Better late than never on today’s #musicmonday post but I’ve got a few fun things I thought I’d share with you this week. A lot of these bands are also on Kitsune Noir Mixcast No.030, so if you haven’t checked that out yet you might wanna’.
First up is She & Him and their new album Volume Two, which is quite a worthy follow up to Volume One. It seems like they were testing the water with the first album and this time around they decided to really go for it. M. Ward’s production particularly shines on this one, with lots of glowing strings and Zooey’s voice melting your heart.
Bill Callahan came next, and for some reason I’ve just been listening the hell out of him lately. Rather random, but his newest album Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle is particularly beautiful, even better than Woke On A Whaleheart though I’m not experienced enough to say if it matches his earlier records with Smog.
Coming in fifth is The Avalanches and their seminal (isn’t that such a cliché word to use while describing a record?) album Since I Left You. It’s mind-boggling to think that record was released 10 years ago, and that they still have yet to release another proper album. Wikipedia is telling me that they may be releasing a new record in October, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
Finishing things off is Neil Halstead, the lead singer of Mojave 3. Yet again according to Wikipedia Mojave 3 is simply on hiatus and they’ll be releasing another album in the future, but it’s been 4 years since their last album Puzzles Like You, a gem of an album if you ask me. Thankfully Neil has taken it upon himself to continue releasing albums on his own. I’ve been listening to Oh! Mighty Engine which was released back in 2008, but is still nice to listen to.
This week I’m happy announce a little partnership with my friends over at Ghostly records to give away a free MP3 by five of their different artists as well as five amazing wallpapers by the ultra-talented Michael Cina. There’s even an iPad wallpaper version to get you prepared for the release of the iPad on Saturday.
Michael has been working with Ghostly for a little while, creating all kinds of beautiful artwork ranging from simple, minimal graphics to full on Pollock-esque paintings. The first wallpaper this week is for the band Daso+Pawas, a duo comprised of Daso Franke and Pawas Gupta who “combine their cool melodics and understated rhythmic sensibilities into a very original and appealing formula.”
Download the wallpapers and the MP3 and check in tomorrow for another awesome pairing.
Yesterday I undertook quite a large task by going through The Desktop Wallpaper Project and created iPad sized versions for every single wallpaper.
Currently there are over 150 wallpapers to choose from, as you can see from the mosaic above, and there are still some left out from it. This doesn’t even count the Radiohead Countdown Wallpapers either. So for all of you early adopters you can sleep safely knowing that your iPad will have a good looking background.
What would you choose for your very first iPad wallpaper?
“Help! / I need somebody,
Help! / Not just anybody,
Help! / Y’know I need someone,
I’m on the search for another person to help me write posts for Kitsune Noir, and here’s why. For the last 9 weeks or so I’ve been working full time as a designer at MySpace. My official title is something along the lines of Lead Content Designer and that’s what I do, I design pages of content, things you haven’t seen yet. So what this ultimately means is that I get up at around 7 am, get to work around 9:30, leave work around 7 and end up getting home again around 8pm. For the last 9 weeks I’ve been squeezing in time to post in a roughly six hour of chunk of time.
So now I need someone’s help. What I’m looking for is a talented writer who can write one blog post a day, Monday through Friday. This will be a paid thing, but don’t expect it to pay your rent, this is me trying something very new and slightly scary. It would be awesome if you already had an existing blog so I can get a sense of your style as well.
To be clear, I’m going to be extremely picky about this. I’m looking for someone who thinks and sees things in the same way that I do, which I know won’t be easy. If you think you’re a fit or know someone who would be shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title, “Help Wanted!”
Here’s an odd little gem.
Back in 2000 I guess Kid Koala was working with Gorillaz as they were recording the first self-titled album. This makes sense sine Dan the Automator was the producer on that album and he had previously worked with Koala on the Handsome Boy Modeling School record.
