Zella Day Shares Her Ultimate, All-American July 4 Playlist

Zella Day photographed in NYC by Ben Rosenzweig for BlackBook Magazine.

For one reason or another, the Fourth of July seems to be a holiday that nearly everyone plans at the 11th hour. With only a few days left to figure out the right barbecue, parade, or family reunion to attend, we wanted to help get our readers into the Independence Day spirit. Thus, we recruited the help of Zella Day, whose popularity as a singer-songwriter seems to have soared exponentially upon the release of her album Kicker last month. Born in the incredibly isolated, rural town of Pinetop, Arizona, Day combines her folk-fringed background with traditional pop, exhibiting a sound that aptly summarizes the modern sonic embodiment of Americana. Who better to ask for some firework-worthy tracks?

Take a listen to Day’s playlist below, featuring the likes of Tom Petty, Sturgil Simpson, and The Doors. Also, make sure to give Kicker a listen, here.



Tom Petty – “Wildflowers”

I chose “Wildflowers” before “American Girl” as to not be too predictable. Tom Petty is the ultimate American heart throb.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – “American Girl”

Well here it is folks! The one true 4th of July anthem.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Teach Your Children”

This song encapsulates what I’d like to think Americans live by.

Joni Mitchell – “California”

Joni singing about the city that I’m falling so madly in love with, I couldn’t resist.

Sturgil Simpson – “A Little Light”

Sturgill Simpson is my idea of real genuine country music.

America – “Sister Golden Hair”

If I didn’t put this song on my playlist I’d be a wacko. I love this, you love this, your parents love this.

Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – “Louisiana Woman”

I want to be Loretta Lynn when I grow up. Mississippi and all. 

The Whites – “Keep On The Sunny Side”

Our country is going through some dark times, but let us not forget all of the beauty we  share.

Harry McClintock – “Big Rock Candy Mountain”

Classic cowboy attitude.

The Doors – “Alabama Song”

Where I’m guessing everyone ends up after fireworks.


5 Superb White Wines under $30 for Spring + What to Play While You Sip

Photo: “Bodega Ribera del Duero Vino Asador Rafael Corrales Aranda de Duero” by Pravdaverita – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

With the beginning of Spring, white wines will be exceptionally tasty. Here are a few to try.

Spring means fine seafood, fresh weather, and group gatherings over some great white wine. The following wines have all been selected accordingly for the sunnier season–and their palatable price range (all five picks are under $30).

Once the bottle’s been uncorked, hit play on our custom playlist–perfect for a small treat for a date-night-with-yourself.


Kim Crawford 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, $16

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Cederberg Winery Bukettraube 2010, $24


Domaine de la Villaudière 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre), $29

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Mastroberardino Falanghina  2013, $21 


Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2013    $15


Start Off Your NYFW With a Marc Jacobs-Made Playlist

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Fashion and music are like peanut butter and jelly. And NYFW, in addition to being a week of discovery of what we’ll all be wearing next season, often also serves as the time we most use our trusty Shazam apps.

Making it simple, here’s Marc Jacobs’s NYFW playlist.

Track Listing:
1. Durutti Shores – Lemonade – Minus Tide
2. Go (feat. Blood Diamonds) – Grimes – Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)
3. Austral Aura – Sleep D – Cut Copy Presents: Oceans Apart
4. Prisoner of Love – Jessica 6 – See the Light
5. Sea Sex And Sun – Serge Gainsbourg – Initials SG
6. You Make Me Feel Good – Satin Jackets – You Make Me Feel Good
7. Missing (Todd Terry Remix) – Everything But The Girl – Amplified Heart + Extra Track
8. Not This Time – The 2 Bears – The Night Is Young
9. This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has a Crush On Me – Sally Shapiro – Somewhere Else
10. WeAreTheYouth – Electric Youth – Innerworld (Deluxe Edition)
11. Softpretty – Doss – Doss
12. A Monument To Everything (Kindness Mix) – Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument (Remixes)
13. November Rain – Korallreven – November Rain – Single
14. World, Hold On – Bob Sinclar – Western Dream

If Fine Leather Goods Had a Sound, This Would Be It

Mitch Alfus’s company, Libra Leather, is the go-to source for exotic leather and skins for the city’s top designers — everyone from Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Phillip Lim and more go to Libra Leather for the goods. It’s about time, then, that he opened up a store of his own for us to peruse. From November 20th until the end of January, you can check out Libra Leather Home pop-up in Tribeca to shop everything from homeware, men’s and women’s accessories, and even skateboards and bicycles.

To celebrate the opening of the pop-up, Alfus put together a playlist just for us that represents the different moments of his life and define who he is as a person today. Listen in, below.

Libra Leather Home opens with a celebratory bang on November 20th from 7-10 p.m., and will be open through the end of January from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Libra Leather Home is located at 72 Franklin Street.




Images courtesy of Libra Leather Home

Get the Galli Party Started: Karen Gallo’s Exclusive Playlist for BlackBook

Tonight marks the opening of Galli’s second outpost, a restaurant where getting up from your chicken parm to dance, generously poured Gavi in hand, is standard. Galli’s been attracting a fashion crowd from the get go, first on Mercer Street, and now on the LES. Behind the restaurant are Steven Gallo, chef, and Karen Gallo— you may know her from lusting after the shoes and bags she designs.

To celebrate opening night, Karen has put together a playlist for BlackBook, a sample of what’ll be playing at Galli.

“Why do we play this music? This is the music I grew up listening to and everything I design and everything I do has a reference point. This music becomes the starting point for us at Galli. For example, the Beastie Boys…this corner is [where the cover for] Paul’s Boutique [was photographed]… we have to play it!”





Wallpaper in the bathrooms featuring sketches by Karen Gallo, caricaturing staples at the restaurant.

Galli LES is located at 98 Rivington Street at Ludlow, New York, NY

LISTEN: Marc Jacobs’ NYFW Playlist, Right Here

In honor of the fact that Marc Jacobs will show his New York collection in but a few hours, we’re sharing a playlist the designer put together in honor of New York Fashion Week. While the word’s still out on whether he’ll be ours forever (talk is he may move to Paris) he’ll always be a New Yorker in our hearts. We love you, Marc, and we cant wait to see what you have in store for us for FW14.

Listen in:

A few other things we’re listening to, right this way.