I have gathered for you what I’ve been listening to on repeat since September as begun. Some of those songs, I know I’ll get tired of in the next few days, some are here to stay. You’ll find classics, a multitude of genres and a few jazz songs that I’m obsessed with. I want to release a jazz/folk EP this year, so I’m on the hunt for amazing standards to sing and musicians. I wanted to add Purple Rain on the playlist, as I’ve been listening to this masterpiece on repeat, but it ain’t available. I hope you enjoy!

Treh LaMonte – #onrepeatbigtime
Bon Iver – #unexpected
Gabrielle Shonk – #finallyreleasedthebestsingleever #proudfriend
Celine Dion – #sawherlivethissummer #mindblowing
Les B.B – #trowback #firstlove
Sylvan Esso – #newmusic #yay
Frank Ocean – #lovehisvoice

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Flying to EC

As people are about to return to the river, my heart weeps because I won’t. Having experienced what Eaux Claires is all about, I can’t believe I won’t be one of the beating heart standing in the field.

Last year, my brain exploded and I bough plane tickets, festival passes and waited for July to come. The first edition’s lineup of the Eaux Claires Festival was cray cray and not only was it the best decision e-ver to go to Wisconsin, but I am also extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to live the best festival experience of my life.

Art installations, pop up shops, merchandise and site made the experience incredible. I wanted to see so many artists but due to a combination of heat (we are talking about 2 Quebecers standing in a field with let’s say… a limited amount of available shade spots  at 37C, full on humidity, no wind on the first day, at the bed river level) and social anxiety, we didn’t get to see all of them. We managed to see The Staves, Elliott Moss, Phil Cook, S.Carey and the jazz ensemble, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver. What is there to say : it was perfect. Can you believe that this year’s Bon Iver set will only be new music. UGHHHHH! I’ve been waiting for that for years and people, we won’t be there!

Sets I wished we attended : Aero Flynn, Blind Boys of Alabama, Colin Stetson, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lizzo, Phox, Rosenau, Sylvan Esso, The National and The Tallest Man on Earth.

So by now, you’re probably like, Chloe what was so great about that particular festival? Well my friends, probably everything. Water stations, AWESOME shuttle organization with friendly drivers, wind on the second day, the venue which by itself is like out of this world (it is so soothing with the river flowing in the back ground) and the Field Journal which some people made great use out of it. Props to the mist tent (Thank you sweet baby jesus (kanye west writes awesome lines). Also, the crew on site was super friendly. What really made the experience better was the crowd. I have been to a lot a shows and to quite a few outdoors events but I don’t know what happened in Wisconsin, the crowd was awesome. People were respectful, polite, not to extravagant, were loud when needed and quiet when appropriate. Togetherness would be the word. 22 000 people in total silence and communion listening to Bon Iver, that is indescribable. I thought my heart was going to explode.

As to Eau Claire, the city, well we drove around, saw things, saw landmarks (hello Towers) and felt the vibe. There was also this insane thunderstorm in the middle of the night, which made us feel really appreciative of our hotel room (what’s up people in tents). Finally, I hope that one day, this magical happening will be broadcasted live for everyone to experience.

P.S To the girl who was giving a handjob to his boyfriend while we were all tearing up to Bon Iver’s songs, we did see you.
Subtlety : 0. Sexual acts in public (22 000 people): 1.

Sorry for the few pictures and mostly grainy ones but I cherish those moments so much. There is the Visit Eau Claire Instagram account that is pretty neat and of course Eaux Claires’ website if you wish for better ones! x

2015-07-17 16.20.55 string ec 1 strings ec 2 2015-07-17 20.32.29 2015-07-17 21.18.50 2015-07-17 21.02.46 2015-07-18 22.58.31 pictures by me (Flying, Eaux Claires, Art installation, Chippewa River, The Towers, Owen Park Bandshell, Me  dying)

One day, I will #returntotheriver

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December 31th, last day of this endless year. What a year! I can’t wait for you 2016! I thought I’d share with you the musical highlights of my 2015. I have listened non-stop to either folk or pop. I usually try to keep myself updated on new releases and music in general, but haven’t achieve that goal this year. The worst thing about being late with new releases and upcoming bands is that I usually discover them 6 months after they’ve been in town for a show, and there is no worst feeling.

