If you’re headed out to Sunset Junction here in Los Angeles this weekend be sure to stop by the parking lot behind Café Stella for Parking Lot Art Show 2. Last years was really fun and crazy and this years looks great as well. Exhibiting in the trucks this year will be Andrew Holder, Anne McCadden, Austin McCormick, Diego Cardosa, Kristen Boteshkan, Mike Kelly and Sex Savages. There was even wrestling last year, and I think there might be more this year, so it should be a fun time.
The show is August 22 from 4 to 9 PM.
A couple weeks ago Design Glut posted a great interview with Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners and I really enjoyed it. He goes into depth about how he started working for himself instead of bowing to the whims of clients. I felt really inspired after reading it, so I thought I’d share it with everyone. My favorite part is near the end:
“I know a lot of people who are in our position, who used to work for The Man or whatever, and now are making records or making films or designing clothes or creating products or screening posters or any of a million other things. And all of them, without exception, all say exactly the same thing and they say it in exactly the same words: “I should have done it sooner.”
When you think to yourself, “In 18 months I’m going to start my crocheted beer coaster company,” the problem with that sentence is the 18 months. What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid.” Do it now. If you bankrupt a company before you’re 25, that’s like a badge of honor! Get out there.”
Sorry for the late posting of the wallpaper this week! I decided to play hooky and eat Japanese food and see District 9. This week’s wallpaper comes from some old chums of mine, Chris and Robert, who are the duo behind British design firm Telegramme. These guys have been busting out posters and illustrations left and right since they graduated and their success just keeps going. Their work is full of life and color and I think they’ll both be doing even greater work in the future.
For their wallpaper they offered up an homage to simpler times, of broken computers and pencil cases. I love all the details to this wallpaper, and the colors really set this off beautifully. Definitely a beautiful and well-crafted wallpaper.
I love the ingenious idea of Three Frames. It’s exactly like it sounds, take three frames from a movie and turn it into a looping, animated GIF. The effect is kind of amaz-eating, a mixture of amazing and nauseating. You totally get sucked in watching these things, like something else might pop out at you. Any idea what movie the images above are from? I have no idea, I just thought they were really fun.
I’m pretty excited for Gentlemen Broncos, the new movie from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. It definitely still has all the weirdness of his other movies, but this does feel a little more grown up then his previous films. The story follows a young man named Benjamin who attends a science fiction writing convention and ends up getting his story ripped off by his favorite author, Ronald Chevalier. In the film you get to see each other their stories acted out by the awesome Sam Rockwell. In Benjamin’s story he’s a bearded nomad riding a deer with missile launchers, but in Chevalier’s he’s… a tranny.
I’m really excited to see this, I think it’s gonna be pretty funny. Jermaine Clement, Jennifer Coolidge and Mike White round out the cast, all really talented folks. The movie comes out on October 30th, so there’s a bit of a wait, but it should be worth it. Check out the trailer under the cut.
The band t-shirt is one of those eternal wardrobe items that I’m pretty sure everyone has. Insound understands this and has just launched the Insound Classic 10, a collection of shirts featuring designs by Mike Perry interpreting the music of your favorite “new wave and indie bands from the 1970s through the 1990s.” The collection features The Feelies, Galaxie 500, Beat Happening, Sleater-Kinney, The Magnetic Fields, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo.
The designs are varied but they all have that awesome Mike Perry-ness to them that I love so much. My favorite shirt hands down is the Apples in Stereo one, but the Galaxie 500 one is pretty sweet as well. They’re also selling tote bags and 18 x 24″ posters as well, so if t-shirts aren’t your thing I think you’re covered.
Gah! Look at how cool these new World War Robot toys/action figure thingies are! These are a part of Ashley Woods comic book series World War Robot, and honestly they look exactly like their comic book counterparts. I’m not sure what to call these exactly, because they’re kind of like giant action figures with moving parts, but they’re also sort of like models.
These guys come in at a whopping 14.8 inches tall, and come in two different colorways, Shadow Guard and Lunar Camo. I prefer the Lunar Camo, personally. You can pick one up yourself for the meaty price of $250 each by clicking here.
With my server problems last week, coupled with my being out of town, I didn’t have a chance to post last week’s mixcast. Totally sorry about that, but the stars just weren’t aligned. Nonetheless, it was definitely finished and I really want to share it with you all.
Last week’s mixcast was inspired by my trip up to Santa Cruz and San Francisco with my boyfriend Matt. It had been a few years since I’d been to SF and even longer since I’d been to Santa Cruz. Overall the trip was amazing and I’m still missing San Francisco. Thankfully the weather here in LA has been a bit chilly, a subtle reminder of my great trip.
This Friday I had planned on releasing a brand new mixtape, but I also have a really rad mixcast ready as well. Should I release just the mixtape? Would you like to hear both? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and I’ll go with what you guys think.
this last week’s tracklist:
The Day We Left Town by Magnet
Palo Alto by Radiohead
Shake It Out by Tilly and the Wall
August by Rilo Kiley
Rendevous: Petrero Hill by Architecture in Helsinki
Columns Pillars Steps by The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice
Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far) by The Thrills
Everything by Marching Band
Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset by Modest Mouse
I Must Be In A Good Place Now by Vetiver