Date Archives February 2009

Chocolate Orgániko

I was browsing through Monsieur Marcel over the weekend when I came across this really graphic and bold line of chocolate products called Chocolate Orgániko. The company started in 2006 in Madrid, Spain, making organic chocolate out of cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad Island. The result is a chocolate bar that’s all about pure flavors.

I love how simple and bold the packaging is, they totally caught my eye as soon as I walked into the store. My favorite is the White Chocolate Bar, which is not only brightly colored, but is “For Children From 0 to 90 Years Old.”


Chi-Yun Lau

Check out this sweet foxy man by Chi-Yun Lau. The fastest way to my heart is to include a fox into things. I think the perspective and colors on this are beautiful as well.


Steven Harrington for Arkitip x Incase

My homeboy Steven Harrington just released his new collaboration with the folks over at Arkitip and Incase, creating an amazing Macbook and iPhone case, both featuring his amazing art work. The video above is a little sneak peek into Steven’s world. I’ve got to hang out with Steven a couple of times and he’s such a rad, down to earth guy. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also killing it artistically.

You can pick up the Macbook sleeve here, and the iPhone case here.


The New Simpsons Intro

I’ve never been a HUGE fan of The Simpons, but this new HD intro is pretty dang spectacular. It’s almost one of those things you need to soak in frame by frame. I think my new favorite part is when they wake up Grampa up in the car when Marge and Maggie honk.


Be A Star And Fall Down Somewhere Next To Me | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

Be A Star And Fall Down Somewhere Next To Me | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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I got an email from a +KN reader named Jodi earlier today, telling me that she wished I had released a mixtape for Valentine’s Day. I wrote her back saying that I hadn’t even thought about it, but that it was a good idea. Her response cracked me up:

Maybe I should have let you know beforehand that I was expecting one, but in true girl Valentines Day form, I waited until I didn’t get one to tell you that I really wanted/expected one.

So in honor of Jody, and all the other girls out there who might not get what they want for Valentine’s Day, I give you Be A Star And Fall Down Somehwere Next To Me. This mix in a lot of ways is a continuation of the last mix, They Don’t Pierce The Night. But this is less about longing, and more about hope.

The title of the mix comes from a Rufus Wainwright song, which actually isn’t on the mix at all. But after I heard the lyric, I knew I had to use it for an eventual mix. I think it’s quite fitting for Valentine’s Day, and as always I hope you all enjoy it, and would love to hear your feedback.

01 I’m The Drunk and You’re The Star by New Buffalo
02 Long Time Ahead of Us by The Walkmen
03 Will You Be There by Port O’ Brien
04 There Is a Place? by Pale Young Gentlemen
05 It Was A Beautiful Car by M. Ward
06 You Said It Before by Mojave 3
07 Lump Sum by Bon Iver
08 Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing by The Magnetic Fields
09 Involuntary by M. Ward
10 Oh My Love by John Lennon
11 Some Racing, Some Stopping by Headlights


Edit: I meant to mention that two of the songs on the mix were taken from Daytrotter sessions. The songs I used were Bon Iver’s Lump Sum and Headlights’ Some Racing, Some Stopping. Both of these versions were almost more magical then their original counterparts. Click here to hear the rest of the Bon Iver set, and here for the Headlights.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring 123KLAN

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring 123KLAN


Hey hey it’s still Wednesday, and you all need a new desktop!
I’m totally stoked on this weeks wallpaper, it’s definitely one of the coolest I’ve ever featured. I got an email about a month ago from Scien of 123KLAN saying that he enjoyed the site. So I obviously had to take the opportunity to invite him and his wife Klor to participate in the project!

What they came up with was the awesome little guy you see above. As I do a lot of the time, the words of the artist sum this one up best:

As the temperature is very low over here,
We had to kill the “kitsune noir”
To make a typical canadian beanie with it,
we are sorry but we really had no other options…

So hysterical. I love the color palette, his Kitsune Noir jersey, his dunks vandals, and the mustache especially. I hope you all enjoy this weeks wallpaper as much as me, and be sure to check back next Wednesday!

‘The Stand Ins’ by Okkervil River

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Starry Stairs by Okkervil River

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On Tour With Zykos by Okkervil River

If there was one modification to my Favorite 15 Albums of 2008, it might be the inclusion of the Okkervil River album, The Stand Ins. I hadn’t realized that the album had even been released until after I made my list, so I wanted to praise this gem of an album some.

The album is a continuation from the last album, The Stage Names, and continues Will Sheff’s obsession with pop culture. This is by far one of Okkervil’s best albums, hopefully the songs above will help you get a sense of how amazing this album is. Also, the cover is pretty neat for two reasons. First, it’s hand sewn, and second, if you place The Stage Names album above it, you get one whole image.


Sam Weber

I’ve been a big fan of Sam Weber’s work for a while, he’s an amazing illustrator that I think I’d classify more as a painter than an illustrator. He has this great sense of textures and colors that I haven’t really seen anyone else match. The two pieces above are for the Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto, the top one is for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the bottom for The Guardsmen. I love all the smudges and galaxies and fingerprints in the top one, and the texture in the bottom one is amazing.

Definitely check out the rest of Sam’s work, and his store as well, which has a bunch of his pieces for sale.