From The Staves to Beyoncé to Christine and the Queens, my year was filled with amazing songs, artists and talents that blew my mind. Here are two songs that I would’ve loved to add on the playlist but they have not been released yet in audio (just click on the song title for the video) :

Bon Iver – New song #2
Bonus: Justin Vernon’s speech on his festival. I shed a lot of tears when I heard this new song. What an experience. I’ll do a post on my Eaux Claires trip and festival experience pretty soon.

Britten Newbill – Wildflower
I LOVE this guy’s voice and I can’t wait for his album to come out. In the mean time, he released this single and his EP called Six Strings and a Drum Machine is available. I love love love every single song.

Here’s the playlist ladies and gentlemen. Let me know what you listened to this year :

Damn it all – The Staves
Great Tide – Phil Cook
Lost in the light – Bahamas
Partition – Beyoncé
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Mahogany Dread – Hiss Golden Messenger
A Lone Sound – All Tiny Creatures
Nuit 17 à 52 – Christine and the queens
One last time – Ariana Grande
When love hurts – Jojo
Noyer – Rosie Valland
I Am Not Waiting Anymore – Field Report
On the nights you stayed home – Donovan Woods
When we were young – Adele
Every grain of sand – The Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Justin Vernon
Lost in the sound – Angie Miller
Highspeeds – Elliot Moss
Valentine – Pentatonix
Long way home – The Slow Show
Radiant – S.Carey

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Credit : Aran Goyoaga @cannellevanille
Aran Goyoaga @cannellevanille
My friends, I LOVE Christmas music. My official rule for starting listening to Christmas music is either on December 1st or on the first snow of the year. Having worked in a record store for a few Christmases where music started to be played on November 1st, I’ve heard my share of it. I thought I’d share with you my favorite music songs and/or albums. I could’ve honestly written an endless list but I’ve tried to picked my favorites:

Old Classics:

  • Harry Belafonte / Mary’s Boy Child : I can’t find the version that I L-O-V-E because not only was it sold on a cassette but it also seems like no one thought it was a good idea to make that available on a digital format… (no comments). We had a Hallmarks compilation Christmas cassette that had this song on it but with a particular version with a boy’s choir and boy oh boy was it the best. It brings back so much memories and it is so kitsch!
  • Bing Crosby / the entire White Christmas album : It’s a timeless classic that I can listen to over and over again. His voice is just perfection! And do I need to say anything about Mele Kalikimaka : best thing ever.
  • Tony Bennett / The Christmas Album Snowfall : I could listen to that album all year long. It makes me feel so relaxed and chill. It feels like light snow falling on the ground, hot chocolate, and I love the arrangements even though simple.
  • Ella Fitzgerald / A Swinging Christmas : First, can we talk about the artwork! It represents exactly the feel of this album, it swings, its festive, its a Mad Men Christmas Party at it’s best! Oh Ella!

Let’s say it was recorded after 1970:

  • Coldplay / Christmas Lights : This is a very unusual Christmas song, but it is so pretty! It’s Coldplay at its best and I never get tired of listening to that song.
  • Diana Krall / Christmas Songs : One of the best album of all times, seriously! Are you kidding me with those big band arrangements? It is PER-FECT from A to Z! Even if you don’t like Diana (not the princess of course, because who doesn’t love her?) you will like this album, it swings like cray-cray!
  • She and Him / A very She and Him Christmas : Even though I’m not the biggest She and Him fan, this album I find is refreshing. It has a Beach Boys’ kinda vibe. It’s smooth, soft and shows variety in Christmas music which is a plus.
  • Pentatonix / Silent night (live version) : Well, what is there left to say about those brilliant, talented singers and the guy who arranges songs for them. WOW! This version gives me goosebumps and please notice the base, IN-SA-NE.

I could have listed, Charlie Brown, Mariah Carey, Nat King Cole, Rat Pack, Billie Holiday, Johnny Cash, and sooooo many more. In the french department, there aren’t that many, but THE classic in my household is Marie-Michèle Desrosiers, A MUST!

What are your favorites? Would you have any suggestions for me?

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