Blake Mills – If I’m Unworthy

Jul 21st, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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There are few things that can bring me back from blogging obscurity and back into the womb of hyperbole, Blake Mills is one of those things. And today was a big day – he released two new tracks from his upcoming album Heigh Ho, and I die. Along with “If I’m Unworthy” he also released “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me” which I had previously heard from a Wild Honey Pie session some time ago, but now with Fiona Apple on backing vocals. There is truly nothing he could do (not even socks and sandals) that I wouldn’t adore. Listen, below.

Later – Going to California

Jun 15th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Hey all, I’m  headed to San Francisco + LA for the next few weeks. I’ll be at an adult summer camp, joshua tree and just generally living off the grid. Here’s a mix in the meantime! K, BYE!

Future You Zine

Jun 4th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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I made a zine with my friend Andrea Nakhla and it’s called Future You. You can pre-order it here. It’s a collection of short fiction that I wrote in the winter months because, what else are you gonna do?

This issue features the artwork of LA based painter and illustrator, Andrea Nakhla, it also features photography from Toronto-based Angela Lewis and the cover was designed by my friend Nik Ewing (who made a mix for this blog just a few posts earlier!)

You can find out more about it here: www.futureyouzine.com

Flood Coats – Parch My Heart

May 23rd, 2014 | by Nada Alic

Flood Coats: Parch My Heart from Ashley Gutierrez on Vimeo.

Check out this epic video from Flood Coats – Joel P. West and Darla Hawn. So good. I miss San Diego.

FWBA Mix : Nik Ewing /Local Natives

May 1st, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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My friend Nik Ewing who plays in Local Natives kindly put together a mix for FWBA. It’s been a while since I’ve had a guest mix and this one has been long-awaited but Nik tells me he wanted to make sure it was the perfect mix. Nik also tours essentially 100% of the year so it was cool of him to do this. We first became friends a few years back at SXSW when he played for a San Diego band called Lesands, and we bonded over our mutual love for Blake Mills (featured on this mix). Since then we only see each other briefly, including once in Dublin, Ireland! Nik is also credited with creating the design/branding for this blog and making me look a lot cooler than I actually am. You can see some of his other work here. He also loves to wear vertical stripes.

Check out his mix below (and download the full version at the link)

Tracklist
Yosi Horikawa – Bump
CANT – Too Late, Too Far
Darkside – Metatron
Jai Paul – jasmine (demo)
Solange – Losing You
Little Dragon – After The Rain
James Blake, RZA – Take A Fall For Me
Lower Dens – Alphabet Song
Portishead – The Rip
Radiohead – There, There
Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Bob Dylan – Series of Dreams
MGMT – Someone’s Missing
The Beach Boys – All I Wanna Do
Blake Mills – Cheers

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Sylvan Esso – BandVan Sessions

Apr 8th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

Check out this La Blogotheque BandVan session with Sylvan Esso at SXSW. Beautiful minimalist song. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this record forever.

Julie Byrne – Emeralds

Apr 4th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

Watch this video of Julie Byrne via Portals. Flawless.

La Blogotheque – Out Among the Stars

Mar 29th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Watch this homage to Johnny Cash’s “lost” album Out Among the Stars by La Blogotheque featuring Brandon Flowers/Dawes, Father John Misty and Local Natives. I love the striking visual landscape and how each cover is uniquely their own.

Flood Coats

Mar 25th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Flood Coats is Joel P. West and Darla Hawn from San Diego – where I once lived and would watch Joel and his band, sitting cross legged in a friend’s living room. I remember thinking Darla was probably the coolest girl in San Diego that I never met. She’s a drummer and she’s got this Danielle Haim vibe to her, just this percussive force that isn’t afraid to just go for it. Anyway, they sent over their cover of Radiohead’s There, There. It’s more of an electronic vibe than the sort of sprawling orchestral music that Joel is typical associated with. No less beautiful. Check out more here.

Faces on Film – Elite Lines

Mar 24th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Faces on Film (Mike Fiore) recently released his third album called Elite Lines out tomorrow (03/25). Beginning with borrowing one of his earlier songs to name this blog nearly five years ago (shit, 5 years!) – I’ve sort of always found myself tied to his songs in one way or another. The album itself is all shades and variations of psychedelic guitar tones, rhythmic and sensual bass and on overarching clarity of vocals and lyricisms. Everything sounds more defined and courageous than before. Your Old One is a stand-out – slide guitar, humming organ and echoed vocals as he sing, “it’d be no fun being your old one” and in a way, I know exactly what that means. Bad Star is equally satisfying in a more pulsing, meditative way, you really feel like you’re getting somewhere and the final instrumental feels necessary to prepare you for what’s next. The record continues to take you into new realms, you get the sense that there’s a versatility that was not there before, experimenting stylistically to inspire entirely new songs that still somehow sound very much his own. There is a growth and a freedom to all of this.

This album is currently in my rotation of albums I listen to on my train to work, which is fitting because it feels isolated and cathartic that way, it’s something I can absorb before the world hits me. You can purchase the album here.

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