Girl Put Your Records On: Volume 5

Photo by Courtney Coles
yung j is back with the jams, and I’ve missed sharing music with you! Stay tuned for the continuation of this playlist series, and I’m also starting to scheme up a couple of other fun music series and features.

This volume features artists I’ve been blasting through my stereo all summer. I could have chosen to put “Despacito,” a new summer favorite, on this playlist 11 times, but I figure variety is a good way to go, right?

Listen below and find your vibe in this summer heat. Would also love to hear about your current favorite artists and/or songs in the comments xx

Girl Put Your Records On: Volume 4

Photo by Conner Frey

 

I am sprung for spring. Warmer weather is approaching and the sun is up later in the day (three cheers for daylight savings). Soon I’ll completely stop wearing three layers to shield myself from winter chill, and you’ll find me walking around Echo Park and Silver Lake ogling revived greenery and beautiful blooms. I’m feeling the effects of this seasonal change. Life feels brighter.

I haven’t been the happiest person the last couple of months, and took time away from people to identify how to deal with this. But today I feel good. Life is moving forward, and I’m along for the ride to new destinations, new adventures, new people, and a new perspective. Keep up with the journey on my Instagram where I post much more frequently!

Now for the tunes. Do as I do and hit play, dance around your apartment, and listen closely to the lyrics, especially the first song “Different Now” by Chasity Belt. I relate to every single line of it.

Girl Put Your Records On: Volume 3

Strange times over here with me and my brain. I’ve been so busy that when I had an abundance of time for myself last weekend, it made me anxious and my mental health took a nose dive. Completely random. A trillion million percent frustrating.

But I always bounce back.

Turns out it was necessary for me to have a quiet weekend, where I could really relax and sort out my life after being on the go for a few weeks. I visited some of my favorite neighborhoods, read more, watched more of Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica and Ross for the laughs, and danced while cooking some new receipes.

I also thank the ridiculousness of Twitter during the Oscars for making me LOL, pulling my Debbie Downer self back up.

This volume of the playlist series is a bit moody, but then again, that’s typically the kind of music I listen to anyway. Enjoy the feels.

Girl Put Your Records On: Volume 2

I spend approximately a total of four episodes of Master of None in my car when I commute to/from work. Not ideal, but I deal.

As an avid music consumer, music in my car is essential to drown out the bustle around my little 1997 getaway ride.

It’s no secret I’ve been listening to the new MUNA album, About U, often. I’m constantly blasting it from my car with the windows down and you can find many tweets about them on my feed. I don’t really plan on shutting up about the band or their album any time soon because it’s a masterpiece. It’s healing.

Of course I still listen to other artists. I’m not in THAT much of a MUNA trance.

Here’s volume 2 of my Girl Put Your Records On playlist series, featuring TRACE, isle&fever, Frank Ocean, Thundercat, and more.

Girl Put Your Records On : Volume 1

You know that moment when YOUR song comes on and you can’t help but groove along? Or it’s one that has you completely up in your feels? I have multiple of these. You can definitely catch me yelling, “THIS IS MY JAM,” on more than one occasion during a party.

This new playlist series isn’t aimed to be nostalgic, but instead music (new and old) I’m vibing with REAL hard.

Check out volume 1 below, and as always, share music with me in the comments section.

2017 Vibes: Mood Board + Playlist

Every year there are several moments when I plan to turn right, and then life is like “tut tut, we’re going left instead.” There is no way in telling what my life will be like in 3 months, 3 weeks, or hell, I don’t even know what 3 hours from now could hold for me. All I can do is hope for the best and make moves. I’m a planner so the uncertainty can feel a little uneasy, but I’m learning to take things on as they come.

By Navucko

I purchased my first instant camera yesterday, and I like that it’s an unpredictable tool. What I snap is what I’m going to get. I’m calling her Patsy. She lives in the moment, wears a glitter case and I adore her already.


Here are some photos I took yesterday at the Beating Lights kick off show in East Hollywood. Great jams, good company and the best vibes.

Tea time with Nikita and Ray
Expect to see me in fishnets more often
Family Hahas
With Courtney
Mandla of Ugly Sweaters

I put together a 2k17 mood board on Pinterest and playlist (below) to set the tone for this year. Maybe if I put a bit of my spirit, hopes and desires out there, some of it will stick.

10 Favorite Albums of 2016

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Oh hey! My life has been a whirlwind and led me to an accidental blog hiatus. I know, I know. I missed you too!

I’m back here just in time to chime in with my favorite albums of 2016. This year was HARD for many of us it seems, but at least we can celebrate some incredible new music releases. Shout out to Spotify for being the MVP of music discovery by knowing my listening habits and taste so well.

Now, the list. There is no particular order and as much as I want to write thoughtful reviews for why these are my favorite albums of 2016, it’s currently 1:07am on a Thursday morning (what is sleep?) and life is busy, so I’m keeping it simple.

Cliff notes for why I chose these albums: I spent a good chunk of 2016 dancing and/or connecting emotionally (aka probably cried) while listening.

Lemonade by Beyoncé
Favorite Tracks: “Sorry,” “Hold Up” and “All Night”

I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet so Unaware of It  by The 1975
Favorite Tracks: “If I Believe You,” “Somebody Else,” and “The Sound”

The Loudspeaker EP by MUNA
OK, this is an EP, but I MUST include this.
Favorite Tracks: All four of them, because each are so important to me.

How to Be a Human Being by Glass Animals
Favorite Tracks: “Life Itself,” “Youth” and “Season 2 Episode 3”

The Altar by BANKS
Favorite Tracks: “Fuck With Myself,” “Weaker Girl” and “Gemini Feed”

Puberty 2 by Mitski
Favorite Tracks: “Once More To See You,” A Loving Feeling” and “Your Best American Girl”

Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
Favorite Tracks: “Fountain of Youth,” “Everything All At Once” and “Past Lives”

Disappear Here by Bad Suns
Favorite Tracks: “Heartbreaker,” “Patience” and “Love Like Revenge”

Pool by Porches
Favorite Tracks: “Be Apart,” “Glow” and “Mood”

A Seat at the Table by Solange
Favorite Tracks: “Don’t Touch My Hair,” “Weary” and “Cranes in the Sky”

Let’s also look at my Spotify Year in Review. Click the images to see them more clearly.

Wow, that’s a lot of time spent doing something I love, and I definitely stayed true to my motto #FangirlForYourFriends with my excessive listening of my pals’ band Bedbugs. Might also like indie music? Can you tell? Not really sure. haha.

Cheers to saying BOY BYE to 2016 and hello to more music we can fall in love with in 2017.

What were your favorite albums or songs this year? Let’s chat in the comments