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MY 2016 MIXTAPE

We spotted this amazing rock art on New Years Day 2016 in Malibu

I have a new years day tradition that I started 10 years ago while driving down the Califonia coast. My radio was turned off and as it was New Year’s Day, I declared that when I turned on my radio, whatever song was playing was the song of the year. I don’t remember what the song was ten years ago, but this year it was “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money. I’m still not completely sure how it applies to 2016, but this fun tradition with its shaky ability to predict the overall theme of the year is still something I look forward too.

Now that it’s the end of the year, I’ve compiled all my monthly mixtapes into one collection. A 7-hour mixtape of what I listened to in 2016, basically my audio diary.  If you’ve never listened to any of my mixtapes, my 2016 mixtape is a solid place to start.

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Playlist : Lifetime Movie

New playlist time! November was a good month and apart from what the title of this playlist might indicate, most of the songs on my Lifetime Movie playlist are pretty mellow. So why Lifetime Movie? Well, I binged watched the recent Gilmore Girls revival that discussed Lifetime movies, and that triggered me going down a Lifetime Movie wormhole on YouTube. Some things just feel quintessentially fall and Lifetime movies are one of those things for me.

This may just be one of my favorite playlists to date. Enjoy!

Lifetime Movie Playlist : 1hr and 14mins | “Gamble” – Lucy Rose / “El Condor Pasa (If I Could) – Simon and Garfunkle / “California” – Joni Mitchell / “You’re Out Wasting” – Andy Shauf / “Denial” – I Break Horses / “I Gave Myself a Science Lecture” – Alligator Indian / “The Killing Moon” Echo & the Bunnymen / “Every Songbird Says” – Sam Beam, Jesca Hoop, Iron & Wine / “Katie I Know” – Marissa Nadler / “Boxer” – Lovers / “Same Mistakes” – The Echo-Friendly / “Hey Cool Kid” – Cloud Nothings / “Awkward” – FIDLAR / “Real Love” – Big Thief / “Paper Cuts” – Broadcast / “Porch Projector” – Ducktails / “Breathe (2am)” – Anna Nalick

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Playlist : Team Apple Cider

It’s Autumn!! My favorite season of the entire year. I love the crisp cold air and the influx of east coast fall essentials that make no sense in Southern California. It’s been averaging 90 degrees this week but I won’t let a little thing like global warming prevent me from celebrating the most magical time of the year. As everyone else is getting jazzed on PSL’s aka pumpkin spice latte’s, I’m over on team apple cider. Never could get into pumpkin spice lattes, but cider is like a delicious apple orchard in my mouth. The catalyst for false memories of picking apples in a gorgeous orchard in my oversized sweater and chic leggings – cue the slow motion while I skip through the orchard with a basket of apples swinging in the air.

Enjoy this new playlist! 

 Team Apple Cider Playlist : 57 min | “Impossible” – Moon King / “Car – Water Version” – Porches / “The Past Tense” – infinite bisous / “Fill in the Blank” – Car Seat Headrest / “Wherever You Are” – Winter / “All I Know” – Still Corners / ” Lonely Richard” – Amen Dunes / “Give Up” – American Wrestler / “Ice Cream and Sunscreen” – Marth / “Take This Body” – Gill Landry / “Me, Myself, & I” – De La Soul / “New Friends” – Haybaby / “Filthy and Fried” – Drive-by-Truckers / “The Ledge” – Fleetwood Mac / “Divine Idylle” – Vanessa Paradis / “Rise” – Katy Perry

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Drive At Dusk Playlist

This playlist is inspired by the golden hour, the California coast, and the magical feeling of driving at dusk. I personally hate driving west at dusk as you will be blinded by the sun. But it’s undeniable that there is a special something during the summer time when it’s 7:45pm and the sun is still peeking over the horizon with a cotton candy sunset.  This isn’t a beach wave inspired playlist, cause I’m not a huge surf rock fan – but it does remind me of long summer days as a teenager and the breath between day and night.

