Chanson de Jour

Elephants by Warpaint

I honestly have no recollection of how I discovered this song by Warpaint six months ago, but I was obsessed with the song and video for a solid month; it has such an awesome 70’s psychedelic + grunge feel, and the video is “like buttah,” as they say, haha. Unfortunately, I forgot all about them until I rediscovered their album and ep on my Spotify!

Warpaint is an art rock band from LA signed on both LA-based experimental pop label Manimal Vinyl and London-based Rough Table. They formed in 2004, put out the Exquisite Corpse EP in 2009, and released their first full-length album entitled The Fool the following year. 

They’ve been compared to Cocteau Twins, Joni Mitchell, and Siouxsie and The Banshees (all personal favorites), and if you’re into them you might also like Beach House (highly recommended), Caribou, or Au Revoir Simone.

For more Warpaint:

Watch the awesomely trippy video for the self-titled song, Warpaint

Check out a live version of my other favorite song, Undertow

"I love my time here, didn’t know ‘til I was gone"- The Avett Brothers

The impending hurricane has me wishing I could find my rain boots, but these ahhh-mazing LR rain booties from Loeffler Randall make me wonder why I’d ever want to don those polka-dot atrocities again!

You could wear them rain or shine…they even come in green!

After accidentally stumbling into the MAD exhibition that changed my life, I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with paper. 

Working with paper was unlike any other experience; like every material I’d ever used rolled into one simple, clean sheet with seemingly impossible flexibility. I could cut it, sculpt it, fold it, and even create it using only the natural materials around me. It seemed so logical; it was the purest, most accommodating medium in existence. Anything I could dream up, I could create with paper; there were no limits, no impossibilities.

Considering my background in design, it was no surprise that my studies culminated in book arts. So, when I saw that the National Gallery was having an exhibition on artists’ books, I was ecstatic! If you’re in DC this winter, make sure you put "Text as Inspiration: Artists’ Books and Literature" on your list of things to see!

There doesn’t seem to be any information regarding the artists included in the exhibition, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites: Su Blackwell, El Lissitzky, Brian Dettmer, and Brandon Boyd (yes, that’s right, the one from Incubus). 

To start your own artists’ book collection, scoop an edition of your favorite at Printed Matter

If you’re interested in the nitty gritty of book or paper arts, take a trip to BookWorks in Asheville, NC or register for a workshop at Penland School of Crafts

As a studio major in college I usually had the luxury of Friday’s off (which I always took advantage of on Thursday nights). Alas, in the real world I’ve discovered you’re actually required work on this oh-so-sacred day. Needless to say, when I wake to find its not the weekend, I am not a happy girl. Que the Friday playlist.

Just because we have to go to work or school doesn’t mean the weekend can’t start today! This week I thought I’d start off with my favorite tuneage for friday fanny-shakin’: Britpop. You might think you’re britpop-ed out from the other posts this week, but trust me, there’s honestly nothing better for turning that frown upside down.

So turn it all the way up and do some crazy seat-dancin’ in your car; all the other people stuck in traffic will be jealous you’re having so much fun :)

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une belle robe

DIY: last minute one-time-dress by ljenmf from

I was crusin’ youtube last night for some simple DIY dresses and almost immediately found this amazing tutorial for turning a long pashmina into a cool contemporary dress/tunic. (lets be real here, no one should be wearing a scarf as a dress…)

The way I see it, you could wear this one of three ways:

  1. As a tunic over jeans - “contempo casual” for lunch…or shopping!
  2. With a longer fitted pencil skirt underneath - be conscious of your fabric colors and textures to maintain the modern simplicity.
  3. Go buy some lux fabric - measure out the correct yardage so you can wear it as a dress. Make sure you choose something suitable for draping, like silk jersey.

Ideally, you’d want to find a way to preserve this gorgeous custom-draped dress forever, and that is exactly what I intend to do! It might require minor macgyvering, but its a small price to pay for such a fantastic piece. Once I figure out the best way to do it, I’ll make a tutorial of my own so you can proudly hang it in your closet too!

for more of her awesome tutorials, visit her YouTube channel

if you want even more cool fashion and DIY, start reading the blog

These map prints by designers Jen Adrion and Omar Noory from These Are Things, are absolutely perfect and I want each and every one. It might be a design geek thing or just a geek thing in general but I. Love. Maps. Especially clean, well designed maps like these :)

Considering that most people only view them in a functional way, few really think about or understand the intense design process behind the creation of a map. I’ll admit, unless you’re a hipster, you probably wouldn’t hang the “road atlas” you picked up at the gas station over your couch (now that would be ironic), but a thoughtful creative map definitely has a place on your wall beside all the other whatever-else-you-haves up there.

