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Dear aloe vera, where have you been all of my life?

In April of this year, I experienced a severe allergic reaction to something I consumed, so I immediately researched natural herbal remedies to soothe the inflammation/itching of my skin. Aloe vera was at the top of the list for treating my hives, so I went to my local farmers market and picked up a huge aloe vera leaf for $1. Within days, I noticed how nice and supple my skin looked, and subsequently realized it was the aloe vera working. Who knew that this would be the answer to so many of my problems?

I have been using aloe vera gel pretty consistently now for a month. I simply cut off a piece from a plant (size depends on how much I need), slice down the length, and use the contents inside. I have applied it to my skin improve redness and bumps, on my scalp and roots, and as a deep conditioning treatment (which is amazing!).

 It turns out that aloe vera is used for a variety of reasons with many ayurvedic benefits…. 

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7 K-pop songs for your week! Feel free to send in song recommendations for next week!

This week’s selection: 

1. Red Velvet - Red Flavor

2. BTS - 21st Century Girls 

3. Blackpink - Boombayah

4. Zico - Eureka Ft. Zion t

5. Girls Generation - Mr. Taxi

6. SNSD - Run Devil Run

7. EXO- Call Me Baby

for tombs and castle ruins
this year’s halloween playlist

Ghostly music.  Other long-lived European monsters may enjoy this stuff too.  

[8tracks]

Saint-Saëns: Chaconne in G Minor - Michael Murray
your evil castle organ track. what, were you going to use Bach’s Toccata in D Minor again? please.

Schubert: Der König in Thule - Brigitte Fassbaender
you need a tragic dying-king song. how else did you get that castle?

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, “When I Am Laid in Earth” - Dame Janet Baker
this doesn’t need introduction, but this performance is haunting.

Pergolesi: Se tu m'ami - Zsuzsa Bereznai & Christian Ruvolo
lyrics aren’t particularly sinister, but something about the melody is.

Satie: Gnossiennes No. 6 - Reinbert de Leeuw
are you feeling modern? hip, with it, cutting edge? feel the fresh 1897 vibe.

Chopin: Nocturne for Piano no. 15 op. 55 in F Minor - Adam Harasiewicz
maybe that was too modern.  try this.

Allegri: Miserere - Roy Goodman
if you haven’t heard this before: that’s a 12-year-old boy in 1963 who’s ruining your life.

Croft: De Profundis (from “The Burial Service”) - King’s College Choir
I’d put the entire Burial Service here if I hadn’t just put you through 11 minutes of Allegri, but this is the best part of it anyway.

Byrd: Night of the Long Knives [“Dominum secundum actum meum”] - David Hirschfelder
this is from the Elizabeth soundtrack, the scene where everyone is just getting fucking murdered everywhere.

Josquin Desprez: Nymphes des Bois (Déploration sur le mort de Johannes Ockeghem) - Hilliard Ensemble
I don’t have space to describe my feelings about this.  there is no better vocal work memorializing a dead person, period.  we peaked in 1497, pack it in.

Dvorak: Eia, Mater - Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
from Stabat Mater.  

Schubert: Der Tod und das Mädchen - Brigitte Fassbänder
it’s Death and the Maiden, and like all the good stuff from that genre, it makes the listener very uncomfortable.

Ramsey: Sleep, Fleshly Birth - Oxford Camerata
a tender, ethereal madrigal in which fairies (quite contrary to their custom) feel bad about the death of a kid.

Hume: What Greater Griefe - Les Voix Humaines
that’s Montreal countertenor Daniel Taylor being absolutely unsettling.

Beethoven: Trio for Piano No. 5 “Ghost” in D, op.70 1.II Largo assai ed espressivo: Trio Wanderer
“because of its strangely scored and undeniably eerie-sounding slow movement, it was dubbed the ‘Ghost’ Trio…it may have had its roots in sketches for a Macbeth opera that Beethoven was contemplating at the time.”

Poulenc:  Dialogues des Carmelites, “Salve Regina” - Catherine Dubosc, Kent Nagano
yes, that is a guillotine sound running underneath the vocal. you’re welcome.

