Si tu Disais

Calexico in concert
Calexico in concert

It’s hard to be a responsible adult! You know, to have to say “no” to going out every night in order to make the rent. But before I came to this rather timely realization, I bought myself a Calexico concert ticket for a show in September.

Fine, laugh, I don’t care. I really love this band of middle-aged dudes from Tucson. I was introduced to them by Doug, one of my friends from El Con, last summer when we did some applied anthropology on the US-Mexico border at Agua Prieta, Sonora. He explained to me that this music embodies the border so perfectly. And as time progressed, I found that it did. Fit it to a T. It was amazing. I even used several of their songs for an ethnographic film I put together afterward.

Anyway, I’ve been going through a Dandy Warhols phase lately. Well, them and Mexican Institute of Sound. But the last few days, I’ve been chilling to Calexico tunes.

Today, I listened to this one song–“Si Tu Disais”–on repeat. All day. I’m still listening to it. It was one of those songs that I started out not liking, and now really love. I decided to look up the lyrics so I could change my gchat status, and then it all came together. The lyrics…they completely resonate.

I love it when music does that.

Even if it is country-ish music and I normally loathe the stuff.

Read the lyrics behind the cut:

If you said let’s go
if you said i’m sick of this place
i would listen to you
i wouldn’t hesitate
and whether it’s for a town
a godforsaken place
it wouldn’t bother me
i’d be ready as if
i was waiting
if you said up to now
we’ve gotten by with the blues
i would agree
i would answer that it’s true
every wall, every crack
i am sick and tired of this place
if you said only this
i’d be ready as if
i was waiting
if you said let’s go
if you said it was time
i would listen to you
i’ve been ready for a while
but you never say
you never decide
never think of what we could do
i don’t know why you’re still here Continue reading Si tu Disais

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I’m a Dirrrty Girl!

Dirty Girl Gum
Dirty Girl Gum

Heh. My loverly colleage Julie just gave me a pack of “fresh and flirty” Dirty Girl gum.

Is she trying to tell me something?

Buy it here.

Oh yeah, and I just discovered that Jeffrey Campbell has, like, amazing taste in music. Check out this playlist!

Five things I kind of love…

White Mocha Freeze from Dutch Bros.
White Mocha Freeze from Dutch Bros.

1. I am obsessed with coffee. That’s no secret. I will devour it, and take no prisoners! There is a Dutch Brothers that is [almost] on my way to work. So of course it goes without saying that I stop there most days, and the baristas all know me, etc., etc. Since it’s been getting pretty warm, I’ve been celebrating with their Dutch Freezes.

One thing that I love about this place–beside the fact that it’s local–is that you can perfectly customize any drink. They have about a billion sugar-free syrups that taste awesome (not gross and saccharine). Want your Freeze to be nonfat? Okay! Sugarfree? Even better! They also do smoothies and a rendition of an Italian soda with Red Bull that will give you jitters!

My drink du jour? A triple blended White Mocha. Mmm! They add an extra shot for extra goodness. Also noteworthy freezes include the Milky Way (caramel mocha) and 9-1-1 (get it large…it’s got SIX espresso shots!!).

Oh, and this place is ridiculously cheap! However, Starbucks is rivaling now with the Iced Doubleshot with Energy for a relatively low price. Except they don’t do punch cards!

Glee Gum and the Chocolate Traveler
Glee Gum and the Chocolate Traveler

2. Waiting in line at the grocery store is dangerous territory.

Last night, I went to Trader Joe’s for some last-minute shopping. They have all sorts of awesome stuff (including a freakishly great wine selection) from green curry to frozen orange soycream. So I suppose it goes without saying that instead of M&Ms, Orbit gum, and nail clippers at the checkstand, Trader Joe’s opts for passionfruit fruit leathers, soy granola bars, and organic lollipops.

And the flashy packaging! I can’t handle it! Once I saw the vintage-inspired packaging of the Glee Gum, it was all downhill from there. Now, I’ve tried the natural gums from health-food stores, and it tasted like someone was trying to punish you for having an oral fixation. This stuff actually tastes good! And it’s apparently made with rainforest chicle!

Oh, oh, oh! And they also know that I love chocolate. What’s that? Something in an Altoids-esque tin called “The Chocolate Traveler”? Were we made for one another or something? These are bittersweet chocolate wedges so I can get my cocoa fix on the go. In a really cool tin. Yeah!

3. Mexican Institute of Sound

‘Nuff said?

Okay, so it started with Mexico City resident Camilo Lara. And it’s Spanish electronica infused with old movie lines and a little bit of rap. It’s really awesome ambient chill-out music, and I recommend it to everyone.

Check out the site and some tunes here!

4. Switchflops?!

Switchflops
Switchflops

Is it totally impractical for you to get 10 new pairs of flip-flops this summer to match every one of your outfits? Or does your style change as often as your mood?

Switchflops has it covered!

Begin with a few different styles of flip-flop sandal bases…and only expand from there.

The secret? The thong straps are made with Velcro! Yup! That means that with tons of strap options, the combinations can be endless, and you can surprise your friends all year with constantly changing shoes!

They’re all super-cute and work for any occasion, and come in lots of feminine styles, many of them with adorable details over the toe!

Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords
Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords

5. Flight of the Conchords.

Mention Bret or Jemaine, and my heart goes pitter-patter.

This duo is toted as New Zealand’s fourth most popular comedy band. They’ve also got one hilarious show on HBO about their trials and tribulations of trying to be a successful band in New York.

Once you watch the show a few times, you’ll also be singing along to the absurdly funny lyrics to songs like “Beautiful Girl,” “Hiphopopotomus vs. Rhymenocerous,” and “Business Time.”

Ahh! I can’t wait until the next season!