Monthly Archives: November 2008

Refinery29’s Autumn Playlist

I sound like a broken record.  I sound like a broken record.

Refinery29 rules!  Refinery29 rules!  Refinery29 rules!

Here is their thoughtfully assembled autumn playlist, with every song available for free download (go buy the albums if you love the songs).

My favorite inclusions are by Air France, Arthur Russel, Department of Eagles, Of Montreal and We Have Band.

Check out the complete list here.

Speaking of Department of Eagles, I’ve been meaning to blog about them and their fabulous illustrator Amelia Bauer.  Damn girl!  I’m digging the McCarren Park on a winter night vibe of the DoE website.

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Where can I buy one?  I need it.

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New Musical Discoveries

I recently discovered an the Spanish Harlem Orchestra:

“Our music style is the original sound of New York old school “Salsa dura” (heavy salsa) that was played in the early years by our pioneers,” says Oscar [Hernández, director, pianist, arranger, and producer].  “That sound has been lost and we want to keep it alive while educating the new generations (and music lovers in general) on the true musical roots of our culture.” 

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The next is Martirio, the mysterious balero singer and sunglasses wearer.  

 

Quinones says she created Martirio to inspire Spaniards to explore personal and artistic freedoms after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

“Martirio is meant to allow people to confront their true feelings and follow the path of their lives,” she says, “so they are free to love whoever makes them happy, so they can validate their existence, so they can be free within themselves.

 

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This is Pretty Soothing

Just leave it on your screen with the volume up for about 5 minutes while you’re doing something else.

You’ll see.

Soothing live stream

(Thank you to KRB)

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Secrets to Success

8 hours of sleep per night.

Low to no intake of illicit and controlled substances.

Lean proteins.

30 minutes of exercise per day.

Broccoli.

Doing what you love.

Knowing when to say no.

I’m not lecturing; I sometimes use the blog as a personal reminder.  In an effort to eat less red meat I haven’t been eating much protein recently and my energy has been very low.  If any of you are looking for secrets to success, you’re welcome.

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Mama Africa

The great songstress Miriam Makeba died last night after performing a concert in Italy.  In spite of her somewhat advanced age, I’m shocked by the news.  Makeba has been a hero of mine since college when I first discovered her records.  My love for her music is something I’ve shared in gladness with others.  Often, like any great music, Makeba forged connections between me and others of her lovers. 

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May her spirit continue to surround us.

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Saddleshoos is BACK!

It was a long week and a long weekend, but we have a new administration (almost) it’s Thanksgiving break (almost) and Saddleshoos is back!

Once again, a big thank you to Refinery29 for having Saddleshoos’ back!

I love that they got saddle shoes in a variety of colors.  I’m still searching for the perfect pair.  I want classic black and white, with a narrow, feminine cut, soft-ish soles, and the classic lace-up (none of this saddle shoes posing as flats or heels NO!).  My favorites I’ve found so far would have to be shipped all the way from down under:

saddle But I have to say, they are close to perfect.  They also come in blue/white, red/white, yellow/white, hot pink/white, (regular) pink/white, and leopard/black. 

I also picked up an AMAZING pair at my favorite thrift store, Alta Bates Hospital thrift store on College Avenue.  They’re Ferragamo’s, perfect condition, and an effing AAA width.  WTF.  I’ve tried wearing them and they hurt, so I’m going to try to get them stretched.  For $30, they were worth displaying in my closet:

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They are made of this great pebble-texture leather.  So beautiful.  

Here’s Orlando Bloom showing us the importance of same-color laces with saddle shoes, so much more chic, less the 50’s Ed Debevic’s element:

orlandoUnfortunately, he loses points for the mismatched socks.  Not soothing.  Also he’s pretty much a cheeseball.  Please do not read that I’m advocating for Orlando Bloom or his style in general.  I simply found this image when Google image-searching saddle shoes.

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We Still Have a Lot of Work to Do

Last night 2000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in San Francisco to mourn the passing of Proposition 8.  Yesterday was a bittersweet day for many.  

I was heartened by the perspective of Kate Kendall the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  She reminds us all of the progress we have made in the fight for equal civil rights for gays.  She reminds us of Proposition 22 in 2000 that prevented the state from recognizing same sex marriages, which passed with 61.4% approval.  There are many gains to be recognized when looking at the slim margin that Proposition 8 won by this week.

Let’s not forget the cornerstone of President-elect Obama’s campaign: Hope.  There is a lot of sadness, and that is important and true, but we won’t be able to continue our fight for equal human and civil rights for all without maintaining our faith and our hope.  Let’s keep fighting.

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