Date Archives July 2009

The Summer Never Ends / A Mixtape by Jens Lekman

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The Summer Never Ends by Jens Lekman

I figured the best way to send everyone into the weekend is through a new mixtape, though this one is by one of my favorites, Jens Lekman. Just so we’re clear, I don’t know Jens Lekman at all, but I wish I did because I think he’s amazing. Anyhow, he’s created this clever little mixtape to get you through the hottest part of the year. On it is a hodge podge of new and old, including a brand new song of his (I only know this because I saw him perform it live), lots of samples from his previous albums, and an awesome conversation with Alicia Keys. Here’s the tracklist, as provided by Mr. Lekman:

(excerpt from) The Summer Never Ends /// I Really Think That We Can Make It Girl /// Nicolette Larsson – Lotta Love /// The Embassy – State 08 /// (excerpt from) New Directions /// Coke Escovedo – I Wouldn’t Change A Thing /// Filippo Trecca – La Morte Dell’erminia /// His name is Mikael Carlsson, her name is Alicia Keys /// Lamont Dozier – Blue Sky and Silver Bird /// Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out /// Jeff Perry – Love Don’t Come No Stronger /// Good News – Australia /// Baby’s Gang – America /// American Breed – Always You

You can listen to the mix by clicking the player above or you can download it by clicking here.

Bobby

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Craig Matchett

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Craig Matchett

Craig Matchett

Name: Craig Matchett
Degree/College: Graphic Arts / BA (hons) / Liverpool School of Art
Website: www.supernovi.co.uk

About Your Wallpaper:
This is one of a collection of work created to make people who own high quality photo printers particularly the canon brand. it was a series of PDF’s a new customer of canon could print out and create there own tiled patterns with through printing out multiply documents and then rearranging the paper to create a mosaic like pattern.

Speed Painting by Danny Roberts

Talk about inspirational, the video above is a speed painting by Danny Roberts, an artist living in California who has an incredibly diverse style. He took a sketch that he did and blew it up into the incredible piece you see at the end of the video. The whole thing was inspired by Walt Disney’s multiplane camera, which he used on movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It’s pretty awesome watching him work, I think that’s half of the fun. The fact that the painting turns out beautifully in the end is simply a bonus. Also, big props for the Edith Piaf scoring the whole thing, it definitely sets the mood.

Check out more of Danny’s work on his blog, Igor + Andr√©.

Bobby

Wayne Pate

Every time I look at this image I start to giggle. This dashing sailor seagull with a pipe, aptly named Sammy, was created by Wayne Pate, an illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. Wayne’s style is really simplistic and almost kind of retro, using lots of great patterns and the perfect pairings of color. I’d also recommend checking out his shop, which features a ton of prints, all 18 x 24″, and 95% of them are only $35… that’s such a good deal for such rad prints and there’s just about something for everyone.

Bobby

Sunday by Sonic Youth, Directed by Harmony Korine

I can’t remember why I was thinking about this video the other day, but I get hooked every time I watch it. The song is Sunday by Sonic Youth off of their album A Thousand Leaves which was released in 1998. The video was directed by Harmony Korine and features Macaulay Culkin, Rachel Miner and a ton of ballerinas spinning like mad. It’s a really simple video, but there’s something mesmerizing about watching Macaulay Culkin moving in slow-motion… also something kind of creepy as well.

Bobby

An Effort Most Futile by Msxi





I got an email from an artist named Msxi the other day, a graduate from Central Sain Martins School of Art who is originally from Singapore, letting me know about her work. As I was browsing I came across this great illustrated project she did called An Effort Most Futile. The series tries to illustrate “the negative effects we have made and continue to make on our environment.” The story also goes about showing how difficult it can be to try and make these changes.

The drawings are really intricate and beautifully done, and definitely put a lot of perspeective on the situations. I had to crop into a couple of these drawings, which are absolutely huge and epic in scope. Really great stuff.

Check out more images under the cut.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Drew Turner


Name: Drew Turner
Degree/College: Graphic Design / BA Hons / Plymouth College of Art.
Website: www.drewturner.co.uk

About Your Wallpaper:
space, lazers, stars, triangles, reflection, refraction, galaxy, animals, spaceships, starfights, rockets, purple, clouds, cosmos, mirrors, glass, smoke, magic, illusion, deception, confusion, nebula, planets, distance, time, numbers, infinity, electricity, lightning, explosions, implosions, motion, speed, blur, frozen, liquid, flow, dimentions, mathematics, everton, error. restart.

Bobby

‘Silver Trembling Hands’ by The Flaming Lips

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Silver Trembling Hands by The Flaming Lips

I figured I’d continue this metallic theme that the blog has going with the newest track from The Flaming Lips upcoming album, Embryonic, called Silver Trembling Hands. Clocking in at nearly 4 minutes, this reminds me of something off of The Soft Bulletin, kind of all over the place, but it has a great driving drumbeat and my favorite part, when it breaks down into a down tempo, jazzy beat. I haven’t heard anything else off of the album yet, but if it’s anything like this I think we’re all going to be very pleased.

The album also features collaborations with MGMT and Karen O, and should be released in September.

Bobby

Busy Beaver “Button-O-Matic ” Series Curated by UPSO

In a couple of weeks, Chicago is going to be getting a Busy Beaver shop, you know, those folks who make the great badge/buttons and stuff? Along with opening a new store, they’re also releasing a sweet line of badges that have been curated by Dustin Hostetler, aka UPSO, as a part of their Button-O-Matic series. The badges all come in either 24K gold or nickel and feature the artwork of Tim Biskup, Travis Millard, Damien Correll, Jennifer Daniel, Nicholas Gazin, Ginette Lapalme, STEAK MTN, Spacesick, Luke Ramsey and Geoffrey Todd Smith. I really want a set of these, I would look so much classier when I left the house!

Bobby

Reebok ERS 5000 by John Maeda





I came across these sweets looking Reeboks yesterday after @upso tweeted about ’em, so I thought I’d share them here. These shiny beasts were designed my John Maeda based upon Law 1 from his book he Laws of Simplicity,, which happens to be Reduce. And while they look a bit flashy, they’re still rather simple in tone and color. I think it would be kind of fun to have a shiny pair of silver shows, but they might be a bit too sports-y to wear to anywhere but running. I’m also curious what the back panel says, it’s probably Flash’s speed formula so you can run real fast yourself.

Photos from Hypebeast

Bobby