Date Archives December 2007

Mass Studies

When I hear the phrase “green architecture” I usually tend to wince a little bit, because it also brings to mind the word “green-washing”, or how people and businesses make things seem like their good for the environment. But when I see buildings like the one designed for fashion retailer Ann Demeulemeester, it brings a smile to my face.

The building was designed by Korean architects Mass Studies, who did an absolutely beautiful job. I’m not sure how environmentally this building is exactly, but I love the idea of having a house surrounded by plants. I could imagine the air smelling so much more fresh all the time. The plants don’t only grow on the outside of the building either, they are also continued through the space as well. The contrast between the bright green plants and the pale concrete and white walls is pretty amazing.

Found through Designboom


The New Batman ‘The Dark Knight’ Trailer

The trailer above is for the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and so far it’s looking amazing. Chris Nolan, the director of the masterpiece Memento, took over the Batman series with the last movie and this one looks equally as impressive.

The Joker is the new villain in this one, played by Heath Ledger, and captive mother Katie Holmes is no longer around, in her place is the much better Maggie Gyllenhaal. The action looks pretty amazing, it’s shot gritty and real, and I think that Heath Ledger is going to do a great job as the Joker. Less silly 80’s and much more unbalanced and sadistic.

You can also watch the trailer in high definition over at my Vimeo page.


Last Week in Music | 12/09 – 12/16

I didn’t do a Last Week in Music last week because of all the busyness of last week, but it’s back, and still not counting everything I listened to. I had Yo La Tengo on for most of the day yesterday, and it didn’t register at all. Maybe it’ll shop up next week, though above it clearly says that yesterday was counted as one of the days.

Anyhow, I did listen to Beach House’s new album Devotion quite a lot, and it’s actually really great. I liked their last album a lot, but I think this one surpasses it. It seems less morose and more musically exciting. At least on some songs.

After that is Sigur Ros, who I listened to for the better part of Saturday night as I read Harry Potter 5. Then Radiohead, because I’m still loving the 2nd disc to In Rainbows immensely.
The Beatles were in there because I had an itch to listen to Bishop Allen because it’s one of the catchiest albums of the year, Ben Folds Five because they’re classic, The Microphones because I was listening to them after posting about Dan Elverum’s new Mt. Eerie 6 & 7 he released, Darkel because I forgot how good that album really was, Blonde Redhead because I heard a song from Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and wanted to hear more, and The Polyphonic Spree because I wanted to hear the Thumbsucker soundtrack.

Wow, that’s such a mess of words. Anyway, here’s my favorite song from the new Beach House album:

Astronaut / Beach House


Trial of Colonel Sweet and Other Stories by Nicholas Gurewitch

I was in Secret Headquarters a couple of weeks ago, grabbing my weekly stash of comic books, and wandered over to the table at the center of the room where they often have cool art books. I immediately stopped when I saw the cover to the book above.

“Colonel Sweeto? What the hell is this book about, and why is it in my comic book shop?”, I thought immediately. I looked around at first, not really wanting anyone to see that I was about to open this candy-colored abomination, and then began to flip through the pages. I got to the first strip, which featured a young boy being punched in the stomach, but then being aided by unicorns, who impaled the attacker, getting the sweet punishment he deserved.

It turns out it was written by a guy named Nicholas Gurewitch, who writes the comic strip ‘The Perry Bible Fellowship‘, which is usually full of things you aren’t supposed to laugh about, but of course you do because you have a weird and sick sense of humor. The book is a collection of the strips, and is absolutely hysterical. I read every single page within 10 minutes, laughing my ass off the whole time.

You can buy the book through the links provided by the PBF web site, and there’s an amazing Unicorn Power! t-shirt for sale as well.

I’ve also put a couple of his comics under the cut, just so you can get a taste of his genius. Enjoy.
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My New iPhone

Thursday night I had planned on meeting up with friend Garrett after he had left work. He called me around 9 and I grabbed my phone and answered. I flipped open the 2.5 year old RAZR, and noticed immediately that the screen didn’t come on. I sat there kind of confused at first, and closed it again to look at the back screen. It too was not glowing.

