Wednesday, November 30, 2011

keep the streets empty for me.

drive was one of my favorite films of 2011. if you haven't seen it or didn't enjoy it, then feel free to avert your attention away from the clip below.

a tribute to drive: by tom haugomat & bruno mangyoku.

anything happens in that 5 minutes and i'm yours. no. matter. what.


i tried to do handstands for you.

when it comes to the occasional and annoying reintroduction, most people either firmly pretend they haven't met the other (despite an onslaught of previous meetings) or kindly shake the other persons hand, smile and say, "haven't we met before?"

thanks to their newest single, chairlift, graciously take your hand while simultaneously leading you to the dance floor. 

chairlift - "met before"


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

i was not prepared to lose it all the moment that i found it.

with such minimal space at my apartment and the inconsistent internet situation, i don't own a printer. however, in the last year i've supplied my boss with two printers that through tricks of the trade, didn't cost me a dime. but after watching this, i'd throw some cents behind this awesome little guy!


there's a city that will heal me and help me clear the lumps out of my throat.

there's a certain amount of chance that your head should allow when you're getting over heartbreak. it's not only a temporary escape from what can be the numbing everyday, but it's essential in the attempt to re-create a lifestyle void of sadness. the new track from uk twosome, slow club, seems to embody the idea of specific post-breakup recklessness through both its unguarded lyrics and corresponding video clip.

slow club - "if we're still alive"


Sunday, November 27, 2011

two minus one, never enough.

in case you missed it the first time around, my future husband on that halftime x thanksgiving tip.

'your turkey stuffin' attitude got me changing my mind...'


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

part heart, part truth, part garbage.

the slow motion build-up of the new special problems directed clip for the naked and famous adds an additional volume of tension to the track's original dramatics.

break inanimate objects, not hearts.

the naked and famous - "no way"


there’s this misconception that playful thinking is not serious and not important.

i was lucky enough to catch a free screening of the new muppets movie at the walt disney lot in burbank and it was everything you hoped a muppet revival would be: hilarious, heartwarming, nostalgic and featuring a song that could also double as an anthem for pleasuring oneself. 

the muppets is out now and totally deserves it's 98% rating on rotten tomatoes!

we're better together than apart.


Monday, November 21, 2011

always where i need to be.

birthday creativity on a budget. hope you had the happiest of days little one!

the fruit basket birthday!

happy fruit, sad almonds.


you are the silence in between what i thought and what i said.

the ambiguity of the women featured in the new video for "lostfound" from francis harris (aka adultnapper) allows you to become absolutely transfixed with the sultry guest vocals of danish singer, gry.

purring a story about the need for human connection despite an isolating amount of sadness, it's a soft balance of vulnerability and need that's somehow comforting and desirable.


pushing myself to get something i deserve.

we all know someone who works a little too hard. dedicates their life to the grind of the 9-5, thrives off office stress and has substituted their social life with a calendar of work-related events and meetings.

french trio, juveniles, have created an anthem that's perfect for that particular brand of individual. and despite giving their version a gender, they've managed to interject a fun and danceable quality to the idea of relentless work ethic.

stream "hard working girl" via soundcloud.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

we want to help you. let us in.

almost everything in martha marcy may marlene is minimal, except for the strong emotions it elicits from it's audience. little dialogue and jagged story telling warps the thin line between the film's reality and the paranoia within its lead.

elisabeth olsen makes her film debut portraying martha, a 20 something who seeks refuge at her estranged sisters house after escaping a cult in upstate new york. the movie reveals specific details about her experience, but chooses not to rectify the state of her current life with an explanation about her past. as you're never quite sure what's real and what just may be haunting memories, you're left transfixed, upset and looking for answers that just aren't there. an amazing performance from olsen made this worth a viewing but the strong violence and disturbing sexuality may turn off bigger audiences. 

martha marcy may marlene is in select theaters now. 


Thursday, November 17, 2011

mystery loves company.

the draining disposition of the new track from tashaki miyaki plays right into the songs unfortunate disappointment. after being unable to satisfy the unknown needs of a significant other, the anonymous LA outfit are at a genuine loss at what's next. 

tashaki miyaki - "get it right"


bad decisions make good stories.

i've been in carey mulligan's corner since an education a few years back and this movie has once again peaked my interest in her work.

shame hits select theaters this december.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

working with the negatives make for better pictures.

when shit goes down most people are split into two very different camps: those who worry and are emphatic to everyone involved and those who are capable of throwing people under the bus to save (or benefit) themselves. it's an interesting dynamic trying to navigate through waters filled with lifeboats and sharks but that's the dilemma behind the reworked version of cults' latest single, "bad things".

featuring two new verses from freddie gibbs, it's an unforeseen collaboration that actually benefits the previously stellar track.

cults featuring freddie gibbs - "bad things (remix)"


my head disappears when my hands are thinking.

it's happy hour for john pena's solo ship, heavenly beat. drunk with a similar delicacy and sweetness of his band beach fossils, the vibe of his debut single, "faithless" thrives off additional rounds of upbeat drums and sunny, well-rounded guitars.

one shot, two shot, three shot, (dance) floor. 


