The Tie That Bind Us

According to an ancient myth, an invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.

Miren Asiain Lora

Death Vessel (Mercury Dime)
Crying Boys Cafe (The Road)
Laura Jean (Don’t Marry The One You Love)
Jenn Grant (If I Needed You – feat. Henry Wagons)
Angel Olsen (All Right Now)
Tom Brosseau (You Can’t Stop)
Foy Vance (She Burns)
Alex Bleeker And The Freaks (Leave On The Light)
Arborist (Twisted Arrow – feat. Kim Deal)
Kalle Mattson (A Love Song To The City)
Luluc (Without A Face)
Joni Fatora (Blueless Bird)
Oh So Quiet (Rain At Night)
Dylan LeBlanc (Cautionary Tale)
Benjamin (I’m Going To Choose To Love You)
Frazey Ford (Indian Ocean)

Photo credit: Abrazo by Miren Asiain Lora

Stay Focused

Monica Rohan

El Perro Del Mar (I Was A Boy)
The Townhouses (Talk – feat. Giorgio Tuma)
Tim Burgess (Hours/Ours – feat. Asia Argento)
Lyla Foy (Shoestring)
Woman’s Hour (Our Love Has No Rhythm)
Denitia And Sene (Breath Dream Scream)
Dick Diver (Water Damage)
Lovelier Other (Hidden Shelters)
Noun (Will You Come Back To Me)
Virginia Wing (Red Sails)
April March & Aquaserge (Des tics et des tocs)
The Explorers Club (Don’t Waste Her Time)
Elephant (Spies)
Mister Goodnight (You’re Too Cool)
Blue Hawaii (Try To Be)
Stroik (Desert Time)
Rachel Zeffire (Wintertime)
La Guerre (True Love Will Find You In The End)

Photo credit: Specky, oil on board by Monica Rohan

Raise Your Voice

Well raise your voice or your words, whatever, but make your opinion clearly known. Express and protect yourself…

Angela Davis

Sampa The Great (Blue Boss)
Connie Constance (Answer)
Mykki Blanco (High School Never Ends – feat. Woodkid)
Noname (Reality Check – feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Akenya)
Go Colony (Desperate – feat. Stash Marina)
Louis VI (Question Mark – feat. Denai Moore)
Leven Kali (Joy)
Kodie Shane (Drip On My Walk)
Clay (Wildthing/3’s A Crowd)
Rico Nasty/Tacobella (Hey Arnold)
Lulu Be. (Rude Things)
Opal (France)
Raury (Butterfly)
Sample Answer (Proud)
Ribongia (My Word – feat. HVNCOQ)
Sampa The Great (Blessings)

Photo credit: Cuban poster asking for the release of Angela Davis, by artist Felix Beltrán, 1970.

At My Own Pace

Gosia Herba

Pat Moon (Feel You)
Mane (Bitter)
Lafawndah (Town Crier)
Ider (King Ruby)
Sampa The Great (Queen Conscious)
Aaradhna (Welcome To The Jungle)
Sälen (Diseasey)
Joy Crookes (Sinatra)
Anna Straker (Late Night Swimming)
Tyne (Somebodies Something)
Jamila Woods (Heaven)
Ngaiire (I Can’t Hear God Anymore)
Woodes (Daggers & Knives)
Novaa (Skinny Dipping)
Nilüfer Yanya (Keep On Calling)
Laurel (San Francisco)
Charlotte Day Wilson (Work)
Kadhja Bonet (Honeycomb)

Photo credit: Illustration by Gosia Herba for Zwierciadło magazine.

Cover My Eyes

Naoshi

Pema (Best To You – feat. Alex Schaaf) // Blood Orange
Britta Phillips (Wrap Your Arms Around Me) // Agnetha Fältskog (ABBA)
Jenn Grant (Lover Lover Lover) // Leonard Cohen
Boby Lapointe (Ca Va Ca Vient) // Kazy Lambist
Amarillo (I Love Paris – feat. Lise) // Cole Porter
This Is The Kit (Les Plus Beaux) // François & The Atlas Mountains
Magic Bronson (Coconut) // Harry Nilsson
Chromatics (I’m On Fire) // Bruce Springsteen
Stars (Streetlights) // Kanye West
Innerspace Orchestra (One Way Glass) // Manfred Mann
José Gonzales (Waterfalls) // TLC
Kim (Early In The Morning) // B.B. King
Avid Dancer (Tired Of Waiting) // The Kinks
Chris Farren (You Can’t Hurry Love) // The Supremes
Francis Lung (Heroes) // David Bowie
Color Grave (Hear Over Heels – feat. Orchids) // Tears For Fears
The Trash Can Sinatras (Born Free) // John Barry
Jason Lee (Carbrain) // The Wake
Tashaki Miyaki (Heartbeat) // Buddy Holly

