I love Seattle: Reykjavik Calling

Reykjavik Calling is having the third go around tonight and of course I will be in attendance. The first two years were fun and incredibly unique at the Crocodile. The new venue is Nuemos, also one of my faves in Seattle. My fellow music-festival-junkie-husband and I have been wanting to go to Iceland Airwaves for the last few years but family holiday commitments seem to take precedence with this late-in-the-year fest but 2013 will be the year! Over the years we have learned about and loved many overseas acts from Iceland and are happy they are sharing the love to its music-loving sister city of Seattle.

Iceland bands to check out: Péter Ben :: Sin Fang :: Borko :: Björk :: Múm :: Sóley :: Seabear :: Retro Stefson :: Lay Low :: Gus Gus :: FM Belfast

Gus Gus :: Ladyshave (my first intro to Icelandic music in the 90’s)

Gus Gus :: Over (geez he’s like a fine wine, gets better with age…I want to seem him live dammit!!)

FM Belfast :: Underwear (I’ll give you $1 if this song does not repeat in your head all day after hearing it… btw, good luck proving it.. and yes, the video is supposed to look like that.. )

I would gladly move to Iceland, Italy, or Sweden. I love the songs about mundane crap in other countries, but that’s just me.

friends of p.

it’s been a busy weekend with family in town and a super cool visit to mt rainier (photos coming this week!) and lots of work. we are getting ready for a road trip to san fran for the outside lands music fest this weekend. yay! i hope to have lots of photos and music discoveries for next week! i am most excited to see beirut finally!!!

anyhoo, i’ve had the rentals playing in my head for the past few days…

camera talk

so my new toy is the nikon d90!! i’ve actually had it for over a month but took my time with it and even read the instruction manual! i am quite shocked myself since i usually think i can figure things out on my own. i sold the old pentax *ist (that i’ve had for about six years) on ebay last month and was so happy with the feedback. the buyer was shocked at the amazing condition of the camera and that even the box was in incredible condition. i do take extra special care of the things that mean a lot to me. i even have my working teddy ruxpin (w/ books and cassette tapes) and smurfs figures (plus more goodies) that are about 30 years old…and in perfect condition. anyhoo, i cherish my favorite tangible items and my cameras are no different. i still have my manual pentax that i used while in yearbook staff in high school. i am sorta pentax devoted but recently realized that i needed to make a switch in order to make better progression with my photography. most of the photos i take are on my iphone…a bad habit i have to overcome if i want to become a better photographer, i know this. i just love my last set of photos taken with the pentax. she was a great camera.

really sad day packing up the pentax…

…but i am falling in love with my nikon.