About Sasha

Co-creator of www.kickingitwholeschool.com a whole living blog with healthy recipes, green beauty reviews and sustainable living tips. I laugh the most at my own jokes and wear glasses because I can't see without them.

Highasakite cover Bon Iver’s Heavenly Father

Bon Iver songs are so soulful, there’s a good chance of fudging Justin Vernon’s heartbreaking vocals, but Highasakite does Heavenly Father all sorts of justice. It’s also really neat to hear a song’s vocals do a gender swap.

Check out the Norwegian band bust out the flugabone (it’s a musical instrument…) and make beautiful music:

TGIF Playlist: August 22, 2014 – Birthday Edition

This is a celebratory TGIF Playlist, because it’s my birthday this weekend NBD or anything…

Katie made the coolest birthday themed post already, with the funniest gifs (check that out here). It warmed my little heart because I’ve got the best blog partner–which is like a life partner, but you don’t live together or share half your money and belongings with one another (I don’t know what a life partner is…).

So my post is made up of songs I’ll be adding to my “b-day play-list’ (the real name of my playlist on iTunes).  Hope you like it and have a great weekend!

LCD SoundsystemAll My Friends

  • I’m going to sound like a hippie, but this song has energy. No matter what you are doing, if you are playing All My Friends in the background, it’s suddenly more epic. To watch the last magical live performance of this song in New York City, click here, if you stick it out to the 4:50 mark you get the ‘do-do-do’ sing along :), love it.

LenSteal my Sunshine

  • As far as I’m concerned this a Canadian classic and it wouldn’t be a Sasha playlist without some throwbacks from the 90s.

Mac DeMarcoBye Bye Bye

  • Here’s to saying a goodbye to being 26, and a hello to 27 :|

Gorillaz – Crystallized (xx cover)

  • I guess this would be the slow jam section of the playlist, I just found out about this song so its getting a lot of love.

Majid JordanA Place Like This

  • Newly released, but sounds a lot like 90’s R&B, #swoon.

Andy BullTalk Too Much

  • This one is for all those people who sometimes wish they were the strong, silent type, but just end up being the goofy, over sharers at the party.

The Isley BrothersShout

  • Bringing the tempo back up with a little Isley Brothers, because it isn’t a party until all your guests dance in unison while singing “and a little bit louder now!”.

Arcade FireAfterlife

  • My favourite song of 2013 for a reason, I’ll probably be doing weird arm dances/thrusts when this song comes on and I genuinely can’t wait to see them live next week- think something along the lines of this level of excitement.

#ThrowbackThursday Music Edition

I feel like anything that isn’t posted immediately after it’s released (or leaked) in “indie” music is considered a throwback (hipsters can be pretty fickle) but I was taking a trip down my iTunes memory lane yesterday and wanted to put a post together of some of my favourite music that isn’t brand new, but I still love. Hope you enjoy it too.

We’re Going to be FriendsThe White Stripes (2002)

  • This song is the sweetest, I’ll never get sick of it.

Dig for FirePixies (1990)

  • If you ever need a reminder to persevere and follow your gut/dream, this would be a good song to play, it isn’t very long but the lyrics get me every time.

GhettoMusick – Outkast (2004)

  • A big highlight of my summer was watching Outkast live at OVO Fest. It was hit after hit after hit and I just feel lucky that I didn’t sell my first day ticket (I almost did :S). They were amazing and being in a crowd full of people who are having fun, dancing and shout-singing the same songs is something I’ll remember for a long time.

NYCInterpol (2002)

  • The fact that this song is 12 years old, blows my mind. I still remember the moment I heard NYC in high school, does that make me sound old. I dreamed of going to New York, and when I finally did– the city lived up to the idea the song put in my mind.

Canada vs. AmericaBroken Social Scene (2005)

  • I can’t say that this is my favourite Broken Social Scene song, but it always ends up on my playlists, so it’s definitely up there. It’s so fun to listen to and I’m such a sucker for the horns/all the other instruments in this song. Watching it live is taking it to another level, makes me happy just thinking about it.

That’s all, if I notice people loving the throwback maybe we will do more of these? Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite song below :)

Sasha’s Song of the Summer: Lowell’s, The Bells, Gets a Music Video

First off, I’m back Katie!!! Put down that cheap cheese and let’s make you a real sandwich while watching the new Lowell music video for The Bells!

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy of a mood this song puts me in whenever I hear it. It’s so catchy (how can you not want to shout out “Where’d the beat go” with her??), and the lyrics are very sweet:

When you gonna call me, I can never tell, I want to hear the ding ding dong, I want to hear the bells

Everyone can relate to the moment you meet someone you think is cute and you’re just waiting for them to make the tiniest move that lets you know they think you are equally as cute and that’s what this song reminds me of. Check out the new video below:

It has all the elements that would have made my teenage self happy: a female lead, high school football game theme, marching bands, roller derby, group choreography etc., but there is still a lot of power and edge, mostly thanks to the baseball bat she’s carrying around, that makes my 20-something self still find it interesting.

Hope you like it as much as I do and have a great long weekend :)

New Band Crush: Phox

Meet my new band crush PHOX

Just a group of 6 good friends from Wisconsin, making sweet folky music with the help of Monica Martin’s amazing voice. The band just released their debut album PHOX on June 24th and if you like what you hear below, the band will be playing The Drake on July 29th, so check them out, something tells me it will be a beautiful live show.

Slow Motion – PHOX (Website | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

1936 –  PHOX