Music Monday: December 9, 2013
Another week, another five tracks! From our hearts, to yours. —Corbin
Pional - Invisible/Amenaza
Another week, another five tracks! From our hearts, to yours. —Corbin
Pional - Invisible/Amenaza
For this series, we've been reaching out to some of our favorite people to ask for themed book suggestions. We then make those books available for you to purchase online. Easy! What better way to get to know some authors you might have overlooked?
This month, we spoke to Janet Morales and Stu Eli, the talented husband/wife team behind the perfectly curated Three Potato Four. With their adorable family, and a store filled with amazing vintage finds, we thought they'd be the people to ask for their favorite books to cozy up to.
Janet and Stu's choices:
Welcome to the Monkey House
This is one of our favorite collections of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut published in the 1950s and '60s. We first read it in high school and still feel nostalgic each time we get a chance to re-read it. Each story is a commentary on society's ills, and explains some part of humanity - the good and the bad. His stories and observations on life are intense, strange and moving. We love the story Harrison Bergeron.
We come across thousands of old photographs in our buying trips for the shop and always like to imagine the story of the faces captured in them. Each page in this book (which started first as a blog) takes an original old snapshot and lines them up with their current present-day setting. Dear Photograph lets us see the past set against the present and with the passing of time the nostalgic warm memories each photo gives us.
Sometimes on a cold winter night, we like to read a book that takes us to an imaginary world. Wildwood does just that with a story so wonderfully written and illustrations so detailed you'll easily be transported into a secret forest of wonder, danger and adventure. Written by Colin Meloy from The Decemberists and beautifully illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis, it follows a girl named Prue and her journey to find her lost brother.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
This is a favorite classic of ours that tells the story of a young girl named Francie growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1900s. It's one of those books that stays with you - about the struggles of life, the complexities of people and determination to carry on and see the positive through the most difficult times. One of our favorite quotes is from this book: "They lived comfortably and it was a good life they had…happy and full of small adventures."
Our L.A.-based freelancer Maddie is so in love with music we were like "Why don't you marry it" and gave her her very own column, "I'm With The Band." Whenever a cool band rolls into town, Maddie will be there to chat to them - and she'll get the pictures to prove it. We'll be putting up Maddie's most recent interviews in the coming days, so stay tuned.
To find out a little bit more about our favorite fanatic, read on!
With three remixes this week, we'll be sure to keep you groovin', right up until Turkey Day. —Corbin
Jamie XX - Untitled
Designer for the Reformation and one-third of girl-group Bad Girlfriend, Brianna Lance is a Lower East Side lady with inimitable style, bags of charm, and a knack for taking super selfies. We met Brianna at Reformation's New York City HQ, where she brought along her girls, Kamaryn Potter and band-mate Savannah King, to play dress-up in Reformation's exclusive collection for Urban Outfitters and share their essentials for the party season.
Check out our exclusive interview with Brianna: About a Girl with Brianna Lance.
This week I barely had time for the internet, which is weird because the internet is like my family. Thank god I was still able to catch some of the more important moments, like Vulture's "Fame in 1998" series. 1998 forever, dudes. —Katie
Allie Brosh is the best blogger in the world. And no, we're not biased. It's just a fact. She's currently wrapping up the tour for Hyperbole and a Half, her brand new book named after her blog, but she still found time to chat to us about her fans, Thanksgiving and that dead fish story.
