I was in a music rut. I hadn't listened to anything new that was GOOD in so long. And so I called on the help of friends who I trusted to bring me delightful new tunes - and bring them they did. Browse the posts below, or jump to posts by any of the following people:
Today is Sunday, but I feel like posting a mixed-tape Monday because sometimes I still live in NZ time and I’m just awesome and global like that. It’s actually a playlist from Braden that I forgot to post a while back and I’ve been selfishly listening to it myself… Perfect for some Sunday scrabble playing before a family lunch.
Oh and I have to share the cutest picture of Mika from her Baptism yesterday. She was such a good girl – she hadn’t slept all morning, she hadn’t eaten lunch, it was ridiculously hot and there were so many new people around. She handled it so well, not a peep! And then she fell asleep in her car seat for most of the after party, so we tucked her away in the corner like we used to do when she was just a newborn. I love it when things work out so easily.
learn to run – david vertesi
kinda outta luck – lana del rey
do what i can – robert francis
in the dirt – sean carey
limit to your love – james blake
black tables – other lives
shelter – birdy
holocene – bon iver
dusty road (so kind) – deyarmond edison
We woke up to rain and it was glorious. Hot coffee, warm oats, pajamas and mid-morning naps. It also kinda made us miss Vancouver.
Some music for a rainy day. Or any day really. Just nice music.
ben howard – the wolves
m.ward – rave on
marketa irglova – your company
cloud control – gold canary
bobby long – the bounty of mary jane
kimya dawson – i like giants
seth gallen & melody gardot – my sweet darling
ingrid michaelson – sort of
mark lanegan – man in the long black coat
the head and the heart – winter song
the cave singers – swim club
cloud control – pursuit of happiness
And then there’s this little girl who makes rainy days even more glorious…
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Happy Monday to all my lovely friends in the future (NZ). It is only Sunday here, but since we have been listening to this mix whilst attempting to make pancakes – I figured it would be wonderful to share it with you in time for you to enjoy it for your entire Monday.
It’s a sunny 22 degrees here in Obregon – not too much different from the 21 degrees in Auckland today (but apparently Auckland has thunder and lightening storms!). Interestingly however, the low here is THREE degrees and in Auckland the low is 17. Crazy. I honest-to-goodness did not expect to be wearing socks and trackpants to bed at night and then stripping down to shorts and singlet or sundress during the day. It’s like the best of both worlds! Aren’t cold nights so much better than hot ones? And aren’t hot days so much better than cold ones? Oh yes.
Last night I got a chance to do some serious wedding thinking. I avoid the word ‘planning’ because at this stage it’s more just brainstorming (read: dreaming) than actual planning. I read about a beautiful little wedding with only 16 people that had all the decoration and thought and catering of a big wedding. How beautiful!
As Ivan and I have quickly discovered, keeping a guest list small is like trying to do a small shop at the grocery store: ‘oh just one more!’ and it ends up being huge. And we’ve decided that it’s actually the mid-sized weddings that are the hardest lists to create. The small ones are easy – just immediate family and closest (hand) friends. The big lists are easy too – all family and all friends (the ones who you’d want at your fiftieth, a wise piece of advice I received lately!) And so you see, it’s the medium lists that are tricky. Past the hand friends it starts to become a game of ‘well, if we invite him then we need to invite her. And if we invite her then we need to invite them.’ And pretty soon a list that began with 50 people has doubled. We still have a bit of thinking to do I think… And in the meantime if you’re curious about my inspiration and dreaming, follow my wedding board on Pinterest.
Less talking, more music. Here ya go, courtesy of the much-missed Jordan. (He’s not dead, he’s just on the other side of the world now)
jens lekman – black cab
modest mouse – baby blue sedan
casiotone for the painfully alone - i love creedence
clinic – distortions
billy bragg – a new england
the chills – frantic drift
eels – hey man (now you’re really living)
the brunettes – your heart dies
the mountain goats – thank you mario but our princess is in another castle
radiohead – lozenge of love
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And just like that, we only have 6 days left in New Zealand.
