Hey hey it’s Monday and I’ve got a pretty rad Mixcast to share with you today. It’s filled with a ton of new music so hopefully there’s a lot of new and exciting stuff. It’s kind of amazing how many bands are releasing new albums in the next month or so, and I think you’ll get a sense if it once you take a listen.
I hope you dig the Mixcast and if you have any suggestions for a theme next week let me know in the comments.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Truth Sets In by Avi Buffalo Way Back Home by Band of Horses Golden Age by Beach Fossils Up in the Dark by The New Pornographers Sinister Kid by The Black Keys Afraid of Everyone by The National Tomorrow Tomorrow by Joel P West and the Tree Ring Unbearable Why by Dr. Dog Maps Not Accurate by Uninhabitable Mansions Pistols by Throw Me The Statue The Tree (feat. Alela Diane) by Blitzen Trapper Winter ‘05 by Ra Ra Riot Beautiful Morning Light by Fruit Bats
Based in Montreal, Miju is the result of the combined design skills of Furni creator Mike Giles and his lady, Judy Lawrence. For their spring collection “Plonge”, Miju have created necklaces and rings that are a beautiful hybrid of metal and rubber. Maintaining the delicate and fine look of their metalwork, the incorporation of rubber in tones of lilac and seafoam is an innovative approach to altering the aesthetic look of their pieces. The title “Plonge”, which I assume is a reference to the French word for plunge, is echoed in this method of production, whereby the metal component of their jewellery is literally dipped and coated in rubber.
Last week I was sent a copy of Berry Weight’s new album Music For Imaginary Movies, and when I listened through to it I have to say I was the best surprise of my week. The music reminds me a bit of old RJD2, a very sample heavy album that makes you want to bob your head to the beats.
Berry Weight funny enough is actually two guys, Apewok from Montreal and Stab from Neuchatel, Switzerland. I love when people are able to collaborate remotely like this with the end product still sounding so crisp and amazing. The video above is a little animted album preview which should give you a good sense of what the record sounds like. If any of these songs grabs your attention then I highly suggest you snag this album.
Popshot Magazine is a Britain-based poetry and illustration publication which aims to reinvigorate poetry by freeing it from “the clammy hands of school anthologies and funeral readings.” The freshly-printed third issue features content from over 50 contributors, pretty evenly divided between poets and illustrators, and is called “The Liberate Issue.” If you’re like me, the land of poetry has always seemed a little forbidden; it’s ok to walk through all the obscure references you’ll never understand… but try to glean anything from them. But this compact collection was a much more engaging read than I expected.
The photo above is a spread from the poem Icarus which is the first featured in this issue. To me, this is a really clever way to open this because there’s a pretty well-known poem about Icarus called Musee de Beaux Arts in which the author, Auden, explicates a painting by Bruegel. You might remember this from your 12th-grade literature class, I know I do. But, at the opening of the issue, this pairing is a familiar departure point into a land less forbidding. Some of the poems: Don’t Buy it by Benjamin Heathcote, F-Word by Daniel Kramb and LBR8 by Kelcey Wells. As the titles would indicate, the work featured is relevant, witty and often instructive.
In closing, I’d like to submit a poem from my own 2nd grade poetry book that I think Bruegel, Auden and yourself might enjoy:
Paint is RED
Paint is BLUE
Paint is RUNNING AFTER YOU.
The crazy kids over at Le Blogothèque are at it again, this time travelling to different countries along with Black XS cologne to record amazing musicians, this time calling it the Black XS Live Sound Take Away Shows. For their first installment they’ve headed to Japan to record the awesome Shugo Tokumaru perform his song Linne. It’s a beautiful little song and it’s always so enjoyable to watch these artists wander the streets performing their music.
After this they plan on heading to Turkey, Spain, Canada, England, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and end up back in France. I love that they’ve gotten a sponsor to take their idea to the next level, it’s such a great idea and so well executed.
