Category Archive: One Take

Phoebe Bridgers – Killer


Leave it to my dear friend*, Ryan Adams, to produce a track as torturous as this. Phoebe Bridgers glides through emotional turmoil with grace and tenderness on Killer,  a beautiful little melody that will… Continue reading

Father John Misty – Bored in the USA


I first heard this song on a gray, rainy day. As it began I thought perhaps it was an old Elton John song that I had not heard before. But the nuances charmed… Continue reading

James Byous :: Ladida Live Session


James Byous performs his sultry track, Hot ‘n’ Cold, live from Laurel Canyon Studio. You can hear the influences of classic Americana in his sound, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Continue reading

NightOwl :: Ladida Live Session


I met up with NightOwl at Laurel Canyon Studio to catch a live version of Wild One, from their upcoming album. They bring their youthful, beachy energy to the performance with a classic… Continue reading

Future Islands – Long Flight


Dismal, ’80s-style Dreampop.

RAC – Let Go


RAC always mixes songs with amazing beats at catchy hooks.

Rhye – Open


Rhye is one of those sexy, moody bands with jazzy vocals and electronic chill melodies.

Party Supplies – A Perfect Life


It feels like driving through town in a convertible after a rough patch and the clouds are just beginning to clear. The cool wind blowing through your hair, chilling your face and making your eyes water.

The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap


The poetry here is deep and fluid.

Toro Y Moi – Girl Problems


This lo-fi ’60s vibe is so appealing.

Beach House – Norway


Melted harmonies and drenched chords with breathy vocals.

Broken Social Scene – Sweetest Kill


This song lingers in your mind spinning it’s dismal tale sweetly through your thoughts.

Generationals – I Never Know


This is the Rock ‘n’ Roll of our generation. The Generationals pull off a pretty cool tone with heavy use of electronic beats. This time they’ve taken it back a little– turned up the… Continue reading

Vampire Weekend – Step


The song, the melody, the lyrics, the beats–all are enough to make me more optimistic and centered in the moment.

Derrek Wayne – That’s the California Dream


A classic, noir take on the trials and tribulations of making it in Hollywood.

The Lumineers – Stubborn Love


If you decide to just sit down and really listen to a song, this would be it. Kill me with sorrow, and then lift me from the ashes. The Lumineers, Stubborn Love (2012).

Miike Snow – Sylvia


It’s funny how discovering music is like following a trail of breadcrumbs. I can’t quite recount the steps that brought me to Miike Snow, but I am so glad they did. I especially… Continue reading

I Blame Coco – Caesar


Deep, raspy female vocals that echo over pop dance base lines typical to British Rock. Reminiscent of Bloc Party. From the start I Blame Coco incites your attention. She’s got the J’ne Sais Quoi that… Continue reading

Discovery – Swing Tree


If Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear had a baby, Discovery would be it. Swing Tree, (2009).

Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time


Simply a beautiful rendition. I love his voice, so full of emotion and vulnerability– a haunting, echoing, shell of a voice.  I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time, (2011).

The Whitest Boy Alive – Burning


I came across this song the other day, I just wanted to listen to it on repeat. It’s got a solid beat and up-tempo style but the subdued lyrics keep it from being… Continue reading