As festival season approaches and an endless stream of new music is hitting the airwaves, we have our ears wide open for this year’s best summer jams. And when we say summer jams we really just mean songs we can’t get enough of – that, sadly, does not include anything by Fun.
1. You may recognize Frazey Ford from The Be Good Tanyas. Her latest solo album, Indian Ocean, is on repeat these days, and her break-up anthem Done is a real highlight. How sassy is that video? 2. Oh, Florence. She’s done it again with her new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Ship to Wreck is the first single, and yep – it’s on repeat too. 3. If you don’t know Alabama Shakes then you, dear friend, are missing out. We first fell in love in 2012 with the release of their debut album, Boys & Girls. Their performance at Sasquatch Music Festival that year was one for the books, and we can’t wait to see them live at Squamish Valley Music Festival when they tour their new album, Sound & Color. The title track is a beauty. 4. Leave it to Dan Auerbach to make beautiful music with as many musicians as possible. While he’ll be in town with the Black Keys in just a few short weeks (!!!) he’s just announced a new album with The Arcs. We’re digging this tune, Stay in My Corner.
What your favourite summer jams?
It’s hot. Here are four cool ways to feel the heat.
1. Are you human? Then you know that swimsuit shopping sucks. Vancouver-based Nettle’s Tale gets that, and we love what they stand for – empowering women to not just accept themselves, but sincerely love themselves. They do it with locally made, thoughtfully designed swimsuits for women from all walks of life. 2. We like the idea of a tattoo, but we have commitment issues. Tattly offers awesome temporary tattoos that range from fun and quirky to powerful and beautiful. We love their recent collaboration with the lovelies that are Rifle Paper Co. You might just see us sporting some new ink this summer. 3. Three words: awesome festival hair. 4. These days we’re all about Lykke Li’s latest album, Never Learn. We can’t wait to see her perform at Squamish Valley Music Festival (where we’ll be rockin’ our awesome festival hair).
Did you know there’s a popsicle store on Fisgard Sreet? We didn’t either! You can imagine our shock and dismay (immediately followed by delight) when we discovered the hidden gem that is, today, Kid Sister. For three summer seasons, Fruition Paletas has been serving up homemade fruit popsicles (or, paletas) from its tiny, inconspicuous storefront tucked between Blanshard and Quadra. They’re back this summer as the newly re-branded Kid Sister – and they’re serving more than just popsicles. The cool cold treat shop offers ice cream, ice cream pies, milkshakes, sundaes, floats and soda. Best of all, each tasty delight is made in-house.
We have to admit – our crush on Kid Sister started long before we sampled their goods. The brand caught our attention online, and we knew we had to check out the space. Even if you hate ice cream (who hates ice cream?!?) the storefront is worth a visit for the design alone. From the outdoor mural to the sleek black and white subway tiles inside, Kid Sister is cool from head to toe. The amazing branding was done by local company Talkie, and while it may be what got us through the door, it’s the delicious desserts that will keep us coming back (again, and again).
Find Kid Sister at 837 Fisgard St., Victoria BC.
Whether we’re heading for Waikiki or Witty’s Lagoon there are 3 things we won’t leave home without: sunscreen, more sunscreen, and a good book. Picking a decent beach read is hard to do. It has to be captivating enough to keep the pages turning, but not so challenging that it makes your beach day feel like work. Because we don’t mind doing the heavy lifting, we’ve taken the liberty of picking 5 top-notch beach books for your reading pleasure.
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender Is the Night is set on the French Riviera during the roaring 1920’s, the perfect scenery for a summer beach read. Beautifully written, the dramatic romance is played out by a myriad of interesting characters including a young actress and an older, married psychiatrist.
2. Another product of the Lost Generation, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises follows a motley crew of expatriates through Spain, from bull fights to bar fights and of course through all the romance in between. The hot Spanish scenes and endless adventure make it the ideal book for poolside entertainment.
3. With a title like Prodigal Summer, how can Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling book not make the list? A celebration of wilderness and the many quirks and layers of the human spirit, Prodigal Summer is the story of three separate people connected through nature and history. Raw and captivating, it’s sure to keep you busy while you achieve that summer glow.
4. You’ve seen the movie again and again. There’s something endearing about pathetic John Cusack and his floppy mop of hair. Behind every great Nick Hornby movie there’s an even better Nick Hornby book. High Fidelity is simple, funny, and refreshing – the perfect recipe for a good beach book.
5. Divisadero is exciting and heartwrenching. It’s romantic and painful, dark and beautiful. It’s one of Michael Ondaatje’s best reads, and one we will return to again and again. The story traces the lives of two sisters, their heartbroken father, and the boy who made his way into their family through love and tragedy. Read this tear-jerker behind sunglasses.
With half the city packing up their denim cutoffs for Sasquatch this week we’ve got festivals on the mind. We’re missing out on the Washington, USA music fest this year (tragic, we know) but we snagged tickets to something that we’ll go right ahead and call the Sasquatch of the North. Squamish Valley Music Festival runs August 8th, 9th, and 10th and features some of this summer’s hottest bands, like Divine Fits, The Heavy, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Childish Gambino.
With over 50 acts playing the 3-day festival there’s a lot to be excited about. We’ve picked our top 2:
Rap sensations Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis will be blowing up the valley on August 9th. We first fell for these lads at Victoria’s own Rifflandia Festival in 2012. They had the crowd jumping to the popular single Thrift Shop, but we think Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton is even better.
The Heist is available now on iTunes.
The last time we saw Vampire Weekend was at Sasquatch 2010 when they were touring their second album Contra. To this day it remains one of our all time favourite live performances. We’re beyond excited to be catching them on the Squamish stage. Check out Ya Hey from their brand new album Modern Vampires of the City (currently on repeat).
Modern Vampires of the City is available now on iTunes.
Find tickets to Squamish Valley Music Festival here.