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Most anticipated SXSW parties March 13, 2009

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Most Anticipated Concert Since Moving to ATX: Cut Copy March 5, 2009

Filed under: Austin,Culture,Music,Transgressive Awesomeness,Uncategorized — artdesignmusicfood @ 9:32 pm

So, I’m going to see Cut Copy tomorrow evening at Stubb’s.  The road to this show has been very long and arduous.  I bought tickets to see them and The Presets the day after this last Austin City Limits festival.  Needless to say, after 3 very long (and amazing) music, Lone Star, and dust-filled days in the 110 degree sun, I was down for the count when Monday came along.  More specifically, I had a dear friend drive me to the UHS.  Not fun.  But, I digress…

“In Ghost Colours” is hands down, my favorite album of 2008.  There’s nothing that I could say about it that hasn’t already been said by every music writer, publication, blog, etc…It is the definitive representation of music (and culture) in 2008, beautifully blending rock and New Wave electronic beats in a way that doesn’t feel sterile or soulless.  With the album, they managed to nail what basically every band of the last year has attempted, and spectacularly failed.  It is unabashedly referential of the 80’s New Wave synth sound ala New Order, Depeche Mode, etc…yet manages to still sound extraordinarily fresh and original.   The opener, “Feel the Love” is unapologetically naive, poppy and disarming.  It’s the kiss of death and you’re hooked.

We have a very intimate relationship.  It’s been there for me through incredible highs and occasional lows.  My go-to album of the last year and the undeniable soundtrack to my life in 2008, if you will.

I absolutely love, and simultaneously hate, how albums can bring you right back to a place in your life.  I know that when I’m 80 years old, I’ll be able to listen to “In Ghost Colours” and remember how I felt as a 24 year old just having moved to Austin.   All the pent up anxiety, hopefulness, passion and lingering doubt will come flooding back to me with the simple click of a finger.  Hazy memories of languid, unbearably hot summer days spent at Barton Springs, sweating it out on the shores of Town Lake with the faint smell of bat dung (you have to live in Austin to get it…), the torturous drive up I-35 to Seiko every morning and the giddy exhuberance I felt going to more shows than I’d ever been to in my life within the span of a month.   Whether good or bad, I treasure those memories.  Just like TV on the Radio and Camera Obscura brings me back to Miami in 2007, Cut Copy encapsulates my introduction to Austin.  So, thanks Cut Copy.

And, no, this isn’t them…But I adore this video and wish I’d made it because “RAD” is the best.


Design on the cheap January 10, 2009

Filed under: Austin,Culture,Design,Transgressive Awesomeness — artdesignmusicfood @ 6:12 am
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Seriously, this site is a treasure-trove for those of us that are (comfortably) poor yet conscientious of good design. Currently looking for ways to divide up a studio. Ideas? Thinking 1950s Eames modern meets Campana Brothers with a lot of old school rock n’ roll memorabilia. On a very very low budget. That, or someone just buy me this hot John Lautner property overlooking Los Angeles. If it’s good enough for Benedickt, it’s good enough for me. And the views!!!


1st Round of SXSW 2009 Confirmed Bands Released!! Yay! January 9, 2009

Filed under: Austin,Culture,Music — artdesignmusicfood @ 3:15 am
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I’ll be honest, I don’t know the majority of them, but that’s good because I’ll be introduced to a lot of new music.  Always a good thing.  Really excited for Peter, Bjorn & John, Akron/Family, Explosions in the Sky, Crystal Stilts, Kid Sister, LA Riots, Port O’Brien, St. Vincent, and Primal Scream.  A few weeks ago, Passion Pit, Beach House, Friendly Fires and Ra Ra Riot were confirmed, but not sure about that anymore.  Bummer.  Here’s the full list.   And Ra Ra Riot‘s “Ghost Under Rocks:


“How’s it like working with Fred Savage?” June 21, 2008

Filed under: Austin,Music — artdesignmusicfood @ 5:15 am
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So, I’ve been a lazy girl and not kept up with my blogging duties. This week I saw Rilo Kiley. Front row. Stubb’s. Amazingness. I have a total girl crush on Jenny Lewis.  Anna – you have Karen O and I have Jenny 😉 No one else can pull off a onesie quite like her.  Sure has come along way from the quintessential late 80’s “Troop Beverly Hills”.  I dunno if that’s a good or bad thing.  I loved that shit. 

I’ve been listening to older My Morning Jacket (got into that WAY too late…), The Presets, Devendra Banhart, DCFC, Fleet Foxes, Wilco and random Austin bands like Low Line Caller, who are pretty bad ass.

Other than that, my internship is grrrreat.  I’m the assistant to the Luxury Brand Marketing Manager at Seiko Instruments.  I work on the following brands: Alessi, Andy Warhol, Penguin, Issey Miyake, Jill Stuart and Appetime.  The office is pretty small – 7 people – but it’s really interesting because they not only market the watches to high end retailers and smaller boutiques (Fred Segal, Barney’s, Scoop, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, etc…), they also design most of the watches.  I really enjoy working around the design world.  Alot of the same designers I was introduced to through my last job at Bridge House working with the DesignMiami/ fair ( also produce watches for Alessi ( I’m torn between the design and music worlds.  If I could find a way to combine both in my career, that would be my dream job.

Back to Jenny, I dare you to say this isn’t pure awesomeness.  “I really like Mickey Rourke…How’s it like working with Fred Savage?”  Check.  Awkward, forced answers about her obviously bat-shit crazy mom.  Check.  Weird, contrived hat montage.  Check.  Beauty pageant questions about the environment.  Check.  It’s a miracle she’s not a total and complete hot mess.


My first post! June 5, 2008

Filed under: Austin — artdesignmusicfood @ 3:50 am
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Just DON\'T

Well, here goes my first post…I just moved to Austin last week on Sunday and…I absolutely LOVE it. I got really lucky with my housing situation – I’m living in a huge, beautifully furnished house that I found through Craigslist with some other girls that are already in my advertising grad program. I really couldn’t ask for much more. My mom moved me in, was beyond impressed by my wise living choice and got me all set up – furniture, new Civic, food, etc…(thanks again, Sheila and Rich!). Setting up everything from IKEA kinda sucked ALOT, but you get what you pay for, so I don’t know why I thought it would be so easy. But it sure does look nice. Gotta love that Swedish design aesthetic….

Beyond my marvelous house, I have been taking in as much of Austin as I can possibly handle. Every day I discover something new and great of this quirky city.  Comparison escapes me when attempting to describe this place. I keep telling my parents that it’s like everything that I love about California (LA and San Fran, in particular) – healthy, energized, independent, full of great art and music, perfect weather….But lacking the pretense and attitude you might find in those cities. People are sooo nice here. I walked into a shop on South Congress the other day and struck up a conversation about the latest Terrence Malick film being filmed here with the shop girl. Apparently one of his set designers came in, bought a bunch of stuff, I bought some of the same stuff, etc…It’s so effortless meeting people here.

And don’t even get me started on Town Lake and Barton Creek Greenbelt. I run everyday on Town Lake, which is, the most amazing runners mecca I’ve ever encountered. And I went hiking on the Barton Creek Greenbelt all day Sunday. Hiking!!! If you’re not from Florida you won’t understand my utter elation. I got a job as a server at Maudie’s today, which is one the best Mexican restaurants in a sea of amazing ones in this town. And I think I got a paid internship with Seiko Instruments. I don’t find out until next week, but I think I did really well. AND, did I mention, it’s paid! Woo. Anyways, I’m going to see Ladytron this Friday and The Helio Sequence on Saturday. Gotta love a town where there is way too much to do every night, especially when it involves music.

Also, I have to mention Barack’s clenching the Democratic nomination. I am beyond excited. That might be a total other post though…