Date Archives November 2009

Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.015

It’s Friday! This week’s Mixcast is both fun and kind of silly. It’s fun because there’s a theme, which about oceans, beaches, water, surfing and those kinds of things. The reason is because I’ve noticed that a lot of bands these days are taking their names and titles of songs/albums from these sorts of themes. For the past 10 years or so it was animals, but I think that’s starting to change…

The reason the mix is silly is that I honestly don’t know a lot about these bands, they’re all pretty new and I never really had a good chance to learn about them yet. So if I sound like a fool you have my sincere apologies. I guess it’s also kind of silly because I basically made a summer album in the middle of winter… well, it was 70º again here in LA, so I suppose I have a good reason.

Enjoy the mix.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums
It’s Kate’s Birthday by Washed Out
Over The Ocean by Best Coast
Daydream by Beach Fossils
Bird of Paradise by WIndsurf
Punk Spirit by Wave Machines
To the Love Within by Megapuss
Friends by Ducktails
Asleep at the Party by Memory Cassette
Black Lake by real estate
Slow Jabroni by Surfer Blood
Take Care by Beach House


Martin Scott-Jupp

“These photographs document several of the various types of mould which can be found growing on your average loaf of bread, given enough time and neglect.”

So says Martin Scott-Jupp, the photographer behind these amazing photos. They’re from a series called Colony featuring the beauty and wonder you can find in decaying matter and growing fungi. If you weren’t told that these were molds you probably wouldn’t have ever known, thinking they were some kind of tiny flowers or a set of miniatures shot in a sort of tilt shift way. Who know something so gross could be so beautiful?


‘Heaven Can Wait’ by Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new album seems to be shaping up nicely, especially now that I’ve heard her new song Heaven Can Wait. Beck, who produced her upcoming album IRM, is also featured on this track and the two of them sound pretty great together. But it’s funny because it’s not only the song, the video is equally creative and amazing.

It was directed by Keith Schofied whom also did the video for BPA’s Toe Jam, where the people make fun shapes out of the censor bars. I’ve watched this video like 10 times now and I”m still catching new things. It’s funny how it seems like such a weird and bizarre version of Los Angeles, but not that far from the truth. How rad is the part where the guy is being chased by the ax?!

Amazing track and an amazing video, definitely one (two?) of the best of the year.


15 Uses For Newsprint

I received an email earlier today from Mr. Josh Cochran letting me know that him and his studio mates have created a fun little project called 15 Uses For Newsprint. It’s like a little newspaper filled with art on one side and tips for what you can do with it if you happen to get sick of it, like writing a ransom note, wraping a fish or covering a hole in a wall to escape jail. The artists participating are San Weber, Jillian Tamaki, Leif Parsons, Jessica Hische, Chris Silas Neal, Ted McGrath, Grady McFerring, Rachel Salomon, Gilbert Ford, Jennifer Daniel, Alex Eben Meyer, Zach O’Hora, Kim Bost, Joel Speakmaker and Josh Cochran himself. It’s a really cute project and it’s only $10.


Albert Exergian

I was browsing through FFFFound when I came across the work of Albert Exergian, who might have the coolest middle ages/King Arthur sounding name ever. What I found him through was his Popular TV Shows Poster Series but what really caught my eye was this short series he did around Mathematics. Yet again I’m writing about math concepts that I don’t really understand, but when you visualize them like this, kind of like Michæl Paukner does, it’s pretty awesome. This makes me hate math a fraction less.


Self-Stirring Cup by Anna Gram

You know when you’re having coffee or tea, and the dregs end up settling at the bottom? It’s kind of gross and designers Florian Dussopt and Julie Girard have come up with a way to counteract this. They’ve come up with a self-stirring cup. The idea is simple, it’s a glass which at the bottom is a wider reservoir that contains a ceramic ball. Once you spin the cup the ball spins in the reservoir, mixing your drink up more successfully, or so is the hope.

I like this idea a lot but I see two potential problems, the first being that there’s no handle to it. This is meant for hot beverages and grabbing hot glass is not fun in any way. The second more obvious problem is that someone is going to swallow that damn ceramic ball. It’s made purposefully so you won’t dot that, but some damn idiot is going to swallow the whole thing and find it two days later.

Found through Daily Mail


Jordan Crave Cover for Cinefamily

I haven’t heard much from Jordan Crane lately, so I was excited to see that he illustrated the cover of the last issue of Cinefamily. The cover is an illustration of Coffin Joe, who I believe is a host some Cinefamily events a not to be confused with that kid from The Horrors. It’s an awesome illustration and it caught my eye immediately. I’m trying to figure out some place to hang this in my house now…


‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman

I wrote about the last book I finished, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigura, exactly a week ago and since then I finished another book, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. A couple of weeks before I read Never Let Me Go I read Neverwhere and absolutely fell in love with it, so my boyfriend suggested that I read American Gods as well.

The book is set around a man named Shadow who’s about to get out of prison for a crime you’re not sure of. As he’s about to be released tragedy strikes and his life is thrown into chaos. On his way home he meets a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday on a plane, who offers him a job, telling him that he knows his life is in ruins and that he can help. Shadow eventually accepts the offer and thus begins a journey through America and running into the old and new Gods that inhabit it and preparing for a might storm that’s approaching.

I really love how Neil Gaiman writes, both American Gods and Neverwhere served to show just how great he is. I knew of Neil because I read Sandman a long time ago, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy his novels as much. Turns out I definitely did. They’re definitely about fantastic stuff like magic and Gods, but he does a good job of not being overly showy or flashy with it. He definitely presents the books from a mundane point of view and you get to witness these brief moments of wonder. It’s this restraint that definitely keeps the books integrity.


Paramount by Mind Design

The people over at Mind Design created this really amazing and graphic branding scheme for a club called Paramount in London. The created an identity system filled with repeating shapes that slowly grow larger, causing the shapes to create new shapes and patterns as they increase in size. They took this idea and applied it to large window screens in the club as well as on the business cards and other assorted paper goods.

The overall effect is really rad and is so simple it makes me jealous. Everything is so clean and simple but the shapes really add a lot of character to the overall designs. They also worked with Helene Bangsbo Andersen and Tom Dixon on the interior design, as you can see by the stunning chairs and lamps.


Google Chrome Operating System

Earlier today Google announced their newest shiny toy, a Chrome operating system (or OS) that will appear as a competitor to Windows and Apple. What’s kind of exciting about this new OS is that Google has decided to make it a web desktop of sorts. So you’ll login and then be immediately connected to your Gmail, surf through Chrome (the browser) and have a number of other services you’d use online like contacts, a notepad etc.

The idea is that everything you do on your computer can live online, which is definitely where things seem to be going. It also let’s you plugin in external devices as well. Let’s say you have a photo on a memory card. Plug it in, import it into, then upload it to your Flickr or a server. I’m guessing there will be some kind of music player for music as well, but Lala is built in if you want to use that.

I know very little about this, so if I screwed something up, sorry. But I can definitely see the potential in a system like this. I’m curious to see what Apple does next and if they incorporate any similar ideas. No matter what, this is some next level thinking.