It’s technically a holiday here in the States so I’m relaxing a bit today. That being said I’ve got some great posts coming in a bit, so hang in there. This week it seems that I didn’t listen to much, which I suppose is true, but here’s the things I suggest you check out.
1) The Radio Dept. – I discovered these guys the same way I think a lot of other people did, through Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. They have kind of sythy 80′s feel to them but sound timeless in my opinion. I’ve got two albums and seven EPs of their’s, but I’d suggest starting with Lesser Matters and working your way from there. They’ve also have a new album coming out in March called Clinging To A Scheme, which I’ll be sure to clue you into once it’s out.
2) Boards of Canada – I’ve known about these guys forever but I realized that I’d never heard any of their albums before. I can’t say I’m any kind of expert but I think The Campfire Headphase is a good place to start. Note of interest, Boards of Canada are neither a Board, nor Canadiann, they are a Scottish duo.
3) Collections of Colonies of Bees – Found out about these guys after they collaborated with Justin Vernon on Volcano Choir, which if you also don’t know about you should. CoCoB makes a lot of great, atmospheric instrumental music which is also kind of weird at the same time. I think a good place to start with these guys is their album Birds, which is made up of 4 songs but totals around 38 minutes.
Since Sunday is Valentine’s Day I thought it was appropriate to create a Mixcast dedicated to love. I’m lucky enough to find myself with someone special this year, so it definitely has a positive slant to it. If I was single this would be probably be an eff’ love mix, but maybe I’ll do that next year no matter what circumstance I find myself in, just to balance things out.
These are some of my favorite lovey songs and I think they work pretty well together. I opted for another mini-mix because you shouldn’t have to listen to my voice when you’re trying to makeout with your potential spouse/date/lover/desperate friend. I hope you enjoy it and remember that love is all you need.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes Postcards From Italy by Beirut God Only Knows by The Beach Boys The Luckiest by Ben Folds Center Of Gravity by Yo La Tengo In My Life by The Beatles Reservations by WIlco I Must Be In a Good Place Now by Vetiver Lullabye by Ben Folds Five Asleep And Dreaming by The Magnetic Fields
My buddy James Gulliver Hancock sent me a really rad silkscreened poster that would make a great gift for Valentine’s Day or really any other day. It’s called A Bicycle Made For Two (he’s Australian and doesn’t realize that bicycles are built, not made for two) and features a bunch of sweet looking bikes and fun, random shapes all over it.
It was created along with ReForm School, which is the best craft/gift shops in Silver Lake. They have a project called Student of the Month where they make limited edition objects with local artists, and James was chosen for this month. If you’d like to grab a poster you can click here.
Or if you’re feeling lucky, tell me what the best love song ever written is and why in the comments and I’ll send you the poster for free. I already know what the answer is so if you can guess it and give the best answer it’s all yours. This is purely judged by me and if you don’t like my decision that’s too bad.
I wanted to transfer from the videos of Thursday into the lovey feelings of Friday. Yes, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, hopefully you’ve realized. so I have a few special V-Day posts planned for today. The first is this really cute video which was done by the awesome folks over at FriendsWithYou. A bit ago they started FWY Studios to handle commercial animation jobs and since have been creating some rather charming pieces.
This one above was created for Match.com and illustrates how we all have a match, it’s just a matter of finding it. In this case, Peas and Carrots unfortunately seem to keep missing each other, but obviously through the wonders of Match they’d find each other… right. Nonetheless the animation is spot-on and totally adorable. I love that the bat and robin go together… like Batman and Robin.