y la bamba
local artist to: portland oregon
riyl: acoustic, folk, chick singer, jade castrinos of edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros
etc: we saw them open for horse feathers and i liked the strong female voice
luz elena mendoza is a pisces goddess who plays under the name y la bamba. based out of portland, oregon, she graces the west coast with her haunting, angelic voice. her dark, minimalistic mexican-inspired experimental folk songs engage the listener in a realm of the dreamy solitude of a very old soul.
the band’s new album, “lupon”, was released on september 28th, 2010 on portland label tender loving empire. last.fm
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i love theme nights and this particular one was all about pie. we started at pies & pints just down the street. they serve delicious little pot pies, but don’t be fooled by the size because they are quite filling. the mini ruebens (corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese in a puff pastry) are to die for and my fave pie at this point is the spinach and feta. the beer selection is good too although we skipped the beer to save some room for dessert.
the next stop was high 5 pies in the capitol hill neighborhood. i fell in love with the place instantly with the classic 1950’s seafoam green accents on the chairs, espresso machine and even the telephone. i ordered a mini apple crisp with some scrumptious molly moon vanilla ice cream. it was a bit dry but the ice cream helped. we took our sweet pies and coffee to-go to continue our themed night at home.
our movie selection was none other than darren aronofsky’s 1998 film, pi. i had never seen it and it is one of michael’s favorites so it seemed fitting to cap off our evening with such a stellar film.
the districts of seattle
i love the variety of districts that make up the great city of seattle. i have had so much fun exploring some of these neighborhoods in the last six months. so far my faves are fremont, ballard, wallingford, capitol hill and most recently west seattle. each area has its own unique identity and i just love that! this seattle districts screen print is pretty damn cool too and they are for sale at ork posters along with a slew of other cities.
this song from the postal service has always reminds me of this rad city:
oh, how i love the release of a new kidrobot dunny series! the azteca II series released yesterday and of course i had to buy some and found them at kitschy local shop, schmancy. i love these little blind boxes of art goodness and the feeling i get when i am about to open them. i love the excitement of not knowing what dunny will jump out of the foil wrapper. ♥ ♥ ♥
the mariachis are my favorite!
while i didn’t get all of my dunny choices, i am still pleased! i got the oscar mar black and white chase version (left) which i love. i really wanted the dani bravo’s frida dunny, but there is always the possibility of a good dunny trade!
local artist to: austin texas
riyl: indie rock, golden bear, what made milwaukee famous
etc: i saw this band many times while living in austin and they just keep getting better and better!
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scarecrow video is unlike any other video store out there. i love how most of the first floor is organized by director. the prices are decent and there are thousands of rare titles. there are detailed classifications like documentaries, noir, music, westerns, science, etc. the comedy area has old tv classics like punky brewster, my childhood favorite. they have a screening room also. i love the fact that i can find classics and rarities that aren’t available on netflix and it is only a short five minute drive from the house.
local artist to: new jersey, hiroshima, london
riyl: cajun dance party, alternative brit rock, the temper trap
etc: since i stumbled upon this band, i can’t stop listening and am psyched to see them in dallas in february and at sxsw in march.
forming little over a year ago, yuck are a band of four people who are sometimes a band of five people. daniel (vocals, guitar) and max (guitar) are from london. mariko (bass) is from hiroshima. jonny (drums) is from new jersey. the part-time fifth member is daniel’s sister ilana who joins him for the harmonies on the album and occasionally live. since the release of georgia, their debut single on transparent in march 2010, yuck have mainly been on tour. they have supported teenage fanclub, modest mouse and times new viking. their most recent single “rubber” was released by pharmacy recording company in october 2010 and remixed by mogwai. when they’re not on tour, yuck make a lot of stuff, like drawings and books and t-shirts. you can see some of these on their blog. they self-produced and recorded their debut album at home, which will be be released in february on fat possum records/pharmacy recording company. fat possum website
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