Dizzy Swallows

For The Joy Of It

February 18th, 2016

Chaps. It’s all going to be ok. Really.

Q is just over 5 months old now, just cut his first tooth (my god is that thing sharp!), and just wants to sit up, stand up, or move, move, move! And all I can think is: we’re getting there. Sweet, sweet normalcy. One sign of me (literally) getting my feet under me was a recent bout of spontaneous kitchen dancing. Few things represent both symptom and cause of my happiness more than prancing about with unbridled glee whilst cooking and listening to truly wonderful music. Since there’s no video camera in my kitchen (thank goodness), allow this fellow to demonstrate (and rep my Hawks to boot!).

Much more on our little Q man coming up, but here’s a pic for his fans.

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Don’t You Battle

April 30th, 2014

Hey hey all you lovely people. Thought I’d give you a little late afternoon loving in the form of the spectacular Warpaint ladies. Things have been moving a bit slow for me lately (literally: I’ve been on crutches), so this kind of fierce femme pick-me-up is just what the doctor ordered. The video is for “Disco/Very” and “Keep It Healthy” off the group’s sophomore, self-titled (excellent) album. Here’s my favorite track.

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No Rest For The Wicked

April 4th, 2014

Taking a brief intermission from honeymoon travel posts to bring you this new song from Lykke Li! Her new album, I Never Learn, comes out May 6th!! Hurrah! Can you tell I’m excited? For now let us listen to this track, “No Rest for the Wicked,” together…on repeat.

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Little Bits for a Monday

November 11th, 2013

Hello my lovelies! Today I am thrilled to share with you a band that has been on repeat in our home for the last month. Wouldn’t you know, it is another Swede. Karin Dreijer Andersson goes by the stage name Fever Ray, but you may also recognize her voice from the electronic music duo, The Knife, which consists of Karin and her brother Olof. Her debut, self-titled album is one of those rare finds which I am happy to listen to beginning to end. Over and over. Everyday. Below, you can hear my favorite track, “When I Grow Up.”

Speaking of the Swedes, have you heard of Hövding, the invisible bike helmet? Try and spot it in the photo below, and if that interests you, be sure to watch their 3 minute documentary video here.

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New Music from Old Loves

September 20th, 2013

This week, two as-yet-unreleased albums from two of my most favorite artists were made available online.

The first can be found on here, on NPR’s First Listen, as is nothing less than Mazzy Star‘s first album in 17 years. Praise be. Titled Seasons of Your Day, the album will be released September 24. If you aren’t already a fan of Mazzy Star, you can thank the cult classic for influencing the woozy sound of such contemporary bands as Beach House and Dum Dum Girls (both great). Mazzy Star, with singer Hope Sandoval, did darkly psychedelic before it was vogue. Below, you can hear the album’s single, “California”.

Speaking of the dark and stormy, this week also offered the first experience of Trentemøller‘s upcoming album, Lost. As a huge fan of the Danish electronic producer (questionable hairstyles notwithstanding), it has been quite gratifying to stream … Continue reading