I figured to start out the week right, I’d give you all a new mixtape to listen to, even though it has a bit of a gloomy title. Terrifying Disaster is an oooold mix that I found while completely cleaning out my computer last week. I always thought it was a great mix, but it did need some cleaning up. So I put all the songs back into Garageband and mixed it properly. The mix is slightly darker in tone then I usually do, but that’s kind of the fun of it. You should still be able to blast this in your car without feeling depressed, promise.
As always, the mix is made as one continuous track, not multiple tracks, like a mixtape on a cassette would be. This mix is made to be heard all the way through, and each song is mixed together with the next for a reason. If you want to hear one of the songs on it’s own, check out hypem.com, they should have it for you. Here’s the track listing:
01 Pharaohâ€™s Daughter by The Secret machines
02 Comfortably Numb by Scissor Sisters
03 (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Safety Scissors Remix) by Dntel
04 Into The Sun by Diplo
05 Loved Despite of Great Faults by Blonde Redhead
06 Strange News From Another Star by Blur
07 The Gloaming (DJ Shadow Remix) by Radiohead
08 Hands Around My Throat by Death in Vegas
09 Little Kids (Ladytron Remix) by Kings of Convenience
10 The Guest by Phantom Planet
I hope you all enjoy it.
I’m kind of in love with Tate Millerton‘s set of photos called Evolution is Convenient. The photos feature two different images, the bottom containing their upper chest, while the top is some kind of random object, probably something that describes them or their personality.
My favorites were the first two images, which feature red tape as a guide to where the person should stand. Plus the image on the left with the camera head looks amazing. The rest of the set is great as well, definitely check them out.
Found through But Does It Float
For Young Japanese, It’s Back to the Farm
by Hiroko Tabuchi
The NY Times had a really great story a few weeks back about Japan’s new Rural Labor Squad, a program that gets young, underemployed Japanese to work on farms. The idea works in two ways. The first is that it gives young people who are having problems finding a solid job a chance to learn new skills, something they can possibly use in the future. The other part is that Japan’s rural work force is getting older, and they don’t always have the money to hire new people.
While the program isn’t perfect, it’s not going to solve their unemployment problem, it does bring up some interesting ideas. President Obama has recently been calling people to service, to help out in their communities and the such. Well what if more communities started creating farms? Imagine people learning how to grow their own foods, maintain crops, take care of livestock.
Personally I think this is an amazing idea, and I wish I had a place to participate in something like this. It would be even better if it were in the city limits, like the lot where the recently out of business Circuit City is on Sunset. Does anyone else think this would be really fun to try?
For some reason I’ve recently had this thing with summer shoes, finding that perfect pair that I can just wear everyday and not even think about them, they’re just perfect. Well I got an email about these PF Flyer reissues called Sumfun, which I’m guessing stands for “Summer Fun”, because that’s what they look like.
The details are what really sells me on this shoe, like the fact that main panels of the shoe arch backwards toward the heal, and the bit of texture at the top of the rubber. The color is nice as well, not too white and not too dingy, just worn-in looking. They also come in black, but then they just look like Chuck Taylors. And for $70, they’re pretty reasonable.
I came across Pedro LourenÃ§o’s work after he added me on Twitter, proving that a silly 48 x 48 px icon can get you noticed. Pedro’s style is really great, using ink and occasionally some computer coloring to make some really rad images. I think it’s his line work that really sells it though. The way each image ends up looking is like he didn’t even try, that all the lines just knew exactly where to be. Excellent work.
Smoke Without Fire by Bright Eyes & M. Ward
I woke up this morning with this song playing in my head, so I thought I’d post it up for everyone. The song is called Smoke Without Fire, which was on Bright Eyes’ Four Winds EP that came out in 2007. It features Conor and M. Ward, whom I’m obsessed with, playing together on a really mellow track. The pair go back and forth, singing in light melodies that are totally soothing. In my opinion, this is a hidden gem that I’m not sure a lot of people have heard.
Hello, again. How have you been?
I want to start out saying sorry for not posting for the last two weeks. They’ve been the most schizophrenic two weeks of my adult life, and I had a ton of things to deal with. First off, I ended up losing that job with Marc Atlan. The reason for this is a bit… complicated. I don’t really want to get in to detail with it, but basically an outside source wasn’t happy with my being hired, so that possible future was cut very short, very quickly. I still absolutely respect Marc, and he was nothing but gracious about the situation.
I also decided to leave my position as creative director of Causecast as well. Working there began to feel burdensome, and I was basically a robot cranking out page after page. There were other factors as well, but I don’t want to get into the negative parts of that either. The idea of Causecast is still a great one, I still have many friends over there, and I wish them the best of luck.
That all being said, I’ve decided to start working freelance full time. I’ve started working with several different clients, so I figure this is a really opportune time to get this kind of thing started. I’ll be posting about one project that just got released later today, and there will be more big announcements in the coming weeks. So if you’re looking for someone to create any graphic or branding work, hit me up, I’d love to help. You can email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for putting up with my personal stories, now let’s get back to the cool shit.