Top Albums of 2010: 11-20

#20 !!! (Chk Chk Chk)Strange Weather, Isn’t It?

!!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It? album

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#19 Salem King Night

Salem - King Night album

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#18 Frog EyesPaul’s Tomb: A Triumph

Frog Eyes - Paul's Tomb: A Triumph

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#17 Frankie Rose and the OutsFrankie Rose and the Outs

Frankie Rose and the Outs - album

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#16 Girl TalkAll Day

Girl Talk - All Day

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#15 Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs album

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#14 The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You

The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You album

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#13 WarpaintThe Fool

Warpaint - The Fool album

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#12 Diamond RingsSpecial Affections

Diamond Rings - Special Affections album

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#11 Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

(#1-#10 next week…)

Warpaint – Undertow

I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of weeks – trip to Seattle and then a camping trip to Moab. While in Seattle I saw The xx, Warpaint and Zola Jesus play at the Paramount. It was an incredible show. I’ve been pretty obsessed with Warpaint over the past year. Their new album, The Fool, is out later this month and if it’s as good as their EP, I have a feeling it’ll nudge its way into my top 10 this year. Here’s a new video for their song Undertow which I’ve had stuck in my head off and on for 3 weeks now. Take a listen.

Tigers in the Himalayans

BBC’s Natural History team have discovered tigers living in the Himalayan mountains high above the tree line. Because the outlook for tigers living in the wild is so grim, any news of a new population  is exciting but to find them living in such extreme conditions is mind-blowing.

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Consort Study

One of my favorite artists, Ray Caesar, is offering a rare and smoke’n deal which includes a copy of his Art Collection book set (signed limited edition) and the newly released Consort Study print. Still this $500 bargain is a little out of my price range. Sigh… A girl can dream.

And just in case you’re not familiar with Ray’s devilish (and equally innocent) work, here are few of my other favorites. You can follow Ray on his site or blog and purchase his art from the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

I. Heart. T’s.

At any given moment there are at least 10 t-shirts that I’ve fallen in love with and have to resist buying. I guess it’s the poor man’s way of owning art.

Below are a few that I’ve got my eye on. Click on image to link to the site.

♫ Favorite Albums of 2010 (so far) ♫

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a music post so I decided to make a top 10 list of my favorite albums of the year so far. Narrowing it down was pretty challenging but I think I’ve finally done it! I was surprised (and delighted) to see that half of them are from artists that I’ve been listening to for years.

So here they are in no particular order with a little sample song from each.


Transit Transit



Steal Your Face

“Latin Lover”

Tame Impala


“Solitude is Bliss”

LCD Soundsystem

This is Happening

“Dance Yrself Clean”

Arcade fire

The Suburbs

“Ready to Start”

The Foals

Total Life Forever


Broken Social scene

Forgiveness Rock Record

“Texico Bitches”


Maniac Meat

“Heavy Makeup”



“18 Hours (of love)”

sleigh bells


“Infinity Guitars”

Hip Healthy Hydration

Today I’ve been on a search for new BPA-free water bottles. Bisphenol A is a compound found in many hard plastics that have been shown to interfere with the endocrine system and cause health problems. You can identify plastic containers that might contain BPA if you see a number 7 in the center of the recycling symbol on the bottom.

Here are a small handful of the cool bottles that I found.

Click on an image to visit the product site.