5 reasons to love Kimbra

Kimbra is a 21-year-old Kiwi artist who has recently found mainstream fame after online gossip king Perez Hilton labeled her as one-to-watch.

She’s been signed to Warner Brothers, and her debut album Vows is due for release in New Zealand on August 29.

Meanwhile, here’s five clips showing just why you should be paying attention to this young Hamiltonian.

Kimbra’s second single Simply on My Lips gave her her first taste of success – you may recognise it:

Kimbra covers Crowded House’s Fall At Your Feet:

The first single off Vows – Settle Down:

Miami Horror – I Look To You, feat Kimbra:

Finally, my personal favourite: Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know, feat Kimbra:

I hope you enjoy her as much as I do! x

UPDATE: After being harassed by Chris Philpott, I’m including a bonus track – Cameo Lover.


YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Then there’s this.

Cat Gone

I love memes. Here’s one I’m really enjoying right now. There’s no words to explain how awesome it is: It’s a cat and it’s freaked out. It only got uploaded a couple days ago and already has over a million views! Check it out:

And the Thriller remix!

I look forward to seeing heaps more videos and remixes of this kitty in the coming days!

Madeon live mashup

Just… watch.

Madeon is this 17-year-old French DJ who has mashed up a bunch of his favourite tracks. This clip’s had over 200,000 views in a couple of days, and I think it’s set to rise higher than that before the journey peaks.


Cate's Plates

Niki and her craftOddOneOut (a.k.a. Niki) is into upcycling vintage plates – amongst other crafty endeavours – and as soon as I stopped by her stall at a local craft fair, I knew I was in trouble. Her designs are gorgeous.

After taking some time out from her job as a textile designer to have a baby, Niki decided to revisit some of her old ideas and passions, and get creative.

“I realized that I absolutely have to be doing something creative or I’m just not that happy,” she wrote on her Felt profile.

“I began to go through some notebooks from my student days and rework some of my ideas.”

And boy, did Niki have some great ideas.

In amongst the beautifully graffitied teapots and somewhat kitsch photoframes, were plates.

Floral plates with deer, floral plates with skulls, floral plates with a picture of a fist sporting “cake” tattooed across the knuckles – this was my idea of art. I got three that day, with plans to add to my collection as new designs – and finances – allow.

You can check out OddOneOut’s Felt store, or catch her around crafty corners of Auckland.

And if you’re looking for a gift for your friend Cate, look no further.