Monday, 29 November 2010

Darwin Deez Plus Dance

equals the greatness of this video première for "DNA". This is the director's cut.

Song of the Day: "Undertow"


I've not blogged about Warpaint since late April, but haven't been able to get this song out of my head for a few weeks now. Although new album The Fool doesn't necessarily maintain its focus as much as their Exquisite Corpse EP (2009, self-release/Manimal Vinyl) this is one of its highlights. It's great to see a band that the blog/hype machine has really worked for so far.

Have a listen to the record here, especially if you're a Cat Power, PJ Harvey and/or Metric fan.

Video directed by Shannyn Sossamon

Recent Inspiration

My dad's old hat and stealing his shirts, 60s cat eyes, flickr-hopping, milk straight out of the carton, huddling indoors with friends, rings and more rings until the end of time amen.

images courtesy of everythingstyle, sagasig, sophie ajram, photodiarist, 10muses, lu-yi, rackkandruin and threadbombing

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Song of the Day: "My Girls"



This is still one of my favourite songs from 2009, and from one of the year's best albums. Thinking about my top albums of 2010 (it is that time of year, after all) just got me back onto this. I know Animal Collective are one of those Marmite bands, so it's got to be said that I feel love for them. What about you?

Saturday, 27 November 2010

MinkPink Summer 2010

Lust. That's what I feel for most of the items from MinkPink's new Summer lookbook. If you're on the same page and can't hold off til they come out, peep the remainder of their A/W items on ASOS here. Yes to the flower mini skater dresses. Yes.

images courtesy of minkpink

Friday, 26 November 2010

Song of the Day: "Treehouse"


Gold Fields - Treehouse from Gold Fields on Vimeo.

This is Gold Fields, a brand new band from Australia. In line with what is apparently my love for disco-flavoured pop at the moment (courtesy of the amazing Twin Sister), this track makes it as my song of the day. The drums. The drums are sublime. Young and Lost Club just released it digitally on Monday, and the physical single will be coming out in a week and a half.

PS: if you haven't already heard of Young and Lost, rectify that. They're freaking great.

I Got Papped

The company I intern with hosted an LSE Fashion Society event on Tuesday. Read: free wine, great guest speakers, and a freaking well-dressed audience. The resident photographer, and blogger at Qualified, took these snaps of me. It was hilarious chatting to her while she clicked away, but she's super-cool so I didn't mind. Happy Friday, peeps.

all images courtesy of chu

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Dreamy Pop Galore


I'm going to this tomorrow, as part of a very exciting guestlist opportunity that I'll be sharing with you all soon. The combination of this much dreamy and hazy pop may just turn me into a puddle of sticky happiness: if it doesn't, then you'll not have to wait too long to read my review of the gig. If you're going too, come say hello.

I'll be the one at the front with the little notebook. Or the puddle.

Twin Sister, below, are on their first ever UK tour with this gig, so I'm especially excited to see them.


All Around and Away We Go from Twin Sister on Vimeo.

image courtesy of myspace/stillcorners

DEERBRAINS

I now also blog for this awesome site. DEERBRAINS is the brainchild of a few art/design/fashion/photography lovers, out to share their interests with the world. We review products and events relating to the above as well as promote some of our own projects. The team's just bundled four other members into its welcoming and furry arms, so check us all out HERE.

This is what my DB profile looks like, below. I'm loving being a part of this team of stars, so do check out all their personal endeavours too. So far I've blogged about King Noir, Saga Sig and Sleigh Bells and a Deer of the Day. Delicious.




Tuesday, 23 November 2010

WHO?

Ha. I want this. So apt, after his 10/10 from Pitchfork.

image courtesy of betty, from leblogdebetty. all rights are hers.

Song of the Day: "Too Much"



If anyone ever feared that the king of 'maximalism' himself, Sufjan Stevens, would let them down with his return they need not worry. He's back. He's still going large, but in a completely new direction. And I like it. Die-hards who only want him to stay true to banjos and orchestral live instrumentation will be dissapointed. Anyone else willing to take in his ever-saturated soundscapes will be delighted.

Stream the entire album on BandCamp here.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Jonze Does The Suburbs

Back in April we heard rumbles of a collaboration between Spike Jonze and  the Arcade Fire. Here's the result: a video for "The Suburbs". The image of Win Butler with a gun is probably one of the best rock self-cameos this decade.


Before this turned dark, it just made me want to watch some Weeds.

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Song of the Day: "Hall"


This is Will Wiesenfeld aka Baths. He's been playing piano since he was four, writing songs since he was thirteen and making music like this for about four years. I'm impressed, and a little in love. Fans of Gold Panda and Passion Pit will most likely be feeling this too.

(How cute is that dog??)

image courtesy of brooklynvegan

SLEIGH BELLS

Audio, Brighton /// Saturday, November 20th 2010
This is Alexis Krauss. She clearly doesn't mess around, but she does shower her audiences with a combination of water and blinding love. Fronting Sleigh Bells last night, she gave one of the most charismatic and wildly energetic performances I've ever seen.

