Man, somedays I just really miss Seattle. It’ll hit me at weird times, but I guess it’s good to get the little twinge every once in a while. Just a constant reminder of all the positive that continues to come out of that little nook of the world. Last week I got inspired and made a whole list of songs and rappers that reminded me of the Emerald City. “The Northwest fill my lungs, heals the pain in my chest.”
Yes, Childish Gambino’s original version should not be ignored, but check out this rendition of “Redbone” by Holocene. Not too bad, I’d say. Stay woke, gente.
Well, lookey here, I’m on time! Hanging in frigid Madrid at the moment, not a lick of snow in the entire country. This may be my latest opening day to start, but I’m holding out hope for one heck of a late season push. In the mean time I have been reminiscing about snowier days, and the tracks that remind me of them. While this Grieves song doesn’t exactly remind me of snow, it does remind me of rainy Seattle days that were surely dumping the goods up in the Cascades. B Ez, mi gente.
Okay, a bit of a guilty pleasure track, but I think you might just dig it too. B EZ, gente.
Winter is kicking into gear and planning has pretty much shifted toward how the heck I’m going to get more snow time this year, but I’ve been pretty pumped on some of my off-snow projects this year.
For one, I’ve been lucky to team up with REI’s Co-op Journal and their new travel guide initiative. Along with outdoors and travel gear, the company is trying to become a resource for everything travel, including information on locations around the world. Luckily, I’ve washed up in a few of those locations and know a thing or two. Even luckier, REI tapped me to share my knowledge to a whole new group of folks.
So, if you’re looking to head somewhere new anytime soon and don’t want to read any of my jumbled emails, follow along for some pretty well-organized travel guides to some pretty cool places.
First up, Portugal.
A different feel for your Tuesday, and hopefully a nice boost to the weekly playlist. Back to the U.S. next week with plenty of Spanish Christmas cheer in between!
Christmas season is upon us and I have been slowly watching as the woods fill up with snow around the world. Waiting patiently for my chance to join the downhill frolicking, but for now I’ve got my nose to the grindstone. Thanks to The Bamboos for keeping me (and all of us) moving in the right direction this week. Yew!
Slippin’ but not trippin’. Here’s a Tuesday Tune to get you stepping correct this week. Respect your elders, gente.
Tuesday and time to tune out! This is my last post of my 20s. Woah. What a ride it’s been. Now let’s get on with it. Much love, gente.
Something about songs with women’s names in the title (“Lola,” “Layla,” “Angie,” the list goes on) that helps remind us that women helped win back the House last night. Let’s hear it for the ladies, and for this jam, titled “Mariah.”
No, not me, silly—that’s in two weeks. Tuesday Tunes hits the milestone a little early, with my version of a Halloween song. Listening to “Monotonia” by The Growlers makes me feel like I’m walking into one of those black and white, grainy hipster video edits at a SoCal biker bar turned hipster hangout. You know the feeling? Yeah, I thought so. Trick and treat, mi gente.
Hello world, we are coming in with a total request live from good friend and goal sniper Peter Rosoff all the way from Boston, Massachusetts. He and I have always had a thing for creative hip hop and it’s great to see that he’s still carrying the torch. Thanks for the rec, duder. And shoutout to mid-calves and flip-flops. Now sit back and enjoy, gente.
For this that need to tune in and get to work, here’s a particular jam that has done the trick for me this week. Hope it finds you well. Vamos, gente.
Tuesday. Tunes. Earholes.
Let’s keep the Tune Train rolling with another Tuesday jam built for your earholes. My feet are back on the ground here in Spain, splitting time between Bilbao and Madrid. With no more school in sight, it’s time to get going on some projects. Who wants in?
Another Tues, another tune. As life’s flux capacitor throws me to and fro between North America and Europe, I am once again headspinning and in need of some music to cool things down. Hope this classic Frank Ocean rework does the trick.
Woah! I disappeared! I’m sorry, I’m sorry. After a month of travel to the Americas, it’s time to get back on this musical pony. Let’s start things off with Blood Oranges and never look back. What do ya say, gente?
Living Thursday like its Tuesday, here is a jam and a video courtesy of weird music connoisseur Drew Tabke. Thanks for this one, duder. Enjoy, gente.
Okay, I haven't been overly psyched on the trap movement nor have I been overly impressed by new, mainstream Spanish music, but I think I may have met my match. Combining trap with flamenco in one of the most interesting tracks I've heard in 2018, Rosalía dropped, "Malamente," with a killer music video.
Mixing in so many subtle cultural elements, from the flamenco clap and gypsy influence, to the moto-matador battle, to the capirote-d skater (the cap used for traditional Easter celebrations that might resonate a little different with us Westerners) this video shows a grittier Spain that what we get from the reggaeton/pop world. Spain is a very dynamic peninsula, and Rosalía gives us a chunk to chew on. Disfruta, gente.
I recently started working with REI's blog on a series of bike projects, including one about friend and adaptive downhill mountain biker Lindsey Runkel. I know a blog might not seem like a cradle of good writing, but REI has done an incredible job investing in its storytelling, from editors, to writers to story content. Needless to say, I'm excited to work with these guys and see where we can go from here.
If you have a second to check out Runkel's incredible journey, take a look. Thanks!