Date Archives October 2009

Little White Lies and Huck WTWTA Covers by Geoff McFetridge

The folks over at The Church of London sent me a preview of some Geoff McFetridge drawn Where The Wild Things Are images that will be gracing the covers of both Little White Lies and Huck. For Little White Lies the upcoming issue will be centered around Where The Wild Things Are, and Huck will have an interview with Mr. Spike Jonze.

You can check out larger images of the covers underneath the cut.

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Stephane Halleux

What do you get when you mix the older films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet with the gothic creativity of Tim Burton? I think it would roughly add up to the amazing sculptures of Stephane Halleux. These amazing sculptures are crafted from bits of leather and all kinds of off found objects, things that from another time that have been put together to create these little beauties. It’s crazy how much attention and detail go into these, and they all look they should be characters in some kind of crazy steampunk, stop-motion movie set in a Triplet of Bellesville universe.

Definitely take 10 minutes to go through all of the images and be prepared to wipe the drool off of your keyboard. I would kill to own one of these!


Daihatsu Basket

This may be a bit premature, but it’s starting to feel like car manufacturers, at least those outside of the U.S., are really starting to get away from this ‘bigger is better’ attitude that’s been rotting the industry for the last 20 to 30 years. For example is the Daihatsu Basket, an extremely simple truck concept whose minimal lines make me want to buy a pickup for the first time in my life.

The truck allows for two or four people with a fold down back seat, making it easy to transport your friends or your haul from IKEA. There’s also a removable hard top roof for the front cab and an optional canvas roof for the back in case your guests want some shade or you need to cover your previously mentioned IKEA haul.

This probably wouldn’t be the greatest vehicle for places with heavy snow, but here in Los Angeles this would be a great vehicle to have, and I’m sure your friends would love you to help them move their dresser.

Found through SwipeLife


Justin Wallis

Check out the retro feeling marker drawings of Justin Wallis, who also goes by MILKBBI. He’s got a real child like quality to his drawings which I’m really digging. The top piece is from a series called Homebodies, featuring illustrations and stickers over a photograph, but I’m totally loving the color of these. The second one is called Connected and has a bunch of odd little characters all holding hands together in an epix chain. It’s funny that they’re not technically holding hands, they’re holding random objects like Gameboys and pizzas together.

Found through Milk Tooth’s Rain


‘Maximus’ by Beni featuring Sam Sparro

It’s still Monday here in Los Angeles, so I thought I’d post one other musical tidbit. My buddy Punchy just posted this to his Twitter and I’ve been listening to it on repeat since I clicked the link open. I’m not familiar with Beni, and I have only a passing knowledge of Sam Sparro, but this is THE JAM. It’s got a real Planet Rock vibe to it, something you just want to dance reallllly hard to. I’d be disappointed if this wasn’t playing in every club in the nation by next week.



I thought I’d start sharing my stats again, something I used to do a while back. This is what I’ve been listening to over the last week, maybe there’s some bands you’ve never heard that you might like to try out?


Ashore and Afloat: An Interview with Swoon

The folks over at Gestalten were kind enough to send me a really rad interview with paper/street artist Swoon. I always love seeing behind the scenes looks at artists and Swoon is one of the most innovative artists creating today. When I saw her installation at the New Images Art Gallery I was totally blown away. She’s able to create entire worlds out of found objects and cut paper and her craft is simply outstanding. I’m also really loving her boats which I read an article about a couple months ago, so it’s cool to hear about that as well.


Concreto 2 – Papel Y Street Art

This is a heads up for all the readers in Mexico City! The gang at the Art Dump is a part of a museum exhibition at the Casa Del Lago Juan Arreola. The show runs from October 28th till December 13th and features Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, Evan Hecox, Andy Jenkins, Michael Leon, Cody Hudson, Andy Mueller, Steven Harrington, Teddy Kelly, Acomonchi, Russ Pope, Michael Coleman, Ciler, Michael Sieben, Nat Swope, Watchavato. It looks like it’s going to be an amazing show so if you’re in the area definitely stop and let me know how it is.


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.012

It’s Friday, aren’t you excited? This week’s Mixcast is just a crop of songs that I enjoy and or have been enjoying lately. There’s no real theme, it’s just a bunch of music to dance around to or enjoy while you’re cleaning the house. The first chunk of music should keep you going and the second half brings it back down again, with the last song totally making you feel like all is right in the world.

Next week is Mixcsat No.013 and it’s going to be a special Halloween Mixcast! Isn’t it funny how it worked out that way? We’ll also be having a very special artist creating the covers, something new I’ve been wanting to try.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Regina Holding Hands by White Denim
Caspian Can Wait by The Velvet Teen
Electronic Renaissance by Belle & Sebastian
IRM by Charlotte gainsbourg
The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!) & The Wanting Comes in Waves by The Decemberists
Wrapped in Piano Strings by Radical Face
Some of Them Were Superstitious by Midlake
Big Chair by Travis
Smoke Like Ribbons by Ugly Cassanova
We Sleep on the Porch by Joel P West
Honeymoon by Phoenix


Obselete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By

A couple weeks ago my buddy James Gulliver Hancock sent me a book he illustrated called Obselete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. The book is a funny look into how quickly things are becoming obsolete, everything from body hair to lickable stamps, hotel keys to tonsillectomies. The author, Anna Jane Grossman, is really funny and gives you a little history on each of these things, how they fared and ultimately why they’re going away. James also provides some really great illustrations for some of the stories as well. Here are a couple of passages which made me giggle.

Here she writes about Privacy:

In the late 90s in Japan, the assumption that people would be lucky to have their private lives publicized was taken one ste further when a weekly “reality” show called Denpa Shonen featured a naked man locked in a room where he had to subsist ob only what he could win from sweepstakes advertised in a pile of magazines he was given. His place in the room was the prize he received after winning a raffle; he wasn’t told he’d be filmed. He went long stretches of time crying and eating nothing but rice cooked in a tin can. The crew left him inthere for more than a year before they told him that his confinement was being broadcast all over the country.

The show received stellar ratings.

And one more part about Eating for Pleasure:

Sara Moulton, Gourmet magazine’s longtime executive chef, has watched wholesomeness challenge convenience – while pleasure sits on the bench.

“It’s gotten to an extreme, and I could without the snobbishness. At the end of the day, food should be fun and tasty and that’s what maters more than anything else,” she says. “The plus side of the so called ‘locavore’ movement – getting food from local sources – is that that food tastes better because it’s not being grown with the purpose of holding up during shipping, it’s being grown for taste and not sturdiness. But a side effect is that it’s made some people view food as a religion, which is ridiculous. Food is first and foremost there to nurture us. It should never be this intellectual, psychological, crazy thing. To get so obsessed about where thing on your plate came from and what’s in season – it’s admirable but also elitist.” Indeed, the poorest people in this country are also the most obese, largely because they can’t afford to shop at local farmers’ markets or Whole Foods. They’re instead trying to get enjoyment from fast-food burgers, “which to be honest, don’t taste as good as they used to if they’re not made with trans fats!” Ms. Moulton says. “So on the one hand, you have the elitists who are worshipping their food instead of enjoying it – those who just assume that because something is organic it automatically means it’ll taste better – and on theother you have those who are craving sugars and salts and fatty things because it’s what they’re used to and what they can afford”

Definitely pick up a copy of yourself by clicking here.