Monday round-up of awesome

I’ve made some flippin schweet discoveries this week. Top of my list…Mariah McManus:

I had been a fan of her dad, Erwin McManus (a visionary church planter and author), for over a year since I got given his book The Barbarian Way for my baptism in February 2009. He would always go off on little anecdotes about his kids, and Mariah in particular seemed pretty bad-ass. So imagine my joy to discover that now she’s all grown up and in a band! And a frickin awesome one at that. As well as some solo stuff, she’s got a band called Glare of Rockets, and a lovely voice that fluctuates between Hayley Williams and Joanna Newsom. I recommend the song ‘Kansas’ in particular.

Next up, in my never-ending quest for tattoo inspiration, I found one that kind of parallels an idea I’ve had for one on my right arm:


I also have an ongoing interest in blogs dedicated to ridiculously specific things. Like letterheaded paper:

Chez Letterheady.

There’s also the Musee virtuel de l’Absinthe:

And last but not least, the ultimate in ridiculous-specificity…Fuck Yeah blogs! There’s Fuck Yeah Mighty Boosh, Fuck Yeah Lady Gaga, Fuck Yeah Cupcakes, Fuck Yeah My Little Pony, Fuck Yeah Rainy Days, Fuck Yeah Sharks, and my personal favourite: Fuck Yeah Doilies:


…as a follow-up to yesterday’s post on my favourite girl-bands from the grunge era, look what I made:

Ye-yah! It’s a Hole t-shirt. I’ve always wanted one. I was even considering giving my friend Bronagh about £15 to go buy me one at their recent gig in London. Then I realised I could buy a £1.50 black t-shirt from Primark, and a £1.25 sheet of heat transfer paper, print a design onto it and iron it on with the help of some baking parchment. Et voila! The design, by the way, comes from their 1998 album Celebrity Skin. Given my propensity towards band t-shirts, there will most certainly be more of these on the horizon.

Introducing…the Monday Round-Up of Awesome

One of my favourite bloggers, just for sheer pretty-factor, is Definatalie, and I’ve been inspired by her Fanciful Fridays series to post a weekly round-up of visual scruptiousness.

Let’s start it off with a bang. I was thrilled to see this advert on the London Underground a few weeks ago:

What could possibly be better? The fact that it turns out to be an advert for the humble Mooncup, which I heartily endorse.

Next up, here’s possibly my favourite photo of filmmaker/performance artist Miranda July of all time:


And a lovely wee picture from BibliOdyssey:

And the always wonderful Lady Gaga:

[EDIT] And a random ten from my iTunes:

– CocoRosie – South 2nd

– Mr. Oizo – Jo

– Lady Gaga – Disco Heaven

– Smalltown Heroes – Sad Songs

– Mumford & Sons – I Gave You All

– Busy P – Pedrophilia

– Paramore – The Only Exception

– Metric – The Gates

– Bjork – Big Time Sensuality

– Elliott Smith – In the Lost and Found