Corinne Bailey Rae

I first heard Corinne on aurgasm a few months ago, and just saw via Giant Step that her new self-titled album was released yesterday (although iTunes shows it coming out back in March?). Some reviews and remarks on her talent include:

Perfectly understated and effortlessly enjoyable (…)

OK

Her voice (…) when fully unleashed, filled the room like a whisky-scented genie.

The Observer / Guardian

I especially enjoy “Like a Star”, “Enchantment”, “Put Your Records On”, “Call Me When You Get This” and “Another Rainy Day” from the album. iTunes has an acoustic version of “Put Your Records On” as well that’s really good. Apparently she was on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic a ways back and gave a killer performance — unfortunately I can’t find any aural evidence of this. If anyone else has/does, hit me up.

Here’s a couple tracks from the album, for your summer-evening listening pleasure:

Summer Solstice

image taken 21 June 2006, © Pete Strasser

Happy Solstice hippies! For everyone else, today was Summer solstice, Solstitum, Xiazhi, Shakesepeare’s midsummer; or specifically, the day when the Sun reaches a celestial longitude of 90 degrees and the longest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, thus marking the first day of summer.

Solstice officially began at 12:26 GMT today (8:26 a.m. EST & 5:26 a.m. PST) and concludes the 7th of July. While it isn’t celebrated much in the US, thousands of people gathered today at Stonehenge dancing and drumming, shouting “feel the solstice!”, even though the passing of time has rendered the monument astronomically insignificant.

Summer Solstice

image taken 21 June 2006, © Pete Strasser

Happy Solstice hippies! For everyone else, today was Summer solstice, Solstitum, Xiazhi, Shakesepeare’s midsummer; or specifically, the day when the Sun reaches a celestial longitude of 90 degrees and the longest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, thus marking the first day of summer.

Solstice officially began at 12:26 GMT today (8:26 a.m. EST & 5:26 a.m. PST) and concludes the 7th of July. While it isn’t celebrated much in the US, thousands of people gathered today at Stonehenge dancing and drumming, shouting “feel the solstice!”, even though the passing of time has rendered the monument astronomically insignificant.

One Year! + Contest

(me, turning three, despite what the candles would have you believe)

Last week Centripetal Notion turned one year old. Somehow I missed this (yeah I’m a bad father), but in the end it’s probably for the best – that masturbatory, retrospective look-how-far-I’ve-come crap drives me crazy. Plus, as fate would have it, this is actually the 200th post.

Anyway it’s been a good trip around the sun. To celebrate, I decree that there shall be a contest!

Send me something cool: a website, article, video, artist, song … anything I can feature on CN. It has to be something I haven’t heard, seen or thought of yet and it has to be totally awesome. (Yes, I’m channeling Kottke.) You can submit as many things as you like. Winner gets their submission posted and credited with a link to their website (or Flickr, MySpace, LiveJournal, etc. page) and a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. Contest ends in a week or something, I’ll update this post when it’s over.

Have at! (But not in the comments, use the form*):

*form created with Wufoo, an intuitive and comprehensive form creation and management system from the people behind Particletree and Treehouse Magazine.

Update: Thanks to everyone for the submissions, and congrats to Andrew from Desperate Curiosity for his winning link.

One Year! + Contest

(me, turning three, despite what the candles would have you believe)

Last week Centripetal Notion turned one year old. Somehow I missed this (yeah I’m a bad father), but in the end it’s probably for the best — that masturbatory, retrospective look-how-far-I’ve-come crap drives me crazy. Plus, as fate would have it, this is actually the 200th post.

Anyway it’s been a good trip around the sun. To celebrate, I decree that there shall be a contest!

Send me something cool: a website, article, video, artist, song … anything I can feature on CN. It has to be something I haven’t heard, seen or thought of yet and it has to be totally awesome. (Yes, I’m channeling Kottke.) You can submit as many things as you like. Winner gets their submission posted and credited with a link to their website (or Flickr, MySpace, LiveJournal, etc. page) and a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. Contest ends in a week or something, I’ll update this post when it’s over.

Have at! (But not in the comments, use the form*):

*form created with Wufoo, an intuitive and comprehensive form creation and management system from the people behind Particletree and Treehouse Magazine.

Update: Thanks to everyone for the submissions, and congrats to Andrew from Desperate Curiosity for his winning link.

Cirrus Ice Rainbow

Caught on film the 3rd of June in northern Idaho, the above phenomenon (not technically a “rainbow”; often called a “sundog” or “parhelion”) is caused by light passing through high-altitude cirrus clouds containing plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals facing parallel to the earth’s surface.

Previously on CN:

Cirrus Ice Rainbow

Caught on film the 3rd of June in northern Idaho, the above phenomenon (not technically a “rainbow”; often called a “sundog” or “parhelion”) is caused by light passing through high-altitude cirrus clouds containing plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals facing parallel to the earth’s surface.

Previously on CN: