Monthly Archives: March 2009

Kitted Up

The Söderberg sisters, Johanna and Klara, do a favor for the Fleet Foxes tune “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” from the echoing halls of a Swedish forest. They call themselves First Aid Kit. This song was recorded in the morning.

Thanks to Lady Bronwen for playing it for me.


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Eat It Up

Luren Jenison

Please join me in fixating on the creamsicle melding of yellows, oranges, and pink elephant pinks happily achieved in Luren Jenison‘s Bootsock Wall Painting (and then digitally moseying ourselves over to purchase a handmade Warsaw tote featuring Luren’s lovely quilt pattern canvas.)

Warsaw tote

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Indeed So



Lisa’s auntie Gyöngy Laky has a fantastic eco-typography show called Common Sense up at the b. sakata garo gallery at this time, through April 4th. Worth the tip across town, and some.

Gyongy Laky

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Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou

This perfect music was made by an Ethiopian nun by the name of Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou. She was born in 1923 to an aristocratic family of intellectuals and spent her childhood in foreign boarding schools and in exile in France, Italy, and ultimately Cairo, where she was finally able to receive musical instruction under Alexander Kontorowicz, a Polish violinist. She returned to Ethiopia in 1944 along with Kontorowicz, who was soon named Musical Director for Emperor Haile Sellassie. But despite her family and her teacher’s high standing, Guébrou found conditions in Ethiopia disdainful toward lady-musicians. When the emperor declined her ambition to study music abroad, she was plunged into a depression so great that she came close to death, and was even delivered her last rites. She set herself to religious seclusion and secretly fled to the Guishen Maryam monastery, where she became a nun in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Ethiopiques 21

Decades later, she released a few records for a German label, donating all her profits to the poor. In 2006, she joined the incredible Éthiopiques family as Volume 21: Ethiopia Song. This is the music of her great, wistful sorrow. I love it. Big thanks to Meara for playing it with the window open the other day.


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Salty Dogging It, All Happy, Through The Sunset

Yesterday Lisa and I took a morning vacation to the Outer Sunset to visit the outcropping of inspiring shops and foodie halls coming up two blocks in from the ocean on Judah Street. Trouble CoffeeIt is a peaceful, beachy village amid our jumble of a city, well-served by its constant blanket of fog, with a tight-knit community of folks hand-forging their own really terrific projects. The master carpenter Keith Aderholdt, who helped us build our shop, lent a very able hand to each house of coffee, surf gear, and soup. It is a trove indeed.

We started off at Trouble Coffee, a fantastic very small joint owned by Giulietta Carrelli. Giulietta’s partner Byron also helped us to build our shop and we have been meaning to get over here for a taste of their fresh coconut served in the shell, extra-thick cinnamon toast, and Elbow Grease coffee for quite some time. Man, did it deliver. The snacks themselves were delicious, the art on the wall made us smile, and the driftwood counter coated in a thick, boaty coat of epoxy made us want to coat everything in the world in a thicky, boaty coat of epoxy. It is such a delight to take one’s morning coconut, toast, and coffee in an place built and sustained with such righteous dedication and care.


Onward to Mollusk, the famed more-than-a-surf shop, granddaddy of the new efforts in the neighborhood. You can’t hardly a spy a salty boy wandering around who doesn’t have a Mollusk T-shirt on. We especially fell for the simple wave ones designed by Johanna St. Clair and the entire Warriors of Radness line. This place, too, which has Keith’s hand all over it, is such an inspiration both in terms of how it looks, the far-reaching array of what it offers, and the approach of the people who make it happen. Ah, you know all about it. Get over there!

Hungry again, we looped back to Outerlands, a brand-new restaurant built and run by the lovely David Muller and Lana Porchello, parents to a magnificent new baby girl, Leithian Shore. Dave, Lana, Keith, and friends took about a year preparing the space, building it out with weathered woody salvage, installing a kitchen to accommodate daily bread baking, making handmade chairs and a swirling driftwood nest in the lofted studio overhead. Every loving effort delights.Outerlands- front door

DaveLovely Dave sporting a Mollusk shirt of course, with a design my Barry McGee.

Outerlands- counter

As for the food itself—couldn’t be better, except perhaps if we had been salty dogging it up from the surf in wetsuits. They offer just a few choices that change daily—soup, salad, sandwiches, and cider—the perfect antidote to the cold and fog or the sun and sand, depending on the day you hit. We had squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and a hot, open faced pastrami sandwich, unsparing with the mustard, all mopped up with Dave’s sourdough bread, the secrets of which he learned by Tartine’s way. All very sophisticated and wholesome at the same time. One of those very quiet-making lunches where you hardly make time to breathe between bites.

Outerlands- bread

Outerlands- soup

Outerlands- sandwich and saladWe pulled out of the Sunset an hour late to open the shop, fueled by good food and better people, fully amped, and full of thanks for everyone doing exactly what they’re doing in that oceanside hamlet of their own design. Looking forward to getting back (and looking around at what I can build myself).

Outerlands- Lisa and Dave


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Anomorata Pyraglyph

jungle-pyramidThank you, The Jejune Institute. We found your postcard upstairs on our hall.o coleman esqThe emergent leader Octavio Coleman, Esquire in 1974.aquatic

Time Camera

moonlightCuerva & Whitey roaming the Moonlight Menagerie grounds.the mathematics

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Coffee Bar Trunk Show

Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar and Gravel & Gold invite you to a TRUNK SHOW featuring vintage and local handmade wares from G&G, mittenmaker, Miss Velvet Cream, and Puff Yea! Also DJ afternoon dance party, drink specials, food snacks, and intimate downlow from some very rad ladies. It will take place this Sunday, March 15th from 3 in the afternoon to 7 in the evening. It will be excellent!

Gravel & Gold: The Lisa Special


miss velvet cream


Coffee Bar:
1890 Bryant Street (Florida & Mariposa Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110

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