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I’ve been in a writing standstill. Eh, handstill.

But I’ve figured out why. I’ve been in a music rut. I haven’t changed out my (OK, I might date myself now …) cd case in months, and (OK, I’m not totally against technology …) I haven’t updated my iPod in weeks (OK, I kind of hate iTunes). Finally, though, I’m starting to break out and perk up. JP got me the new Beastie Boys album last week, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. I know people say they hate it when an artist doesn’t try new stuff and stretch their musical talents. But how awesome is it when they stick to what they kick ass at and just kick ass!?

Also starting to catch up on my music podcasts. My go-to is the 538 Dance Department podcast, because I love the Dutch accent of the host and because I love house music. Anywho, caught a set by Eric Prydz that surprised me in a good way. I love when I’m not paying attention and then catch the late thought train, ‘I didn’t think I was much of a fan, but I really¬†like this.’

And so I’ll leave you with a new tune you can groove to … this one is from Santigold featuring the awesome Karen O, Go:

Last weekend we made our way to Miami. Caribbean Festival. Bob Marley Festival. Whatever you used to call it, it’s now the Nine Mile Music Festival. Despite the name change, the game is still the same: one love, reggae, Jah.

The main attraction is always seeing some of the Marleys on stage, and this year was no exception. Kymani Marley teamed up with a reggae upcoming star, Proteje, and then Stephen, Julian & Damien Marley joined forces on the stage to close it down. Amazing! But, I have to admit, I was really excited to see some of the unusual reggae festival players. Namely, Major Lazer and Thievery Corporation. Since it also happened to be the week of the Winter Music Conference in Miami, these turntable guys were in town and a nice addition to the 9 Mile lineup — for me, anyway ūüôā

Inner Circle

Kymani Marley

Stephen, Julian & Damien Marley

This made my Monday – She & Him’s upcoming release of Volume Two. ¬†There’s just something spectacular about syrupy/sunny pop music when it’s done well. ¬†Thank you M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel.

Here’s one of my fave songs from Volume One.

And, to jump genres, a new-to-me but not new Trina song that I heard during a spin class – and I love it. ¬†A good female rapper is hard to come by, fo’ sho’.

For some West Side (Cali)love, I discovered these guys last week: Local Natives.  Check them out at Maida Vale.

Speaking of Maida Vale studios, one of my fave DJ Sasha sets was recorded there. ¬†I only wish our radio programming was like BBC’s Radio 1.

Of course, the usual good stuff: fantastic family, a hunky hubbo, fabo friends.

But, I am also thankful for…MADONNA!¬† Steph & I conquered yet another Madonna concert in Miami, the Sticky & Sweet 2008 tour!!¬† Wooo-hooo!!¬† Really, who else puts on a show that includes everything from jump roping to violins.¬† And joining Madonna last night on stage were two very special guests – Timberland and Pharrell!¬† Oh, and her opening act, oldie but goodie, DJ Paul Oakenfold!¬†¬†Whew!¬† Only Madonna can¬†pack a stadium¬†on Thanksgiving¬†eve!!!¬†

Now, onto TURKEY!¬† Love this holiday!!¬† Do nothing but eat?¬† I’m in, way in.¬† And, I’m attempting my first apple pie this year.¬† It’s surely not winning any awards based on beauty, but…..we’ll see how it tastes ūüėȬ† Should be a fabulous low-key Thanksgiving this year at Mom K’s.¬†

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!! 


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