I'm obsessed with Sophie Blackall's gorgeous illustrations of Missed Connections. They're so whimsical & beautiful I sort of can't stand it.
On her blog, she describes the missed connections she depicts as: "Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down."
Luckily, you can purchase some of this beauty for yourself at her Etsy shop. I bought two the other day but darn it if I haven't found more that I want already! I just might have to dedicate an entire wall of my apartment to her work at this rate & I see absolutely nothing wrong with this.
Everyone's talking about Broken Bells - the collaboration between Danger Mouse & James Mercer from The Shins - with good reason, it's pretty awesome from what I've heard so far. Here's a track that I especially like, which is the title track of their release: Broken Bells -- The High Road
The next band - called Cults - have no musical past but seem to have a future together if they decide to continue. They're getting a buzz since Pitchfork posted them as their weekly Best New Music pick a few weeks ago but seem to be a couple who posted their songs for their friends to listen to -- this must be irritating on so many levels to all of those bands hustling to have their music heard out there.
In any event, they have a Bandcamp site where you can download their three songs for FREE, including this little number, which I find quite lovely: Cults -- Most Wanted
Okay so The Radio Dept have a full-length coming out in mid-April & I really couldn't be more excited about it. It's called "Clinging to a Scheme" -- you can pre-order it from Labrador & listen to a track called "The Video Dept" from the album via YouTube.
Oh & like I'll be spinning more new stuff I've been hearing tomorrow on my weekly internet radio show Sandy Acres Sound Lab on East Village Radio so listen live from 10 am to noon EST if you can or check it out later. Listen in won't you?