Cut to me doing all those tricks people do when their phone dies; I took the battery out, cleaned the pocket lint from the corners, shook and screamed at it. I opened and pressed the buttons, and the tiny light behind them lit up, they made noises, yet still the screen didn’t respond. I realized that the time had finally come that I needed a new phone, out of pure necessity.
Friday morning I woke up excited, knowing that I was heading to the Apple store promptly at 10 am when they opened, knowing full and well I was going to be buying the iPhone I have so dearly wanted for the last six months.

After about 3 days with it, I can honestly say it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Earlier today, I got lost trying to meet up with some friends. But I had Google Maps ready to help me, which I definitely needed. The location was set near an overpass that had at least six ways you could before you took it. It didn’t make a bit of sense. But one look at the tiny electronic map and I knew what to do.

I’ve also been able to text faster then I ever could. I thought it would take me a while to get the hang of it, but the iPhone senses where you’ve been typing, by magic or jedi powers I’m sure, and automatically sticks in the word you were trying to spell, even if you only managed to type three of the six letters correctly.

Going from a RAZR to the iPhone is an amazing step, like I’ve been thrown into the future. And for anyone who thinks differently than I do, I’d say you need to actually have it on you for a few days to truly enjoy it. Pretending to play with in the Apple store, when you’ve already cursed it, certainly doesn’t count.


I Was Put Under The Imperius Curse!

I know that it hasn’t been that long, but it feels like I haven’t posted in weeks. This last week of work felt especially long, with some intense days at work, shopping for X-Mas presents, getting my apartment ready for Jeff’s visit… and reading tons and tons of Harry Potter. Jeff bought the books for me a little bit before the seventh one came out, and so I decided to start reading them. Summer came along, and I was doing well, but then got caught here in Kitsune Noir-ville.

Well, Harry Potter has managed to magic (har) it’s way back into my heart, and has stolen me away from, the interweb. I finished book five earlier today, thens started to read book six, and finished that around 11:15 pm. I’ve never been so delighted by a series of books, and my only regret is having asked Jeff about the things that happened in the books.

Anyhow, that’s where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing, and I’m going to get back on track soon-ish, though the holidays are coming, and I may disappear for a little while because of them. But until then, I’ll try and give 120% back into this lovely home I call a blog. Or would it be the other way around?


Os Gemeos Hits Up Lithuania

I’m really glad to be posting again, especially when it’s something rad like new Os Gemeos work. The photos are from an old Lithuanian art school that looks like it could use some Os Gemeos love. Once again they don’t fail to impress. I love the pattern of the guys pants in the picture above. All of the small details in their work is so amazing.

Is it weird that I think Os Gemeos should have their own Adult Swim cartoon? I could totally see it now. It would have animation like Tekkonkinkreet , a thumping, Brazialian soundtrack, and could have a plot similar to City of God.
It would be dark, gritty, realistic, and amazing!

Thanks to Kotryna over at Pravda for the heads up!

Check under the cut for four more pictures!
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I came across the wonderful portfolio site Colorbunch, the creative online outlet of 19 year old Philipp Schalling. I really love the image above, a cross between Daft Punk and Pink Floyd. Some of his work reminds me a bit of No Pattern, but he has a pretty wide range of styles. Be sure to watch the logo at the top when you visit. A bunch of tiny triangles pop up, and then a mini rainbow streaks across it, and if you move over it, it does it again. It’s much cooler if you just go visit it, I promise.


Hello, again.

The last few days have been really hectic at work, which means I’m exhausted by the time I get home, which means I don’t post. Honestly I’ve been reading a lot of Harry Potter in bed. I’m on the fifth book right now and I absolutely love it. I want to try and finish book six before X-Mas, and hopefully I’ll get book seven as a present.

Things should be back to normal around here soon, and I’ll be back to 2-3 posts a day (or somewhere around there).


New Magnetic Fields Song, California Girls

I was listening to KCRW yesterday morning when a loud, reverberating song came on the radio. It sounded familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on who it was. It turned out to be a new song from The Magnetic Fields called California Girls, an Anti-Beach Boys-ian ditty about how trashy the girls around here really are. The song reminds me much more of 69 Love Songs of Holiday, and nothing at all like I, which is kind of disappointing because I was a huge fan of the last album.

Give the song a listen if you’re a fan, it’s really pretty good.

California Girls / The Magnetic Fields

P.S. What’s up with the HORRIBLE album artwork for Distortion? Stephin, give me a call, we’ll work out something much less… vomit inducing.