Over the weekend I made a stop at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store, one of my favorite things to do because they not only have amazing clothes, they also have items that are amazingly affordable, so I was able to pick myself up a tie for $35 and a yellow stinky rat tee for $18. Nice, right? So I came across this clip from a documentary on Marc which gives a small peak behind the scenes of the business process of both Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. It’s fun to see his studio, his affection and need for his assistant Joseph, and all of the meetings he has trying to map out the future.
Three of my favorite things in the world are design, music, and comic books, so when French wünderkind Jean Jullien let me know about his newest project, a culmination of those three things, I knew it was gonna be awesome. The project is for a band called Niwoiunwouin, which I haven’t the faintest idea of how to pronounce, and their newest release called Fall of the Supers.
Jean decided to go all out on this project, crafting full costumes as a part of the packaging for the album. I think they look really rad, like some sort of pop art comic turned real. I’m not 100% sure, but I think the fella you see above is Jean himself, though hopefully I haven’t doomed Jean by revealing his secret identity! As for the album, well, it’s not quite my taste. It’s really abstract and electronic, kind of scattered all over the place, but I did enjoy some of the songs. To give a listen for yourself, click here.
You can also check out the rest of the things that Jean made by looking under the cut below!
Andreas over at Brothers By Choice was kind enough to send me a link to this awesome interview they did with Bruno 9li for this Brazilian liquor called Sagitaba. The interview was done as part of a series of interviews showing Brazilian culture in it’s different forms, thus highlighting how great this drink is, I guess. Anyhow, it’s pretty cool to hear Bruno talk about his influences, like African and Japanese culture, and how living in Brazil shapes a lot of his work as well.
There’s also a lot of great footage of Bruno working which is my favorite part. Towards the end you get to see him paint this giant mural on the side of a wall, it’s really rad looking. You can also see inside his studio, as well as learning about his progression from black and white to the immense amount of colors he currently puts into his pieces. And just to be clear, I have nothing to do with the liquor, I just think this is a cool video!
My fine Brazilian friends over at Mopa have done a big update of their site with a ton of beautiful work and lots and lots of amazing colors everywhere. Their whole site is now very dramatic with sort of a darker tone, though everthing is so brightly colored that it’s definitely not scary. My favorite detail of the site is that they photographed all of their work with these amazing objects, giving them a sense of space and life that a flat image can’t capture. In the mix is even the wallpaper they did for the DWP, which you can download here.
Take a visit to their site and prepare to waste a good 20 minutes browsing all their gorgeous work!
Good evening everyone! I want to apologize for the lateness of today’s wallpaper, sadly my internet was out this morning, and posting at work is hard, so I’m just now getting around to it. But technically it’s still Wednesday, so I’m not too horrible! Today’s wallpaper comes from the amazingly incredible Laura Laine, whom I specifically didn’t blog about previously so that her wallpaper might be more of a surprise.
Laura is probably one of the very best fashion illustrators around today, her style is crisp and flawless and her women are about as sexy as you can possibly draw them. Her style is like none I’ve ever seen before, these beautifully, lithe women with immense floating hair and statuesque faces… I really can’t say enough about her work, she’s truly a genius.
For her wallpaper she incorporated probably the cuddliest fox the site has seen so far, but the image isn’t quite as simple as it looks. If you check out one of the larger versions, you start to see that the images aren’t exactly the same, that there are some minor, but awesome, differences between them. Honest to god, as I was getting the images ready, I spotted another one I hadn’t see before, haha… I hope you all love this wallpaper as much as I do, I’m pretty sure all of your co-workers will be pretty dang jealous!
This last week has been kind of a blur, what with my birthday on Thursday and then parties and fun times to be had the rest of the weekend. Well the fun didn’t stop, as last night I headed out to The Troubador with my friend Nick to see Bon Iver and AA Bondy, two of my absolute favorite artist/bands. The show started out with AA, who plays all alone with his trusty guitar and a collection of harmonicas. He proceeded to sing some beautiful country ballads and talk about mushrooms to a largely filled room. I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t play American Heart, but c’est la vie. But he did happen to play song called O The Vampyre that I liked quite a lot, which is the second video up there, so check it out.
By the time he finished the room was packed, and eventually Bon Iver made their way out. If you haven’t heard they’re record, For Emma, Forever Ago, then this post might not mean much to you. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when they came on stage. Their record is pretty bare and minimal for the most part, so to my surprise, they TOTALLY jam when they play live. Like improving, noise, feedback, you name it they probably did it. Well, they didn’t smash any guitars…
Overall though I was so thoroughly impressed, they are absolutely fantastic to see live. They played a new song as well called Blood Bank, which if this is a preview of things to come, then the new album is going to be much richer and full of life. They had reached the end of their set, and hadn’t played For Emma, and I was starting to freak out because it’s my favorite song on the record. Thankfully they came back out for one more song, so I yelled at the top of my lungs, “FOR EMMA!!!”, to lead singer Justin Vernon replied, “You got it.” And so they played my favorite song, and all was well in the world.
I posted a Take Away Video they did up top, to give you a sense of the sheer genius these guys possess, I hope you all enjoy it and get the chance to these guys live some time soon.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite band in the world, Radiohead, perform at The Hollywood Bowl, one of the best concert venues I’ve ever experienced. This was my third time seeing Radiohead, the first being post Kid A, and the second being post-Hail to the Thief, the first time being one of my favorite concerts ever, the second being a pretty big disappointment, mostly because Hail to the Thief is crap. But last night could easily be described as one of the single best, if not THE best concert that I’ve ever seen.
The playlist was awesome, hitting songs from every album, and to my enjoyment, they finally didn’t play Creep, thank the gods. Of everything played the most surprising song was definitely Street Spirit, which I totally enjoyed, and was glad they played that instead of The Bends. The most improved song they played was The Gloaming, which is the second video above. I LOATHE The Gloaming, it’s probably my least favorite song ever, but they made it a little dancier, almost a remix of it’s original self, and it was pretty damn rad.
The absolute BEST part of the show though (and possibly the show-stealer), was the lighting. The top video up there is a performance of The National Anthem which should give you a taste of how extremely overwhelming and beautiful the effects were. The Gloaming was also really beautiful and helped to enhance the mood as well. The colors being shot out by those bars was absolutely incredible, I haven’t ever seen anything like this done to this level, it’s a pretty damn hard act to follow.
Hopefully some of you will be seeing Radiohead in the near-future, or possibly already have? I really hope they release a DVD of a live-performance, I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat.
Since today is my birthday, I figure that I should give all of you readers a present, which is kind of backwards, but whatever. One of the best things I think I can give you all is a mix, so here you go! It’s called All That’s Left Are Words, One Breath, and is actually mix I’ve had kicking around since I first moved down to LA almost 3 years ago. It was inspired by an idea I had for a short film, something about a young guy who ends up feeling detached from people his age, so he starts hanging out with old people. Well, that was the idea at least. It’s a pretty somber mix, but I think it’s quite beautiful, and I hope you all like.
01 Regret by The Robot Ate Me
02 Tahquamenon Falls by Sufjan Stevens
03 The Mutineer by Mojave 3
04 A Small Setback To A Great Comeback by Her Space Holiday
05 Lately by The Robot Ate Me
06 Kaskaskia River by Sufjan Stevens
07 Everyone Was Still by The Robot Ate Me
08 Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) by Sufjan Stevens
09 Interlude by The Robot Ate Me
10 The Backseat by Oh No! Oh My!
Also I just wanted to say thank you for all my birthday wishes, you all are some amazingly devoted readers and it really means a lot to me that you guys are so rad, so thanks!