Playlist No. 3 – Autumn Favorites

Included some old favorites and new discoveries in this playlist! It’s in the 90s today in Los Angeles, so trying to pretend it’s fall feels a bit like grasping at straws. I did buy some canned pumpkin, and managed to dig out my Mukluk slippers from storage, just in case California decides to cool down. Here’s hoping!
Listen on Spotify.


Autumn Favorites

1. Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
2. The Rolling Sea – I Hate You Just Kidding
3. Out of Luck – I Hate You Just Kidding
4. Gun – Emiliana Torrini
5. Sunny Road – Emiliana Torrini
6. Autumn Sun – Emiliana Torrini
7. Lump Sum – Bon Iver
8. Poison Oak – Bright Eyes
9. Four Winds – Bright Eyes
10. There’s A Reason – AA Bondy
11. Gold – Interference w/ Glen Hansard (from the Once soundtrack)
12. Oh My Sweet Carolina – Ryan Adams w/ Emmylou Harris
13. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song – First Aid Kit
14. Wolf – First Aid Kit
15. Pink Moon – Nick Drake



Happy Birthday to me

It’s my birthday today!


I have not celebrated a birthday in the past 10 years without also taking stock of my accomplishments. Or I should say, the lack thereof: because what starts out as a reminiscing of achievements always quickly becomes a harsh scrutiny of my insufficient yearly performance. (Are you picture Me in Glasses with Coffee Mug nagging Me in Computer Chair about TPS reports? Because I am.)

I’ve always been one to internalize everything; emotions, goals, you name it, they’re buried in there somewhere! There’s even an inkling of a competitive nature, which never revealed itself while I was playing team sports as a kid, and it took years to discover it through my own disappointment with myself. I wasn’t even aware that I had set these specific goals until their deadlines had passed, and I sat through every birthday in my twenties blowing out candles and bemoaning imaginary expiration dates.

So now, on my 29th birthday, I’m taking inventory. Again. And this year I’m really making an effort to not let it turn into the usual blowout of negativity. The personal and professional goals I had set before Rooney was born, along with their timelines, don’t really make sense anymore. (If they ever did. Maybe I’ll share them someday, they’re pretty hilarious.)

But while being her mom comes with its own sense of achievement, it’s okay to feel compelled to do more and to be more. It’s okay to feel that disappointment in myself, but it needs to go along with a revision of plans. How can I break down my goals in a better, more manageable way so that I can accomplish them? I think for some people, myself included, both the feeling of dissatisfaction along with achievement are needed to be happy.

Playlist No. 2 – End of Summer

Is summer over? Living in Los Angeles, it never feels like it – especially when it comes to the weather. For me there is definitely a feeling of suspended animation that sets in during the last week of August and first week of September, like a weird end-of-summer blues that doesn’t subside until the autumn holiday season kicks in. (Or at least until my birthday rolls around on September 17th!)

Here’s another playlist! Listen on Spotify.


End of Summer

  1. Tout Passe (I Wonder) – I Hate You Just Kidding
  2. Good Times – I Hate You Just Kidding
  3. Weightless – Washed Out
  4. Sparks – Beach House
  5. Something to Believe In – Tall Tales & The Silver Lining
  6. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
  7. Beach Baby – Bon Iver
  8. Master’s House – J. Tillman
  9. Puller Return – Gregory and the Hawk
  10. To Be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens
  11. Twilight – Elliott Smith
  12. Forget Me – Summer Twins
  13. For the Best – Gregory and the Hawk
  14. Indian Summer – Jónsi & Alex



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Playlist No. 1 – FYF Fest!


Heading to FYF this weekend! Pretty busy all week leading up to the big weekend, but I did make this playlist of FYF artists to get hyped! 45 songs I like by artists who are performing. Listen on Spotify.

1. Shadow – Wild Nothing
2. Live in Dreams – Wild Nothing
3. You – Gold Panda
4. No Type – Rae Sremmurd
5. No Flex Zone – Rae Sremmurd
6. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar
7. The High – Kelela
8. Space Song – Beach House
9. 10 Mile Stereo – Beach House
10. Salad Days – Mac Demarco
11. Treat Her Better – Mac Demarco
12. At Your Funeral – Saves The Day
13. Freakish – Saves The Day
14. Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky
15. Remember Me As A Time Of Day – Explosions In The Sky
16. Girlfriend – Ty Segall
17. Safe Inside (feat. Passion Pit) – Classixx
18. What You Talking About? – Peter Bjorn and John
19. Up Against The Wall – Peter Bjorn and John
20. Brite Boy – Alex G
21. Virginia Woolf Underwater – Chelsea Wolfe
22. The Warden – Chelsea Wolfe
23. Night Song – Julia Holt
24. Blacktop – Julien Baker
25. Brittle Boned – Julien Baker
26. I’m On – Kamaiyah
27. Giant – Banks & Steelz
28. Love and War (feat. Ghostface Killah) – Banks & Steelz
29. Come Save Me – Jagwar Ma
30. Sexy Boy – Air
31. Alpha Beta Gaga – Air
32. Playground Love – Air
33. Afternoon Sister – Air
34. Ready For The Floor – Hot Chip
35. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings – Father John Misty
36. Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow – Father John Misty
37. ‘Cause I’m A Man – Tame Impala
38. Why Won’t They Talk To Me? – Tame Impala
39. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
40. You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son – Wolf Parade
41. Veni Vidi Vici – Black Lips
42. Oblivion – Grimes
43. Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
44. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
45. New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down – LCD Soundsystem