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Brooklyn Mix

August 8th, 2015 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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After years of dreaming about it, two weeks ago, I finally made the move to Brooklyn. Every day I wakeup and walk outside here, and I think, “Yes. I made it.” And I think my living here finally has led me to better understand the music of Brooklyn. So I put together a little mix with just nine of the amazing bands that this borough can proudly claim as its own.

There is kind of an overarching Brooklyn sound. It’s tattooed and bearded. Fearlessly experimental. Almost sunbaked and windswept. And the musicians are incredible, but smart and talented enough not to fall into cliched patterns or sound overly ‘professional’.

Political Playlist

July 3rd, 2015 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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A while ago, someone asked me if serving in the Israeli army radicalized me. I said that, if anything, it de-radicalized me, because I saw how ideas we have about sides being ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are largely constructs that help average people just digest what comes to perceived as ‘the story’. In reality, a situation like the Arab-Israeli conflict is so insanely complex. What we see as ‘sides’ of the conflict are each made up of millions of individuals, each with their own different ideas, goals and behaviours. Things aren’t so black and white.

However, living in New York over the last year and now Washington, D.C. for the summer, has made me a lot more political, perhaps even a little radical. Both are such vibrant, intellectually stimulating environments where people of all walks of life converge and battle out how the world should work via work, debate, etc. And what I learned in the IDF applies to a certain extent here as well: everyone is different and things aren’t black and white. Those on the left or the right, Democrat or Republican, can be good, bad, right, wrong, kind-hearted or seemingly downright evil (though perhaps there are certain trends…).

I thought a political mix or playlist would be appropriate. The bands included are from USA, Canada and the UK, and their songs cover a range of subjects, from racism and sexism to deregulation and urban sprawl. If you like a song, please do look into the lyrics.

Washington, D.C. Is Our City Mix

May 20th, 2015 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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Admittedly, Washington, D.C. is not my city. I will, however, be living there for the summer while performing a legal internship at a non-profit, so I’ll be doing my best to make it my city for that period of time.

Obviously D.C. has a legendary music scene – perhaps not as legendary these days as it once was, but whatever – and I’m really excited to dive right into it.  I made a little mix of some of my favourite bands from the D.C. scene. Yes, half of it is comprised of Ian MacKaye bands. Because #IanMacKayeIsMyHero

Laters, NYC (on May 31st…but just until August…).

Songs For Snowy Days & Nights

January 27th, 2015 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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Here in New York, our ‘historic’ blizzard turned out to be a historic dud. There’s a bit of snow outside, but nothing worse than the average winter day in Toronto. But in any case, I put together a little mix for the occasion. It is almost entirely songs by Canadian bands (the one exception is from Scotland). Cuz snow is kind of our thing, y’know.

Back To The Trees Mix

November 26th, 2014 | The Mix | 0 Comments

Sometimes, living in New York, I miss forests and mountains and greenery. Here are some songs (that aren’t too new agey or hippie or anything) that remind me of the natural world.