September was a wild month. Here are a few tracks I've had on repeat.

I was kind of late to the party on Japanese Breakfast. I just started listening to Michelle Zauner's soft, intoxicating pop rock a few weeks ago and could only wonder how I'd been asleep on it for so long.

Zauner's music is relatable and comfortable to me. The hypnotic beats and synths mixed with rock sounds and pure vocals suck me in. I feel like I hear myself in her music, I like that.

I wanted to see her at Johnny Brenda's for her three night hometown show series around New Years, but all three nights are sold out 😭

 

This song came on a Grimes radio station one day. I clicked through her name after maybe three seconds of listening to the song because I wanted more.

A lot of ABRA's music has more of a dark-wave pop sound than this. I live for vocals and drums that sound sharp and hard and weird and haunted all at once.

 

 

I like music that sounds like you're floating. The synths at the beginning of this song make me feel like we're taking off to a soft dream pop cloud.

Japanese Breakfast is featured on this remix (I can't get enough of her recently), and her sweet airy, vocals are like a bite of perfect cotton candy.

 

It's summer time and it's coming to an end. I come alive in the summer and try to hang onto every last drop of it.

I love music that makes me feel like I'm in warm, beautiful places, standing under a starry sky, and having the best party ever. Here's what I've been listening to the past month.

I don't know exactly when I became an Ariana Grande fan, but as of this moment I am fully on board. I was excited for Sweetener to drop and wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

God is a woman is excellent. I love the video and all of the queer/sexual/religious imagery happening in there. I find myself singing the hook around my house, struggling to hit the high notes.

 

Last month I went to the Brooklyn Mirage for AnjunaDeep Open Air NYC 2018. It was an incredible way to spend my birthday weekend and the highlight of my summer in every way.

The AnjunaDeep roster is stacked with producers that I love (Yotto, Dusky, Eli & Fur all deserve a mention here) but Lane 8 is my favorite.

His music is euphoric, melodic, emotional, with soaring synths and tunes that give you chills. Seeing him life was a high that I can bring back every time I blast one of his tracks. Here's one of my favorite tracks.

"Havana" makes me feel like I am back in Miami, walking down South Beach, burning in the sun, dancing at clubs, sneaking into hotel pools that I'm not a guest at, eating ceviche, and ignoring my phone.

It's a good feeling.

There is something about this song I can't put into words. It's like a taste of something delicious that you can't describe specifically. It's some sort of hypnotizing, methodical, building joy that I feel when Four Tet cycles us through this remix.

I like this song so much that I bought it on iTunes, this month, in 2018, effectively adding it to my desert island music playlist.

Except in this case, it's more like a hypothetical streaming-stranded-no-wifi island, where I'm stuck with power but only with the music from my iTunes that I have downloaded onto my phone. If that ever happens let me tell you, it'll be a weird mix, but at least I'll have this great Four Tet and Bicep bob to listen to on repeat when the time comes.

The Wissahickon Valley Park, 1,800 acres of lush, wooded gorge tucked away in the heart of northwest Philadelphia, is a historic park that gives Philadelphian’s a taste of Pennsylvania’s wild beauty within city limits.

Once home to the Lenni Lenape, the park surrounds the Wissahickon Creek, one of the most industrialized creeks in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. At the height of the gorge’s industrialization, the creek powered more than 25 mills in the valley. Many of these were demolished when Fairmount Park acquired the land in the late 19th century, but nearly two dozen historical and geological sites remain. Popular points include Philadelphia’s last remaining covered bridge, built in 1737, and a great statue of a kneeling Lenape warrior overlooking the creek.

More than 50 miles of trails run through the valley and range in difficulty and terrain. Many are open to mountain biking and horseback riding as well. Trail maps are posted through out the park and paper maps are available online here through Friends of the Wissahickon, a nonprofit organization.

The main artery of the park is Forbidden Drive, a 5.5 mile road close to motor vehicles. It hugs the creek and is a popular route for joggers, bikers, and families, with benches and picnic tables along the way.No trip to the Wissahickon is complete without a stop at the historic Valley Green Inn. Built in 1850, the inn is the last remaining example of the many taverns and roadhouses that thrived along the creek in the 19th century. It now operates as a popular restaurant.

Wissahickon Valley Park is incredibly accessible via public transit considering how remote it feels. Free parking is available on site but spots fill up quickly, especially on fair weather days. If you are adventuring with a group, plan a meeting location before you arrive. In the valley, or as Roxborough locals refer to it, ‘back the crick’, cellphone service can be spotty. The grounds are open daily from 8am-1am and are free to access.

I was not expecting to jump out of my seat at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, but that’s what happened, when green flames  shot out of the stage and scared me half to death.

Honestly, I was expecting The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to be just alright, probably pretty cool. I wasn’t expecting to be blown away.

The arena was packed with GoT fans eager to hear the show’s epic soundtrack performed by Emmy nominated composer Ramin Djawadi. The energy in the room was high to begin with and then the performance was captivating.

In the interest of full disclosure, we were given press passes to the event, but considering the production value of the show and interactive experience, I would say the slightly higher ticket price was well worth it.

The arena experience added to the event and allowed them to pull out big tricks and a huge moving stage, but I thought the sound quality of the orchestra suffered in this space. I’d like to hear the music performed in a concert hall where the space was really suited for the nuances of orchestral playing.

Read my full coverage of the evening over on JumpPhilly.com and check out the other article’s I’ve written for Jump here.