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Some Like It Hot | A Summertime Playlist

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all of the best vibes of summertime, in a playlist. heat up, cool down, shake those hips, sink those ships to the musings of LCD, bleachers, mondo cozmo, francis and the lights, shakey graves.

come on, just press play baby. you know you want to.

The Summertime Playlist

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i made you a playlist. i did! i made you a playlist. because no summertime adventure is complete without some dope beats, pack your bike basket with magic and these tunes in your ears. listen here for your beginning of summer soundtrack featuring (surprise!!) lcd soundsystem, honne, glass animals, and a hefty dose of electric guest. and hey, give me a follow. i’ll keep the dope beats bumpin‘ all summer long.

just add tan lines and mischief.

Mondo Cozmo | What I’m listening to…

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there are songs we hear that stop us in our tracks, immediately. and it feels like from that moment on we are displaced, even slightly. moved. just by hearing that sound, those words, that feeling.
hold on to me by mondo cozmo did just that. i remember hearing his song last year for the first time, and pausing it during the intro, because i was scared that the lyrics wouldn’t stand up to the relentless power of the music. … i remember silently praying that the lyrics would somehow keep pace, at least, with the relentless power and beauty of just the intro i’d heard and absorbed so far.
i kept listening.
and this song, hold on to me, developed into a stunning and permanently moving sound that hasn’t yet me go.
that first time hearing it, which led to the second and the third and then a few more times, i finally emerged to look up this guy – mondo cozmo. and found little to nothing, other than this random post from beloved KCRW.
which only made me realize that he was just getting started. almost a year later, i find myself at baby’s all right in brooklyn this past monday, eyes closed clutching my heart and hearing him perform the 5 songs he’s now released. and while hsi performance was captivating and his music is stunning, what i’ve taken from him more than that is his story.
born joshua ostrander, the artist currently now known as mondo cozmo gave up everything to pursue music with no guarantee or even glimmer of promise that it would work out. he posted a video recently of a voicemail from his former boss , the day he decided to quit his job, with absolutely no money in his bank account. his talent, tenacity, humility, and drive have now brought him to be on the lineup for bonaroo, gov ball, boston calling, and shakey knees, plus selling out concert venues all over the country.
there’s this story i constantly remind myself of, retold in the secret but originating in jim carrey’s wallet. poor, struggling, hungry and scrappy as hell, jim carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million, from his bank own account. then, an aspiring comic, he wrote the check for “acting services rendered” and stuck it in his wallet. and its presence simply helped mold every decision, every intention, every molecule around it so that within 5 years, and with 2 ace venturas over his belt, by 2015 he was billing $20mill/film.
it’s this spirit that is interwoven into mondo cozmo’s song, story, words, and persona. it’s a spirit relentless hope, tenacious energy, and contagious joy.
check out his music here
plus this amazing song not on the EP, written for david bowie.
follow him on instagram for constant inspiration
and keep an eye on his tour dates here.
and from his story, take these things with you:
Leap and the net will appear
Don’t wait for the money, it won’t come. don’t wait for encouragement from other people, haters gon’ hate, doubters gon’ doubt. don’t wait for an opportunity to fall into your lap, because that isn’t what opportunities do. then run right before you,
 
Rock and roll isn’t dead.
ugh I’m so sick of this mentality. Settle in to your sweet comfortable state of saying there will never be a band as good as [insert band name here] and no one will ever understand! Open your ears and hearts folks and be curious. because without that curiosity there would be no more noise and no more revelry and no more you and no more me.
 
Break the rules.
he has a renegade spirit, mondo cozmo. approaching his music making and media in a way that is completely unorthodox. it’s raw, it’s refreshing, and it reminds us that there is no rule book when it comes to creativity. you’re creating something that wasn’t there before. do it your own way.

 

Be relentlessly grateful.
every challenge, every setback, every doubt, every hesitation is a gift. just as watching your song creep to the top of the charts, hearing fans sing along with the music you created in a sold-out venue, seeing your name on the lineup for bonaroo. be relentlessly and eternally grateful for every single moment.

<3L.

The Best Albums of 2016 | Brooklyn, I’m Trying

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if there’s one thing i love about having this space it’s.. oh, well it’s everything. but one of those things is writing relentlessly passionate, shamelessly descriptive and definitively unauthorized music reviews. music should be consumed actively and insatiably, and should consume you just as ravenously. here are the top five albums that moved me this year, plus a fancy little widget of my top 100 most listened to songs from spotify. read the post and get lost here, then follow me on spotify for seasonal playlists and more than a little bit of hip-twisting salsa music. and you know, maybe send me your favorite songs from 2016. sharing is caring.. and you know, maybe leave me your favorite songs from 2016, just below there in the painfully underused comments box.
Bon Iver 22, A Million
This will be one of the most moving albums of my life, I know it. The way Bon iver blends some of the most poetic lyrics flawlessly with modern, simplistic language dares us all to be artists just exactly where we are. I could get lost in the folds of every complex layer of this beautiful composition forever, maybe. And have been trying multiple times a day since seeing his show at pioneer works a few weeks ago. this is the album of the year in a year that is not worthy of such beauty.
standout track: 715 CRΣΣKS.  “finding both your hands, a second sun came past the glass.” good god. this is everything.

