Date Archives March 2008

In Ghost Colours / Cut Copy

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Out There On The Ice by Cut Copy

When the Melbourne based trio Cut Copy released their first album Bright Like Neon Love in 2004 they sounded to me like a less robotic Daft Punk. I still enjoyed the album a lot though, and was excited for their next album. Well that time has finally come, and the four year wait was definitely worth it. Their new album In Ghost Colours takes the bones of their last album and makes something entirely new and fresh out of it. Whereas the last album sometimes had some slow moments, this album is consistently good all the way through, treading somewhere electronic,disco,80’s and synth pop.

Dan Whitford’s vocals have never sounded better, and the intense amount of harmonizing really makes them stand out any more. I also really like the fact that they have a drummer, which makes them almost a rock band? The single So Haunted definitely makes a good impression, but I’ve put the song Out There On The Ice above to give everyone a good idea of what they have to look forward to. I’ve had this album for almost two weeks now and I’m still not sick of it.

The album came out last week in Australia, comes out next week here in the States, and the following week in the UK, so keep your eyes peeled, this is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year!


One Foot In The Other World, The Other Foot In The Other World

Scott Barry, the brains behind Birdstand, has a new show coming up on Saturday at the Receiver Gallery in San Francisco. The show is titled One Foot In The Other World, The Other Foot In The Other World (which may be the longest name for a show ever). The show features pieces that make Mr. Scott smile, which I think is a pretty rad idea. For example, he recently “walked in to a liquor store in Las Vegas and a man was at the counter buying a bottle of Courvoisier. [Sade‘s] `Smooth Operator‘ was playing on the radio in the store, and he looked at me and smiled and his grill sparkled.” If that’s not a good reason to this show, then I don’t know what it is.

If you’d like to see more pieces from the show, head over to the Receiver Gallery> The show goes from 7 to 10, and some dude named Nathan is gonna be serving “soy milk white russians and some kind of wheatgrass thing.”


Marilyn Minter x Supreme

Usually when I think of skateboard graphics I don’t think about photographs, which is what makes the new partnership between Marilyn Minter and Supreme so damn rad. Marilyn Minter was born in 1948, and since then she’s been creating some absolutely amazing photos and paintings full of glitz and glamor, mostly inspired by beauty and pornography.

There are three boards in the series so far, and the images are absolutely stunning. This borders on fine art, like I would want to put one of these on my wall to show people. I also have to say it’s a million times better then that absolutely retarded Kermit the Frog thing they were doing, I don’t care if Terry Richardson shot it. Hopefully this sparks a new movement in skate decks to use more fine art photography. Think about guys like Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, and Spike Jonze who shoot tons of photos that would work great on the bottom of a deck?

Found through High Snobiety


Clown Travel Agency

Rumor has it over at Ain’t It Cool News that tomorrow will see the release of a new Batman: The Dark Knight trailer on a new viral advertising looking site called Clown Travel Agency. Seeing that tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, who knows whether or not this is going to be real, but I hope it is, I think this movie is going to be amazing. Does it look like there’s blood on the suitcase to anyone else?


I’m Back

Good morning everyone!
I hope everyone had a nice week last week! I had a really great trip and it was so nice to be able to see Jeff again. It seems like while I was gone that the blogosphere was kind of quiet, so hopefully I can write up some fun new things to check out. I’m also pretty glad to be back in LA. Going away for a week really made me realize how much I really love Los Angeles. Also, tomorrow is kind of a big day, so I’ll try and get some fun things together for this event! Now onto blogging!


Kitsune Noir is Migrating

So it’s official, Kitsune Noir has outgrown it’s britches. Over the last year Kitsune Noir has done some serious growing, going from one of those random blogs out in the web to being in the top 8,000 of all of ’em. Because of this, the server I’m on currently is starting to prove rather… unreliable. So I’m now in the process of moving to a Media Temple server, which means the reliability of the site will pretty much never come into question. It also means things will load faster, and everyone should be happy.

But over the next few days, things might be a little screwy, so I just wanted to warn everyone. Come Monday, everything should be beautiful and we can put this silly incident behind us. Thanks again for everyone for their amazing support and friendship, without all of you readers this wouldn’t be half as fun.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Jean Julien

Greetings from Florida! I hope everyone is having as good of a time as I am! By the time you read this I’ll be kayaking through the mangrove trees down in the Keys.

But it’s still Wednesday, so I’m still obligated to hook you guys up with an awesome wallpaper. And like I mentioned last week, this week’s wallpaper is a slight departure from the last few weeks. The wallpaper above was created by the extremely talented Jean Jullien, a London based artist and designer. I posted about Jean early this year after seeing the amazing ongoing visual diary he keeps.

Something about the way Jean creates reminds me a lot of Michel Gondry, like he just creates all the things pop into his head. Looking through his site I fell in love with all of the amazing papercraft things he came up with, so I asked him to use that skill to create an awesome wallpaper. I totally love what he came up with, totally effective and beautiful and works really well as a desktop wallpaper. I also really like that it’s handmade, getting away from computers for a little bit.

