the LIFE list: summer in the city

WELL, It’s SUMMER in New York City. And it has been pretty, pretty cool (lifestyle and temperature wise). 10 things on my mind related to summer in the city (and somewhat not related) below. List formation, here we GO:

  1. Back on a dark day in May, I woke up at 4:00 AM to scathing heat. 2 fans made no difference. A cold shower and 12 hours later, I found my new best friend at Lowe’s. God bless the AIR CONDITONERs of the city. *Who would have guessed Lowe’s would show up on tLoC?!* 
  2. God bless HAIM.
  3. Caliente Cab. The Facebook viral video with the GIANT margaritas was a LIE, but it’s my new favorite spot. Just don’t be that person taking a picture of the giant margarita over the patio. Eat enchiladas for days.
  4. People in New York LOVE the Hamptons. AND YES, I’m totally hoping to be one of those people who go every weekend one day. Yet, NO ONE is HERE on the WEEKENDS now. Sooooo…Explore that CITY. Heck, DATE the CITY if you feel so inclined.
  5. I really like living in the Upper West Side. Sure, I sometimes feel like an old man reading in Riverside Park, BUT have you seen the tree-lined STREETS?!
  6. I’m adding “GIF Wizard” to my resume. That and “taco connoisseur.” I’m undecided on “music video enthusiast.” Please let me know your thoughts.
  7. YOGA, man. Who would have thought?! Sure, I’m tumbling over and I have no clue what a chaturanga is or does, but I’m learning. And I like sleeping on the floor.
  8. It hit me about 6 weeks ago, but this list maker LOVES new york.
  9. I just went to TAOS, NEW MEXICO!!! I’ll make a list soon…A sneak peek: TAOS knows how to make mouth-watering french fries. Spoiler: “the TRIP list: TAOS” is basically “the FRENCH FRIES list.” Muhahaha.
  10. I’m still learning a lot about life. And that’s COMPLETELY okay. At the end of the day, the best part about summer has been sharing stories with new and old friends over drinks, dinner, and/or dessert on many sidewalk patios. OR on that Brooklyn Barge (low key the coolest place to hang all summer long).

 

the TREND list: summer 2017

The HEAT is rising in New York City. Music is stellar. Life is swell. Can you pass the guacamole? What’s running through my head + the things I believe in. List formation, let’s go:

Melodrama // I was skeptical if 11 tracks could surpass Pure Heroine, but Lorde over-delivered. Her second LP is pure brilliance. It’s a tragedy, a celebration of self-discovery, AND the BEST RECORD of THE YEAR. Hear it here.

Barry’s Bootcamp // You’ll crawl out of the class, but feel like a ROCKSTAR.

The Leftovers // Arguably, the best show I’ve ever seen. It’s a cathartic exploration of the meaning of life. With just three seasons, it’s a relaxed summer binge. Also, the cast is BRILLIANT.

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Aviator Nation // The WORLD’s comfiest HOODIE. SLASH of course, I’m also just trying to bring more California vibes to NY.

My Sneaker Secret // HOW ON EARTH do you keep WHITE shoes clean in New York? Muhahaha…I know the secret 😜 Want to know how?! Lysol Wipes. Yep, those things you use to clean your kitchen, turn your dirty kicks into true Superstars.

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett // Bring it to the beach. Or take it on the train. It’s the perfect read with a cold brew in hand.

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Sunshine // Thanks to one of my fellow co-workers, I discovered this APP. Every morning it will light up your phone and let you know how to dress for the weather. Download it here.

THIS iPhone CASE // Saving my life, one day at a time.

The Handmaid’s Tale // I’m still asking myself “WHAT just HAPPENED?!” at that season finale. I’d describe the show as a crossover between 1984, Westworld, Mr. Robot, and Nip/Tuck. Mid-season the show gets a little too exploratory, but the final two episodes are jarring. Praise be.

Sweetgreen // Blessed be their Harvest Bowls.

 

the SONG list: may

NEW SONG LIST because it’s now officially my Jordan/Miley year AND I can’t get these songs out of my head. As always, you can listen along on Apple Music and on Spotify.

You Might Be (feat. Lils) by Autograf // My song of the summer, even though Pitchfork or Billboard probably won’t bring it up. BLAST IT.

