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xoxo, Classiness at Your Footstep

xoxo, Classiness at Your Footstep

Here’s where I would insert the Coco Chanel quote about staying classy and fabulous. Oh wait, I already gave it away. That quote, however overly used it may be, encapsulates the following playlist – which you should listen to here as you are reading this lovely accompaniment. Artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, and Macklemore...
Get the Tea Party Started

Get the Tea Party Started

“Have I gone mad?” “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All best people are.” Let reality slip through your fingers as you fall down the rabbit hole to the sounds of this playlist! Begin your descent with the cosmic electronic sounds of Volta Bureau, Washington DC based trio of old...
Ladies of Your Modern Soul

Ladies of Your Modern Soul

Which female artists do you think define the modern age in soul and jazz? There is no set and clear cut definition of who these women are, but it is through artists such as Adele (featured above), Amy Winehouse, and Joss Stone that we have come to see it more clearly than we ever have...
Electro-Swing That Thing

Electro-Swing That Thing

Photography by Steve Rhode   Get your 1920s-style electro groove right here! Swing music has recently become a genre that I’ve been strangely attracted to purely out of the Great Gatsby-esque sounds it produced. That attraction with swing became love once it melded with the electronic to give the most unique and unforgettable beats I...
Back to the Beats

Back to the Beats

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS WITH THIS PLAYLIST  Wherever home may be, check out this concoction of  recent – and not so recent: house music, DnB and jungle beats. Get comfy in your favourite armchair, but be aware, these tunes will be sure to keep you awake. The genre of  ’Deep House’ has seemingly exploded with...
Life is but a Draft

Life is but a Draft

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”  - Coco Chanel You may think that Coco Chanel did not waste time showering or going to the toilet, but what we can take from the above quote, is that we should love life...
Right Place, Right Time

Right Place, Right Time

Let it be known that I currently have 3000 songs on iTunes as of September 20, 2013 – not counting at least the 1000 more I have stored elsewhere. This is the thing about me: I self-describe myself as a musicaholic. With much music comes much responsibility. Responsibility, you ask? Well, I like to keep...
To Autumn

To Autumn

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— (John Keats, 1795-1821) In this famous poem, autumn is seen as a musician, and the music which autumn produces is as pleasant as the music of spring, so take comfort in this, and settle into the...
The Essential Cover Songs

The Essential Cover Songs

     It took me making this playlist to realize that a cover version of a song encompassed more than what is just featured here. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a cover can be defined as “a recording or performance of a song previously recorded by another performance.” I wouldn’t have even begun to think that...
Boss B*tche$

Boss B*tche$

  Like a lot of industries, the balance between the sexes is slowly shifting. However, the music industry is still, by and large, an old boys club – as many industries are. Women are shoe-horned into the stereotypical gender roles of teacher and nurturer, while men are encouraged to take risks and strive for greatness...
Kat Dahlia. Dices Ser Un gangsta.

Kat Dahlia. Dices Ser Un gangsta.

  You can’t define soul, a singer either has it or they don’t, and if they don’t, you know it instantly. One sample of Etta James, a line of Nina Simone and a listen to Kat Dahlia, and you know they are genuine. This may or may not be an introduction to the listener, but...
The British Invasion, Reincarnated

The British Invasion, Reincarnated

This is the music that reinvented the American people. It took just one teenager (may I  add, a teenager from the Washington, DC metropolitan area!) to inspire a collective sound, away from the ‘Top 40′ singles pop acts of their time into mod and classic British rock. And this is the music that is representative...