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Back home to San Francisco I go with a dazzling and spectacular new song from talented producer Blackbird Blackbird. From the get go, Young, which features beautiful vocals from SoCal artist Britt Warner, grips me in its vice with ethereal, pulsing, organic production. Young literally glows with a vibrancy and immaculate vitality that lives up to its youthful name. The incredible, engrossing release made its debut on Major Tendons, a mixtape curated by Poet/Writer Melissa Broder. Excuse me as I try to catch my breath from these sounds oscillating vigorously through the whole of my being.

On replay. Great if you want some energetic/uplifting beats. 


ゴーイング マイ ホーム (Going My Home) 2012; Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

One of the best Japanese television series that I’ve ever watched. Koreeda is known for his films, so I was a bit surprised to learn that he directed and wrote a television drama. Regardless, it’s a wonderful, slice of life story about aging, death and a good dose of absurdism and comedy is used to balance out the heavier themes. This is one of my favorite moments. You can watch it on http://www.gooddrama.net/japanese-drama/going-my-home 

(By the way, cinecstatic is my film blog ( a very lazy one). Check out some of the film stills for film recommendations).


Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Wave, is one of the most important and influential filmmakers to emerge over the past three decades. His sensuous, richly textured work, marked by elegantly staged long takes, largely static camera positions, and a radically elliptical approach to storytelling, is instantly recognizable in such widely acclaimed movies as Flowers of ShanghaiThe PuppetmasterCafé LumièreA City of SadnessDust in the Wind, and Flight of the Red Balloon.

Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Millenium Mambo was a sublime film.