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Happenings: The Impossible Project Tour


The Impossible Project made a stop this week at Urban Outfitters Costa Mesa to set up their unbelievably cool portable pop-up shop in the form of a silver Airstream trailer. Impossible USA is traveling around the country until October 2014 to share the power of the Polaroid. I met up with two of the guys from The Impossible Project, Kyle and Mitch, to learn a little bit more about what's going on inside the trailer, nicknamed "Silver Shade."

Inside Silver Shade you'll find tons of film, cameras, and an even cooler photo booth. Mitch and Kyle also lead workshops in the little nook on the left side of the trailer (which looks like it came straight out of the 1960s). Curious individuals can step inside and try out the various films and cameras as well as learn all about what The Impossible Project is doing. While there, Mitch taught me how to use the brand's new iLab, which allows you to take a photo on your iPhone, attach it to a Polaroid camera and then print a true Polaroid. It's totally cool, so definitely give it a try if you find the tour stopping in your town.

Silver Shade just got back from SXSW and Coachella and will be stopping at various UO locations throughout the year. Visit Silver Shade when it comes to your town and give analog film life again! Maddie




Meet the Designer: Helena Young-Meyer


This month, UK-born designer Helena Young-Meyer, the woman behind HYM Salvage, is showing off her one-of-a-kind home goods at Urban Outfitters' Space Ninety 8 concept store in Williamsburg, and also worked with Urban Renewal on a unique denim collaboration. We visited her Fishtown studio where she gave us a peek into her working life (hint: it's filled with vintage fabrics and pug puppies) and told us all her must-see vintage shops in the area.
Interview by Katie Gregory. Photos by Rachel Albright.





Hey Helena! How long have you been working on furniture specifically for Space Ninety 8?
About a month, I’d say? It’s hard to say, exactly. I’ve done an online range, and then another collection for Space 15 Twenty in L.A. on top of this collection for Space Ninety 8. And now I’m researching and looking for furniture for the Harold Square store. Right now I have no furniture because I’ve got rid of it all! I get the concept books so I get an idea of what they want it to look like and then I go from there sourcing the fabric and furniture.

Any awesome spots that you get your furniture from?
At this point it’s been varied. I’ll go to Adamstown or…well, I haven’t bought anything from Jinxed yet, but that’s a great place to look in Philadelphia. I also like to go to the Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse where I just got a bunch of stuff from. Whenever I’m out and about I’m always looking into vintage places. Some of the stuff I already have, like stuff I’ve collected over the years. I'm pretty cleaned out at the moment, though. I need to start collecting again.





And what about fabrics?
Sometimes it’s harder to find at the vintage spots. The best places we’ve found were in L.A. I went to the Rose Bowl and made contacts with a bunch of people and now I know where to get what from. I get a lot shipped over or I just pick up things whenever I’m there.

You've previously worked as a clothing designer for UO. How did you get into working on furniture full-time?
Well, I’m from England obviously [laughs], and in the U.K. I worked in fashion for like, ten years. In between that I did a diploma in traditional upholstery in Wales. I learned everything I needed to know about. After that, I started a side business alongside my fashion in the U.K. When the opportunity came for Urban, I just went head-first into the denim stuff because I didn’t have time for side projects. I did that for three years and it went really well, and then doing this just felt like the right thing at the right time. When I got my space here, everything all just seemed to fit. Urban has been a great company to work for because of how creative it is.







What music do you like to listen to while working?
I always like to listen to BBC Radio 6, which is a U.K. station. I always listen to that because it's familiar, and then that leads me on to other music. Generally it's just indie/folk type music. I used to be massively into music and now I like listening to it but I'm not as full-on with it [laughs].

What are your future plans with Hym Salvage?
Well, I just bought this house at the end of last year so I plan on staying here. I feel like there's a lot of opportunity here. Building the connections here for growing a business has been quite easy, and I think there's a lot of opportunity in Philadelphia as opposed to going somewhere like New York. We have a garden in the back and we plan on building a garage back there so we have a back delivery place as well and a place for bigger pieces. That's the short-term plan for now [laughs]!





Shop the HYM Salvage x Urban Renewal collection

Happenings: Salt Surf Garage Party

This Saturday, April 19, from 6pm-9pm, Brooklyn-based brand SALT SURF will be hosting a garage party at Space Ninety 8 (98 N. 6th St.) in Williamsburg. Along with free grilled cheese and Jarritos, there will be a live performance by The Mystery Lights, a surf movie to kick back and watch, and a raffle to win some of SALT SURF's coolest gear (pictured below). Raffle winner will be announced at 8pm and must be present at the time winners are announced, so make sure to stick around!



