Date Archives February 2010

Daniel Carlsten Illustration for Dwell

I got the newest issue of Dwell a couple weeks ago and when I was flipping through it I came across the beautiful illustration you see above. My first thought was “Who did this?” and I looked and it was a guy name Daniel Carlsten. But why did that sound familiar? Because I posted about him last November, you might remember his extremely awesome invite for Acne.

I don’t know what it is about this illustration that excites me so much. Everything seems psuedo-realistic but still has this playful character to it. Honestly the scan above doesn’t do it justice, but this is probably one of my favorite illustrations that Dwell has run in the past year or so. Be sure to pick up the newest issue and check it out for yourself.


Sushi Cat

I thought it would be kind of fun to start posting silly flash games on here on the weekends. Most weekends I like to try and relax and playing these is a good way to not think about things.

For today I’ve found an awesome guy called Sushi Cat, where you’re tying to fatten up a skinny kitty so that he can get to the kitty girl of his dreams. The game is played like Plinko, that game you see on The Price is Right, except you drop a kitty and you want to gobble yummy sushis. I wish I was this kitty.

I had to put the game under the cut because it automatically starts playing with sounds, which be slightly obnoxious on the front page of the blog. Have fun playing and let me know if you dig this kind of thing.

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Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.027

Gadzooks I can’t believe it’s already Friday. I say this every week but I really mean it this week. Anyhow, I’ve got a really great Mixcast for you this week. It’s an eclectic mix of new and old stuff but there’s not really a main theme or anything. Funny enough they’re kind of related to love, so you could say it’s in the ballpark of a love mix, even though it wasn’t purposeful.

I also wanted to mention that the random, weird artwork this week was inspired by this image, which I found randomly. Just something about the colors and layout that really inspired me. I hope you like the mix and check back next week for a new one.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Heaven’s On Fire by The Radio Dept.
Singing Arc (While The Fire Dies Version) by Seabear
The Beautiful Young Crew by Lawrence Arabia
Camera Talk by Local Natives
If She Wants Me by Belle & Sebastian
A Time For Emily by The Elected
Love’s Been Good To Me by Johnny Cash
A Chicken With It’s Head Cut Off by The Magnetic Fields
Sleep Tonight by Stars
Occident by Joanna Newsom
Rosebud by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Rollin Back by My Morning Jacket


‘Giving Up the Gun’ by Vampire Weekend

I’m really surprised that I haven’t seen Vampire Weekend’s new video for their song Giving Up the Gun in more places, so I thought I should definitely share it. This is one of the better songs off of the album, so I’m glad they chose this one to start out with, and well, the video is pretty hysterical.

The whole thing is based around a tennis tournament where our protagonist, a cute redhead girl named Jenny, has to play against a series of random people. To start off, the tournament’s referee is RZA, which is amazing. Every tournament should be ref’ed by a Wu Tang member, though we all know the best commentary would have been Ol’ Dirty, rest in peace. Then you have her opponents, the first being Joe Jonas of the Jonas Bros. as well as Jake Gyllenhaal as an alcoholic. But it doesn’t end there, cuz’ there’s still a random appearance by Lil Jon as Jenny’s tennis coach.

I think this is too funny, and I’m glad the band doesn’t take themselves very seriously. I’ve read in some places that this is selling out and blah blah blah… it’s a music video, it’s a fun, random idea, so just enjoy it. Plus there’s the entire look of the video with it’s black, white and red color palette. That and with the bits of slow motion I think this is a great video that reminds me of the good ol’ days of MTV.


‘Grindin’ by Nobody Beats The Drum

If I had to describe this video in a brief sentence I’d have to say it’s, “one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen ever.” The video was created by a guy named Rogier van der Zwaag for the band Nobody Beats The Drum. Roger acts as the visual artist for the band so he was tasked to create the video for the song Grindin’, and what he’s done has blown my mind. Using nothing but spray-painted wooden blocks and stop-motion he’s created a visual experience that’s absolutely brilliant.

All in all there were 4085 photos taken, and he meticulously put together this visual insanity. I think it was pretty clever that he technically only shot a quarter of the video, then flipped it both horizontally and vertically in post. My absolute favorite part is when he uses the black lights to make the blocks glow, it just looks really amazing. Not to mention that the video totally reflects the frantic nature of the song, I mean, to me this is perfect synthesis of art and music.

If you’d like a (comical) behind the scenes look at the video you can click here.


‘Je Me Figeais’ by Baptise Sola

Je Me Figeais, which translates to “I Stood Still”, is a short video created by French artist Baptiste Sola. What I really love about this video is how beautifully abstract it is, so the whole time you’re watching it you’re trying to figure out what exactly you’re looking at. That sounds like it might be annoying but I think it really works for this. It also has some amazing sound design as well which really helps set the mood of the video.

For the record, I think it’s a camping trip mixed with a construction site, but I’m still not 100% sure what I’m looking at. Sometimes I swear I’m looking at fire when it could very well be reflections. This ambiguity is what really makes this video awesome to me.


If You Could Collaborate by Michael Moloney & John Hooper

If You Could Collaborate is a British exhibition who’s goal is to “provide a platform for the finest creatives from all over the world to question their conventional working methods and outcomes. The contributors have been challenged to produce something a little unexpected, by working with a partner of their choosing from any discipline, profession or background.”

So what Michael Moloney, a filmmaker, and John Hooper, a photographer, decided to do was to combine their talents into one, creating a 4 minute video which documents 24 hours on a hill in the Great Langdale area of The Lake District. It’s a long beautiful shot that’s made even more beautiful by the flashes and strobes of light that dot the hills during the night time parts.

It’s funny though, at first I thought the video was moving too slowly, but then suddenly it was done and over with and I wanted more. Did you get that feeling at all?


Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2010 Video

Continuing the fashion trend started by the previous video I give you the cinematic version of Vanessa Bruno’s spring/summer 2010 collection. Ms. Bruno is a French fashion designer and this video is amazing, and most of all, very French feeling. You’ve got the oddly beautiful girl dancing around in an old apartment, then you’ve got the sad, middle part with the Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin sort of vibe and then ending with a really fun Ryan McGinley feeling piece. I can’t say I’m a very good judge of whether or not the clothes are cute, but the video definitely works as a great promotional piece.