May I Have This Dance (Remix) [feat. Chance the Rapper] by Francis and the Lights // HAVE YOU SEE THE MAGIC THAT IS THIS MUSIC VIDEO?! It’s my personal mood board with mad dance moves.

Right Now by HAIM // HAIM, you converted me with this track. From its unique layering to the stereo sound, they’re officially on my concert wish list.

Thunder by Imagine Dragons // Run to this world. RUN TO IT and TELL ME YOU CAN RUN WITHOUT DANCING ALONG. It’s cheesy, but the fun kind of cheesy.

Just Dancing by Sylvan Esso // Such a groovy track.

Hard to Love by Kacy Hill // Mr. West is executive producing her debut LP (out this summer) and Hill soars.

Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind by Lana Del Rey // Prayer emojis in hopes this one slides on the Lust for Life tracklist. It’s LDR in true form.

Poolside by Baynk // One RAD single cover and you’ll be bouncing to this day chiller on the beach and wandering around East Village all day.

No One Else from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 // A MUSICAL MADE THE SONG LIST. Mostly, because Denée Benton is breath-taking and I’m HOPING she takes that Tony.

Cross My Mind by A R I Z O N A // My new favorite band. HANDS DOWN. No competition.

*I apologize for all of the letters that suffered from CAPS LOCK in this list*

the LIFE list: spring 2017

Well, hello there! It has been a minute. Post-Coachella (yes, I just made that a thing), I’ve been WORKING, SPINNING, CAFFEINATING and spending a lot of time with my friends. Yet, LONG LIVE The Lists of Charlie. A list of 10 things that are UP below:

  1. Working in social media, I pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. So when that clock hits 6:00 PM, I’ve been trying to unplug and focus on what really matters: the PEOPLE AROUND YOU. I promise the world won’t stop if you give your phone some time alone.
  2. And if it DOES…the Wall Street Journal Push Notifications will save the day. I don’t really read NEWS (unless it’s tied to Entertainment/Tech/New Coffee Spots), but the WSJ’s notifications keep me current. #notanad
  3. I’m Turning it UP at SoulCycle. I’ve taken on their TURN IT UP challenge – mostly because I want a free gym bag. Yet, I HIGHLY recommend taking one of Sam’s classes at the W60 location. She is THE BEST. Endorphins FTW.
  4. ICYMI: Miley came back.
  5. I turn 23 on SATURDAY. TWENTY THREE. Everyone has told me 23 is the worst year of your life, but I’m determined to make it the GREATEST.
  6. #BringColorBackToNYC – Or my goal to finally give my black/white/grey/denim wardrobe some more color. Who cares if I look like a tourist?! Summer is ALMOST here. Plus, I can only rock band t-shirts under blazers for so much longer.
  7. The Television I can’t stop talking about: The Leftovers, Grace & Frankie, Veep, and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  8. Everything about Sunday in the Park with George. If I ever open a coffee shop or write a book it’s going to be called “Sunday in the Park with Charlie.”
  9. I’ve made the summer switch to COLD BREW. RIP lattés.
  10. Finally, the last thing that is UP…is that I’m trying to GO MORE WITH THE FLOW. Sometime’s it’s more fun to ditch plans, to-do lists, and just live in the moment. Who knows what might happen? 😉

the SONG list: april

SPRING is in the AIR. Summer is right around the corner. And ripped jeans are always in style. the SONG list: april is officially here.

Heading Home (feat. Josef Salvat) by GRYFFIN // Is it my favorite song right now?! 100% yes. It’s basically a “driving down the PCH” dream.

You Got Me (feat. Cara Frew) by SNBRN & BLU J // I discovered SNBRN at coachella this year and they are SUPER. Easy EDM, forget the trap. But you’ll be ready for this thing people talk about in New York called “Rooftop SZN.”

Plot Twist by Sigrid // From Island Records, Sigrid is one chart-topper in the works. You’ll belt “SHOTS FIRED” right before that chorus and it has warm weather written all over it.

Lifetimes by Oh Wonder // Yes. Just. Yes. If the spring breeze had a theme song, Oh Wonder has it set.

