July Playlist '16

Hooookaaayyyy. Have you been watching Orange is the New Black?! OMG. Oh my god. Speechless. Should have seen that coming, but oh snap, I didn't! Wow, that is all I have to say. 

Now. Onto more pertinent matters; this July Playlist. "July?" you may ask. "What happened to your June playlist, Julia?" Good question lovely readers, good question. Do you ever set really great intentions for yourself and then just fall flat, stand there immobile, forget what you said you were going to do when you were going to do it, or just get so exhausted that your time management decreases? I hope I'm not alone...

I was incredibly fortunate to travel to Italy for three weeks, two weeks of which were in June. I went for a class in the Mediterranean Diet, learning about all things Italian food. It was not awful, I'll tell ya that! We toured a prosciutto di parma facility in Parma, an organic lemon farm in Amalfi, winery in Chianti, had courses in wine tasting, olive oil tasting, food labeling and standards, food in film, etc etc. I hope to elaborate and talk more about my experience in future posts. But for now, it is just my sh*tty excuse for not posting a June playlist. My intentions were great, but my execution subpar. 

This leads me to my July playlist theme: TRAVEL MUSIC. Summer is a time for travel. Whether you're taking the bus to the next city over, going on a road trip across the country, or flying across the world, the summer is an extremely popular time for travel. I have certain music and artists I like to listen to when I'm traveling. I am very fortunate in that I am a person that can pretty much sleep anywhere. You name it, I can sleep there. In a car, van, bus, train, plane, standing on a subway car; yes, yes, yes, yes, yes- even before take off, and yes- been there done that. What can I say, I'm gifted. With that in mind, it is MUCH easier for me to fall asleep with low volume, soothing music in my earbuds. Not classical, but mellow "pop" (whatever "pop" means now a days). Music with a beat but music that won't get me to sing along.

Here are some suggestions I have for you. 

What kind of music do you listen to when you travel?

May Playlist '16

Holy shiznit it's MAY! 

I am pretty late to the game given that it's May 10th and I'm just posting my playlist now *monkey covering eyes emoji* my apologies for being super lame, BUT if you follow me on Spotify you should have seen it posted for a while now... so go follow me on Spotify! 

If you don't know, I am in grad school part-time while working full-time and it's KICKING MY BUTT. I have SO much respect for everyone doin' the same, and those that are parents on TOP of working and going to school- srsly magicians. I can't even fathom. But my semester has officially ended! *sigh of relief*

...but the busyness never ends....

I'm going to ITALY FOR THREE WEEKS TO STUDY FOOD! I realize that I am insanely lucky, I am so thankful that work will allow me to take such a long vacation. I leave in a week and a half (holy moly) and to prepare I have to read two books and write about them, oh yeah and do 38 other things like go buy sunglasses, look at phone/wifi plans?, get an international license, and on and on and on... oh yeah and do my laundry!! All during the week since I'll visiting my family is Massachusetts this weekend to see them before I peace out. Oy vay.

Anyway, I could go on and on about my trip and what I'm looking forward to and what I have to do and this and that, but you're hear (lolz) for the music, so let's get to it! As always, a crazy mix of old, "old", and current music of mixed genres. Gotta keep y'all on your toes.

1. Elastic Heart (cover) - Longfellow
2. False Names - John Joseph Brill
3. Message - WIll Joseph Cook
4. Kickin' da Leaves - Judah & the Lion
5. Julia - Fest Romantics (who doesn't love a song titled "JULIA"?!!)
6. You Already Know - Bombay Bicycle Club
7. Next Year (RAC Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club
8. Hot Coals - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
9. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
10. Until We Can't (Let's Go) - Passion Pit
11. Smoke and Mirrors - Gotye (a friend of mine has started to work for Gotye and I was like, I FORGOT ABOUT HIM. So had to take it back)
12. Ex's & Oh's - Elle King
13. Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
14. Reflections - MisterWives


April Playlist '16


I hope you have managed to lovingly prank someone today or perhaps be on the butt end of the loving prank. If the latter, I hope you took it well and it was painless ;) 

So it looks like Spring is alive and well in these parts of town... at least for the present hour. Come this evening who knows what season it will be! Right now it is a whopping 76 degrees and humid (I AM SHVITZING OVER HERE), but Sunday it is supposed to be a high of 44 and then snow on Monday. Ha, Mother Nature certainly knows how to get her kicks! Can't say I blame her for how we've abused her... different conversation for a different time.

Let's get to the music!

This month I decided to feature a few artists and add not one, but two songs of their songs each in my mix. I never repeat an artist in a monthly playlist, so you know these guys are good! Like always - there's a mix of new music and old music, mainstream music and minorstream music.

Little Comets is my newfound go-to band. 
Best music for - licking the brownie batter off the whisk or making jam. 
ess ideal music for - anything requiring a knife as you will be dancing around the kitchen.

Max Frost is a singer that I heard about through the PaleoChef on Instagram.
With him you might be ok wielding a knife, but just be careful-- especially if you tend to cook with an appetizer of liquid antioxidants ;)

Kevin Garrett has magical vocal chords, catchy lyrics, and artful arrangements. I went to college with this kid and saw him play last week with some college buddies after not hearing him for a while- he's killing the game. He'll be blowing up in 3...2...
Best music for  - anything; chopping, baking, cooking... his music is far more mellow, you wont be dancing around like a lunatic.

Let me hear your thoughts! What are you going to cook while you jam out?

Now get to cookin' & a listenin'!

1. Little Comets - Bridge Burn
2. Everything Everything - Cough Cough
3. Max Frost - Withdrawal
4. Wild Party - When I Get Older
5. D.I.D. - Fast Food
6. Kevin Garrett - Control
7. James Bay - Hold Back The River
8. Mantaraybryn - Pristine
9. Little Comets - Dancing Song
10. Interpol - Everything Is Wrong - Live at Electric Lady
11. The Decemberists - Make You Better
12. Houndmouth - Casino (Bad Things)
13. Kevin Garrett - Pushing Away
14. Alabama Shakes - Always Alright
15. Ed Sheeran - Sofa
16. Little Comets - A Little Opus
17. Max Frost - Paranoia