SALT SURF has also been working hard on a short, documentary-style film about the brand. Shot by Rapt Studio, the film focuses on SALT SURF's founder Nabil Samadani and the culture surrounding his unique line. Although not being released until next month, a short teaser for the film is available to watch below. To learn even more about SALT SURF, make sure to check out our full feature on the brand.


Read the full SALT SURF feature

Music Monday: April 14, 2014

This week for Music Monday we're doing something a little different. We have an EP premiere from I Break Horses!


Following much acclaim for their new album Chiaroscuro, Maria Linden’s I Break Horses have now enlisted an illustrious cast of artists to rework songs from the album that will make up their new Remix EP, the premiere of which can be found below. The list of artists includes East India Youth, Clarence Clarity, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, The Field and Tim Gane of Stereolab. Check out more of I Break Horses through iTunes!

Meet the Designer: Jason Woodside

Spend a day with artist Jason Woodside and you'll leave grinning from ear to ear. From hanging out in his color-saturated studio, to getting a caffeine fix at his new coffee shop Happy Bones, to having a cheeky glass of wine with lunch at Buvette on a Monday afternoon, the Florida-born, New York-based painter oozes good vibes. This month, Woodside collaborates with adidas on a hyper-color pop-up shop at Urban Outfitters' new Space Ninety 8 concept store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In addition to his collaboration with Space Ninety 8, Woodside also recently lent his talent to charity, designing and hand painting a new pair of adidas Stan Smith shoes (pictured below) that are now up for auction on eBay. The proceeds from the auction will go directly to Free Arts NYC, an organization that provides underserved children and families with "a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential." To read our full feature on Woodside, click here.


Space Ninety 8 Market Space: Local Made


As part of Space Ninety 8 Market Space, the Local Made pop-up showcases 44 artists and designers from the Brooklyn area. Independently minded, handcrafted, and one of a kind pieces are available from the very hands that made them, with unrivaled attention to detail and craftsmanship. Below, we spotlight some of Brooklyn's independent brands and makers you'll find at Local Made. Visit Williamsburg's Space Ninety 8 to see all 44 artists under one roof or click here to read our artist feature in full.



MCMC Fragrances
Created by Anne McClain, a graduate of the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in southern France, MCMC Fragrances is a boutique fragrance brand and studio based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.



Species by the Thousands
Founded in 2005 by Erica Bradbury, Species by the Thousands is a Brooklyn-based jewelry and lifestyle line influenced by outsider worlds.


(Photo credit: Jody Rogac)

New Friends
Established in 2012 by Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski in NYC, New Friends design and produce weavings, textiles and housewares.



Mighty Real Skin
Created out of a love for aromatherapy and skincare that's 100% natural, partners Salvador and Enrique make each of their essential oil blends in NYC in small batches.



Emily Miranda
Making her first piece in metal in 2010, Brooklyn-based Emily Miranda continues to make jewelry inspired by nature and fantastical creatures.



Datter
Created by illustrator Kaye Blegvad in 2010, Datter Industries creates subtle, narrative jewelery in an endeavor to turn drawings into wearable art.


(Photo credit: Julia Newman)

Brooklyn Herborium
Founded in South Brooklyn in 2013 by moms Molly and Emma, Brooklyn Herborium is a complete line of healthy skin care and home care products.

Friday Download: April 4, 2014


This week is just a big ol' mish-mash of things that have caught my attention throughout the week. Luckily one of those things is a gigantic database of crazy folktales to keep you entertained for hours and hours. Katie



Drake "Draft Day"
This has been the week of Drake. First, he shared "Draft Day" online, and then a couple days later he dropped "Days in the East." "Draft Day" samples Lauryn Hill's "Doo-Wop" so I'm on board.



Lana Del Rey "Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight"
Speaking of new tunes, a new Lana Del Rey song has leaked online just behind her announcement that "West Coast" is the title of her new single. "Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight" is no "Young and Beautiful" but it's still pretty good. (And Lana is just like, forever interesting to me for whatever reason, no matter what she does. Do your thing, girl.)
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Cloud Nothings "I'm Not Part of Me"
This video has a teen slumber party setting goin' on and I like the halfhearted teen posters thrown up on the wall (like Harry Styles - classic) and the usage of the Ouija board. Not really sure of the plot otherwise (mysterious maybe-evil potion turns teen girls into maybe-evil...musicians?), but it's fun to watch and the song rules.



