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Music Monday: July 21, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Tom Misch - Now

"Now" is a chill hip-hop track from Tom Misch, who is keeping it super real. All his stuff has been really good. This one has a Sohn vibe, but the beat of Apollo Brown. Incredible tune here. 

Hotlane - Whenever (James Curd Remix)
"Whenever" is a poppy dance gem that brings you right back to that amazing 2006-2008 sound of pop vocals and glimmery '80s nu-disco. See: Russ Chimes, then and now. #tbt

Merle - Fannie Likes 2 Dance
This is one of those tracks where you almost can't tell whats going on, but you don't want it to stop. Very confused and very interested. Killer summer joint here. 

Sinead Harnett - No Other Way (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
No point in explaining this Hemsworth remix... just listen.

Los Angeles Police Department - She Came Through (Again)
Insanely chill track from the forthcoming debut LP from LAPD out in September. Beach vibes all over this one.





Friday Download: July 18, 2014


Summer is hurtling by, and that means Jenny Lewis' newest album The Voyager is coming out so soon (only a little more than a week, now). This is so exciting. My teenage self from 2003 is screaming in excitement. Her video for "Just One Of The Guys" came out this past week, along with some other awesome vids. Let's check them out below. Katie



Jenny Lewis "Just One Of The Guys"
Jenny can do no wrong and Kristen Stewart is incredibly charming in this, HATERS BE DAMNED. Always here for the "kinda totally random" actor cameos in music videos.



SZA "Julia/(Tender)"
Here's the newest video from SZA, another perfect jam for the summer. There's also this clip of SZA and tiny little Willow Smith performing their song "Domino" together earlier this week, which was fun to watch. (via Vibe)



Made In Minnesota
I was recently re-reading an article on The Replacements in a Sassy mag from, like, 1991, so when I saw that Noisey went out and did this mini-doc on the Minnesota music scene, I was pretty pumped to watch it. It's good, and made me finally realize that Craig Finn's speaking voice sounds literally exactly the same as his singing voice. I have no idea how I'm just finding this out now.



Lapsley "Painter (Valentine)"
This song is sooo pretty and Låpsley is apparently 17 years old, so have fun feeling like an untalented garbage can after you listen to this one. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)



"My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers"
Caity Weaver is my favorite person to read over on Gawker and her most recent post over there may be her best yet. Basically, she sat in a TGI Friday's for 14 hours to test out their new unlimited apps deal, and boy oh boy, the laughs you'll have along the way are endless.

About a Space: Beachside Bungalow

"I always knew I'd end up living at the shore…but figured that I would know when the time was right." 

In the spirit of the lazy, beach-filled days of summer, we took a quick trip to the tiny, nautical-inspired beach bungalow of Steve Olszewski. Steve is a stylist at Urban Outfitters, and commutes 80 miles each way from his home in Villas, New Jersey to UO's Philadelphia home office—a schlep, but one he considers well worth it to live in the history-filled, 550-square-foot beach house he's completely restored in the last two years. We talked with Steve about beach life, DIY renovations and tips for making the most of a small space. 
Photography by Michael A. Muller.




More than just an escape from the city, Steve's beach house is the realization of a childhood dream: the house originally belonged to his grandparents, and Steve grew up spending every childhood summer in the house he now lives in. "I always wanted to live at the shore," he explains. "I remember fantasizing about living in my grandparents' beach house as early as when I was nine or ten years old."

Two years ago, he started making steps toward leaving the city and retreating back to his roots. He sold the house he owned in Philadelphia and bought the beach house from his cousin. "It was really a surreal moment of all the right things happening at just the right time," he says.


He started renovating last January. Within two months, he and a friend had completely redone the interior. "I had originally intended to just spruce things up," Olszewski explains: "Embrace the 1970s wood paneling…[but]these things do tend to snowball. And just because you get nostalgic over a memory of playing Chinese checkers on the front porch addition of your grandparents' house—complete with shag carpeting, dropped ceilings and dark wood panelling—doesn't mean that it's something that warrants preserving." Above, coats hang on a wall made from reclaimed cedar fencing.  



