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Little Bits for a Monday

April 25th, 2011

Happy Monday my darlings! Did everyone have a good Easter weekend? Are we sufficiently sated by endless gobs of chocolate? Do we perhaps never want to see another egg again? Indeed.

This morning I have a wonderful post-holiday present for you: a new song from Mumford and Sons! The song, “Lovers Eyes”, was captured by an enthusiastic fan at the group’s April 13th gig at PC Richard & Sons Theater, NYC. With the band showcasing new work on tour, this will likely happen more often, allowing us deliciously guilty sneak listens of what might grace the tracklist of their next album. Enjoy!

Via Timber and Steel

As you know by now, I am a serious lover of books. Nothing saddens me more than the propensity of today’s kiddies to go straight to the film and ignore the book, robbing themselves of the worlds which bloom from the pages. … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

April 11th, 2011

Happy Monday to you my lovelies! For this morning’s music I’m sticking close to home with a video from the Seattle band, Fleet Foxes. This track, “Grown Ocean”, is off their new LP, Helpnessless Blues, which is out May 3rd in the US, May 2nd in the UK. I love the dusty quality of this little film and the obvious camaraderie of the band as they record the album, tour, and smile at each other.

Via fleetfoxes.com

What do you think? If you want more, you can hear the album’s title track here.

Have you ever fancied yourself an Indie music expert? Do you crouch atop your extensive collection of vinyl like a dragon atop a pile of shiny jewels? Ahem. No, certainly not. Well the Georgia magazine, Chunklet, has put together a hilarious, soul-crushing, 200 page “Indie Cred Test”. See just how much cred you … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

March 28th, 2011 9 Comments

For technical reasons, I was unable to share the music I’d planned for today’s Bits. I am, however, always pleased to promote a local band. If you haven’t yet heard of The Head and The Heart, indie-folkies from our very own Seattle, you soon will. This track, “Lost in My Mind”, is off last year’s debut album. Let me know what you think:

When I first discovered the blogosphere, my two favorite sites were Orangette (naturally) and 101 Cookbooks. While the ranks of my Reader have now swelled to nearly 75 blogs, these two will forever remain at the top of my list for their recipes, honesty, wit, and what can only be described as killer photography. I’ve been waiting with bated breath to get my hands on Heidi’s new book, Supernatural Every Day, and was so pleased to read that she is coming to Seattle … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

January 3rd, 2011

Today’s music for another lovely little bits post comes to you fresh from Belgium. I stumbled across Isbells before the holiday insanity hit and am now busily filling my ears with their simple, acoustic melodies. Isbells has all the minimalistic, indie-folk appeal of Jose Gonzalez with the depth and interesting diction that results from singing in a second (or, since it’s Belgians we’re discussing, third or fourth) language. If, like me, you’ve been wrestling a serious Bon Iver addiction, Isbells might very well be your next drug of choice.

OK, seriously ladies, how gorgeous are these earrings? Made by the talented Etsy vendor, Sara, these babies feature recycled mink and can be made to order in a variety of colors. Mmm, soft.

I would wear them with this lovely bomber from the Kooples.

…And these great boots from Miss Greta.

Happy Monday to you chickies and hope you are … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

December 13th, 2010 1 Comment

Hello my dears, I hope you all had a lovely, cozy weekend. Mine was filled with shuffling various objects around, nesting a bit, baking, cooking, and enjoying well stoked fires.

Today’s song comes to you from The Tallest Man on Earth. Swedish born, The Tallest Man has some wonderful finger-picking, a voice that is just interesting enough to make you pause, and music that is easy to love. I found this video particularly appropriate as I dig through relics of my childhood and rediscover old photos.

There is something about December that keeps me in a single outfit – namely the most comfortable, snuggly things I own – nearly the entire month (with breaks for washing, don’t fret). Slippers are a necessary part of this and what could be better than these cozy shearling scuffs?

Antlers may be a bit passé at this point (like, so two years … Continue reading