music making, more.

As most of my readers know, I am addicted to all things instrumental. If, like me, you are devoted to all things “make” and enjoy some background tunage to help you along in whatever pursuits you have, please subscribe to the Pulp and Circumstance podcast over at itunes.

In a few clicks, you’ll have us on your ipod, computer, or loudspeaker. Frightening, no?

The podcasts are published monthly, on the 30th. More information on it all is available here.

Music to make?

In case you’ve been wondering why so quiet at KK of late, I’ve been busy clearing up some tight deadline work projects, as well as creating  the first in a series of podcasts over at my music blog, Pulp and Circumstance.

So if you happen to be a crafter that reads this here blog and would like some excellent tunes for summer, crafting, heck, just listening, please go over and gobble the entire thing up. It’s just under 1 hour and perfect for blasting in the ipod.


Why weren’t “we born” in the UK? Dammit.

Photo Credit: Laurie Scavo

This may be one of the greatest things I’ve heard of late; as part promotion for her forthcoming release, We Are Born (which drops in record shops July 12), the ever incredible Sia is having a contest–for knitting music lovers!

I just died a bit because I don’t live in the UK.

Here’s the deal. Fill out this form, knit a swatch, and enter for a chance to win two tix to Sia’s May 27 concert at Roundhouse in London. Whilst there, you get to sit onstage during Sia’s performance and knit up the patch. That patch will inevitably become one square in a blanket, which will be donated to Sia’s charity of choice.

This may be the greatest marketing event ever conceived for the music loving knit a holic.

File Under: Party of me, please?

Seeing through…

It was eye opening, realizing I can’t really go on much longer without my beloved Pulp and Circumstance, Juiced.

And after a rabbit-hole late night search, I’ve found a treasure trove: the cache for about 2 years worth of work, maybe a year and 1/2 and manage to have it “bundled”.

But now, I have to figure out whether I can batch it and import it elsewhere…or do it manually by hand. But I’d love, even though starting fresh, to have some of the work done previous.

Either way, it’s happening. Because goddammit, I adore music and feel some kind of void without. Me and P&C, we are lovers.

Sit tight. Finger crossing for me. And stay tuned.

Worn, 5/7

Today was a blur; seriously…but at least I was in good company: wearing my amazing Blur tshirt, courtesy the ever incredible Mozgrrl.

It’s kind of a nice contrast to the standard working woman skirt; wear a tshirt with jazz and all that hoo to flex your style a bit…at least, that’s what I do.

Street Crumb Designs make some drool worthy vintage inspired shirts (mostly of the musical variety). And everything is screen printed on basic American Apparel Crews, which means they are soft, come in a wide variety of amazing colors, and fit proper.

Now, I just need to own this amazing Dead Milkmen one.

I would want to…I am game.

I adore Lisa Hannigan. Not because she is crafty as hell, but because she makes deliciously sweet tunes (receiving a Track of the Day nod over at my musical love, Pulp and Circumstance Juiced! thanks to contributed Tom Lau of Nerd Rock and My Top Five fame).

And of course, her debut record Sea Sew features lovely embroidery work cover. And her music video for breakout tune “I Don’t Know” features paper craft making…all of which you see an end result of this incredible bit of paper art.

So enjoy some Lisa Hannigan as you craft. You won’t be disappointed.

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.”

I have to confess, I can be entertained (read: distracted from actual work) for hours with top ten lists, particularly those with interesting subjects like, “Top Ten Books I Would Save in a Fire” or “10 Mystery Novels I’d Most Like to Find in Summer Rentals” (for excellent author top ten lists, read Anna Quindlin’s How Reading Changed My Life or those listed on Campaign for the American Reader).  I also like movie top ten lists (strangest I’ve found are top ten “movie spaceships” and top ten “losing of virginity” movies–includes The Graduate, of course) and music lists (as my cohort here at Kraftworkin oft mentions the excellent My Top Five..).

One of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, posted recently about their Top 10 Decor Inspiration Films. For me this means those “pretty movies” that inspire me to paint my walls turquoise or buy an orange bedspread and amber Moroccan tea glasses. Apartment Therapy is a little more intellectual about it, as they run the gamut from Amelie to A Clockwork Orange.

Here’s my own spur-of-the-moment top ten list (in no particular order):

  1. Fur
  2. High Art
  3. Desk Set
  4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  5. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  6. Swimming Pool
  7. The Royal Tenenbaums
  8. The Virgin Suicides
  9. f or nostalgia’s sake: Foxfire
  10. for the cheese factor: Under the Tuscan Sun (of course)

Anymore lists out there? Send ‘em in. Let’s have it!

It’s My Top Five…no seriously….mine.

As most of the readers probably already know, I, humble blogger, have a serious addiction to all things music, and have been blogging about said obsession for more than a year over at Pulp and Circumstance, Juiced.

Two weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers Tom over at My Top Five approached me to in fact have my own podcast for the following week–where I would pick the theme, drop My Top Five, ask for comments, and then finally hear it podcasted up.

Welp, because I have serious issues with indecisiveness, I sheepishly had to ask him for a reprieve in the 11th hour–and finally, another week and another podcast later, my own theme is finally up and ready to go!

So I really urge you kittens–if you haven’t arlready (shame on you, really!)–to head over to My Top Five this week and take a stab at my theme. Drum roll please?

It’s My Top Five Quintessential Tunes that Represent a Genre. I know, I know, long and confusing, right?

Well, basically what I’m looking for is any tune that encompass what you feel is a certain type of genre–whether it be Swedish indie pope (a genre in its own right!), techno, death metal core, punk, hardcore, jazz, heck, or even spoken word. If you were to tell a friend about any of the aforementioned genres, who would you tell them is the best outfit or musician to take a gander with? What tune would you point them to that would represent how you feel about that genre?

It was nearly impossible–and absolutely painful–for me to keep it down to five bands/musicians and genres. But, I tried desperately to stay away from obvious ones–like indie pop or punk, so that we can aim for serious diversity in the podcast.

So here’s mine–an odd-ball gander around a few genres that I quite like–and please be sure to go leave your suggestions.

5. Gang Starr – Soliloquoy of Chaos (early hip-hop)
4. Juan Atkins as Cybotron with Rick Davis – Alleys of Your Mind (the birth of techno in Detriot)
3. Daniel Miller as The Normal – Warm Leatherette (post punk DIY oddball basement electronica)
2. Henry Thomas – Fox and The Hounds (Early African-American blues)
1. Pulp – Common People (Britpop)

To all my friends, I better hear from you. And a giant thanks to Tom at My Top Five for giving me the chance.

Oh, check out his other blogging baby–Nerdrock.