Friday, August 10, 2012

fin de semana

"It is part of my DNA. It conveys all things I can’t put into words. Life, loss, love, spirit. As I evolve so too does 'Ocean'."
-John Butler on 'Ocean', debuted in '96 and still keepin' on.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."
-Pablo Picasso 


Friday, July 20, 2012

Après moi le déluge

I haven't forgotten about you, blog. I've just been wheelin' and dealin'.

Teen Daze meets Neon Indian meets Phantogram

I had already decided I loved this song before I saw the video. No judgement.

Looks a bit like little bean and her older seester.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

flight over fight

Cannot wait to get the hell out of this town and be with my family.

Monday, May 7, 2012


First sunburn of the season. New Beach House via NPR, those saints. Above image from one of my favorite tumblrs. Nothing big, just David Bowie singing with Bing Crosby. Just another Monday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Feeling stale with my music lately. I shouldn't be; in the past two weeks I've seen Radiohead (even the holy ones couldn't redeem arena concerts), Andrew Bird and First Aid Kit, which was easily the best of the three. So good, in fact, that I only want to listen to them live from now on. Rhye is offering some reprieve from this funk. Reminds you of Sade doesn't it?

Craving other stimuli, I'm eager to attend my roommate's modern dance performance tomorrow and Smuin Ballet Company's spring program the day after that. I'm also still reeling from watching this AMAZING film, which pays homage to famed choreographer Pina Bausch. I couldn't recommend it more.

Maybe next time around I'll be a dancer.

Friday, April 6, 2012

dan the man

Enjoying Dan Mangan's recent album Oh Fortune. Very Glen Hansard, very Marcus Mumford.

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Has a piece of music ever given you chills? I experience it often it seems. Usually an indicator that you're experiencing some serious earlightenment, amiright? Apparently this phenomenon has a name: musical frission. I read browsed through an article on it while I was working on some really important work-related work things.

Check it out!

This song, and much of Debussy's other work, tends to give me chills. Other offenders: a bow being drawn across cello strings and most things Radiohead.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

dreams, cont.

Seabear member Sóley Stefánsdóttir released a solo album in 2011 and it appears to have taken a full year for it to float over from Iceland into my California ears. We Sink was worth the wait; I can only describe it as a boozy Ray Bradbury nightmare. But in a good way...  Sit with that.

 I love the simplicity of Theater Island, the last song on the album

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

dream state

Did I not mention? I saw Apparat a couple weeks ago. He played with a live band which made it all the more mesmerizing. Incredibly powerful performance.

Above photo part of a luscious series by Alberto Seveso.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

the young girl and the sea

Grimes is slaughtering the music scene with her latest album, Visions. Mostly because the music is totally radical, but also because the little lady who is Grimes, Claire Boucher from Montreal, is just so goddamn cool.

Exhibit A: As legend has it, Claire and a companion once built a 20 foot houseboat with plans to sail down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, a la Huckleberry Finn. A faulty motor and the Minnesota PD prevented them from getting too far, but what a weirdly wonderful adventure! Full story here.

Live sesh in SF last year.

Friday, March 9, 2012

mental oasis

Just when I had almost given up for the day, Lykke Li flashed on my radar, joining The Deportees on their delicious new track.

god bless the Swedes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Wishing I could be celebrating my beautiful momma's birthday with her and the rest of the clan! I'll compensate with chocolate and a glass of red, in her honor.


This song always conjures up images of cold winds and warm blankets.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

leap day blah blahs

Today you're apparently supposed to do something wild and fun, something you wouldn't do on a normal day. Supposedly, today doesn't really count; once midnight hits, this day will vanish, swallowed up in the calendar pages. While wild and fun sounds, well, wild and fun, the laundry situation at Casa de Bean is in dire straits. It's to the point where I'm considering just buying more underwear. So Leap Day will likely be had at the laundromat, where knitwear goes to die.

I'm really working for the weekend here people.

image via

Friday, February 24, 2012

one more time with feeling

Hot damn it's a two for one! Shameless pop rock through the eyes of the talented Trentemøller. It's unseasonably warm but I'm not complaining. one. damn. bit.

Also, happy friday


Monday, February 20, 2012


Prone to headaches as of late. Lots of calming music and brow un-furrowing.

Jacob Sutton’s L.E.D. Surfer on

Brilliant, isn't it?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

hoedown hootenanny

Slim's kicked off the SF Bluegrass Festival (though I'm fairly certain there is a perpetual bluegrass festival in this city, as there are for just about everything else; home brewing, punk swap meets, queer hip hop, oysters, vintage paper, fungi; really any niche activity that merits boozin and cruisin in the streets) with a foot-stomping old-timey show last Friday. I know next to nothing about bluegrass and definitely knew nothing about the band I went to see. But when a friend suggests you come out to hear his old high school buddies wail on the banjo, it's best to say "sure, why not?"

I had an incredibly good time - the Brothers Comatose are wildly talented. They seem to thrive in a live performance environment and the fact that they were clearly having an absolute ball made it all that much more fun for the audience. I've been singing their songs for the past four days and have no plans to stop. Sorry, coworkers. Helps that the guitarist is easy on the eyes. And check out his neat tambourine shoe!


All those festivals actually exist, fyi. Also, happy valentine's day. Oh, too much?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Experiencing massive wanderlust

Does it count as wanderlust if I just want to spend the rest of winter in this sweet, secluded cabin, reading books and breathing fresh air? It would be so much more enjoyable than waiting out the weather from a cubicle. This site will have to satiate me in the meantime.

 See what i did there?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

hip hip

Congratulations California. I'm less embarrassed to live in you. In other news, loving Son Lux this week.

Also, rad video on the story behind the album art.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Six more weeks of winter! The Marmota monax would never lie. Six weeks ain't so bad. Better than twenty years of snow......SEGUE!

I loves me some Regina Spektor. I can always come back to her music and get excited about it all over again. She's unapologetically adorable and relentlessly talented. And she has a genuine interest in the art of sound, which sounds obvious but is often rare. Take a day to get to know her. She doesn't disappoint.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

yakety sax

Some days at work feel like a Benny Hill montage. Time to wind down.

An über relaxing high school favorite. Such a lovely artist with such a tragic end.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012


I missed David Bowie's birthday. Forgot to send him a card, forgot to bake him a cake, forgot to steal a lock of his hair. Wait, what? Anyways, I'm five days late and now we'll never be best friends and he'll never write and perform a personalized rendition of Moonage Daydream at my funeral. Great, JUST GREAT.

This is what Bowie will call me if I forget his 66th next year.

Monday, January 9, 2012

jan 9

Beautiful weather, dear friends and homemade sangria made for a very nice weekend. Now a song from the days of yore (2004).

Friday, January 6, 2012


Another year. I got nothin'.

It took me five months to start liking this song. Unrelated: Gotye sounds like the Phil Collins reincarnate at the chorus.