YOGI // music mix 07
Quick, and a little sad, humble brag: I've practiced yoga the last two mornings by myself. For about fifteen minutes apiece. Yeah!

This has been on my list for a while. I've taken yoga classes on and off for the past four years, but somehow the idea that this was something to practice never quite took hold.

After reading Court's lovely sun salutation series it finally clicked: I didn't have to take more yoga classes. I needed to do more yoga. Cue face-palm.

I, of course, immediately had to put together a soundtrack for these early-morning sessions, and some of these songs ended up inspiring my latest series. I'll be sharing more of those later in the week -- but a snippet of one of them is the album cover, above. :)

Listen via 8tracks.

01. TIME TO PRETEND // mgmt
02. DISSOLVE ME // alt-j
03. THE MUMMER'S DANCE // loreena mckennitt
04. ORINOCO FLOW // enya
05. MAPS // yeah yeah yeahs
06. TEARDROP // massive attack
08. ONE HEAVY FEBRUARY // architecture in helsinki

xo Diana
CHANGE & FRENZY // music mix 06

I've been itching for a change lately -- in my art, in my music and books, in my environment. Maybe it's our ongoing apartment hunt (so miserable -- cannot wait for it to be done!), but I've just been feeling ready for something completely new.

Fortunately, a couple of fantastic bloggers have been feeding my need for new music, especially Breanna Rose and Dani -- thanks for the great recommendations!

Listen via 8tracks.

01. LITTLE GAMES // the colourist
02. SHORT STRAIGHT BANGS // a, b, & the sea
03. MOWGLI'S ROAD // marina & the diamonds
04. WILD // royal teeth
05. FROM BLOWN SPEAKERS // the new pornographers
06. YOU CAN'T HOLD THE HAND OF A ROCK & ROLL MAN // okkervil river
07. ALL OF ME // tanlines
08. THE UNDERDOG // spoon

xo Diana
UPBEAT SONGS // music mix 05
S and I just got back to California on Sunday and are still fighting through some hardcore jetlag. :( The trip was amazing (I'll post pictures soon!), but right now I definitely need some caffeine and upbeat music to keep me awake.

This is a just-for-fun mix that always cheers me up and gets me dancing. I like to listen to it while jogging -- and I would recommend it as a running mix, but I suspect it will only work for really slow runners like me. :)

Speaking of running, I've found this app to be a super helpful and fun way of getting myself to actually go jogging more! (Thanks to Lark & Linen for suggesting it!)

Listen via 8tracks here.

01. SEND ME ON MY WAY // rusted root
02. BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN // colbie caillat
03. LOVE TODAY // mika
04. I'LL BE WAITING // adele
05. WHATEVER YOU LIKE // anya marina
06. BEAUTY IN THE WORLD // macy gray
08. STRIP ME // natasha bedingfield
09. I WANT YOU BACK // jackson five
10. GET BUSY LIVING // goldfish, featuring emily bruce

xo Diana
THE BEST OF BOLLYWOOD // music mix 04

I hope everyone had a good weekend! Things are a little crazy around here, since S and I leave for India in a week -- we'll be there for two weeks visiting family and friends.

This week I want to share some of my favorite Indian things this week -- beginning with a fun Bollywood soundtrack! In India, the most popular music tends to come directly from Bollywood movies, so it is definitely worth watching some of the music videos as well.

Listen to the entire music mix on 8tracks or read through to check out the music videos!

01. OOH LA LA // the dirty picture
A fun dance song with a pretty risque video for Bollywood (check out the dancing), but the movie is significant because it's considered the first Bollywood blockbuster to be carried by a lead actress!

02. CHAMMAK CHALLO // ra-one
I haven't seen this movie (and the video's a bit weird -- what's up with all the white backup dancers?), but the important thing to focus on is that Akon sings the song.

