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.