though. The music video doesn’t do it justice! Lyrics are priceless, to boot. Plus, I do love that Bill Murray man.
“I wanna get home, I wanna get stoned,
Make myself food, make myself good.”
- Sea of Love – Cat Power
Gosh this song has the power to overthrow me with the blues with the first little guitar riff. Can’t get enough.
- Tunnel Vision – Here We Go Magic
Fallish and also mildly creepy. Listen to it in a car going fast on the highway.
- Necrology – The Cinematic Orchestra
Longing for the Big Sur, where the ocean and mountains and redwoods and cliffs and fog make for just the right setting.
- Blank Maps – Cold Specks
This gal has the pipes to be a megasuperstar.
- My Body’s a Zombie for You – Dead Man’s Bones
No, Ryan Gosling (who wrote and performed this music with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir), my body’s a zombie for you. Trust me.
- Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens
I wrote a script to a short film inspired by this song. Not in a cheesy way.
- Pleasure Sighs – The Morning Benders
The mounting energy of this song gives me shivers.
- Better Son/Daughter – Rilo Kiley
“But you’ll fight it and you’ll make it through,
You’ll fake it if you have to
And you’ll show up for work with a smile.
And you’ll be better and you’ll be smarter
And more grown up and a better daughter—
Or son and a real good friend.”
Okay, this song is verging on brutally angst-filled, I realize. And okay, I adored this band during my hilariously moody middle school years.
But, in my defense, I’ve loved this song since the day I heard it and it is oddly (and embarrassingly) fitting at this juncture in my life. I’m not clinically depressed like the assumed subject of this song, just faking it, since I have to.
Also, Jenny Lewis and her parade of vintage/thrifted stage looks were a huge inspiration to me as a youngster. Just look at that ensemble. Holy cats.
- Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio
My love for this song is never-ending. Learn all the lyrics and blast it at full volume in your car and sing it at the top of your lungs…even at the red lights!
Well, that’s all for now (folks)!
What were some of your go-to songs for the month of October? Comment!
September is my favorite month of the year. School is in full swing, the air is crisp, sweaters are dug out of storage, tights are worn, apples are ripe, leaves change, Fall begins, squirrels get fat, geese fly south, socks are recommended, and people switch from iced to piping hot coffees and teas. And, of course, it’s my birthday month! This girl has the fall vibes down.
So, in honour of the best of months, I’ve compiled a mood-driven playlist to accompany you through this transitional period. Find links to youtube in the song titles and enjoy over a cup of hot cocoa and a good read.
September Playlist, Fall 2012
1. Slow (FD Acoustic Session) – Twin Shadow
I love the original of this one but the acoustic version just has some rawness to it that I find irresistible.
2. Heart of Glass – Blondie
Agh! That dress! Her legs! The hilarious video editing! Obviously I’ve known/appreciated this song for quite awhile but it wasn’t until Tumblr mega-maven suicideblonde posted it that I realized how much contagious energy it possessed. Play it on repeat.
3. Rosa – Grimes
Can’t get enough of that grungy nineties baseline.
4. I & Thou – The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Hometown heroes The Daredevil Christopher Wright released their second full-length this summer entitled The Nature of Things. The whole album is just as enchanting as I & Thou so make sure to check it out! Also see their incredible music video for the song Pale Horse, Pale Rider, below.
5. Let’s Rock the Beach – Real Estate
Yes, this song exudes a hyper-summer vibe but I classify it as beginning of fall for those sunny moments driving through rural Wisconsin where everything is just right.
6. Crystal Ball – Grimes
This girl is on fire right now and she deserves the hype. She’s got a unique style and works it like no one else with a cool whiff of a Miss Gevinson of similar underground internet-kid cult fame.
7. River Man – Nick Drake
Cool Autumnal imagery combined with a soothingly sultry voice, you had me at hello!
8. Icarus – White Hinterland
Okay, possibly overly everywhere on every commercial ever at this point but this song is just too perfect to deny.
9. Where We Belong – Megafaun
Another local EC band with a great folksy fall song that never fails to put me in a contemplative mood, I think it’s that rolling guitar lick. The song gets kind of experimental and crazy towards the end but that’s just part of their charm.
10. Ta Douleur – Camille
I like to fit French babes with killer voices and beat-boxing skills into my playlists as often as possible but to be truthful, I was actually going to add Camille’s song ‘Les Ex’ but couldn’t find a good enough version online! Enjoy one of her most popular songs instead, please.
11. Dreams – The Cranberries
First fell in love with this song as a kid. It was the background music to the Babysitter’s Club preview on my family’s copy of Free Willy on VHS. Little known fact of the day.
12. Fakin’ It – Simon and Garfunkel
13. Muscle’n Flo – Menomena
This band should be famous times ten. If you’ve never heard of em, they’re one of my top five all time favorites. Give em a shot.
14. Five Step – Mashup (Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’ vs. Radiohead’s ’15 Step’)
I’m not sure who the original DJ is behind this masterpiece but holy balls it’s good. If you haven’t heard the originals, check em out here and here. Also, try to focus on the music and ignore that guy and his dance moves. Or not.
Hope you enjoy this playlist and have a great start to your Autumn months. Do you have any favorite fallish songs or albums? I’d love to hear about them, leave a comment!
P.S. –> Please note, I like musicians and think it’s cool to support them by paying for their tunes, especially the ones you really like.