Sunday Afternoon Delights – March 10, 2019

Happy Sunday! I had the extreme privilege of seeing Muse last night in Oakland, and their live show was one of the most cinematic, over-the-top rock concert experiences I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve seen (humble brag) Roger Waters tour Dark Side of the Moon after 30-40 years, I’ve seen The Who play Tommy, I’ve seen Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and others – nothing in terms of the live show was quite as unique as what Muse brought out. I won’t spoil anything for any readers who want to see this tour, but you’re in for a treat.

Don’t let Spring Forward get you too sleepy, and enjoy your day + week. Cheers.

Sunday Afternoon Delights – March 3, 2019

Happy Sunday! Today I was more laid back than I’ve been in a while; for some reason, none of my normal errands lined up this Sunday, so I’ve been able to legitimately relax most of it away. Part of why this post was delayed by a few hours 🙂

This week’s playlist features lots of newer music I’ve enjoyed quite a bit from the likes of Weval, Solange, Foals, TOKiMONSTA, Petit Biscuit, the new Drake remix, and everyone’s favorite emo rapper since Lil Uzi Vert: Juice WRLD.

We’ve also got vintage Third Eye Blind from their eponymous 1997 smash album, my very favorite Blink-182 song, a Blood Orange track I’ve had on repeat for weeks, plus a very tranquilizing tropical house remix of Porter Robinson’s ‘Divinity’ among beautiful, orchestral Alesso, ODESZA, Muse (who I’ll be seeing in Oakland on Saturday – concert review to come) and Bon Iver, who’s always lovely.

Enjoy:

‘Sunday Afternoon Delights’ Playlist – February 24, 2019

afternoon delight_anchormanSunday means something different to all of us. Some people wake up bright and early to get after it like any other day, some recognize their sabbath, some play or watch sports, and others take the opportunity to sleep in and relax before the week begins anew.

For me, Sunday is a a catch-22. I want to enjoy the end of my weekend, but I also need to get things done to set myself up for the upcoming week. I can’t fully relax, nor can I fully have fun, nor do I have enough work to treat it as any other day.

Some people refer to these trials as the ‘Sunday Scaries’ – in short, the anxiety that sets in when we realize the ephemeral weekend is slipping away from us and there’s nothing we can do about it. The seven stages of grief can be felt on any given Sunday.

As with any other trial or situation in life, there’s certainly music out there that might make it better, or at least complement it in a way that makes you think you’re meant to be doing whatever you’re doing in that moment. Hence this playlist.

It’s a tricky day for choosing music to play, because you want just enough low-key stuff to enjoy yourself and kick back to, but you also need more lively energy to power through whatever’s on your plate.

I’ve tried to encapsulate those competing themes into a 15-track playlist, which should run for roughly an hour – enough time for you to get a head start on whatever it is you should be doing right now instead of reading this. It’ll rotate every week to include some fitting new releases, but is certainly not limited to new music or one genre only. If variety is the spice of life, then music is the atmosphere of the restaurant of life, where one dines on the dish with the spices, which are variety… aaaand I’m lost in my own extended metaphor. Carry on.

The title of the playlist is an homage to this song by the Starland Vocal Band (1976) about a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon. I’ve included it as a bonus track for this week’s playlist. The original music video is worth the watch, though the song is perhaps best remembered by this scene in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004: my favorite film; don’t judge me).

Besides, ‘Sunday Afternoon Delights’ is a much nicer name than ‘Sunday Scaries’, don’t you think? Happy Sunday.