Interview by Katie Gregory
Started by former pastry chef Briar Winters, Marble & Milkweed crafts beautiful organic and fair-trade teas from a clawfoot bathtub in her apartment in New York City's Lower East Side. From a Green Glow Elixir of Sencha leaves and spearmint to a Modern Chai of South Indian vanilla beans and cinnamon, it's hard not to just see pictures of Marble & Milkweed's teas and want a cup. In addition to selling tea, the shop also sells odds and ends for your dream tea time, like pure botanical fragrances and drinking crystals. Looking at the site, we practically have our kettle already on the stove. —Hazel
English band Death of Pop have cultivated a perfectly shoegaze sound with their swirling guitars and ethereal vocals that call to mind veterans of the genre like Chapterhouse and Ride. Though the group has yet to release a full album, their Bandcamp page is littered with jangly pop earworms like "Sun In My Eyes" and "What A Day." Be sure to keep your eye on these indie Brits, as their underrated singles keep getting dreamier. —Hazel
DENY Designs is a constantly changing collective of talented artists, one of whom is Bianca Green. Bianca's cozy DENY textiles are currently being sold online at Urban Outfitters, so we decided to find out a little more about her and what she does to keep cozy during the winter months in her home city, Berlin. —Katie
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an artist, dreamer and color addict. Born in Rio de Janeiro, I lived in San Francisco, Montevideo and now back in Berlin. My passion for travel allows me to get inspiration from all over the world. But I do not only travel to countries. In my mind, I travel to places that don’t have names. I enjoy combining reality with fantasy, creating images that will color your life and hopefully make you happy.
Which design from your DENY x UO collab is your favorite?
I love them all but as a travel addict, I would say the “LOUIS ARMSTRONG TOLD US SO” Duvet Cover. You fall asleep and dream about all the wonderful places you want to travel to, or remember the lovely ones you’ve already visited. That way you will definitely wake up with a smile on your face.
Who are three of your favorite artists?
Olaf Hajek, Alfons Mucha, Frida Kahlo.
What are some things you do to make your own home cozier in the colder months?
I have a lot of pillows and blankets on my sofa and bed. So cuddling up is a must. I also love tea all year round, but when it gets cold outside, I tend to drink even more. I bought this beautiful old “grandma” teapot from the flea market, so my tea tastes a little better now.
Any amazing thrift shops or flea markets near you?
Yes, yes, yes! I have been to all flea markets in my area. The most famous one is basically my backyard: the “Mauerpark Flohmarkt” is a must-visit here in Berlin. But my favorite is at Akronaplatz; it’s tiny but it has the most amazing treasures. I bought my kitchen table, a stool, a side table for my printer and many, many vintage picture frames there.
Where are some of your favorite cold/colder-weather spots in your city?
Home. When it’s super cold and rainy outside, I like to stay in, drink lots of tea and eat good food. If it’s just cold and not raining, I like going out for dinner with friends, movies or to book stores. They tend to heat up the stores so you feel comfy, sit down to read and sometimes get lost.
When you’re curled up at home for the night, what do you like to do?
Draw, sew, read, watch movies and drink more tea.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate cookies, hot chocolate, chocolate soufflé, chocolate ice cream, chocolate muffins, chocolate brownies, chocolate cake, AND pure chocolate.
Need some beauty inspiration for the upcoming winter months? Here are two easy and fun eye makeup tutorials - a colorful cat-eye, and a glittery smoky eye. Even the biggest makeup novices will be able to pull these simple tutorials off!
Music Monday! Let's all try to get through this week together. We're so close to Thanksgiving, y'all. —Corbin
TCTS - These Heights
This week I'm all over the place with these clippings, but they're still sure to help you kill at least an hour at work. Plus, I totally reference that Space Jam website that's straight outta '96, and that alone will keep you entertained for a solid ten minutes, guaranteed. —Katie
Mary-Kate and Ashley, Killin' It
Mary-Kate and Ashley both have covers for the Dec. Allure! This is great. They are great. They're apparently making fancy perfumes now (Nirvana Black and Nirvana White), and I for one will be lining up at Sephora to buy both of them as soon as they're released. And then I will sneak into Mary-Kate's house in the night to steal her eyebrows off her face.