Throughout the renovation, he also kept in mind that he was converting a summer home into a full-time home, and made steps to have it be "comfortable for summer visitors but also functional as my home when they were not." 

Above, a nautical mirror in the living room that Steve can trace back to a provenance inside his grandmother's shed. ("I always loved it!") When his mom tried to sell it in a yard sale, "I made sure it didn't get sold," Steve explains. "It sat in [storage] for years as one of my 'I'll have a house at the shore one day' belongings and just recently saw the light of day for the first time in over 20 years when I hung it on my wall." To continue the nautical influence, the mirror hangs over a displayed U.S. Navy blanket from WW2.


To make the most of the small space's limitations, Olszewski installed these paneled doors so the heat can get through. 


On living with less, he says, "I accumulated so much stuff while I was living in Philly and had to let go of a lot of things...living in a small space forces you to have less. The bedrooms in my spot are pretty tiny—this place was built for someone to drop his things and go fishing and then stumble home to sleep…space and comfort were the least of the worries of the people building these houses." 

Steve makes up for quantity with the quality of objects he keeps around: The house is packed with relics from the home's history that Steve has preserved and re-realized to fit into his own aesthetic. Above, vintage fabric used for bedroom pillowcases. 


Steve gutted and rebuilt the entirety of the tiny bathroom after discovering a leak buried beneath three layers of tile and concrete. "There were days this winter where there literally was no floor," he explains. "All you saw was the dirt in the crawlspace underneath the house; I referred to it as my litter box."


Details on a cedar wood shelf, constructed from the same reclaimed cedar as the wall in the front room.  


"This is my Great Aunt Mary passed out in a hammock." On his collection of vintage photos, Olszewski says he eventually wants to create "an installation of photos of people relaxing and having summer fun."


Steve's future plans for the beach house extend outside: painting, building an outdoor shower and planting a garden. 


"It always drove me crazy when I saw people ditching their beach chair in the trash because their butt ripped through the seat," Olszewski says. "I always thought, 'It's a perfectly good chair! It just needs new fabric!' Over the past few years, I've been grabbing beach chairs with good solid salvageable frames and refurbishing them with new fabric."


Steve's tips for small-space living:

1. Figure out what you will need space for, and plan accordingly
"You really need to consider how you are going to use a particular space, how often you plan on using it and form your plan around that. For example, I knew that I would only eat at my table when I had friends over, and also that when I have friends over, we pretty much spend most of our time out on the closed-in porch. So, moving the table out there in order to have a more open space in the kitchen was a no-brainer. Same goes for the second bedroom…I'll not have guests way more than I will have guests…so it only made sense to utilize the room as an extension of my bedroom (but leave enough space for a really comfy air mattress)."

2. Be inventive with storage
"You have to utilize every nook and cranny for storing things. Don't just have a coffee table…have a coffee table that’s actually a giant old trunk with all of your extra sheets blankets and pillow cases in it."

3. Keep things clean and bright
"As for keeping a space seem open and larger, I always stick with light, bright colors and avoid too much clutter—put your stuff away! I also painted the entire house one color so that things didn't feel separated at all. I wanted it to feel like every room was an extension of the next."


A nearby escape — Steve's two-block walk to a quiet stretch of beach. 

About a Guy: Paul Koneazny

Philadelphia artist Paul Koneazny was kind enough to let us invade his Fishtown apartment for our newest men's photo shoot. Packed with original art and works-in-progress, the space (which he shares with his girlfriend, fellow artist Jamie Felton) was the perfect setting, and we left feeling inspired by Paul's refreshing outlook on art, music and his approach to creating pieces. On a break from shooting, we sat down with Paul to talk about the creative life. 

Photography by Mark Peckmezian



What's your process like for creating a new piece?

