today is a very exciting day on the blog, as we have launched our new blog design! not that we didn’t love the old design, but we felt it was time for a fresh new look that will be much easier for you all to navigate around. i’d like to say a big thank you to everyone here at the home office who worked so hard on this project!
make no mistake: this is an album about heartbreak. thao nguyen‘s own heartbreak. even though you’re set up for this material to come off as whiney, she somehow manages to avoid this by sending it out with punchy and dancey tunes. a great album to put on as soon as you’re ready to stop crying about your own broken heart.
after years of playing drums and singing background vocals for joanna newsom, it was time for neal morgan to bust out on his own. and on his own is exactly it – just him and his drums layering over themselves to create something entertaining and totally dynamic.
this is the one record this year that i am a bit worried i may literally wear out. it’s fun and romantic and creates a cool, sexy, almost dark atmosphere. it’s a perfect example of the excitement of anticipation – every time you think a song’s going to break out into something huge and deserving of a fist pump, they sit you back down and tell you to hold your horses, they have more ways to whisper something salacious in your ear.
the life story of christopher owen, one half of girls, is so insane that the first time i heard it i thought it was a farce (it involves cults, prostitution and a stint as a gutter punk). you can feel this in the rawness of his voice, but these aren’t songs about his tumultuous childhood, these are just songs about girls. fun, surf rocky, songs about girls. what better subject to fill an album with?!? after ponies.
* these records were purchased at an awesome shop in madison wi, b-sides. they have a great selection and are really nice about making recommendations.
royksopp currently have a new album on the way but their first is a great one for a re-listen, or even a first go. and with the unavoidable buzz and bustle heading into a new year this makes a great soundtrack to just take. a. break.
when this album came out it made new york city a rock star again and amazingly it still sounds fresh. this cover was actually never printed in the us because the band didn’t want buyers to be put off by the bum. luckily, their songs are way more rock ‘n’ roll than that move.
they only have three studio albums to their name and yet they’ve left an indelible mark on music and even defined and created their own genre of trip hop. seriously – there’s one other band that you’d put in the trip hop bucket and i can’t be bothered to name them. every member is now working with and influencing artists that are creating a lot of the best music around. anyway, so what i was saying is this album is perfection and i want to hug it.
guess what. i love portishead. their singer beth gibbons doesn’t escape the love fest with this solo album, though it has a completely different tone; dark and a little brooding, if it was a scent it would be like old libraries and snow.
and now, take a listen to some songs from these albums!
good morning! ready for this week’s poll? last week we asked about coin purses and pouches, and it was very close but the denim and chain pouch just beat out the pretty in beads coin purse by a mere 5 votes!
we have all different kinds of touched converse right now so this week i want to know which pair of converse you all like best…
i came across the work of illustrator mia overgaard on the decor8 blog and i just had to share it…she does such cool fashion and beauty illustrations! here are some of my favorites…
i also thought her handwritten bio on her website was really cute…it’s transcribed underneath, in case it’s hard to read :)
i love to draw! so luckily i am supporting myself as an illustrator…i recently moved from my hometown in denmark to the US to follow my dreams and basically taking charge of my time here on mother earth! apart from loving to draw i possess a strong fascination with birds, insects (not spiders!) and anything floral! colors, baking, rye bread, blowing bubbles and flying kites, green tea, old fashion mailbox letters, honey, and waking up from a good night’s sleep with the sunbeams playing on my eyelids. the smell of tuberoses and bare feet in green grass. that’s me!
you can read more about mia and check out her work on her website.
i saw this diy idea on the site nice package and i thought it was so cool i had to try it myself – they’re vintage photo gift tags that are super easy to make and a great way to take a plain-looking present and turn it into something special. if you like to wrap gifts in recycled newspaper or paper bags (as i do) i think these would be a really cool addition to dress it up.
get some metal gift tag rings at an arts & crafts store…i got them at a.c. moore, and they came with those little stencils on the right that make it easy when it comes to cutting out the pictures.
i used some cool images i found in magazines, and i glued some cardstock on the back to make them sturdier.
all that’s left to do is punch a hole in each one and string through twine or a thin ribbon. i like this natural hemp cord…
…and you’ve taken a plain looking gift and given it a personalized touch :)
you can also find all the supplies to make your own vintage gift tags at nice package’s shop. click on the image below for their downloadable pdf of gift tag images.
inspiration from foreign cultures and fashions has always been important to free people. our designers travel to faraway locations to immerse themselves in different cultures, meet people and visit markets and shops, seeking unique finds and treasures to incorporate into free people designs. this video is from a few years ago, but we’ve never shared it on the blog…it was taken by two of our designers on a trip to tibet.
i hope to keep bringing you more imagery and video from the places our designers travel in the future!
the deadline has passed to sign up for the holiday craft swap, and by now you should have an email from me with your swap partner’s name and address.
the following people’s email came back to me saying there was a problem with the email address. if you are one of these people, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the accurate email address so that i can send you your partner’s information!!!
everyone get crafting, and send your creation to your partner by friday, december 25!