Music x Style: Adia Victoria is Just So Brilliant & Cool

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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Slim tee, 320 CAD / H M long jacket, 37 CAD / Dondup white shorts, 160 CAD / Buckle shoes, 39 CAD

 

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Music x Style: Jessica Rylan in Pink Noises

I recently just finished reading Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound by Tara Rodgers. I’m not super-into electronic music, but I love reading music writing and journalism by women.

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Above: image found here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Playlist: Breastfeeding Jams

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

  1. Gibraltar by Beirut
  2. I’ll Be With You by Flora Cash
  3. Dimming Lights by Tennis
  4. Juicy by Radiation City
  5. Nobody Knows by Misun
  6. 10,000 Emerald Pools by BØRNS
  7. Darling, Save Us by Pure Bathing Culture
  8. Garden by HINDS
  9. Strangest Things by William Alexander
  10. IDK How by Angelic Milk
  11. Gunsmoke by Ancient Warfare
  12. Ultimate Painting by Ultimate Painting
  13. Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich & Famous by Walter Martin
  14. Sailor Moon by PEACH KELLI POP

 

Music x Style: Santigold’s “Chasing Shadows”

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Santigold’s video for “Chasing Shadows” (single off her new album, 99 cents) is totally the life I want. A stylish lady, all alone, doing what she wants.

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Above–this totally makes me want to go to the corner store seule just for some orange juice.

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Above: Hanging out in a dollhouse whilst wearing a killer pink dress and a huge rock on my finger that I bought for myself? Yes plz.

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Above: Yea maybe this is a weird fantasy, but you know what, I just read Kate Bolick’s Spinster and I’m feeling it.

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Watch this awesome video/hear this amazing song here.

New Chairlift Music Video: Orange You Glad To See Armpit Hair?

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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!

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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.

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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:

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Above: Adeam Spring 2015

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Above: Maryam Nassir Zadeh Spring 2015. Note–who knew that you could pair a bold orange with a twinset in a light slate grey colour and it would look great?

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016

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Above: Sophie Theallet Resort 2016

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Above: Temperley London Resort 2016

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Above: Stella McCartney Resort 2016

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