Date Archives October 2009

Review: Monsters of Folk at the Greek Theatre

Earlier tonight I went to see Monsters of Folk at the Greek Theatre, a band made up of Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and M. Ward, one of my all time favorites. From what I had heard about the show, I knew I was in for a treat. The show was 2.5 hours long, and featured not only songs from the new Monsters of Folk album, but also songs from their respective careers. Consider me sold.

I got there a little late, sadly, but walked in hearing M. Ward playing 100 Millions Years off of his new album, Hold Time. After that the next two or so hours was a blur of amazing songs and incredible performances. From Bright Eyes I got to hear Lime Tree, The Big Picture, At The Bottom of Everything, Another Travelin’ Song, and a duette with M. Ward on Smoke Without Fire. I was pretty excited to hear these older songs, something I honestly never thought would happen. Jim James played the My Morning Jacket song Golden, which I’ve posted above, though it’s from their performance in Portland. I’d also like to mention Mike Mogis who totally made these guys sound great. He’s a master of the slide guitar and the mandolin and he definitely deserves a ton of credit.

Overall it was a spectacular show, and if you appreciate any of these artists alone or together as Monsters of Folkf the I highly suggest getting tickets right away. Also a big thanks to Justin over at Aquarium Drunkard for helping me out with some tickets, thanks buddy!


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.011

Today is the release of Where The Wild Things Are, so I thought it would be fun if this week’s Mixcast was a tribute to the movie. I’ve basically put together a bunch of songs that I think fit into the spirit of the movie. These are songs that are fun, loud, energetic and have some heart to them. I’m seeing an early matinee to beat the rush, but so far it sounds like everyone is loving it.

Just to be clear, I don’t represent Warner Bros., Spike Jonze, Maurice Sendak or anyone involved, this is purely just something fun I’m doing… so please don’t sue me! I hope you enjoy this weeks Mixcast, I had a ton of fun putting the songs together and I think you’ll really like it.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Wake Up by Arcade Fire
Grass by Animal Collective
The Owls Go by Architecture in Helsinki
At The Seaside by Peter Bjorn and John
All Thoughts Are Prey To Some Beast by Bill Callahan
Crickets by Akron/Family
Traveling Through A Sea by Grouper
Oh! My Mama by Alela Diane
Dream For Me by The Accidental
With Arms Outstretched by Rilo Kiley
We All Belong by Dr. Dog


Thomas Prior

I’m really loving the way that Thomas Prior captures environments. Thomas is a 30 year old photographer who lives Brooklyn, taking pictures of interesting people and far off places. He has quite a knack for shooting people, but there’s something really exciting about his landscapes as well. The top photo was taken at Blackrock Tower, which is like a swimming spot for the young and the old. I love how surreal the water looks as it rushes up the stairwell, even though in reality the stairs lead directly into the water. The second photo is just a storm in the desert, but there’s something really magical about it.

You can check out his portfolio site by clicking here, and his blog by clicking here.

Food Dye Photos by Corey Holms

Corey Holms is making art out of household objects, even though they look like the surface of an alien planet. His tools are simple, food coloring, vegetable oil and water, all photographed in amazing ways. He ends up getting some really rich colors that make these seem completely surreal. The two above were my favorites, the top one for the contrast in color, and the second for how it looks like ghosts in a desert… or at least that’s what I see.

Thanks for the tip Frank Chimero

Forest Milk

It’s a fact, I drink god awful amounts of milk. When I go out for brunch, I order milk with my food, and people stare at me. So when I came across this beautiful packaging for Forest Milk, well, I kinda’ got thirsty. Forest Milk is produced in Japan from cows who get to roam around in a forest all year long, trimming the grass and keeping the forest looking nice. It’s also supposed to make the milk taste better, cuz’ happy cows make tastier milk. I don’t know if this is true, but I love the logo and the old fashioned packaging, I would pick this up in a heartbeat.

Found through Spoon & Tamago


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington (Part 1)

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington

Steven Harrington

You can download Steven Harrington’s other wallpaper by clicking here.

It’s pretty late in the day, but it’s still Wednesday here on the west coast, and this week’s wallpaper is a good one. He’s one of my favorite artists out there, and he’s also one of the nicest guys I know… Mr. Steven Harrington. For those who don’t know, Steven Harrington is a Los Angeles based illustrator and designer, he’s half of the design duo National Forest and has an intense love for reggae.

Most recently he was featured an issue of Arkitip magazine, creating a body of work that was inspired by Time Life Encyclopedias, thrift stores and Bill Withers. I talked to Steven and the folks at Arkitip and was able to snag a couple of images from the issue as wallpapers, and they look pretty amazing. The first is a sketch that I loved for it’s simplicity, and the second is a photo by Brigitte Sire taken in the middle of the desert, which should provide your desktop some chill’ing out.

Big thanks to Steven and the folks over at Arkitip.

Vivian Maier

Imagine yourself in the 1950’s, wandering around and snapping photos of the normal people you ran into on the street, documenting life through a lens. Then imagine doing that for next 20 years, taking over 40,000 photos inthat time. Well, that was the life of Vivian Maier, a street photographer who captured every day life in the most remarkable way. There’s something amazing about all of her black and white images, she captured so many amazing things and it’s really fun to see what life was like 40 to 60 years ago.

There’s a blog set up now which is starting to showcase her work. It looks like it’s being updated pretty frequently, so be sure to take a look.

Found through Kottke


Banksy Interview in Swindle

Someone on Twitter recently re-linked to this interview between Shepard Fairey and Banksy from a few years ago and it’s a good read. I love that Banksy doesn’t have any interest in outing himself, that he would continue making art secretly like he has. One of my favorite parts is when he’s asked about the art world, and how many artists want their work to be accessible to a lot of people, but high prices at galleries can make this impractical:

The art world is the biggest joke going. It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak. And modern art is a disgrace – never have so many people used so much stuff and taken so long to say so little. Still, the plus side is it’s probably the easiest business in the world to walk into with no talent and make a few bucks.

To read the rest of the article, click here.


Yo Lo Tengo on La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show

One of my all time favorite bands Yo La Tengo recently did a Take Away Show for La Blogotheque, one of the best projects on the web. Walking around in Montmarte one afternoon they performed four songs, With A Girl Like You, which is a Troggs cover, Our Way To Fall, Sugarcube and Periodically Double or Triple, a song off of their new album Popular Songs. It really shows how little YLT needs to make these songs so beautiful. My favorite song of the bunch is Sugarcube, which is probably by far the best song they’ve ever written. I also love hearing Georgia go nuts with her drumsticks on a rug and a metal cart… lady drummers are the best.