I was lucky enough to spend the last five days relaxing in Palm Springs with Kyle for his birthday, baking in the sun, eating many amazing things and enjoying many libations (if you follow me on Instgram you probably saw some of the adventures). Throughout the whole week though, I had one song on repeat in my head – “Paradise” by Jenny Lewis. Known as the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, this track is a B-Side from her first solo album Rabbit Fur Coat, so this might be a new gem for many folks.
The selling point for me on this song is the slide guitar and the heavy western influence, which backs up Jenny crooning the chorus of “Para-diiiyyyyiiise…” over and over. The song on it’s face is beautiful but in typical Jenny fashion she’s still having to deal with deadbeat guys who don’t get her. I really wish that Jenny Lewis would have made more tracks like this, both alone and with Rilo Kiley, as I haven’t been a fan of her work since this song, which was released almost seven years ago.
A Perfect Fit: An Interview With Steve Chiotakis
For May’s Featured Interviews on LAIY, we’re focusing on a handful of the talented folks over at radio institution KCRW. The first of a few interviews was with writer and radio personality Steve Chiotakis. He’s a super nice, super talented guy who didn’t ever think he would live in Los Angeles but, now, is one of the city’s biggest fans. For those of your public radio lovers, you may remember Steve from his work on the Marketplace Morning Report.
Big & Small
Out in Mount Washington is a little house that is the execution of a lot of big ideas. It’s called Big & Small and it was made by Anonymous Architects. It’s a brilliant exercise in efficiency, minimalism, and communication with the outside world. This is one of the many dream homes we wish we lived in.
Almost a month ago Fast Company published an article profiling Jenna Lyons and the work she’s done at J.Crew. I knew Lyons had done a lot over the years but it was eye-opening to hear about the change she enacted with her cohort Micky Drexler.
Do you ever have one of those days when time is running short or sleepiness is having its way, and all you want to do is throw something on without thinking about it while also remaining tailored and stylish? I do, and Everlane is the answer. Created in-house by a small team of designers, Everlane makes basic wardrobe staples that are crafted out of beautiful fabrics that fit to perfection. That’s their whole ethos: “Instead of offering 20 options for a shirt, we try to make only the best in each category.” And that goes for menswear, womenswear, and accessories, too.
Earlier this week, we talked about a bee habitat designed by Architecture students in Buffalo, and now we are bookending the week with more about bees and the design of the world’s smallest flying robot. But what do bees have to do with tiny flying robots? A team of science folk from Harvard has spent more than a decade trying to build a swarm of tiny, biomimetic robots that are inspired by the industrious insects. And if bee populations continue to decline, we may one day depend on buzzing swarms of these mechanical wonders to pollinate crops.