74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 7, featuring a collaboration on “The Water”

You may have previously come upon the knowledge that the London-based folksters Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, and Mumford & Sons are all very well acquainted. (it should be noted, that curiously enough, they collectively abhor being called the founding fathers of a new-born folk “scene”. Hipsters.) But back on topic.

As with most well acquainted music enthusiasts, collaborations abound.

Thus, we thought it fit to get your opinion on a much debated issue: A few years hence, Johnny Flynn released a song called “The Water” on his album, ‘Been Listening’.

The song features the ghostly beauty of Laura Marling’s harmonies, setting the song off quite well. MadaLin prefers the Marling-Flynn collab. (She says the mixed vocals are the ticket.)

But wait! A collaboration was done by Mumford and Sons’ frontman Marcus Mumford that I (Nicole) find to be ever-so-slightly superior.  (Perhaps due to Mr. Mumford’s mandolin abilities?)

So what do you think, dear reader?


We give you a truce- Here Laura Marling collaborates with Mumford & Sons to bring you a totally boss cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. I personally think that Winston OWNS the steel guitar with the best of them:

And last but not least, may I present to you what may possibly be the most awesome thing ever to be captured on film:


Why we love Helena Bonham Carter (and you should too)

– She is as much like Johnny Depp as a woman could possibly be.

– She has puffy hair that is reminiscent of Edward Scissorhands or her hair is something out of the 18th century.

– She is the same height as MadaLin.

– She is married to Tim Burton.

–  She starred in an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (her character rocked a giant head in a very amusing way).

– She is the only one in the world who could make the prospect of “corpse bride” look attractive.

– She is totally steampunk in manner of dress. And it TOTALLY works.

– She sounds SO POSH.

-She is British.

74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 6, featuring Johnny Flynn

We bring to your attention this week a young folkster by name of Johnny Flynn. Actor, poet, singer songwriter. Had he lived in the time of the Tudors, I must believe that he would have been an itinerant bard…like a pied piper, but without all the death. He is an old soul, with a young face. Like the Doctor. Fiddler, guitarist, banjo player. Complete rennaissance man. Genius, as well? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

“Barnacled Warship”

“Tickle me pink”, featuring his sister on guest vocals.

“Brown Trout Blues” (I almost neglected to mention that he was British. Though I suppose the fact that he played a gig in muddy “wellies” made that rather obvious?)

BONUS: Eyeless in Holloway (the first to name the familiar face playing back-up guitar gets a piece of candy! Additionally, I apologize for the poor quality. What would we do without bootlegs, though?)


74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 5, featuring Mumford & Sons

All hail Mumford and Sons, London based roots-inspired quartet:

“We’re not bashful about being inspired by good writers, good literature… 0bviously, because we named our first album after a line from Shakespeare, ha!…. but I think good writers have ALWAYS been inspired by good writers, so there’s no shame in that. It’s always worked that way, you know… not that we claim to be a good writers.” – Marcus Mumford, lead vocalist/lead guitarist/drummer

“Music IS live, music has ALWAYS been live…playing WITH people, FOR people, it’s the most electrifying experience I’ve ever known.” -Winston Marshall, Banjo & Dobro player, back-up vocals

“Playing live? we could never give it up. It feels hereditary, it’s in our blood somehow, we really love it. We’re a bit odd in that way, loving to tour so well.” – Ben Lovett, keyboards, accordian and back-up vocals

“Our aspirations were really UK based… we really never thought beyond that, never expected it. It happened gradually, but it’s been amazing.” – Ted Dwayne, bass and back-up vocals

The group debuted in 2009 with the “Sigh no more” album, of which this is the title track:

“Awake My Soul” (Nicole’s favorite)

“Thistle and Weeds” (MadaLin’s Favorite)

The following selections are from the much-anticipated second album, 2012’s “Babel”:

“Hopeless Wanderer” (we both love this one!)

* In particular instances, we feel it prudent to include a parental guide: the Mumford and Sons song catalogue includes two certain tunes by the names of “Little Lion Man”, and “Broken Crown” which include swear words. We do not listen to songs of this type, and think it helpful to alert like-minded music lovers of this fact.

Adages that make ZERO sense

“Be still, O my heart!” Seriously? if your heart is still, you’ll die.

“Don’t amount to a hill of beans.” Honestly, I’m thinking a hill of beans would be a major mess to clean up. Where would even put it? Are they still fit for consumption?

“By the skin of your teeth…” ….?

“…in a pickle…” I’m pretty sure that’s physically impossible.

“…under the weather…” the weather, truthfully, has very little affect on ones’ health. Unless you live in a Victorian novel. #Pride&Prejudice #WutheringHeights #Sense&Sensibility

“…a little bird told me…” what are you, the bird whisperer? Do birds even listen? They don’t seem to. Gosh, birds never shut up!

“…what’s that have to do with the price of rice in China?” Sorry. Why would I know that? I have no Asian heritage. Do I wish I did? yes, but that’s a different story for a different day.

“Hotter’n blue blazes!” What are blue blazes? Please, explain.

“You scared the bejesus out of me!” umm….ok.

“the Bee’s knees!” Do bees even have knees? Abounding conundrums.

“Suck it up!” I don’t even want to know.

“Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it!” That sounds a little excessive.

“…ball faced lyin’…” mayhap southern pronunciation distorts the actual words, but I can’t think what it might be possibly be.

“…put a bug in her ear…” gross. If you put a bug in my ear, I would hit you. That’s just the truth.

Just sayin’.

The Humanities

This is an excerpt from an essay I was forced commissioned to write in Fine Arts/Humanities class:  

“The “Humanities” is an all-inclusive term used to describe every possible pursuit of art and expression- even in a historical context. Film, music, all genres of literature, photography, painting and drawing, sculpture, wood working, dance, architecture, garment making and embroidery; yarn works such as crocheting, knitting and lace tatting, are just a sampling of the crafts included in this definition. The Humanities as a group are not new: each human is born with the innate necessity of creation and expression of self. Where man is, the humanities follow without fail. We seek not only to define to others aspects of the world as we see it, but improve the world to our liking. The ‘Humanities’ bear the physical manifestation of this truth: They give us entertainment, emotional release, intellectual stimulation, and ultimately, the connection with others that we so deeply crave. It gives us joy to bond over appreciation of an art, whether that comes in the form of debating the symbolism of a sonnet, or smiling with someone over a photograph. If we never had the opportunity to make such connections, we would be miserable creatures indeed. This connection, this understanding, is a bridge that can cover a multitude of dissimilarities between individuals and even their respective cultures. Art is the sole medium by which cross-cultural understanding can be achieved without an interpreter. It is necessary in our view of the world. To see anything beautiful in our own psyche, and that of others, or in the delightful expanse that constitutes the universe, we must employ some manner of art. Science looks at the sky and knits its brow thinking of the atoms, neurons, and gravitational pulls. Shakespeare looks at the sky, and bids the stars to hide their fires. Science thinks of the future, and brings out a calculator. But the humanities, ah. From the smoky fields of Dystopia to silky musings of heaven, considerations of the future has always brought out the best in the humanities. Our posterity has all manner of material goods to gain from science, but their hearts will be made happy by the humanities.”


10 most awkward things known to man

1. Twilight

2. Henry the VIII

3. Mt. Vesuvius

4. Your average British dude (No offense. Love British Dudes as we most certainly do…)

5. Zombies

6. List Posts on blogs

7. People who discuss overtly personal issues while in public


9. Overly quiet public bathrooms

10. The fact that my Target places men and women’s undergarments RIGHT ACROSS THE AISLE FROM EACH OTHER