I’m a huge fan of ex-Smog frontman Bill Callahan’s music, so I was really excited to hear this cover he did of Leonard Cohen’s song, So Long, Marianne. I was listening to the song in bed last night after my buddy Justin from Aquarium Drunkard posted it. There’s something really special about Bill’s version, which I guess is a departure from the original. Justin says:
Slowing things down, Callahan and co. eschew the original’s violin and backing female vocals and in their stead add weeping pedal-steel and a dose of Texas heartache.
I couldn’t have said it better. I’m looking forward to listening to this on repeat this weekend.
The “pixels” above were made as part of brilliant a rebranding effort. The company behind the rebranding efforts, Man versus Machine, and the company being rebranded, More4, teamed up with Jason Bruges to make a series of live-action idents. Idents are the short clips that randomly play during commercial breaks, reminding you which channel you are watching. And these are great. When I first saw them I thought the installations of the pixels were part of some kind of art project. So even though these flipping pixels were made to play between commercials, they hardly seem related to commercial branding strategies more commonly used. Instead of appealing to the lowest common denominator, these flipping pixels might keep you from flipping the channel.
You can see more of the redesign by Man versus Machine by clicking here.
I know you guys love Legos, so I had to share this video created by Francisco Prieto, who’s created a 3D modeled version of the Lego Millenium Falcon. Taking over 3 years, Francisco created the video with 3DS Max and V-Ray, using 3,572,568 polygons and 670 hours of rendering time. To say this was a serious undertaking would be an understatement, clearly Francisco loves him some Legos and Star Wars. This is kind of magical to behold, especially the detailing that goes into the upper portions of the ship. I’ve also realized I would never want to try and build one of these for myself, I’d probably go nuts.
How rad is this new video for Yuksek’s song Off The Wall? Direct by Romain Segaud, he took the simple concept of mirroring an image and turned it into a video filled with giant blinking faces, fingers that play musical instruments by themselves and shapes that merge together to form words. Honestly, once you start watching the video for a while you totally forget that there a bunch of hands controlling these pieces, they just seem… natural? The song is pretty nice as well, so I’ll have to check out what the rest of their album sounds like.
I love me some tea, guys. It was no surprise that I instantly fell in love with a simple and elegant installation that featured three thousand teabags strung together after steeping in paint. The piece is called Tea Sunburst and is hidden in the back of a little store in town called Rolling Greens. We didn’t count how many teabags there actually are but we do not doubt that it reaches many thousand bags, drifting from yellow to red to pink to brown and back again. It’s a very patient piece that makes you wish you had the time and energy to create your own version of it yourself.
The idea behind Miscellaneous Adventures is to showcase some of the physical objects he creates, separated out from his illustration and design work. He creates simple objects like spoons, key toggles and drinking scoops out of locally sourced wood (from his backyard, essentially) and then decorates them with lovely colors and subtle patterns. My personal favorite is the key toggle, which I like because of the shape and the interplay between the leather and wood. Definitely worth taking a look at all the interesting things he’s creating, which you can see here.
This week in Dublin I’ve been spending most of my free time enjoying our annual film festival. There’s nothing quite like throwing caution to the wind and seeing a bunch of films you normally wouldn’t get the chance to see anywhere else. Over the years, I’ve been to a number of film festivals and one of my favorite screenings was an evening of animated shorts curated by the Irish/UK collective Synth Eastwood. It was during this screening that I got to see Paris Mavroidis’s wonderful short, Divers.
Paris describes the film as an experimental animation and says that he was inspired by Busby Berkeley, mass gymnastics and experimental cinema from the 20s and 30s. Created while he pursued an MFA in Digital Arts at Pratt, the film is a wonderful slice of animation and I also reckon that it fits rather nicely with the Niki & The Dove video I posted earlier this week.
Linus Lohoff is a communication design student at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany who’s making some really rad work. The photos you see above were created for a project for his photo design class, and I think they’re pretty amazing. He takes a simple concept, like a shoe floating away save for a nail in the lace, photographed on an extremely bright background. The concept was repeated into a series of images which he collected into an A0 sized poster, a great way to collect the images into a cohesive whole. If you’d like to see the rest of the images, click here.
I’m not one for packing lunches, I’m too busy in the morning (sleeping), but I love the look of these ceramic lunch kits by Lorea Sinclaire. It’s made of slip cast ceramic, cork, metal fittings, and mimics the classic and always handy bento box. I think the materials and faceted shape really give the bento box a nice twist, and the cork top is a nice contrast to the smooth, white ceramic. Really well done.