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UO First Look: Betsey Johnson

Feel like you missed out on those iconic Betsey Johnson dresses from the '90s? You can now put that FOMO to rest, because our exclusive new Betsey Johnson Vintage For UO collaboration brings those '90s classics back to life. Available online now are eight of our favorite vintage Betsey Johnson styles from the days of grunge, replicated in all their floral glory. Check out some of our favorite shots from the Betsey Johnson Vintage For UO lookbook below and shop the full collection here.

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Music Monday: April 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.

Hermitude - Ukiyo
I hope this track is one of many new Hermitude tracks coming out for the summer. If you haven't checked out the Hermitude Boiler Room session, head over here to give it a watch.

NAAVI - Speak
It's always nice to hear a chill-wave song that brings you back to the glorious times of Life of Leisure and early Toro.

VEYU - The Everlasting
VEYU are a good example of what a Local Natives vibe can sound like when paired with a groovier beat. This track keeps it moving in a good way.

Holy Models - Des Tropiques (Island Demo)
We're really going in on smooth summer jams this Monday, especially with this Holy Models tune. Check out some of their other songs on Soundcloud.

Bipolar Sunshine - Where Did The Love Go (A-Minor Remix)
Full of NRG. This is like Friday wrapped up in a four minute remix.

Interview: Abbey Watkins for Morning Warrior

Tobacco & Leather's Abbey Watkins is an London-based illustrator and print designer with a penchant for skulls, women and a bit of warping. When Los Angeles clothing company Morning Warrior asked Abbey to work on a few summer tank tops for them, she conjured up the energetic warrior spirit of the brand and brought her earth-inspired designs to a whole new world. Here we talk to the 25-year-old beauty to get a glimpse inside her life, workspace and a sneak peek at the look book for the collection.
Interview by Ally Mullen

Introduce yourself!
I'm Abbey Watkins of Tobacco & Leather. I'm 25, living in London and working as an illustrator and print designer.

Where did you go to school?
I went to Manchester Metroplitan Universirty and studied textile design for fashion. I chose Manchester because it's a vibrant city, but it's not too overwhelming. At the time I struggled a lot with my confidence so this played a big part in my decision. 

I always wanted to study fashion in London, but this was the best I could do with the tools and finances I had. It worked out well in the end as I ended up with the best tutor, Alex Russell, and I got a career out of it which I'm very grateful for. I'm from a very small town in the middle of nowhere so university was my way out and my first experience of a real city.

How did you get involved with Morning Warrior and when and how did this collaboration come together?
I was already aware of Morning Warrior when they got in touch about working together; it was obvious we shared some interests and creative visions so we got together and created these three designs.

Tell us about the influences behind your art! 
There are many, many influences but it's really hard to name them! I'm influenced by mythology and ancient gods, strange creatures—especially the mixture of animal and human. I'm interested in things like the occult and witchcraft, shamanism, and hallucingenic visions. I have this deep-rooted love for tribes and people that live closely to the earth, treating nature like a language that can be interpreted and returned. I guess all of that mixed with some '60s pychedelia and old metal album covers is somehwere near my vision. I've still got a lot of work to do to bring it all together though.

What was the driving inspiration behind your collaboration?
There was a loose brief for the collaboration, but with themes like "Mystical", "Animal" and "Bad Girl Biker", Morning Warrior and I were already pretty much on the same page, so it flowed nicely.

How would you describe your style of art to someone who hasn't seen it yet?
I still can't find an answer that satisfies, but the basis of my work is set in pencil realism, with subjects of naked women, skulls, animals, mythic elements and hints of surrealism.

What is your favorite medium to use when creating your illustrations?
Pencil. It's the only one that comforts. If there's color, it's done digitally.

Of the shirts you designed, which is your personal favorite?

I haven't seen them in the flesh yet! But my favorite is the grey Eagles Tank Top. That was my favorite one because I remember learning from it. You are always learning every time you draw but sometimes you can feel it, and I enjoyed that time.

What are your favorite things to draw?
Naked women, skulls, anything where I can play with its form and mold it into something else. That's my new favorite thing to do!

Are you going to wear your own designs?
I never wear my own designs. I hope nobody takes that personally! I just feel weird wearing something that I drew. Like it's somehow saying, "Look what I did!” And that makes me uncomfortable.

What was the… 
Last song or album you listened to: "Desert Ceremony" by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats 
Last movie you watched: Iron Monkey
Last purchase you made: A black, leather, bondage thigh-harness from Etsy that clips onto your belt loops and wraps around your thigh.
Best part about doing this collaboration: That I got to draw and create and was given artistic freedom. Morning Warrior were an absolute pleasure to work for. It's not always that way with commissions.

