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Scene of a past fete at my old apartment in San Francisco
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I know.  Technically, I wasn't supposed to be online until 2012.  I'll stay just long enough to share a playlist for the day.  Some new, some old, and yes, some of the overplayed (Lana Del Rey, I'm looking at you).  If I can make it to the end of 2011 without hearing another song by Rihanna, Adele, or some talentless rapper, my ears will be happy.

A Mellow New Year's Playlist

2011 has been one beginning after another, and hopefully a set-up for a very worthy 2012.

Whether you're lying low or painting the town red, stay safe, and Happy New Year!

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Ankle Injuries by Fujiya & Miyagi

Something to plug into your iPod as you walk home from work.  Hands jammed in pockets, sun setting, small crowds clustering outside restaurants, buses wheezing away from the sidewalk.

It also reminds me of this, this, and this.

Happy Hump Day.  I hope your week is going strong and that you are staying afloat amidst the deadlines and demands filling your planners.

This is so far a very long week filled with a steady, unrelenting stream of work.  But I've managed to litter the path ahead with some leisurely fun.  Here's what's on my list.  What's on yours?

[photo: Zoe Keating by Jeffrey Rusch]

Radiolab Live Recording of Cellist Zoe Keating

For me, this music veers a little too close to the edge of "pretty cinema"-my imprecise label for the likes of Philip Glass.  Pretty, emotive, but not necessarily interesting.  Nonetheless, pretty and not distracting is ideal for reading cases or barreling through citations.

The music starts about halfway through, and here are two in particular:

102:50: A stripped down version of a classic

108:35: A happier song

P.S. Radiolab is having a live recording at school this month, so perhaps I'll go.

 

[photo: sarah silver]

Stephen Petronio Company

I just caught wind of this event and bought tickets with a classmate.  I am excited.  Of all art forms, dance is my favorite, and it has been almost a year since I last saw a dance performance.  The Company is also teaching a master class that I plan to attend.

Idina Menzel, Darren Criss, the Whiffs

This concert needs no description.  My enthusiasm for this event is out of character; I've been talking about this concert for weeks, probably to the inward groans of my friends.  I hope it lives up to the hype and my love for all things song and dance related!

And with that, I look to the clock, and it's 1:57 a.m.  Time for bed.

The first music group I ever really, really liked.  Bits gleaned from my older brother, who lived through the grunge era, adding my own via a Massachusetts horse race track-cum-concert venue.  A mass of people pushing toward the stage, me leaning against the front barrier.  Thom Yorke thrashing, Johnny Greenwood pecking away at the keyboard.  It was good to be young.

I just listened to the album streamed on NPR.  The beats were solid for the first few tracks, but I got goosebumps at track 6 (Codex).  Murky piano, bringing me back to drizzly London streets, fog licking the buildings.  Or maybe an early summer morning, far from home.   Later came the acoustic guitar, familiar trailing vocals, was that a bongo?  I want to listen to it again (and again).

Radiohead is a five course meal at your favorite restaurant.  The radio is a sugar glazed donut (that means you, Katy Perry).

[You can purchase the album here.]

[“It's just that I'm surrounded by a world of grinning idiots and I don't think I want to be another one.” -TY]

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