Megapuss with Lauren Dukoff at The Hammer

Last night I had the pleasure of going to The Hammer museum for a concert by a band called Megapuss along with the photos of Lauren Dukoff. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, though I know I liked Lauren’s photos, and I had heard rumors that Megapuss was the new side-project of Devendra Banhart. Well it turns out the rumors were true, Devendra, along with Priestbird drummer Greg Rogove and two other fellows (and a harpist for one song), are Megapuss.

The whole thing took place out in the courtyard of The Hammer, which is an absolutely beautiful place to see a concert. They ended up playing for about an hour, playing songs titled things like Duck People Duck Man, Chicken Titties, and Surf. They sounded a lot like Devendra, maybe a little more Beach Boys-esque, but still just as weird and awesome. This was their first show, so they were all over the place, playing a lot of Tears for Fears in-between songs. I also just want to say that Devendra Banhart is the funniest, most charming man alive. His banter was great and he seemed like a very genuine, nice guy. I also spotted Natalie Portman hanging out at the show, and I guess my friend Kelly talked to her about her racist dog. No idea what that means.

Check out Megapuss’ MySpace to get a taste of what’s to come! Also be sure to check under the cut for one more photo I took!

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June 19, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Artur Neufeld

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Artur Neufeld

Artur Neufeld

One of the things I’m really trying to push lately is to get art from younger, less established artists, who still totally make some great work. That’s the case with Mr. Artur Neufeld up there, a 17 year old artist from Germany who I came across through the Behance Network. One day Artur decided he wanted to learn how to use Photoshop and 3D Studio Max, and now he’s cranking out awesome pieces like the one above.

I had seen another piece that Artur did using 3D Max to create beautiful fonts in these rather calm, urban environments, so I was hoping he could do something similar to that. Instead, he did this amazing chase scene with the words Kitsune Noir being the unfortunate victim of a hit and run. I love all the bits and shards flying everywhere in this photo, you can stare at it forever. This is also the first time a photo has been used in the DWP, not counting Dash Shaw’s cat, haha…

I hope you guys enjoy this weeks design and check back next week for another awesome desktop.

June 18, 2008 / By

Pictures of Success | A Kitsune Noir Mini-Mix

Pictures of Success | A Kitsune Noir Mini-Mix
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Since summer is here I’ve been looking for more and more new summer music to listen to, so I decided to get a Best of Paul Simon album. This was the catalyst for this new mix, which is more of a mini-mix because it’s not even 30 minutes long. Basically I heard Paul Simon’s Kodachrome and thought, I should make a fun photo/camera kind of mix. Well I didn’t want to stuff this mix with songs because they had something vaguely to do with cameras or photography, so what you get is a very to the point mix with no frills, just a good time.

The front and back covers were obviously inspired by old Kodachrome film, but it’s a very bastardized version. I basically went on a big image hunt to find packaging and type references to make it look convincing without being a direct ripoff. Of note, the price tag was taken directly from a box of Kodachrome. I hope you all enjoy it, and it’ll hold you over till I make a much more epic mix.

01 Kodachrome by Paul Simon
02 Photo Jenny by Belle & Sebastian
03 Click Click Click Click by Bishop Allen
04 I Turn My Camera On by Spoon
05 Photograph by Air
06 Pictures of Success by Rilo Kiley
07 The Song for Kelly Huckaby


June 17, 2008 / By

Spore Creature Editor Is Out!

I’ve been waiting what seems like forever for some sort of Spore goodness, and finally my prayers have been answered. Today saw the release of the new Spore Creature Editor, which gives you a taste of how the game is going to look and feel. All you have to do is download and install it and you’re ready to go. I’m really happy that EA has decided to make this available for both PC and Mac, considering just how many people are switching over to Mac.

