More Grizzly Bear Amazingness...


I finally uploaded my shots from the show at the Crystal Ballroom, and I really just want to go back. The combination of how great they sounded and the lighting and the venue was really just perfection. It was a special show.

With this I will give you my favorite Grizzly Bear songs (as of now). They have really become my go-to band lately. I just can't seem to get enough.

In no particular order:

On a Neck, On a Spit --- Yellow House
Two Weeks --- Veckatimest
Little Brother --- both versions
While You Wait for the Others --- Veckatimest
Fix It --- Horn of Plenty
Shift (Alternate Version) --- Friend EP
Knife --- Yellow House
Southern Point --- Veckatimest
Colorado --- Yellow House

Ok, now go listen. :)

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Where The Wild Things Are


I saw Where The Wild Things are in Portland this weekend with my mom, and it was so wonderful. If anything is a work of art as a film, this is definitely it. Beautiful story, too. Found this on randomly and thought it said things perfectly:

"I can’t recall seeing a more powerfully rendered artistic vision of the pain, joy, anger, desire, insecurity, impulsiveness and overall restlessness of childhood." -David Disalvo

I just downloaded the amazing score for the film by Karen O and The Kids. It's really, really great. Kind of a perfect interpretation of the above quote. Raw and powerful, and fun.

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If money was no object...


This would be my urban outfitters fall/winter wishlist. A girl can dream, right?

ByCorpus floral flannel work shirt ($48), BDG cable knit beanie ($20), BDG woven ankle bootie ($48).

Neal by Neal Sperling plait sweater ($68), UO faux leather plimsoll ($24), Silence and Noise satin trouser ($58).

Silence and Noise studded tank ($58), Silence and Noise tiered faux leather skirt ($78), and XL knit eternity scarf ($28).

Might have to spring for those little leather skimmers though. Perfect for winter with jeans. And I've been trolling about for an eternity scarf everywhere, so naturally I would find one in the men's department, where I would least expect it. Looks cozy nonetheless!

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You should probably listen to Portugal. The Man.


One of my favorite summer music discoveries was this wonderful Portland-based (via Alaska) band called Portugal. The Man. Their newest album, The Satanic Satanist, is pretty much insanely good, and their live MFNW show at The Roseland was great. They are coming back to Portland to play at the Doug Fir on December 18th and 19th, yay!

Portugal The Man "Everyone Is Golden" acoustic from Portugal The Man on Vimeo.

This music video is awesome, and kind of Flaming Lips-ish?

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The Stillness is the Move.


I've been loving this song from The Dirty Projectors lately, but I couldn't figure out where I had heard it before. When I searched youtube for this video to put up, I realized I had seen the video on Pitchfork months ago. They just get it right sometimes.

Strangely beautiful video, too.

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I'm thinking about getting some TOMS...


It is for a good cause, after all. :)

They also seem like a slightly more practical option than flats for winter.

Mairal Cordones ($69), Poe TOMS ($54), Ash Canvas TOMS ($44) all from TOMS

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Grizzly Bear <3


Grizzly Bear
Originally uploaded by McMenamins Photos
Rachel and I went to see Grizzly Bear at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland last week, and it was one of the best shows I've probably ever been to. I saw them at Sasquatch in May, but their album Veckatimest had literally come out that day. Now that I have been playing that album nonstop for months, it was pretty great to see it at one of the best venues in Portland.

The lighting at this show was one of the best concert set designs I have ever seen. It was SO genius. I couldn't really get any good pictures, so I'm really glad that McMenamin's put some up on Flickr. I took a little video of the lighting action and will post that later. :)

The best part was that the lights in the jars coordinated with every song. Especially at the Crystal, it was so atmospheric and beautiful. Perhaps I will investigate youtube for a video example.

They are BRILLIANT. The end.
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Adorable little find.


So I was surfing designsponge today and they had a post about these cute little handmade perfumes from seattle. You can buy a collection of four for only 4 dollars and if you find one you like a whole bottle is only 10. They are all made from locally grown ingredients, too!

I must order mine now!

Sweet Anthem Perfumes

Ciao for now, I know it's been too long. :)
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I haven't posted in forever, I always let that happen.

But...Sasquatch! 2008 was quite possibly the best weekend ever. Period. Post pictures soon.
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I want to be Cat Power.