Most of the ones here I've been working on a long time. I like to keep a painting going as long as I can to have as many edits with it as possible. The way I look at it, all of the work I make can be opened back up again.

How long is a "long time" for you?

Well, I have been working on some of these for over three or four years [Laughs]. It doesn't look like four years worth of work, does it?



It's great that you're able to remain interested in and actively inclined to work on the same project for that long. That means you're in the right place.

I don't know if I always want to work like that. I envy people who can move from one piece to the next and knock things out, but I feel like after a certain amount of time, the me that started the piece is in a different frame of mind, so it becomes a collaboration with yourself, gives it more range than was originally possible.

Do you ever have a show or display pieces publicly and then get them back and revise them after that point?
If it's in my possession I will change it. It's too hard to resist! My sister has one of my pieces, and it's no different: either she needs to finish it or I do. I'm really not sure what that's about! I'd like if a light show came down over me and said, 'This is done,' or something, but I feel like there's always a way to improve something.





What are you working toward right now?
I feel like I'm at the end of a period of tunnel-vision painting. Just working. Most of these will probably wrap up at the same time; I'm gradually building it all up so that most of these will get sewn up in the same day or two.



You experiment a lot with medium — can you talk about how fabric and experimental "canvases" play into your work?

A lot of my paintings start with a more specific grounding that I leave peeking through in a way that communicates with the piece. That element is a starting point, then I find ways to show how that functions in an opposite way. Any move made or material or style that goes in there has to show opposite purposes. Also, it's just an odd technique to have a rug or carpet soak up paint. This [points to art piece] was originally a blanket from a thrift store. That [another painting] was a Mickey Mouse bed sheet, and I tried to take as much information as I could to try to make it something else.

So they're all playing with the idea of art versus art-objects, and the line between those things?
Yeah, most of these start to go toward the realm of objects. I guess that's what the found fabric is about. I haven't stepped too far into sculpture, but these are all augmented toward sculpture or environment.



You mentioned earlier that music plays a big part in the work you make. Tell us more about that.
I listen to music all the time in general, but I think when I am painting well, the album will end and I'm still painting and I don't realize that the music is off. I think I steal a lot of devices and strategies from musicians as well as visual artists.

Can you cite any specific examples?
Like drum and bass, which is about sensory overload but there still also being a steady rhythm that keeps you from being off-put by it. When I look at certain pieces I sort of hear that playing.



Do you have that same connection with any other art mediums?
I look at images on the Internet all the time as a way to just soak up imagery, but I never really look at that while I'm working—just before or after. As I'm doing it, I never realize it's art-related; I just need to absorb it. 




Music Monday: July 14, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

TRACK PREMIERE: Lyon & Lowe - Everyone Walks to the Beat of a Child

New track premiere (*airhorn*)! This is Lyon & Lowe's sophomore Music Monday appearance and it's a goodie. Head to Facebook to learn more about Lyon & Lowe. And if you head to their Soundcloud, you can get a free download of this track!

"Heaven" is a nice, chill, endearing track from No Rome. "Floralpunk" is the self-declared genre of No Rome, who hail from the Philippines. This one sounds like Ryan Hemsworth would like it a lot, because it's in the similar realm of RnB infused trap-pop. Great track regardless of the genre or scene. 

If this is a demo, I'm especially interested in listening to the studio version. This is that classic, Prince-y poppy funk stuff. This one has a nice summery vibe - good for a funky beach trip for sure. 

"Time" has been floating around the interwebs for some time now (no pun intended). It was played on a Boiler Room set that left everyone wondering when and where this track would be released. Turns out it was the great Will Saul, Aus Music head, who recently included it exclusively on his DJ-Kicks. Thanks, Will. 

Solid tune from what appears to be a brand new band, Soph Nathan. This is a killer chill indie track. Listen if you like: Beach Fossils, and other awesome shoe-gaze bands. 