"Honey, I Want to Move to Mars"
There is literally nothing on this planet more unappealing to me than getting blasted off into space to another planet forever, but some people are totally into that and are actually still pumped about that Mars One mission. Jason Stanford, whose wife Sonia Van Meter was chosen as one of the 1,058 Mars finalists, wrote an interesting essay over on Texas Monthly about his feelings on his wife's decision to (possibly) jet off to Mars forever. He's surprisingly chill about it.
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The Specialist's Hat
I was creepin' around on our freelancer Hazel's Tumblr this morning (hi Hazel) and one of the last things she posted was this spooky story titled The Specialist's Hat, so I read the whole thing and made myself late for work. Then I made myself even later because I started browsing this database of folktales she also linked to and they are great because they are horrifying and I'M NOT SURE WHAT LESSON I SHOULD BE LEARNING, especially in the tales where moms chop off their children's heads.
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Friday Download: March 28, 2014


If you take only one thing away from this week's Friday Download, then please let that thing be this website for Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump's balding pomeranian. The site is flush with new computer backgrounds for you. Katie



Lady Gaga "G.U.Y."
Listen to me, I have no idea what is going on in this music video, but Lisa Vanderpump halfheartedly shaking a tambourine on the steps of a mansion is everything I never knew I wanted. And any video that lets Giggy the balding pup make an elegant and important cameo gets a gold star in my book.



The Julie Ruin "Just My Kind"
The Julie Ruin put out a new video for their song "Just My Kind." It's basically the exact opposite of Gaga's video but it's just as incredible. I want Kathleen Hanna to be my BFF. Is that so much to ask?



Future Islands Singles
I feel like I've been talking about Future Islands a lot recently (like the rest of the internet), and maybe I already said this somewhere else, but if you haven't listened to their newest album Singles yet, then click right on over to Stereogum to check it out. The site's accompanying review on the album is a good, quick read as well.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer
"What the world needs is a giant, CGI crime-fighting turtle slamming slow motion into a Hummer on the side of a snow-covered mountain," is apparently something Michael Bay said at one point or another to a person who was too afraid to be like, "No, Michael. Close your sweet, sweet eyes and take a nap." So, I guess what I'm saying is enjoy this trailer for TMNT.



The Office Time Machine
I am obsessed with The Office, so seeing that someone spent like, a really, really long time compiling every single cultural reference ever made on the show makes me incredibly happy. Go watch them all by year here. I put the video for 1999 above because it contains one of my favorite references on the show: Michael's flawless usage of "NOSCRUB" in a Scrabble game.

Local Made: Cold Picnic

Cold Picnic is partners Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, who craft bags, art, textiles and more in their Brooklyn studio. Carrying on the tradition of storytelling through symbols, Phoebe and Peter make each piece by hand, seeking out objects from the past.

As part of Williamsburg's Space Ninety 8 Market Space, Cold Picnic has created custom wall hangings, macramé plant hangers and leather goods for our Local Made pop-up. Get the scoop on Phoebe and Peter's cool, nostalgic vibe and colorful creative process. Read the full feature here.

On The Road: Book Companions

On The Road: Book Companions

Road-tripping is, of course, a great time to bond with your friends in the very close quarters of someone’s borrowed car, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to find those lulls and moments of silence in the backseat to do a little reading. Even in an age where e-readers are at their prime, books are the best road trip buddies, and if you’re a nerd/bibliophile/love the sound of your own voice like me, you can read passages aloud to your friends. Here are some choices to throw in your bag to read between point A and point B. Maitri

Astronomy 101 By Carolyn Collins Petersen
This lovely little book is packed with clean illustrations and gorgeous technicolor photos of the heavens above. If you’re driving on the open road, you can try and find those corresponding constellations.

Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You By Michele Bernhardt
Can you paint with all the colors of the zodiac? Colorstrology will tell you what colors will brighten (or darken) your life, and who on the spectrum is your color match. I’d like to think I’m a Pantone Radiant Orchid.

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life And Loss, One Song At A Time By Rob Sheffield
Similar to when you’re on an airplane, emotions run high on road trips — confined space, the vast country of America, running out of Pringles, etc. Sometimes it’s good to go with those emotions, so you should read Love is a Mix Tape, Rob Sheffield’s powerful and SUPER sad story of the love of his life’s death, and all the music that held them together. Then go dig up the first mix CD your high school boyfriend gave you and re-listen to all those old Arcade Fire songs from Funeral.

How Music Works By David Byrne
If you’re road-tripping this spring or summer, there’s a good chance you’re on your merry way to a music festival. Why not read a music and life-affirming manifesto from the Talking Heads weirdman/genius, David Byrne, to remind you how music can (and is about to) change your life?

