wow, check out these awesome custom covers by richard perez of his top ten albums of 2010. psh, makes all other top ten lists look pretty pathetic in comparison, eh? i’d like to see everyone make album art from now on, please.

thanks for bringing this to our attention designworklife (stellar as always)

roxanne robinson

roxanne robinson is a graduate from elizabeth galloway whose blog lucy can’t dance i’ve been following for a while. when she posted pics from her graduate show, my eyeballs immediately honed in on that amazing full floral skirt.

roxanne says,

my range likes the beginning of spring & hydrangeas in glass jars. my range is bourgeois & has a penchant for floral bedspreads. my range lives in a house concealed by decay & disintegrating creepers. my range thrives on conversations with intellectuals. my range prefers to drink milk rather than tea. my range spends her days in the garden with her peonies. my range eats soup from pastel coloured tin bowls. my range is conservative, child-like & has a collection of porcelain dolls. my range detests minimalism, preferring to wear every colour at once. my range is the box at the back of your cupboard that holds all your memories & trinkets you cannot let go of.

the photographs were taken by the talented thomas pepler

brian w. ferry

let’s imagine a nice scenario. i’d have prints of brian ferry‘s photos & hang them all over my house. people would come visit and they’d say, “wow who took these?” to which i’d nonchalantly respond, “oh – my pal brian w. ferry. he’s rad.”

10 of 2010

11 10 of 2010

i was pretty damn thrilled when i received a mail from steph who hosts a radio show at american university in washington dc. she kindly asked me to contribute a playlist to their programme (called “muzak to make your booty clap” – hehe) and my first thought was, “YES! an actual real life legitimate reason to make yet another music mix.”

the theme (there’s always a theme) is a track from each of my top 10 albums of 2010. the criteria for my favourite albums are easy: i picked the ones i listened to all the way through, on repeat, all year long. in no particular order.

bear in mind that i’m not a music critic and i’ve simply chosen albums from artists i love, not based on any metacritic ratings or what pitchfork thinks. so there.

10 of 2010. playlist…

arcade fire sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains) from the suburbs
my absolute favourite album of 2010, along with thousands of others i’m sure. i have wanted to include this song in a playlist for the longest time, but it never felt right – as if it would simply overpower the rest.

beach housezebra from teen dreams
this song alone makes me joyous & teary. what an amazingly beautiful album.

the morning benderswet cement from big echo
they caught me hook line and sinker with opening track excuses which makes for absolutely addictive listening, the rest of the album is of course excellent – surprising in parts and never predictable.

sharon jones & the dap-kingsbetter things from i learned the hard way
i want to high five sharon jones, she is just all kinds of awesome. i enjoy singing along to this one.

she & himdon’t look back from volume two
i actually killed this album within a week and had to give it a break for a few months – guess there is such a thing as too much zooey deschanel. woops. it’s still in my top ten though.

best coastcrazy for you from crazy for you
makes me happy and sad over and over.want to kill you, but then i’d miss you.” honest lyrics and the feeling of california sunshine is highly appreciated.

matt & kim – AM/FM sound from sidewalks
the newest release on the list, but i’ve listened to it enough times to already consider it a favourite. love the lyrics in cameras, “no time for cameras, we’ll use our eyes instead” – right on.

the black keys – tighten up from brothers
the kind of band i wish i could see live in a dark bar with an audience of less then fifty people, sitting arms length away from the stage. if i drank bourbon & smoked cigarettes that’s exactly what i’d be doing while listening to them.

mumford & sons – roll away your stone from sigh no more
this album wasn’t on the list originally because it was released late 2009 in the UK (early 2010 in the US.) but then i thought – fuck it. i’ve listened to it so much this year it’s actually ridiculous and would be a travesty if i didn’t include them. you need only watch this video to understand why these guys make me swoon so much.

broken bells – the mall & misery from broken bells
total goosebumps the first time i heard this song, it has such a great build up and then suddenly james mercer sings and it’s all over for you. i instantly fell in love the first time i listened to them.

honorable mentions that aren’t on the list:

two door cinema club – tourist history
got bumped for mumford & sons. still, a highly dance-able (and highly remix-able) album that is fun fun fun

kings of convenience – declaration of dependence
another album released late in 2009, but that took me through 2010.

band of horses – way back home from band of horses
perhaps not their best – but still highly listenable.

local natives – gorilla manor
if only because it’s called gorilla manor, eh? seriously though – a wonderful debut.

janelle monae – the archandroid
i must admit i don’t love it completely, but i love parts of it enough for it to almost be in my top ten

stornoway – beachcomber’s windowsill
a delightful album. simply delightful.

the tallest man on earth – the wild hunt
i love a good folk artist, and kristian matsson is a great one.

vampire weekend – contra
released so early in 2010 that i almost forgot about it.

wait what – the notorious xx
does not technically count because it’s a mash up album (what about girl talk though, right?) but this too was on repeat for a good chunk of 2010.

ps: album art is a pretty unsophisticated mashup of this & this.

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!



im:mortal sports a mega hippies & crystals vibe – but i like their accessories.

(how absolutely nuts is her thick braided hair?)

teen fashions

images from life magazine, taken in the mid to late 1940’s by nina leen. not much has changed.

“teenage girl wearing blue jeans and large checkered shirt which is usual after-school costume. 1944″

“closeup of teenage girl’s wrist covered with six different identification bracelets which are as popular as the milk shake she is enjoying at a soda fountain. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing blue jeans hang out in friend’s living room, eating and drinking Cokes. 1944″

“teenage girl wearing her brother’s slacks and shirt. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing new animal pattern sweaters. 1945″

“madeline calcar modeling teen-age fashions, a short-sleeved sweater and black corduroy skirt. 1949″

“madeline balcar wearing a classic simple blue polka-dot dress. 1949″