Saturday, January 7, 2012

earworm: Palo Santo.

Shearwater is getting more buzz with their upcoming release of Animal Joy, a departure from their previous three albums (which were self-dubbed the Island Arc albums). I caught on to the Austin band, thanks to NPR's first listen, at the end of that arc, when The Golden Archipelago was released. As promised by the reviews, The Golden Archipelago was epic, grandiose and delicate, but the band is also capable of restraint.

Thanks to the buzz, I'm rediscovering Shearwater, starting from the very beginning. Their oldest music is not congruent with the sounds from The Golden Archipelago (my standard since that was my entry point into their music), but once you get to Palo Santo, the first album of the Island Arc, things start sounding familiar. Singer Jonathan Meiburg hits his stride vocally with the expressive tenderness that brings credence to Shearwater's epic sound.

This is the song stuck in my head, although it really feels like it's in my whole body. Palo Santo (the song) has a watery melody that makes me want to drown in it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

boy look: blogs.

Learning what your own style is can be a daunting task, but some might argue it's even more impossible for the guys. The conceit goes that they are more limited than gals with variations on looks (Don't play devil's advocate with me here; I know some chaps throw that out the window and dress however the heck they want.) James has complained for ages that he was severely handicapped in learning what looks good on him because there was a dearth of fashionable resources for guys that weren't just about dudes trying to get as much tail as they can get away with.

So then, here are some fashionable sites for the gentleman who wishes to dress well without being a complete cad. Madame Dariaux would approve.

Written by Michael Williams, "A Continuous Lean is about things. American things, good looking things, well designed things and all sorts of other things."

The website for the print magazine. Self-proclaimed as "A Gentleman's Style Journal," the site contains daily notes-- "helpful suggestions intended to make life better"-- for a fantastic [gentle]man, written with such a playful tone that you know the author has his tongue firmly stuck in his cheek.

Does it really need any description? Scott Schuman's street-style blog is so famous that it has blurred the boundaries of internet and print media several times over. His eye for well-dressed gentlemen of all ages and the details that do indeed make a gentleman a gentleman is impeccable.