Petite Amie, New Music

I love the new tracks off the upcoming album from Mexico City’s Petite Amie. Their self-titled debut comes out October 1, 2021. Video for “Elektro,” is above. I’m already addicted to “Interludio,” and the track “Vraiment,” has a slight Portishead meets Sixties Psychedelic rock meets late night dance club vibe, but all in French (except for the track “Adios”, equally lovely in Spanish), which is all pretty hot and definitely requires a solid repeat button. The whole album is very chill, folksy dance energy, easy in it’s melancholy, and very addictive. Beautifully layered, echoing disco meets… a few seconds of Butthole Surfers in “El Delirio,” another one of my favorites. Overall a perfect album with one killer track after another. I’m in love.

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Things I love, August 2021

Portland Leather Tote Bag in Grizzly

Just a few of the things I have been swooning over the past few months. This Portland Leather tote is my new go to for my laptop, books and notebooks for meetings and travel. I love the company ethos, their affordability, style and ease. I brought it with me a while back on a road trip I took to San Francisco to see my old Bard friend, the very talented painter and artist, Michelle Morby (*who was also a producer on my film!) She introduced me to the most amazing chocolate company in the world, Vosges Chocolate, where they infuse their chocolates with 528 hz healing sound frequency to “raise your vibe.” It kind of works. Don’t at me but this company is onto something, especially with their Chocolate Meditation gift set. Just trust me, it’s magical. I have also been working my way through my latest stack of books, and one of my absolute favorites is the new one from Lisa Taddeo, Animal, published in June 2021. I also just finished watching

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Abby And Emily Go To Chicago!

Abby And Emily Go To Palm Springs, 2020, 14 , mins

So excited to announce that Abby And Emily Go To Palm Springs, the film I wrote, produced and directed in 2019, which we finished in 2020, is being screened in person at the Reeling 39th International LGBTQ+ Film Festival in Chicago! Starring Jessie Cohen, Vico Ortiz, Jessalyn Wanlim and Bob Clendenin, it is a painfully funny and realistic glimpse into new love, bad communication and the roller coaster of relationships. Come see us at the Landmark Theatre Saturday September 23rd at 9Pm and watch the trailer here! xox

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Magic On The Mountain, Crestline California

There is a magical little place in the San Bernardino forest where lots of cool things are happening. Crestline California is a small town (population roughly 10,000) that sits just below Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear on the same mountain. Over the past few years a crop of incredible shops, restaurants and breweries have popped up to make Crestline not only a fun place to live but also the perfect day trip from LA just 75 miles away. The small town’s proximity is also the reason I like to call Crestline, “Upstate LA,” as it reminds me of my favorite places just North of my old city where we spent a lot of great weekends: Tivoli, Rhinebeck, Hudson, Bovina. Every weekend there is a market or local event that brings out some of the best food, threads and drinks this side of the freeway and on any given day there is plenty to eat, drink and see. One of my favorite places if you are looking for some fantastic vinyl, is Mystic Mountain Music where my old DC friend Cynthia Connolly will be giving a talk and slide show on September 2nd with her book, Banned in DC, about the legendary punk scene, which she was imperative in creating alongside bands like Minor Threat, Government Issue, Ignition and Positive Force. Drive up early in the morning and start your day at Lulubelle’s Bakery in Running Springs, where husband and wife Michael and Michelle DiGiovanni, and their fabulous team of bakers and cappuccino makers, create fresh homemade bagels (*the best I have ever had and this is coming from a very picky New Yorker), cinnamon buns and other baked goods along with fresh vegan and meaty breakfast and lunch options, and the BEST coffee on the mountain. They also make the most beautiful Continue reading

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Freedom Fry, Le Point Zero

Love the new track, “Le Point Zero,” from one of my favorite bands of the last decade, Freedom Fry. The husband and wife duo of Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat combine a melancholy pop romanticism with a vintage vibe in the release of their third album and first ever in Marie’s native French. Check out the bomb ass video above.

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Moby, Refuge Remix

I just got an inbox full of great music from Mute Records to kick off the year. Released December 2020, this gift of a remix by Chris Paul and Raul Campos of Moby’s “Refuge,” is aptly titled to help get us through only the second week of 2021 after the first year of January. Soothing tunes to listen to while watching all the white supremacists get arrested after their failed coup attempt January 6th. Happy New Year! Listen here.

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Back to The Beach

An outtake from a Nylon Magazine shoot I did in 2002 on Fire Island, New York. Polish born model turned actress Karolina Wydra was photographed with a Nikon 35MM film camera using Kodak 3200 T-Max film, which was (still is!) my go to for Black and White film. Natural light. Feeling nostalgic for being on set and being on a beach with friends.

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Austin, Texas 2014

Austin Texas, Anina’s House, 2014. This was taken on my first of four solo cross country road trips from Los Angeles back to New York City. After camping for one night in Marfa Texas, where some local swindled me out of a case of beer, I landed at an old college friend’s doorstep. More soon…

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Arlo Parks

I can’t get enough of twenty year-old London based musician, poet and songwriter Arlo Parks‘ “Black Dog” and “Hurt,” both from her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams. Although the album comes out in January 2021, the gently fierce and poetically powerful tracks she dropped earlier this year seem the perfect anthem for 2020.

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Welcome Back

It’s been a while. Hopefully everyone has not only survived this insane year but also thrived in some way against all odds, in spite of the forces working against us. Thankfully, we have finally exorcised the big orange demon and January is coming! I wanted to peek my head out to say hello and let you guys know that the blog is up and running again with a new design but all the same great cultural content we love discovering; new music, new books, films, fashion, food, and travel to get us inspired. A lot happened this year and I don’t ever want to go back to “normal,” but I definitely want to return to joy, creativity, love, and a brighter, less anxious, world to come. Happy holidays, however small the crowd may be this year. Be well, stay safe and sane, and see you all soon. xox Love, Hellin

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