Fall MixTapes Week 1: Pick Me Up When I Fall

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.

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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.

And a couple extra downloads for good measure:

La Luz – Pink Slime (right click “save as”)

La Luz – Big Bad Blood (right click “save as”)

Emily Wells and Dark Dark Dark: Chicken Soup for a Lonely Soul

Emily Wells and Dark Dark Dark are two of the most impressive live acts I’ve seen in ages; last Friday’s show at The Knitting Factory has been playing over and over in my head.

Emily opened and took everyone, myself included, by surprise with her live-looping one-woman band consisting of haunting yet hypnotic vocals, violin, drums and at least one, if not more, instrument added for good measure.

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At some point in the show, I couldn’t help but feel slightly self-conscious about my inability to stop staring at her. I really just couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. If you ever have the opportunity to see her perform live, run to get the tickets. Do not walk. Check out some of the audio I caught from Friday’s show:

Emily Wells at Knitting Factory

Download: Emily Wells live at The Knitting Factory

When Dark Dark Dark took the stage there was a friendly college kid standing next to me who had never heard their music before. I was trying to describe their sound but anything I could have possibly said wouldn’t have been able to portray it accurately.

Dark Dark Dark at Knitting Factory

I didn’t need my new acquaintance to tell me how he was enjoying the show. When I turned my head to catch a glimpse of his face, his eyes were wide, his mouth was half-open and his hand was clutching his other hand next to his chest. When he caught me looking at him, he just smiled and immediately asked for more suggestions. So, I hope he’s reading this and remembers to check out Wye Oak, Lia Ices and Holly Miranda.

In case you’re wondering, this is the song currently breaking my heart on repeat:

Dark Dark Dark – Who Needs Who

Emily Wells – Mama

Date Venue Location Tickets
  Oct 16 The Pinhook Durham, NC Tickets RSVP
  Oct 17 The 529 Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP
  Oct 18 Cafe Istanbul New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP
  Oct 19 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX Tickets RSVP
  Oct 20 Holy Mountain Austin, TX Tickets RSVP
  Oct 21 Dan’s Silverleaf Denton, TX Tickets RSVP
  Oct 24 Sol Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM Tickets RSVP
  Oct 26 Hi-Dive Denver, CO Tickets RSVP
  Oct 27 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT Tickets RSVP
  Oct 28 Visual Arts Collective Boise, ID Tickets RSVP
  Oct 29 The Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA Tickets RSVP
  Oct 30 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR Tickets RSVP

Stream Dark Dark Dark’s New Single “How It Went Down”

Dark Dark Dark has a new album coming out this October and if this first single is any indication, I’ll be spending a lot of time with Nona and co. in my ears while drinking tea and watching the leaves change color. There is something about singer Nona Marie Invie’s voice that cradles my heart as though it were an injured animal she found bloodied and bruised in the middle of a forest.