Stargirl By Jerry Spinelli
Throw some fiction in the mix. Stargirl is one of the best “young adult” books out there, so forget about The Hunger Games. This one's about a girl who is loved and admired for her strangeness until one day, for reasons seemingly unknown, she’s turned on by her friends. It’s gonna stir up some bad tween memories, for sure, but it will also make you proud of being yourself.

Friday Download: March 21, 2014


As of yesterday, it's finally spring! You hear that? SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's been warmer than 40 outside! The sun has been out! Life feels worth living again! Since we never want to think about winter ever again, here are some CHEERFUL SPRING TUNES! LET US REJOICE! (And let's ignore that it is supposed to snow again next week, because R.I.P. R.I.P. to my sanity if it does.) Katie



Kishi Bashi "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!"
Okay, this video sort of makes me feel like I'm in an Oreo commercial, but it mostly makes me feel like skipping through a sunny field with a flower crown on my head and a confetti gun. Happiest tune of 2014, TBH. Also, the song vaguely reminds me of "Send Me On My Way," and since "SMOMW" is literally the catchiest song ever written, this song is in good company.



tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain"
Any song with a solid "WOO-HA!" in it automatically elevates it to feel-good status. (If you don't believe me, just ask Busta Rhymes.)



Neneh Cherry feat. Robyn "Out Of The Black"
The video for this one from Neneh Cherry and Robyn is like springtime in the '90s. If you're a totally chill, cool guy wearing totally cool Reebok hightops while walking your cool dog in the park, then this is the spring jam for you.



Flume "Space Cadet"
THIS VIDEO MAKES ME SMILE AS WIDE AS THE CHARACTERS ON FRAGGLE ROCK.



Sia "Chandelier"
If you're more like Orin than you'd like to admit, then this is the angsty, party monster ballad for you to groove to this spring. And if angsty spring is what you're looking for, then may I recommend following up "Chandelier" with "Breakin' Dishes"? Blasting "Breakin' Dishes" from a convertible on a delightful spring day is definitely going to be included in the montage of my life, TBH.



After all that, you should be feeling as good as this alpaca (if not BETTER). Happy spring!

UO DIY: Spring It On

Wish List: Spring Equinox

The first day of spring (which is today if you’re in the Northern hemisphere) is kind of like nature’s version of New Year’s Day. The trees are finally starting to blossom. The days are getting longer. The nights are getting warmer. It’s also the time of year that most people feel compelled to spring clean and start fresh, which is quite fitting considering the Vernal Equinox (as it’s formally called) represents new beginnings. It’s been celebrated as such since ancient times when our ancestors threw huge revelries to bless the freshly planted seeds for the coming year’s harvest. It’s also the end of the astrological year as Pisces moves into Aries, so in essence, nature and the cosmos are perfectly set-up to help you let go of the old and make space for the new. With that in mind, we created a simple ritual to make the most of this magical season.Madeline Giles

You Will Need
Two crystals
Journal and pen
Candle

1. Light candle, take a deep breath and relax. You might want to put on a playlist of songs that make you feel inspired. (I recommend Pure Bathing Culture for ultimate relaxation grooves.)

2. At the top of your journal page write a statement of positive intention. (I like: “I ask for this or something better for the highest good of all concerned.”) Then, begin writing what you would like to manifest. If you feel inspired to write in a list format, begin each sentence with: “I am easily finding myself _______.”

3. When you feel complete, reread the list – and do your best to imagine yourself engaging in these activities. If you feel like you can’t possibly imagine it, then go for a walk and come back to the ritual. It’s important to be in a peaceful and imaginative state when writing your intentions.

4. Imagine all your desires being soaked up into the two crystals in front of you. Know that you don’t have to “do” anything to make this happen. Simply setting the intention will allow it to happen.

5. Find a spot outside where you can safely dig a tiny hole. Bury one of the crystals in the ground. This is symbolic of surrendering your desires to the Earth, while metaphorically “planting” them.

6. Place the other crystal and your list of intentions next to your bed. Reread it at night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up. You can refine the list with new intentions as you wish.

On The Road: Quilt


While down in Austin this past week, we caught up with Quilt, a Boston-based psychedelic-folk band comprised of Anna Rochinski, John Andrews, Shane Butler and Keven Lareau, and a band that we are now totally obsessed with (like totally cool, normal adults). We were lucky enough to catch their show twice, once at a bigger venue and a second time at a more intimate backyard gathering, and we were blown away each time. Even with a million shows going on and the general crushing nightmare of SXSW, the band was nice enough to shoot some pictures for us for an exclusive photo diary of their tour, which makes us feel like we're all very best friends now. Katie



How did you guys get down to Austin?
Shane: We used to have a van but then we crashed it, so now we have a rental car. It's much smaller so we are very squished in the van now. [Editor's note: To help them offset the cost, Quilt has started a donation page to help them purchase a new tour van. Every little bit helps!]

