Date Archives 2007

Last Week in Music | 11/25 – 12/02

I didn’t post a Last Week in Music last week because I was in Boston, and I wasn’t home or at work to listen to anything. But it’s back now, although the totals are really low again this week. Whatever, I think it covers what I listened to mostly.

I tried to listen to a lot of wintery things last week, so I put on the Forbidden Love EP by Death Cab for Cutie. Such an amazing EP, it’s too bad they don’t make music like that anymore. When I was in Uniqlo in New York, I actually saw Ben Gibbard. I should have stopped him to have a chat about the sad state of his music these days.

The new Bishop Allen album, The Broken String, is still being listened to quite a lot as well. It’s a really nice album, very catchy. Also adding to my wintery mood, I listened to a lot of Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. They sound like the season right now. At the end of the list is Elliott Smith, who may be depressing, but he’s so somber that it makes for good music to read to.


Paul Paper’s ‘To Sea The See’

The wonderful Paul Paper is having a 3 day photo exhibit from December 5th to the 7th, featuring “some seen and unsee pictures”. He’s also debuting a new video, entitled ‘To Sea The See’.
There’s one catch, though. It’s taking place in a flat on Antokolskio street in the small town of Vilmius, which happens to be the capital of Lithunia, the place Paul calls home.

So if you happen to have some friends or family in Lithunia, you should check out his show, he’ll have tea and cakes for everyone.


Daft Punk’s Secret Set-Up

Top Photo: The view from the outside / Bottom Photo: The view from inside

By now, most people have seen Daft Punk’s iconic pyramid set-up, they’ve been playing in at all of their shows pretty much since Coachella. It’s got lights all over the side that respond to the music as well as fog and lasers and any other high-tech thing you can think of. But I’d always wondered what the inside of their crazy pyramid looked like.

Well I stumbled across a photo a couple days ago over at Crackers United, and had to post it. It was taken by the folks over at Mixmag, who also got descriptions of what all that stuff is as well, from half of Daft, Thomas Banghalter:

The show revolves around Ableton Live software on custom made super-computers, which we remotely access and control with Behringer BCR2000 midi controllers.

Next to the ethernet remote computer screens there are four Minimoog Voyagers, the classic analog synthesizers. They’re a 30-year old design.

We can mix, shuffle, trigger loops, filter, distort samples, EQ in and out, transpose or destroy and deconstruct synth lines. We keep some surprises on the side too!

There’s a direct connection between our rig and the lights and visuals of the show. The light and video engineers can also add or control layers during the show.

Inside the pyramid are synthesizers and remote controls connected to the rest of the music equipment and computers, which are in rack-mounted towers off stage.

Working the music equipment, lighting and video equipment, and building the pyramid for each show takes around 10 people, including both of us.

I know what little of that means, but I think it’s so amazing that they can fiddle with all of that shit in masks and leather suits. Daft Punk also has a new live album out on Tuesday called Alive, but it’s kind of boring and filled with same things we’ve all been hearing for the last 5 years. Make new music and stop making crappy movies!


Broken English

One of my new favorite sites I’ve been checking out lately is called The Playlist. It talks about movies, and the soundtracks that go along with the movies, but in a fun, intelligent way. while reading it earlier tonight, I spotted this amazing looking move featuring Parker Posey.

Ever since Best In Show I’ve loved Parker Posey, and seeing her in anything makes me happy. But now she’s in this new movie called Broken English, and it looks pretty cute. It’s directed by Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of director Nick Cassavetes, and feature Posey as a 30-something still trying to figure out what she wants in life. But then she meets the exciting Frenchman Julien, and things begin to change.
Okay, it could possibly be pretty dumb, but I want to see it no matter what. I guess it’s had limited release, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it. Anyone know anything else?

On a final note, I think her hair looks amazing. I honestly think that’s the gayest thing I’ve ever written on this blog, haha… But it’s also completely serious. Why don’t more women these days have really dark brown hair like that? She looks so hot.
Mom, take note, you could have hot hair like that.


