Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Shoegaze

Holy Jesus & Mary Chain Batman! It's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (again, I may be a wee late on this find)! I have a love/hate relationship with most shoegaze, mainly because no one does it better than J&MC and a lot of it just BUGS ME. BUT, I REALLY like this Brooklyn-based crew, maybe its the chick vocals, maybe its the song title "This Love is Fucking Right!", or maybe its just because these super great, short pop songs make my ears tingle in all the right ways:

Holy S

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2 New Musics!

Hello all! I have 2 new musics that i would like to share. Both of these are new releases that were out this week... yesterday, actually.

The first FIRST is the new Black Lips album, 200 Million Thousand. to be honest, I downloaded it at work just now and haven't been able to REALLY give it a solid listen, but from what i can barely hear (no headphones fail) It sounds like they MIGHT be growing up a wee bit. Don't worry, they are still total dirtbags, but their sound seems to have been tidied up a bit, while still leaving dust in the corners and pee stains on the rug. take a listen:

The second is from an artist that I've been MEANING to tell you about, i swear! That is, if you haven't heard of him already (I've been listening to old country records on repeat and haven't really been paying attention to anything else). Wavves is one dude, Nathan Williams, out of California, whose tracks pull inspiration from an array of sounds, a la Replacements, Monsters, Sonic Youth and more recent influences like Liars, Xiu Xiu and Japanther. I must advise you to please download his self titled album:

both of these will be summer staples (the summer dreaming has OFFICIALLY BEGUN)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bored of Trade

For the past month or so, I've been planning this EVENT THING. It's called Bored of Trade, the title concieved not at the power strategy meeting over coffee as planned, but later that night. It's something I am planning to throw 3 or 4 times a year, hopefully finding a solid group of really amazing, top quality vendors to permanently join this retail collective. Long term goals include SAVING MONEY and molding this wee collective into an actual store.

There is an amazing artist that will be involved in future Bored of Trade events, Victor Aguilar (the right brain behind the flyer). He has been such a help and can't wait to see what his own art collective, Taupe, creates to sell. Also on board are some fellow etsy-ers. Jenn of Jules & Juniper re-purposes vintage jewlery. She is currently extending her knowledge of metal craft at the Corcoran. Meagan of Sister Sadie brings her experience working at Junction on U Street to show us a great collection of vintage. Kristin of FeatherBrain, a new etsy friend, creates beautiful feathered headwear. Chandi of Manatea Party brings her keen eye and her sense of humor to her home decor and her collection of vintage clothes. Tim of Dynamite Printworks is a Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights community staple. His silk screens bleed local love.

I have a good feeling in my little heart that this is going to be a pretty great event. With the growing attendee list, however, my basement is beginning to look increasingly small.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Internet Does It Again

This is the worst thing/most hilariously depressing thing
I have seen today... maybe even this week.

Do you wish it were easier to remember each and every (most likely horrific, depending on who you ask) detail of the love-making in which you partake? Do you wish you could keep a calendar of when you had sex, run charts and reports? Document how long it lasted and how lovely it was, on a scale of 1-5 stars? Even TAG your entry, so it is easier to search for "hairy" or "sweaty" or "hilarious" interactions and realize with unfortunate clarity just how many of those interactions you have had? Do you really want to completely remove enjoyment, spontaneity, and the ability to FORGET said love-making? Do you also spend too much time on the Internet, want your lover to hate you, and have no personality?

Then is perfect for you! Honestly, the only logical reason anyone should use this is when they are trying to get pregnant. Are you SERIOUS?!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

YSL Unisex Line

Today through February 21, you can buy Stefano Pilati's first unisex collection for Yves Saint Laurent at a special pop-up shop in New York. The suits are inspired by YSL's iconic Le Smoking tux of the sixties. The line also includes high-waisted shorts, trenches, and cardigans. Also showcased in the collection are -cargo pants- (basically)... and i am just not ready for that again.

I'm not sure HOW unisex this line is, it seems more marketed to the androgynously stlye-minded woman than both sexes equally, and even though i am loving some of these looks - most are just downright unflattering. I would really like to have these photographed on MEN. Here are my picks:

honestly i'm maybe just not that into it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

DIY Feather Necklace

All you need is a couple packages of feathers from the craft store, some wooden beads (also found pre-packaged in craft stores), some hefty string (leather is great), scissors, a very sharp point and an hour or two. Arrange feathers as needed and cut them to appropriate lengths. Poke holes in them about 1/2 an inch from the top (this may need some extra elbow grease - i had to lightly use a hammer and a needle to make a hole on a few) then string the beads and the feathers together, tie off and you are DUNZO.