Music Monday: Y La Bamba

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.

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a night of pi(e)

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.

i love seattle: unique districts

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:

art. vinyl. love.

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!

Music Monday: The Lemurs

the lemurs

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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i love seattle: scarecrow video

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.

Music Monday: Yuck


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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week in film and tv 1.8.2011

it’s been one of those weeks where i haven’t been motivated to do much so of course my go-to for feeling blah is netflix and our awesome movie and show library. this week’s viewings:

be kind rewind

we were in the mood for a familiar movie and decided on this great film written and directed by michel gondry. he is one of the best directors today.

an education

i’ve been wanting to see this for a while and pulled it from the ole netflix instant queue. it has a surprise ending that i didn’t see coming. i liked it. and i love peter sarsgaard.

gentleman broncos

jared hess delivers the goods in gentlemen broncos just as he did in napoleon dynamite (let’s forget about nacho libre for a moment).

sons of anarchy, season 2

catching a glimpse of this show here and there when my hub was watching, i thought it was a soap opera for men who like motorcycles. but i finally watched the first season over the holidays and got kinda hooked. katey sagal is a bad ass.


party down, season 2

season one is way funnier with jane lynch in the cast but season two is still good. martin starr continues to be hilarious in this series about a bunch of aspiring actors and writers who work for a catering company.


fired up!

my husband and bro-in-law actually chose this for a sunday funday type movie. if you don’t mind hearing “risk it for the biscuit” five times in one movie, then you’ll like this one. it’s cheesy funny.

Music Monday 1.3.11

i am changing it up on this first monday of 2011. while i have the rest of this year to explore new music, i am in the mood for some post-holiday shopping!

buddha machine at insound

band posters by jason munn of small stakes. i just love his simple and rad designs.

matroyshka earbuds at urban outfitters

vintage zenith portable record player on etsy

melodica on amazon

weird science soundtrack vinyl on etsy…. i love this movie!