Don’t Take The Money by Bleachers // One of my favorite bands is gearing up for their upcoming summer LP. The record builds off the greatness that was their last album and explodes into a stadium anthem.

The Cure by Lady Gaga // Casually the most brilliant song of 2017. Can we talk about that HOOK?!?

HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar // See you later Drake. Kendrick just broke the record for most albums sold in a week with DAMN.  Easily his best album since his debut and the lead single is going viral.

Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith) by Drake // If you listened to the SONG list: december, you heard Jorja Smith croon away on her EP. Drake recruits her for one groovy track.

Wild Horses by Bishop Briggs // The BEST vocalist I’ve seen in a very, very long time. It’s dance, punk, r&B with some EDM. She’s one to watch.

Sign of the Times by Harry Styles // Not David Bowie, but Mr. Styles. The lead single off his solo effort deserves a Gold Medal. And ROCKS that SoulCycle studio.

Listen to the SONG list: april on Apple Music here. AND now on Spotify here.

the FESTIVAL list: coachella 2017

70-80 degrees, palm trees, fresh lemonade, covered stages, art installations and crazy outfits are more than encouraged. It’s not just Coachella, it’s practically heaven. Whether you’re headed to Weekend 2 or just want the scoop on this year’s festival, I’ve recapped my favorite weekend of the year with a list of the top 10 best performers on the lineup.

10. SOHN – His debut album is what I turn on in the painting and photography studio and his Friday afternoon set did not disappoint. Grab one of the fresh strawberry banana mango smoothies by the stage for this one.

9. Oh Wonder – A PURE delight. With palm trees outlining their technicolor set, you’ll smile and sway to this duo. Their second LP is out this Spring and you’ll get a few sneak peeks of the record.

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8. GRYFFIN – Head to the Sahara tent and get ready to DANCE. Leave a few minutes early as this tent will surely be PACKED. Throw your hands up and plan to stay for his entire set.

7. The xx – Magical harmonies that tug your heart strings. This band has been on my must-see list for years and they lived up to EVERY EXPECTATION. Grab your spot early. You’ll want to be right in the crossfire of their light show.

6. Banks – The CLEAR winner of the first day fo Coachella. Banks soared through material from her incredible sophomore release, The Altar. With modern dance, lace, and fabric, it’s a fusion of performance art and symphonic brilliance.

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5. Bishop Briggs – TALK ABOUT A POWERHOUSE. She’ll blow you completely away with her mad voice control and range. Even if you haven’t heard her debut EP, skip the other acts and head to her Sunday night set.

4. Bon Iver – Strategically placed between Future and Gaga’s sets for some crowd control,  their Coachella performance was out. of. this. world. If you aren’t into slow, sad songs skip it. Yet, if you do, enjoy their sonic waves in the California breeze.

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3. Future – Aka where DRAKE showed up, followed by MIGOS, and Ty Dolla $ign. Get ready to jump, be squeezed, and have the time of your life. It was low key the most star-studded set of the weekend with Katy Perry, Tyler the Creator, Amber Rose and more watching from that artist guest lounge.

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2. Lady Gaga – A-YO it’s a wild good time. She gives those super fans (hey, what’s up) and her smash hits wild new choreography, an EPIC set, tons of Gaga-jokes, and fireworks. Her new single (which she premiered 😆 during Weekend 1) is sure to be THE CURE to your Day 2 sunburn.

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1. Lorde – The. most. brilliant. festival. set. I honestly think I’ve ever seen. Lorde isn’t a wild dancer anymore, she’s a polished performer. The visual design is spectacular, her vocals are impeccable and its a performance people will be bragging about for years having witnessed. Coachella, melodramatic royalty.

Other notable highlights: HP’s Antarctic Tent, The Head and the Heart, the margaritas between the Outdoor and Coachella stage, Lady Gaga’s merchandise, Autograf, Local Natives, SNBRN, and Father John Misty.

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the RESTAURANT list: new york city

Half a year, a lot of bagels, and 10 restaurants approved by The Lists of Charlie.