Friday Download: July 11, 2014


Can you even believe that it's already mid-July? Because I sure can't. Luckily there will always be songs coming out that help us hang onto that "endless summer" feeling. Here are some of my recent favorites. Katie



Yumi Zouma "It Feels Good To Be Around You"
I'm really into this one from Yumi Zouma for the aforementioned summery vibes. Makes me want to sit on the beach in a sparkly leotard while drinking a Raz-Ber-Rita. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)



Christopher Owens "Nothing More Than Everything"
Listen, if you know anything about me, you know that nostalgia is everything to me, which means that I am so into the vibe of this video and song. Great job, Chris Owens. You're really doin' it.



Little Dragon "Pretty Girls"
Realllly into this new video from Little Dragon because it involves a beauty pageant, pageant queens and ZOMBIES! It's a real delight. Very girl power, TBH.



Dev Hynes "Chandelier" Remix
"Chandelier" on its own is a very special song so I was a little unsure about any remixes, but Dev Hynes did a-ok with this one. Gonna make a playlist with just this and the original "Chandelier" looped over and over again for 40 straight hours. (via Pitchfork)



Interpol "All The Rage Back Home"
Interpol are coming back with a brand new album, El Pintor, this September and the first single is here with an accompanying video shot in a moody black and white. INTO IT.

UO Beauty: Rosy Outlook


We've fallen down the rabbit hole of all things rose-based lately, because with this hot, humid weather, we need all the soothing skin care products that we can get our hands on. Read on for some of our favorite products and to learn all about the magical ways roses can make your skin (and life) a little bit better.



1. Anti-inflammatory: Rose oils are actually very anti-inflammatory, which means that all those rose products you're buying for your face actually help soothe any patches of redness you may have. For example, rose water is an easy, natural way to soothe and soften skin. Using rose water and rose toner is better than using alcohol-based toners because it's not as harsh on the skin and isn't drying. (See? Magic!)

2. Aromatherapy: A rose-infused bath will not only moisturize your skin, but it'll also relax you due to the therapeutic qualities of rose oil. One of our favorite bath soaks currently is this all-natural milk bath from Lola's Apothecary. One of the reasons we love this one so much is because of how goooood it makes us feel after a long, hot day at the beach. Plus, you can totally get romantic with yourself and throw some real rose petals in the tub along with it to make yourself feel extremely elegant and spoiled.



3. Moisturizing: Roses have natural oils in them that moisturize the skin, so any kind of rose-based moisturizer is going to be especially good. One of our favorite moisturizing products that isn't a lotion is the Jurlique Rosewater Mist. It's easy to throw in a purse and spray anywhere, and it's also ridiculously moisturizing. It's our secret weapon for this heat, because we can moisturize without having to completely grease up our already greasy faces with lotion.

4. Scent: Whatever, we love the smell of roses, even if the scent is a little reminiscent of Senior Prom 2003. The nice thing about a lot of rose-based products is that they smell that good naturally, so you can smell delightful without worrying what kind of artificial scents you're rubbing all over your precious skin.



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Music Monday: July 7, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

The Hellen Hollins Singers - Consolation (Nicolas Jaar Edit)

Well, this is amazing. We're sorry Chile lost, but this edit is out of this world. This is a bit unusual for Jaar since it's a little more straightforward, but we'll take it. 

Lil Silva - Mabel
"Mabel" is a great new song from Lil Silva. Coming from his forthcoming Mabel EP, it has a nice SBTRKT RnB/house vibe going on, and the EP will also include vocals from Banks, which is something we're so looking forward to. 

Eno & Hyde - DBF
Well, this second Eno & Hyde release is just as impressive as the first one. "DBF" has a stuttering, hip-shaking groove, which we love. It's kind of like a mix between James Brown and Talking Heads. This track really stays moving.