03. BEEDI // omkara
A beedi is a hand-rolled cigarette and the song is basically an epic dance party, but the movie deals with much bigger themes -- it's based on Othello.

04. BEDARI RAJA // delhi belly
I kind of need to fan-girl here a bit, because the after on the left is loosely related to my husband's family (!). Check out the video.

05. HAR SAANS MEIN // mujhse fraaandship karoge
A love song (with a cutesy music video) that actually has roots in the qawwali tradition of Sufi devotional songs. See one of the best known qawwali singers, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, here.

06. RANG DE BASANTI // rang de basanti
The movie deals with heavy political themes (it centers around a group of youths who fight against government corruption), but its songs are very joyous -- this is fun bhangra-style dance song.

07. SAY NA SAY NA // bluffmaster
Proof of my lowering Savil's Bollywood standards -- this is a silly love song from a masala movie, and I completely love it.

08. BHAAG D.K. BOSE // delhi belly
Apparently if you say the song title fast, you say a rude insult in Hindi that S has declined to translate for me. :) This song is more punk than the others -- check out the actors rocking out.

09. UDD UDD DABAANG // dabangg
Maybe not the highest quality movie, song, or music video, but S and I get such a kick out of it -- we actually featured this song in our wedding ceremony!

10. ROOBAROO // rang de basanti
Another song from Rang de Basanti -- in particular this one always seems very epic and carpe diem.

I hope you enjoy the mix! Tons of thanks to S for (a) introducing me to the music, (b) helping me say something intelligent about it, and (c) basically being awesome!

xo Diana
HAPPY WEEKEND // new music love

This past weekend, S and I were able to make it up to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass for the first time. The music festival is held in Golden Gate Park and is absolutely wonderful. We got to hear some favorites (Gogol Bordello, Trampled by Turtles!) and meet up with some friends in the park.

Since we could only go on Sunday, I'm working my way through the rest of the festival schedule, looking for new music, and I found an absolute gem: First Aid Kit, a band formed of two Swedish sisters. I cannot stop listening to their song Emmylou. So good!

I hope everyone has a good weekend!

xo Diana

This is a collection of songs I've been listening to while painting -- they are pretty eclectic, but I think all of them have a sort of bittersweet vibe that somehow makes me feel more creative.

Listen via 8tracks:

01. IF I DIE YOUNG | the band perry
02. THE CHAIN | fleetwood mac
04. CAROLINA | ben gibbard & andrew kenny
05. YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE | crooked fingers
06. CATS IN THE CRADLE | harry chapin
08. IN TOO DEEP | goldfish
09. SULTANS OF SWING | dire straits

xo Diana

P.S. Listen to the previous playlist here and here!
Following on the heels of my last dad-inspired mix is this one from my brother, who's introduced me to all of these artists. New music: one of the perks of having a younger sibling in college?

Listen via 8tracks:

01. LOUD PIPES | ratatat
02. ROYALS | lorde
03. DISORGANIZED FUN | ronald jenkees
05. FINESHRINE | purity ring
06. MIRANDO | ratatat
08. LAZULI | beach house
09. MIDNIGHT LIFE | the white panda

xo Diana

P.S. Listen to the previous playlist here!
Over the summer, I got to spend a lot of time with my parents and brother, which is always an excellent opportunity to hear and share new music. This mix is inspired by a long car ride with my dad and track 02 is directly from my brother -- thanks Max!

Listen via 8tracks:

01. HO HEY | the lumineers
02. WAIT SO LONG | trampled by turtles
03. CALIFORNIA STARS | billy bragg & wilco
04. SOME NIGHTS | fun.
05. THE CAVE | mumford & sons
06. CALICO PIE | natalie merchant
07. LEAVES FALL | nickel creek
08. THE CAPTAIN & THE HOURGLASS | laura marling
09. WAGON WHEEL | old crow medicine show

xo Diana

P.S. I designed the album cover using these sarcastic directions -- did I get it right? :)