Category Archives:Mixed Tape

Playlist : Let It Go

Music has always been a stress relieving, meditative outlet for me. I usually find meanings in songs which I interpret in my own way. Often this shifts my perspective on life to that of something more purposeful and in the end, positive. If you’re a close friend of mine, you’ll know I get really into certain songs and listen to them on repeat because it’s sort of meditative in a way.

Naturally, I enjoy seeing artists perform live. My favorite concerts are small performance venues as they are much more intimate and moving. I recently saw Jose Gonzalez at the Cedar Cultural Center. I had never been there before but know many that would say this is their favorite venue in Minneapolis. It was an exceptional concert in a great space. I could even feel the vibe of the crowd – mellow and so appreciative of good music.

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Below is a playlist I have been working on the past few months. It’s a great mix of songs that I have found a personal connection to and have helped serve as an outlet to release whatever I need to let go.

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Image from The Every Girl

♫ Music curated by Sara Chars.

Scott Patt : Bigger. Smaller. Funnier.

While exploring the shops on Mississippi Ave in Portland earlier this week, I was in Reading Frenzy (awesome artist zines, cool prints and small edition works) and picked up a copy of Stay Wild, a new quarterly print and digital free adventure magazine.

Inside the Summer 2014 issue of Stay Wild is an article on artist Scott Patt and his project Bigger. Smaller. Funnier. The project is a painting per day for 365 days focusing on life, thoughts, connections, etc. and explores how even so much as what day of the week it is influences the process and how he feels. Patt says he has always been someone who has been “driven by the epic quest” and that really forces him into ‘doing.’

What I love about each painting is not only the aesthetic of the simple, solid, bright colors and painterly texture but also the minimalist feel and messages that are relevant to almost everyone yet in their own unique and personal way. Each painting is also sold in limited print editions of 100.

Watch the video below to hear Patt’s words on the project.

Bigger. Smaller. Funnier. by Scott Patt from KINGSPØKE on Vimeo.

Content selected by Sara Chars.

Mixtape : Yoga Playlist

Yoga has been a huge part of my life for the past few years. It has been especially helpful during the winter months when my body is stiff, shoulders tight and I can’t do my regular outdoor activities due to the weather. The thing I like most about yoga is that it can be whatever you make it. From yin yoga where you hold poses for extended periods of time (which can be very meditative and great to stretch out your muscles) to an intensive sculpt yoga workout, you can pick what works for you and your body. I personally like something in between like a vinyasa yoga where the beginning and end are slower and the middle picks up pace so you break a sweat a little.

Music during yoga is a huge element dictating the mood. It definitely varies with the type of yoga you are doing. This hour long yoga playlist is geared toward a meditative flow, ending with a beautiful melodic song during the final shavasana. I hope you enjoy and I’m always looking for new music so please feel free to share your favorites :]

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01 Honey Honey | Feist
02 Retrograde | James Blake
03 Fyah Fyah | Selah Sue
04 Coffee | Sylvan Esso
05 Billie Holiday | War Paint
06 Cocoa Hooves | Glass Animals
07 Beach Baby | Bon Iver
08 Mothers | S. Carey
09 Eyesdown | Bonobo ft. Andreya Triana
10 Warm Water | Banks
11 Northern Wind | City & Color
12 Verse | Rhye
13 Flume | Bon Iver
14 Hold On | East Forest

♫ Listen here.

Photo from Modern Hepburn Tumblr.

Content curated by Sara Chars.

Mixtape: Summer Road Trip

It’s essential to have a great playlist while in the car, especially on long road trips where crossing state lines means fuzzy, unreliable radio stations and nothing prepared can leave you and your friends at a scramble. Here’s a playlist to kick off summer road trips! Because good music is a must.

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01 Gold | Chet Faker
02 Sunrise | Yeasayer
03 Life Round Here | James Blake
04 Fever | Black Keys
05 Bloodstyle | Caroline Smith
06 Atomic Man | Portugal. The Man
07 Open | Rhye
08 The Wheel | SOHN
09 The Ghost Inside | Broken Bells
10 Riptide | Vance Joy
11 Lucky I got What I Want | Jungle
12 Love Lost | The Temper Trap
13 Tiff | Polica ft. Justin Vernon
14 Club of Rome | The Cads
15 Ghostwriter | RJD2
16 Taro | alt-J
17 1957 | Milo Greene
18 Dark Star | Polica
19 Night On The Sun | Modest Mouse
20 40 Day Dream | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
21 MoneyGrabber | Fitz and The Tantrums
22 I Turn My Camera On | Spoon

♫ LISTEN here.

Content curated by Sara Chars.