  1. Maison Pickle in the Upper West Side  – Brunch. Brunch. Brunch. BUT also their biscuits, Eggs Benedict, fresh OJ, and the impeccable chicken, bacon, and pancakes. Yes, you read that right. Chicken. Bacon. Pancakes.
  2. By Chloe in West Village – Dairy-Free people REJOICE. MAC AND CHEESE YOU CAN EAT. That is low key the bee’s knees. Their beet ketchup is also the move.
  3. The Wayfarer in Midtown – Just two blocks south of Central Park, it’s the perfect breakfast bite. Their avocado toast is five raised hands emojis. Also, french toast.
  4. Joanne Trattoria in the Upper West Side – A quick cab ride from my apartment and steps from Lincoln Center, this family-owned, Italian restaurant has the best Spaghetti and Meatballs you’ll ever have. They also have a snazzy wine collection and bring your table Pellegrino.
  5. Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown – Uma Thurman stole my table. Yet, I dream about their ponzu shrimp all day, every day. More private than the TriBeCa location, it’s got celebration all over it. My Nobu Rule: trust the waiters and BALL OUT.
  6. Dos Caminos in Meatpacking – It’s no Meso Maya, but for New York, it will suffice. Order your drinks on the rock and prepare to eat about 143255 chips and 124 bowls of their medium salsa.
  7. Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea – After you’ve danced the night away in Meatpacking, stumble uptown to this pizza place for your 4:00AM slice. The portions are HUGE, so don’t be like me, order breadsticks AND a whole pizza and think you can handle it.
  8. Vandal in the Lower East Side – It’s a blast. A BLAST. Their food is CRAZY good. The atmosphere is electric with energy and you’ll impress all your friends by finding this hotspot. Churros for the win.
  9. Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side – You’ll have a religious experience. Kanye and Drake play while you eat the best Chicken and Waffles you’ve ever had. Also order the mashed potatoes.
  10. Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream in Williamsburg – Just bless. the. ice. cream. gods.

If you need some more specific recommendations, always feel free to contact me!

What’s next to try on my list? Well, I’m glad you asked: Miss Lily’s (the one on 7A), Fig & Olive, Grammercy Tavern, Black Tail, Kazu Nori, and Tsurutontan.

the NEW YORK list: broadway

One SUPER thing about living in Manhattan is the easy access to all of the FANTASTIC Broadway shows. If you’ve read the MUSICAL list, you know I’m all about some good theatrical expression. So far, I’ve seen 7 shows on the Great White Way since moving here. While MOST of them have been brilliant, some fell a little flat. SO, what show should be next to see on your list?! WELL…this list should help you out.

Dear Evan Hansen // La La Land’s composers take their skills to Broadway. It’s a mix of Next to Normal and Spring Awakening. It’s also the most challenging and beautiful piece of theatre I’ve ever seen. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW WORLD. You’ll probably cry.

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 // It’s whimsical, exhilarating, ludicrous and completely glorious. Some “War and Peace” plot lines infused with Russian accents make for the perfect combination.

CATS // Are you serious Charlie?!…YEP. I AM. The revival running right now is invigorating and sharp with each movement. It’s the cleanest show I’ve ever seen. AND I’m a DOG PERSON. BUT I STILL 100% approve.

Miss Saigon // This limited run will give you chills all through Act One. Act Two moves a little slow, but the tremendous set design makes up for it. It’s classic Broadway and terribly depressing, somehow making Les Misérables and Aida look like child’s play.

What about the three other shows you saw?! Eh, don’t worry about them. Plus all of the shows I saw back in high school closed (RIP Spiderman: Turn off the Dark). I’m only trying to GIVE YA THE BEST. So what’s next on my list to see?

Sunday in the Park with George // All I’m hearing is BRAVO and BRAVA. I’m trying to get tickets this weekend, so stayed tuned to my Instagram to see if I find my way back to Times Square (gah) for this limited engagement.

Anastasia // MORE great reviews and that word of mouth is spreading like wildfire about this show. Having just opened in previews last week, I’m curious to see how this one measures up.

Hamilton // Okay, don’t roll your eyes at me. But, I haven’t listended to the soundtrack yet. I just know that “ELIZA” melody. I’m all about going in blind to see a show and then being blown away. Listening to the soundtrack is the biggest spoiler. One day I’ll get in to see this one. Probably not anytime soon, but I’ve heard you should try and go.

 

the SONG list: march

As it gets warmer in this New York state of mind, the MUSIC just keeps getting better.

