BLOG Millions of street style sites and fashion bloggers clog up the web with endless images of fresh-faced, groomed young things. So it’s great to see a blog celebrating true individual style in the form of a different generation: photographer Ari Seth Cohen highlights the headstrong, unique older people of New York and further afield, from gloriously crazy style to practical simplicity to sophisticated chic. Best of all, it doesn’t feel tokenistic – this is a real, honest celebration of getting older. “I don’t care about style, I make style” said one recently featured. (There’s a movie in production, too – see below). http://advancedstyle.blogspot.co.uk/
SITE The team at SevenStreets love subscribing to magazines. Having something pop in our letterbox is satisfying and exciting, right? But what Quarterly has done is create a service where, instead of a printed mag, you subscribe to a person, depending on your interest – from a selection of artists, musicians, designers, and businesspeople – who will send you something beautiful and interesting every quarter. Recently there’s been everything from small sculptures to kitchen utensils to skincare products. A brilliant idea. www.quarterly.co
MUSIC One of our new favourite bands of the year (and yes, they’re from Brooklyn) are this peppy synth outfit, Carousel. By all accounts, they did the business at SXSW and they’re offering four free track to download from their website. Check out the video for Let’s Go Home – If Air were from Williamsburg…
New Works At The Walker
ART They’ve got a good eye at the Walker – as this new exhibition of their newly acquired swag testifies. We loved the delicate silver vases and Marcus Coates shamanistic rituals in a condemned tower block, but the gorgeous, backlit photos of the Linnaeus Society’s library gave us a bit of book envy too. And Ben Johnson’s preparatory studies for his Liverpool cityscape are just mind boggling in their complexity. Well worth a look.
Lost Voices at View Two Gallery, Thursday 28th March
GIG Tucked away on Mathew Street, the View Two often flies under the radar, but regularly showcases some really impressive, engaging stuff. This Thursday they’re playing host to accordion virtuoso Jesús Peñaranda, Berlin trumpet & drum improv duo Superimpose, and Liverpool songwriter Joseph Biltone as part of an always-eclectic Lost Voices evening. Recommended. £6/£4. More information
Fiction at Shipping Forecast, Wednesday 27th March
GIG London lads Fiction are signed to the excellent Moshi Moshi records, and make a fine racket in the form of slinky, intelligent, Talking Heads-style indie pop. There’s a heavy nod to the 80s (isn’t there always?) but Fiction’s ricocheting post punk feels forward thinking and fun, too. Local’uns Broken Men, Oxygen Thieves and Shadow Theatre support. 8pm.
APP By now you’ll know Maddie on Things, a blog where rescued coonhound Maddie is, er, photographed on things. Standing on a bike. Standing on a basketball hoop. Standing on anything. Looking cool, basically. Well, now you can put her on things yourself in the form of Maddiecam, an app that lets you turn your phone pics into a Maddie playground. Funds go towards the Maddie book tour, highlighting the important work of dog rescue.