anonymous asked:

Hiya Katie! Do u have any good female vocalists/bands with female vocalists that you'd recommend? My iTunes library is dominated by male voices rn

YES!!!!!!! this is my fave ask ever!!!!!!!! ok here are my faves and some random ones:

björk, chelsea wolfe, joanna newsom, the knife/fever ray, portishead, grimes, jenny hval, iamamiwhoami, wye oak, beach house, daughter, purity ring, fka twigs, kelela, solange, camera obscura, asobi seksu, anohni, young ejecta, julianna barwick, cocteau twins, julia holter, white hinterland, blue hawaii, au revoir simone, cibo matto, tamaryn, múm, the she-devils, best coast, isobel campbell 

slowdive, the xx, blonde redhead, phantogram are all good too but take turns w male vocalists

that’s literally the most random list ever i hope you find something you like.. that spans… a TON of genres and eras. enjoy!!! xx

For Your Reading & Viewing Pleasure

At the Library, a Cafe and TV Studio, and an Effort to Modernize - Boston Globe

Bibliophilia: the Extraordinary Library of Catherine the Great - Wonders & Marvels

The Future of Libraries Has Three Different Paths - Zócalo Square

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn - Mind/Shift (Includes video)

Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach - Hartford Courant

Libraries of the Future are Going to Change in Some Unexpected Ways - Business Insider

Lovely Hidden Paintings Adorned the Edges of Historic Books - Atlas Obscura

Studies in the News – a weekly compilation of policy-tested articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

The World’s Oldest Library Gets a 21st Century Face Lift - CNN


An interesting article about the “pop-punk voice”: “I made a linguistics professor listen to a Blink-182 song and analyze the accent”. The song is in the video above, and an excerpt from the article is below, although the whole thing’s worth reading: 

Penelope Eckert, a linguistics professor at Stanford, is one of the foremost scholars examining what’s known as the “California Shift.” The California Shift is a linguistic theory covering the particular changes in dialect that affect the Pacific coast of the United States. Eckert was nice enough to humor me and listen several times to a song I chose based on its particularly egregious “pop-punk voice,” Blink-182’s “First Date.” I love the song, but am aware others may find it horribly annoying. “It really does sound like someone’s messing around,” she told me. […]

Eckert walked me through the Blink-182 song word by word, pointing out places where DeLonge was playing around with accent. “When they say ‘to pick you up on our very first date,’ the interesting thing about ‘date’ is that he renders it as a monophthong ‘dehhht’ instead of ‘date,’ says Eckert. “In most American English it’s a diphthong.” A diphthong is a vowel sound with two simpler sounds in it; for most Americans, “date” is a kind of compound vowel made up of the “eh” sound and the “ee” sound. Not so much for Tom DeLonge, who eliminates all but the “eh,” making it a single sound, or a monophthong.


At first glance, it looks like there’s some serious Photoshop trickery going on in these photos, but in fact, they were produced using one of the oldest techniques in the book: camera obscura!

Massachusetts-based photographer Abelardo Morell has been creating photos with the antique process since 1991, so he’s what we’d call a pro.

Photos of Interiors Made With Camera Obscura

via Lens Culture


Camera Obscura - Abelardo Morell

I made my first picture using camera obscura techniques in my darkened living room in 1991. In setting up a room to make this kind of photograph, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film. In the beginning, exposures took from five to ten hours,Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside.

A few years ago, in order to push the visual potential of this process, I began to use color film and positioned a lens over the hole in the window plastic in order to add to the overall sharpness and brightness of the incoming image. Now, I often use a prism to make the projection come in right side up. I have also been able to shorten my exposures considerably thanks to digital technology, which in turn makes it possible to capture more momentary light. I love the increased sense of reality that the outdoor has in these new works .The marriage of the outside and the inside is now made up of more equal partners.