Drive At Dusk Playlist : 1hr 15min | “Come To Your House” – Bouquet / “Cherry” – Chromatics / “Kiss the Screen” – Nite Jewel / “For You” – Free Cake For Every Creature / “Free Time” – Teen / “Failling” – Bouquet / “Me and My Arrow” – Harry Nilsson / “In Limbo” -Teen / “In The Sun” – Hibou / “Under a Rock” – Waxahatchee / “Rattlesnake” – Fog Lake / “Outlaw” – Sweet Spirit / “Change of Heart” – TOPS / “I Want to Grow Up” – Colleen Green / “Without You” – Rainbow Arabia / “Le lac d’or (feat. Melody’s Echo Chamber) – Moodoid, Melody’s Echo Chamber / “Too Old to Be a Punk Rock Prodigy” – Free Cake For Every Creature / “Dissolve” – Hibou / “Lovers Rock” – TV Girl / “Art/ Work” – tomemitsu / “Chess” – Petite Noir

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MIXTAPE : THAT NYQUIL DAYQUIL LIFE

April was intense! Most of the month was spent working till 1am in the morning whether that was in front of my computer or on a polo field. We, Bowerbird and I, worked the Coachella Record Store again this year; but the twist was I had to put in all the new inventory into the record system before the festival. So in addition to my normal freelance work and getting ahead of my absence, I had the record store project on my plate. With stress at an all time high, my immune system flipped me the bird and I got pretty sick. By April 18th I was popping Dayquil and Nyquil like Judy Garland on the set of the Wizard of Oz – hence the title of this month’s playlist. My mixtape is a mixture of new music I discovered, remixes of old loves, and a sprinkling of Coachella. Everyone needs to listen to Mint Fields and Tei Shi – get on it!

 

“Let Me Sing You Love Songs” – Rachel Fannan, Brandon Intelligator / “How the Might Have Fallen” – Margo Price / “Fools Rush In” – Peggy Sue / “A Dot Running for the Dust” – Helvetia / “Two Hands” – Twin Fires / “Genevieve” – Lucius / “Brief Pause” – On Planets / “Sparks” – Beach House / “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” – Arthur Russell / “Go Slow” – Tei Shi / “Anesthetic” – Into It Over It / “Petty Box” – MINT FIELD / “Two For The Road” – Henry Mancini

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MIXTAPE : MATCHA GREEN TEA

With your understanding, I’m going to be putting out mixtapes only once a month. Instead of a collection of songs I’ve been listening to that week or every two weeks, I want to do a collection of songs I’ve been listening to that month. Personally, I enjoy listening to longer playlists I can get lost in while cleaning or buckling down on a project. I’m no longer feeling my 30minutes spurts of musical curation and would like to develop more robust playlists. When I was first making the playlists I’d try to theme them, but recently I’ve noticed the playlists end up creating their own story as many of the songs reflect a mood or sound I’m yearning for. I’d like to nurture this organic curation instead of trying to find songs that go together on purpose.

So without further ado, here is March’s playlist, Mixtape : Matcha Green Tea – named after the beverage I’m currently enjoying as I put this post together.

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Mixtape : Matcha Green Tea | duration 54mins
“Seize The Day” – Newsies Ensemble / “I Want a House” – Mr Twin Sister / “I Was” – Florist / “Corporeal” – Broadcast / “Boored” – Magic Potion / “90210” – The Courtneys / “TV Queen” – Wild Nothing / “Sophia So Far” – Goodnight Radio / “Oblivion” – Grimes, Brel / “One” – Moving Panoramas / “Cubicle” – Slothtrust / “Black Country” – Tonstartssbandht / “Honey Lips” – Part Time / “Endless Drain” – Major Leagues / “Le penitencier” – Johnny Hallyday

* moving forward I hope to have longer playlists <3*

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MADE YOU A MIXTAPE : PRICKLY PEAR

February wasn’t any easy month, but it was still filled with beautiful music and I was able to make you a mixtape. Aptly named “Prickly Pear” to channel the cute and the uncomfortable, it’s unintentionally female-driven with a few of my favorite fellas mixed in. Hope you enjoy some awesome tunes from the past and present that have been on repeat this month!