Any rituals you do before going on stage?
John: I bring a skateboard on tour. I didn't on this one, but I usually skateboard around the city.
Anna: I try not to eat too much, because playing full sucks. When you're full and playing, you feel like a slug. Oh, and we sacrifice one baby goat [laughs]. Almost forgot!







What did y'all make sure to bring on this tour?
John: I brought a little keyboard. The first two days of tour I thought I was gonna make an electric song every day. I was like, "I'm gonna record a song every single day!" And then I only made one.
Keven: A couple issues of Pork magazine.

What's been your favorite thing about SXSW?
John: There's a band called Trash Talk and they just had a riot outside. That was the best part for me.
Shane: Watching Black Lips play was great. I always love seeing them play. Every single time I watch them, I can stay through the entire set. When you're watching bands every night, even if you love a band, sometimes you need to get away from sound a little bit, but they're so fun that I can't leave.





What's one thing you look forward to when coming to Austin?
John: Torchy's Tacos.
Anna: Barton Springs. Our favorite swimming spot is all dried up so we couldn't go there, but we did a photoshoot there.
Shane: There's this synth store Switched On. We haven't gotten a chance to go yet, but it's so great. They've got really cool vintage keyboards and synths.

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat down here?
John: 300.
Anna: On this tour, I've personally logged like, 75 individual tacos [laughs]. It's been a month, so that's a lot if you think about it. So far in Austin, I've only had four but we've only been here two days. I can't get away from them. I don't think I like pizza in the same way that I used to because tacos have taken over that place in my heart.


All photos shot with Fujifilm Instax

Let's Bike Austin: Our Guide to the Best Stops in Town

In our new feature On The Road: Let's Bike Austin, we took a trip to one of our favorite southern cities, where we put together a cycle gang of creative locals and toured downtown, hopping off at their go-to pitstops along the way. 


We documented the trip: Jotting down directions and taking notes to create an official Austin Bike Map, perfectly curated by our fellow cyclists. So follow their route and see the sights — the Austinite way!

1. El Chilito:  2219 Manor Drive // Tel. 512.382.3797
First stop: El Chilito's Tacos and Café. Start your day here with the best breakfast tacos in town. There are vegan options and an organic coffee bar, where you can start the day with a fresh cup of joe served hot or on ice. If you're not on wheels, we suggest trying out their delicious frozen mimosas and sangrias to cool off from the hot morning sun (please don't drink and ride). 
UO TIP: Don't worry if you wake up too late: Breakfast is served all day!

2. Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo: 1120 East 3rd Street // 512.472.1851
After breakfast, head south and make sure to stop by Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo. In English, its name translates to "The Light of the World." While seemingly small, the church has an international following of around five million with 3,500 established places of worship around the world, making this short pitstop a true hidden gem!
UO TIP: Our favorite part about this little church is its unique architectural style. At night, the Light of the World sign is lit up!

3. Farewell Books: 913 East Cesar Chavez // 512.473.2665
This progressive bookshop sells cool new (and used) books, zines, tees and more with topics ranging from architecture, counter culture, fashion, film, photography and beyond. They also have an art gallery featuring a variety of openings year-round, most recently displaying the works of Massachusetts-based artist Emma Kohlmann.
UO TIP: Need a boost of energy? Stop by Flat Track Coffee in the back!

4. Fast Folks Cyclery: 1105 East 6th // 512.524.8260
Flat tire? Wonky rim? Rusty chain? Take a break at Fast Folks Cyclery, an independent full-service bike shop, for all your riding needs. This shop is animal friendly—we've spotted puppies, piglets, and cats (#samsoncat)—and if you're lucky, you might get to wear the Fairdale Box on your head. P.S. Is it just us or does working here look like the coolest place ever?
UO TIP: Safety first! The shop motto may be "Live Fast or Die Trying" but if you don't have a helmet, here's the perfect place to pick one up.

5. Franklin BBQ: 900 East 11th // 512.653.1187
Briskets and ribs and sausage, OH MY! Franklin BBQ is our #1 pick for your lunchtime pitstop! The two-hour line is well worth the wait—just keep your eyes closed in the meantime to keep from drooling all over yourself.
UO TIP: They open at 11AM and close when they sell out, so don't wait too long to get there!

6. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz: 320 East 6th Street // 512.861.7020
Catch an afternoon matinee at Austin’s best movie theatre. With daily themes (like Terror Tuesdays, Weird Wednesdays and Quote-Alongs) you'll be able to catch a ton of really fun films at a super low price.
UO TIP: Don't forget to check out the Calendar!

