David Byrne’s Bike Racks

David Byrne’s been a busy guy. He has teamed up with St. Vincent for their music project, wrote a book fairly recently about biking everywhere, and just designed some new interesting bicycle racks in Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  When they (aliens or what-have-you) discover the steel bike racks that are actually the words “micro lip” and “pink crown” in seventy million years, they’ll be mighty confused. In the meantime, we’ll just enjoy the sheer randomness of it and pretend we know what he’s talking about. As a bonus, the new racks actually work and allow more bikes … Continue reading David Byrne’s Bike Racks

The Women of Mad Men – Illustrations by Andrea Sparacio

Mad Men may have just ended but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it with illustrations of some of the key female characters. Check out the write-up on Bangstyle. And, of course, we had to start with Joan. Andrea Sparacio captures the feeling of the characters really well. The color schemes and backgrounds fit together seamlessly. You can read the descriptions of each piece on her blog.  Andrea is an Artist, Designer & Illustrator living in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter, Etsy and Facebook. You can buy her book, The Zombie Autopsies here. Check out her comic for some dry humor. Continue reading The Women of Mad Men – Illustrations by Andrea Sparacio

Listen Up: Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys And Girls’

Already heralded as a band to watch in 2012, Alabama Shakes – a bluesy, soulful rock quartet – will officially release it’s debut, Boys And Girls, tomorrow in stores, but why wait until then? The entire album has been available for a week now for free, thanks to the good folks at NPR. And I’ve been loving what I hear. Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes’ singer-guitarist, is subtle, commanding and powerful throughout Boys And Girls’ 11 tracks that mostly last 4 minutes or less. The entire album is polished, captivating and drenched with emotion. In the words of BUST magazine: Their … Continue reading Listen Up: Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys And Girls’

Shenandoah and the Night

via their facebook Shenandoah_and_the_Night_-_So_Low,_So_High.mp3 Listen on Posterous The piano draws you in and then the violins offer you something to hold onto. Shenandoah and the Night are a quartet from Brooklyn (who isn’t, these days?). The song, “So Low, So High” is cinematic and sweeping. There is a sub genre called “pop noir” now so I guess it fits this song okay. I keep expecting a detective in a fedora to smoke a pipe while listening to this. I can dream, can’t I? It’s definitely worth listening to Shenandoah and the Night and worth subscribing to their Soundcloud as well.  … Continue reading Shenandoah and the Night

Shenandoah and the Night

via their facebook Shenandoah_and_the_Night_-_So_Low,_So_High.mp3 Listen on Posterous The piano draws you in and then the violins offer you something to hold onto. Shenandoah and the Night are a quartet from Brooklyn (who isn’t, these days?). The song, “So Low, So High” is cinematic and sweeping. There is a sub genre called “pop noir” now so I guess it fits this song okay. I keep expecting a detective in a fedora to smoke a pipe while listening to this. I can dream, can’t I? It’s definitely worth listening to Shenandoah and the Night and worth subscribing to their Soundcloud as well.  … Continue reading Shenandoah and the Night