Alexa Chung's Eyeko collab
Speaking of beautiful, talented ladies, Alexa Chung launched her Eyeko collab this week, and looked damn good doing it. Although the collab is currently only available to purchase in-store at Selfridges, we'll be able to get it at beauty counters here in the U.S. at the beginning of 2014, so it's best to prepare ourselves. I'm down with anything that could possibly take me one step closer to looking like Alexa.
Phoenix "Chloroform" Video
Here's the Sofia Coppola-directed Phoenix video that we've been hearing rumblings of for the last couple of months. It's beautifully shot, and every girl's reaction in the crowd is basically the way I react at a One Direction concert, so A+ for authenticity.
Matthew Schuler "Hallelujah"
If you haven't been watching The Voice this season, then you've been missing out. Although I actually have no idea when this show airs live (doesn't it seem like it always airs on a different day? Am I just getting worse at television in my old age?), it's always a treat when I catch it, specifically for Matt Schuler, the cute little human you see just above. He has the voice of an angel. A handsome, handsome angel. This week he sang "Hallelujah" and actual angels cried and it was all very emotional.
Pro-tip: Turn his studio version up as loud as you can and BELT AWAY, PALS. If you feel like nerding out as hard as I did this week over Show Tunes and Beautiful Male Voices, then I suggest also listening to this Jeremy Jordan song from the now-defunct Smash.
30 for 30: The Space Jam Game
Okay, ignore that this is from Yahoo, the Mom News Site of the internet, because this fake documentary about the Space Jam game is pretty incredible. Very glad that people spent time and money producing this. Space Jam will never die.
Recently, Mr. Kiji, a Japan born and New York raised artist, installed an epic mural in one of our busy Manhattan stores. We spoke to him about how it all came together.
Interview by Katie Gregory
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a creative person who focuses primarily on illustration, graphic art and animation. I’ve lived all over the place. I currently split my time on both coasts as well as a fair amount of time abroad.
How did you decide what you wanted to do with this particular mural?
I find working at a large scale very appealing. A large scale piece can take over and define the viewers' environment. A smaller piece tends to require the viewer to make a choice to come close and engage the art. I like that bigger pieces interact with the viewer, a passerby and the environment.
I have several styles ranging from illustrative and literal to more formal and abstract. In the past 5 years I’ve come to really enjoy doing much more formal and abstract graphic large scale works. They tend to rely on the play between color and form and speak with some universal form and color language. I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling internationally this year. I find myself drawn to the simplified personification of a nation, culture or people in their flag.
How long did it take you to install this mural?
It took eight days to paint the twelve panels in my studio, and about three hours to hang it onsite. It was a bit of a nail biter when it came to the install because it was the first time I’d gotten to see the entire piece.
Any complications, or was it smooth sailing the whole time?
With every project there are always bumps and setbacks but that’s part of the process. I come from an industrial design background and find that each project has problems to solve and therein lies the fun of figuring out how to execute a design. It can be a bit frustrating but ultimately a huge measure of why I personally like a piece.
What’s your favorite thing about New York City?
It’s the quintessential metropolis. We have seasons unlike LA. We have an amazing subway system, beautiful parks, and bars are open until 4 am. We have every type of food from around the world. Some of the people come just to dine at the finest restaurant but ultimately stay for the pizza.
Where can we find you online?
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and my website.
This weekend at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd), Australian clothing, skate, and surf brand Globe are opening up a pop-up shop that will open officially on November 17, and will run until November 24. Globe's shop will feature the brand's Holiday 2013 collection, plus accessories for men and women by Bing Bang NYC jewelry, bags by Summer Bummer and more.
For the pop-up shop, Globe also created an excellent short film entitled "Ice Cream", starring Stazia Lindes and Dion Agius. (Watch it below!) Stills from the short film will also be on display at the shop, bringing the retail-meets-gallery space to life. RSVP for the opening party, which will be happening on Saturday November 16, from 7PM - 10PM at Space 15 Twenty. Since the shop will only be there for a week, you won't want to miss it! —Maddie