Sew and Tell

Premiere DateAug 17, 2012
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Cave with you Time Reveals)
02:30 Interview with Susan Domelsmith of Dirty Librarian Chains
08:18 DJ Marie
09:07 Paradise Wild Nothing
14:32 (Focus) Oversaturated Rubblebucket
17:35 Dear Believer (Timmy the Terror Remix) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
22:48 DJ Marie
23:42 Interview with Susan Domelsmith
26:28 DJ Marie
28:17 The Never Ending Happening Bill Fay
31:49 Trouble Open Ocean
35:22 The Descent (Radio Mix) Bob Mould
39:28 DJ Marie
40:22 Interview with Susan Domelsmith
44:16 DJ Marie
46:56 Osali Mabe Staff Benda Bilili
50:50 Finish

What’s the sound of style? Well, it’s a lot more glam than one hand clapping. In fact, as we’ve discussed Sew & Tell before, there is a ton of crossover between fashion and music, designers and rockers. For today’s show, I got to talk with Susan Domelsmith, a Brooklyn jeweler who’s also part of the all-girl Brooklyn band Open Ocean.

Susan’s jewelry line, Dirty Librarian Chains (best name ever?), is a beautifully tangled, bold array of pieces, each one made from repurposed vintage materials. From elegantly twisted chain necklaces, to simple, sculptural rings, these pieces are 100% rock ‘n roll, and it’s easy to see why the line has caught the attention of musicians like Debbie Harry and Vivian Girls. Susan’s own music is no less innovative – she contributes keyboards to two projects: the throw-back punk band Open Ocean, and the experimental electronic pop duo Time Reveals. On today’s show, Susan talks about the evolution of DLC, sourcing vintage materials, making music with fashion friends, and some of her favorite NYC libraries.

Plus! An awesome playlist (what else would you expect?) featuring music from Open Ocean, Wild Nothing, Rubblebucket, Bill Fay, Bob Mould and more. So turn up the volume and settle in for some seriously stylish sound, with Sew & Tell on BTR!

Dirty Librarian Chains by Susan Domelsmith
(Photos courtesy of Dirty Librarian Chains)

Stratus Necklace

Tundra Necklace

Poetry Silver Necklace

Forest Necklace

Crystalline Necklace

Frost Necklace

Bookmark Bracelet

Glacier Earrings

Susan Domelsmith, portrait by Dustin Cohen

Susan’s Picks For…

*Dance/Clubs in NYC:
I usually go out to see certain acts, bands or DJs, so the venue always changes.  My favorite promoters are Let’s Play House, and they had the most fun boat party last weekend.  I was even lucky enough to dj one of their parties when our Time Reveals track came out on Hamilton Dance Records.

*Favorite spot in Providence, RI:
I always go for breakfast at Julian’s.  The food is amazing and they have a great selection of beers if you go for dinner (or breakfast, I’m not judging!).  The decoration of the table tops is worth the trip too.  They used really interesting vintage jewelry findings and other metal pieces to decorate them under a layer of lacquer.

*NYC Bike Rides:
I love my old commute along Kent between Greenpoint and Fort Greene.  It has really scenic views of the city, but you have to watch out for tourists and new residents of the neighborhood who walk right into the bike path without looking.  Always wear your helmet!  Biking across the Williamsburg or Manhattan Bridge is also a lovely way to start or end a day, and the bike path along the west side highway is really nice now if you can tolerate the car fumes.

*Vintage finds:
I usually try to do most of my vintage shopping out of the city (bed bugs, eek!) but I have found some gems at Fox and Fawn in Greenpoint, and I have scored an amazing shoe haul at Urban Jungle.

*NYC Libraries:
Pratt’s Brooklyn location
– The Milstein Division of US History at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Bldg.

Find Susan On…
DLC Blog

Find Open Ocean…

Find Time Reveals…

Also for your browsing pleasure:
– A Huff Po tribute to Helen Gurley Brown
Thrift Buddy app (just in case you missed it last week…)
– Bugs that make jewelry
– This weekend’s Gatsby-era shennanigans on Governor’s Island
– My new favorite frozen treat

Wild Nothing
(Photo by Shawn Brackbill)
Aug 27 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN
Aug 28 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
Aug 29 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
Aug 31 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
Sept 2 – FYF Festival – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 3 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 4 – The Atrium/The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Sept 5 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Sept 7 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept 8 – Ted’s/Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR
Sept 9 – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA
Sept 12 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
Sept 13 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
Sept 15 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
Sept 16 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
Sept 17 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Sept 18 – Great Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Sept 19 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec
Sept 20 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
Sept 24 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 25 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
Sept 26 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
Sept 27 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
Sept 28 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Sept 29 – 529 – Atlanta, GA

(Photo by Peter Dean Rickards)
Aug 23 – Camp Barefoot – Bartow, WV
Sept 6 – Johnston State College – Johnson, VT
Sept 7 – Hille in the Ville – Waterville, ME
Sept 8 – Catskill Chill Music Festival – Hancock, NY
Sept 9 – Cleveland Garlic Festival – Cleveland, OH
Sept 11 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Sept 12 – Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Sept 13 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
Sept 14 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Sept 15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 17 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sept 19 – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA
Sept 20 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
Sept 21 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
Sept 22 – Constellation Room at the Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Sept 23 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 26 – Beauty Ballroom – Austin, TX
Sept 27 – Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
Sept 28 – War Memorial Auditorium – Nashville, TN

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
(Photo by Autumn, via Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Myspace)
Sept 6 – Libbey Bowl – Ojai, CA
Sept 7 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Sept 8 & 9 – Doheny State Beach – Dana Point, CA
Sept 11 – Arelene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
Sept 12 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
Sept 14 – Malkin Bowl – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept 15 – Marymoor Amphitheater – Redmond, WA
Sept 17 – MacEwan Hall @ University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta
Sept 18 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
Sept 21 – Roots N Blues N BBQ – Columbia, MO
Sept 22 – Southern Ground Festival – Nashville, TN
Sept 23 – Egyptian Room, Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Sept 25 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Sept 26 – Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY
Sept 27 – US Cellular Center – Asheville, NC
Sept 29 – North Charleston Performing Arts Center – Charleston, SC
Sept 30 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…