your thursday playlist

it’s still thursday in california.
so here we go…

nick cave & the bad seeds – “red right hand”
since my last playlist we became obsessed with peaky blinders (on netflix!). this is the title song and probably the best example of film and music working together i’ve heard in a long time.

drake – “0 to 100 / the catch up”
hipidy hopidy. we’ve listened to this song almost as much as “worst behavior.”

panda bear – “tropic of cancer”
this song could just go on forever, it’s so pretty. the lyrics are kinda haunting and hit a little too close to home.

the do – “keep your lips sealed”
randomly came across this music video by this band and looked em’ up on spotify. this song stands out to me.

belle and sebastian – “the cat with the cream”
we saw them with g & c at the hollywood bowl several years ago. always been a casual fan and their new album is really nice.

glen morris – “i’ll pretend”
for some reason i could listen to this kinda shit all day long.

natalie prass – “my baby don’t understand me”
this kinda has an awesome soulful vibe. the only thing it’s missing is the harmony i came up with for the outro.

perfume genius – “queen”
cool production.

d. wing – “good 4 u”
this is our friend daniel who makes rnb music. reminds me a bit of 90s’ stuff i was into, but fresh. we’ve seen him a couple times now and he just keeps getting better. excited for him.

james carr – “what can i call my own”
would love to record a bunch of songs with this treatment. a soul song with pedal steal! (comes in on the second verse) if anyone has another example of this please comment.

big sean ft. drake & kanye west – “blessings”
got this one on repeat lately.

nina simone – “ain’t got no, i got life”
i ripped this song from a youtube video cause i couldn’t find a version that was as exciting as this.

father john misty – “chateau lobby 4 (in c for two virgins)”
check out this whole album if you haven’t heard it. we listen to it a bunch.

dolly parton – “jolene (at 33rpm)”
played on vinyl at the 33 speed. changes the whole vibe and it’s still amazing. don’t know many songs that could still sound good slowed down so much. sounds like a dude singing about his man who left him for a lady, pretty awesome.

justin townes earle – “white gardenias”
just a good ol’ solid song. always come back to simple stuff like this.

peter doherty – “flags of the old regime”
we loved his first solo album and hope he puts out another. this song was written for amy winehouse. so pretty.

waylon jennings – “my world”
i like the lyrics and nostalgic vibe. was reminded of this song when it came up in a show called ‘justified’ that we started watching.

joe meek & the blue men – “i hear a new world”
apparently this was recorded in the 50s’ and was an attempt at making music that sounded like it was from another planet.

bill fay – “war machine”
i could just let this one run over and over and cry to it. the second verse about the hawk…”it’s his nature to kill, but mine isn’t” makes me go “YES!” and then he says “but we kill in other ways that he doesn’t” and you’re like, “well shit.” so good.

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forgotten roll of film

i love when i find one of my undeveloped rolls of film.
a couple weeks ago, i found a black and white roll of 120film. i knew i used my full square frame hasselblad to shoot whatever was on it, but what was on it was a mystery. to my surprise (and delight), the photos were from an apple picking trip nate and i took, while we lived in brooklyn! so fun, i remember we got a zip car, and went upstate new york for the day.
hasselblad photos are just the best photos for portraits.

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and what would a roll of film be without a photo of my cat :)

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your thursday playlist

la luz – “easy baby”
this song is so pretty. sounds like a 50’s doo wop band covering radiohead’s “creep” at a high school dance.

the everly brothers – “born to lose”
for some sad reason the phrase “born to lose” keeps appearing in our lives lately. i don’t know the full history behind it, but i’ve always kinda hated it. i think i’m an optimist turned realist, but i still believe i’m born to win! lol

the felice brothers – “saturday night”
don’t know a whole lot about these guys but i came across this song and liked it straight away. seems like it’d be good live.

tobias jesso jr. – “hollywood”
produced by chet j.r. white from girls. the song writing is really strong and the piano/vocal is all you need.

ariel pink – “picture me gone”
we went to see julian casablancas at the wiltern. it was a wild show, we loved it. the surprise opener was ariel pink and we loved that too. this song is an instant hit. check out this performance with the ps22 chorus.

