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Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Summer everyone!  We’ve rounded up some music to help you feel like summer, even when you’re stuck inside working on a beautiful Monday afternoon. First, get your dreamy pop fix  with jj’s new song “10” which you can download here… …get the first glimpse of new material from one of our favorite piano and synth pop duo, Matt & Kim, which is sure to have you dancing all summer… …have your first listen of quirky british songstress, Jesca Hoop’s The House That Jack Built and the crazy elecrto music of Dynasty Electric’s self titled album on...

Summer Reading!

If you’re like most New Yorkers you probably commute to work on the subway, and it’s a perfect way to squeeze in your summer reading. On any given day you can find someone with their nose buried in the pages of a good paperback, enjoying the relief of the air conditioned subway car for at least a few stops. Street Photographer, Ourit Ben-Haim, keeps the pulse on what New Yorkers are reading by capturing subway-readers in the act in his blog, Underground New York Public Library. When asked why he photographs his “Reading-Riders” Ben Haim claims, “Photographically speaking, the subway works well as context for a series on reading. The constant backdrop is one of journey and destination, and this connects to my philosophy on reading and riding. I see life as a journey towards ourselves, and reading is a primary vehicle towards this destination. While our daily affairs may distract us, reading en route is an act of remembrance that counters whatever we’ll soon become busy with.” You can read more about his work in an interview on storyboard.tumblr.com. So Birch wants to know, what are you reading this summer? Stop by for an iced coffee and a find a cool spot to read in our...

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you are able to enjoy this beautiful New York weather and not stuck in the office all day, but if you are we’ve rounded up all sorts of new tunes to brighten your day. First, David Bryne and St. Vincent surprised the world last week by announcing an album, Love This Giant, coming out this fall. Get a first taste of what is sure to be a fabulous collaboration with their single “Who” now… Then head over to Spinner to listen Craig Wedren and BABY… Lastly, check out Kate Nash’s new video “Under-Estimate the Girl” that was written, recorded, and filmed all in one day. Pretty good work if you ask me, what do you...

Last.fm presents Birch Coffee Library Sessions!

Hurray for the Riff Raff will be kicking off the Last.fm at Birch Library Sessions, a recurring live series hosted and filmed in our library! Enter here for a chance to see the band’s live performance this Thursday, June 14th, at 3PM!   Check out Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Look Out Mama” video...

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday! Lots to report here… First up we have the bizarre little video for Fiona Apple’s new single “Every Single Night.” If you like monsters, brains, giant squids (and Fiona Apple), then this video is for you: In other animals-in-video news, Florence + the Machine have covered Talking Heads’ “Wild Wild Life.” The remake (of an already fantastic song) is great, and the video features Florence and and band in animal costumes. What more could you ask for? The only thing missing would be a phenomenal little song about tight pants. If you haven’t seen this, it’s worth a watch…Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon fight over whose pants are tighter. And of course, there’s singing and dancing. And tight...