Saturday, January 30, 2010

don't make em like they used to

today was arts and crafts day again. sarah kuhn (from me band) came over to cut up some more Life mags and make some cool art. can i have every saturday be like this? we made some pretty cool things. i feel i need to keep going with these. i might make one big one on this empty canvas i've got sitting here eyeing me slowly. that'll be a big undertaking.

anyways, for now here are some photos to show you what we did. love love love.

also found this beauty on my camera. i ran out of juice one night and all i got was this pic. pretty good tho.

and while we're on the topic of max wowch. i feel the need to share a little genius he threw my way the other day. how he finds these things i don't know but i ain't gonna complain. keep em coming max.

Monday, January 25, 2010

off the beaten path

double monday post today. almost forgot to post my new viva playlist. today i bring you some tunes that go back to my dancefloor roots. felt like bringing the beat back. i've put quite a few Studio songs in my playlists over the years. always seem to come back to it. thought i'd throw in a few photos. FUCKING HELL THESE MEN ARE HOT. wish how i wish they would play here but i could easily see this not being a good show. however if they got it right, it would probably be the best thing i've ever seen.

note to sweden...please come visit.

Joakim - Spiders (acapella)
Kenny Dope - Watching You
Mickey & The Soul Generation - U.F.O.
The Grodeck Whipperjenny - Sitting Here on a Tongue
Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol
Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch - Wildside
Vangelis - Let it Happen
Washed Out - Hold Out
Studio - No Comply
Quixote - Before I Started to Dance (Prins Thomas diskomiks)
Lindstrom and Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop (Aeroplane dub remix)
Trus'me - Bail Me Out
The MFA - Throw it Back (We Will Destroy You)
And the Lefthanded - Love Me Now

monkeytown pics

how lucky we are to have peter beste as suzy q's (keyboardist extraordinaire) boyfriend. an amazing photographer. and we get to have pretty pictures sent to us after every show. thank you thank you thank you. here are a few for you to see.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

soft spot

my dear pal nick lorden got me a little xmas present which i just received. can't stop playing. feel i must share with everyone. SOFT LOCATION. if you are someone who loves the Sundays or The Sea and Cake but also love early My Bloody Valentine and say...The Feelies or Galaxie 500 (but with female vocals) you'll LOVE this album. it's hard trying to pinpoint what i think it sounds like but i'm attaching a video of theirs for you to see/listen. i recommend getting the vinyl and playing it over and over again.

unfortunately this band doesn't exist anymore. but here's their myspace and site anyways. you can buy vinyl here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

a karaoke vacation

took a trip to koreatown and transported myself to a beachside resort. it was great getting out of the cold for a minute. i also managed to lose my voice singing Sister Christian and Don't Stop Believin. totally worth it tho. jess darlin you made a great duet partner.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Open Ocean download + monkeytown show


Download our song 'Sink or Swim' from Urban Outfitters' Music Monday blog post!! We were featured today along with 4 other bands!! Here is the embedded link:

Also, we're playing Monkeytown this Thursday the 21st. Come out and see us! It's one of the last times Monkeytown will be open as they're closing on the 24th. We'll be playing song for song alongside Bull Thieves and with Sharach Lindo doing the visuals. It'll be sure to be a good show!

I highly recommend making reservations in advance as this show will probably sell out. It only holds 50 people. You can make reservations by going to this link: RESERVATIONS

Thursday, Jan 21st.
58 N.3rd
$5, $10 minimum

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

baby's first collage

in my sickness (cough) i decided to get going with these Life issues i received the other day. they are amazing!!!! the photos + images + colors are so much better back in the day. everything is too polished now it drives me crazy. looking through each issue is artwork to me. the ads are amazing, so much life and good ideas. MAD MEN for real. now everything is mush.

anyways i is my first collage. too many ideas floating around tho. more to come. i couldn't decide whether i liked it more right-side up or up-side down. so i'm showing both of them.

Monday, January 11, 2010

cold as ice

it's fucking cold out there. makes me want to stay inside and listen to some music. orrrrrr drink some whiskey and warm up. but why not both really. here's the latest playlist for viva. one mention i have is to the Weekend track, which i really like, however i can't say how i feel about the name. do your research boys. don't take a name from an amazing offshoot band by Young Marble Giants' Allison Statton. just saying.

Hawkind - Hash Cake '77
Andy Votel - Track 19
(off songs in the key of death, no titles)
Belle & Sebastian - Song for Sunshine
Virginie Rodin - Commando Spatial (Space Control)
Zombies - I Want Her She Want Me
Biff Bang Pow! - Better Life
Ride - Vapour Trail
Best Coast - When I'm With You
Real Estate - Younger Than Yesterday
Weekend - Youth Haunts
Here We Go Magic - Fangela
Beach House - Zebra
Calla - Dancers in the Dust
Psychic Ills - Days

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


i can't stop watching this for some reason. it's kind of...amazing..????? who makes up a whole song with gibberish to sound like english? on top of the fact that the song rules and the video rules even harder.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


hey folks, Open Ocean is playing a show this friday at artjail in the city with Big Game. come check us out!

Friday, Jan 8th
50 Eldridge

*check out the artjail site, it's a pretty cool space

new obsession

ever since my trip to the MOMA i've had a sudden urge to find images and cut them up and make collages. but now i can't stop searching for vintage magazines on ebay!!!!! i'm a little obsessed. here are just a few that i've found. all on their way to me right now. (minus the ASIA mags cuz someone kept outbidding me. i'm still scorned and determined to find more). unicorn times??? seriously?? not only am i intrigued to know what's inside this zine but the title alone clenched it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

NEW YEARS 2010!!

this year i stayed in nyc for nye and i didn't want to have a night of wandering around trying to find something fun and wondering why i'm not really finding it. so a few friends got together and decided to throw a bash filled with no frills and good times. IT WORKED!

Ramiken Crucible art gallery + Hunters + Tiny Pickles + Max Wowch + meeeeeeeeee. it was rad. big open space, free beer, good tunes, and a ton of friends. what a way to say hello to the new year. i was having a little too much fun/too drunk to take a ton of photos but here are a few!...