I went to the Cat Power concert here at the McDonald Theatre on Saturday, and good lord this woman is talented! I have been to my fair share of concerts, but she just might take the cake. We were right near the front and she sang right on the edge of the stage and she was absolutely mesmerizing. There are no words, really. 
Her voice is quite simply indescribable, but we decided that SULTRY was the perfect word to describe her. She is mysteriously gorgeous and quirky. I am kind of still reeling from how good it was. We are all even more obsessed now. Haha.
She played some great songs, but I think "New York," "Ramblin' (Wo)man," "Metal Heart," and "Song to Bobby" were my favorite. She is a passionate performer. Wow. I think she has had a pretty crazy life, too. Amazing.

A video of her playing "Song to Bobby" live, which she wrote about Bob Dylan: 

Playing "New York" live at a show:

An interview: 

Pretty amazing. Enough said.
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13 (ew bad number) Influential Songs


SIA-Breathe Me

The combination of the piano melody and Sia's raspy voice is so powerful. I loved this song the minute I heard it. It's undeniably raw and honest. The song builds and builds until you are completely sucked in. I have always wanted to do a dance piece to this song. Beautiful.

JOHN MAYER-Stop This Train

This song was one of those songs that just fit. It came out literally the week that I left for college and all of my best friends went to opposite sides of the country. I think this was exactly how everyone was feeling then. You know you have to go and that it's really a good thing, but in that moment when you have to hug your friends goodbye, all you want to do is stop that train and stay put. 



This is definitely a rock out song. The rhythm is infectious. Who knew Feist could be such a rock star? This is a great song to listen to when you just need a minute to let everything go and shake your hair around. Or dance around your house. You know. 

SUFJAN STEVENS-The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)

This song always makes me smile. The banjo melody is perfectly happy and the lyrics are ridiculous in the best way possible. This song feels like one of those crazy, insane family stories that lives on for generations. And...there is a horn section and mention of an Oboe. 


What a beautiful song. Truly heartfelt, but powerful. He sings this song like he really means it. It manages to be heartbreaking and courageous at the same time. Enough said. 

PAUL SIMON-Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes

This song sends me straight back to childhood. The intro with Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a perfect set up for the mellow rhythm of the rest of the song. One of my earliest memories of music is from this song. Great song.


My introduction to the amazingly talented Leslie Feist was through this song. The hand claps and the tambourine give this song such a distinctive sound. It sounds like a beautiful sunny winter day. I hear that there is actually a town called Mushaboom in Nova Scotia or something, and that is what the song is named after. By far one of my favorite songs of all time. 


This is one of John Mayer's earliest songs, from his first demo album. A lot of people don't know about it, which is a shame because I think it is one of his most intimate songs. I like this song because I feel the same way sometimes, just quiet. The blue lights from the TV dancing around. There is safety in just being quiet. I like that. 

SUFJAN STEVENS-Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, IL.

I was always taken by this song. The melody is stunning and eerie. Something perfect for a UFO sighting. There actually was this sighting, too. I saw a show on TV that was entirely about this specific UFO sighting, and the lyrics in the song are completely accurate. The witnesses even talked about how it looked like three stars. There is a beautiful youtube video that someone did as a visual for the song:


I think everyone wishes they had a river to skate away on sometimes. That, and Joni Mitchell's impossibly perfect voice, is probably why everyone loves this song. Another good song for when you feel quiet. 

SUFJAN STEVENS-John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

After you listen to this song all the way through, it is sometimes hard to believe that it is about an infamous serial killer. Sufjan Stevens manages to underscore the terror involved in these crimes and show compassion and empathy for the killer. I think it takes a hugely talented artist to accomplish that. 


Sultry is the perfect word to describe this song. It could describe Chan Marshal's voice pretty well, too. I never get tired of this song. Itunes says that I have listened to it 55 times. Only Chan Marshal could make spoken word come off that sultry. 


This is kind of my song. I don't know what it is, but this song fits how I usually feel about life in general. Not to be broad and sweeping or anything. This is ironic since I like photographs so much, but so be it. I think traveling does bring me back to life. It energizes the soul to see a sunset or just a beautiful, nature-made place.
 I saw him in concert at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington last summer, and he said: "I wrote this song about a place like this," and then played 3x5. As cliché as it sounds, I felt like we all appreciated and felt the same thing in that one moment. Everyone understood. 

OK. Enough of my blabbing. I could do this for so many more songs, it is ridiculous. But I will spare you. :)
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Yes we can.