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the ghost of us; here is the repeated image of the lover destroyed. {r. siken}

{01}. r.i.p. 2 my youth || the neighbourhood
{02}. drive || halsey
{03). nolo || grace mitchell
{04}. the emotion || børns
{05}. stuck with me || timeless
{06}. hurt me || låpsley
{07}. golden coast || allison weiss
{08}. better off || emily vaughn
{09}. gibraltar || beirut
{10}. anchor || sophia black
{11}. feet don’t fail me now || foxes

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DANCE MUSIC 101

Someone on Twitter asked where I would recommend starting if one is interested in getting into techno (or other dance music). Here is my attempt at an answer!

For starters, I’d recommend beginning with DJ mixes. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with singles (dance music’s dominant release format), and artist albums can be wildly uneven, aside from the occasional crossover smash (Disclosure’s first record or Daniel Avery’s “Drone Logic,” for example). Mixes give you a good idea of a particular DJ’s current taste as well as an overview of a certain subsection of the dance music. A good mix takes you on a journey- it’s a unique format that doesn’t get enough love in mainstream music circles. And if a particular track really grabs your attention, you can track down the artist and dive down that rabbithole to your heart’s delight.

So, where to start with mixes?

I have a few go-to labels/imprints that I feel put out consistently good mixes covering a wide variety of styles. Fabric and FABRICLIVE are my two favorites- I’ll go into some detail here.


Fabric tends to feature big-name DJs spinning techno and techno-affiliated stuff: if you’re into deeper, moody stuff or really driving, beat-oriented techno, you’ll find a lot to like. 

STANDOUT MIXES: 

Fabric 83: Joris Voorn- Voorn mixes literally dozens of tracks, spliced into micro-loops and layered atop one another to create a seamless mix that verges on deep house without ever becoming treacly.

Fabric 80: Joseph Capriati- On the opposite end of the spectrum, Capriati’s Fabric mix is almost nonstop, punishing techno that remains accessible and never strays too far into the abstract.

Fabric 86: Eats Everything- this one’s more house-flavored, which is to say a little more melody and a little more swing than you’d get on a straight up techno mix. It covers a wide range of tracks and stitches them into a cohesive whole.


FABRICLIVE, on the other hand, trades in UK grime, drum ‘n bass, garage, electro, and all sorts of other stuff generally outside the purview of Fabric’s flagship series. Because of the huge variety of styles, you might absolutely adore one mix and yet loathe another. But it’s virtually certain that some of them will scratch your particular itches.

STANDOUT MIXES:

FABRICLIVE 66: Daniel Avery- the mix that put Avery on the map, a colossal selection of electro and electro-tinged techno. An absolute must-listen.

FABRICLIVE 75 Elijah & Skilliam- this mix from the heads of UK grime label Butters is a fantastic ride. If you’re unfamiliar with grime, it’s a fun introduction to some of that genre’s best artists.

FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & Teebee- casual listeners probably don’t even know drum n bass is still a THING, but this mix is incredibly vital, relentless, and heavy. If you’re into dubstep, or even metal, you’ll probably find a lot to like here.


Aside from the Fabric stuff, I also recommend DJ-Kicks (tends to be more accessible, established artists), and electronic music site Resident Advisor’s RA Podcast. The RA podcast in particular is great because you get free, weekly high quality mixes from very different DJs. There’s also literally thousands of mixes available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, and Boiler Room puts out fantastic live stuff on its Youtube channel.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t be intimidated by the scope of dance music or the variety and subtle differences between the genres. Experiment! Scroll through snippets of mixes on iTunes or Soundcloud and see what catches your fancy. There’s a ton of great shit out there if you’re willing to poke around a bit.

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Hey guys! This week’s Weekly Mix! 

Songs: 

1. Limitless by NCT 127 (suggested by @aesthetic-netzen)

2. Press Your Number by Taemin from Shinee (Suggested by a friend; do yourself a favor and watch the music video!!)

3. start//end by EDEN (suggested by @just-a-suga-cookie)

4. Stargazing by Kygo (suggested by @just-a-suga-cookie)

5. Watchman of the Dawn by Kebee (suggested by a friend)

6. Solo Day by B1A4

7. Young Forever by BTS

(via https://soundcloud.com/sace310/blackpowertape_vol2?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=tumblr)

Back in February I dedicated the second installment of my bi-weekly FoodForTheSoul Mix Series to Black History Month (Sace310 – Ffts002_blackpowertapevol1), during the process of curating that mix I had to leave out some of the songs I had originally planned on making the tracklist because those songs did not match the theme of that mix. In result, I took those songs and curated a mixed based of the vibes of those songs that did not make the original mixes “cutlist,” this mix serves as the outcome. This mix is unapologetically black, and it is intended to be. Happy 90th Birthday Malcolm X!

