Mid-Summer 2018 Foreigners Playlist

As many of you guys know, I love listening to music by artists from different countries around the world. Therefore, I had a fun idea that should make a cool playlist featuring a few awesome tunes by my favorite international artists this summer.

It’ll be like a little vacation for your ears!

Some of these are by artists from non-English speaking countries that sing in English (you’ll be able to hear some of the accents). Others are in foreign languages.

Enjoy the tracks below from my favorite foreigners.

1. Jamaica/UK – Bad Love ft. Ellie Goulding, Sean Paul. Wasting no time getting down with this one.

2. Greece – A State Nearby, NTEIBNT ft. Σtella. Sending chills down your spine with these ominous vocals.

3. Sweden – Hotel Beds, Summer Heart. Here’s to all the comfy hotel beds we’ll be hopping into this summer.

4. Zimbabwe – Juice, Bantu. Drink up.

5. Barbados – Only Girl (In the World), Rihanna. The Caribbean queen demands your undivided attention.

6. Panamá/Jamaica – Dame Tu Cosita, El Chombo ft. Cutty Ranks. This calls for a dance session in the mirror.

7. Austria – Mambo Rap, Parov Stelar. Try to keep up with the lyrics.

8. France – Science Fiction, Christine and the Queens. Feast your ears on the French version of this tune with a dash of Italian.

9. Spain – Pienso En Tu Mirá, ROSALÍA. Time for some Spanish telenovela-esque BAMF drama.

10. Brazil – La Edad Del Futuro, Glue Trip. Don’t let the Spanish title fool you.

11. Australia – Chateau, Angus and Julia Stone. Summers + chateaus = fancy bliss.

12. Germany – So Into You, Wilhelm Tell Me. Cruising into this summer love real smooth.

13. Malaysia – Rescue, Yuna. There’s no way you can feel anything but safe and tranquil while listening to Yuna’s voice.

14. Canada – We Were Here, LIGHTS ft. DCF & Gray Grey. Got a double Canadian feature here (singer and remixers)!

15. Denmark – Calabria, Enur ft. Natasja. Close out the summer with this dance party favorite!

Bask in the rest of your summer!

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Mid-Summer 2017 Around the World Playlist

We’re midway through the summer, and if you haven’t already gone on vacation, you’re probably going somewhere fun soon to escape work and all the stress of everyday life.

As with most things, traveling is so much fun when you’ve got great tunes to go along with you.

This year’s mid-summer playlist is music themed, with songs about different places around the world to feed your wanderlust soul.

I hope these 18 tracks take you on an unforgettable summer excursion.

1. Hollywood, RAC feat. Penguin Prison. Here’s to trying hard not to be that person while visiting the Land of Stars.

2. Hamburg, Kapekoff. “Together we’re alive.”

3. Michigan, Grammar. “In a heavy fever” indeed.

4. Chicago, Canon Blue. A song for those hot summer nights in Chicago.

5. Monterrey, TW Walsh. I bet you can “find a way to get to Monterrey”.

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Gallery Mondays: “Art of Jazz” Mural at PAL Harlem

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I saw this vibrant mural on the side of the Police Athletic League (PAL) on the west side of Harlem a few weeks ago while headed to pick up some items I found in a Craigslist ad.

I just had to stop and understand what was happening in this mural. There’s a trumpet-playing man popping out of a phonograph, and it appears that the sound he’s producing sounds like swirls and flowers?

Basically summer in NYC during the Harlem Renaissance.

The mural, called “Art of Jazz,” was done by Creative Art Works. Learn more at www.creativeartworks.org.

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!

Gallery Mondays: Woodrow White’s ‘Dip’

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Happy Memorial Day!

Lots of beaches and pools are opening today (and if not, they will be soon), marking the first unofficial day of summer.

Because of this, I’ve decided to feature Woodrow White’s painting Dip, which I saw back in 2014 at the Joshua Liner Gallery Your Favorite Artists Favorite Artist exhibit in NYC.

That vibrant green pool water and oscillation is so summer.

See more of Woodrow White’s work at www.woodrowwhite.com.

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!