Monday, November 30, 2009

fully booked

I had intended to leave my bedroom walls fairly bare, given how much art I've scattered around every other room in my home. But when I saw this book jacket I was hooked and I'm excited to get it up on the wall along with eight of his friends, all from Book City Jackets


The wonderful Immodesty Blaize by Laetitia Negre

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

definitive lace ups


dior homme s/s10 via dazed digital

one month to go

christmas tree


goodbye england

laura marling is magic. full stop.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


recently, a friend said that if you were to describe me you would use the word "tweed". this image helps me feel more like that's a compliment.

vogue italia shoot from coute que coute

man food

So, I needed a recipe yesterday for a nice birthday treat and GQ being my source for most things I clicked to see what they would have online.

WEIRD but no brownies. Upside, new recipe for beer braised beef... Given that it's a concoction of Dan Barber of Blue Hill it has to be good.

  • 3 lbs beef chuck, in chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Beer
  • Carrots and onions, chopped
  • Parsley (3 sprigs)

Step 1

  1. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper.

Step 2

  1. Over medium flame, heat enough olive oil to evenly coat the base of a large heavy-bottom pot. When the oil is hot, add the beef and cook on all sides till it's evenly brown and crispy. Remove and place on a plate, uncovered.

Step 3

  1. Pour in a bit of beer, let simmer, and scrape up the tasty brown bits with a wooden spoon. Add the vegetables. Use enough to make a deep bed, maybe two large onions and three big carrots—it all depends how big the pot is. You can also add unpeeled garlic; fennel and ginger are a nice touch with pork. Cook on low flame, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, till well caramelized.

Step 4

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 5

  1. Place the beef back in the pot, nestled among the vegetables. Add the parsley. Pour in the rest of the beer so it comes about halfway up the sides of the meat. You may need more than one can.

Step 6

  1. Cover, place in the oven, and cook for two to three hours, until the meat is meltingly tender.

Step 7

  1. Remove the meat, place on a plate, and cover with aluminum foil. Pour the cooking liquid through a mesh strainer and discard the vegetables. At this point, you can serve the liquid as is, or you can put it back on the stove in a smaller pot over medium heat to intensify its flavors.

Step 8

  1. To serve, keep the meat in chunks or shred it, and place it on a platter. Pour some of the cooking liquid over it (serve the rest on the side). Pair it with buttered egg noodles or mashed potatoes or pureed celery root. Devour.
definitely definitely making this one

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jonathan Boulet - Community Service Announcement

listened to this eleventeen times today

good plan

Work by Michael Hainey via A Continuous Lean

Mr Hainey is not a professional artist per se. He just wanted to make something. So he did.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

yeah but

think i neeeeed this

Saturday, November 21, 2009


by mike mitchell

Friday, November 20, 2009

party girl

I have a party soon with a '20s theme. I think this is very good inspiration...

spread from German Vogue via fashion rogue

oh for space

I could never leave walls so bare, but still... to have all that space and light... oof...

via ...etc


bubbles and bubbly

yes please

image via le fashion

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck - Heaven Can Wait

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven Can Wait from Charlotte Gainsbourg on Vimeo.

I'm on a video binge this week.

This one is predictably odd - but that certainly doesn't hurt it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

oh naoko

Art In The Age Presents... Sun Airway "Oh Naoko" In-Store Performance. from Art In The Age on Vimeo.

The proper studio version if this is very celebratory and ecstatic feeling, but as a little acoustic song there's something a teeeeny bit heartbreaking about Oh Naoko by Sun Airway

'I'll be there just to lasso you the moonshine, in the back of your mind just like a wind chime"



and clouds

the moon
the top is the sun, bottom the moon

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

4AD Session - Tune Yards

I get all kinds of lost for words trying to tell people how AMAZING Tune Yards is.

I MEAN THE TALENT. She's staggering.

Tune Yards and Dirty Projectors this weekend at Williamsburg Music Hall. Very much considering a road trip...

subway angel


Monday, November 16, 2009

The XX

saw them live on Friday night.

to me the xx are all about sexiness from anticipation. their music builds and kind of goes nowhere, so you're left with this unrequited amped up feeling.

ooooh la

Saturday, November 14, 2009


this has me pretty excited

the clip on the official site of the campfire jam is waaaay too close to home

Friday, November 13, 2009

almost forgot this one

cold cave - death comes close

listening to this with my roommate, she asked me “is this electro?” and i said, “no, this is new wave” and then next song corrected myself – “well this is kind of electro”. truth is, i was wrong both times. cold cave sways between heady, bleached out melody and something more aggressive – it can’t easily be categorized. whatever bucket you put them in, they’re creating songs that deserve to challenge you.

julian casablancas - phrazes for the young
with such a distinctive voice it’s hard to listen to casablancas without making straight up comparisons to the good times that were the strokes albums, but phrazes for the young is a different beast. reviews for this album have been pretty acerbic, but when he’s good he’s very very good; “out of the blue” and “river of brakelights” are both beauties and once you let “glass” warm up you’re going to be happy you gave this the chance to grow on you.

bricolage – bricolage
there’s seems to be a pattern in scottish music which has veins part bitter and part raucous. this glaswegian band has created an album of poppy goodness that every once and a while bites back. i’m trying to avoid using sour patch kids as a reference...

the big pink – a history of love
with vocals that swoon and swell with shards of guitar and drums, this album is a sonic gem. by far one of my favorites of the year, a history of love lives up to its bravado.

patti smith - horses
horses doesn’t prove that smith has an exceptional voice or that she needs to work only with her own material. but it is her real, pure music at its core, and that is rock and roll.

perez prado - havana, 3a.m.
better known as the “mambo king”, prado leads his band in the perfect cuban mix of spanish and african rhythms. he finds himself with a better flow on this record than some of his others . the band is so tight, and yet when sections break way into solos they feel like an entirely different entity.
bonus: following the break up of the clash, paul simonon named his (short-lived) new band after this album!!

various artists -
41 original hits from the soundtrack of american graffiti
this is mostly a mix of rock and doo-wop hits from the late '50s and early '60s. george lucas and francis ford coppola spent almost all of the money allotted to music in the film on obtaining the rights to these songs. because of that the film doesn’t have a score - think of what that could have meant for some of their other, less known, films…

the national - alligator
very understated, yet feels a bit rambling. it is amazingly gloomy and catchy all at once. how can you not love a man with that deep baritone?


x ray spex


when maison martin margiela does it, of course it's done right...

image from the tres bien shop blog

plastic fantastic

spring collection from Fleet Ilya is something else...

images via highsnobette

Thursday, November 12, 2009

layer cake

This outfitting by Gary Graham is close enough to what I have in my wardrobe that I'm very excited to have had a little new inspiration on how to layer it all...

via twentythirtyforty blog

new victorians

How is this the epitome of masculinity and still every so slightly dandy...

Has me desperately trying to figure out tintype photography...

Images by David Sokosh for The Times


I could every item that Hannah Martin makes on my wishlist... Have to wait for a big celebration to earn one though...

Though this is what I'd REALLY want:

Image and interview on Dazed Digital

Monday, November 9, 2009

dedicated follower of fashion

three piece

Three-piece suit. With shorts.

Friday, November 6, 2009

the weekend is on

i can has moustache

this time i'm serious


spring mattress chandelier at Front & Palmer

image via thrillist

heads up

by Christopher Goodwin

via We Made This

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Matt Dorfman

man has talent, this is just the tip of the iceberg

my love will be the moat

indulge your love lust

this is kind of a guilty pleasure right now

tutu much?

I'm on a tutu kick at the moment. But would something this much drama be too much for the work place? Really would it?

From Elle Italy via coute que coute

John Hoyland

Though many of Hoyland's works are, to me, far more visceral and dark, I love that these I saw on Dan Shepalavy's blog are such bright sweetness.

I'm looking for a big canvas for my bedroom after all...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

only one thing to do

when you get a text like this

ya blog it

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

new project

I very much want a giant Penguin Books canvas for my home... I just have to pick the book. And learn how to paint. And have a giant wall. But otherwise it's in the bag.

This is by Harland Miller. An actual artist.

image via Cup of Jo