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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I’m totally stoked for Wes Andersen’s newest film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based off of the Roald Dahl book of the same name. The story centers around Mr. Fox (who’s voiced by George Clooney), a thief by night who steals chickens, ducks and turkeys to feed his family. But the owners of the fowl, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, will do stop at nothing to catch Mr. Fox and his family.
The movie sounds quite promising, as it’s Mr. Andersen using stop motion to tell a story. The film also has an impressive cast lending their voices, including Anjelica Houston, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe and Jarvis Cocker. Actually, upon looking at the list, it’s basically every person who’s ever been in a Wes Andersen movie ever, save for Meryl and Jarvis. I guess that Jarvis Cocker has also written some songs for the film, so that’s pretty rad as well.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox comes out November 13th.
P.S. Are they all wearing balaclavas in that first photo?! So rad.
In 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni released a little film called Zabriskie Point, which I’ll admit right now that I’ve never seen before. The movie seems a bit weird, so I’ll cut and paste Wikipedia’s description:
It tells the story of a young couple — an idealistic, free spirited young woman, and an aspiring radical turned fugitive. They meet in the desert under bizarre circumstances, instantly connect with a fearless spirit, and then part with tragic consequences. When the fugitive dies in an attempt to reconcile his minor transgressions with the police his new-found lover’s connection to the corporate and government establishment is psychologically and permanently severed when she visualizes the home of her corporate lover/boss exploding in slow motion.
And it’s this final scene that I want you to see, where Daria imagines her lover/bosses house exploding. The beginning of the sequence is shown from about 279 different angles, but once you hit the 2 minute mark you start seeing just random things exploding and flying through the air, all floating in slow motion to a rather amazing Pink Floyd song. I swear, only an Italian director like Antonioni could do something like this nearly 40 years ago. I especially love the TV being blown up, as well as the random chicken/turkey shooting past the screen.