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Caribou’s new album is on its way.

The rumbling, resonating beats, dreamy vocals, and energetic instrumental sounds are so unique to this man and his music. Andorra (2007), followed by Swim (2010) were two truly delightful albums. His latest offering, “Can’t Do Without You,” does not disappoint.

Our Love will be released October 7 via Merge.

The coming-of-age narrative has been done a thousand times, in a thousand different ways through the medium of film. This means that there are quite a few (well alright, mostly is probably more accurate) shitty depictions of the very important yet entirely common teen-to-adult transition. This sadly doesn’t mean that I’ll ever tire of watching them, or that every now and then there’s a break in the flow of crappy flicks that allows for a beautiful little gem of a film to appear.

Fingers crossed ‘Very Good Girls’ is one of said gems. Mostly because I love the that its director and two leads are three awesome women (a rare sight in film), and also because the narrative doesn’t appear to be honest, down-to-earth, and important. The female coming-of-age story is one less articulated, let alone articulated well. Both Fanning and Olsen have made conscious choices as young actors towards films with intelligence and substance – let’s hope that ‘Very Good Girls’ will live up to the hype.

There’s been a boom in food blogs, particularly those emphasising whole foods, organics and vegetarianism. The ones that stand out and set themselves apart are not only the ones with original and creative recipes, but those that are presented originally and creatively, too. The author of the blog, Beth Kirby, is part of a crop of creative types that seem to be just as gifted in one area, as she is in another. The photography on her blog, Local Milk, is just as sumptuous as the food – take a look here:

How fascinating. Old trades are just as fantastic as new ones.

the literate lens

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Pablo Inirio, master darkroom printer at  Magnum Photos in New York. I was thinking about that interview recently as I heard the news of Kodak’s bankruptcy and pondered the precarious status of “old media” like books, film and silver gelatin prints.

As Magnum’s printer, Inirio gets to work with some of photography’s most iconic images. In his small darkroom, the prints lying casually around include Dennis Stock’s famous portrait of James Dean in Times Square (right) and a cigar-chewing Che Guevara shot by Rene Burri. Intricate squiggles and numbers are scrawled all over the prints, showing Inirio’s complex formulas for printing them. A few seconds of dodging here, some burning-in there. Will six seconds be enough to bring out some definition in the building behind Dean? Perhaps, depending on the temperature of the chemicals.

Of course, this…

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