I was super excited to see Adia Victoria perform at The Cobalt last weekend here in Vancouver. I’ve been hooked on her music since I heard Stuck In the South. Her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, is easily in my top five albums of 2016 so far.
Adia Victoria is more than just a very talented musician and performer. She is an activist (check out her Facebook), and dedicated the song in her set “Howlin’ Shame” to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
“You are American, but you are also black and your inner life is not often reflected in society because you’re extremely stereotyped and you’re put in this very small box—especially as a black woman. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to get into music. I remember how important it was for me to see other black woman making art, to know that was a possibility for me. I want to make art so I can potentially reach other black girls who are not Beyoncé, girls who don’t see themselves in Rihanna—not that there’s anything wrong with these women.”
Adia Victoria in an interview with Live Nation TV here
She wore all white, both before she got on stage (she was milling about the crowd) and while performing. I just had to do a take on her outfits. I myself have already purchased a long white shirt/dress like the one she wore during the performance because she looked so cool and amazing.
The book was composed of interviews split into six different sections including “Nature and Synthetics” and “Alone/Together”. I thought it was excellent, and though I was not familiar with most of the musicians interviewed, I was fascinated by their creative process and interaction with their craft. Definitely a must-read for any creative.
Fashion-wise, I was totally inspired by the simple photograph of Jessica Rylan on the cover. Rylan is an artist and performer, and invents her own electronic music instruments–doesn’t get much cooler than that.
The photograph on the cover is taken from the same performance as the one above, and I just thought she looked so cool. I love what appears to be a super-dark purple tweed flecked with colour, and rose blouse. The silver chain bracelet is simple (no doubt to not interfere with her performance) but just enough to make an impression. Here is a super-simple riff on her outfit below.
As I mentioned last month, I’m back on the 8tracks making mix tapes. Since 8tracks doesn’t let you post all the tracks in the playlist (due to music pirating paranoia, I assume), I’ll be posting my playlists here as well complete with a track list. Woohoo!
My first new mix is Breastfeeding Jams, which I made for my sister, Husky Jane. She recently became a mama, and was a bit sad because, you know, it’s hard having a brand new baby for the first time. I offered to make her a mix tape to cheer her up, and she accepted. I pondered ways to get her the music, and thought why not revive my old 8tracks account? So there you have it.
Breastfeeding Jams Track List
Gibraltar by Beirut
I’ll Be With You by Flora Cash
Dimming Lights by Tennis
Juicy by Radiation City
Nobody Knows by Misun
10,000 Emerald Pools by BØRNS
Darling, Save Us by Pure Bathing Culture
Garden by HINDS
Strangest Things by William Alexander
IDK How by Angelic Milk
Gunsmoke by Ancient Warfare
Ultimate Painting by Ultimate Painting
Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich & Famous by Walter Martin
I was watching the newest Chairlift music video for “Ch-Ching” and I noticed something–other than a great song and a fantastic billowy orange outfit, lead singer Caroline Polachek was sporting armpit hair!
What women choose to do with their body hair is totally up to them. This sighting seemed to be worth mentioning as its good to see Polachek was able to do what she wanted, despite most music labels wanting to turn out glossy, mainstream pop stars. Its simply a little bit of defiance that was noted and appreciated.
Recommended Reading: blogger and photographer Liz Morrow of Delightfully Tacky recently did an excellent personal essay on growing out her body hair. Read it here.
And now just some fun orange looks that would have been at home in this music video if she did an outfit change: