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RIYL Mixtape / Florence + The Machine :: When Women Become Animals

RIYL Mixtapes: Because sometimes the best way to get to know a new artist is to use them in a sentence.

Chances are that if you owned a television or went to the movies in 2010 you know of Florence + The Machine.  Songs from her debut album Lungs have been used in trailers for Eat, Pray, Love, on TV in ABC Family’s Wild Child, Saving Grace, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, V, So You Think You Can Dance, Covert Affairs, Glee, and on the big screen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Jennifer’s Body.  Dizzee Rascal and The xx have remixed her tunes.  She performed all over the place, including Coachella 2010, Glastonbury 2010, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with David Letterman, the MTV Music Video Awards 2010, and the 2010 Brit Awards among many other venues.

In other words there was no way to miss the London native.  

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TA Mixtape / Sleep Tight

Photo via digital retrograde

When I was little I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.  A painter, to be specific.  It was the clearest way I knew how to translate images and stories in my head into something I could see and touch.  I always told myself that someday – when I was a real artist – I would finally be able to paint the perfect sunset. I tried a few times of course, but I just couldn’t get the textures, layers or nuances in each vivid shade.  No matter.  Someday I would get there.  Well, that day still hasn’t come, but living in California and getting to see the most beautiful sunsets every day from the 5th Floor of my office building has certainly brought it to the forefront of my mind again.

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Summer Lovin’: One Time At Band Camp…

Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere

Most of my favorite summers were spent away as summer camp.  Singing dorky camp songs.  Canoeing.  Capture the flag.  That one summer where I spent four weeks doing manual labor and it was called a “learning experience.”  The best times were always had in the evenings.  It was great to be able to see the stars and there’s something incredibly bonding about being in the middle of the woods at night.  Campfires happened at night.  Ghost stories.  Fireflies.  Bonding chats.  Listening to your cabin-mates’ hilarious sleep talking.

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