I just wanted to write a little note saying thank you to, well, all of you. The blog actually turned 3 years old at the beginning of April but I didn’t make a fuss about it really. But it’s still amazing to me that there are so many of you out there who continue to enjoy what I’m doing, it still kind of boggles my mind. I feel like I’m just a kid who likes good design, but then I meet so many of you who really appreciate what I do and make me realize it’s more than that.
Thanks to everyone who came out tonight and supported myself, Poketo and all of the amazing Los Angeles based artists. Thanks to all of you who read the site and help make it what it is. And thanks to all my wonderful friends who came out to support me even though I’ve basically dropped off the map because I work so much. I had such an amazing night, my first art show!, and I can’t wait for the next big thing.
It’s our second big day of setting up Los Angeles, I’m Yours and things are definitely looking solid. We burnt midnight oil last night and had a lot of help from some of our friends. We had Steven Harrington stop by and drop of some of his handmade teepees, Scott Barry and Neil Doshi dropped by late to provide some last minute help and David from Driftwood brought a ton of great furniture into the space. We still feel like we have a ton to do (of course) but come 7pm tonight it’s going to look soooo amazing!
Also don’t forget to take a photo next to the giant astronaut that Brian Scott created! He’ll be representin’ at the door!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area I hope you can make it out.
I wanted to start posting some previews of Los Angeles, I’m Yours so everyone can get a sense of what we’re up to. We’ve been busy all week putting together the show and I think it’s really starting to look great. The first image is a giant chalkboard wall we’ve got that we’re going to putting the names of the artists on as well putting some shelving to display the work.
The second is a better photo of the space showing sort of the vibe we’ve got going on. On the right you can see the giant chalkboard, then in the far right corner is going to be our swap meet display area. On the left side we’ve kind of got a more traditional gallery style wall. That being said there’s still a bunch of stuff to do but we’re confident we’ll have most of it done by tonight.
I’ll be posting more photos throughout the day so keep checking back to see what we’re up to. We might even set up a Ustream so you can see the action as it’s happening.
The image above is from Man and Space, a book published in 1964 as part of the LIFE Science Library series. I found a portion of the series in a junk shop vintage book store in Florence, Alabama. The suit is not named, so we can call it Humpty-Dumpty-goes-to-Space suit. Similar to the Grumman moon suit, I think the HDGTS suit is as much determined by scientific conjecture as it is by hopeful scientist. And by hopeful, I mean “I hope Astronaut Mike Dexter doesn’t slice his feet off.”
Last week, I learned that the crotch window of the Grumman moon suit was absolutely necessary so that the astronaut could see his feet as he walked over the moon’s irregular surface. But the HDGTS suit doesn’t allow the astronaut to see his feet, which is sad since the shoes of this moon suit are almost as stylish as the shoes of the Grumman moon suit. Hazzards abound on the moon, and while this eggcelent design protects against Gamma Rays, Cosmic Rays, and Micrometeorites, it doesn’t seem to help the astronaut avoid the hazards of his own clumsy feet.
Yet, as strange as this looks, the suit under the egg shell is actually very similar to space suits that were used by NASA. It’s basically an Apollo suit, characterized by multiple, functional layers including tubes that circulated cold water around to regulate the astronaut’s body temperature. Still, none of this explains how a cat got trapped inside the helmet.
Included in the brief and elusive biography that Portland-based artist Adam Baz has provided on his online portfolio is the comment that “he hopes to soon become unstuck in time.” Indeed, that is the feeling that he evokes in the otherworldly landscapes that comprise his series, The Eternal Myth.
As his illustrations do not generally feature any human figures, there is the sense that his detailed rural terrains possess an untainted and natural mysticism. Although Baz predominantly utilises a neutral palette to illustrate his nocturnal scenes, unexpected bursts of colour tint his works and transform them into views that look like they have come from the mind of an acid-dropping woodlands nymph. But I think that this is a very good thing. I’d love to know what you think.