Friday Faves of the Week

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One of my birthday gifts to myself finally arrived this week (I preordered back in May!) – the ‘Naked’ 13″ Laptop Tote in Navy from DAAME. I had been looking for an everyday leather tote for a while and when this one caught my eye (plus the fact that I found a coupon code), I said “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY”. I can’t be too mad about the long wait because 1) DAAME practices sustainable manufacturing, so they do preorders to fulfill the demand rather than create waste by overestimating how many products to produce 2) I’m supporting an all-girl startup that also gives back and 3) it’s just so pretty.

This video by 20syl:

20syl – Kodama (official music video) from 20syl on Vimeo.

The whole EP, actually:

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The Coalition Zine, for young grrls of color. Their tumblr is pretty rad, too.

Music Monday: AlunaGeorge

When I was a teenager, I was really into The Scene and fancied myself a tastemaker but now I am older and mostly just want to listen to all the music I liked as a teen. In the past year or so, I have eschewed torrenting and other sources of illegal downloading in favor of a Spotify Premium subscription. The downside of that is that if I can’t find it on Spotify or iTunes, I’m more likely to just give up so I don’t actively participate in music discovery as much as I use to. When I find a new artist or song that I’m really excited about, it’s a rare but welcome occurrence.

AlunaGeorge are from the UK and both their sound and their faces would not be out of place on an episode of Skins or some other show about sexy teens (I don’t know, they’re probably in their 20s so that comment should come off as too creepy?). I’m into the 90s R&B/pop throwback vibe but it still sounds modern. Their song “Your Drums, Your Love” has been on repeat on my various listening devices for the last two weeks, which has been annoying and difficult due to the single having not been officially released in the US yet so I’ve been streaming the video on YouTube several times a day.

On the plus side, “You Know You Like It” which is also fun, as well as a handful of other songs they have released, are currently available on Spotify, Amazon and the US iTunes store. I’m really anticipating their official full-length stateside release, which will hopefully be soon.

Everything You Do Be Buggin’ Me.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog hiatus to point out three things:
1. BEYONCE IS IN THE BACK.
2. I miss when Mama Tina created these hideous matching outfits.
3. The lyrics to “Bug-A-Boo” are so funny now. ~technology~
You make me wanna 
throw my pager out the window
Tell MCI to cut the phone poles
Break my lease so I can move
Cause you a bug a boo, a bug a boo
I wanna put your number on the call block
Have AOL make my emails stop
Cause you a bug a boo
You buggin what? you buggin who?
You buggin me!
And dont you see it ain’t cool

MCI! PAGERS! AOL!