Look Book Information: 
Photography by Emman Montalvan
Hair and Makeup by Brittany Sullivan
Model: Courtney Money at PhotoGenics L.A.
Styling by Julie Swinford & Renee Garcia
Clothing by Morning Warrior: Twitter | Instagram

Music Monday: April 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.

Chrome Sparks - Goddess
This is a spiraling, dizzying new one from Chrome Sparks. It encompasses the ambiguity of the seasons right now here in Philadelphia. Is it spring? Because I can't tell. Anyway, "Goddess" is a tune. Good for late night drives. If this one is for you, check out this and this

Strand of Oaks - Goshen '97
This one should be set up slightly. There's this wave that seems very strong at the moment of Springsteen-esque feel-good tunes. This is one of them. (Also worthy of calling out for this feeling is The War On Drugs new record.)

Tala - The Dutchess
This is killer. Fans of Jai Paul and Hemsworth will like this one a lot. Make sure to also check out Ben Khan. AIRHORN SOUND EFFECT, Y'ALL.

Lone - 2 Is 8
You know what? 2 IS 8. Lone, you always are the guy. 

Mirror Kisses - Genius
Nice '80s pop vibe from Mirror Kisses. Really wonderful full sound and nice Ian Curtis vocals. The track remind me a lot of Var (War, Iceage).

Music Monday: March 31, 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.

WOODS - With Light And With Love
What a wonderful nine minutes here from WOODS. This is the title track from the forthcoming LP due out April 15. This tune has an updated '70s blues thing happening: It's chill but still makes you want to move. These tracks are nice if you want to focus on one thing for a minute or two, for instance, the bass, all the little accents and stuff coming together for the bigger sound. This is super cool and totally summer ready.

Colours - You Can't See Me
The Australian born, London-based band Colours has a sick industrial shoegaze happening here. Some parts are so jarring while others all smoothed out and glimmering. This track reminds me of a more trip-hoppy track that saw MM ages ago, here. "You Can't See Me" is full of ups and downs and is also, totally, completely waiting for the summer. 

Francis Inferno Orchestra - G.A.B.O.S
This third track is so smooth and nice. This has the vibe of The Field, but with more of a broken four on the floor, which is becoming The Thing—mainly because of people like John Talabot, Ryan Hemsworth, and Jacques Greene.  It's kind of like an optical illusion, but an "auditory" illusion. Regardless this is super cool. 

Yumi Zouma - It Feels Good To Be Around You (ft. Air France)
I don't know where to begin here... So Air France is a staple in Swedish Balaeric pop. Check out the explanation behind this cover. Man this is interesting. And listen to the original here

Fennesz - Static Kings
This track has a delicate half in/half out sound. It's soothing, but still not there totally, which is nice. It sounds like if they did bring in a full sound with drums and all the classic elements, the internet would explode. Very nice Monday tune, since it's super gloomy in Philadelphia. 

UO Exclusive: Matthew Dear & Autre Ne Veut x Afterfest

At 11pm on a balmy Saturday in Austin, Texas during South by Southwest 2014, a line-up of misfits, music lovers and movers and shakers filed into the stately Scholz Saengerrunde Hall beer Garten downtown to witness a magical evening of sonic supremacy and free beer. DJs Dave P and Sammy Slice of Philadelphia’s legendary Making Time club night enlisted singer Autre Ne Veut and electronic whiz kid Matthew Dear to entertain the hundreds of party goers who RSVP’d on the Urban Outfitters website. There were strobe lights, smoke machines, disco balls and dirty dancing. The first AfterFest of the year gives a taste of what’s to come as AfterFest tours festivals across the country this summer…keep your eyes peeled for details of our next installment. Check out the full feature here.

Music Monday: March 24, 2014

Even though it may snow tomorrow [insert Charlie Brown "AUUUUUGH" here], we're still in full-blown spring mode over here. And just because winter is knockin' on our door again doesn't mean we're going to pack up our sunny weather vibes. This week, we've got a fresh batch of new tunes to keep everyone groovin' well into April. Corbin

Cyril Hahn - Getting There
Oh, y'know, just a killer dance floor-filler from Cyril Hahn. If Cyril Hahn is a new name for you, check out this and this

Ben Khan - Youth
Ben Khan, veteran Music Monday super producer, has another one for us. This one really utilizes a classic break sample and a wider vocal. What a great, great track. It's kind of insane. It has that '80s romantic aura.

Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants
New track from Ten Walls. If you're unfamiliar with Ten Walls, they have the enigmatic Gotham as well as the minimal but solid Requiem. They're all very epic and drawn out, in a good way. The backing string section in this one draws me in.

Pattern Is Movement - Climb To Me
This track has that new-wave college vibe to it. It's reminiscent of the late '90s college jam sound, but updated with new sounds and arrangements. Pattern Is Movement have an extensive tour planned that you can check out on their Soundcloud page. 

Timber Timbre - Curtains!?
This makes me think of Nick Cave. Anyone remember the scene in Scream when they are showing the town with a curfew and they play Nick Cave?

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.

Music Monday: March 17, 2014

SXSW may be done, but that doesn't mean we are! To fill the void of the around-the-clock sounds of Austin (and the bajillion tacos that were consumed during the past two weeks), we cooked up a fresh batch of songs to kick off the official start of festival season AND the first week of spring. Yes, it's the beginning of another long work week, but by typical Monday standards, this is one that's totally worth celebrating! Corbin

Tirzah - No Romance
Greco-Roman, you've done it again, with a killer chill new track from Tirzah, taken from the forthcoming No Romance EP out April 21. 

Oliver Wilde - Play & be Saved
Another fantastic track from Oliver Wilde! While Music Monday has heard another Oliver Wilde track some time ago, this one is a bit harder and less Radio Dept. I'm looking foward to this album: The stinging guitars with the soft pillowy vocals sound really, really good. 

DJ DJ Booth - C U L8r
Activia Frenz Vol. 1 comes out March 17 and so far all of the previews of this compilation are great. This selection is bouncy, along the lines of Cashmere Cat and Arnold—and with a great artist name to boot.

Jacques Greene - No Excuse
Jacques, the now veteran broken beat dance producer, doesn't need to make any excuses for his music. This song is off his forthcoming EP on LuckyMe Records, which we're big fans of over here. This is one label we're staying "Faithful" to.

Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)
Here's Cid Rim's take on Sky's big hit of last year "You're Not The One." If you dig it, we recommend you follow it up with "Draw," another one of our favorite remixes by the artist.

Music Monday: March 10, 2014

Here are five of our favorite tracks for this week, bringing us from Monday all the way to Friday! If these don't get you dancing, then check your pulse because you might be dead. Corbin

Phoenix - SOS In Bel Air (Ariel Pink's Krystal Bamboo Remix)

The always surprising and low-key Ariel Pink puts his spin on a Phoenix track. This track is really chill and has that cool '50s vibe that Ariel Pink is known for. Good way to start off the week. 

T. Williams & Shadow Child - Want You To
This is one of those "finger-gun" songs. Both of these dudes are veterans, and thanks to these two, some of the best UK bass/house tracks in recent years have been produced. Check out T Williams - Three Letters, and Shadow Child - 23. You've been warned. You may want to save this until Friday at like 4:30pm.

Holiday Sidewinder - Carousel
Solid pop track. All around good sound and everything is executed properly. 

Wild Beasts - Wanderlust (The Field Remix)
This is The Field remixing Wild Beasts. This one speaks for itself. As a bonus, here is a track that was a remix of The Field by Sonn. The Field creates an almost mechanical sound that is amazingly therapeutic. 

Lil Spook - Without U (Prod. Greaf)
Take a spin on this one and see what's good. This one is along the same lines as Yung Lean for me.

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.

Shop The Great Outdoors

Music Monday: March 3, 2014

Today feels like the perfect Monday to reference this soundbite from SNL, because "Mondays! Boy, I hate Mondays! They make me-eee so steamed" is exactly what I am feeling on this snow-filled nightmare of a day. But since that clip is only 20 seconds long, here are five other real tunes to keep you from thinking about the fact that it is March and winter is the worst. Corbin

Rodrigo Amarante - Hourglass

Whoa, this is a good one. This has a '90s thing happening and it's just all over the place goodness. Rodrigo Amarante's recent LP Cavalo is definitely something you'll want to check out. 

Boy In A Movie - Change You
Soft and subtly moving deep-groove track here. The vocals are well-placed. Plus, Boy In A Movie is definitely along the lines of Tycho and Odesza, two of our favorites over here. 

Movement - Like Lust
Movement made noise with their last single "Us" a few months ago. This new single proves they're going to be around for some time. 

aamourocean - Yuntekkem
TUNE. This one doesn't need much explanation. Wowzers.

