the art of painting (by hand)

UP THERE from The Ritual Project on Vimeo.

this beautiful short film documents the fading craft of painting murals.



Hello. Are you interested in some songs?

Here are some bands that would enhance your commute.

1.Micachu (songs: Eat Your Heart, Curly Teeth, Golden Phone)
2.Little Dragon (song: Forever)
3.Le Loup (song: Beach Town)
4.Miike Snow the Benny Blanco Remix featuring Neon Hitch, (the song is: Burial)
5. Mountain Main (song: Dog Song)
6. Tanlines(song: Real Life)
7.Dutchess and the Duke (song: Hands)
8. Broken Bells (song: The High Road)
9. Negash Tekie (wow: Atebreie)
10.Wolf Peoples (song: October Fires)
11. Cults (so good: Go Outside)


swedish girls times more.

I got tickets to see El Perro Del Mar and Taken by Trees for v-day. Which means I am lucky!


blogs of note. (in no particular order)

1. Dos Family
In my deepest, darkest fantasy, I have a little family and we all speak Swedish and dress well and adorn our home in crafts, and we live happily ever between our Stockholm apartment and country cottage. This, I don't mind living through the Dos Family.

2. Emmas designblogg
Swedish. Design. Mm.

3. Hello Tiger!
More from Scandinavia? O-K!

4. Poppytalk
Lots of time on your hands? Got plenty of education and no job? Perfect! Indie girls who love crafts, glasses, Dirty Projectors, Williamsburg, and fancy cocktails and sewing kits will drool here. (I know, I know. I can't help it. I eat it all up.)

5. cheap date
Most hilarious english translation.

6. Rifle Paper Co. Blog
Smart girl.

7.Mixed Plate
More pretty design and nice little companies.

8.Sandra Juto
I went to Gothenburg with my dear friend Danielle in 2007, and we were enchanted by the fairy-talkin' Swedish ladies. This blog comes from this town and the pretty perfect work of Sandra Juto.


1.Reading Ace Hotel's new blog.
Hosting a symposium on 'Reassessing the Organic Tradition in American Architecture' in Palm Springs? Yes please.

2.Heard about the Date Farmers.

3.Interested in the people behind the publishing. Like the Taschen's, who are living (it up) now, see Food & Wine's profile of their recent dinner party-- in contrast to the Phaidon's (Phaidon was started in 1923 by Dr Bela Horowiz and Ludwig Goldscheider, with the objective of delivering high-quality books at affordable prices.)

4.Had my eyes on the New York Times' photojournalism of Port-Au-Prince. Simply amazing, shaking, striking.

5.Reading the 1964 English translation of The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

6.Cause it's sleepy and thoughtful and lovey, listening to Cameron McGill & What Army. Here, on Daytrotter.

7. If you need some GREAT music, see TuNe-yArDs.
Saw Merrill Garbus when she played with Sister Suvi,accompanying Thao and The Get Down Stay Down back in 2009. Hot stuff.

"tUnE-yArDs is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus. Possessing an expansive sound that marries a coarse folk ingenuity with the bold pop sensibility of an R&B siren, BiRd-BrAiNs was assembled with a staunch DIY aesthetic.

Recording herself using a digital voice recorder and assembled using shareware mixing software, she was described by Stereogum as “a self-contained Sublime Frequencies compilation, jumping between blues, African tunes, shiny reggae-esque sprawls, and lo-fi folk”, infusing the worldly sonic palette of M.I.A. or post-punk pioneers The Raincoats. "

This is how 4AD, (the label that brings people like me Anni Rossi, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Camera Obscura, Deerhunter, Department Of Eagles, Efterklang, Gang Gang Dance, M Ward, Serena-Maneesh, St. Vincent, and The Big Pink, The National, and TV On The Radio) explains it best.

8, 9, 10. New to me: Port O'Brian, Efterklang,El Parro del Mar

Modern Drift by Efterklang from Rumraket on Vimeo.

11. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil...

12. Judith Jones to speak to me.

13. Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers Just listen.


1.thinking about SXSW this year..
and the San Jose Hotel!

2.Shopping for little trinkets and treats at poppytalkhandmade
especially nice package

3.and making the illustrations for Ancora Pasta, a new and brilliant local business run by pasta maker extraordinaire and friend Tim O'Brian.


<a href="http://mountainman.bandcamp.com/album/mountain-man">ANIMAL TRACKS by Mountain Man</a>


ah, maine

good things to feast on, if only you can find them.

1. everything maine magazine finds interesting seems to be swell.
2. sacred and profane this year was rainy, cozy, and deeply lovely. the only photos i can find are available here.
3. grace becomes our favorite haunt.
4. saw sufjan stevens play at port city music hall the other night for $15.
5. attended the camden international film festival over the weekend. crude independence riffs on small town america's desires and shortcomings. BECAUSE WE WERE BORN (Puisque Nous Sommes Nés) is the one I had to miss, sadly.
6. making a playlist for this week's brunch at Local 188.
7. metric is playing here November 17!
8. If only I had 3500$ more; I'd be here. I am astounded by the list of speakers. It is summer camp for grown-ups. Musical pairings include Zee Avi.