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The music mood lately has been quite mellow resulting in some old, unexpected choices.

Mazzy Star – “Into Dust”
So Tonight That I Might See is an incredible album.  One I always have to listen to from start to finish.

The Sundays – “Here’s Where the Story Ends”

Talk Talk – “I Believe In You”
If you’ve never listened to Talk Talk, I highly recommend listening to Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock.  Although they are mostly know for their pop 80s sound, their last two albums really showcase how talented they were.

The Stone Roses – “I Wanna Be Adored”

Emiliana Torrini – “Snow”

Bon Iver – “Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt Cover)
Absolutely beautiful.  I love the original but this is just…wow.

Periodically it seems as though I fall off the face of the planet/this blog without any type of warning.  This time around, it’s been for an exciting reason.  In past posts, I’ve plugged performances for Khorikos, the choral ensemble I’m in.  This week we’ve had the pleasure of going on a mini tour of sorts to perform the debut of “A Melancholy Beauty.”

It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to perform in 3 amazing performance spaces for the debut, which are The Kennedy Center in DC, Wang Theater in Boston (grew up seeing performances there), and Lincoln Center (crazy!!).

For those interested in learning more about “A melancholy Beauty,” check out these articles from The Washington Post and Boston Herald:

THE WASHINGTON POST

BOSTON HERALD

For anyone interested in catching the last two performances, info and tickets are available through the Song of Life Website at www.songsoflife.org.

Also, here are some crappy cell phone pics from the stage during rehearsal at the JFK Center in DC.  Totally had to happen. Oh my word, what a crazy week it has been.

Hard to believe that the last “Currently On Rotation” post I did was back in February.

NEW LOOK – “The Ballad”
A recent fave and has been on repeat for the past 2 weeks.  I can’t wait to hear more from New Look.  If the rest of their music is anything like the single, I’ll officially be a new convert.

OH LAND – “Lean On Me” (live version)
String quartet.  Enough said.

KIMBRA – “Plain Gold Ring” (Live @ Sing Sing Studios)
This is just really good.

 SADE FEAT. JAY-Z – “Moon and the Sky” (Remix)
The merging of two talents who can musically do no wrong is bound to result in something amazing.  Case in point, this remix.

KATY B – “On A Mission”
Great getting ready to go out or morning get pumped for the work with a solo dance party track.

BEYONCE – “Run The World”
I can’t deny the fact that I enjoy this song…a lot.  Also, the video…SICK.  The clothing, the beginning dance segment…Get It Girl!

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday.  I hope you enjoy the very festive editorial below.

“Roll Out the Red”
From How To Spend It Magazine
Photographer: Yuval Hen
Stylist: Damian Foxe
Model: Katja Verheul

(images via How To Spend It)

I am by no means the biggest Kanye West fan but I can’t deny how exceptionally talented and creative he is in whichever venture he takes part in.  On Saturday night, he debuted his film “Runaway” which features songs from his soon to be released album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and stars himself along with Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks as the fallen phoenix/Kanye’s girlfriend.

The film is nothing short of breathtaking and it wouldn’t be Kanye if fashion didn’t play a big part within the film.  The style choices used are nothing short of incredible.

The Phoenix:  Selita was the perfect choice to play this part and who else could pull off this barely there look.  The feathers and wings, the long, gold, talons, white lashes, chain headpiece.  Major props go to the stylist(s) for this one.

The white and beige dinner party:  Both the men and women alike are dressed to the nines during this segment of the film.  It is hands down my favorite part.  The layout of the room, the table setting, and the guests are all perfectly immersed in the set.  Everyone and everything are compliments of one another.  Another thing to note is that Kanye is the only one, besides the phoenix, wearing anything outside of the color palate for the party with the addition of black to his look.

The Ballerinas: Their entrance is at about 13:50 when the track “Runaway” is used.  Ballerinas dressed in black tutus serve as the dinner party entertainment.  The soloists are the dancers wearing the pink pointe shoes.  I’ll let the images speak for themselves on this one.

(all screenshots via Rogue Bicycles)

For those interested in watch the full film, which clocks in at 34 minutes and 32 seconds, here it is and I highly recommend watching it in full:

Junip – “Always”

Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing”

Veto – “You Say Yes, I Say Yes”

Katy Perry – “Teenage Dreams”
The first and only Katy Perry song I have ever liked.

Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”

Due to my laziness and work schedule, I’ll close the week with another “Currently On Rotation” post which I was planning on saving for next week.  I haven’t been able to sort through pics yet so, this should hopefully suffice.

I had to feature Wild Nothing and Zola Jesus since both have been a part of my morning routine for the past week.

Wild Nothing – “Confirmation”

Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West – “Wylin Cause I’m Young”
Yes…I am slightly obsessed with Kid Cudi.  It doesn’t help that I’ve been listening to this song tout le temps after stumbling across it online.

Zola Jesus – “Night”
I love everything about this band.

Crystal Castles – “Empathy”

Jay-Z – “I Know”
This song has been out for a while but for some reason, I always go back to it.  One of my favorite songs by Jay-z.  The fact that it was produced by the Neptunes and features Pharrell is an added bonus.

Wild Nothing – “Golden Haze”
I had to post one more song by these guys.  This is the perfect end of summer song.  It makes me miss long drives with all the windows down, blasting music.

 

 

Ra Ra Riot – “Boy”

The Whitest Boy Alive – “Burning”

Little Dragon – “Twice”

I haven’t been able to stop listening to this song or watching the music video.  Both are just excuisite.  The mood of the song is just so perfect for a rainy day, a contemplative car ride mix, or just a quiet night in.

Arcade Fire – “Ready To Start”

Arcade Fire – “Month of May”

Mayer Hawthorne – “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin”

This song has been out for a little while now but it’s still been a fixture in my music rotation.  I can’t help but adore him and his music.  Who can resist that old school motown vibe?

Lissie – “Pursuit of Happiness” (Kid Cudi cover)

This girl can seriously do no wrong.  Every cover I’ve heard her do thus far, which includes “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga and  Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” has been incredible.  It’s not surprise that her version of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness”would not garner the same reaction from me which is, “Holy crap this is so good!”

WOMEN – “Locust Valley”

Kele Okereke – “Tenderoni”

I’ve pretty much been listening to this song because it makes me feel like I’m at a rave.  The product is a solo bedroom dance party complete with some of the cheesiest dance moves ever.  I feel like I should have a supply of glowsticks stashed away for such occasions.

Benoît Pioulard – “Kids Are Getting Younger”

(I’ve been listening to him for about 2 years and still love his music.  If you have not heard any of his albums yet, you should.  I suggest starting with Temper.

Kid Cudi ft Chip tha Ripper (& Christian Bale) – “All Talk”

Memoryhouse – “To The Lighthouse” (MillionYoung remix)

The Hundred in the Hands “Tom Tom”

Beck, Liars, St. Vincent & Os Mutantes – “Need You Tonight” (INXS cover)

Robyn – “Dancing On My Own”

The XX – “You’ve Got the Love” (Florence and the Machine cover)

 

 

 

Every now and then I just have to listen to some 90s r&b.

Does anyone else remember this song by Groove Theory?

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