Alt-J's debut album was released just shy of a year ago, but that doesn't mean it's old news. The record, An Awesome Wave, is quite true to its name with its calming, glimmering sounds that flood your ears upon first listen. Plus, it's got some pretty shiny album artwork that will surely draw you right in! —Maddie
The album's cover art is my favorite part of the whole thing! Totally into the oil spill swirl situation. An Awesome Wave also has a nice double gate-fold packaging, with all of the song lyrics printed on the inside. The LP sleeve also has a pretty cool layered photo of the band, plus tracklisting on the opposite side.
From end to end, this album is pretty good in my opinion, and Alt-J has a sound I don't think I've ever heard before. Throughout the record, An Awesome Wave carries a smooth and mellow tone. My favorite track that I thought best captured this feel is actually the last song on the album, "Taro." I really liked the interesting percussion on this song, and how the song gains layers as you listen.
What it's good for:
This album is a good one for poppin' into the turntable with your windows wide open while you daydream. An Awesome Wave has some super calming tendencies, so get ready to feel as zen as possible when you listen!
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Peace are made up of four guys from Birmingham, England, that a) know how to dress better than me, and b) know how to make some pretty excellent music. Their new video for the song "Lovesick," from debut album In Love, is a whirlwind true to the feelings of actually being lovesick. Watch Harry and Sam Koisser, Doug Castle, and Dom Boyce do donuts in the parking lot while serenading us with an incredibly catchy tune. These boys are my new favorite. —Maddie
Marina and Charli collaborated on the song "Just Desserts" together and, unsurprisingly, it is super fun. Marina and the Diamonds also released a snippet of their upcoming documentary Heartcore which is fun to watch because her fans are really cute. —Katie
Kay Davis, a textiles design major at Central Saint Martins, has some serious knitting skills in addition to her rad style. With a penchant for bright colors and subjects such as candy, crayons and cupcakes, we're excited to see more of Kay Davis' knitwear in the future! —Hazel
Hey European friends, there's a really nice photo show opening up at the end of this week in Amsterdam that you definitely do not want to miss. The show, entitled Hurry Up & Wait, is a collection of photographs by New York City-based photographers Chad Moore and Pete Voelker, who both have never shown in Europe. Hurry Up & Wait is comprised of intimate photos documenting both photographers' everyday lives in NYC. This show provides a great glimpse into the fast paced lives we can all relate to, no matter what city you're in. Hurry Up & Wait will run from April 26 until May 10, at Oz Gallery in Amsterdam. The video teaser above will give you a perfect idea of what the show is about—now if only I could make it to the Netherlands by Friday! - Maddie
Photo by Chad Moore
Photo by Pete Voelker
You guys! Daft Punk news is finally here, and its something tangible! The always secretive French electronic duo just dropped "Get Lucky," which features rapper slash singer slash unfairly cool dude, Pharrell Williams. The nearly five minute track is basically a disco dream. The song comes from their new album, Random Access Memories, which also features a slew of other notable collaborations. Our favorite masked robotic French guys have done it again! I can't get the funky groove of this guy out of my head. "Get Lucky" is now available on iTunes. - Maddie
Little Mix is the best band ever. They're actually kind of ridiculous dressers most of the time, but that's what makes them amazing. YOLO! Their penchant for Lazy Oaf won me over, as well as Perrie's ever-changing hair colors. They are like Tumblr come to life and it is delightful. —Katie
Get the look:
Bitching & Junkfood Chiffon Cecilia Dress
Bitching & Junkfood Phucket Denim Cutoff Short
Lazy Oaf Pineapple Sleeve Tee
Lazy Oaf Heart It Long-Sleeve Cropped Tee
Kimchi Blue Tie-Back Cropped Tank Top
Corner Shop Lips & Glasses Cropped Tee
Tripp NYC High-Rise Antique Stripe Jean
UNIF Cat Denim Jacket
Lush Cutout Front Floral Shift Dress
DimePiece Ain't No Wifey Beanie
Sixtyseven Petra Flatform Mary Jane
Miista Sue Platform Wedge
Water Color Hydrating Hair Color Mask
I'm no stranger to Mary Jane. In fact, she was one of my best friend in college—even though I had to pay a lot of money to hang out with her everyday. Even so, she was really fun, and we spent a lot of nights together, up late making weird faces into my Macbook Photo Booth. One thing we sucked at, however, was cooking. Instead of trying to make anything remotely edible, we'd eat wraps laced with ranch dressing, chips dipped in ketchup, and the occasional attempt at a marshmallow and Rice Crispies mix in the microwave.
