Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Amanda Harlech, glamorous in black as she poses for Tim Walker in Paris for W Magazine.

Ostankino Palace

We recently lost the legendary fashion and fine art photographer Deborah Turbeville, so it seemed a good time to revisit her beautiful and atmospheric work — but with something a little different. These photographs by her are of the Ostankino Palace in Russia, a private theatre with a romantic history. It was built in the late 18th century by czarist count Nikolai Sheremetev for Praskovia Kovalyova, who, legend says, he fell utterly in love with after seeing her leading a cow home from pasture. The Ostankino Palace was created as a showcase for Kovalyova, who was also a gifted opera singer and ballet dancer — here she performed with a 200 member serf troupe for the count and his guests. More about it here on Architectural Digest.

The Listening Booth: Hallowe'en

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

As glorious as Halloween cheese can be, I opted to go the exact opposite direction: these tracks are about as introspective as Halloween gets. Slow and atmospheric, these are eerie—if slightly less conventional—beauties. Shut yourself in your bedroom, light a few candles and host a séance. It's just you and the spirits.

Sonic Youth - Halloween
Off of Bad Moon Rising, 1985.

Dirty Beaches – Window Rail Seats
Off of Horror, 2008.

Jandek – Down in a Mirror
Off of Chair Beside a Window, 1982.

(photo by sarah moon)

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