Thursday, April 10, 2014

Remember How I Broke Your Heart

I'm so excited to finally reveal the music video I made for one of my favorite songs on the new album.  This was filmed back when I still had crazy phoenix colors in my hair.  I made this with the super amazing Director Alfred "AJ" Broadbent.

We had booked a room at a really cool, old motel in the middle of nowhere.  We were mainly going to use it as a 'home base' and 'bathroom', and see if we could get some cool exterior shots while we were at it.  I was setting up my things inside, when I heard AJ talking to someone outside.  All of a sudden AJ appeared and said, "We have to leave".  Apparently, the owner ran out of the office when he spotted our camera gear and said there was absolutely no filming here.  AJ told him he completely understood and said we would respect that.  I just needed a place to change.  The guy then retreated back inside his office, only to come running out again 2 minutes later yelling that he was going to call the cops and we needed to leave.  (!!!)  Then, his 20-something year old son came out of the office yelling something, and he turned around and yelled at his son to get back inside (!!!!!!).  Needless to say, we swiftly left the premises.  YIKES!

5 minutes down the road, we found an empty, windy pass.  I drove my friend Charlie Wadhams' beautiful old car up the road.  I seem to remember him telling me that "she" doesn't like hills.  Sure enough, the car slowly came to a stop, and never started back up again.  Luckily, it died in the most beautiful part of the road.  So we just shot pretty much the whole video right there.  We sort of didn't have a choice.

At the end of the shoot, AAA came and swooped us up.  As soon as the car was back on the "flats" she started back up again, and we headed home.

And there is the story -- and gossip -- behind the making of this very emotionally charged video.  ;)

I hope you like it!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Lomography Giveaway!

I recently got one of these 'Diana F+' beauties, and can't stop bringing it with me wherever I go.  They're so light and travel-friendly, and the way the photos turn out is always surprising and fun.  
And now YOU can enter to win one for FREE!  Plus 3 rolls of Lomography film.

In the next few days, I'll be sharing some photos I've taken with it on my Instagram.  Check them out here!

♡ Long live analog photography! ♡

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


For my birthday a few weeks ago, a friend from Japan sent me a beautiful furoshiki made by LINK Collective.  

photo by the LINK Collective

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that you can tie into a purse, or as a re-usable wrapping cloth for gifts, or flowers, or just for toting around almost anything really.  Check out this neat video for ideas on how to use one.... I've wrapped bottles of wine in these when going to a dinner party, and always received compliments on the 'cleverness' of it.  Then after the party, I use the furoshiki as a scarf for my journey back home.  

photo by The LINK Collective

You can also tie it onto a strap, to make it into a longer-hanging purse.  Love this look! 

photo by Et pourquoi pas Coline ?

My friend Hiki, of Jollygoo, actually shared all this knowledge with me, that I'm now sharing with you!  She has a small shoppe in Japan that carries a beautiful assortment of these wrapping cloths as well as straps.  You can scroll through and see them all here.  

Happy wrapping!  

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Makeover!

My blog (and website) has a new look!  What do you think?

All thanks to the one and only Hiki, from Jollygoo.  She is an amazing graphic designer and photographer.   As well as just a beautiful person inside and out.  If you haven't checked out her online store -- or better yet -- her physical shoppe in Tokyo, it's definitely worth looking into!  It's my #1 stop whenever I'm there.

The designs she used were all made by the equally talented and amazing Savita, who did my album artwork, design and layout, for This Is Where We Are.  The Digital Booklet she made for the album (which you can download for free here) is one of my favorite things ever.  She's like my sister from another Mister.  Does that even make sense?  Do people say that?  Or did I just make that up, right here right NOW?!

Anyway, there you have it.  Awesome new designs all around by 2 lovely women in my life.  I couldn't feel luckier.  :)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This Is Where We Are - IS FINALLY HERE

I am so very proud to present to you This Is Where We Are.

It's been 3 years since my last album (yikes! -- how the time flies!).  And this album is a bit of a significant departure since then.  But it really wasn't intentional.  I've decided to conduct a short interview with myself, answering some frequently asked questions, and also a few of my own.  

Oh!  And also... if you like what you hear, or if you think someone you know might like this...please share this BUY link with them!  The power of "word of mouth" is extraordinary and every little bit helps!  

Are you turning away from your acoustic side to try something else?

This new sound was definitely not intentional.  I literally bought a keyboard and a new laptop with Logic Pro on it, plugged it all in, and opened a whole new door of sounds I'd always wanted to create with, but never before had the resources to even try.  My songwriting still comes from a very acoustic place.  And there are still acoustic songs on the album that are just as important to me.

Do you plan on making more albums like this in the future?

As with this one, and every other album I've made in the past, I have no idea!  The goal for me is to have fun, stay inspired lyrically and sonically, and just see what happens.

Who were some of your musical influences while making this album?

Twin Sister / Beach House / Gardens & Villa / Sufjan Stevens / Lykke Li / Little Dragon

What were some of your non-musical inspirations while making this album? 

The desert, where I wrote a lot of these songs;  the movies I Am Love, and Scent Of A Green Papaya;  Haruki Murakami's book 1Q84;   and of course my husband.  :)

What is this album about?

A lot of these songs are inspired by love.  Good love, heartbroken love, friendship love.  And the album title is basically saying that these songs reveal where I am now in my life.

Any upcoming tour plans? 

Yes!  The first one on the horizon is a short U.S. tour at the beginning of May.  We're confirming dates and venues now... so please check on my website for updates!

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Behind The Scenes Making Of The Album Parrot-y

Just in case you haven't seen this very rare, behind-the-scenes documentary footage yet...

Camerawork by Daniel Milder & Ravi Subramanian
Edited by Daniel Milder
Music by Priscilla Ahn

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Billboard Album Preview + 'Home' Music Video

I've been a bit m.i.a. these days... busy getting ready for my big worldwide album release!  So many things I've wanted to post about, so little time.

Billboard has been super cool in giving my album an exclusive premier today!  So now you can listen to the whole album here!

Also... I meant to publish this post on the music video for 'Home'.

This video was actually made without my knowledge by Daniel Carberry (his brother is Jeremy Carberry, the genius engineer on TIWWA) and his lady friend Amanda Arebello.  It started as a reel for Amanda, but soon turned into a music video as Daniel tried syncing the video up to a song.  (Lucky for me, it happened to be one of mine!)  He showed this to me, and my jaw literally dropped.  I didn't even know what to think at first, I was so stunned.  In the end, I feel like this video is a deep and beautiful take on the song, as well as an eye-opening perspective into the real world.

What do you think?

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