you can't be my loved one, unless you're crazy half the time.

the holiday season is a stressful time for the majority. dealing with family, friends, finances and food is draining. perma-smiles are practically mandatory and don't even think about trying to run and hide because somehow, the ghosts of holiday's past will find you.

as thanksgiving/christmas/newyears are right around the corner, let this RAC remix of brooklyn foursome, body language, help keep your spirits up.

body language - "holiday (RAC remix)"


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

writing is thinking on paper.

over a year ago i discovered marcel. if you have yet to make his acquaintance, please introduce yourself.


can't deny that i want you. but i'll lie if i have to.

with all that is happening with #occupywallstreet and the forceful evacuations of other city's occupy protests, this penguin prison video couldn't have dropped in a more appropriate cultural mood. 

penguin prison - "don't fuck with my money"


Monday, November 14, 2011

where will you live if you can't even live with yourself?

if the only thing you know about childhood canadian lovers, electric youth, is that they were featured on one of the best songs off of the drive soundtrack, then be prepared to learn two new things about them.

1) their right back at you ep is available now. 

2) their new song "fade away" is rad.


all of a sudden i know every word.

promotional soft opening this week with free coffee. not sure if i can make it, but when this place is open for good, you can bet coffee club will plan a visit.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

i'm more than just a stolen glance, but you should probably take a chance.

this song is dedicated to....


you point, i'll drive.

usually cloaked by moody atmospheres and darker undertones, pollyn tend to parallel their music with intricate and artistic visuals. but in their new video, the local trio show off their lighter and more adventurous side. with help from a few recognizable magic mountain rides and a handclap chorus, it's a 60 mile per hour singalong that races above the clouds.

pollyn - "sometimes you just know"

their new album, living in patterns, is available now.


catching flashbacks over eye contact.

living in southern california, there's sunshine year around. the summer is bright, the fall is well lit and even the winter (or our feeble attempt at it), still manages to find ways to be illuminated. the latest single from canadian outfit, teen daze, was probably created as a response and (musical solution) to what we socal folks always seem to take for granted. 

teen daze - "winter sun"


say you're ready. when all the baggage, just ain't as heavy.

when bands tour together, they tend to form a synergy that overlaps well into their own musical outputs. recently little dragon and san francisco producer, tycho, hit the road for a handful of east coast tour dates. while their time spent was short, it obviously imprinted something beautiful as proven by tycho's remix of "little man".

little dragon - "little man (tycho remix)"


it's an aftermath, or something like that.

sometime last year i became addicted with a song from the mysterious but aptly named producer, d/r/u/g/s.  utilizing similar vocal cuts and electronic interjections but with a slower tempo, it's an easy transition between the bounce of both singles. 

d/r/u/g/s - "mila"


Friday, November 11, 2011

no you don't have the pull that you used to, but you can still ruin my day.

check out brooklyn four-piece small black's not-so-average take on the popular mixtape.

download moon killer or stream it below.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart's in it.

shot in little tokyo and the arts district of downtown la, the new video from friendly fires illustrates a love affair for anyone whose ever had a peculiar above the shoulders trait. in the case of our unusual leads, sometimes all you need is a killer strut, a stretch armstrong neck and a virtual helmet head to make a street-side connection.

friendly fires - "hurting"


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

you know i'm such a fool for you.

the latest single from tennis capitalizes off their usual blend of simple cuteness by adding a few extra layers of texture. produced by the black keys' patrick carney, the new grime is introduced by heavy guitar play which volleys the vocals of alania moore in a complementary rhythm.

tennis - "origins"

infuse your power with mine.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

the only people for me are the mad ones.

it's definitely not a good trait, but i look at the ground a lot when i'm walking. most people mistake it for either being shy or lacking some sort of confidence. i chalk it up to being paranoid about falling and needing to see the path in front of me.

whether you believe the first explanation or my actual reason, check out this video and ponder how you get around.

"i look i move" - constantine konovalov

ps: i broke my toe a few days ago and it sucks.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

we all go back to where we belong.

shifting the focus from quick and quirky 80s synths, to a slow paced, keyboard heavy burner, my favorite LA band are reintroducing a whole new generation to a 1980 robert palmer radio hit.

(via p4k)


what could be more beautiful than you and me?

if you've been recooperating from halloween weekend's antics with coconut water and heaps of greasy food, then allow the new single from mysterious synth-pop collective, black light dinner party, to add a little more fuel to your tuesday fire.

black light dinner party - "gold chain"


buy the ticket, take the ride.

i'm always been interested in seeing the transition between intricate, recorded production and their live interpretations. in the case of seattle babyfaces, beat connection, their tunes benefit from a beautiful balance of laptops, knob turning and some live instruments.

laundro matinee featuring: beat connection.

"in the water"

"theme from yours truly"


live freely, drink responsibly.

in college, my friends and i had this saying that "jack (daniels) was the only man to never let us down". we all drank jack back then and despite our taste in whiskey becoming more refined and top shelf over the years, whenever we all congregate, we will still manage to sip some JD.

this video below is a collabo between jack and yee haw productions for a limited edition poster that will surely be a hit in college dorm rooms from now until eternity.