new wes anderson trailer

i saw the new trailer for the latest wes anderson film this weekend, the grand budapest hotel.  release scheduled for next march, 2014.  ahh that seems like a long time away!

iron and wine at the beacon

i’ve seen iron and wine (seam beam) pretty much every time he’s come through new york since 2005. his latest show was at the beacon theatre on the upper west side, which i had never been to and was excited to check out. cool place and still small enough that we had a good view from the first mezzanine. touring with sam beam was his new band, a 13 piece filled with backup singers, a horn and string section, a piano/organ player, among others. i’ve always preferred the more lofi sam beam (a la ‘our endless numbered days’ and ‘the creek drank the cradle’ style), but the songs with the full band were good; about half were new and half were reworkings of his older songs. the highlight of the evening, however, was when sam came out and played by himself. the crowd shouted out requests and he ended up playing about half a dozen songs. he’s actually quite a funny guy, joking at himself about needing to practice more when he played the wrong chord (which happened a few times and was actually quite endearing).

i’ve always loved ‘upward over the mountain’ and the version he played at the beacon was amazing – its crazy how full the sound felt with just one person playing.  perusing youtube, i was able to find a video of the performance — and though it doesn’t really do justice to how good it actually was — its still a nice flavor of the wonderfulness of sam beam.  check it out below.

luke’s comes to dumbo!

485474_10151453857547473_217977883_nmy favorite lobster roll shop comes to dumbo starting memorial day monday.  luke’s lobster will share a space with no 7 sub in the smokestack building. located right below the brooklyn bridge, luke’s will be open 7 days a week from 11am to 9pm. with the limited amount of restaurants in the area, they will surely be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

jim james live at sxsw

after watching an hour long storytellers with death cab for cutie tonight on palladia, i was just about to turn off the tv and head to bed when i heard jim james (solo project from the my morning jacket frontman) performing on stage. surprisingly, i don’t have this album… but after watching the performance, i definitely need to pick it up this weekend. this song (“a new life”) is pretty awesome, and even thought i wasn’t able to find the professional-looking video that was playing on palladia, i did stumble upon this not so bad video from the audience.  watch the video all the way to the end – its definitely worth it to see james dancing around on stage

phoenix plays the barclays center

even though its about half a year away (literally!), i was super excited to get tix this morning to see phoenix at the barclays center in october. hopefully their new album, bankrupt, which includes 71 bonus tracks, will be as dancy fun as wolfgang amadeus phoenix, their last release from 2009. bankrupt will hit stores later this month.


free people april catalog

the weather is finally starting to warm up and i can’t help shopping for fun summer clothes. my new shopping obsession – free people’s april catalog.  i’m totally digging the brigitte bardot styling and think these looks would be so cute for my late summer trip to italy.


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