7. The White Horse: 500 Comal Street // 512.553.6756
Pop-in here for tacos and two-stepping! There's live music seven days a week, a giant dance floor, pool tables and… get ready for it… WHISKEY ON TAP! We don't blame you if your trip stops here—it's a great place to stay all night.
UO TIP: Make a quick trip to the bathroom to pat the sweat off your face because The White Horse has a photo booth! 

8. South Congress: South Congress Avenue // 512.474.5171
Hop off your bike for a bit to walk this hip strip, checking out the local stores, restaurants and venues. First Thursdays are the best time to see this Avenue at its best. It's an all-ages party with stores open late, special sales, and free drinks (or drink specials) for those who are 21+. There's something here for everyone!
UO TIP:  Head here at sunset for beautiful skyline views.

9. Prototype Vintage Design: 1700 1/2 South Congress Avenue (entrance on Milton Street) // 512. 447.7686
Plain on the outside, insane on the inside! Prototype is the go-to vintage store for Austin’s stylish set. Every blogger, vintage shopper and clothing lover has walked through these doors, scoring one-of-a-kind pieces with a southern twang. Even their website is freakin' perfect! Check it out for news, look books, and to get the scoop on the adorable trio who owns the store.
UO TIP: Bring some extra cash. It's impossible, I repeat, impossible, to leave the store without buying something.

10. Uncommon Objects: 1512 South Congress Avenue // 512.442.4000
Don’t miss this store full of wild antiques. They have everything and anything your brain can dream up. It's the ultimate store for home décor, rare knickknacks and gifts for your friends. Even Yoko Ono makes sure to stop here when she visits Austin!
UO TIP: Don't be afraid to dig around the store and take your time—this place is full of hidden treasures that are not noticeable at first glance.

11. The Mohawk: 912 Red River Street // 512.666.0877
Catch a show at Austin’s best music venue. Some of biggest acts have preformed at this outside venue that has been renovated out of recycled materials. With a main floor and a balcony view, you can see your favorite artist up-close and personal.
UO TIP: Go all out and get ready to have the best night of your life—just be prepared for crowd-surfers!

12. East Side King @ Hole in the Wall:  2538 Guadalupe // 512.363.5365
Fuel up at Top Chef winner Paul Qui's ramen trailer around the side of the Hole in the Wall. Hole in the Wall's venue has a full bar and a local's-only feel to it, but the friendly folks inside will make you feel right at home. 
UO TIP: This spot is right across the street from the University of Texas at Austin's beautiful campus and only a few blocks away from our UT Urban Outfitters store! If you've been biking all day, this is the perfect time to stop in for a change of clothes before your final stop…

13. Ego's: 510 South Congress Avenue // 512.474.7091
All roads end here: A Dive-y karaoke bar with a huge songbook. Once a pretty low-key place, Ego's has made a name for itself in Austin as the go-to karaoke spot in town. It gets super packed on the weekends so if you can, try a weeknight for a smaller crowd!
UO TIP: Get there early and have your song list ready to go. This will guarantee you get a spot on the list... or maybe even two.

On The Road: From Austin, TX

This week marked my first ever trip to SXSW, Austin and, yes, even Texas. Prior to Wednesday, my United States traveling experience had been missing out on the majority of the Southwest. I am a very nervous flyer (like, one bump in the air leaves me frantically tweeting my last will and testament), but coming down to experience SXSW, our favorite bands and AFTERFEST made the momentary panic totally worthwhile. On my first full day in Austin, we explored as much of the city as we could, made some new (dog) friends and snapped some instant photos along the way. Check out what we did below. Katie


Yellow in Texas


Owner of ADP and Banksy

While exploring over in East Austin, we stopped at Austin Daily Press, a colorful restaurant that serves house-pickled vegetables, house-cured meats, an awesome array of sandwiches and some of the best popsicles I've ever eaten. The best part of ADP, though, might have been Banksy, the owner's giant Great Dane that wanted nothing more than to snuggle up on everyone's laps. The best kind of dog is a dog that doesn't realize how gigantic it is. I wanted to steal him away, never to return again.


The Blank Tapes

While stopped at ADP, we also ran into the very talented (and extremely nice) band The Blank Tapes. As you can see, Pearl, guitarist and singer for the band, is without a doubt the most photogenic person to ever eat a popsicle. While I was sweating on a bench, Pearl and Matt, founder and constant of the band, were pulling off that whole "totally and effortlessly cool" thing without even blinking an eye. It must be the hats. (New goal in life: PULL OFF A HAT.) We can't wait to check these guys out live before we leave.