Vindata - Bad Dreams
Nice trap Rnb song here. This one's got that classic bed spring sound every once in a while, but we love this track for all its NRG.

Music Monday: February 24, 2014

If you only listen to one song this morning, make sure you make it "The Invisible Woman" by Woody and Pip. I'm seriously obsessed with this song. It made my Monday so much better, and when it picks up at the end, it will have you seriously dancing in your seat. Corbin

Black Atlass - Burning Man

"Burning Man" was played at the Ray Ban Boiler Room by Jacques Greene last year at Pitchfork, and now we have the fully produced track. Black Atlass recently released his Young Bloods EP, and with help from XXX, "Burning Man" became a definite stand-out track. Check out the rest of the tunes here.

Woody and Pip - The Invisible Woman
This was a perfect way to start my Monday, to be honest. Stumbling upon a track/artist like this is the bomb. Check this one out and head over to their Soundcloud to check out their other track that incorporates Spanish singing. It's a big one. 

Factory Floor - How You Say (Daniel Avery Remix)
Daniel Avery has provided us with a precise, deep remix. It slugs along, with wonderful ins and outs to keep us guessing. This is a chiller, but it's also a banger. 

Krane - Too Cute
Trap/Rnb loveliness from Krane here. Apparently this track didn't make it onto his EP, which we're looking forward to. 

Your Friend - Tame One
Shoegaze is here to stay.

Happenings: You & Baggu

To celebrate our new exclusive collaboration with Baggu, we're throwing a party in NYC and you're invited! We caught up with Baggu founder Emily Sugihara and asked her to introduce the collection and spill the contents of her own Baggu (or six)!

Hi Emily! How would you describe Baggu in a nutshell (or small pouch!)? 
We are a brand that puts a tremendous effort into making bags more simple!

What would we find in your Baggu?
Ha, definitely more bags! I always have a leather pouch filled with my fave lip balm (Earth Tu Face), hand lotion (Aesop), and sunscreen (headhunter); two or three of the Standard Baggu shopping bags, and a 3D Zip bag with an extra pair of shoes. I also usually have a small knitting project—I like to keep my hands busy during meetings. Right now I'm making some deeply weird angora mittens.

Tell us about the new collection you have created with Urban Outfitters… 
We were so super excited about the latest Urban collection. We played with a lot of fun patterns both on canvas and leather: Eyes, waves and leopard and snake prints. I love how the vibe of the Duck Bag and leather styles seem more playful or serious totally based on the prints.

What's your favorite Baggu style at the moment? 
I've been rocking the Basic Tote for the past year, but I just switched to a Duck Bag this week, because it finally started raining here in California.

What are some of the people, places and things that inspire your bags? 
Japan! The Japanese have mastered the art of simplicity. We have some old field guides with animal illustrations that have been awesome inspiration for the animal prints. People: The team here! We are mostly designing to fill our own needs.

How has Baggu grown and evolved since you founded the brand in 2007? 
So much! In the last seven years we have done a ton of experimentation, both with products and the way we run the company. Every time we make something new, we learn. I feel like we really know who we are and what we want to make now. We are way more focused.

What are your current obsessions? 
Surfing, surfing, surfing, surfing, surfing, surfing, surfing, surfing, surfing!!! 

What can't you live without? 
Projects! I'm happiest when I'm making things. Right now I'm focused on re-modeling the inside of our van.

Our World: Urban Renewal at Space 15 Twenty

Last week, Urban Outfitters opened a permanent Urban Renewal shop inside of Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles. Bringing to life the Urban Renewal concept (a line of one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from vintage, deadstock and surplus materials from around the world), here you'll find anything and everything vintage-lovers could possibly want. Unique pieces made from denim, leather, and beautiful printed fabrics mingle with antique treasures and the perfect selection of pre-worn denim. From the candles and crystals by Spellbound Sky to the succulents hanging from the ceiling, this is a shop you'll want to take a few hours to explore. Maddie

Music Monday: February 17, 2014

Boy, have we got some jams for you this morning! You're going to have a bit of trouble sitting still at your desk, so just let it happen: Bop your head, tap your feet and air guitar the first half-hour of the day away! Corbin

Todd Osborn - 5thep

Just give this a listen and try to stay in your seat. If you're not in a seat, get nuts. TUNE.

Odesza - Sun Models feat. Madelyn Grant
Odesza, the chill-wave meets driven-trap bounce artist, has a killer new tune here. What makes this stand out even more than his already killer Summer's Gone LP is the vocal integration. Hopefully this new tune is an indicator that more is on the horizon. 