The little critters you see above are some that I made. I think I called the big one Baxter. The little things behind him are what his/her/it’s babies look like. The editor was actually pretty easy to use, although the free demo is limited to 25% of the customizable options. If you’re on PC you can purchase the full Creator for $9.95, but it’s not available for Mac users yet. The first creature I made though had a slight glitch, his legs kept going on backwards, but after I restarted it everything was totally fine. It’s really fun because you can literally do ANYTHING with what you make. Give your creature tiny arms or arms that drag on the ground, different types of skulls, feet, tails, claws, horns… and this is only describing the free 25%.

If you have any interest at all in this game definitely checkout the creature maker and waste some time making something awesome.


June 17, 2008 / By

Masked Karimbah Vinyl Toy by Paul Pope

There hasn’t been much exciting Paul Pope news lately, this is probably because he’s been working on two giant projects. The first is his line of clothes for Diesel called 2089 which I posted about in April. But there’s a brand new project he’s doing where he’s teamed up with the folks over at Kid Robot to create a vinyl toy, a new branch for Paul.

Originally they wanted to create a line of vinyl figures based around his comic book THB, but it’s been at least a year, possibly two, since the last issue of the comic came out. So instead they’ve decided to com out with the Masked Karimbah, which is a character in the THB universe, although he’s only been seen on a kid’s television show. What’s really cool about this toy though is that Masked Karimbah’s dog is ACTUALLY the size of a Boston Terrier. That’s one damn big vinyl toy.

Here’s the deal though. The toy is limited to 300, is going to go for $150, and will only be available at the San Diego Comic Convention. Why do I have to be unemployed now?! haha…


June 17, 2008 / By

Ryohei Hase

Ryohei Hase has been making the rounds on several blogs lately, so you might have already heard of this guy. Ryohei is a Tokyo based illustrator who creates amazing “realistic fantasy art”, which as you can see above is a pretty apt description. The images above are from a piece called Go Forward and Forward and features a ton of rabbit headed boys frantically struggling and fighting for something, but holy shit is it intense. This was the piece that really made my mouth drop open. Check out the rest of his work as well, he’s got plenty of amazing pieces!


June 17, 2008 / By

Toe Jam by The BPA feat. David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal

Update: This is getting pulled down all over, so watch it while you can.

I saw this video yesterday but didn’t have the volume on while I watched it, I was watching for it’s supposed cheeky use of nudity and censor bars. Well I saw mention of the video again this morning, only this time I saw that it was a music video for a band called The BPA (Brighton Port Authority) and that it featured David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal. I didn’t really think the censor bar thing was that funny, I mean it’s a clever idea, but it wasn’t as clever as I thought it was going to be. What is amazing though is the song itself. David Byrne was totally made for this song, like I want this to play on repeat all day long today. I am a little confused why they needed Dizzee Rascal for that 10 second part he did, but I’m thankful it was so short, I’m not a fan.

You might not want to watch this if you’re at work, someone will probably lame and think you’re watching porn, but you could definitely leave it playing in the background while you listen to the song.


June 17, 2008 / By

SBTG x Lazy present The Paramount Dunk

Here’s another great example of what I was talking about yesterday, simple but awesome shoes. Reading about these over on High Snobiety you definitely get the sense that someone busted their ass on creating these.

First off, the body of the sneaker is pretty much all decked out in selvage denim, from the black denim to the “Gucci” denim that surrounds the bottom. The reason for the selvage denim is that “the edge can’t fray like lower grade denims that have separate wefts which leave an open edge that must be stitched.” See what I mean about someone going nuts on this shoe? Finally the shoe is trimmed out with a snakeskin swoosh, which I think is pretty damn hot. I also love the (real/faux?) snakeskin lace guard thing-y, that’s a nice touch as well.

The images you see above are the pre-production model, it’s a one-of-a-kind, but they are going forward with production on this shoe, hopefully the final model stays true to the original. Supposedly it’s going to be released soon-ish through Royalefam, so keep an eye out.


June 16, 2008 / By