For the past two days I’ve basically listened to Rufus Wainwright’s new album, Release The Stars, and nothing else. I’m pretty sure, after listening to the album about 20 times, that it’s my favorite Rufus Wainwright album. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s 33, or that he’s survived a drug addiction, but something feels different about this album. It feels more fleshed out, more mature.
But the album is still full of Rufus-isms, singing about love, devotion, sex, and fame. The tracks are also very worldly, ranging from German parks and palaces (Tiergarten & Sanssouci, most likely influenced by his boyfriend Jorn Weisbrodt), to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Paris.
I think my two favorite songs are, ‘Nobody’s Off the Hook’ and ‘Release the Stars’. ‘Nobody’s Off the Hook’ reminds me of Jeff, and makes me smile every time I hear it. I know I’ve listened to it more than any of the others. ‘Release the Stars’, the title track, is the album ender. It’s an amazing song about Hollywood and the stars who live here. What makes it so great is the tremendous build up, with piano and organs wailing, horns blaring and strings rising and falling, and soul singers harmonizing with and bolstering Rufus’ hypnotic voice.
Release The Stars comes out May 15th on Geffen Records.
Black Cloud advertisement by Ogilvy Beijing.
The picture above is an ad for WWF’s 20 ways to 20% campaign running in China. It encourages and informs people that even the smallest change helps some, especially in a country with over 1.3 billion people. I love the entire execution of this. Visually showing how much your car pollutes per day makes it all the stronger, but the black cloud is kind of cute at the same time!
I had to post a picture of Kozy and Dan’s school of wooden bunnyfish! These have to be the cutest things ever! I guess they have almost 50 of ’em, ranging in size from 5.5 – 18″ long. They’re creating them for a show in June at Magic Pony. It’s too bad that Magic Pony is all the way up in Toronto, Canada!
Richard Sweeney makes the most insane sculptures ever. His sculptures look totally organic, and at times unbelievable. The craziest part of it? They’re all made from paper. Basically you have to check out his website and his flickr to get a true sense of the depth he goes into with his sculptures.
If you get addicted to silly, mindless games easily, don’t read any farther than this. Desktop Tower Defense is a simple strategy game. You place different towers onto a board, and try to stop the incoming hoard of tiny critters. It sounds simple enough, but there are a million different ways to play this game. And it’s more addicting than you can imagine.
I’ve been playing for a couple months now, and it’s still as fun as the first time I played.
As of lately, the creators have been doing some regular updating, making it more fun and keeping the game fresh.
So if you want have some time to kill, definitely check this game out.
About 300 miles southeast of Los Angeles lies the Salton Sea. In 1905, heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell and breach an Imperial Valley dike, flooding what was known as the Salton Sink. In the 20’s the Sea became a popular tourist destination. But because it has no outlets, the salt from the Colorado River built up, and has made the sea and the surrounding area virtually uninhabitable.
Filmmakers Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer made a documentary exploring the crazy lives of the people who still live in the area. Based on the trailer, the movie looks amazing. With a cast of characters like Hunky Daddy and Naked Dom, the day to day happenings of the sea and the people who live there are exposed. It’s also narrated by John Waters, which makes it extra fun!
The movie has a limited release, but you can also buy the DVD from the films website.
For more info on the movie, and times and locations, visit Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea.
For more info on the Salton Sea check out the Wikipedia entry.
Graham and I went to the ‘I Am 8-Bit’ show and it ended up being really great. When we arrived there was already a line of people waiting outside to get in. When we finally got in (about 45 minutes later) it ended up being very crowded and stuffy. But personal space issues aside, the work as amazing. A huge variety of different kinds of work. I highly recommend the show if you’re in the area!
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I just wanted to put out a reminder that the I Am 8-Bit show is tonight! The show goes from 7-11PM, and it should be absolutely amazing and totally fun. I’ll be there rocking a red hoodie and a seafoam ghostie tee shirt!
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