Just a few frivolities that have caught my eye and captivated my heart lately. Fashion! Music! Food! I feel like a teenager again! Maybe it’s the upcoming summer season, but I am in an expansive, fun, open mood these days. Sjobeck Sjobeck is a Malibu-based label. I first fell in love with those lovely printed silk pants. I struggle with the idea of printed, loose pants because they remind me of those mean older quasi-hippie ladies at Bay Area farmers’ markets with the carts and the food judginess and the arch voices, but these look so beautifully cut and chic.
Back when people still listened to tapes, I used to keep a mix tape diary. I’d take a TDK 90-minute tape and record songs that reminded me of places, people, incidents, events or passions happening at the time. It wasn’t necessarily music I always liked, too, but my commitment to the project was so abiding that I would find myself begging my college radio DJ friends to play certain 7-inches during their time slots so I could tape it off the radio, or borrowing unlikely CDs from neighbors in order to record a song I normally never would’ve been interested
This entry is part of my year-end, month-long Reverb 11 blogging project, where I reflect on my year in a series of daily blog posts. Today I am writing on MUSIC: What were some of your favorite records and songs? What song will always remind you of this year? No surprises here. I looked to music to comfort and inspire this year. I’ll keep this quick-and-dirty-style: ICEAGE, New Brigade I love any band that blows off Pitchfork in interviews. Angsty, Goth-y punk, a bunch of Danish boys making lots of agitated noise. Doing what young dudes in bands sometimes do.
I love having soundtracks for writing, or for making anything, really. I love finding out what other writers listen to while they write. I assiduously document and soundtrack every story and film I write. I even directed through music, giving actors a copy of the music I associated with their character. (Amusingly, one actress I worked with, I could just give her a song reference from my mixes on set and she knew exactly what I was after in her performance.) While my last mix for the book was very “historical” (lots of late 80s/skate stuff), this mix was the