My buddy Dave Franzese sent me an email with a hysterical little promotional video his studio Dark Igloo did for New York eatery The Pump and I can’t stop laughing. The video centers around the fictitious Crap corporation, with ads featuring Crap being put on all manners of foods and made to look like modern day twists on old advertisements.
When watching the video you should watch all the way through the first time, then watch again but pause each at each new scenario so you can read the copy that was written, it’s really funny. The ads themselves area also really well done, looking like something you’ve definitely seen before but with a more demented angle to them all.
Good Monday, I hope you’ve had a nice weekend. It’s going to be crazy rainy for the next two weeks here in Los Angeles, so hopefully your weather is treating you little better.
This week there were some newbies and some old friends. First up is Harlem, a band I had heard of but never heard before, with their new album Hippies. The first track is called Someday Soon and man oh man is it soooo good. Definitely one of my favorite songs of the year so far. They have this sort of lo-fi, rock kind of sound? I don’t know it’s good, just trust me. After them came Delphic, the three piece dance/pop group that I’m currently kind of in love with. In case you missed it check out this video for their song This Momentary.
Then came some Spoon, their new one Transference is played a lot, it’s a really solid album. Following the Spoons is a guy named Jonathan Boulet, a young guy from Australia who’s new self-titled album has been making me pretty happy. I posted his video for the song A Community Service Announcement a little while back, so check that out to get a sampling of him.
The last four are my standard kind of go to bands. I listened to Fakebook by Yo La Tengo a lot, I love all the old folk songs they cover. Owen Pallett I’ve spoken about before, still amazing. When I don’t know what to listen to I usually turn to M. Ward’s End of Amnesia and Transfiguration of Vincent, my two favorites by him. Rounding things out is Kings of Convenience, who’s new album Declaration of Dependence has really been growing on me, and I’m liking it a lot more then I did when I first started listening to it.
Damon Winter, a staff photographer for the New York Times, has been working on a photo column called The Lens Project which allows the photographers to make their own commentary through images. He created a series called Neighbors which utilizes double exposures created with a large format camera to make interesting juxtapositions of images.
It’s quite interesting to hear about his process, some of the images are about color and form while others are about contrast, like an image taken on Fifth Aveue in Manhattan and then Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. They’re very different places but he manages to marry together a similar idea that links them together, and in this case, the neon signs from the Louis Vuitton store and then a pair of umbrellas that sit in front of a bodega.
I also love that he thinks of a shoot he did in Flushings, the image with the plane and the signs above, not as how many sheets he took, but how many dumplings he ate, which was 46.
Wolff Olins, designers of some of the most… intriguing logos of the last decade (read this list by Under Consideration and you’ll see what I mean) so I was excited to see that they have a section called Thinking with some interesting ideas. The one I really liked was called Ten for 2010, a list of “new things that could make a big impact” which was created along with Wallpaper*.
Their ideas include augmented reality, waterproof sand, battery powered cars, enhanced reading, cultural infographics, pay by mobile phone and my favorite, folding wheels.
Inventor Duncan Fitzsimons, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art in London, wanted to find a way to make performance bikes (which need large wheels) fold up small. This meant not just folding the frame, but somehow folding the wheel too. With help from InnovationRCA, this seemingly impossible product now exists. And its first application isn’t on bikes, but on wheelchairs. In 2010, for the first time, users will be able to fold their wheelchairs into much smaller spaces, making them much easier to store and carry.
There are definitely some great thoughts on here and it’ll be interesting to see if Wolff Olins follows through with some of these in their own projects.
Several years ago I went on a date with a guy which I thought had gone well. I was excited to see him again, so I thought I’d be rather charming and make him a mixtape with some cool packaging. Sadly, he didn’t feel the same way, so date number two never happened and I was stuck with a mixtape with some dudes name on it. Well I found that mixtape yesterday and realized that it was made out of a Geoff McFetridge image called The Hidden Radiance, which you can see above.
The image was created for Beautiful Losers back in 2004 and features a bunch of random geometric shapes and patterns, though mine was in white, not blue. I even found a site that’s selling 16″ x 20″ prints of this for $150, signed and dated and everything. It’s probably one of my favorite prints of his, I love all the rays which shoot in all kinds of directions.
Finding a good calender each year always seem like such a difficult task, though last year I really lucked out and found a great calendar by Atherton Lin at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store. Curious, I thought I’d look and see if they had a new calendar for 2010 and sure enough, they do. This years calendar is decorated in the same style as the 2009, with charming watercolor drawings that tell stories or have tracks to put together a mixtape.
My favorite part is that they sell their calendar through Etsy and it’s only $8.25, how great is that? Plus for the eco-aware crowd each one is printed using vegetable-based inks on recycled paper, and their printer is a part of a co-op that uses renewable energy.
Last week we took a look into the future, at the new music coming out in 2010. This week we’re going back to the 90’s. I’ve put together a collection of my favorite one-hit wonders from the 90’s, the things that songs that never really propelled bands to stardom but found a tender a place in my heart. I tried to pick the more obscure bands and songs, so hopefully this brings back some memories for you.
For the cover art I tried to recreate the Saved By The Bell logo with a Kitsune Noir spin. I hand drew the type and then traced it all out in (my enemy) Illustrator then put it all together in Photoshop. It’s insane just how janky that title is. I know it looks like I did a shitty job but go look at the original and you’ll see just how horribly designed it is.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Female of the Species by Space In The Meantime by Spacehog I Could Never Be Your Woman by White Town Desperately Wanting by Better Than Ezra Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something Bound for the Floor by Local H Super Bon Bon by Soul Coughing Radiation Vibe by Fountains of Wayne Possum Kingdom by The Toadies Sucked Out by Superdrag Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand by Primitive Radio Gods Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down by Scott Weiland
I see a lot of weird looking buildings but I can’t see I’ve seen many domed structures before. Takeshi Hosaka Architecture have designed a building for a noodle restaurant near the base of Mt. Fuji called Hoto Fudo, about two hours away from Tokyo. The building looks like a mix of an igloo and something you’d see in Star Wars on Mos Eisley. George Lucas was such a visionary. The building is left open for most of the year so that you can feel the breeze and I guess the fog can roll into the building, though I’m not so sure of that last part. Overall I think it’s a really beautiful building, and I love that epic view you get of Mt. Fuji in the second photo.
This is one of the most disorienting games I’ve ever played. First-Person Tetris puts you into the viewpoint of the Tetris block, so when you rotate the block, the whole scree rotates with it…. and then stays way until you rotate again. You also fall with the blocks to make it even trippier, and if that’s not enough of a mindfuck there’s night mode where you can’t see anything but the blocks. Waste the rest of your Friday!
If there’s one free thing I get more than anything, it’s free posters. I’m honestly hoping that by 2011 (2012 will be too late) I will be able to wallpaper my entire my apartment with nothing but free posters. I’ll keep you updated. Anyhow, I got a few cool posters this week, one from Eric at Doe Eyed and then two from Simon over at Binary & The Brain. What’s amazing is how these posters ended up matching perfectly and fitting exactly on the wall in my dining room. Definitely be sure to check out their posters and pick yourself up some!