 

“Cinnamon” – Cullen Omori / “Princess Castle 1987” – Peach Kelli Pop / “This Is The Day” – The The / “Inner City” – So Many Wizards / “Seattle Party” – Chastity Belt / “Hollywood” – Lissie / “Ch-Ching” – Chairlift / “All The Things You Do” – Winter / “Calabria” – Moss Lime / “Duvan” – Amason / “You Kill” – Eternal Summers / “Waterfall” – The Fresh & Onlys / “Blue Flower” -Mazzy Star / “Shave My Pussy” – Chad VanGaalen / “Fly a Kite” – So Many Wizards

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MIXTAPE : REFLECTION

My first mixtape of 2016! On new years day, I played the David Bowie radio station on Spotify while getting ready for our annual morning hike. I had decided to wear my Bowie t-shirt and dedicate the year to an inspiring man who embodies reinvention; ready to go into 2016 embracing the artist in me and committing to being a fearless version of myself. So when I heard Bowie passed away, I was devastated. Last Monday I was totally distracted and in a haze, but I moved on through the week with WWDBD on my mind, what would David Bowie do. I had been creating this playlist for a few weeks now and just today decided to frame it with two of my favorite Bowie songs, songs that jog some of my earliest memories.

Also, I wanted to share a new years game I play. I always seem to find myself at some point on New Year’s day in my car and I like to use my radio as a fortune teller. Before turning on the radio I ask the universe/ tell the universe the first song I hear will be a reflection of 2016, this year it was “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money. Read into it what you will.

 

“Fame” – David Bowie / “Take My Home Tonight” – Eddie Money / “Wild Horses” – The Rolling Stones / “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” – Chromatics / “Weird Little Birthday Girl” – Happyness / “There Is Nothing Left” – The Drums / “Class Historian” – BRONCHO / “Dream Talkin”- Family Trees / “Aideu Creature” – Andrea Balency / “Korean Food” – Frankie Cosmos / “Lazy Lover” – Brazilian Girls / “Oh! You Pretty Things” – David Bowie

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MIXTAPE : MUSUBI

It’s the last day of 2015 and this is my last playlist of the year. I’m so happy I started these post after being inspired by one of my fav chick-a-dees on instagram, Meghan Alfano. It was nice to always have a playlist in the works or something I could just put on when getting ready for the day.  Now I have a collection of my favorite songs from the year to look back onto and sort of see my moods throughout 2015. I will certainly be continuing my playlists in 2016.

p.s.  A musubi is a slice of spam surrounded by rice and wrapped in seaweed. 

What was your favorite playlist or music discovery in 2015? 

 

“Insanely Jealous of You” – The Soft Boys / “Ghost Rider” – Suicide / “Girlfriend In A Coma” – The Smiths / “When Lightening Starts” – The Three O’Clock / “Tweeker Kidz” – The Aquadolls / “I Love You Too” – Darlings / “Pepsi/Coke Suicide” – Elvid Depressedly / “FloriDada” – Animal Collective / “Isn’t It Love” – Babes / “Ride On” – The Shivas / “Eyes of the Muse” – King Tuff / “Hippie Hippie Hourrah” – Jacques Dutronc

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MIXTAPE : She Rocks!

So this playlist was inspired by Hella Nervous by Gravy  Train!!!!. I discovered this song on a playlist my fav YouTuber, Leighannsays, created on Spotify. Seriously that girl has some solid taste in music, through her playlists she always introduces me to a band or two I’ve never heard before. So, while I was ear binging on Gravy Train!!!!, it inspired me to start listening to my other favorite girl fronted bands. I had wanted to create a ‘She Rocks’ inspired playlist for a while, as an ode to an awesome KXLU radio show called ‘She Rocks‘ and well the timing was perfect. Hope you enjoy a few of my favorite female voices. Today, I added a bunch of songs from when I was just a babe exploring LA. I don’t know, I think I’ll just continuously add to this playlist as well, so follow it on Spotify. Parting words… Delta 5 has given me a false sense of musical ability and I sort of want to front a band for Bowerbird, he’s not totally on board with the idea.

‘Hella Nervous’ – Gravy Train !!!! / ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ -The Slits /’My Precious’ – Soko / ‘Oh Bondage, Up Yours!’ – X-Ray Spex / ‘Try’- Delta 5 / ‘Atomic’ – Blondie / ‘She Bop’ – Cyndi Lauper / ‘You’ – Delta 5 / ‘Invincible’ – Pat Benatar / ‘Picture This’ – Blondie / ‘Peter Pan Syndome’ – Soko / ‘Crimson Wave’ – Tacocat / ‘Adderall’ – The Coathangers / ‘Painted By Numbers’- The Sounds / ‘Monster Hospital’ – Metric / ‘I’m A Lady’ – Santigold / ‘ Riot Rhythm’ – Sleigh Bells / ‘Staight A’s’ – Sleigh Bells

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