To Draw Strength From Weakness

Laura LiedoNo Vacation (August)
Pure Bathing Culture (Pray For Rain)
Khushi (Stories)
Le Couleur (Starlite)
El Perro Del Mar (Ding Sum)
Pional (Casualty)
Rjd2 (We Come Alive – feat. Son Little)
Geowulf (Saltwater)
Bellows (Orange Juice)
Madeira (Come On Thru)
The Linedots (Small Talk)
Gothic Tropic (How Life Works)
Bad Wave (3AM)
Hydrogen Sea (Beating Heart)
Jagwar Ma (Give Me A Reason)

Photo credit: Illustration by Laura Liedo for “El malpensante” Magazine.

Old Rooms

I have lived in about seventeen bedrooms in my life. There was always music in all of them…

Tavi Gevinson

Vivien Goldman (Launderette)
The Go-Betweens (Cattle And Cane)
The Lucksmiths (A Hiccup In Your Happiness)
The Ladybug Transistor (Breaking Up On The Beat)
Crayon Fields (All The Pleasures Of The World)
The Chills (Pink Frost 13)
The Bats (Jewellers Heart)
Teenage Fanclub (It’s All In My Mind)
Brillant Corners (Love)
Bubblegum Lemonade (Ten Years Younger)
Marmoset (Golden Cloak)
The Helio Sequence (Everyone Knows Everyone)
The Clientele (We Could Walk Together)
Would-Be-Goods (No More Tearstained Makeup)
The Silly Pillows (Equilibrium)
Pete Astor (Donnelly)
Robert Wyatt (Shipbuilding)

Photo credit: Tavi Gevinson by Petra Collins, from tavitulle: the teenage bedroom

Friend Of My Youth

“There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand about a house. You can’t know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you’ve reached it. I believe this.” — Alice Munro

Mary Pratt

Helado Negro (Transmission Listen)
Maria Usbeck (Ciudad Desnuda)
Pfarmers (Red Vermin)
Jenny Hval (Conceptual Romance)
Astronauts (Breakout)
Jinja Safari (So Much)
Ndella (Gone)
Belle Mare (Feel You Against My Heart)
Modern Inventors (Closer – feat. Daru Jones)
Sports Boyfriend (Things To Say)
Ocean Hope (Tame)
Morgan Delt (Some Sunsick Day)
Pavo Pavo (Wiserway)
Helena Deland (Aix)
Car Seat Headrest (Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye))

Photo credit: Cold Cream, pencil and oil on masonite by Mary Pratt

 

Fire On The Moon

And so it went, all night long. With the moon on fire. But not really. And it was not the moon … Happy week of Ferragosto!

 

Pallas Athene (What I Want)
Drug Train (1976)
Toothless (Innocence Is Bliss – feat. Marika Hackman)
Tennis (Ladies Don’t Play Guitar)
Alex Cameron (The Comeback)
Gypsy & The Cat (Give & Take)
Lonely Benson (Peculiar Paradise)
Jane’s Party (Old Friends)
Minden (Sheila)
Tula (Another Kind Of Red)
Dent May (Face Down In The Gutter Of Your Love)
Sophie Lowe X Twinkids (Mean)
Golden Suits (Gold Feeling)
Tender (Outside)
Ofelia K (Killing Me)
Sea Moya (Nothing Is Real)

Photo credit: The Olly and Dolly sisters, 1925. László Moholy-Nagy

The Love Of The Giver

“A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.” — Thomas à Kempis, German theologian and writer, died on August 8, 1471.

Flore Gardner

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow (Dolomite)
Nap Eyes (Mixer)
Amy Bezunartea (Wreckage)
Doe Paoro (Shadows – feat. Son Little)
Lyla Foy (Velvet)
Jaye Bartell (Tuesdays)
Divino Niño (Time)
Nico Yaryan (You Belong To Me)
Kashka (Salmon Arms)
Christopher Denny (Our Kind Of Love – feat. Erika Wennerstrom)
Dolce (Hand i Hand)
Island (Spotless Mind)
Iron & Wine (Everyone’s Summer Of ’95)
Tiny Ruins (Dream Wave)
Darren Hayman And The Long Parliament (The Laughing Tree)
Angel Olsen (May As Well)

Photo credit: Embroidered found photograph by Flore Gardner New York.

I Am In The Mood To Dissolve In The Sky

Person: How are you feeling today?
Virginia Woolf: Again, my mind vibrates uncomfortably as it always does. Actually, I am overwhelmed with things I ought to have written about and never found the proper words. I do not let myself think. This is a fact. I cannot face much of the meaning. Shut my mind to anything but work and bowls. And I wonder as I let the month run through my fingers: Can I get out of it? Out of it all? Truth is, I feel all shadows of the universe multiplied deep inside my skin. (Isn’t it all dust and ashes?) I am impressed by the transitoriness of human life to such an extent that I am often saying a farewell…and my heart currently resembles the ashes of my cigarettes; In fact, I’m in the mood to dissolve in the sky.

— Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry dated 1 July 1918.

Vanessa Bell

Ashtray (Trantelle)
Jack Ladder (Come On Back This Way – feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Dead Coast (Hills Made Of Sand)
Juan Wauters (This Is I)
Spaceman (Dead Baum)
Jimmy Whispers (Summer In Pain)
Beach For Tiger (Coco)
Will Millers (Bills – feat. Rosa)
Free Weed (Later)
Donovan Blanc (That Summer Ago)
Michael Rault (Lovers Lie)
Ultimate Painting (Ultimate Painting)
Loose Meat (Circular Motions)
The Grubby Mitts (Worm Of Eternal Return)
Red Crickets (Little Comfort)

Photo credit: Vanessa Bell. Byzantine Lady, 1912. © 1961 Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett /courtesy of the UK Government Art Collection. Radical Bloomsbury at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Time To Escape The Hellish Summer

I would love to dance in the day but the weather is so hot that I can only think about running far away from here. Let’s drive, let’s go!

Henn_Kim

Yours (Forever, Never)
Edward Vanzet (Everyday)
Poolside (Oh Honey (Poolside Edit))
Oyls (Maps)
El Perro Del Mar (Breadandbutter)
Alex Cameron (She’s Mine)
Betsy (Time)
T.O.L.D. (Master Of Species)
Shining Bird (Helluva Lost)
Amber Arcades (Turning Light)
Islands (Fear)
Sam Padrul (Hold On Me – feat. Mammals)
Self Portraits (Stuck In Our Dreams)
Atlas Bound (Lullaby)
Alice Jemima (So)

Photo credit: Summer Love by Henn Kim, print available at Society6

Stargazing

Summer bucket list: go stargazing! “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” ― Stephen Hawking

Itsuko Suzuki

Andy C Jenkins (Lazy Coast)
Ashley Shadow (Tired)
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight (The Lucky One)
De Montevert (It’s Alright I’m Probably Dreaming)
Julia Jacklin (Pool Party)
Psychic Ills (Another Change)
Gorgeous Bully (Beaucoup)
The Pooches (Heart Attack)
Girl Ray (I’ll Make This Fun)
Syvia (Anxious Animal)
Karenmeat (On The Couch)
The Good Sax (Up To Anything)
Kevin Morby (Dorothy)
Darren Hayman (I’ve Been A Bad Bad Boy)
Kane Strang (Full Moon, Hungry Sun)
Erin Tobey (Work It Out)
Overcoats (Nighttime Hunger)

Photo credit: Landscape collage by Itsuko Suzuki

Lazy Days

Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer and roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and beer…

Uinverso

Case/Lang/Veirs (Honey And Smoke)
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop (Every Songbird Says)
Steady Holiday (When I See Color)
Britta Phillips (Ingrid Superstar)
Slow Club (Ancient Rolling Sea)
Mutual Benefit (Lost Dreamers)
Jealous Of The Birds (Goji Berry Sunset)
Snowblink (How Now)
Andy Shauf (The Worst In You)
Persuasion (Leave Her Alone)
Thomas Cohen (Bloom Forever)
Laura J. Martin (My Landing Place)
Luka (Pauses Of The Night)
Haunt (Crave)
Har Mar Superstar (How Did I Get Through The Day?)
Cat’s Eyes (Drag)
Zefereli (Stupid Goodbye)

Photo credit: Menina com vaso, illustration by Uinverso

Pour Me Up Another

Dinara MirtalipovaNoemi (Katie Cruel / Karen Dalton)
Andrew Bird (Far From Any Road / The Handsome Family)
Sarah Belkner – feat. Martha Marlow (River Man / Nick Drake)
Gordi (Avant Gardener / Courtney Barnett)
The Familiar (Take Me To Church / Hozier)
Simian Ghost (Be My Wife / David Bowie)
DIV I DED (Kinky Love / Nancy Sinatra / Pale Saints)
Yuna (Thinkin Bout You / Frank Ocean)
Smoke Fairies (Smoke Softly Thru Snow / Captain Beefheart)
Black Lizard (Well, Allright / Buddy Holly)
Oliver Wilde (Waiting For Nothing / Sparklehorse)
Shunkan (Flesh Without Blood / Grimes)
Robyn Sherwell (Landslide / Fleetwood Mac)
C Duncan (Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops / Cocteau Twins)
Will Samson (Love Will Find You In The End / Daniel Johnston)
Kathryn Williams (Beautiful Cosmos / Ivor Cutler)
Feast – feat. Timber Timber (Don’t Give Up / Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)

Photo credit: Mermaids, illustration by Dinara Mirtalipova