It's finally getting cold in Los Angeles! It's stopped being 80 degrees, I can wear sweaters and long jackets and drink hot beverages outside without feeling feverish. In places that aren't the city, leaves are even changing color! That's science.
I've been big into making mixes lately (as you can probably tell), so I decided to celebrate the changing of the season (no matter how tardy it may be) by putting up a quick mix for you all that I think compliments autumn perfectly.
If you ever listen to an artist on one of these mixes that you'd like to hear more of, by all means please email me or leave a comment and I'll post more by them. For now, enjoy part one of "Autumn At Last" and make sure to come back tomorrow for the last part.
I've decided. Notcot.org is a font of amazing-things-in-the-world wonderfulness. If you don't visit it everyday, you are missing out. Today I went over and found these great necklaces posted, made from old transit tokens from all over the country. Aren't they fancy?
The good folks at GoApe have just come up with some new designs, and this one I had to snap up immediately. Because who doesn't love a good pillow fight? (They should come with pillow slipcovers, too.)
My friend Sam designed this shirt, and when I saw him wearing it I laughed out loud. You can pick it up at Dirty Microbes, which has lots of other silly shirts-- and hey, they even have a shirt about toast, so they're okay in my book.
On Sunday night, I got back from one of my lovely trips to Austin, where I proceeded to Tex-ified myself with a bevy of Texas treats: my first Lone Star, my first Blue Bell, and my first Whataburger. You folks sure do know tastiness. Hopefully I'll be back in your great state in not too long.
This sexy Russian girl just told Jewlie and I about this video, and so you know, when sexy Russian girls say things, Jewlie and I listen. This song is from accordian-aficionado Jason Webley, and I'll bet you two bits you'll be singing along by the end of the video.
Bob Ryan is a UK artist whose eyes are propped open full of wonder. My favorite pieces of his work are the paper cutouts, because of the stories that adorn each. Take a gander at this one, and this one, but especially go look at this one, which made me laugh.
Lee just sent me this link to the LocoRoco PSP game, thinking I'd like it, and he was right. I was fascinated (read: obsessed) with Katamari Damacy when it came out, and this seems the same kind of weird Japanese randomness that I love. The website is worth clicking around if only for the deeply strange music. I want the soundtrack. And a PSP.
El Perro Del Mar (aka Sarah Assbring, the sole member
of the “band”) is what happens when a lonely Swede
spends a lot of time with her Smokey Robinson and
Supremes records. Whether she’s singing about buying
candy or going to a party all the songs on the album
follow the same formula of repeated lyrics, wafting
background harmonies, and subtle instrumentation to
get her point across. Her point in most cases is that
she's not very happy. That’s not to say that it’s a bad
album. Quite the contrary. The balance of her
melancholy voice and perky harmonies are a perfect
mix. She’s too mopey for pop, too poppy for mope. You
be the judge. Oh, yeah ... she’s real purdy, too. elperrodelmar.com
Although they’ve been around since the late 90’s I had
never heard of the Pernice Brothers until 2003 when I
heard the song “Baby in Two” off the album “Yours,
Mine and Ours.” Needless to say I’ve been a fan every
since. I love the way Joe Pernice balances lovely
melodies with depressing lyrics. No easy feat... trust
me, I've tried. When I saw that they had a new album
out this year I checked it out and while it is a baby
step backwards from 2005s “Discover A Lovelier You”
it’s still head and shoulders above almost everything
this side of The Decemberists. I think they sound a
bit like Belle And Sebastian but so far, I’m the only
person I know that feels that way. What do you think?
Theo Jensen is an artist/engineer who makes wind-powered art robot sculptures. "Strandbeests are mechanical skeletons built entirely from lightweight plastic tubes, which allows them to be powered from the smallest breeze." This is just magical.