Better Late Than Never Octo-Jams

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):

cat with headphones derp

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:

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.

marshall in his pink chair

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”)

Summer MixTape Week 10: Limit to Your Love

High Line Skyline

It’s beautiful outside, one of my best friends from Chicago is in town and it’s Friday. Even if I have no clue where I’m going to be living once September 1st comes up, I’m going to do myself a solid and enjoy this mothafuggin weekend. Cheers to all of you – I hope your weekends are filled with sunshine, love and sexy times.

Summer MixTape Week 10: Jerk Ribs

Standing on the High Line tracks

Lately my life has been a bizarre mixture of ups and downs with almost nothing in the middle. I crave that middle ground right now – but while I wait for it to finally get here, I’ll be enjoying this random, but very tasty, mix of jams.

Summer MixTape Week 7: Wasting My Young Years

marshall playing chess

This hot weather is making it hard to get out of bed but somehow I’ve managed to check a bunch of things off of my to-do list this week. I finally made my way to the DMV to get a New York driver’s license, which for some reason they aren’t able to give you on the spot like they do in Illinois – so I have no idea what my picture looks like and the only photo ID in my possession is the passport from the time I was at my heaviest and I have a shaved head. If I get carded I need to get my sidewinder ready.

I also signed the lease for my new apartment in Brooklyn, which I will be sharing with a woman who is also short and works in TV and a tall 25-year-old, very sweet, Italian who is here working for an architecture firm. I’m nervous, excited and sweating.

Enjoy your weekend folks – here is your weekly mixtape: