Date Archives January 2008

Nooka “Creatures of the Night” Camo Watches

Nooka is releasing a new series of camo pattern watches entitled “Creatures of the Night“, which features everyone’s favorite urban critters. Making appearances are pigeons, rats, mice, bats, and cats, all splashed together into one crazy pattern. My favorite colorway is the multicolored one on the left, and the one in the middle is cool too, but I’m definitely not hot on the right one. It looks like a little kids watch.

The watch should be out sometime this month, and go for around $250.


San Bernadino by The Mountain Goats

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The Mountain Goats / San Bernadino (mp3)

Sometimes when I hear a song, it really sticks with me, and I feel like I should start sharing these songs more, sort of like I did with Superstar by Sonic Youth from the Juno Soundtrack. This is, sort of, the first extension of that.

I’m not a big fan of The Mountian Goats, but I’ve heard of them forever. The Mountain Goats are basically one man, John Darnielle, who started the band in 1995. Since then he’s released a prolific 16 albums and has worked with a great number of people. He has a new album coming out called Heretic Pride coming out on February 19th. It was produced by John Vanderslice, and even features Annie Clark from St. Vincent.

The song above, San Bernadino, stood out to me mostly because I’m a sucker for strings. The fast plucking guitar mixed in with the strings and his soft voice make the song almost hypnotic. This is one of those songs that are really good to drive to, especially if it’s in the morning, and it’s cold out. Go ahead and download it and try it for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Sébastien Tellier / Sexuality

Continuing with a French theme here, I finally was able to hear Sébastien Tellier’s new album, Sexuality, and I have to say I’m impressed. Since the first time I heard Fantino in Lost in Translation, I was obsessed with finding out more about him. It turns out that Sébastien is signed to Air’s label, Record Makers, which is how he got connected with Sofia Coppola and Brian Retzell.
His first album, L’incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth) is extremely dark and brooding, but beautiful in it’s nuances and details. His next album, Politics, was… well, pretty weird. But there were a few beautiful exceptions like the song La Ritournelle, an endless piano melody played over drums, strings that dramatically kick in midway, and then finally Tellier’s beautiful, disco-tinged voice.

Now with Sexuality, I would say that he’s gone almost to the point of experimental. Gone are most traditional instruments, traded in for the synthetic sounds of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as one half of Daft Punk. The album was supposedly inspired by a late night soft-core TV broadcast, and the album certainly reflects that. Imagine Daft Punk directing an 80’s, cyber punk porn, with Sébastien Tellier as the sweat drenched star. That sounds cheesy, and the album almost is, except it’s done so well that it’s extremely enjoyable to listen to.

Below I’ve posted some mp3’s for everyone to listen to, hopefully everyone can enjoy him as much as I do.

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Sébastien Tellier / Fantino

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Sébastien Tellier / La Ritournelle

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Sébastien Tellier / Look

Air’s Pocket Symphony Site

Since I was listening to Air all weekend, I decided to check out their website, wondering if they came out with any more new music videos. Upon visiting, I couldn’t believe how simple and beautiful their site was! I love that their whole site is presented on a desk, with all of the objects representing links to the rest of the site. The small figures of the band members is the bio section, the speakers is the audio section, the TV is music videos, so on and so forth. To top it all off is the atmospheric lights and the big, beautiful window showing what looks like the dawn coming up, with birds flying by. I’ve also seen it before where there are stars in the sky, so possibly the window’s view changes?

More sites should evoke such simple beauty as this, the internet would be better for it.


Last Week in Music | 1/20/08 – 1/27/08

Last week I decided to download and start using iScrobbler and completely ditch’s silly scrobbler. The thing never worked for me, but iScrobbler is doing a much, MUCH better job. It works through Growl, (which some of you may know what that is, I barely do) and has been a lot more simple to use.

As for music, the most played artist was Air, as I was having some weird craving for easy listening French music. Next up was Spoon, which came up while I was listening to my iTunes on random, and I then played every album multiple times. Caribou and Beirut’s older stuff has been going still, and then is a chunk of songs that are from mixes that I made. After that is Destroyer, who I’ve been trying to get into and The Magnetic Fields, who’s new album is really great. Explosions in the Sky popped in there because I was listening to them while I read The Road. Their sound definitely matched up with the tone of the book, and it definitely helped while I read it.


Jeff and I Are Famous

Okay, so this is totally bizarre.
I just got an e-mail from my friend Graham, telling me that Jeff and I are on Getty. We both work for and are friends with photographers, so there are photos of us on Getty. But he attached a screen shot, and we’re on the FRONT PAGE! We represent all creative photos in the Getty universe! So totally weird!

The photo was taken by our friend Christa Renee, who shoots for companies like Pacific Sunwear, Roxy, and Apple. She’s really rad and takes some awesome photos, as evidenced by what you see above!


Nixon’s Winter ’08 Collections

Nixon’s new winter collections definitely don’t disappoint as they continue to build upon they’re already strong base of products. They’ve got 5 new collections, one of which I’ve posted about previously. There’s the Cambrdige collection (for men & women) which is a fresh take on old, collegiate style, Prowler for men, which blends houndstooth with a Ferrari color palette, and Mod Pop for women, a British inspired colelction full of strong lines and a lot of purple.

A couple of my favorite pieces are the wallets above. When I look at them, I think they look ‘smart’, something you would be complimented about at the bank. I really like how they’re putting a lot more textures into everything they make. It makes their products feel like they’re for people of all ages.


Black Mirror / rorriM kcalB

The Arcade Fire has released a new interactive online video, this time featuring the song ‘Black Mirror’. This is definitely one of the better songs off of Neon Bible, and the video (and experience involved) is pretty rad.

The video is pretty ambiguous, but it seems like a giant head in the ocean sinks a Titanic-esque ship, forcing people to boats. In one of the boats is a man with a glowing jar, possibly what the giant head monster was looking for? The man with the bottle then swims out to the giant head, and allows him to eat him a la Pinocchio. Inside the head, the man is captured by pyramid creatures, thrown down a sort of conveyer belt until he reaches then end, where the black mirror resides. Inside the mirror are dancers, and bubbles/pearls…. I really don’t know.

The video is very cool looking, and like I said earlier, interactive. You can hit the number keys 1-6, which start and stop certain instruments in the song. I think they threw in some additional instrumentation as well, to give the song more depth and to allow you more things to control.

Also be sure to check out the previous video they did like this for Neon Bible.