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Summer Jams
August 25, 2009, 2:44 pm
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I’ve been in a funk (not the good funk) musically this summer. Not in the mood to search out good new music, not in the mood to listen to old faves. Most of this summer my radio dial has been tuned into NPR or KUSC or off entirely.

That is until recently. I went to the H.Bowl with Liz for a night of Mozart and it reminded me how much I love music and how much better it is live. That made me miss music and how it colors my memories. It would suck to look back on this summer and have the soundtrack be silence.

So, I started with Pheonix’s new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix which I am in love with, albeit a little late. It has been hailed many a time over as one of the best summer albums and for good reason. It is perfectly pop and perfectly dancable. Love Like a Sunset Part 1 is not only amazing but also what my dream dance night would sound like if condensed into under 8 minutes. Starts off slow and builds up then ends with a sweet vocal that would be perfect as morning music (maybe they should have called it Love Like a Sunrise?).

That got me in the mood to put on my dancing shoes which inevitably led me to Tiga’s latest album Ciao!. Now, I love me some Tiga and his podcasts are great fun but when I heard the promo of Mind Dimension, I was put off entirely.  I think a large part of it was that I was feeling awful during that time and nothing could get me out of that funk (again, not the good kind). Anyway, I’m glad I gave it a shot because now I can’t stop listening to it! Especially the last track Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore which is amazing. Epic. It makes me want to cry every time I hear it. Just. So. Good.

Of course, that got me wanting some more old school disco/funk/soul which then led me to Love Has Come Around by Donald Byrd which is STILL such a great jam no matter where you are, who you are, or what decade it is. Although it does make me want to pick up, move to Brooklyn, and throw a block party just so I can play this song right. Just a more realistic option than me time-travelling to the 70’s. 😛

Another fave is Private Number by Judy Clay and William Bell. I’ve also been diggin on the Supremes a whole lot ever since I got my hands on my parent’s record collection. Love that whole motown era. Check out this awesome video from back in the day!

Alright, enough for now. Hopefully I linked those correctly so you can read my blog AND listen to great music at the same time!


August 3, 2009, 2:43 pm
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A piece of lino is still just a piece of lino no matter how many sratches and gouges and holes you put into it. Add ink and everything changes. Still can’t master the backward typography. Inking lino is deliciously satisfying. Finally seeing the fruits of your labor, for better or for worse.

Photos to come.

If you have not seen Your Bright Future at LACMA, go! GO NOW! Do Ho Suh is my new Art Hero.