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Lazy Summertime Playlist

July 31, 2015

I keep hearing the same song. No, not the song of the summer. The same song from people about how their summers have gone. Too fast. Too busy. Too weird. And filled with too many unexpected fast, busy, weird things.

I get that. Because this summer has successfully and totally obliterated my color-coded spreadsheet planning nature. I think it was around Memorial Day that I finally just threw the plan(s) away (after Plan B – Plan K were scrapped) and decided to embrace the unexpected and basically just chill the crap out. By the end of June, I’d gone into this zombiesque “leaf on the water” mode, where I was flowing forward in more of a defeated exhaustion than Zen-like peace, but the result was the same. Pet Sounds.

It was around this time that I saw Love and Mercy.  And the whole summer has sounded like Brian Wilson ever since.

Granted, the first part of the summer, I spent most of my time in a hospital sitting with my dad or in a kitchen baking hundreds (literally hundreds) of fish sticks for my bottomless pit of a son. Fish sticks were as close as we were getting to an ocean, but my kitchen soundtrack was filled with Best Coast, Real Estate, Flamin’ Groovies and The Beach Boys. And I started to see the entire summer settling into a lazy groove. The warmth of the sun helped.

And as I’ve let go, things have calmed down a bit…at least in my own head. We have four weeks left of the summer…and as we are winding down personally, we are gearing up here at The Queso. We are back and we’re looking forward to celebrating the rest of the summer with you.

And our current soundtrack is  The Lazy Summertime Playlist.  You’re welcome.

And happy August.

Lazy Summertime Playlist 
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You can listen to it here. On Spotify. 

Júníus Meyvant: Your New Favorite

May 5, 2015

Image from KEXP, NPR

My house sounds like Júníus Meyvant today…mainly because I’m playing him on a loop in my new guest room. Do you know Júníus Meyvant? Have you heard Color Decay? You should check that out…

Icelandic singer-songwriter, Júníus Meyvant reminds me of a cross between Sufjan StevensRay LaMontagne, and Paul Ferney. Plus a little Fleet Foxes, a little Band of Horses, possibly some other people too.

Want to hear more? You can check out the whole session here. And download Color Decay here.

He is rocking out my guest room right now and is a welcome guest in my home always. He is chilling me out.

I hope he chills your day out as well.

Spring Thing Playlist

March 24, 2014


Mom 2.0 Summit is posting cool things everyday over on its blog. And Laurie, the Communications Director over there, asked me to make a Spring Playlist for them to help celebrate all things spring. And of course I said of course. Spring Playlist? Heck yeah.

And so here you go.

My Spring Thing playlist of songs I’m listening to on a loop.

So no matter how chilly it still is, may I be one of the first to say: Happy Not Winter.

Now go outside and frolic.

Erlend Øye: La Prima Estate. I Want To Live In This Video.

February 10, 2014

If you are looking for me, then, well, if you must know, I have moved into this video. I am living here now. 

I’ll be living in this video from now on. With Erland. Platonically, of course. We don’t speak the same language, but we have the same taste in environments. Have you met him?

From Stereogum: Erlend Øye is a Norwegian musician who makes up one half of Kings of Convenience; he also records solo albums. Following 2003′s Unrest, Øye recently announced a new album, La Prima Estate, due out later this year and inspired by his time spent living in Italy over the past year. The first single is the title track, “La Prima Estate,” sung entirely in Italian.

So basically, you should be downloading Erland Oye like crazy if you haven’t already. (For the record, he was Harry Mayes’ first favorite singer with this bad boy and this and this.) He’s good. You should like him.

And you are welcome to come visit me in this video anytime.

Roosevelt. The Band.

January 16, 2014

Photo Source: LA Eastside

I’ve been listening to Roosevelt a lot this month. Marius Lauber sounds like January to me.

Check it.

Any other January-sounding recommendations? Hit me up. 

The Rifles: These Are the Kind I Like

November 7, 2012

I’m completely scared of guns, firearms and almost all things related. But man, I love The Rifles.

Tangled Up In Love is my current favorite.

I could listen to this song all day. And of all days to do it, this is a good one. We could all do well being a bit tangled up in love right now.

Because, man, people are all over the place emotionally today. I had a conference call this morning that represented the US populace…split in half in their happy returns. Of course, it’s not as simple as a color-coded map. A lot of people who live in red-colored states are so very thrilled and people who are living in map-colored-blue locations are well, blue. I had to turn off Facebook because the extremes of elation and anger and fear and complete celebration are just too raw to consume right now.

Instead, let’s focus on love in all its formats. There’s no other way.

“Tangled Up In Love” appears on The Rifles’ third full length album, ‘Freedom Run.’

Buy “Tangled Up In Love” MP3 on Amazon.
Buy “Tangled Up In Love” MP3 on iTunes.