08 October 2013

trust me, you can dance

in spite of the sweltering heat by day and bitter winds at night, we rallied to hear some impressive music. we also enjoyed the smaller two weekend crowd size and soft green grass. if you're going next weekend, here are some bands that killed it:

19 September 2013

bad luck lose you at your best

heading to new york city to see one of my most favorite people tie the knot. congratulations, coxys! may you always bring out the best in one another.

02 September 2013

i have your will

true story: one time csj recognized the dodos at lollapalooza. they were hot, too, so they borrowed gold bond from our buddy. sweat confidence. here's a song from their latest album, carriers:

"confidence", by the dodos

24 August 2013

still surprised

my fiancé thinks he's funnier than i am...i'm not so sure. but i do know that he is a wonderful gift-giver. besides the magnet and other treats, he gifted me the new washed out album for my birthday. yessss! i sure do love ernest. and i like what i am hearing.

here's a track from paracosm, "don't give up":

19 May 2013

my heart is wild

in "song for zula," the lyrics speak of heartbreak, but the music is so lovely, the listen is light. one of matthew houck's previous projects was a willie nelson tribute, which makes sense, i hear a likeness. looking forward to seeing him live at acl.

"song for zula" by phosphorescent

08 May 2013

fiesta forever

lionel richie, depeche mode, the cure, atoms for peace, tame impala, local natives, wild nothing, cat power, and more! oh, man. pumped for acl 2013!

01 May 2013

time passes

i have decided that the hardest part about getting older is watching those that i love get older, too. especially when they are far away.

i am very thankful for the time i had with my grandparents this weekend.

wishing my parents peace and relaxation.

james blake's new track: "overgrown"

20 April 2013

compassion it waits

i have been a grump! when it rains, it pours, i suppose.

a few weeks ago, the eldest of ten, my mom's brother, michael, passed away. simultaneously, my parents, aunts, and uncle were urgently trying to find a new home for my grandparents. and then one of my sweet aunts found out she had a brain tumor. 

i scheduled an impromptu trip home, and then i was struck with a four-day stomach virus and could not make my flight. 

my personal sadness, not to mention the horrific explosions here in texas and in boston, have put me in an foul mood. 

my big loving family will be together in july to remember michael. my grandparents are together. cindy's doctor was able to remove nearly all of the tumor and discovered it is a slow-growing form of cancer, which means with treatment they expect a full recovery. and i am headed to ohio next weekend.

"we all know the truth" by banco de gaia

06 March 2013

little buddy

in honor of this sweet little buddy (his "angel-versary" is march 7th) and his family, here is a song from one of his favorite movies:

26 February 2013

this american life

we dicksons had dinner with ira.
listening to this american life while i eat brunch reminds me of my childhood sundays. for the past two weeks, tal visited harper high school in chicago. the series was incredibly poignant. please listen.

you'll find it in the archives (#487 and #488): www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives

and to add a musical touch... this song is often played during acts on this american life. i find it to be lovely and motivating.

"perpetuum mobile" by penguin cafe

17 February 2013

the sun will stay

what a beautiful day to run a marathon! (you go, amart!)

12 February 2013

opened up my mind

i swear i tried to make sure that my favorite tracks from 2012 were actually released in 2012. but i blew it. 11 out of 13 isn't so bad, though.

24 January 2013

believe it from somebody else

i'll admit it. i had kind of forgotten about these guys. (and how could i after their kick ass free show at waterloo and that oh so lovely day at cedar street?) lately i've been hearing one of their two pre-released tracks from the january 29th release, hummingbird, and i am pumped! delighted to hear they will be at sxsw again. it is almost that time of year!

"breakers" by local natives