father john misty – “bored in the usa”
one of our favorite dudes. excited for his new album. the laughs you hear are a laugh track, on purpose. it’s a bit jarring at first but i think it actually drives home the numb feeling.

dominique laurent – “po√®me de l’azur”
i found this song through instagram. josiah steinbrick is an awesome musician and he posts little clips from his vinyl collection. his wife started our new favorite restaurant (just a couple blocks from our apt!) called kitchen mouse.

johnny cash – “i heard that lonesome whistle blow” (apparat remix)
this was on the music player during our recent virgin airlines flight to nyc. not usually a fan of remixes but i’m really into this one.

honorable mention – chris brown featuring usher – “new flame

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new york new york

instagram is really my blog these days.

nate & i went to new york recently, and i didn’t bring my camera with me. on purpose. when we got into nyc, we went and bought a disposable camera each, and of course we had our phones too, but mostly just took photos with our disposable cameras.

i liked doing that, b/c it made me really think about the photo i was taking. i’m so used to just taking 10 shots of the same thing to make sure i got the right one, that just thinking about it for a sec, just before pressing the shutter was refreshing.

nyc was great. we went out to eat everyday, and spent all our money that way. hey, to each his own. i love food. (i know, who doesn’t? but i really love food.)
i ate bagels three times. i actually hated bagels, until i lived in nyc. my first nyc bagel was at the bagelsmith in williamsburg. i got tofu chive cream cheese on an everything bagel. it was the best bagel i’d ever had! still warm, and almost fluffy (not dense and dry, like store bought) & not too much cream cheese.
funny, i have more bagel stories, but i better just post the photos from our cameras. eeevveryone is waiting. (lol).
for food photos, and to see what i ate in nyc (& what i eat) follow my hungryrightmeow IG.

it was pretty chilly fall weather in new york. just what we were hoping for. i love LA weather, but i think nate would prefer it to be a little more gloomy and cold, longer. hey, can’t win em all, am i right?

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and that’s all.
thanks to our good pals, greg & melody, for letting us stay with them in park slope.
& thanks to nate for letting me include his photos here too! (photos # 2,4,6-10, 12 & 15)
aaand, thanks to new york, for being the insane & beautiful city that it is. the end.

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road trippin’ out

our best pals from nyc came to visit.
b/c of them, we ended up unpacking ASAP and tried to set up our apt, as if we’d been livin’ in it for a while. we took them around town, to our favorite restaurants, bars & other fun places. since melody, a fellow cat lover, is also vegan too, it was the easiest thing in the world to impress her with the city’s vegan friendly restaurants. we’re working on getting them to move here…and i think it’s working: )

so here are photos from our trip, most were taken by our talented friend greg (aka slavic humour).

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we went to ojai, for the first time, and camped at lake casitas. we had cocktails at Azu and i made a sort of un-camping camping dinner. kale & lentils curry over quinoa. it was after dark when we sat down to eat, so no photos. and no recipe, bc it was a magic of the night that made it “the best food ever.” ;) we ate dinner, roasted (vegan) marshmallows, and listened to nate read (absurd) russian “fairy tales” (read sample of one such story below) and greg read polish jokes. funniest jokes anyone had ever heard, that night.

russian style fairy tale
“the stubborn wife”
Once a peasant shaved his beard and said to his wife: “Look how well i have shaved.” ” But you haven’t shaved, you have only clipped your beard!” “You’re lying, you wretch, I have shaved.””No, it’s clipped.”The husband thrashed his wife and insisted: “Say it’s shaved, or I’ll drown you!””Do what you will, it’s still clipped.” He took her to the river to drown her. “Say it’s shaved!””No, it’s clipped.” He led her into the water up to her neck and shoved her head in. “Say it’s shaved!” The wife could no longer speak, but she raised her hand from the water and showed by moving two fingers like a pair of scissors that his beard was clipped.
………………yeah.

so anyway! here are some more photos!

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i’ll close with this great little video greg made, my favorite!

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