Gallery Mondays: ‘Shadows & Substance’ by Marcia Haufrecht

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I was walking by Chashama 266 in Midtown West last month when I saw these really great paintings. I loved the summer vibes I got from them so I snapped a pic from the other side of the glass door.

I really need to make an appointment to see one of Chashama 266’s exhibits at some point!

Anyway, these were part of Marcia Haufrecht’s Shadows & Substance exhibit. It reminded me of all the Q53 bus rides I’m not going to miss this summer because I moved out of Queens. Therefore, I no longer have to board a crowded bus full of beach-goers.

Why does anyone want to go to the beach in this scorching heat anyway? The sand is going to burn you!

Be smart like the two in the painting on the far right and visit a lake instead.

Learn more about Shadows & Substance at www.chashama.org/event/shadows_substance.

Mid-Summer 2016 Remixed Playlist

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This summer has been quite hectic and very exciting for me as I’ve just moved to Manhattan! That also explains why this playlist is so late. I still can’t believe it’s over a month into the summer and I’m just getting around to this.

I’ve decided to try something a bit different for this year’s summer playlist (now a mid-summer playlist). Since I’m blogging from my new apartment, how about we shake things up a bit more with remixed versions of summer songs I love?

Enjoy the playlist on Spotify!

1. Tilted, Christine and the Queens (Paradis Remix). Let’s start this playlist off with a little summer hummin’.

2. Honest Affection, Kye Kye (Remix A). “A part of me just wanted to know…”

3. The Beach, PWNTIAC feat. KRUE (Les Loups Remix). Here’s to summer love ❤

4. Clair De Lune, Flight Facilities, Christine Hoberg (Motez Remix). Intense summer vibes all around.

5. Falling in Love, Crystal Bats (Louis la Roche Remix). You go on ahead and keep “falling in love.”

6. Good For You, Selena Gomez (Phantoms Remix). Looking good all summer :p

7. Photomaton, Jabberwocky (Kartell Remix). This one is sure to give your hips a workout.

8. A Stranger Love, Classix (Salva Remix). You most definitely are not ready for that beat drop.

9. Show Me The Way, Penguin Prison (The Knocks Remix). What do you mean it’s “never gonna end”? Summer better end eventually. It’s too hot!

10. Impression of You, Giraffage, Viceroy feat. Patrick Baker (Electric Mantis Remix). Swiping through Tinder all summer long.

11. Sweet Ophelia, Zella Day (Gold Fields Remix). “Go up, up away…”

12. Overdrawn, White Sea (Estate Remix). For you and “all of your imaginary friends.”

13. Don’t U Want Me, Young Franco feat. Blair de Milo (Tyler Touché Remix). Every night at the club this summer.

14. Habits (Stay High), Tove Lo (Oliver Nelson Remix). For when the summer starts to fade away…

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Summer 2015 Beach Tunes Playlist

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When it’s hot and you’re tired of running up your light bill with the air conditioner, there’s only one natural way to cool off…

The beach.

Summer wouldn’t be the same without some fun music to chill out with, so whether you’re hosting a beach party or just getting some much needed R&R under the sun, here’s a beach tunes playlist!

1. Blue Hawaii, ASTR: Let me just say that I am extremely jealous of you if you’re vacationing in Hawaii this summer.

2. Dana Point, Wilhelm Tell Me: This song is just adorbs, and it’s not just because the title has my name in it.

3. Poster Girl, French Horn Rebellion: I can hear the waves reaching all time highs with this tune.

4. Another Day, Strange Talk: Dreamy summer vibes all around…

5. Starships, Nicki Minaj: “Let’s go to the beach each, let’s go get away…”

6. I’m Into You, Jennifer Lopez feat. Lil’ Wayne: For all the girls who can stop falling hard for those beach boys.

7. Embrace, Pnau: Endless summer bliss, brought to you by Pnau.

8. Burn, Ellie Goulding: Do not forget the sunscreen. Please. Let anything but your actual skin burn.

9. Maliblue, Darius: Every time I hear this one I think about James Bond on the beach. So espionage.

10. California Girls, Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dog: It’s not summer until this song comes on the radio.

11. Boys, Ashlee Simpson: For all the boys that can’t stop starin.’

12. Classic, The Knocks feat. Powers: “Come to me baby, don’t be shy.” 😉

13. Sunlight, Bag Raiders: I really hope this summer drips pure sunlight.

14. Rendezvous (Saint Pepsi Remix), La Plage: Those instrumentals in the verses are just excitement central, aren’t they?

Have a happy and safe summer 2015!

This Week in Music: Troye Sivan’s First Ever Single “Happy Little Pill”

It has been a very exciting passed couple of hours for fans of South African/Australian YouTuber Troye Sivan.

His first single, “Happy Little Pill” from his upcoming album TRXYE dropped last night, and it is so freaking good!

The track has a certain element of light R&B. Combined with Troye’s smooth vocals, the song is definitely a crowd pleaser.

“I wrote this song during a bit of a rough time for someone super close to me, and for myself, and it still means as much to me as the day i wrote it, and i’m still as in love with it as the day i wrote it (which is rare for me!!). I couldn’t be prouder to be giving it to you guys today :’),” he wrote in the Tumblr post where he posted the Soundcloud link to the single.

I really love the songs instrumentals, especially the small bit of synth playing throughout the beginning and chorus that gives the song a breezy summer vibe. The song features some amazing imagery, in the hook before the chorus where he sings,

Tight skin, bodyguards
Gucci down the boulevard
Cocaine, dollar bills and…

Just pure brilliance.

This song will have to be our “happy little pill” until the release of TRXYE on Auguust 15th.

My question for Mr. Sivan is: will there be a music video to accompany this masterpiece?

Enjoy the song on Soundcloud.