Naomi Punk - Firehose Face 
Summer and punk seem to go hand in hand. "Firehose Face" is taken from Naomi Punk's self-titled sophomore release out in August. This is really throwing us back to Wavves "King of the Beach."

Alex Burkat - Shower Scene
"Shower Scene" is one of the many great tunes on the new Mister Saturday Night compilation. This one has an eerie but happy mood. Really interesting stuff, and we're assuming it's pulling its name from the water/shower sound, and the fact that it's slightly reminiscent of the Psycho shower scene music.

Music Monday: June 30, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Museum of Love - In Infancy

Two of DFA Records' staple artists, Jee Day and Pat Mahoney, have teamed up to give us this incredible new tune. Really well-done classic sound here; it's reminiscent of New Order, Friendly Fires, and it's all driven through that amazing DFA tunnel. Their self-titled debut LP comes out in August. 

Rustie - Raptor
Rustie is back, and "Raptor" is a surefire way to announce it. Their album Green Language is out August 25 via Warp and you can head over to Pitchfork to see the tour dates.

Painted Palms - Hypnotic (Saint Pepsi Remix)
Great remix of this Painted Palms track. Saint Pepsi has really made a name for himself at this point and the tracks continue to improve consistently. Check out the original song which is good in a completely different way. 

Camp Claude - Camp
The first thing that grabs my attention here is the super Joy Division-sounding bass. The chugging instrumentation mixed with the whispery vocals make this a great jam.

Clap! Clap! - The Rainstick Fable
Oh man. African Poly-Rythmo with a footwork beat behind it! Badman tune!

Friday Download: June 27, 2014


A lot of new, good tunes were released this week, but my actual current favorite "album" is this delightful mash-up album called Mouth Sounds. It has a lot of Smashmouth. It's pretty special. Oh, and if you want to feel really old, Wilco's A Ghost Is Born turned ten years old this week. TEN! Ten years of people yelling out "PLAY 'SPIDERS'!" at Wilco shows. God bless. Anyway, here are the tracks released this week that really spoke to me. Katie



The Weeknd "Often"
You know, sometimes I forget to listen to The Weeknd's lyrics and then when I do I feel like a scandalized mom because dang, he gets dirty. This new one from him is great, though, pearl-clutchin' lyrics and all.



Grimes "Go"
Okay, here it is. The new Grimes song. The one that Rihanna rejected. It does seem a little more Top 40/made for Rihanna and a little less "classic Grimes," but I am not one to turn up my nose at a catchy tune. YOU DO YOU, GRIMES.



Ryn Weaver "OctaHate"
Ryn Weaver kinda came out of nowhere, but this song is amazing. Charli XCX wrote it so you know it's good. (BTW, here's a very fun interview with Charli where she talks about writing the song.) This is going to be another one I'm obsessed with this summer.
(via ONTD)



FKA twigs "Two Weeks"
A NEW VIDEO FROM FKA TWIGS! She looks perfect and the song is perfect and I feel perfect listening to it. Her debut album LP1 comes out in August, so luckily we can expect to be hearing even more new songs from her soon.



Sia "Big Girls Cry"
Sia deserves all the millions of dollars that she gets for songwriting because she is so darn good at it. This newest one from her is as good as the rest and I will absolutely be listening to it as I cry off my makeup.

Music Monday: June 23, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Nao vs. A. K. Paul – So Good

Apparently this is Jai Paul's brother. We'll take it, though, since at least it's in the same realm as the ever elusive Jai. This is a jam, and boy, are we looking forward to Jai Paul's Debut LP.

MCFERRDOG – I Wanna See

This is a Monday kickstart, for sure. House beats, great textures and vocal pitching. All around big tune here. 1080p never disappoints. 

Seiho – Plastic

Seiho with a wild one here. Many surprises in this track, and to really seal the song is the Lyn Collins sample. Listen if you're into: Sophie, Night Slugs, Fade to Mind.

