Saturday, February 09, 2008

Crafty Time

Just showin' a little love for few crafty items I'm currently usin'. First up is Mr. Poncho, a Brooklyn-based company that makes some pretty rad cases for your iPod. The beauty of these crafty, handmade cases is in keeping your headphones in order. No tangles here!

Custom fit for your iPod Nano, Video, Shuffle, Classic or Mini, or perfect for your celly, camera or moola, Mr. Poncho offers somethin' for everyone. Check out their store for a crazy selection of prints. Hey, iPods need a little TLC too.

DIY recyclers RePlayGround can create some pretty cool things from an empty cereal box or a paper towl tube. Everything's eco-friendly and a portion of their profits also benefit other earth-lovin' organizations such as Trees for the Future and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Also, they ask you to send them your junk ... things like wine corks, sheet music, old calendars and maps, etc. Check out their store for assorted recycled gifts such as bottle cap magnets, journals, keychains, and tees. I heart my Jiffy notepad.

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Leslie Hall is Truly, Truly Outrageous

Leslie Hall, a small town girl raised in Ames, Iowa, is unafraid to heart the art of the BeDazzler. Gems aside, Hall, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, also drops some serious rhymes as the frontwoman from Leslie & the LY's. Get yo disco-rap onnnn on tracks like the J.J. Fad-like "How We Go Out" and the synth-slathered "Real Gold Glamorous."

Three albums -- Gold Pants (2004), Door Man's Daughter (2006), and ceWEBrity (2008) -- and the flyest gold spandex jumpsuit ever, lady rapper Leslie Hall reminds us that the spirit of '80s is forever. Dude, Elvira lends vocals to her track, "Zombie Killer," okay?

Leslie & the LY's are currently hittin' clubs across the U.S. throughout February and March.

Thanks Brady!

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I've Got My Orange Crush

Inspired the Grand Scheme's post on that rad Phillip Glass Sesame Street video on colors and shapes, I checked the always-friendly YouTube to see if they had my favorite Sesame Street segment on how to make crayons. God Bless YouTube.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Postcards From...Dean Wareham

Grombleberries recently shared this fantastic piece on ex-Luna frontman and ex-ex-Galaxie 500 vocalist/guitarist Dean Wareham. Men's Vogue published an except from his forthcoming new book, Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance, available March 13th via Penguin Press.

Dude paints a pretty honest picture of breaking his first wife's heart and coming to grips to losing the family life he'd grown to love. On the flipside, he fell for Britta Phillips a.k.a his other half in Dean & Britta and major indie rock babe.

For more indie pop goodness, check out Dean & Britta's "Words You Used To Say"

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Rockers Have to Eat, Too

Food rules. Plain and simple. People love food. People need food. MacKenzieLand loves food, too. For all the anti-breakfast people out there, I have something yummy for you.

The Sultan and I adore the Food Network's Ellie Krieger. Our Astorian abode has witnessed countless sessions of "Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger" via TiVo -- her new cookbook rules! Lately, we're into the aptly titled Breakfast Cookies. Gotta share the info, yo!

3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup (1 small jar) strained carrot baby food
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup bran cereal flakes
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup walnut pieces, lightly toasted in a dry skillet for 2 minutes, until fragrant and chopped

Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Combine butter, oil and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high speed, scraping down sides if necessary, until sugars have dissolved and mixture is light in color, about 1 minute. Add egg, carrot puree and vanilla and beat an additional 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and beat an additional 30 seconds. Add oats, flakes, raisins and walnuts and mix over low speed just until incorporated. Dough will be slightly sticky and less cohesive than traditional cookie dough. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using between 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter, form a ball and place on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining batter, leaving about 3 inches between cookies. Wet hands and use palm of hand to flatten cookies until about 1/4-inch thick. Bake for 12 minutes, until cookies are fragrant but still soft. Let cookies cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Just Let Me Hear Some of That Rock and Roll Music

Cumbria, England's bookish foursome British Sea Power have made one of the best albums of twenty-o-eight. I know it's early to say such a thing, but seriously Do You Like Rock Music?, BSP's third studio full-length out February 12th via Rough Trade/World's Fair, is epic in word and sound. They brighten up the best bits of their 2003 debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, while sharpening the softer edges of their sophomore effort, Open Season...or it's "Spirit of St. Louis" written a million different ways.

Read my thoughts on the album here, and check out the video for "No Lucifer."

"No Lucifer" by British Sea Power

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