Monday, December 15, 2008

Whispertown 2000

Whispertown 2000 frontwoman Morgan Nagler travels with an inflatable mattress. She used to live in a two-bedroom tent in her mother's back yard. She slept under a dining room table when the band shared a Los Angeles apartment, and she currently calls a converted laundry room home. Even her drawl is versatile and free-flowing, shifting a line like “tell everyone I’m done with love” from nonchalance to concern with a fluid change of timbre. And her band’s influences? All over the place. “Tod and Casey are very punk,” says vocalist Vanesa Corbala. “I came from a Hispanic background and Morgan grew up listening to Joni Mitchell. We like everything from Dr. Dre to The Beatles.”

Whispertown’s contemporaries like them right back. Nagler formed the band—which inflects her lo-fi folksongs with grubby country-soul—at the 
encouragement of Rilo Kiley’s Blake Sennett and Jenny Lewis. Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel produced an early track. And after hearing their harmony-laden cover of “Look at Miss Ohio” at a Nashville show, Gillian Welch signed the band to her label Acony Records.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Fuzz: Fashion Unplugged

Fuzz is the name of my newest blog dedicated to fashion & style. As a stylist, designer and now publisher, I gather inspiration from many areas. One of those areas is fashion. With fashion you can do anything. I like having no boundaries, no limits in the things I do. Fuzz is a blog that will examine styles that inspire me, what drives the things I design, my style and my creative projects. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

John Lennon Oct. 9, 1940 - Dec. 8, 1980

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fancy Barbecue?

As mentioned, I am spending a lot of time in Austin lately. It has somewhat become the official "unofficial" meeting/hangout city for Refueled magazine and staff. Between meetings, scouting trips, photo shoots and collecting, we like good food and drink. One of my new favorite joints is Lamberts Barbecue.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is located in the historic Schneider Brothers Building, in the heart of the 2nd Street District in downtown Austin. Lamberts' open kitchen serves up modern Texan cuisine: all natural barbecue, wood grilled steaks, fresh seafood, family style sides, and homemade desserts. Two bars offer inventive cocktails, locally brewed beers on tap, premium tequilas, scotches, bourbons and live music upstairs six nights a week.

The decor has a industrial loft feel, but with lots of leather and wood. Modern lighting works well with the overall vibe of the building. Try the maple/coriander crusted country style pork ribs and smoked bacon braised collard greens - you won't be sorry.