Monday, April 30th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday! It’s the last day in April which means you need amazing new music to start of the new month.

To start, we’re very excited for Sigur Rós’s new album Valtari to come out May 29th, thankfully we don’t have to wait til then for a taste of an album. Listen to their beautiful new track now

….next, we have an adorable video “How Do I Know” from Here We Go Magic off their upcoming album A Different Ship in stores May 8th…

…lastly, make sure to listen to the new album, Look Out Mama, by Hurray for the Riff Raff streaming this week on Spinner.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Hello! Welcome back to another edition of Music Monday. We’ve rounded up some tunes to cure the rainy monday blues for you…

First, here is the first song in seven years from the beautiful Fiona Apple. The track is called “Every Single Night” from her upcoming album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do…

…next, take the first listen of the sophomore album Nootropics from Lower Dens over on NPR…

…lastly, watch this amusing video from Electric Guest for their single “This Head I Hold.”

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Friday, April 20th, 2012

Tips for Being Green Everyday

Earth Week is a great reminder of the little (and big) changes that make a HUGE impact! We want to end the week by giving you some tips on how to stay green everyday…

- try riding your bike or walking to work/places you need to go

- start recycling and composting, and challenge others to do the same

- take colder, shorter showers

- drink filtered water rather than buying water bottles

- reduce, reuse, recycle

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Celebrate Earth Week!

We hope your having a wonderful Earth Week! All over the world people are making strives to treat Mother Nature right by reducing waste, eating locally, using less water, and being conscious of their carbon footprint (see the Earth Week Challenge from Huffington Post!)
All weekend long NYC is celebrating Earth Week with events all over. There will be a participatory art exhibit at the High Line, exhibits and performances at Times Square and Grand Central , a Green Festival in the Javits Center, and a Spring Planting event with MillionTrees. With so many great things to see and do, we hope you have a great Earth Week!

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Count That Carbon Footprint


A carbon footprint has historically been defined as “the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.” So when you go to a store and buy an orange that was transported from Florida, you’re carbon footprint is going to grow. There are many sites that help you calculate your carbon footprint as well as ways to help offset your carbon footprint!

One great (and deliciously, fresh) way to offset your carbon footprints is to visit local farmer’s markets! These farmers are in the area and grow beautiful delicious fruits and vegetables. You can also grow your own vegetables and herbs. Here are some beautiful, yet small, gardens in apartments in NYC to help inspire you.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The Wonders of Composting

When people think of “green” today, most think of the environment and what impacts, whether it be positive or negative, are being made on it. Being “green” is no longer a trend. It’s a way of living.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, home composting can divert about 700 pounds of waste per household back into the soil every year. Most of what you throw in the garbage ends up in one of two places: landfills, where it takes ages to break down, or incinerators, which can cause air pollution. However, there’s an easy way to help eliminate up to 24% waste each year: composting.  It may seem overwhelming or intimidating at first but keep reading, we’re going to show you how simple it can be.

There are some products to create a compost in your own home! You can use the compost to fertilize a beautiful garden (for free!) Or there are so many compost sites within the city. Find out more about where your local composting sites are located and what happens to your compost by visiting NYC.gov.

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Monday, April 16th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Earth Week! Here at Birch we try our best to treat the Earth right everyday and over the week will we be sharing tips on how you can too. We are starting off the week with Birch’s Music Monday featuring songs that feature Mother Nature.

To begin we have Marvin Gaye’s video for “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” of his album What’s Going On in 1971, which became one of his most poignant anthems of sorrow regarding the environment….

…Talking Heads released their single “(Nothing But) Flowers” in 1988, listen to the song here

…lastly in 1995 Michael Jackson released his moving video for the single “Earth Song” that centered around the destruction and rebirth of Earth.

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Monday, April 9th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Got a case of the Monday blues?  We’re hear to help lift your spirits with some new music and videos

To start we’re going to get nostalgic with the new video from Feist for her single “Bittersweet Memories.”  You can watch it on Rolling Stone

…next head over to NPR to get the first listen of enchanting new album from Spiritualized titled Sweet Heart Sweet Light before it comes out tomorrow….

…lastly, don’t miss Florence and the Machine’s footage from her MTV Unplugged show.  Below is just a taste of her exquisite performance, you can watch them all at MTV.

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012

April Artist Residency: Soni Pomaski

This month, we’ll be featuring the art of artist Soni Pomaski on our walls titled Lost and Found: Moments of Beauty as Seen from an iPhone.  Soni counts both the East Coast and Hawai’i as home.  An avid appreciation of nature and beauty from a young age, have and continue to spur her love of photography. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and “pet” house plants.

The opening night party will be Friday, April 13th from 7pm-9pm but you can come in anytime before the end of the month to see her work.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The Birch Guys Minding Their Business

The Birch Guys sat down with June Middleton from the television show, Minding Your Business.  The guys discussed how they started their business venture and the passion and smarts needed to do so.  In the style of Music Monday, they also had musical guest,  Leland Sundries perform.  Watch the whole show below! If you want to learn more from the Birch guys, they  will be talking more about these topics in their upcoming Skill Share class called “When You Don’t Know Jack About Joe” on April 12th at 7pm.  Get your tickets here!

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