Music Monday: Yuko

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:


local band to: brussels belgium

riyl: explosions in the sky, de portables, indietronica, post-rock

etc: i love belgium. that is all.

photo courtesy myspace

yuko makes music
for times when ears are sore



my october symphony

october is my favorite month and this year it has crept up incredibly fast. so before this month is completely gone, i’d like to throw some love to my favorite month (and season).

adorable glass pumpkins

zombies & ZomBcon

seasonal lattes… no whip

dressing up pets

cheesy horror flicks

comfort food: apple cider donuts. smitten kitchen rocks!

pumpkin beer

fall colors!


i’m designer

when i moved to seattle, i kinda felt like i went back in time…back to my college years. i am currently living with two dudes (i am married to one of them) who don’t really care about the kitchen trash overflowing or the beard hairs making interesting designs in the bathroom sink. as the sole girl in the house (even the three dogs are male), i have set out to girl-up this place a bit. hey, i don’t think they will care too much as long as there is not a whole lot of pink and that i use a fair amount of a manly colors like black or poop-color brown. i can work with this, but it is an old rental house after all so no major changes like permanent fixtures. so i look to rooms such as these for inspiration…

i…need..that…rug!  decor8

love the white and pink combo apartment therapy


lellow mellow yellow!  designsponge

flea market chic in today’s designsponge


bench dining tables rock!  apartment therapy

Music Monday: The High Dials

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

the high dials

local band to: montreal canada

riyl: the byrds, the brian jonestown massacre, the morning after girls

etc: alex from the black angels tipped me off to this band about five years ago. i’ve liked em ever since. the song ‘the holy ground’ made me a believer.

photo courtesy of the high dials website

the band started out playing a brand of pop music strongly influenced by 1960s british mod styles, but their sound evolved to become a form of power pop, more influenced by psychedelic music. they released two albums on rainbow quartz records, a new devotion (2003) and war of the wakening phantoms (2005), before releasing their most recent record, moon country (2008) independently. they have toured with fellow neo-psychedelia band the brian jonestown massacre. notably, rod argent, keyboardist of the zombies performed on their song “picture of a fading man” in 2006. in 2007, their song “the holy ground” was featured in a rogers television ad. professed fans of the high dials include steven van zandt and andrew loog oldham.


Music Monday: Tim and Sam’s Tim and The Sam Band

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

tim and sam’s tim and the sam band

local band to: manchester uk

riyl: boats, pick a piper, glockenspiel, seaside music festivals

we stumbled upon this band playing in a cave-type venue in the gorgeous town of brighton while on our honeymoon in 2008. they have progressed into a great band and have added lyrics over the years. hope you like them as much as we do!

photo courtesy of myspace

tim and sam started their live career at manchester’s world renowned in the city festival. since then, the band have perfected their performance playing over 200 live shows, including sets at latitude, swn and the great escape festivals. all four members oft tim and sam are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, effortlessly switching between instruments such as glockenspiel, harmonium and clarinet during their live performances. tim mciver takes the lead role and constantly impresses fans with the flawless use of his acoustic guitar and loop pedals.

their live set builds to a climax with three members of the band taking to the drums and building a firework like crescendo. away from the live arena, the band’s music has been championed by many radio tastemakers including huw stephens, rob da bank, john kennedy, bethan eflyn and tom robinson (to name a few). their support has been cemented by the offering of live radio sessions on several major radio stations, playing sets on radio 1, 6music and xfm. (read more)