It’s now that I suddenly realise how busy we are and when I start stressing out about whether I’m really savouring these final days as much as I should be. Every early morning, lunch hour and evening has been planned for between now and Sunday at 3pm.
I’m excited for Mexico. There is talk of us having our own little home for a few months, with a yard for me to grow plants! And a room for Mika! So yes, I am excited – but for now I want to try my best to savour New Zealand. I want to walk the streets, drink the coffee, sit with friends. Everything just seems to happen so much faster since Mika was born. Cliche perhaps, but it’s true.
Thankfully we had a gorgeous couple take a few pictures of our family on the day Ivan proposed to me. It’s the best way to freeze these moments for a lifetime. Here’s just a few of my favourites:
Tess has been here for the last 4 days and just before she left we kinda threw together some songs of the moment for each of us. Here’s the result:
I couldn’t find all the songs on Grooveshark, so you can just download the mix here. Enjoy!
rox in the box – the decemberists
a candle’s fire – beirut
when i go – slow club
shake it out – florence and the machine
my lord my love – antony and the johnsons
buona sera – louis prima
chains – slimpickins
katie my darling – the unfaithful ways
heroes and villains – the beach boys
boggis, bunce and bean – alexandre desplat
Despite having a little girl who won’t sleep, leaving us as two zombie-like-barely-functioning-when-will-this-madness-end adults, we totally enjoyed the sun this weekend. It was seriously sunny. And the lack of sleep/2 glasses of wine on Saturday night left me feeling completely hungover and awful as we lay like two basking (hungover) cats in the sun on Bethell’s Beach on Sunday.
We enjoyed a celebration dinner with friends & family on Saturday night for Ivan’s birthday (not til Tuesday). We hung out with 1-year-old Quinn in the park on Saturday morning (more birthday celebrations) and we spent the afternoon as I mentioned, almost-dead on the gorgeous Bethell’s beach.
I don’t want to complain, but then I also don’t want to trick you into thinking things are all happy dances around here right now when if I’m completely honest – they’re not. If there were to be any dances around here right now, they would be danced to the tune of ‘please go the fuck to sleep child‘ and they would probably involve less movement than the dances you’re used to.
Her tummy bug is just slowly coming to an end. We hope like crazy that her inability to sleep right now is somehow linked to this bug and once it has passed then sleeping will resume. We are starting to dread night time. This can’t be healthy.
Anyway – my friend Pete has curated a seriously delightful mixed tape today. It is the perfect weather for listening to it right now as I dream of our future train travel, our flights over oceans, our little cottage that we have booked by the sea, and our hopes for a peaceful night’s sleep.
I’m moving to a place called Scotland, London has pushed me away for a few months, so I’m going to explore a new place on my own for a wee while. I’m actually packing my bag right now, my train out of the capital leaves in a couple of hours, so I thought I’d share the playlist I made myself this morning. It’s full of songs that make me smile, and some that follow the theme of leaving somewhere. There is a lot more vocal stuff in here compared to last time, that’s because I like singing along when I’m occupied by something instead of just sitting down and listening ‘properly’. whatever.
The highlight of this mix is Maria Callas,WHAT A VOICE. Even though in French, there’s a line in the aria that translates “Far from a morose winter, let me slumber and breath in the rose before it dies”. My winter will be cold, but there’s room to chase Spring within the dark months and keep all faith in all things. I like that, yes I do. Her character wants to live in a dream that is eternal Spring, and I do too, yes I do.
any day now – elbow
our prayer/gee – brian wilson
heroes and villains – brian wilson
hit the road jack – ray charles
diferente – gotan project
la vie en rose – louis armstrong
je veux vivre dans ce reve – maria callas
creeque alley – the mamas and papas
look for the silver lining – chet baker
welcome – balam acab