Date Archives July 2009

Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.001

I threw out the idea of a podcast a couple weeks ago on my Twitter, asking if anyone thought it would be worth a damn. I got some good feedback, so I thought I’d create one that’s more me, so I created the Kitsune Noir Mixcast. The mixcast is a culmination of the songs I’m currently listening to or feel like sharing, sort of like a my own little radio program. The idea is to release a mixcast every Friday so that you can go into the weekend with some new tunes to listen to.

It’s a bit odd hearing my own voice with the music, and I was kind of nervous recording this one, but I’m sure that I’ll get the hang of it all soon enough. For now it’s just going to be me and the music, but I have some ideas in the future for some guest appearances and things like that. It also runs about a half an hour, which is kind of short, but I think I might be able to expand upon that with more songs and more commentary.

I’ve given you two different options as well, you can choose to download the mixcast from Mediafire, or you can sit on the page and listen to it, whatever level of commitment you’re comfy with. Let me know what you think, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:

Walkabout (w/ Panda Bear) by Atlas Sound
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by She & Him
A Teenager in Love by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Hairy Candy by Tobacco
Calypso Gold by Princeton
Arrows by Reverie Sound Revue
Warm Heart of Africa (w/ Ezra Koenig) by The Very Best
Solitude by Girls


Environmentally Friendly CFL Packaging Concept

Student designer and current Art Center student Kevin Kwok has come up with an absolutely beautiful and brilliant idea for a rebranding of General Electric’s CFL light bulbs. I think he’s really thought of everything, like the packaging, which is made from post-consumer cardboard instead of plastic, the boxes themselves are easily stackable and make little CFLs. He even considered the fact that you could put your burnt out CFL in the box and send it back to GE to be recycled. Oh yeah, and the colors and design is absolutely spot on and wonderful. We definitely need more creative thinkers like Kevin.

Found through The Dieline


Excuses Poster by Matthew Anderson

I’m really digging this Excuses poster by Matthew Newton which tries to illustrate all the different ways in which we try to weasel out of doing things. The poster was created for the ICOGRADA conference in Seattle who’s theme was “Cross Cultural Design.” I’d definitely agree that excuses are probably a universal concept, no matter where you come from. I also like that you can fold the poster into a paper airplane, which is also symbolized on the front of the poster.


Clae Fall ’09 Collection

I got a sneak peek at Clae’s new fall 2009 collection of shoes and they’ve definitely made quite a strong collection. I guess what I really like about them is that they’ve made some interesting choices when it comes to colors and textures, eschewing from the overly skater shoe look and trying for a more refined style. The top shoe is my absolute favorite, it’s called the Romare and I love the color of the leather. It’s also kind of a chukka boot, I guess, but I’ve been a calling it a high top moccasin. The shoe below it is the Kennedy, and what I love about it is that it’s made from waxed canvas, just like a lot of bags are. I think it gives the ordinarily average, black shoe some nice texture.


Johnny Lucus

I came across the photos of Johnny Lucus rather randomly on Behance tonight. He’s a photographer living in Monroe, Washington and takes some really creative photos, the likes I really haven’t seen before. I picked my favorite shots which you see above. Two of them came from his Scales series, the other two from his Cinema series. I think they go together rather well, and you can definitely get a sense for the mood that Johnny creates with his photos. Really stupendous work.


Treat Me Like Your Mother by Dead Weather

Props go out to Buck, one of my old co-workers, for pointing this video out. We definitely don’t share a love of Jack White, but we both love the directorial work of Jonathan Glazer. I honestly know nothing about this band, but the video features Jack White and some chick with her hair dyed black. They’re walking along the undeveloped area of a suburban housing community, very similar to where I grew up, singing and shooting each other up.

The video is filled with lots of beautiful scenes of shoout outs and squibs firing left and right. But the real awesomeness doesn’t start till about 4:15, where Jonathan Glazer really starts to shine… that’s sort of a pun, once you get to that part.


Cheap Stripes

I mentioned in my Gingham Vans post that I was more into stripes these days, so I thought I’d put my money where my mouth and give some good examples of what I meant. I was browsing Urban Outfitters today and found a couple of gems that I really like, despite the UO owner hating gay people and ripping off t-shirt designs left and right. Nonetheless, I found the shoes and striped shirt above, each of them going for less than $30.

I really like the Feathers Jesper V-Neck because the dip in the neckline isn’t painfully low and the buttons give the neckline a little bit of style so that it’s not just a regular ol’ tee. The Raben Striped Slip-Ons on the other hand are really rad and I would probably rock these until the bottoms wore out. Note to everyone though, these are not meant to be worn together, you’ll just end up looking like a weirdo.


Jack Kirby’s Experimental Photo Collage

I was looking through my bookshelf earlier this morning and I came across this book called Marvel, Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics. The book covers the history of Marvel including behind the scenes looks at art and stories that tell a little bit more about how the Marvel universe was created. I totally gushed over this book as a kid, but looking at it now it’s kind of silly.

But in the back of the back they reprinted some original stories from some classic comics, and one page in particular definitely caught my eye. It’s from Fantastic Four #51, a story called This Man… This Monster! about The Thing being shunned by society. The story isn’t really relevant, it’s all about the art above drawn by Jack Kirby. As the description in the book reads:

During the 1960’s Jack Kirby experimented with photo collages as a device for altering the look of comic books. The idea never really caught on, but it influenced the work of later artists from Jim Steranko to Todd McFarlane.

Why wasn’t this done more?! I’m guessing this was a bit far beyond what people were used to in the 60’s, especially in a comic book, but it absolutely looks like something someone would create now. Jack Kirby was certainly a pioneer far beyond his time.