The Checklist is again conquering new territories – location-wise and genre-wise. Side Project is our first Croatian band and as for genre… Let’s go with dream pop. It’s definitely dreamy. And it pops. All I can say is… Wow. Now all that’s left to do is wait for the album release. The duos second album Lonely Boys comes out December 1.

Side Project – Lonely Boys (single, 2017)

Time for the Checklist to visit a new continent. Heidi caught the Aussie duo Mannequin Death Squad on MTV of all places, however when we checked their YouTube channel we found that somehow they’ve managed to evade notice so far. Since Heidi loves noise and MDS make such beautiful noise, we can’t really leave it at that! Click, listen and repeat.

Mannequin Death Squad – Van Gogh (EP: Eat Hate Regurgitate, 2016)

Above: Overgaard & Dyrman workshop

Denmark more or less equals good design. There’s a whole lot of great designers in the country and countless businesses that do their best to export that good design to the world. One of the great things about visiting Copenhagen is that you can see that great design by yourself. 3daysofdesign event made doing just that a lot easier in the past few years. Designers and businesses open the doors of their studios and workshops for the public for three days every spring. There are dozens of places you can visit and numerous events you can attend. They even have a free bus and boat that you can use to get from one location to the other.

uno form showroom

Above: uno form showroom

nyt i bo store

Above: nyt i bo store

File Under Pop studio

Above: File Under Pop studio

Hay store

Above: Hay store

Heidi attended 3daysofdesign this year and we’ll show you some of the things we saw in the coming weeks and months. For a start here’s a promotional video from this years event and some photos we made. It goes without saying: we highly recommend visiting Copenhagen between May 24th and 26th next year when the next event is scheduled.

The last Saturday of Spring is a special Saturday in Ljubljana. Every possible event is scheduled for it. But really, how could it not be? Practically everyone buggers off to the coast or something like it on the following weekend and they don’t really come back until the end of August, so they use this Saturday for a last get together with friends. Last Saturday was no different. Well, one thing was better. The weather was fantastic! So of course we decided to document it for you.

We started off early (let’s just say that’s a matter of perspective) in Park Tabor. Športno društvo Tabor organized another garage sale in the park. They’re doing a great job – and it shows, there’s more people attending every event.

Next stop was Pogačarjev trg. You could smell the burgers waaay before that. The first Pivo & Burger Fest of the year was just starting. I’m consistently amazed at the number of new microbreweries that are showing up every year. A hundred meters away on Stritarjeva ulica people were worshiping a different kind of drink. Ljubljanska vinska pot is all about wine.

The first of the arts & crafts markets was happening at Gornji trg. Artish is a leading craft market in Ljubljana and is still doing a great job with its colorful and inspirational group of Slovenian crafters. The rival Art Market was set up on the other side of the river at Breg.

A bike ride away at the newly (mostly) car free Trg prekomorskih brigad the inaugural Šiška Open wasn’t yet in full swing, however there was still a lot to do. Plus eat the necessary hodok from Lepa Žoga. As we had more to do, we unfortunately missed the evening happening. A shame, but hopefully this will become an annual event.

We caught up with Parada ponosa at Slovenska ulica. The 17th Ljubljana Pride parade was colorful and loud to say the least.

The last stop of the day was at Muzejska četrt Metelkova. Poletna muzejska noč (Summer Museum Night) was in full swing by the time we got there. We chose Slovene Ethnographic Museum this year and weren’t disappointed.

There was a lot more happening in the city throughout the day, but this was the most we could handle. But hey, there’s always next year!

Yet another great new band from Los Angeles just released this video this week. The Regrettes that take a not-so-subtle swipe at Donald Trump in Seashore, are not really out of high school yet – the frontwoman Lydia Night is barely 16. They just released an album in January and they’re coming to Europe in the fall. Can’t wait!

The Regrettes – Seashore (album: Feel Your Feelings Fool!, 2017)

When in Sweden… You should really listen to some Swedish music. Forget Abba, there’s a bunch of great new music coming from the North. A perfect example are Pinemen. They haven’t got an album out yet but their latest single Predictions is a great start to summer.

Pinemen – Predictions (single, 2016)

Louis Berry really has everything he needs to be a teenage heartthrob. And he makes some great music reminiscent of the legendary Johnny Cash. I just hope he adds some variety to his album (it’s supposed to come out in 2018), ’cause things are getting a little bit repetitive. Just sayin’. Anyways, he really deserves a spot on your heavy rotation playlist.

Louis Berry – She Wants Me (single, 2017)

Suspend the feeling of utter disbelief when you see this. Its actually real. It’s a proper, I hesitate to say, “sport” in Finland where some 10,000 girls are doing it. There’s even a national championship. Plus BBC reported on it – you can’t doubt the BBC! It is however quite bizarre, you can’t argue with that.

Hobbyhorsing in Finland

Hobbyhorsing in Finland

World, behold the wonder that is hobbyhorsing. There’s even a documentary about it.

via: Sheila Chipperfield Jnr