Photo credit: Dream glasses –May tomorrow be another good day!- Sand on Art board by Naoshi

I Contain Multitudes

“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)” ― Extract from Song of Myself – Leaves of Grass (1892-92) | The Walt Whitman Archive

Katty Huertas

Jenny O. (Be Here Now)
Jim James (Same Old Lie)
Parekh & Singh (Philosophize)
Yellow House (Better Views)
Kan Wakan (I Would)
Oldboy (Debaser)
Alex Izenberg (To Move On)
Bros (Tell Me)
The Seshen (Already Gone)
Trails And Ways (Intuition)
Bouquet (Ode To Dom)
Cairobi (Ghost)
M.I.L.K. (U And Me)
Giant Party (Where Have You Been?)
North Downs (Nothin’)

Photo credit: What are you seeing? self-portrait by Katty Huertas. Acrylic on canvas, 2015.

 

That Which We Do Not Understand

Music is my jaguar, my spirit companion, my daemon… it protects me and helps me see the things I don’t understand.

 

Death And Vanilla (From Above)
Sea Traffic (Conscious Awake)
Suburban Birds (Losing Your Senses)
The Charlatans (Talking In Tones)
The Happy Couple (Into The Woods)
Here We Go Magic (How Do I Know)
This Is The Kit (Magic Spell)
Phaedra (Lightbeam)
Bayonne (Spectrolite)
Denley (Following A Lie – feat. Briana Marela)
Wymond Miles (Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them)
Guy Fox (Mind’s Eye)
Rachel Zeffira (The Deserters)
Pinkunoizu (The Abyss)

Photo credit: Shamaness, illustration by Essi Kimpimäki for Amelia’s Magazine “That Which We Do Not Understand.”

Fear Reminds Us To Be Present

Manjit Thapp

Seekae (Turbine Blue)
Computer Magic (Dimensions)
The Radio Dept. (Swedish Guns)
Liyv (Feeling Like Me)
Bad Sea (Solid Air)
Laurel (Hurricane)
Ten Fe (Turn)
Elohim (Hallucinating)
Donna Missal (Slide)
FFX (Little Boy)
Hanne Mjøen (Perfect Noise)
Tender (Violence)
Lonely Benson (Moonstone)
Kingston (Sole Lovers)
Anteros (Ring Ring)
Leon Power (Open Up)
Jason Nolan (The Offing)

Photo credit: Illustration by Manjit Thapp

 

I Carefully Burned The Past

She reminds me of me. Yesterday I burned all the letters of love and friendship I had left, I threw away all my old and useless contracts and tore some photographs of people I did not remember… I would be someone else.

Seiichi Hayashi

Hawaiin Boi (Varsity Cool)
Alex Burey (Inside World)
Liu Bei (Field – feat. Rachel Goswell)
Sonya Kitchell (Follow Me In)
Martin Mey (It Just Happens – feat. Paulette Wright)
Thom Byles (The Great Outdoors)
Miya Folick (I Think This Is The Dream Where I Met You)
Jerkcurb (Somerton Beach)
Howard (Falling)
Maybug (Out To Sea)
Husky (Mirror)
Briana Marela (Take Care Of Me)
Emilie & Ogden (The Thousand)
Tiny Ruins (Hurtling Through)
Be Brave Benjamin (He Only Loves You When You’re Sleeping)
Jenn Grant (Throw Your Arms Around Me)

Photo credit: Illustration by Seiichi Hayashi.

 

 

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

“She wished there was some place where she could go to hum it out loud. Some kind of music was too private to sing in a house cram fall of people. It was funny, too, how lonesome a person could be in a crowded house.” ― Carson McCullers

Terence Donovan

Steady Holiday (Superstar)
Sample Answer (Purple Laughter)
Molly Burch (Downhearted)
Cass McCombs (Run Sister Run)
Sam Evian (I Need A Man)
Soft Hair (Lying Has To Stop)
Liyv (Now You Say You Love Me)
Norwegian Arms (How We Move)
Sleeping Loops (Pooling)
Girlboss (Mrs. Doubtfire)
Mild High Club (Homage)
Tourist Dollars (Ageless)
Cory Hanson (Ordinary People)
Feather Beds (Play Dead)
Tasseomancy (Do Easy)

Photo credit: Terrence Donovan. Editorial by Caroline Baker, photographed by Terence Donovan, for Nova, June 1973.