Desert Dreaming in Joshua Tree

Desert Dreaming in Joshua Tree

A weekend jaunt to Joshua Tree has quickly become one of my favorite getaways. Dozens of highly affordable, spaciously modern homes are available to rent if you prefer your star gazing from a hot tub rather than a tent. Most of the better rentals I have found are ideal for a large group or a set of couples. Given the desolation of this beautiful, arid town the company of a group is most welcome. Check out the Ocotillo Verde and Roca Vista, available for rent on Airbnb. I could not recommend these rentals more highly!     Joshua Tree is not a place for doing a whole lot. It’s where time slows down, practically coming to a halt under the blazing mid-day sun. Yet it can hardly be described as a sleepy town. There is a creative energy that radiates from every inch of this wide-open expanse. With quirky, outdoor thrift yards, rustic handmade wares, and among one of the best craft beer selections at the local liquor mart, Joshua Tree is a bohemian dreamscape.     There is a ton of great boutique and thrift shopping to be done in Joshua Tree and neighboring city, Yucca Valley. With most of the weekend spent relaxing, I prefer to make this strip of shops along Twentynine Palms Highway my final pit stop on the way out of town. Hoof & the Horn is my favorite boutique store, selling an eclectic mix of bohemian labels, decorative succulents, and candles from PF. Candle Co.!     No trip to Joshua Tree is quite the same. Spontaneity results from the unpredictable fury of the desert heat and the eclectic energy of...
New Music Monday: May 2015 Playlist

New Music Monday: May 2015 Playlist

A number of familiar names in music dropped albums this month. Hot Chip, Tanlines, and Mumford & Sons were just a few of the hotly anticipated releases in time for summer. Each of the albums have a couple of major gems, with Tanline’s “Pieces” and Hot Chip’s “Need You Now.” Mumford & Sons’ long-awaited sophomoric release is a mixed bag. With “The Wolf” and “Wilder Mind” they manage to beautifully embrace their new sound with booming vocals and powerful instrumentals. Noticeably absent are their banjos and original folksy beat. However, the rest of the album strays a bit too far into commercial rock territory, robbing them of their distinguishable sound. By far, my favorite album to drop this past month is A$AP Rocky’s AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. With a well-curated list of collaborators, each track is unique in it’s own right. Filled with masterfully crafted lyrics and catchy beats, this album is terrific in its entirety! 1) River- Leon Bridges 2) Under Lie- Klo 3) Pieces- Tanlines 4) The World Ender- Lord Huron 5) Make A Scene- Shamir 6) Fine Whine- A$AP Rocky, Joe Fox, Future, M.I.A. 7) Need You Now- Hot Chip 8) ‘Cause I’m A Man- Tame Impala 9) Save Me- LISTENBEE, Naz Tokio 10) The Wolf- Mumford & Sons 11) Slipping Away- Tanlines 12) Canal St.- A$AP Rocky, Bones 13) Electric Body- A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q 14) Wilder Mind- Mumford & Sons Follow me on...