Dizzy Swallows

Little Bits for a Monday

September 24th, 2012

There are rare and happy times when a musical cover takes the original to new and, at times, seemingly impossible heights. I’m thinking Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower“, or Johnny Cash’s “Hurt“. Perhaps even Ben Gibbard’s “Complicated“. Over the weekend I discovered another prime example of such. In the capable hands of Ben Howard, Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop ditty, “Call Me Maybe” (remember this?), becomes an entirely new song, proving again it’s the artist, not the material that makes greatness. Bonus that he’s smiling his way through the recording.

Fall is officially upon us, though here in Seattle we’ve enjoyed absolutely gorgeous weather of late – crisp and sunny. Still, the days of tights and leggings aren’t far off. Here are a couple beauties I wouldn’t mind stepping into:

Silent Smoke Leggings from Lovely Sally:

Trademark tights by … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

August 20th, 2012

Good morning my dears. I trust we all had a lovely weekend? Here in Seattle we’ve enjoyed a gorgeously sunny August. A good thing too, as we have considerable work to do on the old homestead before the autumnal rains are upon us.

Today I wanted to share a fun little ditty, from two bands I was recently introduced to. The song is called “I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From” by the Norwegian duo, Kings of Convenience. This particular track is remixed by fellow Norwegians, Röyksopp. I highly recommend checking out both groups, Kings for their airy, Elliott Smith-like vocal and unassuming guitar, Röyksopp for their sheer prowess in what is referred to as “warm” electronica.

All this talk of Norway has my traveling feet itching. How I would love to float through sunlit mists at the Geiranger Fjord. Speaking of Norway, remember thisContinue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

August 22nd, 2011

How was your weekend dear ones? Ours was divine, filled with friends, tasty eats, and a significant amount of beach lounging. Ahh.

It was so relaxing, this morning I’m having difficulty gearing up for the work week ahead. So, to help us all transition slowly, here is some dreamy music I’ve been wanted to share for awhile now. It would seem the Swedes have my number yet again, with the sibling folk duo First Aid Kit. Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg deftly weave close vocal harmony with woodsy, Fleet Foxes-esqu song-writing. In fact, it was their 2008 YouTube video cover of the Fleet Foxes song “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” that first attracted international attention. This is the third single, “Ghost Town”, from their 2010 debut LP The Big Black & The Blue. The video was directed by Mats Udd, and features some pretty white dressed and the … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

August 15th, 2011

Hello chaps! This morning I have a lovely little gem for you from the wonderful Laura Marling. You may remember her from this post last fall. Since that time, Miss Marling hasn’t been idle. Her new album, A Creature I Don’t Know, is set to go on sale September 9th. In the meantime, she has released this video for the single “Sofia”, shot in an old church in Buenos Aires where she performed earlier this year. Decked out with bangles and rings (no doubt purloined in India during her 2009 Dharohar Project), and sporting silvery-blonde hair, I stand by my assessment of Laura’s admiration for Joni Mitchell.

As you know by now, I have a deep love of all things knitting, and this jaunty-capped octopus from fiber artist Max Alexander is no exception. In fact, imagining a multi-limbed sea creature knitting himself a scarf tickles me pink. Now … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

June 20th, 2011

For the last few weeks, the interwebs have been all abuzz with the impending release (tomorrow, in fact) of Bon Iver‘s new self-titled album, Bon Iver. Singer-songwriter Justin Vernon has surpassed himself with this effort. Blowing by past successes like so much prairie grass, Bon Iver never for a moment rests on the laurels won by Vernon’s 2007 hit album, For Emma, Forever Ago. As the good folks as NPR Music put it so nicely: “Vernon understands that the most fearless musical expression is raw, naked emotionalism — that a wink is a pose, a pose is a mask, and a mask is a forgery, so why bother with any of that?”

Below you will find the album’s first video release, featuring the single, “Calgary”. Directed by Andre Durand and Dan Huiting, and co-written by Justin Vernon himself, it’s like a high-concept dream just waiting for interpretation. … Continue reading