Sad Actor – Cringe

Wonderful nostalgic chugger from Sad Actor. This is from Sad Actor's debut EP, but they are working on releasing their debut LP this fall. It's very reminiscent of Russian Circles, older Mogwai, and that post-rock instrumental sound. 

Darkly – Animated Space Debris

Great summery lo-fi pop track from Darkly. The atmosphere and vocal style really makes me think of Niva. All the Darkly stuff is good, as per the case with Swedish artists. 

Friday Download: June 20, 2014


Before we get into everything from this week, we'd just like to point out that O-Town released a brand new music video yesterday and the song is called "Skydive" and the lyrics are "I just want to skydive into your life." So, don't say that 2014 never gave you anything. Now, onto the rest of the best from this week. Katie



Arctic Monkeys "Snap Out Of It"
The sad girl in this video is us when we realized that Alex Turner won't be marrying us anytime soon. Sigh.



Little Daylight "Hello Memory
We stumbled across Little Daylight on Soundcloud this week and were racking our brains trying to figure out where we'd heard them before, and then we realized they played Governor's Ball earlier this month. Anyway, we're happy we randomly ran across them again thanks to the internet because every song is amazing, especially this remix of "Love Stories."



Jungle on Kimmel
This week, Jungle made their US TV debut on Kimmel and did prett-ay, prett-ay good. We're excited to hear their self-titled full-length album when it's released July 15.



How To Dress Well What Is This Heart?
How To Dress Well's new album is out June 24 and the whole thing is available to stream over on whatisthisheart.com. It's a good album to listen to if you're feelin' like you need some sad summer music to wallow outside to. Right now we're listening to "See You Fall" and feeling like we should be in a dramatic indie comedy. It's very pleasant to weep to contemplatively. (via Consequence of Sound)
"Rock Band Recital Fail"
This is incredible. They are trying so hard and then everything just falls apart and they don't even react. It's basically your entire career as a middle schooler condensed into a 59 second metaphor. KEEP YOUR HEADS UP, FELLAS. (via PAPERMAG)

Music Monday: June 16, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

TV Girl - Louise

This is an excellent indie-pop track from TV Girl. It's very jolly and inviting all around, almost anthemic. This one is sure to lock in your head all week. 

Bones – IfYouHadAZuneIHateYou (feat. Spooky Black)

Except for the insane yell at the end of the track, this tune is Spooky Black all the way. Head to TeamSESH for the whole Bones mixtape, and go here to check out the first Spooky Black Music Monday track. (That yell at the end is very real, and all of us that have used a Zune can relate.)

Christian Rich – Better To (feat. DWNTWN)

It's always been a bit of an enigma how game-changing choirs are. This is a perfect example of that. What a killer dance pop tune here from the duo Christian Rich. 

Kolsch – Cassiopeia

Some sunset house here. Kolsch had the incredible 1977 LP last year, and this release we should see in full June 30th from Kompakt. 

Baby Guru – Anticipation (Larry Gus Remix)

This track is interesting and kind of goes all over the place. It's synthy, but then hits these strange patches of funk. Listen if you like: Studio, Air France, Lust For Youth.


Friday Download: June 13, 2014


Happy Friday, everyone! Here are some things from the past week to keep you entertained, because how can you not be entertained when something like this very important and very real Game of Thrones post exists now? Katie



Spoon "Rent I Pay"
Spoon is back and if this song is any indication of what's to come on their newest album, then sign me up for like 4,000 copies, okay?



Happyness "Leave The Party"
This band Happyness is Stereogum's "Band To Watch" this week and I love this song so much, so thank you for this treasure, guys. (via Stereogum)



Very Good Girls trailer
I'm not 100% sure on what this is about (like, it has to be deeper than just boy drama, right?), but I'm a sucker for any super emotional "coming of age" movie. YOUNG LOVE! NAVIGATING THROUGH TEEN LYFE! CUTE BOY! I'm here for it all. (And having Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as the leads definitely doesn't hurt.)



