2017

2017, america, Best Of, favorites, list, music, Music, music mix, Best Albums

2017 | The Year In Music

A Good Year For The Veterans. But Where Were The Surprises?

Unlike 2015 and 2016, this year's list is a bit lacking in 'new music discoveries' (which is, admittedly, half the fun of sharing an 'end of year list'). Instead, 2017 was a year when some dependable artists put out really solid albums of new music (ie: Hiss Golden Messenger, Dan Auerbach, The War On Drugs, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, David Ramirez, and Cataldo). The exceptions to this generalization are the other albums stirred into the favorites list below, notably Jake Xerxes Fussell, Ana Tivel, ALA.NI, Overcoats, and Bedouine.

And although I scoured list after list of other people's 'Best Albums' of 2017, very little from those lists caught or captured my attention (I'm looking at you NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, etc.), which is really disappointing because December is usually a time when I stumble upon several new artists / albums that end up becoming long term favorites. But none of the favorite 'new artists' below (those artists that are 'new to me' at least) knocked me out in the same way that Wet, Chance The Rapper, Foy Vance, and Sturgill Simpson did in 2016.

But maybe I missed some amazing 'knock-me-out' artists or albums from 2017? Perhaps you can help...please comment below and share any favorite albums from 2017 that I omitted and that I need to hear. 

Anyway, here's my list (the album names link to artist videos)...

  1. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
  2. Jake Xerxes Fussell, What In The Natural World
  3. Cataldo, Keepers
  4. ALA.NI, You & I
  5. Bedouine, Bedouine
  6. Hiss Golden Messenger, Hallelujah Anyhow
  7. Lillie Mae, Forever And Then Some
  8. Iron & Wine, Beast Epic
  9. The War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding
  10. David Ramirez, We're Not Going Anywhere
  11. Anna Tivel, Small Believer
  12. Overcoats, Young
  13. Dan Auerbach, Waiting On A Song

 

 

2017, books, copenhagen, denmark, design, Summer, travels, Writing

Introducing The New 'Hidden Copenhagen' Website

All images taken from the new  www.the500hiddensecrets.com . Family portrait by  Alec Vanderboom.

All images taken from the new www.the500hiddensecrets.com. Family portrait by Alec Vanderboom.

Summer is Here.

And just in time for your summer travels, the good folks at Luster Books have introduced the official 'Hidden Copenhagen' website by Luster Books, part of their new www.the500hiddensecrets.com.

Along with preview sections from the book, the 'Hidden Copenhagen' page also features a 'Meet The Author' page as well as ways to buy the book online. Each book in the 'Hidden' series has it's own page, so you can get busy exploring Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Rome, and several others. 

**The third edition of The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen is OUT NOW!**

2017, america, Camp

Easter at Camp Wandawega

All photos by the man, the myth, the legend: photo wunderkind  Alec Vanderboom.

All photos by the man, the myth, the legend: photo wunderkind Alec Vanderboom.

By far one of our adventures from this crazy year traveling around America was spending Easter weekend at Camp Wandawega in Walworth County, Wisconsin. A few years ago, I wrote a book chronicling the history of Camp Wandawega (you can read that here), but it wasn't until this Spring that I was actually able to visit in person. And maybe the only thing better than spending Easter at Camp Wandawega was having our friend and photographer extraordinaire Alec Vanderboom there with us to document the magic of it all.

*An immeasurable thanks to the wonderful and talented David and Tereasa (and Charlie) for hosting us!

**Learn how you can go visit Camp Wandawega this summer!

***Getting married? You need Alec Vanderboom to take your wedding photos, trust us!

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These guys have nothing to do with Camp Wandawega, but their portrait is hanging in one of the Camp's bathrooms, and I think it's just about the most epic camp photo I've ever seen. Great find Tereasa!

These guys have nothing to do with Camp Wandawega, but their portrait is hanging in one of the Camp's bathrooms, and I think it's just about the most epic camp photo I've ever seen. Great find Tereasa!

2017, book launch, books, copenhagen, denmark, scandinavia, Frama, Writing

First Look: Dialogues, A Book From Frama & Our Food Stories

I am very excited to introduce you to Dialogues - a book collaboration between Frama (Copenhagen design shop) and Our Food Stories (food blog) and a project unlike any other I have ever worked on (I acted as editor and creative consultant). Dialogues is full of recipes, architectural case studies, and insightful interviews with a wide range of fascinating thinkers and makers from a wide range of fields.

'This book is our way of celebrating a half-decade of personal relationships and creative dialogues. In three distinct conversational sections, Dialogues invites readers to consider how our natural and built environments become the spaces that define our context, how our food traditions can connect us with both the past and the future, and how a diversity of individual creative voices can come together to form a powerful chorus of inspiration for all those willing to listen. Featuring 6 architectural and design case studies, 14 interviews with craftspeople and innovators from around the world, and 19 new recipes from the team at our food stories, Dialogues is not simply a book about Frama. It’s not another book about design. In fact, Dialogues is not a book about any one particular theme, any single discipline, or any one overarching philosophy of life or art. Instead, this is a book about the value of creative exchange and the power of listening. With Dialogues, we invite you into this conversation' [text taken from the book jacket].

You can learn more about Frama here, Our Food Stories here, or pre-order your copy of Dialogues here (and get a free poster when you do!). 

More to come.

america, travels, The Americans, 2017, USA

The Mansion On The River | Charleston, South Carolina

"It was my father who called the city the Mansion on the River. He was talking about Charleston, South Carolina, and he was a native son, peacock proud of a town so pretty it makes your eyes ache with pleasure just to walk down its spellbinding, narrow streets. Charleston was my father's ministry, his hobbyhorse, his quiet obsession, and the great love of his life. His bloodstream lit up my own with a passion for the city that I've never lost nor ever will...

Because of its devotional, graceful attraction to food and gardens and architecture, Charleston stands for all the principles that make living well both a civic virtue and a standard. It is a rapturous, defining place to grow up. Everything I reveal to you now will be Charleston-shaped and Charleston-governed, and sometimes even Charleston-ruined. But it is my fault and not the city's that it came close to destroying me. Not everyone responds to beauty in the same way. Though Charleston can do much, it can't always improve on the strangeness of human behavior. But Charleston has a high tolerance for eccentricity and bemusement. There is a tastefulness in its gentility that comes from the knowledge that Charleston is a permanent dimple in the understated skyline, while the rest of us are only visitors."

Excerpted from South of Broad, by Pat Conroy, 2009, Doubleday books.