 

James Blake The Colour in Anything
this album makes me want to be a better person. his first album since the positively spellbinding overgrown that i’ve been wearing fucking ragged since 2013, this one is deeper, darker, more audacious. 17 songs leave you desperate and longing before coming up for air and then diving right back in.
standout track: radio silence, i need a forest fire. these leave me swimming and hopeful.

 

Jack Garatt Phase
jack garatt finally released a full 19-song double album that defines the new sound of music in 2016. his soulful voice, looped electronic beats, raw acoustics and the deep sincerity in his lyrics and live performances is palpable. i think he’s been moved to tears every time i’ve seen him perform on stage, which needless to say is contagious, even while you’re dancing and singing along. he’s been my most played artist two years in a row now, and i’m not pumping the brakes anytime soon.
standout track: weathered. the pick up is all encompassing and moves you so far past where you were before you discovered him.

 

Phantogram Three
one of the most anticipated releases of the year, for me at least. i can’t get enough of this duo’s push-pull intensity that keeps you waiting and wanting. dangerous harmonies overlaying synth-rock rhythms overlaying strong beats and heartbeats and engulfing you into a deep trance state that you realize isn’t music at all. it’s phantogram.
standout track: answer. the hopeful desperation matches the tone of this year while soothing us slowly and calmly into a mounting and relentless need to move. to organize. to find an answer.

 

Salt Cathedral Homage EP + No Ordinary Man
ok ok ok. so it’s an EP. and two singles. but put them together and it deserves more than a spot on this oh-so-coveted little list of mine. besides – my space, my rules. there is so. much. sound coming out of this duo from columbia via brooklyn. her angelic voice dances atop his relentless drum beats creates an addictive electro-pop mood that won’t let you go. see them perform feb. 3rd at c’mon everybody (come see me too! i’ll be there) and in the mean time, buy this album and turn it up. loud.
standout track: no ordinary man. from no ordinary band.

 

experience all of these artists and nearly 100 others via my most played songs of 2016, below. indulge. transcend. believe.

keep listening, brooklyn.

<3L.

the fall playlist.

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because as the temperature drops,
so should the beat.

 

we are all feeling just a bit cooler these days, so let’s embrace it. fall brings a fluctuation of temperatures and an unpredictable rhythm. a quickened beat, out of necessity and desire, that we are hastened to keep up with. your fall playlist has arrived and it’s all this and just a tiny bit more. LISTEN HERE. and shake that chill off baby.

 

the end of summer playlist.

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things that we’ll hang on tightly to even as the temperature drops – that slight bronze on our skin, the ocean water in our hair, and the music that made us feel alive this summer. here’s a playlist meant to make the transition a little bit easier. complete with more than a peppering of clapping, some shamelessly-smokey harmonies, bold backbeats that hit every fucking time, guitar riffs that were definitely first recorded on a beach, and beck, speaking nonsense, with a reggaeton-esque verse seamlessly mixed in.

you need this in your ears to go with the sun on your skin and the love in your hearts and the sweaty palm connected to your sweaty palm.

<3L.

a midsummer playlist.

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a fresh playlist of dope jams to keep you cool, plus the four artists to have on your radar (and in your ears) this summer.
tune in.

Salt Cathedral
this progressive rock duo transplanted themselves and their sound from colombia to brooklyn. formally il abanico these two captivating performers reinvented themselves as salt cathedral, evolving to an addictive, synthy electro pop sound.
fill your ears here and then see them play tonight for free at drexler’s in alphabet city, and june 30 at le poisson rouge.

 

Jack Garratt
voted best new sound for 2016 by the BBC, jack garratt has exploded on the indie-electro music scene with his experimental songwriting and soulful voice laid over fiercely alive beats. seeing his impassioned performances is one of the most captivating shows i’ve seen this year, by far.
check out his ep and new full length album here. he plays webster hall this friday, june 18th. tickets, $30 available here.
Lucy Dacus
this unapologetic talent out of Richmond, Virginia is exactly what you need in your ears this summer. she puts brings a freshness to the (at times) stagnant indie folk scene with direct, brave lyrics á la courtney barnett, but with quite a bit more soul.
 get lost in her album here, and if you missed her at rough trade last week, see her somewhere along the east coast this summer.
Benjamin Clementine
raw and avant garde, benjamin clementine‘s haunting voice and poetic words dance upon his relentlessly passionate piano playing with an unpredictable rhythm that keeps you longing, somewhat warily, of what and how it will hit you next.
if you missed him last week at irving plaza…cry, a bit. he’ll be back in new york until next year, and until then, let’s all go to europe.

<3L.