music: joy williams.

Those who know me best know my deep, unending love for The Civil Wars. But before I loved their music, I loved the music of Joy Williams. Williams was one half of the now defunct duo, and has a voice that can both break your heart or get you up and moving. After the breakup of The Civil Wars, Williams moved back to California and began to write what would become her newest solo album. Venus (out next week 6/29) is an interesting listen in that it has such range. If you are looking for exactly the same music as The Civil Wars, you won't find it here. But while her new music deviates from her former band, Williams's honest songwriting is still on point. Her first single, "Woman (Oh Mama)," is an anthem for female empowerment influenced heavily by the drum circles of Venice Beach. The aching ballad, "What a Good Woman Does," addresses the breakup of The Civil Wars. Both songs completely different, both songs completely effective. I was able to see Williams play in Los Angeles this past May, one of the three shows she did around the world before the release of her album. She was honest, funny, kind, and continued to have the easy rapport with the audience that used to make her Civil Wars shows so great to attend. I cannot recommend her music enough.

You can read about the new album here.
And you can STREAM Venus in its entirety on the NPR website before its release, here.

Video above found here. Venus out June 29th.


friday links.

Untitled Here are some links for the start of your weekend.

2. Been obsessed with this album lately.
3. The story behind the song "Pinot Noir" from Unbreakeable Kimmy Schmidt.
4. Have you heard? Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are making a Lifetime movie spoof. See the teaser here.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!


places (santa barbara): finch and fork.

Untitled Untitled Untitled Finch and Fork is a restaurant attached to the Canary Hotel in Downtown Santa Barbara. While I wasn't blown away completely by the food (I went for lunch), I did find the decor and ambiance beautiful. Wooden table and beautiful serving ware. I suggest taking a walk through the Canary Hotel lobby if able. They do have a brunch menu that seems worth a try, and it seems like a great place for happy hour or to stop by for a late night cocktail.

Finch and Fork: 31 West Carillo St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101


tuesday links.

Untitled 1. Remembering B.B. King.
2. Recently read: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (along with everyone else). It's been compared to Gone Girl for its suspenseful plot and unreliable narrators. I couldn't put it down.
3. "Public radio is ready for capitalism." Or is it? An interesting read. Any thoughts on the matter?
4. What happens when you let IBM's super computer Watson design a burrito?

(p.s. Watson link via Madewell)
(p.p.s. Film shot above, in case you are wondering, is of a hot quinoa and strawberry bowl with jam. Yes, it was delicious.)


places (seattle): Rachel's Ginger Beer

Untitled Now that it's almost the summer I wish I were in Seattle to have a cup of ginger beer. Rachel's Ginger Beer doesn't provide the average ginger beer you might be used to from the grocery store, but uses fresh ingredients to pack a wallop in your mouth. (That's literally the best way for me to describe it.)
They use fresh ginger, lemons, and cane sugar, and are based out of Seattle. There's a flagship store right outside Pike Place Market in Post Alley, or you can have it shipped to you at home (albeit at a pricier amount). If in Seattle, they sell it by the cup or you can purchase a growler to take home. The growlers are available for refill for a discounted rate according to their webpage.
On my visit to the store I ordered the original ginger beer and loved it. It was refreshing and tangy and spicy. I also sampled the hibiscus and made a mental note to order it next time I'm in town. They have a variety of flavors, and if you go in store, they also have cocktails and floats. The space is nice and airy with large windows. I definitely recommend it as a nice respite from shopping at Pikes Place all morning.

Rachel's Ginger Beer: 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, Washington


weekend links.

UntitledI did a photo shoot last week for the first time in such a long time. It was strange being behind the camera and taking photos for someone else. Lately it seems like I've been hoarding all of my photos, keeping them for my eyes only. It's hard putting work out into the world. There's a lot of judgment and negativity roaming around the Internet, and sometimes it feels like the easiest way to avoid all that is to not play the game. But doing that photo shoot made me want to share the images I've been holding onto lately. Mainly to learn and to grow and to contribute something. Mostly to prove to myself that I won't let fear get to me. We'll see how it goes. I feel like I'm just dipping a toe into the water right now. Baby steps, right?

Anyway, here are some links to end this week:
1. Mumford and Sons has a new record out. Thoughts? Are you enjoying the new sound? Do you miss their old one?
2. Did you hear? Natalie Portman will be playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new biopic. Yes, that Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
3. "All of us exist because of a series of tragedies and flukes." Slate's Emily Yoffe writes on remembering her husband's other wife.
4. This Tiny Desk Concert artist used found objects (think water bottles and shelving) to make music. Pretty neat!

Well, that's all. Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the mothers out there. And to everyone else, happy weekend. Maybe I'll see you all next week with some photos.


sunday links.

Here are some links I've encountered this week:

1.This photo essay on creatives in Charleston, SC.
2. McSweeney's is having its first ever short story contest!
3.This Tiny Desk Concert from Rodrigo Amarante is perfect Sunday listening.
4. I'm sure that you've been well aware of all the current events in the news these last couple of weeks. I'm at a loss for words, and instead wanted to share this post by Kate Arends of Wit and Delight about being brave and kind to one another. The power to prevent what happened in Ferguson from ever happening again lies with each and every one of us.

Have a happy week, folks. Be well.