‘Rival Dealer,’ a new EP by Burial


These days, there are few musical artists that I find more interesting than Burial. There’s something so intense, dark, and sprawling about the electronic music he creates that differs from anything else I’ve ever heard. His newest release is a three song EP titled Rival Dealer, which continues his dark, musical journey.

You can listen to all three tracks below, but I highly suggest purchasing the album from Hyperdub and supporting artists who are truly shaping the landscape of music.

December 19, 2013 / By

‘Fight Club’ Re-Covered Books Contest Winner: Jared Fanning

Fight Club book cover by Jared Fanning

“Fight club isn’t about winning or losing fights. Fight club isn’t about words. You see a guy come to fight club for the first time, and his ass is a loaf of white bread. You see this same guy here six months later, and he looks carved out of wood. This guy trusts himself to handle anything. There’s grunting and noise at fight club like at the gym, but fight club isn’t about looking good. There’s hysterical shouting in tongues like at church, and when you wake up Sunday afternoon you feel saved.”

The Re-Covered Books contest though is about winning, and we can only have one. There was an impressive turnout for our latest contest with many extremely inspiring designs that could easily find themselves sitting on a bookshelf. Many people took the contest truly to heart, evoking some of the more core themes of the book, like the underlying anarchist nature of the average worker. Unfortunately, we also had some entries that were flat out screenshots from the movie, which should be an obvious no-no. There was also an overuse of blood, as we usually, unfortunately see, and a lot of poor typography choices.

Above them all though I found that Jared Fanning’s cover design was the strongest of them all. Jared, a Michigan resident and currently creative director at Visual.ly, created an artful but absurdist rendition of the cover. It specifically reminds me of this line from the book:

“The shuttle takes me to downtown Phoenix and every bar I go into there are guys with stitches around the rim of an eye socket where a good slam packed their face meat against its sharp edge. There are guys with sideways noses, and these guys at the bar see me with the puckered hole in my cheek and we’re an instant family.”

The phrase “face meat” is pure brilliance. What I also like about Jared’s cover is the wow factor, where if you walked into a book store (do those still exist?) or an airport, this image would immediately grab your attention. The color palette is well done, with the warm reds of the meat contrasting the cooler blues and greens of the background and the man’s coat. I should also mention his font choices, an odd pairing of awkward, hand-done lettering and handsome serif. This highbrow/lowbrow approach gives the appearance that even though in your day-to-day life you might be someone important and well regarded, you still might like to beat people up on the weekends.

I want to give Jared a big congrats for a job well done. Be sure to check back in the new year for a new Re-Covered Books contest. Keep an eye out on our Facebook where I’ll be sure to poll you all for what our next book we take on.

December 19, 2013 / By

Compelling Photographs of Life Off the Grid in Alec Soth’s ‘Broken Manual’

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Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.

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December 18, 2013 / By

Dark Dreams in Illustrations and Street Art By Cara To

Cara To is a street art artist, painter and creative from Belgium currently living in Hong Kong. Her work is moody and delicate, filled with mysterious girls, detailed tattoos and geometric shapes. She uses monochromatic color schemes, pastel washes and recurring neon elements. Most of Cara’s recent pieces are paintings done on upcycled wood found in abandoned places. These pieces were shown in her solo exhibition at Above Second this past August called Drowning in Dreams.

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December 18, 2013 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Geo A Day

Geo A Day Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Geo A Day

The holidays mean something unique to all of us. Could be latkes for some or gingerbread houses for others, but it’s a special time for many of us in the northern hemisphere. So we’re adding to the festive feeling with this elegant wallpaper from the guys at Geo A Day, Danny Jones and Jeremiah Shaw.

On their site they create some really amazing geometric pieces of art which will blow your mind. Geometric Pop-Tarts and eggs, abstract explosions of polys, you name it, they’ve done it. To doll up your desktop though, they’ve created this super minimal wallpaper with a fantastic candy cane “Cheer” splashed across the top. I wouldn’t normally use a holiday wallpaper but this is too good not to use.

This is our last wallpaper of the year! Be sure to check back New Years Day for a new wallpaper.

December 18, 2013 / By

Interview with a Business: Neal Whittington of Present & Correct

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In these times of recession and High-Street closures now more than ever stores need to up their game and provide something focused. Combining a digital presence with a physical one is a tricky job but one store that is rolling in the successes of it is Present & Correct – the independent stationary and supply store. Since it’s conception in 2008 it’s been a home of carefully curated global goods all with that certain classic vibe to them without the now tacky ‘vintage’ tag plastered all over it.

I spoke to the founder, Neal Whittington, about how he started Present & Correct, how he keeps it running and his background before hand.

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December 18, 2013 / By