Month: October 2010

It was a graveyard smash!

I’m not gonna do a Halloween mix this year because the dudes at ArawaFM took all the hot tracks. None left for me.

First mix is a compilation of horror movie tracks from the 60s to present with a few choice Halloween/novelty records thrown in:
T.Scatola- I Suoni Neri Dell’orrore Vol. 1

Second mix is from our good buddy JAZ, an eighty minute trip through the darkest corners of the boogie:
JAZ- The Minister

Love is kinda spooky!

Tid Bits

A few interesting things we’ve seen around this week…

Fascinating look at a residential community in Detroit designed by the architect Mies van der Rohe. Documented by the project Placement.

Great design and illustration: Erin Schell

Waiting for Superman trailer composed by Buck totally out of infographics.

Ha! For those times when you’ve lost your phone.

What do people really think of Christians?

And because Halloween is coming up: Living in Beetlejuice

Legacy of Letters from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.


The air deals blows: surely too hard, too often?
No: it is bent on bringing summer down.
Dead leaves desert in thousands, outwards, upwards,
Numerous as birds; but the birds fly away,

And the blows sound on, like distant collapsing water,
Or empty hospitals falling room by room
Down in the west, perhaps, where the angry light is.
Then rain starts; the year goes suddenly slack.

O rain, o frost, so much has still to be cleared:
All this ripeness, all this reproachful flesh,
And summer, that keeps returning like a ghost
Of something death has merely made beautiful,

And night skies so brilliantly spread-eagled
With their sharp hint of a journey–all must disperse
Before the season is lost and anonymous,
Like a London court one is never sure of finding

But none the less exists, at the back of the fog,
Bare earth, a lamp, scrapers. Then it will be time
To seek there that ill-favoured, curious house,
Bar up the door, mantle the fat flame,

And sit once more alone with sprawling papers,
Bitten-up letters, boxes of photographs,
And the case of butterflies so rich it looks
As if all summer settled there and died.

Philip Larkin

Our Place

It’s nice to have a place that is “our” spot. A favorite place. The kind where the owners recognize you. No matter where I sit I can see the little table where we had more than one of our first dates. The linens are a crisp white, the cocktails are superb and the wait staff know lots about wine and french food and they are effortlessly classy.

Engagement dinner and last birthday were spent on their old, tiny wooden chairs surrounded by brick, wood, good food and laughter.

Tonight we go for a drink. Soon we’ll go to celebrate the two years since our engagement.


Great song about reflection and change. What is it about the Fall that makes one so reflective? Who knows, but this song just hits a nerve.

Took this love and I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?

And can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Oh oh I don’t know, oh I don’t know

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older I’m getting older too
Yes I’m getting older too, so

I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I, I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too oh yes
I’m getting older too

So, take this love, take it down
Oh if you climb a mountain and you turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring you down, down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills

Well maybe the landslide will bring you down
Well well, the landslide will bring you down


Around this time of year I start to have a major beach craving. With the weather getting cooler I feel such nostalgia for the warm weather and the time I spent at the ocean during the summer. (Some of you might notice that I tend to mention the beach alot on here). I do like Fall and the changing season, but feel sad at the same time with the thought that I might not be at the beach for a while. Earlier this week I spotted these great photographs of a beach in Portugal by artist Christian Chaize on 20×200. His photos document a small stretch of coastline in southern Portugal and just jumped out at me. I love the composition and palette. I can almost smell the saltwater and hear the soft muffled chatter of other people as the waves break and slap on the wet shore. Makes me miss the ocean all the more…

So I made a quick mix this morning with songs that convey a longing for the sea and posted it on 8tracks. Click to listen.

Bollywood & Hindi Mixes

My sister-in-law attended a Hindi wedding last weekend. She fell in love with the music and on her way home she called me asking, “Steph, do you have any Bollywood or Hindi-type music? Can you make me a mix?” Do I ever! I put together my top choices in Filmi music for Anne this past week. It was so fun to get back into the music that I sort of got carried away and found some new gems.

Disco, funk and even acid house plus a lot of danceable tracks and a few contemporary hits for good measure.
Listen now in the pop-up player.

Mystery and intrigue! Think Jaan Pahechan Ho-esque plus some weepy scores.
Listen on my 8tracks

Down-tempo and lounge…not really all Filmi, but mostly…