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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 / the (digital) turntable

turntable - new shoesWhen Lizzie put her Traktor DJ Controller up for sale, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Yeah, it was a bit of a big investment.  I didn’t really have all that much time to put down the 10 000 hours to really learn how to become a DJ.  But I couldn’t get the darn thing off my mind.

I have always loved music.  My close friends are well aware of this obsession. While I’ve learned how to play a couple of string instruments, what I’ve always loved are mixes.  Mixtapes, remixes, anything that has to do with putting things together and making something beautiful.  And I had given it a try putting some tunes together on Garageband (that you can listen to/download here), but I was never completely satisfied.  I wanted to take it to another level.

So I bought it.  And then I found myself committed to making a setlist for a friend’s opening party (tomorrow night! eek) for this favourite place and getting a chance to watch a friend bring it to life.  So now I find myself here, obsessively putting it all together.  Making sure I was getting my own tastes, my friend’s tastes, the right vibe for the crowd, all down to the right combination and selection of tunes.  I was totally in it.

I can’t wait to get deeper into it. And I can’t wait to share with you more of the beats, rhythms and melodies that.

So as a hello to this new source of happy, I thought I’d put together a high energy little mix for you all to get excited for the weekend with.