On a sidenote, I asked some French friends about why the words shooting of the gun says “PAN!” instead of “BANG!”? Turns out it’s the cultural difference. In France they say PAN! instead of BANG! to make the sound of a gun, much like dogs say something other than BARK! in other countries. I always love learning little things like that.

I hope you all enjoy the wallpaper and check back next week for another awesome wallpaper.

Kitsune Noir Fights Alligators

Yesterday Jeff, his Bubbie (or grandmother as some might call her) and I took an epic journey through the Everglades here in Florida. We started off the trip at a little place called Buffalo Tiger’s which gave airboat rides throughout the swamp.

Our tour guide was named Elvis, a native who had gold teeth and a Dallas Cowboy’s shirt. I believe that his grandfather was the original owner of the tour. He took us out on the water and we started flying among the reeds and plants. We ended up coming across a mother gator and her babies, and we fed them for a little while along with the birds. It was crazy to be so close to such a scary, dangerous animal like that, he couldn’t have been more than 6 feet away from the boat.

That was, until we came across the next alligator, which I was less than 2 feet away from, as you can see from the photo above. Elvis was an amazing guide and he fed the all of the alligators bread. One of the things he showed us was that when anything hits the alligator’s tongue is that their mouth closes immediately, as he demonstrated with some bread. I didn’t have any bread, only hands, so I didn’t get to try this out for myself.

After the took us to a place called Tear Island, which had several really old chickee huts still on it. As our boat pulled up to the dock, a pair of raccoons ran up to our boat, looking for food everywhere. Their names were Kujo and Teardrop, and they looked like they came straight out of a Disney cartoon. Teardrop was the father of Kujo and only had 3 legs. Kujo had a piece of of his mouth missing, but they were absolutely adorable, and almost like dogs. We got to feed them bread and pet them, they were totally tame and it was really fun.

We went a couple more places, but that’s pretty much the gist of it. I’ve posted the best photos onto my Flickr account, and some of them under the cut as well, so check them out. Also be sure to check out the DWP tomorrow!

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Florida Is Wet

Hello everyone.
I’m totally exhausted at the moment, the last two days have gone by really fast so far, but have been really fun. In the last 2 days though, I’ve eaten alligator, had Nicaraguan and Mediterranean food, and spent an entire day on a boat. These are pretty good milestones for me.

If you’re interested, check out my Tumblr for a bunch of photos of what’s happened so far. And as sort of a sidenote, the Desktop Wallpaper Project will go on as usual, so be sure to come back on Wednesday for sure. As for tomorrow, I’m headed out to the Everglades, so I’m bringing my camera and taking a ton of pictures, so that could be fun.


The G.I. Joe Movie

I absolutely grew up on G.I. Joes, like I can’t think of any thing that occupied more of my time then playing with all my figures. I would have my best friend come over and we’d have these giant battles on the floor of my living room. So it’s of utmost importance that the powers that be don’t screw up the G.I. Joe movie!!! The photo above is just a taste of what there is to look forward to, and if the rest of the costumes look anything like this, I think we’re all in for a treat.

The movie is being directed by Stephen Sommers who’s most well known for The Mummy movies, which were definitely campy, but certainly fun and not exactly painful. The screenplay is being written by a guy who helped work on Pirates of the Caribbean and the other wrote the movie Swordfish, not the best, but certainly not the worst. The cast though, is where shit starts getting good:

Channing Tatum / Duke
Sienna Miller / The Baroness
Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Cobra Commander
Dennis Quaid / General Hawk
Rachel Nichols / Shana ‘Scarlett’ O’Hara
Christopher Eccleston / Destro
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Heavy Duty
Ray Park / Snake Eyes
Marlon Wayans / Ripcord
Arnold Vosloo / Zartan

That list is so good I could mess myself. Channing Tatum totally has the young, good looks for Duke. Sienna Miller seems like a really awesome choice for The Baroness, I’m sure she’ll be a bad-ass bitch. Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems like a weird choice for Cobra Commander, but as long as they don’t show his face I’m cool with it. As of recently I was talking shit on Dennis Quiad, but I just saw him in Vantage Point and he was awesome, so I’m definitely excited about him as General Hawk (I hope he has that effing amazing flying jet pack! hahaha). I’ve Never heard of Rachel Nichols (I never watch Alias) but she looks damn good as a redhead and should be awesome as Scarlett. Destro is being played by some dude from Heroes, so I’m sure people are gonna’ dig that. I’m really REALLY excited about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing Heavy Duty, he was always such a giant bad-ass and I think Adewale is gonna be awesome. Ray Park is going to be Snake Eyes, and as you can see above, he looks great and is going to make such a rad ninja. Marlon Wayans as Ripcord does nothing for me, he’s just gonna’ say stupid one-liners the whole time. Finally, Arnold Vosloo was that evil mummy guy from The Mummy, so he should be rad as Zartan, I just hope he has some Dreadnaughts to lead!!

Sorry about my long ass rant, just had to get that out of me! The movie is supposed to come out on August 7th, 2009, so hopefully it sticks to the schedule!
For some extra nerdyness, check out the absolutely hysterical G.I. Joe parody videos under the cut. The second clip on the first video is kind of long and annoying, so if you can’t stand it just forward past it for more hilarity.

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