Patrick Wolf – The Gallery, 21st November

GIG A musical treat as part of this year’s strong Homotopia programme, the charismatic Wolf visits the tiny confines of Stanhope Street’s The Gallery this week. It’s difficult to believe Patrick, with a back catalogue stretching over a decade, still isn’t even in his 30s, and his current world tour sees him create intimate, gorgeous reworkings of his finest songs. This one isn’t just for die-hards: Wolf’s work at its heart is wonderfully engaging, beautifully written pop music. Highly recommended. More information

Wrap Magazine

MAGAZINE It’s a magazine, and it’s wrapping paper. Some people think it’s bonkers. We think it’s brilliant. And the Christmas special, focusing in on Nordic art, illustration and design is, for our money, the best yet. It’s stocked in Cow and Co too… One snag: it’s FAR too beautiful to give away as gift wrapping.

Friendly Fires – Why Won’t You Answer (Hot Since 82 Remix)

MUSIC Say what you like about Friendly Fires (yes, ‘Hawaiian Air’ was bloody annoying) but they know how to navigate their way to a good remix. Case in point this sultry little workout from their excellent Late Night Tales compilation. The Hot Since 82 mix of ‘Why Won’t You Answer’ is the stand out in what’s a damn good record.

Chad Valley – The Shipping Forecast, 24th November

GIG Glo-fi a go-go this Saturday as the impossibly cheery, squelchy sythns and Roland drum machine beats of Oxford’s Chad Valley paint the town primary colours and irresistible shades of 80s electro. Think Erasure meets The Buggles and you’re almost there. Tickets

Love Letters To Strangers

VIDEO Hannah Brencher graduated college and fell into a well of depression. Her saviour was a simple one: writing love letters for strangers to find. It’s since become a worldwide initiative, giving a bit of joy to someone when they need it most. Check out her TED talk, above.

Vote for your favourite record sleeve of 2012

POLL Nowadays many see album artwork as an inch-big square on our iTunes – but the art of the record sleeve is still alive and well. Art Vinyl are currently hosting an exhibition of the best of 2012 in London, and you can vote for your favourite online. The winner’s announced in January. Our favourites? Beach House’s monochromatic ‘Bloom’, and Flying Lotus’ swirling ‘Until The Quiet Comes’. Vote online

Gotham City by Luca Campigotto

BOOK We’re a sucker for anything NYC, and this beautiful coffee table book by Italian photographer Luca Campigotto pushes all our buttons. The quiet, peaceful images have lush colours and lighting. Post-Sandy, this hardback is a great way to view New York at its scuffed-but-beautiful best. We’re adding it to our Amazon wishlist immediately: Santa, take note. Buy

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