The mega-talented Josh Cochran wrote me the other day telling me that he had a new website and a new (hysterical) print. First up though is this print which features an epic battle between zombies and unicorns. This is definitely the first instance I’ve seen of these two critters fighting each other, so cheers to Josh for such an amazing idea.
That said, you should check out his new website, especially this project he did for the Dubai Metro. It’s amazing how much work he did for this project and just how detailed he got with it. I think it’s turned out beautifully and it’s amazing how many different kinds of people he had to illustrate. Totally inspiring.
Though it’s definitely feeling like spring here in Los Angeles I know there are still some cold days to come, and one thing I keep meaning to get is a beanie. In my opinion the simpler the better and CXXVI has continued making awesome stuff and this red Poseidon Beanie doesn’t disappoint. It’s simple, it’s classic and comes with a sweet little silkscreened patch. Well done.
I meant to announce the winners of the Magic: The Designing Contest yesterday so I’m sorry for the added suspense. We received a bunch of great entries but Frank and I decided that this entry by Pedro Fernandes was the clear winner. This entry both encapsulates the ideas of art/design and the basic mechanics of old school Magic cards. I think all the details in this really sell it as well, I can totally see this being a real Magic card. I also love the inclusion of the Magritte style hat that acts as the symbol for which collection it’s a part of. Awesome job Pedro!
I’ve also decided to include a couple of other gems that popped up that I enjoyed. First is Buckminster Fuller by Patrick Stephenson which was a very close second, and then Takashi Murakami by Robert Weiss which totally made me laugh. I’ll also try and do more of these mini-contests in the future since a lot of readers enjoyed this idea.
Oh man, how I love me some Broken Social Scene! You may have already heard their new song World Sick but now they’ve released two more tracks from their upcoming album Forgiveness Rock Record. The first new one is called Forced To Love and is an upbeat number that’s definitely in the vein of older BSS songs. It’s catchy as all hell and I can imagine kids dancing in the crowd when they play this live. All To All on the other hand is a bit more electronic like the older stuff and features who I think is Emily Haines, though I’m not 100% sure. Any ideas?
Overall these are amazing sounding and I can’t wait for this album to drop on May 4th. I feel like this is going to be one of those albums that define the summer of 2010.
This whole augmented reality thing is starting to take some new and interesting turns, like for example, the sculpture above which was created by Grosse8 and Lichtfront. The 2.5 meter high wooden sculpture has a series of lights around it that displays on all the different surfaces and facets of the sculpture. This sort of stuff still amazes me, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to create or program something like this.
I love good architecture based around food and I think Outsider Tart have done an amazing job with their London shop. Created by Americans David Lesniak and David Muniz, Outsider Tart was created because “good, wholesome, home made cupcakes, sweet pies and fresh tarts were hard to come by.”
While the treats look delicious I’m drooling over the interior design. From the reclaimed wood shelves to the funky metal ceiling, and of course, those beautiful light up arrows. The space has that perfect blend of old and new, making it feel fresh but with a comfortable, worn-in feeling.
This week’s Mixcast is a fun one, filled with songs to remind you of the warmth of spring and summer. These songs are all quite upbeat and poppy and should make you feel happy overall. Of course I had to end the mix with a couple of more quiet songs, but they still remind me of summer, especially when it’s late and the sun is just starting to set.
If you’d like to suggest a theme for next week feel free to do so in the comments, I think this works out pretty well. Also keep in mind that next week is 30, so maybe we can work that in somehow…? Put on those thinkin’ caps and let me know your ideas.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Meet Me in the Garden by Dent May Here Comes The Sun Again by M.Ward Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles Foolin’ by Devendra Banhart Holiday by Vampire Weekend Like Castanets by Bishop Allen The Swimming Song by Vetiver Oh, Magnolia Tree by Ducktails Kay-Ray-Ku-Ku-Ko-Kex by Múm A Higher Power by Jens Lekman The Line by Wave Machines Oklahoma, U.S.A. by Yo La tengo Saturday by The Clientele
This is just a really fun video called A Day in Paris directed by a fella’ named Benoit Millot. It seems like he went around Paris with a Canon 7D and shot random scenes, then created a narrative around the footage. You follow a rather ramshackle robot around the town as he experiences the day-to-day goings on about town. The robot is rather charming, like stopping traffic for pedestrians and wading his legs in a small fountain. Really well done and just plain fun.
Update: The song is I’m Not The Lonely Son by Electric President, for those who were curious.