Smoke Bellow rehearsing, Baltimore.
Smoke Bellow rehearsing, Baltimore.
Olivia from The DÃ¸Â waiting for a cab on the corner of W Houston and Broadway.
This is An Horse playing at The Paradiso in Amsterdam last Friday. I am a terrible live music photographer but I love these guys with every bit of my insides.
Sucking at basketball… No biggie.
Soon I’ll actually be able to reveal more about why I went to Baltimore. It feels like a life time ago.
Until then, you can listen to the first song by my dear friend Meredith’s new band. It is terrifically good.
I’ve not been able to get this song out of my head for two weeks.
I have six working days left until I go home for a month. I want to take photos like this of my friends in the sun. I want to swim in the sea.
I need books to read on the plane. I need music to listen to on the plane. Do you have any suggestions? I just finished Freedom and I miss Patty and I miss Joey. Last night I saw The Drums who were terrifically young and fearless.
This is amazing. You are amazing.
I had a dream last night that there was no music, that one day I woke up and my iTunes was empty and there was nothing beautiful to listen to. It was all gone. I’m dealing with that by listening to all my current favourite songs over and over and over again, committing them to memory. Just in case. Here are some of them for you to listen to too.
Can’t. Stop. Listening. To. This. Song.
Australian pop singer Darren Hanlon‘s dancing is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
This amazing video was directed by Natalie van den Dungen, the lady who unwittingly gave me the idea for my tattoo (which I haven’t got yet, don’t worry Mum) when I spent a weird day with her and Darren in LA last year. Special.
If you are in America, please watch it! Tonight! And please love them and go and see them play and buy their record.
Whenever I think of her on TV in front of that many people I actually want to cry. I can’t remember the last time I felt such an overwhelming sense of pride.
You can now see the video here! <3
If anyoneâ€™s been reading for a while now, theyâ€™ll know that about a year ago I completely lost my mind over some incredible brooches by Melbourne designer Lost in the Woods. The only problem was I couldnâ€™t find anywhere to buy these little babies online. UNTIL NOW.
Thatâ€™s right. Itâ€™s only taken me a year but I finally did it.
Ambiguous Horse is a shop in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote that sells some pretty awesome jewellery. But the best part for those of us far from Australiaâ€™s golden shores is that YOU CAN BUY THEM ONLINE.
I know writing in caps goes against all rules of pretty much everything but I am that excited I donâ€™t even care. Screw the rules. Screw everything. This is the best thing ever.
Speaking of best things, itâ€™s time for the second installment of â€˜why my friends are better than yoursâ€™.
If any of you kids are in America and are fans of Canadian power pop twins Tegan & Sara, go and see them in April. Not because theyâ€™re great (they are), but because my friend Kate and her band An Horse are supporting. All the stuff you need to know is right here.
I often lament the loss of the mix tape in today’s courting ritual. Is there anything better than receiving a personalised collection of tunes from your lover? I used to spend hours slaving over my stereo creating mixes for my friends. Now I don’t even know anyone who still has a tape deck! And when I see kids sharing music these days, they’re sharing it with AN ENTIRE train carriage by playing it full-blast through their crappy little mobile phone speakers. God, I feel old.
Anyway, the point of this post is this… Even though I’m generally opposed to all the fancy-pants USB drives you can buy these days, I think this one‘s really sweet. You can create a playlist, stick it on the USB drive, put it in the cassette, personalise it and voila! You have the perfect gift for the nostalgic music nerd in your life.
How lovely are the ladies from Au Revoir Simone? This trio from New York make the sweetest music and are so well dressed.
I thought I would leave you with some pretty ladies to look at while I’m away in Rome (eee!).
I hope you all have happy holidays. I’ll be back on January 2nd.
When I saw John Vanderslice supporting Death Cab For Cutie in Frankfurt last year, I had NO IDEA he was a fricking genius. Okay, I’m not the biggest fan of his music but his photos are incredible. Really, really incredible. He has slideshows on his website of all his past tours and I just spent too long going through every single one of them.Â Vanderslice, I salute you dude.
Check out his latest single here:
We went to see The Darjeeling Limited last weekend. Before the main feature they played Hotel Chevalier, the Wes Anderson short that acts as a precursor to the film. If you can ignore all the hype about how you get to see Natalie Portman naked, it’s actually pretty awesome. Strangely, I think what I loved most of all was the yellow in Jack Whitman’s (played by Jason Schwartzman) hotel room. The film was shot on location in Paris’s Hotel Raphael (which will cost you around â‚¬400 a night to stay in, in case you were wondering). In fact, the amazing cinematography continues throughout the main feature too. The colours are just incredible. Here’s a screen grab from the short:
While watching it I couldn’t help but think about the opening scenes of Running With Scissors, the disappointing adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’s book. In these scenes, as you can see above, Annette Benning is in a room where practically everything is yellow. I don’t know why but I love it.
And to round out a week that’s involved a little too much Jason Schwartzman love, here’s an awesome song from his debut solo record, Nighttiming (under the guise of Coconut Records).
I love Ben Gibbard. I LOVE him. I know that’s probably not a very cool thing to say anymore but I think DCFC are great, and his All-Time Quarterback album is incredible*. So it was no surprise that The Postal Service, his long-distance project with Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello, is really awesome too.
TheÂ three singles from their debut album featured the lovely artwork of husband and wife illustrators Kozy and Dan (aka kozyndan). They have a fantastic collection of artwork on their website and a great shop full of posters and prints. I particularly love these two below:
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
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