Betty and the Boy & My Sister.

My sister, Alyssa Rae Hands, was recently in a music video for northwest band, Betty and the Boy.

Josh Harvey & Bettreena Jaeger of Betty and the Boy.

The band consists of four members: singer and guitarist Bettreena Jaeger; Josh Harvey on vocals, banjo, and mandolin; violinist Michelle Whitlock; and Jon Conlon plays the upright bass.

I've known Ms. Jaeger for several years now (we became friends in high-school), and it's been a pleasure to watch Betty and the Boy form in Montana and migrate to the college town of Eugene, OR. Over the years, the band has transformed from the original duo of Mr. Harvey and Ms. Jaeger to the current quartet, but still plays a unique mix of folksy bluesgrass.

The complete line-up.

The band's combined musical talents allows Ms. Jaeger's melancholy voice in "Pennies" to become serene and dreamlike in others ("Slow"). I recently downloaded a live set of theirs to my iPopd, via archive.org, and I literally cannot stop listening to it: my favorite is "Babble", a song of deep contemplation and retrospect.

I'm currently trying to convince Bettreena to re-record one personal favorite of their old songs, "The Man Who Loved Sound". I used to listen to it on Betty and the Boy's Myspace when I first moved to Texas (back when I HAD a Myspace; you can find Betty and the Boy on Facebook here). The band's youthful perspective on growth helped me not miss home as much, and I'm happy they finally have a music video that I can share with y'all. Now only if I could find a way to get them to Austin...

Aside from the music, the music video for "Moth to a Light" was solely created by Ben Jacobson of Roothead Films and features actress (and my sister) Alyssa Rae Hands.

Also, thank you to Betty & the Boy for the photos!


Happy Singles Awareness Day!

I celebrated my singleness by making cards for that other holiday: Valentine's Day. The Art Institute of Austin donated
the decorated cards to a local children's hospital.My hard work for the children.
Krystal, the most slinkster-cool graphic designer I know.
The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog: Biscuit!


Oh, Montana!

As you may or may not know, I was born-and-mostly-raised in Montana: I lived in a small town on Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement over hearing Dsquared2's campaign for Wood, their signature fragrance, was filmed not too far from where I grew up.

The European brand filmed down an old dusty, county road that leads to Swan River, which empties into Flathead Lake. According to Holland Lake Lodge, Dsquared2 originally wanted to film at the lodge, with Holland Lake as a backdrop. However, on the third day, they found the perfect location with the magnificent Swan River as its setting. The following is a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot:

Truth? While watching the video, I realized exactly where the commercial had been filmed.

Now, I have gone out there to go camping a handful of times, and I mostly remember the area because I once lost my wallet there (luckily, I found it) and it's also where I had my only "fight" in high-school: I was ambushed by the ultimate mean girl while sleeping in the bed of a pick-up; I ended up with a broken nose. Regardless, I don't regret a second of my camping adventures. Here's the Dsquared2 commercial in full:

It makes me want to go camping!

Just without the punch-in-the-face part.

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