Another shot of our best friend Banksy at ADP


Railroad and SXSW craziness; Inner shot of Farewell Books

While still over in East Austin, we stopped by Flat Track Coffee to grab some delicious and stroooong iced coffee. After sweating through my cool-guy pleather jacket for hours, it was the perfect place to sit down and relax. Attached to the coffee shop is Farewell Books, a small gallery space and well-curated book store that also sells vinyl, vintage clothing, jewelry and home goods. While I was in there, I saw awesome hand-painted jeans, the greatest magazine selection ever, and skull-inspired jewelry, so basically I wanted to win the lottery and take the entire shop home.


Outside Flat Track Coffee



Castle Hill

Before the end of the day, we also made a quick run to Castle Hill, the GRAFFITI PARADISE of Austin. If there was ever a place made for taking selfies on Instagram, this place is it. While there, we saw some artists working on some epic pieces, as well as the hundreds of pieces that already line the walls. If I had more time in Austin, I would definitely kick it at this place more often. Even the dude in the house next door to the lot yelling "SXSW BITCHES!" at us (followed by a quick, shouted apology from his friend, explaining "he's still drunk") just added to the experience of it all. And lucky for us, we're still here for a couple days, so be sure to check back on the blog to see what else we get up to. Thanks, Austin!


6th Street; Flat Track Coffee

Happenings: Afterfest Making Time Austin

Afterfest is almost upon us once again, and for the very first time we're throwing the party in Austin! We're excited to announce that we'll have an exclusive performance from Autre Ne Veut, as well as an exclusive DJ set from Matthew Dear. As always, Making Time's resident DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice with be DJing throughout the night. Everything will be going down Saturday, March 15th, from 10PM-4AM at Scholz Saengerrunde Hall (1607 San Jacinto Blvd). Admittance is free with RSVP, but make sure to arrive early to guarantee entrance.

In order to amp you up for the big event, Dave P. & Sammy Slice have also put together a DJ mix featuring some of the very futuristic sounds that you just might be hearing on the big day. Check out the exclusive mix here. See you in Austin!

Happenings: UO x Converse Austin Shuttle

If you're down in Austin this week and are sick of walking everywhere but aren't about to bring your car out into the madness, we're here to help you out. From Thursday, March 13th through Saturday, March 15th, we're running a free shuttle with pickups and drop-offs at five different locations throughout the city. Running every hour on the hour from 11am-7pm, our UO x Converse shuttle will hit up Austin 360's favorite spots in town. Included in the stops are the Texas State Capitol, The Austin American Statesman grounds for a free concert, and (of course) Urban Outfitters, where you'll be able to get Converse customized by some of our favorite artists. Once you're done seeing the sights of Austin, make sure you head out to our first ever Austin AFTERFEST with Autre Ne Veut and Matthew Dear on Saturday, March 15th. See you soon, Austin!

Friday Download: March 7, 2014


This week I am going to overload you with a lot of pop trash, so consider this your warning. Also, as a bonus very important FYI, everyone should know that Ke$ha is out of treatment and back on Twitter. She changed her username and everything, and I am personally very excited to see what New Ke$ha does in 2014. Sending nothing but good vibes her way. Okay, now with that out of the way, the rest of this week's pop news is below. Katie



Iggy Azalea "Fancy"
I am mostly here for Charli, but I can't deny how incredible this music video is. Can someone please do a Mean Girls music video remake next? Or a Scream remake? Can you make this happen, Lorde?


Photo via Elite Daily

Spritz Speed Reading App
TECHNOLOGY IS AMAZING! This Spritz app (not out yet, sadly) essentially tricks your brain into being like, "Cool, I can speed read." If you hit the "Click to Spritz" button on their About page, you'll be able to see what I mean. It makes reading 600 WPMs totally possible (if not a little exhausting). The fuuuuuture.



Lindsay Lohan in general
Listen, we love LiLo over here and want nothing more than for her to succeed in life and acting. That's why we're super excited for this Oprah documentary about her, because that means 1.) more Lindsay on our TVs and 2.) she gets to make the rounds on the late night TV shows. While on The Tonight Show last night, she played a game with Fallon that involved getting water thrown in her face and she was totally laid-back about it all. And she looks good! Here's hopin' this is a sign of more good to come for our gal LiLo.


Picture via Vulture
March 1999 Top 40 Chart
Dave Holmes is great over on Vulture and this week he wrote about all the pop singles that were poppin' in 1999. Even if you don't read the actual words he wrote, the songs make one heckuva playlist. (But you should read it, because he's funny.) I miss you, late '90s, you beautiful disaster, you.



Mad Men final season trailer
This is literally a trailer of nothing, but at least Mad Men will be coming back soon.