Clickhole website launch
The Onion launched a new Buzzfeed parody site yesterday called Clickhole and it's already my new favorite site. With quizzes like "If I Ordered Fries Would You Have Any?" and "Is Your Dad Proud Of You?", there's literally hours of fun to be had. Also, make sure not to miss "10 Hilarious Chairs That Think They're People." This is important.



Strand of Oaks "Shut In"
I keep posting about Strand of Oaks and I'm sorry (I'm not sorry), but the video for "Shut In" came out this week and I'm super into it so y'all should be too.

Music Monday: June 9, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Sol Monk - Ata

This is a cut off Sol Monk's forthcoming Beats, Not Words LP dropping June 23. It's got an interesting lo-fi approach. Plus, it's super rhythmic and the interesting vocal sample helps carry it through. It definitely has a nice rawness to it.

Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Well, Caribou is back, and in a big way. It's amazing to me how this track can begin sounding like it's going to be a regular deep-house pitched vocal track, and then rises into this staple Caribou retro '60s vibe. By the end you're hypnotized by the glimmery synths, live drums and soft vocals. 

Balue - Grow Up
This track makes me visualize a beach montage. This is a great bedroom/beach pop song from Balue's Quiet Dreamer LP out June 24 on cassette and digital. Listening to a cassette tape of this while driving to the beach doesn't sound half bad at all. 

A.G.Cook - Beautiful
This is from the PC Music label, which never seems to disappoint. Rave is clearly having a resurgence. If you like this track, check out Unicorn Kid, among many other emerging acts.

Francois & The Atlas Mountains - The Way To The Forest (Ibibio Sound Machine Remix)
"Graceland," anyone? What a killer track. Piano Ombre is out now, and all summery.


Friday Download: June 6, 2014

This week's Friday Download is alllll songs, people, so get ready. It's been a great week for songs. (But I'm not going to lie, I still watch-listened to HSM3's "Scream" about four times today. You just can't knock the classics, amirite?) I'm a little bummed that it's only June 6 and it's already 3,000 degrees out, but at least this summer looks like it'll be a promising one for good tunes. Check out some of my favorite new ones below. Katie



Tops "Change of Heart"
I am obsessed with this song. I have a feeling I'm going to be saying that about a lot of these songs this week, but seriously, this one is sooo good. The video is full of FRIENDSHIP and the song itself sounds like SUNSHINE and GRASS and SWIMMING all rolled up in a ball full of happiness. I am like, overwhelmed with feelings about this one, guys. Listen to it ASAP.
(via Gorilla vs. Bear)



Parquet Courts "Black and White"
The video/song combo for this one from Parquet Courts is just really doin' it for me. My dream in life is to be this cool one day.



Tennis "Never Work For Free"
Okay, I'm going to say it again: I'm obsessed with this song, too. Everything Tennis has put out lately has been speaking to me, like so much. Like, I have to keep going private on Spotify to hide how much I've listened to their Small Sound EP. The band also recently announced that their newest album Ritual in Repeat will be out September 9th, which luckily means we don't have too long to wait for even more new ones.



Charli XCX "Boom Clap"
I love this song. I love this book. I am weeping already.



Strand of Oaks "Shut In"
I think I made literally everyone I've ever met or crossed paths with listen to "Goshen '97" when it first came out, so I'm actually surprised I'm a little late on "Shut In." Strand of Oaks actually released this song (from his newest album HEAL, out June 24) a couple of weeks ago and somehow I missed it the first time around, but I found it now. AND I AM NEVER TURNING IT OFF. Can't wait for this album release, TBH.

Music Monday: June 2, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Jaws - Be Slowly

This is the title track for the forthcoming Jaws debut out on July 7. This song is wispy chillwave meets shoegaze meets terrific. This reminds me a lot of "Space Age Love Song."

