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well, my sisters might hate me for this picture, but i couldn’t help myself. look at all that sleeve. seems to be all about my siblings this week. i must be missing my fam!

i caught the end of marie antoinette on cable the other night. i got stuck on ‘all the cats are grey’ by the cure.  it got me thinking about all the old tunes that got me through my awkward/ uncomfortable teenage years. actually, i am not 100% sure i have grown out of the stage yet.  my sisters were a big part of that, my bro too…not the awkward part, the music part. everything they did, i wanted to do. everything they were, i wanted to be. in high school, jennifer was obsessed with depeche mode, and resorted to wearing all black, even if she was a cheerleader. julie, was obsessed with tears for fears and jumped on stage at a concert and gave curt a kiss. she got carried off the stage by the cops.i pretty much thought they were the coolest! being so close to chitown growing up, they were often hitting up the big city for concerts. they even got backstage passes to depeche mode once.

my sisters were good to me. they took me to a plethora of concerts from new order, depeche mode, to veruca salt- to name a few. they would take me on excursions to the local and indie record store, hegewisch, where i would get lost learning the art of record store shopping. around 3rd and 4th grade, the girls drove me to school in their white merkur, packed in the backseat with their friends, listening to many a alternative albums. this little girl with all these high school girls- it made me just a little bit cooler.  that musical world became my comfort zone in my awkward teenage years. it gave me my identity, it gave me the courage to stand out amongst a sea of normality. i prefer to be just a little bit “weird”.  i started dying my hair shades of purple and red and wore combat boots with babydoll dresses. i wrote DM on every notebook i owned. i was “alternative”!

when i first moved to LA, i went to amoeba, which is only the most amazing record store you will ever go to, almost once a week!  over the years, i have gotten rid of my cd’s and replaced them with itunes and now spotify. sadly, so many of those old albums got lost along the way. i kind of miss those days of going to the record store and coming home with 5 new albums. i couldnt wait to tear off the plastic and  figure out how to get that damn sticker off the top of the cd…and listen to what would be the soundtrack to the moments of my life.   there was some sort of special ritual about it… but then modern technology allows me to share this playlist with you. a playlist of my teenage angst. if you are into Cocteau twins, toad the wet sprocket, some DM, and the cure. this just might be a playlist for you too.

teenage angst


the snow falls

a  little playlist from some of my favorite songs that are currently on repeat. the snow is suppose to start falling this afternoon and continue until tomorrow. generally, the forecasters around here can’t make up their minds, but coming from LA, where the weather people just needed to look pretty, they have a larger task at hand. from time to time i really miss LA (just a side fact and probably a post to come), but i admit i am looking forward to getting snowed in. it’s all part of this extraordinary experience. you see, i can’t get out of my driveway if there is like more than 1 inch of snow. my dad claims i can’t drive in the snow, which might be true, regardless, i will head out today to stock up on supplies in case the next few days wylie and i must hibernate in the neighborhood. i have been working hard on the shop update, it seems there are never enough hours in a day. i have surrendered that it won’t be done until the end of the week. i can’t wait to release it! i have plenty to keep my busy in what feels to me like it will be a blizzard, but to the locals -reality.

jenny o…automechanic

the ruby suns…closet astrologer

lucius…don’t just sit there

corey chisel and the wandering sons…fixing a hole

icona pop…i love it

gregory alan isakov…idaho

gregory alan isakov…light year

gregory alan isakov…master and a hound

kaki king…my nerves that committed suicide

kaki king…spit in back of my mouth

jonathon wilson…tomorrow’s child

click on the link above to listen in spotify

before i became a blogger, before i was a Facebook addict, and cable addict,  back in the time of friendster and myspace…i was a music junkie. i spent hours searching the internet for new music, listening to that music, getting lost in that music, and stalking concerts. that music was my comfort, my “boyfriend”, my best friend. it gave me something to escape into, identify with, and something to always make me feel good.  i don’t spend as much time searching anymore. i still obsessively play a song over and over, but those songs are intermittency replaced with NPR or the satellite folk rock channel on my tv. i guess, i am getting kind of old.

over the past few days i have been listening to old playlists of my favorites as i am packing up my memories of LA.  these songs seem to be the only thing to get me emotional about this change, otherwise it just feels like i might be moving down the street. nothing seems real yet.  i know, when i am in my new house, i will ask myself “what the fuck did i just do”. i just hope that is a brief moment! fingers crossed. and don’t worry, you will be sure to hear about it all over the next few months. it will be interesting to see what kind of blog posts come out of this move!

these songs take me back to the different era’s within the last ten years. remembering everything good about my life, everything and everyone I love here! music has always easily transported me back to a certain time, place, person, feeling. sometimes so…a little too much.

