Sunday, April 14, 2013


from sugarhigh + lovestoned collaboration >> here <<

shakey graves. that is the moniker of alejandro rose-garcia from austin, TX. he is a one man band + the complete package. his voice is smooth, soulful, raspy at times. boots, kicking drums, tambourine, guitar, smart lyrics, and a killer stage presence. he has something you can't teach. i've been watching his videos and listening to his music since i caught wind of him. i find myself thinking how wonderful it would be to drink whiskey with this guy and pick his brain. what makes this guy tick? what's his story? take a listen via bandcamp below and if you like what you hear, check him out on tour.

photo credit: bottom//roger ho//three/band instagram//tumblr

Friday, March 8, 2013


new video for "wishes": directed by eric wareheim; starring ray wise (twin peaks), some eccentric dancing acrobats, and a giant white horse...i mean what could be more awesome than that!? 


from my weekly post for sugarhigh + lovestoned. do yourself a favor and GO to their blog, website, and tumblr. the girls will give you a case of some serious inspiration. the cedra sessions contributes to their blog every thursday and you won't always find it keep tabs. xo

see the original post with LOTS more images at >>>>


Devendra Banhart is known for his eccentricities. His music can be hard for some people to digest, including myself. But with his new album, Mala, set to be released on March 12th, Banhart has done himself sweet justice. This album is the perfect example of a man with endless talent showing restraint in the best possible way. He has reeled in his crazy just enough without sacrificing the stuff that makes him so incredible. This album is full of that signature warbling vocal that we have come to associate with Banhart, but it is just a little smoother and more tender this time around. One thing that he does so well on Mala is mix up his genres in a presentation that is delightfully pleasing to the palette of the listener. Just when you get comfortable with a sweet ballad, he adds in a tune overflowing with poppy beach style joy. Next a melody all in Spanish, so beautifully sung it's like a soft caress.
My favorite tracks: Fur Hildegard von Bingen || Mi Negrita || Won't You Come Home


the baby-faced soul singer from england is back with a new single for his upcoming sophomore album, overgrown, due out on april 9th in the US. if the single, retrograde, is any indication of what the rest of the album has in store for us i am thrilled to hear it. this man was gifted with an insanely special voice. take a listen below. best to put on your headphones and turn it up just a bit...

RETROGRADE by james blake


from the 'thursday' music post collaboration with sugarhigh + lovestoned. check out their blog every thursday for first look at posts from the cedra sessions that don't always make it to my blog. and stay a while exploring all the beautiful images and gorgeous fashions from the smokin' hot babes at SH + LS headquarters. swoon! see the full post with more images at 

>>>---------------> xo

Patti Smith is performing right now in a music venue a few miles from my apartment. It's breaking my heart I'm not standing out in the crowd. The only upside to this is that it inspired this weeks post. Now I could go on and on about the great female voices of the past. Etta James, Nina Simone, Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks...the list is endless. Voices that I grew up on. Sunday mornings were usually days for cleaning up the house. My mom would dig up something to blast over the stereo, the sun blazing through the windows to the south. I would dance around the house, a wooden spoon or paddle brush in my hand for a microphone, pouncing onto the cushions of my dad's armchair like a love struck Tom Cruise. Music is my haven of memories. And now I'm creating new ones. Full of new female vocals that make me swoon. Some are odd even. They might even make you feel uncomfortable. I love that feeling. When you aren't sure what to make of it. Some ladies on this list will come as no surprise. Old favorites from recent years. Some are new loves. While not a complete list, it is something to wet your palette, and have you coming back for more. Enjoy! xx Cedra

Sweet Dreams >> Angel Olsen
Appalachia >> Chelsea Wolfe
Silver Springs >> Lykke Li
Emmylou >> First Aid Kit
No Death >> Mirel Wagner
Stormy Weather >> Little Dragon
Bloodbuzz Ohio >> Julia Stone
Grown Unknown >> Lia Ices
Mother Protect >> Niki & the Dove
Silent Machine >> Cat Power
Bitter Branches >> PJ Harvey
Clementine >> Sarah Jaffe
Kiss >> Scout Niblett
Murder of Birds >> Jesca Hoop
Wolf >> First Aid Kit
One Day >> Sharon Van Etten
Juniper >> Y La Bamba
Tiniest Seed >> Angel Olsen
Place to Belong >> Little Dragon

Monday, February 18, 2013


i have been a fan of the michigan band, breathe owl breathe, for some time now. their music makes me smile. it's light and fun and  unique. so i suppose i'm not suprised that frontman, micah middaugh, is also a children's book author. his book, these train tracks, is a creation of such imagination and sweetness. i just had to post it. it comes with a 7" vinyl with accompanying tracks to the storyline. 

"we are not perfect. we are not normal. we are....EXCEPTIONAL!"

moments of the second track feature a child's innocent vocals singing the above exclamation. i just love it. 

these train tracks/the listener is the story of a mole and an ostrich, and the unique friendship that they share as they form a rock band, called "the listeners". it's canvas cover and blockprint illustration just add to it's charm. 

to order the book click >>HERE<<

and to listen to the tracks just click 'play' below


i first heard of lia ices from my dearest friend, shaunna, while we sipped wine at a beautiful vineyard in sonoma, california. the air was chilled, but the sun hot, as we chatted under the large tree up on a hill. there is of course a connection between the two and this very vineyard appears in lia's video for the song "daphne" off her sophomore album grown unknown
while there is certainly no shortage of aspiring female singer/songwriters in the music scene these days, lia is something exceptional. her voice is so pure and perfect, yet different enough to separate herself from the pack. she doesn't rely on anything odd or peculiar with her vocals, just something extraordinarily smooth and melodic. she draws you in. makes you want to know and hear more. never disappointing, she is strong yet fragile. obviously others feel the same. she has been signed to jagjaguar records and on this latest album recorded with label-mate justin vernon of bon iver
lia is currently recording her new album. i can't wait to see what she has been working on. in the meantime, check out some of her stunning videos for grown unknown. i love the feel of love is won. a video shot completely on 8mm film by either lia herself or her boyfriend while they were in rome. it reminds me of all the beautiful little moments that we remember when we reflect on love. a moment in time that perhaps seemed insignificant at the time, but in the end is all we can remember. 
undoubtably, this won't be the last we see or hear from lia ices.

DAPHNE feat justin vernon >>>>


photo credit: four/six: emiliano granado/// three/eleven: winona barton ballentine for foam magazine///eight/nine: shanna fisher; five: elisabeth vitale for pitchfork; two//