Friday, April 12, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We're in for a big wintry storm here, with snow, rain and freezing rain predicted, so we'll be staying cosily indoors catching up on movies — with something delicious bubbling on the stove, too. How about you?

(photo of lovely barcelona home via pinterest)

Family Space

An old villa now has a new lease on life as a light-filled modern home, with the kitchen, living room and office combined into one open space where all five family members can cook, do homework, watch TV, play table football and have guests simultaneously. I love how stylish it is, too. More here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by case study)

The Listening Booth: Rachel Thera

Welcome to The Listening Booth, a regular series of posts that features a guest musician, DJ or music devotee sharing their current three favourite songs with automatism readers. Today's Listening Booth is hosted by the brilliantly talented and lovely DJ Rachel Thera. Enjoy.

About Rachel

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Rachel DJs around town under her creative nom de plume, Lamb Rabbit. Last year she founded a lady-DJ collective called The Girlfriends. This year she plans to master the guitar and start a soft psych band. Next year she plans on subsisting exclusively off of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. 

You can find some of Rachel's mixes here.

Rachel's Three Picks

Joe Meek - I Hear A New World
It's hard to believe this song was recorded in 1959. Joe Meek's musical genius is encapsulated in this song, the titular track of his "outer space music fantasy" concept album released only as an EP in 1960. Its creativity, playfulness, and yearning for something more will always haunt me.

The Kynds - So If Someone Sends You Flowers Babe
This, to me, is perfect garage. Simple, beautiful, and evocative of a sort of quiet and lonely pride. Somewhere in between the lilting organ and the whispery vocals, the song becomes sacred. The Kynds, a small-time garage outfit from upstate New York, released only the one 45, in 1966.

Nelson Angelo e Joyce - Um Gosto de Fruta
Ethereal Brazilian acoustic psychedelia circa 1972, from two incredibly gifted musicians whose love at the time seared itself directly into the album. I lose my breath every time I listen.
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