Archive | September, 2011

higher reach

6 Sep

Oh Lake Shasta, the waters where dreams are made. Houseboat, keg, speedboat, wake board, moderate to severe nudity, near constant roof dance party, little sleep and sunrises that were so beautiful I didn’t mind a six something wake up call three mornings in a row just to see that water glisten and breathe it all in. An unbeatable Labor Day weekend with new friends and old. As my dear friend Asanka put it, “Good times. Memories forever.”

And now music to help settle back into real life.

Today’s Emo: Higher Love (Steve Winwood cover) / James Vincent McMorrow

‘there must be a higher love / down in the heart or hidden in the stars above’

One of my favorite Irish singers released this beautiful cover for me to come home to last night, just when I was feeling the earliest signs of fatigue around his album, Early in the Morning. Perfect timing. Peaceful and stripped down, this take of Higher Love showcases McMorrow’s knee buckling falsetto, cut with piano and left simple. The result is something hopeful and stirring, the perfect taste to tide me over til I see James play Slims in a couple of weeks. #emo

Today’s Untz: Reach for Me / Dinka & Danny Inzerillo feat. Hadley

‘I’m losing my cool and I’m shaking like the first time’

We had a single mixed CD on the speedboat on repeat all weekend and this song will now always be associated with the happiest of memories being perched on the front, soaking in sun and wind, amidst the occasional epic wipe out among the wake. Happily received bruises and battle wounds, and a happily received new track from our capitan, Kristian. This song makes me want to dance… on and off a boat. #untz

start slow kissing

2 Sep

I am heading up to Lake Shasta this afternoon to spend Labor Day weekend laboriously lounging on a couple houseboats with twenty or so friends and soon to be friends for the next few days. Beer, BBQ, sun, skis, tubes, tunes, repeat. Mega speakers in tow, and everything else unplugged.¬†It may not be La Playa, but it will be… El Agua. Signing out til Wednesday, have a happy holiday!

Today’s Emo: Future Starts Slow / The Kills

Future Starts Slow / The Kills

‘if there’s a time when your feelings gone, I wanna feel it’

The Kills provide a slightly sinister, untraditional take on a proclamation of unconditional love with Future Starts Slow. The track is off the half American, half British rock duo’s April album release, Blood Pressures, and has mine rising a bit with its rifts, raw lyrics and sharp vocals. It’s simple, I love the way this song makes me feel. #emo

Today’s Untz: Don’t Stop Kissing / Kaskade Mashup

Kaskade and EDX’s ‘Don’t Stop Dancing’ meets Alex Gaudino’s ‘Kissed’ and the result is a mash up name that looks like its pulled straight from the headlines of a TUATE post, and the perfect track to ease into three days of play. Kaskade released Don’t Stop Kissing in promotion of his headlining run at Identity Fest, and the pull of Saturday’s show at Shoreline¬†almost kept me landlocked from this trip. But I have seen Kaskade throw down his magic, and I haven’t seen the sun rise over a lake in too long. #untz