Youandewan - FM Jam
This is a new one from Will Saul's wonderfully consistent Aus label; it's moody but still open-air friendly. There's also a pretty killer remix by Andrés

Zeds Dead - Lost You (feat. Twin Shadow & D'Angelo Lacy)
Pretty self-explanatory after reading the title. (Is this the first Twin Shadow deep house track?) This Zeds Dead record sounds like it's coming together really well. Can't wait to hear more.

Sleep Party People - Floating Blood Of Mine
Scandinavia is at it again. What a super relaxing (but still midly upbeat) track. There's even an Air France-y movie sample towards the end. 

Nadus - Nxwxrk
This sound is becoming super duper popular, and we totally love it. Nadus is a new name on the Rnb/Trap/Synth scene and we can't wait to hear more from this one as well.

Friday Download: May 30, 2014


After a long, long weekend filled with sunshine and smiles, I thought this work week was going to draaaag but it actually passed by incredibly quickly. A magical surprise, TBH. It definitely didn't hurt that a ton of fun new tunes have come out lately to keep life feeling exciting. Here are some of my favorites below, to hopefully keep the week days feeling short and the weekends feeling long. (Endless, even. Please, universe.) Katie



Little Dragon "Paris (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Holiday Edit)"
A totally long name for this remix, but definitely worth bustin' out at your next party. Plus, Little Dragon is just so cool, as evidenced in this video for "Paris." Frontwoman Yukimi Nagano is my new life crush.



Jungle "Time"
Little behind on this one if we're going by internet time (a week old may as well be like, 300 years old), but this song is too good to not post. Jungle's full album comes out on July 15 and seems like it'll be the perfect LP to blast all summer long.



Kim and Kanye 4eva
I love this picture, I love that they are married, I love adorable Baby North, I LOVE THEM ALL, ALL OF THEM. I would like to sing John Legend's "All Of Me" to the entire family on top of a mountain. Luckily for everyone that is as obsessed with this couple as I am, PAPERMAG did a beautiful roundup of pictures from their recent totally understated (JK) nuptials in Italy. Popsugar has even more fun facts about the wedding, because why not stuff our brains with this garbage, ya know?



La Roux "Uptight Downtown"
Another great new jam from La Roux. I am in full-blown "SUMMER DANCE PARTY" mode right now, so I'm very pleased that her new album will be coming out in July.



The Atlantic 100 Pieces of Journalism
Even though letting our brains rot is totally fun and very easy and delightful, it's important to read Real Things from time to time. That's why I'm glad The Atlantic did all the dirty work for us and rounded up this collection of a little over 100 pieces of fantastic journalism from the last year. I'm feeling smarter already.

Music Monday: May 26, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

DJ Dodger Stadium - Love Songs

Pretty amazing new track from Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy on their Body High label. This is one track from the forthcoming debut LP Friend Of Mine. Really looking forward to this LP if it's full of this ravey-house goodness. The video for this track is also pretty neat. 

Bloom - Daydream
This is the first (!) track from Bloom and it is great. The band is from Winchester/London,  and the production is pretty spot on for this kind of sound; it's got that chill energy we are all looking for. 

Lyon & Lowe - Like Oedipus
This is reminiscent of Postal Service in more ways than one. Nice indie electronic stuff here. Love Our Records says an EP is coming mid-summer, which should be spot on for the heat and the long nights.

Kyle Kimono - Sauna
These nimble sounding indie tracks with perfect vocal placement drenched in reverb all get a big thumbs up. Recommended if you like: Beach Fossils, Real Estate, Wild Nothing.

Lido - Money
Do yourself and everyone else around you a favor and listen to this. Oslo, Norway gets really cold in the winter, so it sounds like they're taking advantage of the warm weather.






Lookbook: Umbro x UO


Just in time for this year's World Cup, we've teamed up with iconic sports brand Umbro to create a line of pitch perfect vintage-inspired sportswear. If you're rooting for good ol' USA during the world cup, then we've got you covered. Check out some of our favorite looks from the collection below.











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