i always had the intention to do more music posts on the blog…it just got pushed aside by food posts! maybe this post will inspire me to do more of that, or perhaps, it is just a way to have a playlist to listen to when i want to transport myself back to LA, my friends, my memories. the songs are in the general order according to date of obsession from 2002-2012. it is certainly not a ten song playlist, more like an epic two disc soundtrack…the soundtrack of my life.

donna g- most of these songs go out to you!

click on the blue link to listen to the tunes on spotify

2002-2012 farewell LA

1. yo la tengo- today is the day
2. mojave 3- between the bars
3.blur- out of time
4.broken social scene- cause=time
5. gorillaz- DARE
6.neil halstead- martha's mantra
7.the magnetic fields-smoke and mirrors power- crossbones style of horses- our swords
10.french kicks- trial of the century
11. andrew bird- fake palindromes
12. billy bragg/wilco- california stars
13. beach house- tokyo witch
14.kings of convenience-  misread
15. matt pond PA- new hampshire
16. feist- how my heart behaves
17.daft punk- make love
18. my morning jacket- wordless chorus
19.dead meadow- at her open door
20. brightblack morning light- amber canyon magic
21. tortoise & bonnie prince billy- love is love
22. midlake- we gathered in spring
23.beirut- postcards from italy
24. black mountain- no hits
25.benoit pioulard- corpus chant
26. beach house- 10 mile stereo
27.jens lekman- pocketful of money
28. my morning jacket- golden
29. the notwist- consequence
30.bon iver- re:stacks
31.tapes n tapes-in houston
32.vetiver-luna see
33.electrelance- to the east
34.sun kil moon- truckers atlas
35.neko case- hold on hold on
36.neil young-hey babe
37.yeasayer- 2080
38. whiskeytown- jackson skyline
39.the middle east- blood
40. mount erie- between two mysteries
41.neutral milk hotel-king of carrot flowers pt 1
42.junip-dont let it pass
43. grouper-heavy water
44.lightning dust- antonia june
45.phosphorescent- wolves
46.cocorosie-smokey taboo
47. warpaint-warpaint
48.kurt vile- peeping tomboy
49. the lord dog bird-the gift of song in the lions den
50.local natives-warning sign
51.the antlers-i don't want love
52.rihanna and drake-whats my name
53.ray lamontagne- i still care for you
54.bahamas- southern drawl
55.others lives-tamer animals
56. karen dalton
57.jonathon wilson-desert raven


i am off to colorado tonight to see two of my favorite people marry each other. laura and burke are such genuine and unique people. it makes my heart warm that i have such friends in my life.  i admire them, respect them, and draw inspiration from them.  i have known laura since high school when we worked at a restaurant in the  mall with two of my other greatest girlfriends, kate and sarah! some of my fondest memories come from those days, and what i love the most about these girls is that each one of us is an artist…in our own light.

laura is a brilliant artist and photographer. (check out her website!!!!) she never seizes to amaze me with her evolving talents and ability to push far outside the box, evoking a haunting and intimate portrayal of reality. it is about HER art, not what is expected. this has always been an inspiration for me. i, personally, have always fell somewhere in limbo with being different and being ordinary. i can never quite push far enough to be miles “outside the box” with enough confidence to hold it. criticism can hold one back.  laura never allows this.

the picture above i took years ago at one of her houses in alabama. i will never forget that trip . a house filled with so many curiosities, art, and a bit like the feeling you get when watching an episode of twin peaks. i love this shit. i lived in alabama for three years in high school, but this trip somehow resonated this different side of the south for me.  the brutal history, the ghostly stories that swarm alabama, that cultural divide between the north and the south, and that gothic feeling i still can’t get out of my head years after this trip. all through laura’s eyes and inspiration.

i actually have the last one hanging on my fridge.

i am also leaving you with a trailer for a film my friend, jeremy, directed.  i met jeremy years ago on a film in arizona. he lives in new york with his wife and together they own brooklyn yoga school.  i am so proud and happy for him for his incredible film. i use to do a lot of kundalini yoga( hatha and bikram as well) and this totally inspired me this morning to find that peace and do some yoga. man, i really need to do some yoga. perhaps some time in the hot springs this weekend will evoke some more of this craving! i am feeling ultra inspired this morning and looking forward to seeing my old friends!

really, i just wanted to show off how talented my friends are!!! 🙂

sometimes life hands you the middle finger.

  1. Street joy- White Denim
  2. Soft Sound of Your Voice- Sparrow and the Workshop
  3. I was There- The War on Drugs
  4. It is not Meant to Be-Tampe Impala
  5. Common Burn- Mazzy Star
  6. Smokey Taboo- CocoRosie
  7. I’m in your Church at Night- Active Child
  8. Lay Myself Down- Mazzy Star
  9. No Real Reason- White Denim

listen to the playlist here: weary days