Person of Interest: Jesse Elliott

With SXSW officially starting up today (and us scrambling to pack our bags), we figured it'd be the perfect time to get a little inside scoop on the great city of Austin. We decided to hit up our good friend and Austinite, Jesse Elliott, to find out the best places to eat, drink and catch some free shows. Katie

Hey Jesse! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Yo. I program electronic music showcases for SXSW and FLOORED, a radio show on SXSWfm.

How long have you lived in Austin?
Off and on since 2006 or so with a few years in Berlin.

How many years have you been going to SXSW?
My friends and I first got our feet wet around 2006 while in college without any credentials, mostly hopping around free shows and late night house parties. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing.

Any tips for someone who is going for the first time?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Throw your plan out the window and go with the flow. You’re the raddest, not those kids at that place you’re not at. Enjoy da present.

Where is the best place to check out shows?
Cheer Up Charlies is primed with their fresh space on Red River, and I’m excited about my shows in Vulcan Gas Company on 6th – proper club vibes with a new Funktion-One sound system.

Is there any secret way to get into totally packed shows?
For day parties and stuff? Smile, say thank you, don’t get knocked out and maybe you’ll see the way in. For official nighttime showcases? It’s badge/wristband or bust because we roll future tense on punters – ain’t nobody here got time for that.

What have been some of your favorite shows over the years?
The first two shows coming to mind are Deerhunter at the old Club deVille (shit was emotional) and rolling ten deep to Cut Copy during their Bright Like Neon Love days.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?
Amsterdam Dance Event is a huge deal for me this year. Rush Hour x Rwina Records are knocking this one out at The Madison on 3/13. There's also the Soulection crew at the Okayplayer showcase at Vulcan on 3/14, and if time allows I’m gonna try and catch Isaiah Rashad, Paul Woolford, and my beautiful friend Rosie's band BALLET SCHOOL outta Berlin.

What are some of your favorite restaurants/places to eat in Austin?
My favorite trailers are Tony’s Jamaica, Thai Thani, Kebabalicious, Chi’Lantro, Tacos Veracruz, and 313 Detroit Pizza. Favorite sit-downs are Las Casuelas for cheap Mexican, La Condesa for sexy Mexican, Sway for Thai, Casino El Camino for burgers, and Daruma Ramen for ramen (or Ramen Tatsu-ya if you have a car).

Favorite place to get a drink?
YJSC, ze Grackle, and then Dry Creek (when empty) is as good as it gets.

Favorite place to hang when you’re out all night?
Probably wherever Kari Rosenfeld is going.

Are any of the super popular tourist spots actually worth hitting up?
The Blanton is cool, and Mount Bonnell is worth a trip. My suggestion though would be to rent a car and cruise out west of Austin for a day.

Any weird local legends you’d like to share?
There’s a one-eyed pug named Spanky who lives on the Eastside and lives off of Cold One’s popsicles (@coldonespops on Twitter).

Any great vintage or antique stores that you would recommend?
Sam Hill for dudes and Prototype Vintage on South Congress for dudes and you ladies out there.

Where do you like to go when you’re hanging outdoors?
Some friends get real with it and have a group called “State Park Sundays” and have since covered every spot within a three hour radius of Austin. I tag along every few weeks or hit the greenbelt nearby with my brother and his pup, Grizzly. Lots of secret gems out there as well, but I’d get shot listing them here.

Wish List: The Great Outdoors

Wish List: Festival Essentials

Festival season is upon us and if you're about to head to SXSW (like us!), then you're probably starting to plan what essentials you're going to be taking with you. If you aren't hitting the fest-circuit this year, then these home items will at least make you feel like you're there. (Which is especially nice if you want the feeling of the great outdoors without the dirt and the 3,000 drunk adults.) Katie

Globe Graphic Bantam Skateboard
When there are no taxis within a 50 mile radius after a long day of band-stalking, you'll be glad you packed this cute little skateboard to scoot home on. It may not be super fast, but it'll sure beat walking.

Around the World in 80 Raves
If you aren't exactly sure what festival you want to hit up this year, Around the World in 80 Raves will open your eyes to fests you didn't even know existed. (And if you're not planning on going anywhere except your couch, this is almost as good as being there.)

Quilt Held In Splendor LP
One of our favorite records for getting into the road-trippin' spirit.

Fashion Flap Journal
Perfect for when your phone dies and you just absolutely need to jot down the name of that band with the cute lead singer who played at 1:30 AM.

Magical Thinking Flower-Tile Handmade Rug
Thin rugs like this are great for ploppin' down on the grass at festivals. Plus, they'll totally look great in pictures.

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