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I Was Born To Make Mistakes /// PatternDaily

A few months ago I was contacted by Eliza Cerdeiros, the creator of the Motivational Monday project, to do a guest post. I said yes & started think of a motivational phrase to letter. As time went on I found myself struggling trying to come up with something. One day while at work I decided to listen to my Erykah Badu collection, especially since she’s coming to town in August as part of the Twilight Concert Series. I put the songs on random & two songs in “Didn’t Cha Know” came on & the line “I was born to make mistakes, but I ain’t scared to take the weight” hit me & I knew I had to letter it. You can buy this print on my Big Cartel Shop or My Etsy Shop.

I know I’ve talked about the Twilight Concert Series on this blog before… basically it’s one of the best things the city of Salt Lake has to offer. Every summer the City Arts Council continues impress me with the quality of artists they bring to the stage. This year the beautiful & inspirational Erykah Badu with grace the stage on August 8th.

My love for Badu began in the late 90s while I was working a record store. For months my best friend & coworker would pop in her 1997 debut Baduizm or Live album in during our morning shifts & jam our day away. Luckily the two of us were still working the same store when Badu released her 2000 release, Mama’s Gun. Whoa!!! The album instantly became a favorite! The track that seems to stick with me is “Didn’t Cha Know”, I always find myself relating to it with each listen.

In 2007 an opportunity the two of us thought would never happen, happened. Erykah Badu visited SLC! The evening blew our minds. We cried, we carried big ass smiles on our faces, it was a true night to remember. In 2008, Badu released the brilliant, New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War, this to me is the record that could very well top them all.

Okay, okay, the fact that Badu is returning to SLC is a blessing in my eyes. Thank you City Arts Council.

Everything about 2012’s ‘The Haunted Man, the third release from English singer-songwriter Natasha Kahn (AKA Bat For Lashes) gorgeous. The album ended up being one of my top five favorite releases of last year. On ‘The Haunted Man‘, Kahn lets her guard down, explores lush soundscapes and throws herself into every word of the evocative moving lyrics, her vocals are softer showing someone who is deeply hurt.

To me, the track “Laura” is extremely powerful with it’s simpleness that features only a piano and delicate horns floating in the distance. I find Kahn’s voice is so powerful here & I get emotional with every listen, it’s simple the finest song she’s written. One line from the song strikes me every time… “You’re the train that crashes my heart.”

You're The Train That Crashed My Heart /// Bat For Lashes /// PatternDaily

Recently, I was contacted by Lance Saunders of S&S Presents, to do some poster work. If you frequent Kilby Court or Urban Lounge, chances are you have been to a S&S event. Lance along with Will Sartain, are the two heads behind S&S AND they happen to own both venues. Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal around the SLC area. The moment I was asked to design a poster, I jumped at the opportunity. You can purchase it poster here.

Animal Collective /// PatternDaily

Favorite Albums of 2012

January 2, 2013 — 1 Comment

Being involved with a radio station and a music magazine, I have the opportunity to listen to a ton of music. Every year I look forward to putting together a ‘best of’ list. below you will find a list of my favorite albums released over the last twelve months.Favorite Albums of 2012 /// PatternDaily

Side note… I am uber excited for the music the new year will bring, I have heard a few unreleased upcoming albums and lemme tell you… so much GOOD STUFF, I can’t talk about yet, I don’t want to break any rules.

Okay, okay, back to 2012, you will see few albums that seem consistent on other lists are absent from mine, (Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Jack White, Byrne & Vincent) the main reason is simple, I haven’t heard the album in it’s entirety, except for the Alt-J album. *Sigh* Alt-J, oh dearest Alt-J, I like the album, I don’t love the album. The band was awarded the coveted Mercury Prize Award for the year, (to me the only musical award to pay attention to) but that still didn’t win me over.

