If the fact that my last mixtape included tracks from both Journey AND The Backstreet Boys didn’t reveal me to be a huge nerd, then I’m about to blow my cover now: this past April I actually left my apartment in Silverlake – Los Angeles hipster music mecca – and moved completely across town into a house a mile away from the beach.  AND I LOVE IT. Yeah, it’s much farther to get to most shows, and a much more painful drive home when I head east on weeknights, but I moved to be closer to my job in Santa Monica and in that regard it’s a total win.

I also love living in a house.  Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two floors.  I love my huge living room and kitchen.  I love having a front yard.  I love my tiny room, which is almost completely become my own personal magical music happy land.  Currently though, I’m especially loving my back patio.  I want to paint the walls.  I want to buy cute vintage patio furniture.  And I want to garden.

Whether or not I will actually pursue the idea remains to be seen, but I am certainly enamored by the idea.  Growing my own strawberries, squashes, lavender, foxgloves…watching and nurturing them, then enjoying the (literal) fruits of my labors sitting out on a sunny summer day.  Constantly having a fresh bouquet on the dining room table (you know, when we get one of those).

I wish.

Ah, to dream takes so little manual labor.

For this mix I started off intending to capture “flowers” in bright, acoustic or instrumental pieces with lush melodies – but as I explored both my own library and the interwebs I found myself going in a slightly different direction.  Other than the fact that there’s now a majority of fruit-related songs, you’ll also find a variety different sounds.  In my mind at least, they all still capture the sweetness of the season, and the feeling of growing, blossoming and prancing around in a garden.

Summer Lovin: How Does Your Garden Grow? by tadpoles shouldn’t drive

Upcoming shows…

Check out Magic Kids on tour with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – they’ll be hitting the Echoplex on July 9.  Get tickets here.

And if you’re thinking about making a “summer resolution” of your own, but aren’t sure what – try taking Arlo’s suggestions starting at about 2:15 in:

Even you can save the American way:


  • Congrats on your relocation s well as discovering your magical music happy land. Loving the mix! <3

  • Dad

    I agree with Trina. Great stuff. Billy Holiday is too sweet. The secind and seventh tracks are also cool. And the Arlo video is wonderful. He always has trouble crossing borders. Or, is that he really has fun crossing borders?