I've been eyeing up a crazy number of options for a new living room floor lamp lately and I finally feel like I've visited enough website lighting sections to make a tight edit. These are the four lamps that I've been starring at/obsessing over most.
Based on the needs of my space, I think I may have it narrowed down even further. I'm leaning towards numbers two & three as I think a simple black silhouette will work best aesthetically. Now onto overanalyzing the details in these two floor lamps to make my final pick.
Things I like about each:
#2: Its delicate/airy legs and subtle detail in the shade.
#3: Its clean lines, "weight" and more masculine silhouette.
What's your vote?
^ For those of you feeling like you're losing the Monday battle because I sure am . . .
And a little 5:00 treat:
+ A helpful reminder for the upcoming holidays: What's poisonous for your pets. It's no secret my pups will be eating table scraps—in moderation, of course. Don't send me hate mail about endangering my animal's health. These pups live like king and queen.
+ Mom, quit calling me "coo-coo" and read this.
+ Shopping malls. In the 80s. 'Nuff said.
+ One thing I simply can't live without during the fall/winter months is candles. And of course, ones that actually make your space smell good and not like a pine-scented cab are always a bonus. I've never been a huge fan of floral/perfumey/feminine scents, so when I stumbled upon this round up from a dude featuring his five favorite (masculine) candle scents I was prettttttty pleased. Thanks, In Good Company!
+ If this story doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what will! Happy Veterans Day!
+ This place is for sale in Stockholm. Who's buying it? I'm coming to visit.
+ In search of a minimalist graphic print? Cul-de-sac's got yo back!
+ This post features an amazing pasta recipe and teaches you how to properly pronounce "gnocci." It's a win-win read!
All photos by Peter Larson
Like everyone else in the universe, let's talk about Lucius' debut record "Wildewoman" because . . . well, it blows my mind and will blow (or already has blown) yours too.
These girls. I'm tellin' ya . . . they put a spell on me.
They released their first full length album on Oct 15 and I have listened to it over and over and over and over and over. And just when I thought I could listen no more . . . I listened again, and it was just as good as the previous 230489282340 plays.
Oh . . . and then . . . THEN . . . there's the whole Lucius live thing. Can't even go there. Not today.
And sadly, because these are the only words I can manage to formulate at this sleep deprived time to convey how GOOD they really are, I've enlisted the help of a friend, writer, and music enthusiast, Kyle Singleton, to do so for me (below):
The pile of crumpled paper that is amassing in front of me, and the realization that I’ve already destroyed what is likely the equivalent of a small forest, has led me to one – and only one – conclusion: "There is no combination of words nor phrases in the English language that will effectively define the spectrum of beauty that is Brooklyn based quintet, Lucius."
Earlier this year came the unofficial release of a “5-song [EP]” from Lucius; self produced and recorded by the band's drummer Dan Molad. With time well spent behind the board on a number of successful independent releases, Molad’s credentials and production/engineering credits are nothing to scoff at (Via Audio, Here We Go Magic). There is often a certain level of hesitation implied when mixing business and pleasure. On the contrary, duality was no match for Molad, who showed a notable level of professionalism coexisting for Lucius. The EP, coupled with the group’s nearly flawless live show, quickly garnered attention and critical acclaim from major media outlets such as NPR, New York Times, and Rolling Stone, as they prepared to head back into the studio.
Wildewoman, out via neighborly and through independent New York label Mom + Pop Music, marks the group’s first proper full-length release. The record showcases an inexplicable raw mixture of talent and accessibility. All 11 tracks have a remarkably distinct independence; the mod-pop “Turn it Around” and the old-timey western feel of “Go Home” highlight the group’s expansive variety and influence. The genre-free nature of the record could prove itself troublesome in the hands of lesser musicians, but the group does well playing to each other’s strengths and manages to stay cohesive and consistent despite diversity in the album’s content. Often mistaken as sisters, the front women of Lucius, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, stitch and weave through disciplined harmonic sequences with near perfect pitch. The pseudo-sisters reject diva mentality and could care less to belt and wail over one another for vocal supremacy. Wolfe and Laessig are a team, and are collectively selfless in their performance. Even at the upper end of their respective registers, the duo remains controlled and balanced. The two appear more romantic than intentional in this practice, displaying it both sonically and aesthetically.
Perhaps most overlooked, is the patient and enjoyable contributions offered by their male counterparts. Where some males might be turned off by the feminine nature and ideals of the songs on Wildewoman, the men of Lucius are happy to cater to the carnivores. Whether it’s the heartbreaking slide guitar of Peter Lalish weeping over the selective counterpoint and backup vocals of Andrew Burri, or the sparse and intelligent percussion of Danny Molad, Wildewoman has something to offer all walks of listeners.
Lucius is currently wrapping up the first leg of their North American tour in the midwest, sharing the remaining dates with Alpenglow and The Spring Standards as they prepare to head overseas next month in support of the new album. They’ll return to the states in early December. If you have the chance to catch the group live, take the opportunity to do so. They will not disappoint.
Check out ilovelucius.com for dates and ticket information.