This video is one of the greatest, most creative shows of support for a candidate I have seen. 

It gives me chills every time. 

I was always drawn to Barack Obama for his charisma and inspiring attitude. I took a good long look at his policies and those of Hillary Clinton, but I am willing and ready to say that I truly, deeply want Barack Obama to be our next president. 

Beside the fact that his policies go along with everything I believe in, there is something special about this man. I feel it in my gut when he speaks. He is not here to play a game. He is here to change this country. He will make a difference. He could change the way we think about politics. I can imagine being inspired by our own president and striving to mimic his example. That would be a much happier country than the one I know now. 

His wife Michelle also seems to be an amazing and admirable woman. I want a family like theirs to represent what this country is really about. 

I want change. 

I hate that people are trying to criticize him about his use of the word HOPE. Isn't that something we could all use a little more of? What have we come to when we are even cynics about hope?

"In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."

I truly believe this man can unite this country. I am more emotionally involved now than I planned to be. But hey, caring matters.

"Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for CHANGE."

Yes we can. 


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Grammys, etc.


I watched the Grammy awards with my roomie Jenna last night. The performances were surprisingly entertaining, but most of the awards did not go to my favorites. C'est la vie. 

The fact that an obviously intoxicated Amy Winehouse won five awards is distressing, to say the least. It is disrespectful to place her above artists who actually take their careers seriously. I'm sorry, but drugs or no drugs, she should not have beat out Feist for best new artist. Feist is not a new artist either, so evidently whoever gives out the Grammys does not do a lot of research. 

Kanye West's performance with Daft Punk was a highlight of the show. His tribute to his mother was also quite stunning.

Kanye's outfit was quite possibly the greatest thing I have seen in a while.

In other news, I now have three papers due on wednesday and one midterm. Yikes! I am going back to Portland on thursday so I can interview all kinds of people about hybrid cars. This promises to be an interesting week. 

Here is some Kanye and Daft Punk: 

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I Fly Like Paper


I will admit, I kind of have a thing for coats. I am loving these two from Delias right now. 

The blue coat has such a lovely feminine fit and the color is perfectly soft. 

The plaid coat is hardly feminine in style, but it looks form fitting. I think it would look great with slim black pants. 

PS-I also kind of have a thing for toggles.

In other news, the Coachella lineup was announced recently and it is AMAZING. I am hoping that this bodes well for Sasquatch this year, because Coachella is sadly out of the question. I would love to see M.I.A. and Radiohead, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. 

Song of the day: 

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Long Weekend


I had a great time at Meg, Joey and Josh's house last night. Meg and I went to see 27 Dresses with the girls and it was really well done, funny, and cute. Katherine Heigl was perfect in the role, and all of the girls and I were swooning over James Marsden. 

For dinner we ordered typical college fare of Pizza Hut and, had an intense Wii tennis tournament, and rediscovered the undeniable fun of pictionary. The girls beat the boys, of course!

I also got some great new music from Joey including: Hot Chip, Burial, Justice, new Cat Power, The National, and Panda bear. More thoughts on those later.
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Fun Cameras


Two items that I am lusting after right now: Fisheye camera (in bright yellow! Who could resist?) and the Diana+ camera. 

My friend Barrett recently got a fisheye camera and ended up with some really cool results. There is something fun about non-digital photography. The anticipation of actually having to wait and see what turns out is the best part. 

Plus, the images from these cameras have a sort of polaroid-ish, flawed but really cool, look. 

Neither is very expensive, but I don't exactly have extra money for fun cameras at the moment. Maybe I will end up with one soon.

I feel like I am getting tired of digital photography right now. I need something more fun to inspire me. These ought to do the trick!

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Keep The Car Running


So my latest music obsession, as you can see from the list to your right ----->
 is "Keep The Car Running" by The Arcade Fire. Such a great song. Word has it that they performed the song with Bruce Springsteen at a show. Man, do I wish I could have been there! 

The first time I heard the song, it sounded oddly familiar. Kind of like an old Bruce Springsteen song. Funny how that worked out.

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Why Am I Not Surprised?


Just saw this video that John Mayer posted on YouTube the other day. He singlehandedly replicates Justin Timberlake's "I Think She Knows Interlude" on his guitar. By himself! Nothing short of amazing, if you ask me. 

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The Undivided Self


This blog is an attempt to keep all of my thoughts, ideas, photos, and inspirations in a single place. 

We will see how that works. :)
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