Go snag one at These Are Things and finally find out where Djibouti is…

Chanson de Jour

It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning (live at KEXP) by We Were Promised Jetpacks

Today’s chanson de jour comes from another UK indie rock band: We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, the band formed in 2003 and put out their first full-length album, These Four Walls in 2009 on Brighton-based Fat Cat Records. They’ve clearly been around for a while, but they didn’t start gaining momentum until their American tour with fellow-Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit in 2009-2010.

They released an EP last March entitled The Last Place You’ll Look, and their second full-length album, In The Pit Of The Stomach, is due to be released in October of this year!

I love when I find great live videos like this one, so if you like ‘em live too, head over to the KEXPradio YouTube channel to see more from this and other live performances!

If you’d rather, you can also listen to the album version of this track or watch the funky video for Roll Up Your Sleeves

If you like We Were Promised Jetpacks, then Frightened Rabbit, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, and Bombay Bicycle Club are all personal favorites that are definitely worth a listen.

Animateur Japonais

Greenpeace Ad - Man and Whale by Koji Yamamura (2007)

Since the great rise of Netflix, we no longer have cable in our apartment, but we do have air digital (you know, the bunny ears). As you can imagine, there are some pretty interesting (crazy) channels to choose from, one being a Japanese channel that mostly shows kung-fu and weird dubbed over cultural docs.

Surprisingly, air digital shows a fair amount of art docs and specials (that’s how I saw Waste Land* for the first time). They mostly run on PBS, but on this fine day I stopped on the Japanese channel just in time to catch a special on animator Koji Yamamura. His delicate illustrative style was the first thing that drew me to his work, but when I saw how seamless his animations were, I was fascinated and wanted to find out more about his process.

Its no surprise to find that Yamamura has a traditional studio background, studying painting at Tokyo Zokei University. This is more evident in his earliest work Aquatic (1987), which he produced independently using stop-motion and clay painting techniques. His later works, such as Perspektivenbox (1990), Muybridge’s Strings (2011), and Academy-Award Nominated, Atama Yama (Mt. Head) (2002), were done using traditional animation methods and take on a more refined illustrative feel which showcase his great talent as a draughtsman. 

I find his work captivating and I give him major props for sticking to traditional techniques in a world overflowing with computer generated digital crap. The line between art and entertainment is becoming increasingly blurred, and its nice to see someone truly dedicated to a craft and the production of a high quality piece.

If you want to see what he can really do, watch Atama Yama (Mt. Head)

For more information about Koji Yamamura and his process, check out his website.

Want even more? This clever Radiohead/Yamamura mashup lends an interesting narrative to Little by Little from Radiohead's 2011 album, The King of Limbs.

( I mean really…who doesn’t like crazy Radiohead mashups in general?)

*note: Waste Land (2010) is a wonderful documentary in which contemporary artist Vik Muniz travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to do a collaborative work with the pickers living in a society amongst the trash. It’s an extremely powerful and motivating documentary and I would highly recommend checking it out!

Chanson de Jour

First Love (acoustic) by The Maccabees

I heard about The Maccabees almost two years ago when I used their song Toothpaste Kisses on a mixtape. They’ve always been in my mental back catalog, and occasionally I’d jam out when they popped up on shuffle. Little did I know, I was missing out on this gem!

Though all their videos are a-dor-a-ble (and I would highly recommend watching every single one), I couldn’t pass up sharing this gorgeous stripped down version of First Love, done by singer/guitarist Orlando Weeks (who is also totally adorable), for the Brighton-based indie label Freshly Squeezed

Needless to say, I’m now in full blown obsession mode over their 2007 album Colour It In, and I’m taking full advantage of my new Spotify* account to wear it out!

So, if you dig this song, and bands like The Arctic Monkeys, The Futureheads, The Strokes, and Modest Mouse, I’d definitely recommend making a Maccabees Pandora station! And if you’re into post-punk/brit-pop revival-type deliciousness, expect a pleasant surprise on Friday :)

*note: If you haven’t heard of Spotify, go apply for an invitation now! Its a music streaming service (a la Grooveshark) that’s recently begun testing in the states, and it’s fantastic. Its sort of like iTunes meets Netflix…so, basically the greatest music oriented invention since the iPod.

a mishmash; a hodgepodge, if you will.

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