Top 50 albums in reverse order:
50. The Limiñanas /// Crystal Anis
49. Light Asylum /// Light Asylum
48. Lee Fields /// I’m a Faithful Man
47. Novalima /// Karimba
46. California Wives /// Art History
45. Moonface /// With Siinai
44. Fiona Apple /// the Idler Wheel…
43. Porcelain Raft /// Strange Weekend
42. Eternal Summers ///Correct Behavior
41. Hot Chip /// In Our Heads
40. Exitmusic /// Passage
39. Taken By Trees /// Other Worlds
38. Metric /// Synthetica
37. Jessie Ware /// Devotion
36. Neil Young & Crazy Horse /// Psychedelic Pill
35. Breakfast /// Sun/Moon
34. THEESatisfaction /// awE NaturalE
33. Michael Kiwanuka /// Home Again
32. The Raveonettes /// Observator
31. Liars /// WIXIW
30. Father John Misty /// Fear Fun
29. Crystal Castles /// III
28. Tamaryn /// Tender New Signs
27.Chairlift // Something
26. Beach House /// Bloom
25. Frankie Rose /// Interstellar
24. Passion Pit /// Gossamer
23. A Place To Bury Strangers /// Worship
22. Grizzly Bear /// Shields
21. Sharon Van Etten /// Tramp
20. Heavenly Beat /// Talent
19. Trust /// TRST
18. Lost In The Trees /// A Church That Fits Our Needs
17. Sun Airway /// Soft Fall
16. Quantic & Alice Russell /// Look Around The Corner
15. Twin Shadow /// Confess
14. Stars /// The North
13. Purity Ring /// Shrines
12. Santigold /// Master of My Make Believe
11. Frank Ocean /// Channel Orange
10. Chromatics /// Kill For Love
9. DIIV /// Oshin
8. Grimes /// Visions
7. Niki & the Dove /// Instinct
6. Tame Impala /// Lonerisim
5. Kendra Morris /// Banshee
4. Wild Nothing /// Nocturne
3. Bat For Lashes /// The Haunted Man
2. Cat Power /// Sun
1. Iamamiwhoami /// Kin
Favorite EPs
Dum Dum Girls /// End of Daze
Blackbird Blackbird /// Boracy Planet
Solange /// TRUE
Erika Spring /// Erika Spring
American Royalty /// Matchstick
The Raveonettes /// Into the Night
Haim /// Forever
MS MR /// Candy Bar Creep Show
Favorite Mixtapes
Clams Casino /// Instrumental Mixtape 2
TV Girl /// The Wild, The Innocent, The Shuffle

Favorite Local Release
PTO /// Pointless

Last week I received and email from Zoya Feldman of Hype Machine, a MP3 blog aggregator, to illustrate an image for their year end Zeitgeist list. I selected the haunting & sexy Portland electronic group Chromatics. In the early days (2001-2005) they had a more punk-ish sound until they took a complete departure and released the brilliant 2007 album, Night Drive, which included the beautiful Kate Bush cover “Running Up that Hill“. This year saw the release of their fourth studio album, Kill For Love, it’s really, really good.

Chromatics /// PatternDaily

 

October

November 6, 2012 — 1 Comment

So October was kind of a whirlwind for me. It was full of overwhelming stress and overflowing with many amazing things.

  • KRCL’s fall Radiothon took place during early October. Our listeners, as always, came together to raise over $229,000 for the station!!! Woot woot!
  • I was interviewed by Gavin Sheehan of Gavin’s Underground (a Salt Lake City Weekly blog), You can read the interview here.
  • I was asked by SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake UnderGround) to interview Oliver Ackermann of New York noise-rockers A Place To Bury Strangers. The interview ended up becoming the cover story, you can read it here
  • I was asked by the amazing SLUG Magazine to be involved with “A Dash Of Local Art“, an art show that takes place in conjunction with various local Whole Foods. I jumped at the opportunity and my gig posters were on display at the Sugar House location through October.
  • My Sleigh Bells gig poster was featured on the design blog From Up North.
  • My husband & I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.
  • KRCL, KRCL & more KRCL. Every year, KRCL hosts an even called ‘The Polar Jubilee’… it’s basically KRCL’s birthday party. I was delighted to be asked to produce the visuals for this years event. I should mention that the theme of the party changes year to year, last year was a circus theme, this years theme is ‘Surfin’ Safari’. 

I need to thank those who kept pushing me, believing in me & kept me on task throughout October. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by you.

I’m back, bring on November!