A favorite set of mine from Coachella this past weekend came from Palma Violets, who are an insanely good band from England currently making quite the name for themselves. When I got home from the festival, I saw the band had just released a brand new video for "We Found Love," (no relation to a certain Rihanna and Calvin Harris collaboration you may recall, I promise) from their debut album, 180, which came out not too long ago. These lads are loud and rowdy, yet have some much calmer, chilled out moments, which "We Found Love" is one of. They've got a bit of a surfy sound in there as well, which I, of course, cannot complain about. —Maddie
Ah, the things that you can find on the internet. The latest incredible and totally necessary thing I came across is the Camp Daybed, created by London based product designer Stephanie Hornig. A sleeping bag with legs? Yes. So much yes. How great would this be in your apartment if you're short on space? Plus, when you're done sleeping in it, it can also be your couch. I think we all need one of these. View more of Stephanie Hornig's innovative product designs here. (via Frankie Magazine) —Maddie
If Tumblr girls got together to hang out in a hotel room, it would look just like English singer Charli XCX's latest video for her cute pop love-song "What I Like." Cheesy pizza, grey-hounds in sweaters, bubbles, Emoji and more are all present in this video in addition to some major fashion inspiration. School girl kilts with gigantic platforms and candy bracelet accessories? I'm all about it. - Hazel
Chvrches, fronted by the smart and adorable Lauren Mayberry, just released a fun, roller-disco themed video for their song "Now Is Not The Time." If you're looking for a chance to see the band live, they're going to be touring all over the U.S. this summer, including a stop at Sasquatch, as well as right here in Philly. —Katie
So, anyone want to pack up and fly to England with me this June? Legendary UK music festival Glastonbury just released their lineup for the 2013 festival, and in my opinion it's going to be the festival to end all other festivals. They got Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Primal Scream, The Vaccines, The Horrors, Tame Impala, The Hives, Solange, Phoenix (just about everyone you'd want to see at a festival), plus The Rolling Stones. No big deal or anything, just The Stones (!!!!). Anyway, I need to start looking for flights and passes to the festival right now... —Maddie
Post-punk group Savages' latest single "She Will" is scary but in an, "I want to make this my terrifying girl power anthem" kind of way, you know? This goth quartet is releasing their debut album, Silence Yourself, May 7, which will no doubt be one bass-heavy and brooding LP. —Hazel
Swim Deep is one of my favorite bands to come out of what I believe has been the second wave of the British Invasion in the USA as of late. The four piece just released "The Sea," a seriously chill tune that leaves me wanting clear blue skies, even though this video filmed in a presumably odd, dark shopping mall. If you were lucky, you caught these dudes playing at SXSW; I wish I could've!
M.I.A. has recently dropped a mixtape entitled MATANGI, the same name as her album due out later this year. This release was for the French fashion brand KENZO. Good to hear some more new stuff from her. In case you missed the video for her new album's single "Bad Girls," peep it here. —Lorin
Über-cool zine and art book publisher Nieves (which is also famous for having one of the best logos/mascots ever, Knigli the Ghost) is releasing a limited edition box set of all their best zines published from 2012. Featuring a great selection of artists like Olaf Breuning, Jocko Weyland and more, this box seems like a very awesome collection. - Hazel
(via A Dandy in Aspic)
Prince Stash De Rola is one of those dudes who could have only existed in the '60s, when everything weird was accepted and having a haircut like his was normal and even cool. There's not much out on Stash, aside from one ridiculously in-depth interview with him in the Ugly Things magazine, excerpts of which can be found here (or if you feel like killing your eyes, you can read the whole thing here).
Just in a coat Brian Jones gave him, NBD.
Stash was a seriously wacky dude. He grew up in what was essentially a castle? And hung out with The Rolling Stones all the time? And apparently (according to him) like, gave Paul Simon the courage to be a musician? IDK, MAN. Wacky stuff. If you have the time, he's definitely worth reading up on, especially in honor of Brian Jones' recent birthday (February 28).
BFFs gettin' busted for pot.
Aside from being besties with The Rolling Stones, he also had impeccable fashion sense. Like, he was rockin' a lot of fancy coats, and it was pretty incredible. Just look at this guy:
In the back; look at that SUIT
Overall, Prince Stash is one of the more awesome mystery dudes of the 20th century. He was friends with all the right people, and yet managed to keep himself relatively far from the limelight, something that totally couldn't happen these days, what with the internet and all. Thankfully we can forever peruse these pictures of him with his pageboy hair and paisley coats so we can feel inspired when our Doc Martens and leather jackets just aren't cutting it.—Katie
Get the look:
MINKPINK Cruella Faux Fur Coat
When your real fur from Brian Jones is at the cleaners, you can rock this one. No one will be able to tell the difference.
Tripp NYC High-Rise Antique Stripe Jean
Now you just need to find a matching blazer and you'll be good to go.
Silence & Noise Ex-Boyfriend Blazer
UNIF Psychic Poncho Cardigan
You don't even care that this is a lady's cardigan because all you can think about is how good it's gonna look with your striped trousers.
Ecote Multi-Buckle Pointed Toe Oxford
Sadly, these don't look exactly like those pilgrim shoes you really want, but they'll do for now.
Contego Block Sunglasses
The paparazzi just keep hounding you about the drug bust, ugh. Hide behind these sunglasses and keep it cool, man.
Speert Fold-Away Comb
Keep yr pageboy bangs lookin' fresh!
Kate Nash is the most badass girl ever, okay? I provide you with evidence of this in her new video for "Girl Gang," released via Rookie Mag, where she sends a boys screaming with her incredibly cool gal pals. The song is actually a cover of Fidlar's "Cocaine," and let me just say that the lyric change works perfectly. - Maddie