I’ve been wanting to see Lissie in concert ever since hearing her Daytrotter Session years ago, but outside forces have always put the kibosh on those plans. Monday night, I’ll finally get to see the Rock Island, Illinois native take the stage at Webster Hall.
As soon as her latest album, “Back to Forever” was released in October, it landed in my “Best of 2013″ playlist (so I obviously recommend checking it out if you haven’t already). She’s got such a lush sound packed with energy and raw emotion while maintaining a beautiful raspiness. It’s easy to hear why she’s been compared to Stevie Nicks but I would also add Neko Case and maybe a little bit of the Wilson sisters from Heart.
If you’re going to the show on Monday night, try your best to bring a can of non-perishable goods and/or a $10 donation to the IMAGINE campaign to help fight hunger. This is from the press release:
Lissie has been selected to serve as Hard Rock’s IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER artist ambassador in the United States. Hard Rock International, together with Yoko Ono Lennon and WhyHunger, just launched the sixth annual IMAGINE campaign, a global effort to fight childhood hunger and poverty through the support of sustainable agriculture education and nutritional feeding programs.
Fans can support the IMAGINE program by bringing a value of $10 retail or $10 donation to the show. Hard Rock will “match” any/all food donations and fans who donate will get an Imagine backpack and bracelet.
Here’s one of my favorite tracks from her latest release:
And a favorite from her 2010 release, “Catching A Tiger”:
How on earth did it get to be November already? Seriously kids, enjoy time moving slowly for as long as you can because once you start getting older that shit goes at lightning pace and suddenly you realize you have no idea what the hell you just did for the last thirty days to have passed the time. I do know that a lot of what I did ended up resembling this cat (photo cReddit):
Yesterday I realized I hadn’t posted the playlist I put together throughout October and that is a damn shame. Apparently October was a month for celebrating electronic disco-funk (which I love and try to do as often as possible). Without further ado, here is your Octo-Disco playlist:
Not going to lie – this might be my favorite playlist for your running pleasure yet. We’re doing a 5 minute walking warm-up followed by 25 minutes of running/jogging and either a 5 minute cool-down or, since I added almost 15 extra minutes of music, you can feel free to keep the jog going and then cool down. Don’t forget to stretch and don’t forget to congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come.
The fall weather has finally arrived (as of yesterday) and I’m pretty sure it’s perking me up for some reason. I don’t know if it just reminds me of Chicago or if I’m getting excited to see the leaves changing (now that I actually have trees to look at). Or, maybe I’m just really excited to have an excuse to wear my beanie hat so I don’t have to pay attention to what my hair is doing on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter, I’m chipper as fuck. I’ve also got some really great side projects I’m getting excited to work on which will bring me back to the things I’m really passionate about – music being one of them. So if you’re following anything on this blog & you’ve been missing some more frequent updates, you will hopefully be a very happy camper sometime in the near future.
I’ve got a few mixtapes to share with you today because the first one is more on the emo side (don’t worry, I didn’t include Dark Dark Dark’s “How It Went Down” again…though that song is still heart-crushingly perfect). Lately, the songs playing above my head as I walk down the street like my personal anthems have been Sarah Jaffe’s “Defense” and “Satire“. While I love them, I’m hoping to change that up a bit soon.
And so, this is how it feels when you fall:
The second mix I’ve got for you today is still a little bit of a work in progress since I started it yesterday, but it’s a mood shift and one I am very happy to embrace for as long as possible.
It’s time for dancing. Funk. Twerk. Awkward hipster one-legged knee shake. All of it.