Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Last night, Anna, Meaghan and I went to Sacramento State University to see the incredible song trio - Geographer - fronted by Michael Deni and partenered with Nathan Blaz on cello and Brian Ostreicher on drums. These lovelies create a trifecta that will blow you away. Deni's vocals are dreamy but crisp and take you to a place of love and lust. Gauzy and organic, his voice is pitch perfect and lovely. That angelic voice on it's own is great but with the cello the Geographer sounds become elemental! And, I've seen a live cello in my day but I have never seen it rocked like this. Nathan Blaz is impeccable and a sacred complement and necessity to this determinate, wicked sound that belongs only to this band! And last but most certainly not least, the passion of this tryptic is incomplete without the seriousness and device of Ostreicher. As the percussionist, he pulls these sounds together and sews them up to be one artistic outpour of danceable, singable, memorable melodies. Oh, and did I mention we screamed like little girls when they began their set?

If you don't know about or haven't heard Geographer, I suggest you do some research. These guys have the kind of sound, that in my romantic, perpetual teenage mind, would have been chosen for a John Hughes film. I suppose in modern terms, that means imploring Stephanie Meyer to love them for a Twilight film or perhaps I should contact the music team that does the great sounds for The Vampire Diaries? Yes! That's it!

If I knew how to add sound bytes here, I'd let you listen, alas I don't. So, on the Trycicle Records site, there is an artist's stream or of course, iTunes.

By the way, they'll have an new album release in February.

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Happy Harmonizing, XO Gwen

Monday, November 28, 2011

Learning All the Time

I added a Pinterest button today. I'm pretty excited about it for a few reasons: A) I can take you there anytime if you click the button and B) It's so addicting, now I have it here and in my bookmarks bar. Woo hoo! And, C) I feel pretty tech savvy suddenly.

I took photos of our oranges. Winter Wonderland around here but it seems we are the only ones without a Christmas Tanenbaum. Unfortunately, we have to wait until later in the month because our favorite critter - Furio - gets angry at the tree and us every Christmas, so he likes to express that anger by having a pee under the tree. ACK!

My latest acquissition is a vintage knitting book. It's hilarious. It's also useful if you're a knitter. It'll be for sale soon on the poppies and paperbacks Etsy site (as soon as I have one)!

Can you believe the original price? Can we get anything for $.35 anymore- anything?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A New Blog

I love La Bottine! It's a joy to be sure. But sometimes I feel just a little limited. So, I've decided to take another leap and create this; a platform less structured than the wedding blog.

Poppies and Paperbacks is just the thing. I'll be writing about lifestyle, film, design, gastronomy, travel, fashion, art, handmade and me. Yeah, me too!

For goodness sake, I may even mention my kitty now and then! And, lipgloss, yup, perhaps even lipgloss!

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Much Love,