more picks (and pics) from our very own musical experts!
rhythm to the madness – weltschmerz
got this at an amazing record store down the street from our free people chicago store, reckless records (www.reckless.com). if you’re in the mood to start your record collection, they give the best recommendations right on the record, so you don’t have to worry about looking like a dork when you just like the album cover. anyway, this album is rad and features members from rise & fall and justice. rttm’s appearance at the justice release party got kids wanting more than just a cameo, so they put out this album (as if it were that easy…), which has some of the most kickin’ guitar solos around. bibio – hand cranked
first, forget that you’ve heard stephen wilkinson’s, aka bibio’s, music in commercials for l.l.bean and toyota. now get ready to dance because this album is KILLER. lily allen – it’s not me, it’s you
brit pop brat maybe, but that doesn’t stop this record from being really good. like, REALLY good. owen/ the rutabaga – split ep
so this isn’t really new (was re-released 2004), but it’s new to me. owen is the solo project of mike kinsella who also led the band american football, and played in the bands cap’n jazz, joan of arc and owls. the rutabaga is the one man show of joshua wayne hensley. normally a split has a good side and a bad side, but not this one – the sum is definitely greater than the parts. loudon wainwright III – attempted moustache
loudon knows how to mix the bitter and the sweet. it includes a favorite: swimming song – “salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes, i’m a self destructive fool”. swoon. madness – one step beyond
one step beyond is all good times. we highly recommend putting this on at a party just as people have lost the momentum – you’re going to have a throng of dancing in your living room before you know it. leadbelly – huddie ledbetter’s best…
as much as I hate to recommend a compilation, leadbelly is a true legend and there’s no better way to cover the breadth of his work. known for his 12-string guitar, these classic songs are different when touched by his wicked trifecta of talent, heart and soul. yves montand – aimez-vous yves?
side one is for putting on a frock and pouring yourself a café latte, side two is to talk in your most outrageous french accent and go off to live la rive gauche.
listen to some tunes from these albums here.
these 10 quick questions will give you an idea (transcribed below)…
what is your job here at fp?
lifestyle blogger :)
what is your current state of mind?
still half asleep… (i filled this out first thing this morning)
who are your heroes?
mom & dad, john lennon, bob marley
if you could choose what to come back to life as, what would you be?
a sea otter
what or who is your greatest love?
friends and family
name one thing necessary to your happiness.
what do you hate the most?
what would the name of your band be and what genre? what instruments to you play in this band?
stoked. it would be a reggae/jam band. i would play keys and steel drums.
what color are you?
what is your motto?
an old friend of mine is doing something really cool…
kael robinson is the founder of brazilets, a company that brings bracelets based on a 200-year-old tradition in brazil to countries all over the world. for years the bracelets have been worn throughout latin america, where it was believed that when the knots come undone and the bracelet falls off, your wishes will come true.
not only are the bracelets super cute (and they come in lots of fun colors), but 20% of all proceeds for selling the bracelets goes towards plant a billion trees, the nature conservancy’s campaign to restore the atlantic forest of brazil.
kael was nice enough to answer some questions for the fp blog. where are you from?
i am from bryn mawr, pennsylvania. when did you start brazilets?
i launched brazilets in august of 2008 and i launched live brazilian in august of 2009. what inspired you to start the company?
i was inspired to start brazilets when I was given a brazilet as a gift. i made my three wishes on the braclelet and wore the bracelet for about 9 months until it fell off. when my ruby brazilet fell off in one month all three of my wishes came true. i thought if this can help me why not start selling brazilets to help other people around the world. so, i slowly started importing these bracelets from brazil, i went to brazil and met with manufacturers and went to the place where they originated,bahia brazil, and learned the history and found how amazing the culture is and the tradition of this 200-year-old tradition. i also wanted to donate back to brazil by preserving the amazon rainforest. so, i chose to donate a portion of our proceeds to plantabillion.com. since, then we have grown to have three distributors world wide and we have helped thousands of people have their wishes come true. how successful have you been in your goal of protecting the amazon?
we have planted thousands of trees in the amazon and are trying to reach a goal of 1,000,000 by 2011. what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without (besides brazilets!)?
i would have to say the one articles of clothing i can not live without are my sweatshirts! i love being comfortable and whether it is a worn old sweatshirt from high school or a new nice one that is a little dressier i can not live without it.
i love these photos of the bracelets from brazil:
erica prince is freelancing for our visual team right now, and she’s also a great artist! her work is part of an exhibit called far in far out going on right now at fuel (3rd and arch in philadelphia).
erica’s drawings explore the implications of distinct design decisions within interior spaces. by arranging furniture, “art”, clutter, and décor, prince creates environments of indulgence, frivolity, and dramatic potential. as she says, “i urge the viewer to make themselves at home. become the missing character. feel the silk upholstery, meditate, host a cocktail party, and entertain a lover. try the spaces on like trying on a bad outfit. you know it is too flamboyant, but you have a sick curiosity of how it might look.”
i would definitely like to step inside this space…
making a quilt!
i have a problem. i never throw anything away.
as a result, i have lots of scraps of fabric left over from past sewing projects, and old clothes that don’t fit any more, so i decided it would be fun to try and make a quilt…plus this way i don’t have to throw them away, and if it turns out well i have a nice new quilt for the cold months ahead.
to start out, i cut the scraps into evenly shaped squares – to do this i used a record and a cd and cut around them, because i can’t cut in a straight line to save my life.
then i just started sewing them together in whatever pattern i felt like. i lined up the two squares, turned them over and sewed them by hand.
pretty simple- it would go much faster with a sewing machine but i don’t mind doing it by hand and it’s actually a pretty relaxing thing to do on a rainy day while listening to music :)
these are leftover from an old pair of jeans i made into cutoffs. i think they’ll look really cool in the quilt!
i cut some of the squares in half to make triangles.
i’ll probably cut some flowers, stars and other shapes out of some of the extra fabric and then stitch those onto some of the larger squares to add some flair.
if any of you try making your own quilt, send us photos!
i love this idea…every sunday from 11am-6pm a one-of-a-kind diy market takes place at the old american can factory in brooklyn. each sunday a different “maker” creates their product live, giving visitors the chance to see how it is made. the makers specialize in a variety of crafts including jewelry, clothing, food and home décor. I definitely want to go one weekend – if any of you are attending, let us know!
welcome to another new feature on the fp blog! each week we will review a new album coming out that we think you all might enjoy. this week…brooklyn band grooms with rejoicer.
grooms (formerly known as muggabears) is a trio consisting of emily ambruso, travis johnson and jim sykes. grooms might be another indie band based out of brooklyn but they differentiate themselves with their ability to create soundscapes that alternate between noise-pop and clean, smooth guitar and vocals. this unpredictability makes rejoicer an interesting album to listen to, and it’s sure to make for a great live show as well. rejoicer officially comes out on october 20 but is available starting today on itunes. you can listen to some songs from the new album on their myspace page, here.
psst…If you live in new york, you can catch grooms at the knitting factory in brooklyn on thursday night for the rejoicer album release party, and they’re also playing a few shows during next week’s cmj festival (check out the full cmj schedule here).
artist stephen powers grew up in west philadelphia, where walls and rooftops were a blank canvas for the former graffiti artist. now, with the help of the philadelphia mural arts program, he has put a spin on the traditional notions of graffiti with love letter. the project is literally his love letter to the city where he grew up, that can also be read as a love letter from one person to another or from the residents of west philadelphia to their neighborhood.