Spiral Galaxy M81

Spiral Galaxy M81

I don’t think there will be a time where I’m not amazed by pictures of other galaxies. The photo above is a new picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of galaxy M81, the sharpest image taken to date. In fact, it’s so sharp that you can see “open star clusters, globular star clusters, and even glowing regions of fluorescent gas.” This is pretty amazing considering that it’s 12 million light-years away, which is considered somewhat close to our own.

There’s something so serene about staring at photos like these. I would love to have my ceiling covered in an image like that, but it should move like it was straight out of Harry Potter. The site the image came from is going pretty slowly because a whole lot of people are looking at it from DIGG, but if you happen to be reading this Monday morning, you might have a better opportunity of seeing the full sized image.



Check out the awesome work of Clayton Crocker, a desiger/art director who works under the name of Babystacks! When you visit his site, there’s only button, a black dot with the word ‘Next’ on it, that randomly shuffles through his work. At the moment there are 43 images, but yesterday I’m pretty sure there was 38, so like his information says, he really does update somewhere from daily to weekly.

The work itself is really beautiful as well, ranging from type studies to brightly colored blobs. Definitely a portfolio worth checking out, possibly daily.

Found through FormFiftyFive


Happy Endings at Lab 101

Like most things in life, things come to an end eventually. Sadly, this is true in the case of Lab 101, one of LA’s finest galleries. After six years of introducing some of the biggest artists around today, they’re closing their doors for the time being.
But instead of quietly going away, they’re going out with a huge bang! They’re having a giant farewell show called Happy Endings, featuring over 60 artists that want to show their support for this amazing gallery.

The list includes Andrew Pommier, Andy Jenkins, Andy Mueller, Bigfoot . Bwana Spoons, Dave Kinsey . Derek Hodgson, Jemma Hostetler, Kelsey Brookes, Michael Leon , Rich Jacobs, Shepard Fairey, UPSO and a ton more.

So if you’re in LA this Saturday, definitely come and show your support for one of the best galleries LA has ever had.


Layer Tennis: James Hutchinson vs. Trevor Van Meter

While this certainly wasn’t the best play of the game, I think it’s enough to give the win to Mr. Trevor Van Meter. I think he was consistently more creative throughout the game. This was a pretty cool game, especially having all the fun animations. I hope they do more of these, though I could imagine how difficult doing this would be. I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if either of the artists talks about how the experience was. All in all, a really fun match!

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Well, this is the final return from Mr. Hutchinson, a really good effort. To me it looks like the guitar heroes have turned into Jay Z, Michael Jackson/Marilyn Manson hybrid, and possibly Damon Albarn from Blur. There’s also the really fun, rockstar background going on as well.
This was a really good move, and I think that James still has a chance. It’s all up to Trevor and his last move.

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What’s the best way to take of invading bug monsters? Fuckin’ jam!
This goes back to the humor and creativity of Round 2, with Trevor’s art and sense of humor making this so awesome. And I love that they’re Guitar Hero guitars, not real one’s. Bonus points for massive nerdery.

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Spoon Chair by Kartell

I’ve been looking on and off for a new chair for the last 6 months, and I’m starting to realize that you can’t get a comfortable or cool looking chair for under $300. Writing that just now, I feel like I should know something like this, but I suppose I was holding on to a shred of hope that I could find a great deal.

Well I was browsing through some random catalog my boss received and I stopped immediately when I came across the Spoon Chair by Kartell. It has a similar feel to a regular office chair, but it’s got some pretty sexy curves, and I love the bold colors that it comes in. It also happens to be almost $650, which is about triple the amount I was thinking of spending. But if I were to spend a bucket of cash on a chair, it would probably be this one.

If anyone has any good tips on hot/comfy chairs that aren’t a super expensive, please send them my way!


Ecopellets Office

I’m sort of in love with this beautiful office for Ecopellets, a company that takes sawdust and wood shavings and turns them into clean burning pellets for heating your home. First off, any building that glows like that at night is totally amazing. It looks so futuristic, but pleasant and inviting at the same time. I also think it’s cool that they used tin siding, giving it an industrial look, sort of like a grain silo or something you’d see at an old farm. Simple and beautiful.

Found through Plataforma Arquitectura