Date Archives December 2009

Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.018

This week’s Mixcast is a collection of my favorite songs from 2009. You’ll have seen a lot of these songs on other Mixtapes and Mixcasts but I wanted to make a definitive list, the creme of the crop, list of songs. It was kind of hard to narrow them down but I feel like this is a pretty good spread of songs I loved.

The Mixcast is also over an hour long, I decided to mix together a huge chunk of songs in the middle, so you’ll get about 50 minutes of continuous music. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you think I missed anything, though I’m telling you right now I didn’t, haha…

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
My Girls by Animal Collective
That’s That by MF Doom
Silver Trembling Hands by The Flaming Lips
Home by Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Wild Young Hearts by The Noisettes
Missing the Light of the Day by AIR
Cello Song by The Books & José González
Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.) by Monsters of Folk
Sister by Vetiver
Columns Steps Pillars by The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice
James by Camera Obscura
Singing Joy to the World by The Fruit Bats
While You Wait For The Others by Grizzly Bear
Little Shadow by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Epilogue by The Antlers
Shangri-La by M. Ward


‘The First Days of Spring’ – A Film By Noah And The Whale

I’m really enjoying this new trend in bands creating films around albums, much like Edward Sharpe did, and now you can add Noah And The Whale to that list. Charlie Fin, the lead singer of the band, has created a 45 minute long movie that accompanies and is scored by their newest album, The First Days of Spring.

The film is really incredibly shot, with lots of beautiful locations and wide landscapes. From what I’ve been able to put together the film is about life and death, love and loss. The whole thing was shot in 8 days on a meager budget, but honestly I don’t think you can tell that at all. Hopefully this trend continues and more musicians start to dabble in film.


Union Print by CXXVI

CXXVI is one of those brands that I’ve been keeping to myself for about a month now. I can’t remember how I came across them but their branding, done by Onetwentysix, is absolutely beautiful and I’m totally smitten with it. Adding to it is that their products are also great, with a line of hand screened t-shirts that evoke that antique nautical look that’s all the rage with the kids these days. Recently though they’ve added this beautiful silkscreened poster you see above to their online shop.

The poster is in an edition of 50 and is dyed and aged to give it that weathered look. It’s a really fun print and the black and red look totally amazing. It’s also only $30, so someone should definitely buy this for me for X-Mas *hint hint boyfriend nudge nudge*.

Found through Svpply


Mimetic House by Dominic Stevens Architect

mi•met•ic –adjective
1. characterized by, exhibiting, or of the nature of imitation or mimicry: mimetic gestures.
2. mimic or make-believe.

The Mimetic House is an interesting idea, of a house that blends in with it’s environment. The outside of the house is lined with a semi-reflective glass that’s pitched at a downward facing angle. The result is that the instead of seeing walls you see the green of the grass that surrounds the building. It’s a really awesome and slightly surreal effect. The inside of the house is swathed in white every where, giving the space a clean look and making it seem even larger.

The building almost seems less like a house and more a like a secret headquarters. There’s something very James Bond-ian about the space and it’s location. Beautifully done and a clever idea.


Grant Coghill

Scottish illustrator Grant Coghill is definitely created some awesome work this year as evidenced by his extremely full portfolio. His style is interesting, with an aesthetic of stencils and spray painting without feeling like some horrible early 2000’s Mountain Dew advertisement. My favorites are above, but my most favorite is the one in the middle. Something about it really speaks to me.

Found through Ape On The Moon


Atsushi Hara

I came across the illustrations of Atsushi Hara in a book of Japanese illustrators and totally fell in love. Unfortunately I couldn’t find nearly any info online about him. But his illustrations are so festive and full of color and life. This style of contemporary takes on illustrations from the 60’s and 70’s is all over the place these days but I totally love it. I wonder he’s done any illustrations for Monocle yet?


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Skinny Ships

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Skinny Ships

Skinny Ships

I was really feeling the kind of psychedelic, hippy-ish vibe of the previous post so I thought this was a nice way to continue the feeling. This week’s DWP designer is San Francisco based designer Richard Perez whom you might also know as Skinny Ships. I’ve been a big fan of Richard’s work and one of my favorite things he ever did was this fake rebranding of Jell-o. I’ve never wanted to eat anthropomorphic fruit so hard in my life.

His desktop is titled High Eyes (which right now is reminding me of Oscar from Arrested Development) and features a bunch of bugged out looking eyeballs. Funn enough it also kind of looks like it could be a nice, X-Mas inspired background. If your grandma asks I would go with that story. Enjoy the wallpaper and check back next week for another great one!

‘Dreamtime 79’ by Heath Killen

I get a lot of emails from people wanting me to check out their work, and 99% of the time I do. Sometimes emails are brief, some are long and some can be just weird. This is one of those weird but amazing ones.

Heath Killen, and Australian designer, has started a project called Dreamtime 79 which is series of fake film posters from the 70’s created for a fake cult that called Dreamtime 79 that built a fake film studio in the Australian Outback. Still following? Over 10 years they created 13 different films with names like TasMANIA! and Spirits of the Golden Soil.

I think this is the most fun, clever idea that I’ve come across in a while. The creativity that was put into this idea is off the charts and the posters area an absolute blast. I also love that the posters were credited to Ray Author, aka Millenium Ray, who is also the founder of the cult. The posters were influenced by psychadelic artwork and films like Mad Max, giving them that weird, cult classic movie feel. You can even download iPhone sized versions of the posters by clicking here.

This is also just the first part of a series of projects Heath wants to do under the monicker The Society For The Preservation of Australian Secret Histories. If you dig his work you should definitely get in touch.


Alex Beltechi

If you ever needed a kick in the ass to be creative I think these pieces by Alex Beltechi would do just that. From a series called Draw, Alex has thrown in words like doodle, color, paint and sketch, combining them with explosions of paint, swirly illustrations and a number of amazing stuff. The shapes and colors of these pieces are absolutely amazing and make me want to grab a brush and start making gigantic, epic paintings.

His portfolio on Behance is filled up with all kinds of computery created stuff but I really enjoy the more analog feel of these posters more. That being said, you should still see the rest of his work, he’s a talented fella’.


Ville Varumo

Finnish photographer Ville Varumo has an amazing eye for photography, no matter what the subject. Checking out his online portfolio you’re presented with six books. The first two contain portraits (basically), the third and fourth contain landscapes, the fifth still lifes and the sixth a random collection of photos.

The photos you see above, yes, those are photos, are from his still life collection. They look absolutely otherworldly and like someone meticulously painted them. I’d also suggest you check out his landscapes which are really wonderful as well. They were the other choice to show you but I thought his still life photos would grab you more.