Listening to: Wild Belle

Wild Belle Logo (by Naomi Con, See How I Run Blog)

I had to search my own blog to see if I’ve posted anything about Wild Belle yet. Turns out I haven’t! Surprising, considering I’ve had their album, Isles, on repeat since Coachella season. Oops!

Well, if you are planning any summer road trips, add these tunes to your playlist STAT! I would recommend a few songs to get you started, but I’m into each and every track. You can’t go wrong.

They recently did a Field Recording for NPR inside an motorcycle shop and not only does singer, Natalie Bergman, define “California Cool” (jealous of that low, smokey voice of hers!), she totally rocks the middle part (as pointed out by Marissa). Coincidentally, while coming home from the gym yesterday, this bad boy was parked in-between my Fit and Jackie’s mini and we both stopped in our tracks with an instant case of the gimmes!

Just as the chorus in this song goes “I never knew a love like this…”, that’s how we felt about this cute little Harley. Hmm…uh oh…..

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On Repeat: Rhye

Oh my, I can’t seem to stop listening to Rhye – Woman

This band seems so secretive. Although the lead’s voice sounds a lot like Sade – spoiler alert! – it’s actually a man. I did a quick search for a photo since I wanted to have some sort of visual of the man behind the voice…but there doesn’t seem to be any! In an age of over-the-top celebrity appearances, I can respect that they don’t want their “look” to interfere with their music. Their recent feature on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic continues to peak my curiosity but I guess I will continue to wonder because I will be out of town when they return to LA’s El Rey Theatre on May 10th. Somebody do me (and yourself!) a favor…buy a ticket and snap a photo, ok?!

Hear the entire MBE/KCRW session here! // Another cool article on NPR if you care for more.

In Our Eyes



Summer into fall soundtrack: Niki & the Dove, Instinct (listen on Spotify)

Instinct is one of those albums that I have had on repeat for months. I’m not much of a music editor / critic so I’m not going to even attempt to write up something to convince you to listen to it. Just do it! Start with Tomorrow, The Fox, In our Eyes and prepare for a mini dance party (or in my case, a craving for some good 80’s style Jane Fonda aerobics).

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Photo: taken by me on an iPhone and then edited in Photoshop. Filter Culture Collide Fest October 7, 2012. Please note awesome floral headdress. Lead singer, Malin Dahlström, would be the best bargain-bin elementary school art teacher if this music career doesn’t pan out! She was well-equipped with pony beads, floral earrings and anklets, and feather/popsicle-stick fans. Impressive.