Birthday Stuff

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I always get a little down on my birthday because I have a ridiculous obsession with youth. I cried when I turned 18 and then pretty much every year after that. I’m making a solid attempt to be less shallow and dramatic about my impending death due to old age (hopefully), and instead of wallowing I decided to throw a big party this year. I had an amazing time and was successful in gathering a large number of friends together to celebrate our births. Since that was a smashing success I’m feeling a bit better about turning 24. For me, this is a big one.

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Birthday celebrations!

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I consider 24 to fall within the range of mid-20’s which comes with it’s own little set of expectations. As an individual in my mid-20’s, I should be less of an immature, lost, little fuck-up and more of the sort that gets things done (a grown-up). I feel like I’ve made strides toward adulthood this past year by moving out on my own, becoming more independent and applying to graduate school. I’m new at this grown-up thing so we’ll see how it all pans out but at this point I’m feeling optimistic.

I’ve decided to celebrate the day with this super fun new tune by Viceroy. I came across it this past weekend and played it out at my birthday party. It’s got one element that instantly elevates a song to new heights, a sax solo. The world has not heard enough of the sax. This song sounds like summer to me and that’s one thing I have to look forward to now that the end of February is almost here… Only one more month of winter!!!!! See? Optimism!

See ya 23

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I’ve decided to celebrate the close of my 23rd year with a song that reminds me of what was probably the highlight of my entire year, Osheaga. I did lot of exciting things as a 23-year old being, including publishing my first journal article, writing a post for Thought Catalog, starting this blog, attending my first solo show, moving to the city and applying to graduate school. Despite all of these things I’ve done and accomplished this year, I’ve decided to celebrate the close of my 23rd year with a song that reminds me of what was probably the highlight of my entire year, Osheaga. There were a select few times this past year that I felt like I was in a true state of bliss and Flume’s set at Osheaga was one of them. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a better mood. Everything was perfect; the early August sun, the slightly foreign feel of Montréal, my amazing crew, and the unreal set that Flume put on. I may have had a slight buzz that contributed to the elation I was feeling, but even if I hadn’t been drinking I still would have danced like I didn’t give a fuck. It was just that kind of show. Insane takes me back to that moment and I can’t get enough. It’s been 6 months and I’m still reminiscing. Here’s to you, 23, a year of musical discovery and major life changes…

Flume captured my heart

Flume captured my heart

PARTAY

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Tonight is the eve before my 24th birthday party. This year I decided to do something a little different and throw a bash at a pub downtown Toronto. My musical stylings may have you thinking that I like to rave when in fact it’s quite the opposite. I enjoy a good dance party here and there, but for the most part I would prefer to hang in a bar and socialize. I opted to say fuck you to traditions and not spend the night clubbing. Doing this also means I get to be the master of my own party playlist. Nothing could make me happier.

I’ve developed one monster list for the evening alternating between dance tracks and rap. I’ve included some top 40 hits because it “pleases the people” (yes, I am quoting myself), but for the most part these are all tunes I could easily get in to. Part I is mostly rap and hip hop while Part II is more house and electronica. Documenting it all as a SoundCloud playlist will let me remember forever what I hope to be one of the best nights of my 24 years thus far. VOM 24 is so old.

Part I:

Part II:

FMLYBND

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I’m thoroughly enjoying this track by FMLYBND, Letting Go. They describe their sound as “electronic grunge” so you know it’s going to be something special. Take this opportunity to give it a listen because they’re offering this tune as a free download on SoundCloud right now.

I have zero clue how I came across this track. It was one of those late night, post-work finds that I forgot about until it made an appearance on my playlist this past weekend and it was certainly a pleasant surprise. I’m intrigued.. here’s hoping they head north to Toronto some time soon.

We Belong

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I’ve raved over and over about both RAC and Odesza. These guys have made me fall in love with electronic music again and that is a feat. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing RAC live twice now and if I have the opportunity to catch Odesza I will be all over that. When these two acts come together it’s pure magic. Happy early Valentine’s Day to me.. I am in love.

Under the Shadows

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Rae Morris is new on my radar. With a combination of strong vocals and creative song writing skills I’m sure she’ll make her mark on the music scene in the future. She has some Florence Welch vibes that many will appreciate. While her latest tune, Under the Shadows, was pretty decent on it’s own, when Whilk and Misky put their spin on it I couldn’t get enough. I have a special place in my heart for indie tracks you can dance to.

Check out the original here:

Whilk and Misky Remix:

Wolf Colony

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As much as I hate to admit it, I am human and occasionally experience emotions. I typically hate rom-coms, love stories and happy endings so I really appreciate a song that can sum up feelings without sounding like a sappy love song. Those are a dime a dozen and typically get old ridiculously fast. This is a love song not for the masses. The One by Wolf Colony sounds a little darker than my usual tastes, but the lyrics are actually quite sweet.

If I had to choose an artist that’s most similar to Wolf Colony I would probably say Depeche Mode, although these guys certainly occupy their own unique space in the musical world. There’s an 80’s feel to it, mixed in with a dash of synth-pop and electronica. Their debut album, Unmasked, comes out in March and I’m certainly looking forward to more of their unique sounds.

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