Gardens & Villa - Bullet Train
Here's a nice and poppy indie RnB tune from Secretly Canadian. This is the kind of track that really makes you look into the full-length. Luckily their Dunes LP is consistent with this goodness.

Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite
As usual, Todd Terje has churned out a super rad nu-disco/funk gem. This thing rolls on and on in the best way possible. If you haven't yet checked out his Essential Mix from last year, now's your chance. It's like this but two hours long.

Kappa Kavi - Yami - No - Kami
This one is for the Hemsworth and Cashmere fans. This track is a good example of the glowy, stuttering, pitched vocal thing that's happening in music lately. The end really makes you want a drop, and the whole thing is on point.

Wish List: Maitri's Valentine Wish List

Obsessions: Maitri's Wish List

V Day? More like ME DAY! If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for an excuse to treat yourself, and what better day than Valentine’s Day to show yourself a little (more) love? Even though I have a sweetheart this year (Vice President Francis Underwood on House of Cards, thankuverymuch) I think it’s just as important to say, hey me, I love you. Here’s a wishlist of all-black everything because roses might be red but black is better (not bitter) and eternal. (And so is loving yourself!) Maitri

Cold Picnic Talking Rocks Ring
Who needs a significant other to buy you jewelry when you already have impeccable taste? This irregular stone ring is gorgeous. If you like you, then you should def put a ring on it.

Coolgirl Catmaster Sunglasses
If you plan on spending Valentine’s Day drunk as all get out with your girlfriends, you’ll need some sunglasses to shoddily hide your hangover tomorrow.

Skull Candle
No better way to say “death to love” than through home decor.

Anna Sui Nail Polish
Black glitter nail polish from Anna Sui is made exponentially better by the adorable, dress-shaped packaging.

Deena & Ozzy Cutout Buckle Boot
After a long, hard (SO HARD) winter of wearing very utilitarian but not-very-cute Doc Martens, I am so excited for spring and, consequently, shoes that don’t make me look like a morose clown from the 1940s. I love these cutout bootie heels.

Madame Scodioli Solid Perfume
Do yourself a solid and get some of this solid perfume. The Laudanum is a more heady, masculine scent, and you can throw it in your bag to use wherever you go.

Dark Jewel Flask
Bad date? Stiff drink. Good date? Celebratory drink. Can’t afford the bar? Bejeweled flask. It’s a tough holiday to get through. You deserve a drink.

Music Monday: February 10, 2014

Our Music Monday post is totally special this week, because we've got an exclusive track to premiere from White Rainbow titled "Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer." After grooving to that one, make sure to check out our other favorites from this week, too. Corbin

White Rainbow - Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer

Here's our exclusive premiere! White Rainbow has released countless albums, and his upcoming album THRU. U is full of killer trap-influenced and washed out RnB/indie sounds. This track "Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer" is a wonderful seven minutes of bounce and layers. There isn't a dull moment between the vocal loop and dreaming swirling synths. You can purchase THRU. U on Bandcamp digitally and on vinyl.

Jamie XX & Four Tet - Seesaw
Reading the title of this should be a clear indication of the quality level of this collab. "Seesaw" is a deep, bumpy movement, tied together with gorgeous Burial-esque vocals. This is an unreleased rip, and we're really looking forward to the official release in March. Let this one take you away. 

Windy & Carl - I Walked Alone
This slowed down dreamer is reminiscent of the glo-fi tracks from 2012. And it also reminds me of Nico. There's a lot of Nico vibes in here. Somber but still uplifting.

Giraffage - Nikki She Needs My Love (The Dream)
Giraffage decided to remix the entire Love Hate album by The Dream. This one is full of club-ready bangers, and it's a good summary of the remix album. At a time when Rnb Trap is under slight fire because of its massive presence in underground and Top 40 alike, this is a nice reminder of why it is where it is.

Yumi Zouma - The Brae
Here's a wonderful indie chiller to stay warm this Monday morning.


UO At Home: Music Sounds Better With You

To kick off our month of celebrating the people and things that go better together, we're checking out the home of Dryw, our music director, and his partner Shelly, who works in women's accessories. The musically minded pair share a playlist made for dancing and romancing and take us on a tour of their vinyl-filled home. Read the entire feature here.

UO Beauty: Do The Twist

Braids don't have to be uptight and complicated. With the help of New York hairstylist Sera Sloane, we embrace a simple, lived-in braid that feels fresh for spring. "The messier, the better," says Sloane of this relaxed, updated take on the style. "You don't want to see perfect lines." Watch our video and see the rest of the feature here.

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