Since 2007, the National have been one of our favorite bands. Together, we’ve seen them perform live at least eight times, playing to hundreds of people in a park to fifty in a small room in the Hudson Valley. We’ve posed for photos with the singer, Matt Berninger, and spent one evening in a giddy haze after he passed us one of his (many) half-consumed bottles of white wine from the stage. As siblings, the band has been one of the things we’ve bonded over the most, and something we’ve enjoyed sharing with each other. For us, they are a band for real New Yorkers: their songs capture the beauty and frustration of being liberal city dwellers, sharing tiny spaces with other people while feeling strangely removed from most of those around us. We really did grow up with them -- ten years is a long time to like anything -- and because the band has had such a pronounced role in our lives individually, but also as sisters, we thought it only made sense that we write about them together.
Last month the National released their 7th studio album, which is one of their best, and are now performing it to sold-out shows around the world. The National are one of the most beloved bands but most people have never heard of them, or at least couldn’t identify them by name. Considered to be “critical darlings” after their release of Alligator in 2005, they have a devoted fan following and success that has dumbfounded the corporate music industry. How could a group of middle-aged men who perform “sad sack songs” about very grown up things sell out arenas and pull in a fan base that includes teenage girls and rock and roll dads? How could any band get a stadium of artists, bankers, tech geeks, fashionistas, and parents to sing together, “I was afraid, I’d eat your brains.” Read More
How do you know you’ve made a city your own? When you can quickly rattle off a list of go-to spots that you’ve become a regular at. There are a few essentials that I seek out in every city I go to, ranging from places to eat and drink to places to bike and dance. I recently hit my two year anniversary as a Chicago dweller, and it was made bittersweet by the fact that I was actually moving out of the city. While excited for new adventures, I was sad to say goodbye to my favorite haunts, many of which I discovered within my first few months in Chicago.
Here are my Chicago essentials, spots that I can’t wait to visit again when I’m back. Read More
I will trust in time that we will meet again
If you wait
Last week I flew from Chicago to NYC to see the band London Grammar perform at Brooklyn Steel. It's not the first time I've made ridiculous travel plans to see a band I like, but those trips typically involved trains and automobiles -- not the Delta shuttle.
In June, London Grammar released their second album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, a follow up to their first album If You Wait. The gap (4 years) between the two albums led many fans to wonder if the group had disappeared. I held out hope and have been obsessively listening to the new album since it came out in June. Read More
Are these drumsticks from the July 1980 Gourmet better than fried chicken? I'm tempted to say yes. The sour cream marinade makes for remarkably juicy, pull-off-the-bone meat, while the toasted saltine cracker coating is uniquely airy and crisp. Read More
A few weeks ago, I saw this beautiful bottle of pêche liqueur in a wine shop and despite not knowing what I would use it for, I decided that I needed it for some amazing creation. As I carried it home, I thought about using it to flambé fresh peaches for homemade crepes. When I got home and looked for a place to set the liqueur on my (very crowded) bar table, I glanced at a bottle of tequila and wondered if tequila and peaches would go well together. A couple nights later, I can definitively say that they do! Read More
Whispy, whimsical and barely there. That in a nutshell describes all I’ve wanted to wear this summer. Perhaps it's because my work life responsibilities keep piling up –- apparently there is no end to what needs to be done for a new business! –- but all I’ve wanted to wear are clothes that are as light and carefree as possible. For years I’ve coveted Dolce and Gabbana’s summer outfits and their ability to instantly conjure up La Dolce Vita and all that is wild and sensuous about summer. Alas, the startup life does not lend itself well to accumulating D&G outfits, and so I looked endlessly for more accessible alternatives. Read More