Monday, June 25th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Summer everyone!  We’ve rounded up some music to help you feel like summer, even when you’re stuck inside working on a beautiful Monday afternoon.

First, get your dreamy pop fix  with jj’s new song “10″ which you can download here

…get the first glimpse of new material from one of our favorite piano and synth pop duo, Matt & Kim, which is sure to have you dancing all summer…

…have your first listen of quirky british songstress, Jesca Hoop’s The House That Jack Built and the crazy elecrto music of Dynasty Electric’s self titled album on Spinner.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Summer Reading!

If you’re like most New Yorkers you probably commute to work on the subway, and it’s a perfect way to squeeze in your summer reading. On any given day you can find someone with their nose buried in the pages of a good paperback, enjoying the relief of the air conditioned subway car for at least a few stops. Street Photographer, Ourit Ben-Haim, keeps the pulse on what New Yorkers are reading by capturing subway-readers in the act in his blog, Underground New York Public Library.

When asked why he photographs his “Reading-Riders” Ben Haim claims, “Photographically speaking, the subway works well as context for a series on reading. The constant backdrop is one of journey and destination, and this connects to my philosophy on reading and riding. I see life as a journey towards ourselves, and reading is a primary vehicle towards this destination. While our daily affairs may distract us, reading en route is an act of remembrance that counters whatever we’ll soon become busy with.” You can read more about his work in an interview on storyboard.tumblr.com.

So Birch wants to know, what are you reading this summer? Stop by for an iced coffee and a find a cool spot to read in our library!

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Monday, June 18th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you are able to enjoy this beautiful New York weather and not stuck in the office all day, but if you are we’ve rounded up all sorts of new tunes to brighten your day.

First, David Bryne and St. Vincent surprised the world last week by announcing an album, Love This Giant, coming out this fall. Get a first taste of what is sure to be a fabulous collaboration with their single “Who” now…

Then head over to Spinner to listen Craig Wedren and BABY…

Lastly, check out Kate Nash’s new video “Under-Estimate the Girl” that was written, recorded, and filmed all in one day. Pretty good work if you ask me, what do you think?

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Last.fm presents Birch Coffee Library Sessions!

Hurray for the Riff Raff will be kicking off the Last.fm at Birch Library Sessions, a recurring live series hosted and filmed in our library! Enter here for a chance to see the band’s live performance this Thursday, June 14th, at 3PM!

 

Check out Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Look Out Mama” video below:

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday! Lots to report here…

First up we have the bizarre little video for Fiona Apple’s new single “Every Single Night.” If you like monsters, brains, giant squids (and Fiona Apple), then this video is for you:

In other animals-in-video news, Florence + the Machine have covered Talking Heads’ “Wild Wild Life.” The remake (of an already fantastic song) is great, and the video features Florence and and band in animal costumes. What more could you ask for?

The only thing missing would be a phenomenal little song about tight pants. If you haven’t seen this, it’s worth a watch…Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon fight over whose pants are tighter. And of course, there’s singing and dancing. And tight pants.

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012

“Re-cycle” with WeBike

Whether you’re working on a laptop, taking conference calls, or just finding it hard to watch all of those TV shows you’ve queued up, it’s often easy to find yourself sitting for multiple hours a day. WeBike has found a way to convert physical activity into useful electric energy. This bicycle-desk requires you to pedal in order to power your workstation laptops, cellphones, and other devices.

Designed by Belgian company WeWatt, the bike instantly tracks how much power has been generated through physical activity with an LED strip that lights up as you pedal. WeBikes are even partially made of recycled materials like leather and cedar. Doesn’t get much more sustainable than that!

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

June Artist Recidency: Jim Thomson

This month, we’ll be featuring the work of photographer Jim Thomson on our walls. Also known as Jimmy T, he grew up near Washington DC on an apple orchard in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He played drums in GWAR and SST Records instrumental group the Alter Natives. After moving to Brooklyn, he joined CSC Funk Band and launched Electric Cowbell, a record label specializing in releasing mostly vinyl 45RPM records in the “underworld music” category. And he also manages the 30-piece punk-circus marching band Mucca Pazza.

We’ll be celebrating his work on Friday, June 8th from 7-9pm in the shop. Come on in and check it out!

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Who’s ready for another edition of Music Monday? We’ve got all the tunes for a great pick me up on this rainy Monday afternoon.

Let’s start off with a new track from Fiona Apple. We’re anxiously awaiting her upcoming album (out June 19th) and couldn’t be more thrilled by this single “Werewolf” which you can listen to here

…don’t miss the new EP from Haroula Rose whose music is just right for summer. So Easy is streaming on Spinner

…lastly, watch this amazing video from The Black Keys for “Gold on the Ceiling” from their latest record El Camino. Truly, there aren’t many words to describe it, but it’s a must see.

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