Perfect pair: “Paris” by Magic Man and “Harvest Moon” by Poolside

There are those weeks where you want to pull your hair out, except you’d rather not disturb the deep conditioning masque you just applied. Because you’re a smart, reasonably attractive professional-type who is far too capable to stage a breakdown at such a crucial period in the fiscal calendar.

My corporate alter-ego has taken over my body and my soul this week, so there’s nothing better than sinking back into a deep pool of chill beats to remember who I am. On Saturday, I’ll be seeing Animal Collective with Dan Deacon, which has been a girlish dream since 2007 – Was it cool to like Animal Collective in 2007? – One day I’ll get ombre tips and wear coral pants and crucifix rings and be KEWT like the rest of the hipster girls. Until then, please enjoy my corporate whining and disco-pop fixations.

If you listen to my radio show, and it’s totally cool if you don’t, you may have heard these two tracks played back-to-back today. They’re delicious. They’re shivery. They’re quenching my thirst for summertime sweaty pilsners under haloed white lights choking the wooden latticework like glowing snakes.

I heard this track described as “nostalgic” and I think I get it. But maybe I just get the feeling of wishing something is nostalgic, so that it feels more meaningful and emphatic. Mostly, I just like the way it makes me feel calm, like everything is going to work out just damn fine without my interference.

ParisMagic Man from Boston

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I listened to the original on repeat in a shoebox apartment in Bastille last May. Somehow, this encapsulates exactly how I feel about that vacation now, looking backwards.

Harvest MoonPoolside from Los Angeles

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August 2010

Welcome to August everyone! Warm weather, long weekends, and (for me at least) birthdays.  I intentionally put a song with some birthday lyrics in there just for me, but the rest of the songs are a mix of older and new.  It’s basically a mash-up of what I wanted to listen to in the car/at work for the rest of this glorious month — so I hope that  you’ll like it too.  Enjoy.


Track Listing
01 Wires - Coconut Records
02 Turtles Have Short Legs - Can
03 Sheila - Atlas Sound
04 Yellow Wings - Keepaway
05 Swift Coin - Land of Talk
06 Hey - Pixies
07 Black Sheep - Metric
08 My Heart Rate Rapid - Metronomy
09 Kites - Geographer
10 Polygons - Magic Man
11 New Country (live) - Broken Social Scene
12 Come Back - Born Ruffians
13 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire
14 Frankenstein - Tokyo Police Club
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Real Life Color

You can DOWNLOAD the whole Magic Man album Real Life Color from their website.  I’ve been really into these upbeat indie-electronic bands– I have a lot of it on my August Playlist that I’ll post… when it’s actually August.

My favourites: MonsterPolygon and Daughters — don’t let the opening song deter you because there aren’t many lyrics in it! Enjoy!