The tiny underground venue was perfect for a gig of this kind, with Krauss smashing the audience-performer barrier and spending most of her time perched on people's shoulders or dancing amongst the crowd. Highlights included brutally bass-heavy renditions of "Kids", "Infinity Guitars" and "A/B Machines". The totally relentless joy of "Crown On The Ground" pretty much made the entire set for me (embedded below).


If you've not yet listened to these guys, the time is now. They are on a mission to charm their way into everyone's hearts with an unabashedly sexual and playful approach. These are their treats.

image courtesy of me, so don't steal it.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Song of the Day: "Mickey Mouse"


I almost forgot how much I love this song. Luckily, I happened to meet a girl today who worked at Bella Union Records and we started chatting about the greatness of Wavves' last record. This is the only song that Spotify doesn't host since re-posting King of the Beach, so you'll have to try it out via the Tube. Enjoy ,and happy Friday.

image courtesy of popsense (clearly)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Niki Farquharson

Ha, love that. Niki Farquharson is a London-based illustrator and designer. All this madness is hand-drawn to start with, since she's a believer in bright colours, pens and paper. Man wins rare triumph over computer, it seems.
She then cuts and pastes with magazine images. I think it's incredible, and is definitely the new thing to like today. Niki also has loads of other projects on, ranging from witty and beautiful books to the Random Got Beautiful photo site. Greatness.

all images courtesy of nikifarquharson

Song of the Day: "When I Grow Up"


When I Grow Up from Fever Ray on Vimeo.

No, not the Pussycat Dolls. Fever Ray. In case you recognise those vocals it's Karin Dreijer Andersson from the Knife, of "Heartbeats" fame. Anyone who started uni in England in 2006 will remember that song from  its constant rotation at various indie club nights.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Niki & the Dove

Mother Protect by Niki & The Dove
DJ Ease My Mind by Niki & the Dove

This is Niki & the Dove, fronted by Malin Dahlström. My recent Robyn obsession proves that I can't get enough of Swedish electro-pop at the moment, so these guys fit right in. If you like your soaring pop theatrical and glacial then you're in the right place.

An even better place will be at The Lexington this Thursday night, when Niki & the Dove take to the stage as part of JaJaJa. It's a Scandinavian-themed night of music (and no, not like ABBA) hosted by The Line of Best Fit, and looks set to be amazing. If I didn't already have Gold Panda tickets for Thursday, I'd be there too.

image courtesy of nikiandthedove/myspace

The Joy Formidable



The Joy Formidable are a Welsh trio doing the female-fronted melodic punk thing with a commitment and fervour that makes them easy to like. I don't usually feature bands like this, but I've not been able to shake my love for Ritzy Bryan's voice since first hearing it on Tony's New Music Show at Juice FM in March. 

She's got that breathy and resonant quality that fans of Metric, The Howling Bells and The Duke Spirit will enjoy. And if you've not heard of any of those bands, look into them for female vocals in rock that are beautifully smooth and husky.

The rest of the power trio are Rhydian Dafydd on bass/backing vocals and Matt Thomas on drums/percussion. CHECK IT.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Song of the Day: "Lightening Fossil"


Introducing Prince Rama. This is clearly what happens when three kids grow up a stone's throw from a Florida Hare Krishna colony, go to art school in Boston, then move to Brooklyn. And contrary to what any of those elements would instinctively suggest, I like. To think that they started off playing quick and thrashy pop-punk, and ended up with this mad mix still makes me laugh out loud.

Prince Rama combine real deal Sanskrit chants (!), grinding synths and beautifully syncopated drum sequences with a whole lot of psych-inspired reverb and delay on the vocals. Speaking of which, they can veer from operatic (in the songs below) to a sort of Kate Bush-like wail. Both female members, sisters Nimai and Taraka Larson, lend their vocal chords to the songs and it just works. Now that School of Seven Bells only contains one magical twin, Prince Rama may just nudge SVIIB off their position as my current top 'sister dream team' band.

Together with Michael Collins, they make weird and textured music that's difficult to ignore. Here's "Lightening Fossil", the fifth track from their September LP Shadow Temple (Paw Tracks).

image courtesy of combobreakerkid

Get On Me, Please

In reference to clothing brand Yayer, that's pretty much all I can say. These are the kinds of garments that make shopping for snuggly knits and printed second-hand tees that little bit easier - plus, since the store's online you don't have to push through all the crowds of girls with top knots and crop tops in Beyond Retro. WIN.

Below are some of my favourite picks from the site at the moment. Since they often sell one-off vintage or pre-loved pieces, they tend to go pretty quickly. However, the ladies at Yayer also give us a line of modern clothes (like the maxi below that I'm 90% likely to order. Now) with more sizes and stock available.
Aran Cable Knit Cardi
Matilda Ditsy Skirt
Picasso Disco Tee
Grey Skies Flutter Dress
Barbarella Shirt (SOLD OUT, DAMMIT)
Caramel Brown Faux Fur Coat
Rio Red Knitted Cardi
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