Tracklist:
1. Fred Hampton Speech (Intro)
2. Police State - Dead Prez
3. Fuck The Police - NWA
4. Fight The Power - Public Enemy
5. Kwame Ture Speech @ UC Berkely (Interlude)
6. Panther Power - Paris
7. HiiiPoWeR - Kendrick Lamar
8. The Day The Niggaz Took Over - Dr. Dre
9. 50 Niggaz - Nipsey Hu$$le
10. Hands Up - Vince Staples
11. Shut Em Down - Public Enemy
12. Malcolm X Interview [Interlude]
13. The Nigga Ya Love To Hate - Ice Cube
14. The Blacker The Berry - Kendrick Lamar
15. Black Skinhead - Kanye West
16. Endangered Species - Ice Cube feat. Chuck D
17. Angela Davis Interview (Interlude
18. White Manz World - 2Pac
19. Project Roach - NaS feat. The Last Poets
20. Kwame Ture Speech @ UC Berkely
21. Black Heroes - Wale
22. The Fire - The Roots feat. John Legend
23. Murder To Excellence - Kanye West & Jay-Z
24. A Song for Assata - Common
25. Hood Now (Outro) - Lupe Fiasco

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an-introspective-beat  asked:

Hi! If you have time, could you please post that recipe for the skincare? Your skin is absolutely perfect.

It just so happens that I’m making up a batch right now! It should also be noted: I only use natural products on my skin. Don’t know if you want a whole run-down on my bath process, though. I’m super picky and meticulous.

There’s actually a couple things I do for my skin care regime. One of the main components is this herbal mixture here- it’s great stuff.  It can be used as a scrub or a mask.

I’m going to post everything I put into my mix, and why. You can mix and match to make your own blend!

Here’s what you’re gonna need:

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

As the name implies, these are ingredients you need in there. This is the stuff that makes your skin smooth and clean! As such, this will make up MOST of your herb mix. 

  • Witch Hazel (Poisonous if ingested- do not eat.)
  • Rose Hips (Only a few of these)
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon (You only need about a teaspoon of this)
  • Matcha, or green tea

SCENTS:

Let’s make your skin smell good! You can use any, all, a few, or none of these. The active ingredients are already pretty 

  • Lavender
  • Rose Petals
  • Vanilla bean
  • hibiscus flower
  • Any scented oil, really (Only a little! you don’t want them too wet.)

SPIRITUAL CLEANSERS:

I take my herbs as a religious endeavor, and you can, too! Add any scents and herbs that you associate with your gods or religion. Or not, if you don’t want to. These are some that I throw in, but you can use whatever:

  • Queen of The Meadow
  • Mistletoe
  • White oak bark

(Note: For the witchy ones out there, you can also add other herbs if you want to make a spell for a specific purpose. Basil for wealth, deer’s tongue to stop people from gossiping about you, etc. Just make sure it’s skin safe)

I usually make sure that my mix is about 70% active ingredients (usually using witch hazel as the dominant one, followed by lemon verbena), 20% scent, and 10% spiritual mix, but I don’t usually measure. 

 Pick your herbs and grind them down fine. You can either use a mortar and pestle or a mill. 

 Store in a airtight container.

I usually fill a small jar with the stuff, and it lasts me a few months since it’s so fine.

TO MAKE A SUGAR SCRUB:

  • Get about a cup of sugar, and put it in a bowl
  • Next, get two to three tablespoons of your herbal mix, and stir this into the sugar.
  • have three tablespoons of honey on hand.
  • Mix the honey into your sugar-herb mix IMMEDIATELY BEFORE USE. Not five minutes before, not two, and not when you get into the shower. you mix it RIGHT BEFORE USE. 
    (if you let it sit for too long, the sugar dissolved and it’s useless.)
  • You should get a grainy paste consistency. 
  • Turn off the water, scrub your whole body with it, and rinse.
  • Avoid contact with genitalia.
  • Moisturize skin with your favourite soap. 

If you want to use it on just your face, you can just adjust the amounts. A sugar scrub should be used once weekly.

AS A MASK:

  • mix Three to four tablespoons herb mix with four to five tablespoons honey
  • Wash face with warm water, and pat dry
  • Apply mask
  • Leave for 30 minutes. Lie down, meditate, go on tumblr, whatever
  • Wash off