New Music Monday: May 2016 Playlist

New Music Monday: May 2016 Playlist

I may have finally outdone myself with a seemingly bizarre, yet eclectic collection of sounds in a single playlist. Hip-hop, acoustic blues-folk, electronic rock, and indie pop all came together this month to form a fantastic collection of singles from an indisputably talented group of musicians. Many of my favorite artists produced new music. Wild Belle, Andrew Bird, Laura Mvula, and Michael Kiwanuka continue to recreate unique expressions of their authentic sound. Ben Harper and his original band, The Innocent Criminals, reunited after a nearly ten year hiatus in which they created a beautiful album marked with overt political statements. DJ Shadow, one of the key figures in the development of early instrumental hip-hop paired up with Run the Jewels to drop a profanity-laced, albeit deeply lyrical single off his upcoming album. Finally, the debut album of Montreal producer, Kaytranada is pure gold in a completely genre-defying collection of tracks. Get listening!     1) DRIVE ME CRAZY – KAYTRANADA, Vic Mensa 2) Green & Gold – Lianne La Havas, Donnie Trumpet, Nate Fox 3) Who Wants It – KCPX 4) Mississippi River – Wild Belle 5) Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels) – DJ Shadow, Run the Jewels 6) Roll Up (feat. Marko Penn) – B.o.B, Marko Penn 7) GOT IT GOOD – KAYTRANADA, Craig David 8) Wristband – Paul Simon 9) One More Night – Michael Kiwanuka 10) Roma Fade- Andrew Bird 11) Phua Kao- Khun Narin 12) Bitten by the Apple – Big Black Delta, Kimbra 13) Waves – Gosh Pith 14) Tilted – Christine and the Queens 15) Call It What It Is- Ben Harper...
Sacred Sedona

Sacred Sedona

I kicked off 2016 with a truly special getaway to Sedona, Arizona. I began to hear stories of Sedona’s magic from a warm, intellectually curious, incredibly positive group of yogis during my teacher training this past fall at Santa Monica Power Yoga. All descriptions of Sedona alluded to a powerfully spiritual place of immense natural beauty. Knowing this sacred city was ideal for deep relaxation and renewal, there was no better place to go to set my New Year intentions.   The high desert town of Sedona is regarded as a geological wonderland. It is well known for its breathtaking red rock formations and rich Native American history. The healing energy of the town is highly palpable with a deeply calming metaphysical energy radiating throughout. Each hour of the day casts the multi-hued rock formations in a different beautiful light, creating a surreal environment of natural beauty.     Beyond the magnificent towering spires, jagged cliffs, and smooth red-rock mesas, Sedona is home to a number of natural energy vortexes. These sites are swirling centers of subtle energy that emanate out from the earth’s plane. Many people, including the Native Americans who deemed Sedona a sacred place, believe that the powerful energy of vortexes compound spiritual development and growth. A multitude of sacred sites throughout the world are said to be home to energy vortexes including the Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.     Through the recommendation of a friend, we landed the services of Sedona-local, Larry Sprague. Serving as our guide, Larry directed us to the major vortex sites, including Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon,...