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Animation in an Unexpected Place

Take a minute and watch this beautiful animation made from paper discs mounted on bicycle wheels.  This delightfully unusual piece of zoetrope animation was created by Katy Beveridge for her 3rd year dissertation project at CSM in London and is now being featured at...

Birch’s Music Monday

Welcome back to another edition of Birch’s Music Monday.  We have some excellent music to fuel you through your upcoming holiday shopping excursions. The video for UK indie pop duo, Slow Club’s track “If We’re Still Alive” from their album Paradise is a montage of a video diary from their last tour, perfect for taking your mind off the New York winter weather. …take a listen to Leonard Cohen’s single from his first album in 8 years, Old Times.  While the album isn’t available until after the holidays are over (release date is Jan. 31st), “Show Me The Place” is definitely a treat… …lastly, watch Florence + the Machine cover Drake’s “Take Care” which features Rihanna on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and make sure to take care of yourself while taking care of your friends and family with a  download the song here!    ...

Birch’s Music Monday

This week’s Music Monday is featuring some tunes to help prepare you for the winter. These lovely, cozy sounds are perfect for staying inside with a delicious cup of hot  coffee, tea, or coco.  Take a listen! Fleet Foxes’ have released a beautifully animated video for “The Shrine/An Argument” directed by the bands frontman Robin Pecknold’s brother, Sean.  Watch this elegant story… …Swedish musician Jens Lekman recently recorded an acoustic set at BBC Radio 1, where he played his newest track “I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information” in his usual story-telling fashion.   You can listen to the entire set on Stereogum…. …50 Words of Winter is the title of Kate Bush’s latest record.  It is a lovely album that will definitely get you in the mood for snowball fights, snow angel making, and snowman creating.  Listen to the album on NPR now and buy it when it comes out...

We’re Featured on a Mug!

Well, we’ve finally made it! Fishs Eddy made an awesome little mug (not little, it’s actually 13 oz) with a bunch of NYC coffee shops on it and you can get yours  here –  we’re in good company among Joe, Bluebird, Stumptown, Mud and more.  Bring it in and we’ll fill it with delicious free Birch coffee for the next...

GoodSearch: A Charitable Search Engine

As we get into the holiday season, are you looking for new ways to give to charities?  Well, GoodSearch has an easy, quick, simple way to give more to your favorite charities.  Essentially it is a search portal to Yahoo but everytime you search they will donate a penny to your selected charity. Recently they’ve expanded their giving. Similar to a Groupon, Goodsearch is offering hundreds of deals and discounts through their newly launched GoodShopping, GoodDining, and GoodCoupons.  When you make a purchase through the site they’ll donate a designated amount to your charity of choice.  As Thanksgiving comes upon us, keep GoodSearch in mind as you are purchasing holiday gifts on Cyber Monday and dining out with friends and family to give back to your favorite...