For what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend, in true Amanda fashion – never a dull moment. Not like I need one – nor am I complaining – just saying, I’m exhausted and need some tunage to match my mood! Thank goodness I’ve been collective some stellar deep house tracks over the last few weeks to keep me in a state of trance; hope y’all dig them as much as I do!
Maya Jane Coles ft Karin Park – Everything
Mark Knight – Your Love
Hot Natured ft Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving
Disclosure ft Eliza Doolittle – You & Me
Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction
Ali Love ft Kali – Emperor
Steed Lord – Remember Me (Russ Chimes Remix)
Duke Dumont – Need You 100% (SKREAMix)
Pete Tong ft S.Y.F. – Dawn (Blond:ish Remix)
MANIK ft Jeremy Glenn – Parasol (Climbers Remix)
Russ Chimes – Back 2 You
Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III)
HAIM – Don’t Save Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Nate Dogg – Gangster Walk (SION’s Hipster Lean Remix)
Disclosure vs MNEK – White Noise (Full Crate & FS Green Remix)
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)
FKJ – So Much To Me
Solange – Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Hot Since 82 – Like You
Lee Foss & MK Ft Anabel Englund – Electricity
Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out
Betoko vs Mario Basanov vs Vidis – Control The Suspend
We’ve been having some strange weather as of late – April Showers bringing more May showers, not flowers (shake of fists) and lots of wind; but there’s a saying that you have to put up with the rain to get the rainbow, and in LA – when we have less than 20 rainy days a year, we really need to learn to take what we can get 😉
The Return of Daft Punk
I was going to come up with some cheeseball headline or witticism to drop on everyone; but when it comes to Daft Punk, there’s been so many rumors and so much hoopla about their comeback that it’s best to simply cut to the chase! In addition to the release of their next albumRandom Access Memoriesand their first single ‘Get Lucky’ – they’ll also be interviewed by Pete Tong during this week’s BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix *mini tribal*
If that wasn’t enough, listen to this itty bitty Tong Teaser from the man himself. He had the opportunity to interview Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, better known as the men behind the masks and creative genius of Daft Punk, at Coachella a few weeks back and seems like he couldn’t wait to share it with his fans. So collectively, from us to you – thank you, Pete Tong!
And what the hell, here’s there last Essential Mix from ’97:
Dexter: The Final Cuts
It’s like there’s some form of entropy in the entertainment world right now – one great thing comes back and another great thing makes it’s exit. For anyone and everyone who spent the last few years Darkly Dreaming Dexter, this is going to be a hell of a bittersweet Summer. June 30th marks the kickoff of Season 8 – the final chapters. When we left off in the Season 7 Finale, Deb had put an end to LaGuerta but had only just begun to feel the moral ramifications of being in Dexter’s world; Dexter, on the other hand, still has loose ends to tie up with Hannah McKay…or does he? Either way, this is the season not to miss!
There are a select ways I choose to kill time and roam the interwebs while I’m on a break at work: there’s Reddit (or, for the visual types – Scrolldit), Twitter, Thought Catalog – and lately, Buzzfeed. They all consistently have thought provoking (or, conversely – thought impairing) articles, blasts, facts, anecdotes and downright hilarious messages to get me thinking, laughing and catapulting myself through my day with expert precision. And let’s face it, I’m a sucker for a good cat meme…so click through the picture to see a whole lot more First World Cat problems!
This was the first weekend in I don’t know how long that I didn’t stomp through the streets of Los Angeles in search of a delicious beat drop or some shenanigans in the sunshine. On Friday, I enjoyed some self discovery and a few moments of clarity during my arts & crafts infused Pixar movie marathon. Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc, Toy Story 1-3; yeah. I did it! At one point, I looked to my bookshelf and pulled out my DIY Bible – Show Me How and decided it was time to start a few projects, so I pulled one out of the woodwork that I’d been itching to get done for a while: making a disco ball!
It was harder than it looks and I burnt my fingers more times than I’d like to actually admit; but the ends definitely justify the means and I’m more than stoked about the result. Once I get some more mirrored supplies I’m going to make a mini-fleet of them for family and friends; nothing better than getting a hand crafted gift from your favorite bouncy kitten and disco bunny, right? 😉
A little gift from Thailand!
I’m sure to some this might sound silly, but finding solid ladies to become friends with in LA has become more difficult than dating in this plastic town; so when I meet a girl that I think is down, honest and fresh I try to go above and beyond to cultivate that friendship. To boot, there are a lot of fun pepole in this town…the trick is to find people that you can have a philosophical conversation with until sunset and then party with until sunrise. So, on Saturday – I got to finally got the opportunity to cultivate one of those friendships. She just returned from a whirlwind trip to Thailand for their Full Moon Party; after spending an hour sifting through pictures of gorgeous beaches, culturally indigenous ceremonies and cuddly tigers I’m beyond convinced that my next vacation will drag me here =)
The weird thing about not going out at night is my ability to wake up with the sun – I have to admit that I actually like it; sometimes when you’re the only one awake it feels like the sun is putting on a show just for you and it makes you appreciate the beauty in the world.
In the afternoon, one of my close friends and her adorable little puppy – Maya – came over to kick it with the kitties and catch up on live, the universe (and the number 42). We shared some laughs, watched Wreck It Ralph, sipped on some chardonnay and I got a mouth full of slobbery puppy kisses – trust when I say no complaints from me!To round out the evening, we did some graffiti hunting throughout the Melrose / Fairfax district – which if you’ve seen any of my Street Art segments the possibilities are endless! I found a lot of new stuff, but this is what spoke to my heart; and after hearing the stories from my friend about elephants in Thailand and studying up on the Hindu Elephant God, Ganesh /Ganesha – I think I know what I want my next tattoo to be!
Last but not least, noms were necessary – and potstickers are the key to my heart. Just throwing it out there but I could probably eat three whole orders and still have room for more 😉
So, now here I am – wide eyed and bushy tailed on this busy Monday morning; ready to take on the day and wishing you a wonderful one. If you’re not all about the day like I am, don’t fret – here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ to get you moving and groovin’ through your day: