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THE SOUND OF TEA

THE SOUND OF TEA

As this is England, it seems perfectly appropriate to start our blog.....with a cup of tea (or coffee, I am from Seattle after all). 

In our quest to hunt out things that sound good (and name and shame a few that don't), we often traipse through a lot of pretty bad to find the goods.

Our criteria of 'good' is of course wholly subjective, but tends to be defined in 3 ways:

1. Integrity - An artist or song that isn't licensed so ubiquitously to the point it defeats it into cringe-worthy association (Beatles, don't get me started).  

2. Legitimacy - Whilst Zazzle and eBay knockoffs may please some, we're after original goods that artists were actually involved in producing. Or at least appear to be.

3. Artistry - This is more for the Etsy approach:  if you're going to tinker with another person's art, please try to be a good artist too.

Here we've selected some choice musical accoutrements for afternoon tea, Sound Goods style:

Who doesn't like a bit of Def Leppard in the morning? We love our silverware from the fantastic shop For Such A Time Designs. 

Who doesn't like a bit of Def Leppard in the morning? We love our silverware from the fantastic shop For Such A Time Designs. 


This lovely porcelain plate is from Keaton Henson and Pertwee Anderson & Gold. We do not recommend actually throwing during an argument. 

This lovely porcelain plate is from Keaton Henson and Pertwee Anderson & Gold. We do not recommend actually throwing during an argument. 

Nick Cave has a terrific selection of tea towels and mugs in his merch, ours is a bit ruder so we opted to share this 20,000 Days version instead.

Nick Cave has a terrific selection of tea towels and mugs in his merch, ours is a bit ruder so we opted to share this 20,000 Days version instead.

James Murphy and Blue Bottle Coffee Co's  'House of Good' espresso. 

James Murphy and Blue Bottle Coffee Co's  'House of Good' espresso. 

Wishful thinking that a musician will partner with the amazing Charm Villa to make a tea blend worthy of their eco paper designs, like this goldfish version. 

Wishful thinking that a musician will partner with the amazing Charm Villa to make a tea blend worthy of their eco paper designs, like this goldfish version. 

Drinking from this mug may actually make you smarter. Not only did Phoenix win a Grammy for this Mozart-titled album, it has extra music nerd merit with the hit single 'Lisztomania', a term German writer Heinrich Heine coined to describe the public frenzy to Franz Liszt's virtuosic piano performances.    A future post will be devoted entirely to kettles (such as Richard Sapper's melodic '9091' design for Alessi, shown in the title image), so stay tuned. 

Drinking from this mug may actually make you smarter. Not only did Phoenix win a Grammy for this Mozart-titled album, it has extra music nerd merit with the hit single 'Lisztomania', a term German writer Heinrich Heine coined to describe the public frenzy to Franz Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. 

 

A future post will be devoted entirely to kettles (such as Richard Sapper's melodic '9091' design for Alessi, shown in the title image), so stay tuned. 

SIDS: A LINK TO HEARING?

SIDS: A LINK TO HEARING?

Seattle Children's Hospital is an incredible place, and one of their Doctors is pioneering research which could have a significant impact on reducing infant death from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). What's more, this link could be directly related to hearing and the inner ear.

Dr. Daniel Rubens,  founder of the SIDS Research Guild, is studying whether SIDS is related to undetected, inner ear dysfunction

LETTERS LIVE 2015

LETTERS LIVE 2015

Thanks to the 'Great Holborn Fire of 2015', this night nearly didn't happen. Letters Live was in fact cancelled on Wednesday but we managed to score spare tickets for Friday's show instead. This had its perks - we instead got seats behind stage left rather than in the mezzanine of the Freemasons Hall, giving a wonderfully unique perspective to the performances.

Letters Live is the live version of Shaun Usher's devotional blog Letters of Note, where famous voices read out a selection of letters that range across eras and emotions. I say voices, because it is indeed the important counterpoint to the words on paper.  This kind of special event that explores real tales of the human spirit demands voices you believe.

It did not disappoint.

Tom Odell performed letter-themed tracks by Nick Cave, Joe Cocker and Fats Waller

Tom Odell performed letter-themed tracks by Nick Cave, Joe Cocker and Fats Waller

Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey hosted an array of amazing voices reading personal selections throughout the week, including but not limited to Ben Kingsley, Kylie Minogue, Tom Odell, Olivia Colman, Geoffrey Palmer, Tom Hiddlestone and so many more. Like a singer and a song, the marriage of reader and letter means the world of difference between magic and mediocre. 

Louise and Benedict's readings of WWII lovers Chris Barker and Bessie Moore were a highlight of the evening and kept everyone mesmerised. 

Letters Live is a beautiful illustration that not all things that sound good are, in fact, musical. 

Next year, I think we may buy tickets to each night. 

 

DUBNOBASSWITHMYHEADMAN

DUBNOBASSWITHMYHEADMAN

Underworld are one of those bands that has connected me to the UK from a very early age. Thanks to my sister's impeccable teenage music taste, I was first introduced via their debut 12" Underneath the Radar - a track which predates their incarnation as the Underworld we know today, but still made a brilliant 80s dance-a-thon before I could say the word rave.

Check out Underworld discussing their seminal dubnobasswithmyheadman via UnderworldLiveTV:

Fast forward to 2015, and the chance to see them perform dubnobasswithmyheadman live in Glasgow was impossible to resist. There's some kind of innate association between Glasgow & Underworld thanks to Trainspotting, so it felt like the right place to see the show. Rick was on the mixing desk (a lucky break as he was too ill to perform in London), Karl was his stripey self on stage with Darren P. and an incredible night was had by all. 

Rez performed (with Cowgirl of course) at the end of the night. 

Rez performed (with Cowgirl of course) at the end of the night. 

With my new shiny set of Underworld fridge magnets, I can shout lager lager at myself every morning.

With my new shiny set of Underworld fridge magnets, I can shout lager lager at myself every morning.

Of course any trip to Glasgow wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Old HairdressersStereo and Monorail Music, where I grabbed a copy of Lilacs & Champagne's latest Midnight Features Vol. 2 . Mono is one of the best record stores/gig venues/cafe & craft beer spaces on the planet and a tempting reason to entertain a move to Glasgow in itself. A pretty perfect adventure in sound.