Zen // Beale

This week has been crazy. Crazy crazy crazy crazy. So I’ve been going in between two different playlists to keep up. One is called Zen (I need it, ok) and the other is Beale (always vacay dreaming).

Zen has some really relaxed tracks on it, which is the whole point. I even have some Sigur Ros on there so you KNOW it’s a Zen playlist – they go between Icelandic to a language they made up. It’s intense.

Beale is a bluesy-southern rock feel. If you asked me my favorite genre, this would be it. I think part of the reason I love it so much is that it feels like home. I have tracks on here by bands from Mississippi and a singer out of Baton Rouge/New Orleans. Hearing some of these songs reminds me of walking around the French Quarter.

Here are my top five tracks from each playlist:


1. Julep – Punch Brothers

2. Arsonist’s Lullaby – Hozier

3. Lead Me Home – Jamie N Commons

4. Smother – Daughter

5. Wild Ones – Bahari




1. Honey, Leave the Light On – Kristin Diable

2. Violent Shiver – Benjamin Booker

3. Crazy Woman – Joseph LeMay

4. For the Man I’ve Known – JP Cooper

5. Like Rock & Roll and the Radio – Ray LaMontagne




Collection this week focuses on contemporary rock, 60s/70s rock, and of course some hip hop/rap. Feeling kind of nostalgic this week for old songs I used to listen to put on tracks like “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Can’t You See”, etc.

Pretty obsessed with Florence + The Machine’s newest album even if it’s way different than her last one – Alabama Shakes newest album is the best that’s even out right now so if you’re looking for some good listening, I’d go there. Loving covers this week of Stay With Me from Angus and Julia Stone out of Australia. Rocket Man, keeping with the old jams, from My Morning Jacket is ridiculous. A couple new artists to look for – Broods out of Australia, James Bay (like a James Morrison), and new for me – Best Coast.

Check out:

James Bay – Hold Back the River

Eric Church – A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young

Rae Sremmurd – This Could Be Us

Ben Howard – Old Pine

Angus and Julia Stone – Santa Monica Dream



My mixes usually have a collection of artists from all genres, but this one is fitting into a more specific flow. Housing some of my newer favorites as well as old time favorites, it’s been the perfect mix to get through a filled week.

Check out:

The Weeknd – The Hills

A$AP Rocky – Canal St.

Florence + The Machine – Long & Lost

Ray Charles – Hallelujah I Love Her So

Alabama Shakes – Miss You