River by Leon Bridges // The moment I heard this song in Big Little Lies, I was instantly hooked. It’s not a brand new song, yet sometimes the best songs for the moment aren’t topping the iTunes charts. Music never loses its soul.

Stay (feat. Alessia Cara) by Zedd // At times, Zedd falls into that EDM-pop trap. However, this track builds, climbs, and explodes. Summer music festival ready. Basically, summer anything ready.

Dog Years by Maggie Rogers // “We will be alright, in the afterlife.”

Selfish (feat. Rihanna) by Future // He can drop two albums back-to-back and it’s no lie that Future is the man of the hour right now. I’m playing this song EVERYDAY – no pun intended. Thank Yeezus for introducing the world to smart auto-tuning.

Quiet by MILCK // Sue me, but I totally judged a song by its album cover and immediately pressed play when I saw this single. It’s feels like a 2009 Starbucks coffee shop playlist given a 2017 upgrade. 

Liability by Lorde // When Lorde dropped “Green Light” I spammed all my friends with Snapchat videos of me playing the song during all aspects of life. “Liability” changes the pace as a raw ballad. Full of truth, it’s Bowie-esque and the excitement for Melodrama only keeps growing.

Shot Down by Khalid // His debut album made the TREND list and this American Teen will have you jamming along during that 9-5 (or 10-6 in my case). If you just listen to one song on this list, press play on this one.

Bad Blood by NAO // You are welcome. Headphones required. No bad computer speakers allowed.

Love by Lana Del Rey // With a cosmic music video, fueled by that exoplanet discovery from NASA, LDR is officially back. Find that convertible. Find your American flag. Break out that Born To Die LP.

September Song by Agnes Obel // Also from that show in Monterey 😉, who needs lyrics when the orchestration is up there with the UP and Black Swan soundtracks.

Hear the SONG list: march on Apple Music

the TREND list: spring 2017

50 LISTS. That’s right. 50. LISTs. have. made. THE BLOG. Who would have thought?! Anyways, on list #50… I’m introducing a new kind of list. the TREND list or all of the “trendy/cool/interesting” things I can’t stop telling everyone I know about.

The RETURN of LORDE // Did I spend the past four days running around New York only playing this song?! Definitely. I’m all about Ella + Antonoff + and their BRILLIANT new jam.

Khalid’s American Teen // Talk about a DEBUT album. It’s sonic heaven and perfect for the spring. You’ll be blown away from start to finish. Hear it here.

Dig Inn // Chipotle, you have been replaced. I don’t know why it took me five months to discover this 8th wonder of the world just five blocks from my apartment. Brown Rice BOWLS with Brussel Sprouts for days.

Get Out // GET OUT of your HOUSE and into the chilly weather to see this thriller. Meeting the parents just got scarier, important, and will change the way you think of people drinking tea out of old china forever.

Snapseed // I’m ALWAYS on the GO and I like to stop in the middle of the street to take photos. Sometimes you get the wrong angle or your camera should have been moved an inch over…and then THIS APP saves the day. It will change your life.

Marine Layer // We all need soft t-shirts. Marine Layer has the JACKPOT. And their TWO stores in NYC rock. Trust ME WORLD. Go no further.

Big Little Lies // HANDS DOWN my favorite show of 2017. It’s beautiful, riveting, and will cause major Monterey FOMO. And the music selection is stellar. Leon Bridges. Alabama Shakes. What more could you need? Oh yeah, Nicole Kidman. 😊

Coachella // I didn’t think I’d be headed to Coachella this year since I couldn’t get tickets. YET, have no fear. The stars aligned. My friends and I grabbed wristbands for weekend one. I’ll see ya sOOn Radiohead, Gaga, Kendrick, Lorde and The xx. I promise the FESTIVAL list: coachella 2017 is going to be GRAND. I also apologize for spamming your Instagram feeds in advance.

SoFar Sounds // Pop-up shows with rising artists located all over the city. It’s a unique way to connect, meet new friends, and fall in love with live music all over again. In over 300 cities, put checking out one of their shows on your to-do list.

LOVE // The first season made the original TV list and you bet I’ll be bingeing season 2 this weekend. It’s a show with a lot of laughs and a whole lot of heart.