To keep a better track of which albums I've been listening to through out the year I've made a folder called "Albums of the month" on itunes containing different playlists for each of the months. Since I've just thought of this brilliant idea I've only got July and August in there. I figured the end goal with the folder will be to have a better understanding of my favorite albums so it will be easier to wright an "end of the year"-review on the whole shebang AND save myself from all musical sins of not buying records by buying my top ten records of the year on vinyl at the end of the year. What do you think? quite an amazing idea, right?
So far on my heavy rotation for August I've managed to track down the new album from Blood Orange, The War On Drugs, Memory Tapes, Digitalism and Theophilus London. July had good turn out as well with Bon Iver, Love Inks, Chad Valley, Gang Gang Dance, Austra, Wu Lyf, Aloe Blacc, Tom Vek, Young Montana, Patrick Wolf, Is Tropical, Iceage, Friendly Fires, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Horrors, Kurt Vile, Explosion In The Sky, Planningtorock, Tune-Yards and Washed Out (phew that was more than I expected). Have in mind though that these albums may have had their official release dates before July but it's only up until that month when I could get a hold of them. Wu Lyf quickly became a personal favorite last month and I'm almost crying myself to sleep because I'm not at Way Out West this weekend (AWESOME swedish festival in Gothenburg), instead I'm at home being responsible, thinking a head and working as much as I can to earn the kronas.
Stockholm haven't fallen asleep just because half the hipster crowd has invaded Gothenburg, oh no…the other more fashionable half decided to stay in our lovely town and host Mercedes Benz Stockholm Fashion Week S/S 12. I could indulge you in what little I know about this but I won't embarrass myself with that. Therefor I'll leave it to a person I admire greatly to do the talking for me, Susie Lau, Bon Magazine gave her a video camera and a mic and told her to give her reflections on the different shows she went to. I'm no big fan of following trends, frankly I think buying anything over 900 kr ($138, €97 or £84) that is not shoes, winter jackets or an amazing dress for a special occasion a waste of money no matter how pretty it is. I like to have a big selection of clothes to choose from maybe that's why me and Beyond go like two and two together. But keeping an eye open on what's going on in the world is always good and Susie always tells it like it is.
If I however was rich and could spend money on expensive clothing my first choices would be our wonderful swedish brands HOPE, V Avenue, Cheap Monday (which is not that expensive actually), Minimarket and Local Firm. They make stylish and natural clothes, usually I'm not that into prints. I like simple and easy probably why I spend a lot of my money at AA..
Wow I've really been stepping out of my music bubble these last few posts. Aaaahhh unfamiliar grounds go back go back. Yes thank you, I think I will. See you in the next post when I go back to useless banter and music.
Stay safe (especially you crazy english fools that I love so much) x Gibs
Not long ago now, one of my bestest of friends told me that she had read that summer would be over in exactly 13 days. There's just two ways to respond to that; 1. What awful human being goes around predicting such things and then puts in the paper just to make us all jump on the depressed-train to cold town?! and 2. He or she might just be right, I can feel it in the air it's getting colder. It actually felt a bit chilly when walking home yesterday evening, I even wished I had my jacket with me and when you start wishing for jackets you know you're in trouble. Also today's weather has been little more than constant monsoon rain. Couldn't be bothered to step outside let alone out of bed so I spent the whole day in bed with Vice's new photo issue in my hand and my trusted friend Louis XIV a.k.a. my computer (Yes. I'm the silly person who names her computer. But I know for a fact that I'm not alone).
When I go on my lunch breaks at work I have 45 mins to dispose of in anyway I can and want to. Usually I try to eat something or stare in to the wall a bit, maybe check my fb for some notification and invites, my phone for texts, watch a Jeremy kyle episode but most of the time I pick and chose from our overstocked pile of free "hipster" magazines we get to the store. Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading volume 8 nr.7 "The photo issue" of Vice. I suspect that many of you have heard of Vice but since we seem to have a big following in China maybe you haven't? I have no idea of how far Vice have managed to stretch its craziness in the world. Anyways it's a magazine based in numerous cities with a bunch of contributors from around the world who add their weirdness and genius to the beloved magazine. I've read some really weird shit in that magazine and it still keeps me entertained and laughing by myself in our staff room at Beyond Retro.
In this issue except from laughing my head off and shaking it in distress over some of the things that made me almost gag up my food, I fell in love with this all female photo collective "The Ardorous" which in this issue got the challenge to depict the best feelings of all: the crush. I love how they managed to keep it sweet and girly but at the same time bold, outspoken and about sex. When I desperately tried to find out everything I could about them I found a swede amongst them AND a swede I "knew" (you know someone you know of, have met but never hanged out with or even had a longer conversation than 5 mins tops). Apparently she's apart of this collective and contributing with her amazing photography. I "know" her because she's close friends to another friend of mine I unfortunately haven't meet in a long while and she's been at BR asking if we have any free vacancies. I knew I recognized her when I saw her in the store, I hope she gets the a job if something opens up she would definitely fit in to our creative pool of awesomeness (not to brag or anything).
pics by members of the Adorous collective
I also got informed about the upcoming Stockholm Fashion Week that starts tomorrow, I'm not that informed about fashion as I am music but I try to have at least have the basics down about what's going on since I work in a clothing store, love to spend most of salary at Beyond or American Apparel and dressing good is something I value (oh god can't believe I wrote that somebody should call Narcissus and tell him to come and collect his personality). In their magazine they had photo series called "Zoo" and on one of the pictures the girl is wearing the most gorgeous leather jacket ever! It's black and its got wings, many may frown their noses at that but I love it and MUST have it (if it fits of course, I never buy things with out trying them on). It's designed by Jeremy Scott who have made an A/W 11 collection for adidas, I think it's called The Bone collection. And while on the topic of SFW SS12 I happen to know that my favorite fashion blogger Susie Lau a.k.a. Susie Bublbe from Stylebubble.com (the only fashion blogg I read thoroughly) will be in town for our fashion week so I'll keep an extra open eye out for her next week in town, the little stalker that I am hehe.
Pics by Erik Wåhlström
Beyond Retro Stuff popped up in some shots (stonewashed jeans jacket - Beyond Retro):
While crashing cars, smoking my lungs and brains out, running around the filthy maze know as Koko, killing every little bacteria inside me with alcohol, being asked out by Bieber look alikes and wrinkly old men, wandering around the streets of london alone in the middle of the night this song has been on repeat in my mind soundtracking every single moment. The original and my favorite cover.
Screamin Jay Hwakins, what a man!
Arthur Brown's take on it. The crazy world of arthur brown what a fucking debut album!!
I'm absolutely gutted I missed Arthur Brown at Glasto.. Fan cried over missing Radiohead I cried over Arthur Brown! But hey "you don't know what love is until you've learned the meaning of the blues"
First of all girls and boys, it's music monday! Second it is also the day when I need to dress to impress. Meeting someone today that may well give us a further push in the right direction. I'm sure glad I showered today.
/// Music Monday
After I posted my blogpost about Spector and Noisey I ventured into there little world of interviews and live recordings and found many other videos of bands that I like. It's nice to see that you're not alone in this world with being awkward, unsure of your future, making tough decisions and loving music. Here are some videos of Yuck, Chad Valley, Cults and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart that I could embed.
/// Noisey videos
Today is also the day when Spike Jonze's short film "Scenes from the suburbs" inspired by Arcade Fires album "The Suburbs" is out. Pitchfork was gladly able to share a link where you can watch it for free online and I as a humble secondary informer gives it to you.