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T / happy monday / back to school mixtape

Photo Credit: Nina Leen for LIFE, 1956. Via Tomboy Style

Photo Credit: Nina Leen for LIFE, 1956. Via Tomboy Style

How did I forget to put together a mixtape for the back to school season?  Oh right, it’s perpetual summer over here.

Most of us probably aren’t in school anymore, (though one of our favourite contributors is!).  But when the sun starts to wane at an earlier hour, the temperatures start to drop (sort of, kind of, not really over here), that’s my favourite time of the year.  The transition seasons are the best.  One’s mixtape might also switch over to slower, less poppy, more thoughtful beats.

I had the chance to catch up on the tunes of the new season during the week of quiet in an empty Phnom Penh.  And to be honest, I was a little spurred on by Condé Nast’s recent acquisition of my music bible, Pitchfork Media, with the sole purpose of bringing “a very passionate audience of Millennial males into our roster.”  I should also mention that I’m a fairly dedicated reader of Wired and Esquire magazines and a regular audience to All Songs Considered.  Guess that makes me a Millennial male.  Or a manic pixie dream girl.  I can’t wait for 2 Brown Girls to jump on this.

Gender-inflamed paragraphs aside (which sounds like an STI), this is all about the tunes.  I’m loving some of the new kids on the block who hail from the southern hemisphere. I start the mix off with Love Ssega all the way from South Africa and cap it off with Slum Sociable from Melbourne. There’re also some old faves jumping on the bandwagon with the cool kids (I’m looking at you Ryan Adams, new member of the Taylor Swift entourage).  These tunes are the ones I’d be plugged into, tubing to school in London or pounding the pavement in Toronto.  Enjoy!


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T / happy monday / millennial eighties baby

Photo Credit: The Hood Internet

Photo Credit: The Hood Internet

I am filled with positive energy these days.  A month in Myanmar, a five day respite in Bangkok and now back home in Phnom Penh. Meeting new and incredible people in places that are just starting to emerge.  But I can’t help but remember that we are living in the best and worst of times.  Old economies continue to be in turmoil. Migrants fleeing conflict continue to find violence no matter where they go. It’s a weird time to be.

But so were the 1980s.  The Cold War bubbled along through the decade that Cait and I were born in.  Nuclear disaster at your doorstep.  I’ve been watching this fantastic new television drama Deutschland 83. Have you seen it yet? It’s a German political drama set in…when else, but 1983.  I won’t give anything away if you’re looking for quality television with a great soundtrack, sink your teeth into this one.  However I will leave you with a mixtape.

I wasn’t very aware of things in the 80s. I spent a chunk of it either non-existent, in the womb or toddling around.  But I do know that if there was any other decade I could be a teenager, it would have been then.  The music, the enthusiasm. Teetering on the brink of greatness and destruction.  The neon and the shoulder pads. Maybe the 1980s and the 2010s aren’t so different.  So I wanted to make an energy-filled enthusiastic mix to start the week off with.  Can you pick out which tunes are a throwback to the synth-filled 80s and which ones are the real deal? I hope you enjoy and have a happy Monday!


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T / happy monday / summer loving

Photo Credit: Steve Unsworth

Photo Credit: Steve Unsworth

I am a music fiend. But sometimes life gets in the way and it just doesn’t happen for a while.  Then it throws you over to Myanmar. And you happen to have what might possibly be the country’s fastest Internet connection. So you dive right back into it and you learn of a genre that’s actually called yacht-pop.  But most importantly, everything your ears discover makes you just wanna go “FUCK YEAH. It’s SUMMER” (even though it’s pretty much summer year round in these parts).

So building on those warm feelings on yet another drizzly evening in Yangon, I just had to knock this one out for all of you.  Every single one of these songs says summer all over it.  Whether it’s a yearning summer from newbie Meg Myers or you just want to get your disco on (thank you Robyn). There’s a bit of sweltering city love (with a burning one from Disclosure and a special guest).  Major Lazer offers some island groove.  I dig it. I hope you do too.


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T / happy monday / a song, a video, a playlist

Photo Credit: Airbnb

Photo Credit: Airbnb

Oh man.  Words can’t describe how envious I am that Cait’s in my old stomping grounds. Likely #2 of my favourite cities in the world (well so far at least).  And how much I wish I could be traipsing around those old streets and new digs with her.  I know, we both keep saying that we’ve got the interwebs, but there’s nothing like the real thing.

Then a song and a video go and rub all those feelings in.  Jamie xx, who is a fucking genius (and I use that expletive to describe just how good he is), captures two favourite things perfectly: London, and skateboarding…which I had a love for during my whee years.  This song has been on repeat all weekend and paired with the video, it evokes just everything I love about that place.  It’s exactly what would be plugged into my ears, probably at twilight, whilst heading to the next stop on a busy city day. It’s funny how music can evoke such feelings.

And not just one song, I thought I’d share a playlist of some of my favourite new tunes.  Just a few ditties that have been making me happy this month.  For your summer sunset, for your twilight commute in London (but maybe not Phnom Penh because that would be ill-advised), your city stroll towards a sultry date. Enjoy and happy Monday!


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T / new year mixtape

Photo via Defringe

Photo via Defringe

It’s been yet another busy week!  There were so many plans for today’s post but a few little things got in the way.  Like making daikon radish cake in celebration of Chinese New Year but forgetting to buy dried shrimp.  Or finally getting our About page finished (because we know you’ve been clicking), and getting horrible writer’s block. But with Caitlin designing pieces up the wazoo, a kickass photography course I was just introduced to (thanks Jen!), partnerships being formed and long term planning being done, we’ve discovered there aren’t enough hours in the day.

So where do I go when things start to whelmed?  I go ga ga over my tunes.  If I didn’t have music, I don’t know what I’d do.  I was a little bummed in 2014 because it wasn’t a great year for tunes.  Then 2015 happened and my faith in the industry has been restored.  We’re only two months in and I’ve racked up a few from old favourites to the deep dark indie web that I wanted to share with you.  I’ve never been into the emo spirit of Chris Walla and his Death Cab for Cutie, but their new single is making my month.  POP ETC have brought back an old classic for a cover, GZA and Tom Morello make a great baby together and Calexico’s giving me good beats to start the morning.  Meanwhile, UK newbies Years & Years are giving me a jam I want to get on a dancefloor with and Speedy Ortiz brings it back to the 90s.  So enough of the talk.  Here’s my mix of slow jams and fun new digs to get the year on with.

PS – Are you anywhere near Ontario this coming July?  Skip Coachella and Burning Man. Make it a road trip, go camping in the Great North and see all of these AMAZING acts. (Kendrick Lamar! St. Vincent! Girl Talk!).


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T / happy monday

Photo Credit: GamFratesi for Yellowtrace

Photo Credit: GamFratesi for Yellowtrace

Because one day Cait will be doing this.  She is doing it already.  And I want to be the one documenting it.  We kind of already are.  In any case, the moment I started watching this little video, I was able to picture why we decided to change career paths in the first place.  And I knew it would give me the best start to the week.

Also it’s nice to know how a pleat gets made.

Here’s a song to go with this little vid.  José González is channelling the same hopefulness for the future that I love about Swedish sounds, like Jonsi and the ones before.

Happy week everyone.tiffsig