British R&B crooner Sam Smith first stole my heart on Disclosure's infectious track "Latch," offering party-goers one of the most dance-worthy, sing-along choruses on the planet. Over the past few months, he's continued to woo me with his solo tracks and acoustic covers, which you can find on Soundcloud and YouTube. Not sure when we'll hear a full album from Smith, but enjoy these tasty tracks in the meantime. Happy listening!
There is no sweeter ode to California than 3 Fish Studios' familiar furry friend: a peaceful, little bear clinging tightly to a bite-sized California. Upon moving to San Francisco, I made it my mission to find the story and meet the artist(s) behind the bear that so accurately depicts my love for this great state.
Enter 3 Fish Studios, a bright and airy artist's haven tucked along the shores of San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood. Founded by husband/wife, printmaker/painter duo Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios both embodies and celebrates the qualities that make California so wonderful, from its relaxed charm to its vibrant, welcoming spirit.
Walking in on a Sunday afternoon, we found Annie painting the finishing touches on one of her 49 Mile Scenic Drive pieces to the sounds of Death Cab for Cutie and José Gonzáles playing softly in the background. Eric greeted us with a huge smile, excited to show us the linocut he'd spent the afternoon carving. After offering us a beer, Eric and Annie gave us a tour of the studio, a printmaking demo (we ended up taking home this incredible Golden Gate bridge print), and shared more of their story with us. As it turns out, Annie and Eric are up to a whole lot more than the California bear prints--and are even cooler than I imagined!
Eric and Annie were kind enough to gift one of their famous California bear prints to a lucky GSG reader. In the comment section below, leave a one-sentence comment sharing your favorite place in California and why. The reader with our favorite comment will win this 8x10 "I Love You California" bear print, the original for which Annie had just finished painting when we first stopped in. Share this opportunity with your friends and don't miss out on a chance to make this little bear yours!
We hung out with Annie and Eric until they closed up shop, and we probably could've stayed all night if they'd let us (they're so nice, perhaps they would've). Be sure to stop by 3 Fish Studios as soon as you can and do clear you calendar when you go--you won't want to leave.
Janelle Monáe is one of my favorite ladies in the game right now. I've been a fan of her unapologetic female swagger since she came on the scene in 2007, and over time, she appears to have only gotten better and cooler. Where songs on her last album, "The ArchAndroid," lacked sticking power, "The Electric Lady" offers funky, R&B sounds that simply won't quit. When I'm able to listen to music, I'm listening to this album. When I can't, I'm singing it in my head. Featuring fierce collaborations with Erykah Badu, Prince, Miguel, and Solange and an overall magnetic sound, consider "The Electric Lady" your go-to soundtrack for work and play. Check out my favorites below and be sure to listen to "The Electric Lady" in its entirety.