I’ve been a big fan of Broadcast for years now, and it’s been 4 years since the release of Tender Buttons. But spontaneously they’ve decided to release a new “mini-abum” called Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age which features 23 songs totaling 48 minutes. Mini-album, huh?
What’s great about this though is that they asked Julian House, the visual designer for Broadcast’s album art, to contribute, which is where The Focus Group part comes in. The visuals in the video above are absolutely amazing and some of the best I’ve seen in a while. The music is also pretty phenomenal, which gets me even more excited for the next album.
I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be an audiophile, in any way at all. I love iPod headphones and can’t hear the difference between the Soundsticks on my computer and the internal speakers. But if you are an audiophile, you just might love these gorgeous ceramic speakers by Joey Roth. Joey used just three basic materials, ceramic, cork and baltic birch for the stand. It’s obvious that he has an extreme love for music and sound quality, and though I haven’t heard anything from these speakers, I would take a guess and say they sound amazing.
I’m totally loving the mid-century, Mad Men-esque artwork of Matte Stephens, a painter from Portland, Oregon. His style is entirely charming, filled with all kinds of muted oranges and olive greens, and every grown man has a pipe in his mouth. It definitely feels like Matte lives in his own old-timey universe and these are just the every day things he sees.
I’m totally smitten with the top painting which is aptly titled Dancing, and I love the color of the trees in the second painting. Definitely pay Matte a visit, his work is too fun not to.
Last Saturday I spent pretty much all day traveling. I got on a plane in Chicago at 1pm and landed in Los Angeles at 8pm. Did that stop me from going to the Where The Wild Things Are pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty? Nope. This time around they totally tricked out the space, filling ti with all kinds of trees and branches and even made a giant log nest kinda’ thing. Scattered around that were all kinds of Wild Things merchandise like t-shirts with Geoff McFetridege drawings, books, toys and stuffed animals. Max Records, the kid who plays Max in the movie, was even there running around and wearing a big silver crown.
I thought this was a fun idea so I thought I’d share it. Riceboy Sleeps, aka Jónsi from Sigur Rós and his boyfriend Alex, are having a coloring competition and you can win some fun Riceboy Sleeps stuff. All you need to do is go to their site and download the Coloring Book they’ve created. From there you can color it traditionally or digitally and one grand prize winner and 5 runners up will be chosen.
The grand prize winner will win a Riceboy Sleeps’ Special Edition Box signed by J&A, a signed Jónsi & Alex’s Coloring Book, with one picture colored in by J&A, a Jónsi & Alex tote bag and badge, a signed Riceboy Sleeps poster, and a signed ‘Rain Down My Favorite Songs’ mix cd by Jónsi & Alex. That’s a ton of rad stuff.
I’ve already starting working on mine, and if it turns out any good I think I’ll release it as a desktop wallpaper. That could be fun, right?
Tom Muller and his brother Tim Muller recently worked on a campaign for Diesel’s new fragrance Only The Brave creating an amazing explosion of 3D graphics floating about in space. I can’t even imagine how you’d begin to create graphics like this, but I think they look amazing. The color and lighting of these blobs is what really gets me, coupled with Astronaut Daved Scott’s voice over you definitely get a sense of awe and mystery.
Last night I was browisng through my Flickr contact when I realized that I see the work of Lab Partners all the time, I only I didn’t realize it. Lab Partners is made up of the San Francisco duo of Ryan Meis and Sarah Labieniec, who also happen to totally in love. Together they make these really great vintage feeling illustrations that are filled with all kinds of amazing colors which often grace the pages of my favorite magazine, Monocle. The pieces above were created for a show called Hunt & Gather that they had at the Outré Gallery. I love how stylized all of these objects are, they would look amazing all together on a wall.
You can check out a lot of their work on their Flickr by clicking here, or visit their blog here.
I’ve been able to give then new Kings of Convenience album Declaration of Dependence a few listens and so far it’s pretty great. It’s not a lot different from their old stuff, but it’s still quiet and beautiful. The video above for Boat Behind is the second single from the album and is probably the catchiest song on the album. The video features Erlend and Eirik going for a drive in their awesome little car where they eventually pick up four beautiful girls along the way. It’s a really cute video and totally captures the feeling of the song.