So what you have is basically an unreleased Gorillaz song that went into Koala’s routine, thus, Gorillaz Routine… or something like that. Everything I read online about this was a bit fuzzy but this seems to be the gist of it. I have no idea where the video is from but it’s pretty weird and funny. I love the far kid on the handlebars.
This weekend it was announced that the architecture duo of SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, were the winners of this years Pritzker Prize. The award, which was first given out in 1979, is given to “honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”
I don’t know a great deal about these two but they’d honestly been popping up in a lot lately in the places I visit. I watched the video above a couple weeks ago in which they talk about the Rolex Learning Center, a campus they created in Switzerland. It’s a really beautiful building with sloping floors and an extremely open environment.
My buddy Mike over at Furni asked me if I’d help get the word out for this other collaboration he’s a part of called One Way Or Another. Mike has teamed up with Society 6, who you remember I worked with on the Kitsune Noir Poster Club, as well as Club Mumble to create an art show who’s proceeds go to giving disadvantaged youths skateboards. Here’s the gist of it:
Through Society6, we (a group which includes Annie Lam (Contributor), Mike Giles (www.furnicreations.com), Bob Kronbauer (www.clubmumble.com), Sandro Grison (www.colormagagazine.ca), Andy Jenkins (www.bendpress.com), and Justin Cooper (Society6) will be curating 25 artists/collectives from around the world to create original boards that will be sold through Contributor, with all proceeds going directly back to getting skateboards to kids across Canada. What makes this project unique is that rather than people buying a finished piece of your artwork, supporters will instead pre-purchase your time to make a board especially for them, so when it arrives it’s an awesome surprise, kind of like a familiar chocolate with a hidden tasty center!
Holy crap, 30 Mixcasts done and out the door!
It’s crazy to think this silly little idea of mine has taken off so well and that you readers really do love these so much. I couldn’t come up with something super clever this week so what you’ve got is a diverse line-up of songs that I’ve been into this week. I can pretty much guarantee that you haven’t heard everything on here.
It’s also a mini-mix, so there’s no talking on this one. This is mainly due to being up too late, but I think it’s good to have a mixture of speaking and non-commentary mixes. Plus this little guy runs over 52 minutes long, which is pretty rad with no talking at all.
If you have any more suggestions for mix themes please let me know in the comments and as always I hope you enjoy the music.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Tech Romance by Her Space Holiday Photograph Shakes by Letting Up Despite Great Faults No One In the World by Apples In Stereo You Don’t Exist If I Don’t See You by Reverie Sound Revue Par Avian by FM belfast Vicar In A Tutu by The Smiths Lingering Still by She & Him Doesn’t Matter by The Deadly Syndrome Bloody Nose by Earlimart Renegade by Kings of Convenience Acorn Factory by The Dodos Baby, I Grew You A Beard by Neil Halstead Faith/Void by Bill Callahan
This little video is one of the weirder things I’ve ever posted, so we’ll see how it goes over… Justin Wallis, aka MILKBBI, sent me a link to this little video he did called Puppy Love which he describes as a found love letter translated into an old Sega Saturn Japanese dating game… right. It’s pretty weird but you have to give him some props for really making it feel like a weirdo, Japanese game from the late 90’s.
I kept seeing a ton of people tweeting about the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World earlier this morning and was starting to get annoyed. I know it’s based off of a comic book, and I love comic books even if I haven’t read this one yet, but I was still annoyed. Then my buddy Ryan showed me the trailer and my jaw totally dropped and I was laughing and getting really excited.
The story is about a boy who finds the girl of his dreams, but then his told he has to fight and defeat her seven evil boyfriends in order to be with her. It’s a hysterical idea that’s more inline with the plot of Dragonball Z then a love story, and that’s what makes it work. Add to that the anime style battles and you can see just how amazing this can be. Plus you’ve got Edgar Wright, the guy who wrote and directed Shaun of the Dead, writing (the screenplay) and directing this, so that’s another huge bonus in my opinion.
Watch the trailer and let me know what you think in the comments.