Posted by Rick | May 31st, 2011 | Filed under Music
Other People’s Poetry, that is—an online mixtape series on the Yours Truly music website. The concept is pretty simple, ask indie artists to make compilations of their favorite songs for a person and have them hand-write a note to go along with it. All them are worth a listen (there are a lot) but lately we’ve been jamming to the mix that Princeton’s Matt Kivel made for actress Amanda Seyfried, who he seems heavily crushed out on, judging by his note below.
Aren’t all the best mixtapes born of unrequited love? Check it and download it, using the little arrow on the side of the player, below.
- Teengirl Fantasy: Cheaters
- Hercules & Love Affair: My House
- Princeton: To The Alps
- Iggy Pop: Success
- MGMT: Siberian Breaks (Ed Banger All Stars Remix)
- Actress: The Kettle Men
- Oneohtrix Point Never: Stress
- Laurie Anderson: Falling
- Mayo Thompson: Fortune
- Symphony of Science: The Poetry of Reality
This clock we found on Etsy is absolutely perfect. Elegant, modern, and understated, it’s one of those simple things that makes you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This is probably the best use of bike parts for home decor since Picasso put together some handlebars and a bike seat and made his famous bull’s head.
This particular one seems to be sold, but browse through Pixelthis‘ other recycled items (the bike crank clocks are also pretty nice) and there’s a good chance you’ll find something that will make counting the minutes until your next ride a little easier.
Posted by Rick | May 23rd, 2011 | Filed under Music
If getting one great song on a #MusicMonday is awesome, then getting 22 is way awesomer. And pretty lucky too. We found this great mix of new music on the Yvynyl Tumblr and proceeded to download it and put it on repeat. There’s a little something for everyone on here, from The Weeknd’s sexy mystery soul to some surfy summertime jams via Big Wave Riders and the Eternal Summers. Really, you can’t go wrong. Just make sure that after discovering these great bands, you buy more of their music and check out their live shows.
The Neighborhood – I Won’t Get You Down
The Weeknd – House of Balloons > Glass Table Girls
Joywave – Winnipeg
Black Books – The Big Idea
Snowmine – Beast in Air, Beast in Water
Family Portrait – Other Side
Triptides – Shadows
Jeremy Lee Given – Arapaima
Eternal Summers – Prisoner
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune
Slowdance – Sweetness
Oregon Bike Trails – High School Lover
COOLRUNNINGS – Dracula is only the Beginning
John Maus – Believer
Collage Party – Eri
The Sandwitches – Summer of Love
Quilt – Children of the Light
Lotus Feet – Evidence
Big Wave Riders – Skater or Die
BeachesBeaches – OOAH
Die Jungen – In the End
The Dogs – We Don’t Have to do Anything
Leisure Package is a website curated by Portland-based creatives Tom O’Toole and Ada Mayer. We follow them, and also Tom’s awesome Tumblr blog, Weirdo Vibing. Yes, these are places of great inspiration. It’s always nice when creative people take the time to share their favorite songs and even nicer when they package up their favorite tracks as a mix and make it available for download, complete with artwork. This compilation has a great mood throughout, bouncing from decade to decade without skipping a beat, from the opening VU classic to Flying Lotus to Patti Smith. It’s the kind of song collection that makes you think about the open road and maybe even plan a long drive simply to give the audio a worthy visual accompaniment.
We’re finally getting a few sunny days in Portland. It’s Friday afternoon and our minds are drifting to post-work brews somewhere outside. And—wouldn’tcha know it?—we stumbled across a video that validates our decision to enjoy one of our favorite local beers. It turns out that Windmer Brothers is making wooden beer taps out of local salvaged trees. Not only is the video of the process mesmerizing, but it’s also a small symbol of a big company’s efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
I’m kind of obsessed with porteur bicycles, simply because they are so damned beautiful in their simplicity. Though variations of this style of bike have been used around the world for transporting goods on the flat rack over the front wheel, Parisian newspaper couriers owned these utilitarian rides in the mid 1900s, the Porteurs des Journaux.
This obsession, along with the need for a commuter bike, resulted in my buying a plug-and-play version of a porteur last year—a basic Linus Roadster with a Velo Orange Porteur rack. The bike has served me well for the last year on my 10-mile daily commute. I just strap my laptop to the rack and go, no need for a sweaty backpack or unbalanced panniers hanging over the back tire.
But recently I have become interested in the modified, motley porteurs I see around Portland that are jimmy-rigged from old bike frames and clunky racks, and the one above is my favorite of that style. I first saw it parked in front of Whole Foods on Sandy and 43rd and I had to drive around the block to get a second look (and to snap this drive-by photo). I love its garish colors, hot pink heavy-duty rack and mismatched rims, not to mention the green seat and pink break lines. It’s a complete 180 from the precious porteurs I had been fetishizing before—those hand-made versions that take years to actually get underneath you (and to pay for).
A month or two later, I saw the bike again. It was being pedaled down Sandy Blvd. by a guy in lime green coveralls. I think he had dreadlocks. He may have been wearing a pink hard hat. Anyway, we’ve been doing series of posts here called “This Is My Bike” for a while now, and what I loved about that was how it showed how bikes can be a reflection of the rider—in the same way a dog and its master strangely resemble one another. This was one of the most overt expressions of that. It reminded me that we need to resurrect our TIMB posts. And that I should have been on my bike next to him instead of in my car.
Posted by Rick | May 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Music
Yes, there is a band called Oregon Bike Trails, and no, they aren’t from Oregon. But yes, they do make great music for cruising on your bike, and doing other fun stuff in the sun. We stumbled across this free track on You Ain’t No Picasso, accompanied by a nice little interview with OBT maestro Zach Yudin. Picking up where bands like Best Coast and The Cults left off last summer, there seems to be a real reverence for vintage 1960s California pop going on in indie music lately. We think it’s a gas, daddio.
If you do too, you can download not one, but two sunny songs from Oregon Bike Trails HERE.
As always, buy some music from this great new band and do your part in supporting 4-minute doses of vitamin D through your headphones.
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