Date Archives January 2009

Volkan Ergen

Really, really beautiful videos by Volkan Ergen of Istanbul. I love the way he saturates and adds so much contrasts to these. The sound is also pretty stellar as well, so be sure to watch these with headphones in. To see more of his video work on Vimeo, click here.


Department of Eagles Live on KCRW

I’ve spent the last half hour listening to this Department of Eagles performance from KCRW. They sound amazing live, er, on the interentz, but yeah, I wish I had tickets to see them tomorrow night. The silly little player above isn’t the handiest of ways to listen to this, but if you need to kill some time with some great music, this is a sure bet.

Also, they play two new songs which is fun alone, and they also talk about how Grizzly Bear is a fancy bitch, and Department of Eagles is a less classy ho. I might be paraphrasing that a bit, you’ll have to listen to find out.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Gemma Correll

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll

Good Thursday everyone! Sorry for the delay in the wallpaper, yesterday was hectic. But today is a wet and rainy day, perfect for the wallpaper that’s being released today! The wallpaper was made by the wonderful Gemma Correll, who draws just about the cutest little critters out there. The wallpaper was inspired by Gemma’s hatred for winter which tried to channel into something positive. In her own words, “I don’t really love winter, in fact I hate it – but I was kind of working on the concept of reverse psychology!”

I totally agree. I hope you all enjoy the wallpaper, and be sure to check out Gemma’s site if you’re not familiar with her work. Thanks again, Gemma!

Friendly Fires ‘Skeleton Boy’ by Clemens Habicht

I thought this music video for Friendly Fires would be a sweet way to start the week. The video is for the song Skeleton Boy, and features a ton those little pellets you find in a beanbag chair, a trillion so the description says, and a ton of leaf blowers. The effect is quite simple, but it looks pretty rad overall, proving again that creativity totally beats money every time. The song is pretty fun as well, so no matter what you’re doing today, you can have a fun little dance party!


Freegums Annuals Sweatshirt

I spotted this Freegums sweatshirt on their site a couple of weeks ago and thought it was hysterical/genius. The annuals on the shirt remind me of my childhood spent at horribly cheesy craft fairs, but for some reason throwing the Freegums logo in makes it awesome. It’s a unisex sweatshirt, and goes for $65, which isn’t bad at all.

This will be in my spring wardrobe come April.


Antoine+Manuel at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs

Last week I got an email from the amazing Marc Atlan letting me know that a couple of friends of good friends of his, Antoine+Manuel, were having an exhibition of their work at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. I’ve loved the work of A+M for a while now, I posted about their work for Christian Lacroix last July.

They also have a compilation of their work available as well, in conjunction with the show. It’s 240 pages and looks totally epic. The show actually opened tonight, but it officially starts tomorrow, January 15th. The exhibit will run until April 12th, so if you’re in the Paris area be sure to stop by. If you’d like to see some images and read more about the exhibit, click here.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Pietari Posti

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Pietari Posti

Wednesday morning already?! This week has flown by for me, but I get to post a sweet wallpaper, so that’s good right? This week’s featured artist is the Finnish artist Pietari Posti, one of my absolute favorites. He’s currently working in Spain, doing a lot of illustrations for magazines like The NY Times, National Geographic and Playboy. He was also recently in the Now Showing project where people recreated awesome movie posters, which I posted about here.

His wallpaper is simple and beautiful feature a pattern of foxes (a side note: a group of foxes is called a ‘skulk’) all looking rather cute. I love the color palette for this, those blues are damn beautiful, so be sure to DL the iPhone version as well, it looks great. I’d also like to point out that there is only ONE black fox, which is true for blogs as well, haha… I hope everyone enjoys this weeks desktop!

Nicholas Felton’s 2008 Feltron Annual Report

I can’t say I’ve ever been excited to see how many miles a person walked or how many songs they might have listened to, but when it’s presented like Nicholas Felton’s Annual Reports are, well that’s an entirely different matter.

The 2008 report covers all the little nuances of Nicholas’ life, from what kind of beers he drank, all the different kinds of transportation he took, maps with relevant things that happened. It’s all put together though in absolutely beautiful way, just looking through it I get jealous! I love the color scheme of this report, the different colors of gray with the pea green looks really sharp.

You can also check out his older reports from 2007, 2006, & 2005. I’ve also taken the liberty of posting the rest of the report under the cut, because someone like Kottke or Boing Boing will pick this up, effectively crashing the Feltron servers and then you can’t see anything. So enjoy!

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Scent Bar

My final destination yesterday was a little place called Scent Bar, which is actually the physical extension of the website Lucky Scent. My friend Max was looking for this line of scents called Six Scents, so I was looking up places to find it and came across Scent Bar.

The space is rather small, but the walls are lined with tons of fragrances, mens and womens, in any scent you can imagine. We obviously concentrated on the men’s portion, where we ended up smelling scents like pickle juice and crushed grass. My favorite scent was one that smelled like clear Haribo gummi bears taste, which actually smelled even better when it was on my skin, oddly enough. It was a very synaesthetic experience.

The young lady who worked there was really sweet as well, letting me take photos and explaining a ton of the scents to us. She even let me spray a KN on Max’s shirt with that Boudicca Wode Perfume, which sprays on bright blue and gradually disappears. If you haven’t yet seen the video for this, it’s definitely one to check out. It actually smelled pretty good too.

Max ended up getting a Tamboti Wood scent by Susanne Lang, which is a really nice and light scent, made up of tamboti wood, fresh cedar, sandalwood, and vetiver. Overall it was a really fun experience, and we ended up learning a lot about scents, something I didn’t know I was really interested in. If you’re in the LA area and want a new smell, definitely hit up Scent Bar.


RRL & Co. | Ralph Lauren Pop Up Shop

My roommate Garrett mentioned the other day that a new shop had opened up between Fred Segal and the Improv place on Melrose, so after my lunch I headed over to see what it was. Turns out it’s a Ralph Lauren RRL shop that opened up around Halloween. The RRL line is kind of like a fancier throwback like to the regular Ralph Lauren, more 50’s motorcycle culture than polo.

The space was pretty amazing, as it was a converted automotive shop, something I posted about that’s a rising trend in the world of boutiques. I managed to snag a few pics of the inside, then asked one of the guys behind the counter if it was cool, and he told me I wasn’t supposed to. Whoops! Anyhow, check out the snaps, they really filled this place up with old-timey stuff. It’s too bad that everything is so expensive, they had some fun things for sale.