With only 6 days left till, we continue the Radiohead Countdown Wallpaper, which takes us to their second album, The Bends. I remember seeing the video for ‘High and Dry’ on MTV a lot, and wanting to hear the song over and over again. This album showed a much more cohesive structure, and also a few stand out hits like the aforementioned ‘High and Dry’ and ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’.
While listening to this album, I noticed there were a lot of lyrics about things being fake, a lot of water and ocean imagery, and I felt overall like it was more of a personal record for the band. So I went with some medical/x-ray type imagery, sort of referencing the iron lung, being bullet proof, the bends, all sorts of science-y things. It was also semi-reminiscent of the original Stanley Donwood cover as well.
Then while searching for cross sections of the human brain, I came across these truly amazingDigital Dendrology images, and knew instantly I had to use them. They reminded me of fake plastic trees, as they are microscopic samples from branches. But at the same time, they look quite unreal.
There aren’t as many wallpapers this time, because of how the image would have cropped. But all you need to do is throw some black behind your wallpaper, and you’ve got the widescreen version!
Remember, there are still 5 more wallpapers on the way, so be sure to check back tomorrow for OK Computer!
I’ve been a fan of director Neill Blomkamp for a couple years now, so I thought I’d post something kind of comprehensive about him. Mr. Blomkamp was born in South Africa in 1979 and is now currently based in Vancouver. He’s been getting a lot of buzz lately because he’s supposed to direct the movie for Halo. But Fox, who owns the rights to the movie, doesn’t want him to direct it, even though Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movies and Halo’s producer, handpicked him to do so.
What makes him really stand out is his ability to direct these great hand held features which seamlessly blend robots and futuristic elements into them. My favorite of his is the short above called ‘Alive in Joburg‘, which is about a race of aliens that have come to our planet, but end up getting stranded here and can’t leave. It’s really well done, and even kind of creepy.
For those who’ve been reading my blog lately, you know I’ve been doing a mini-countdown for the release of Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows. Well, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do for the next 7 days, that’s kind of a long time, and I wanted to do something exciting. And then it hit me!
FREE DOWNLOADABLE DESKTOP WALLPAPERS!
Here’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to be making a desktop wallpaper for each Radiohead album, which will be released everyday till next Wednesday when the new album comes out. That means the first desktop wallpaper released is Pablo Honey!
Now, Pablo Honey is my absolute least favorite album of theirs, and the cover artwork is horrendous, so I knew I had to really think this one through. I decided thought of the words as separate items, and googled the shit out of ‘em. I found the jar of honey first, which then gave me the idea to stick someone on it. So I started googling ‘Pablo’, and lo and behold, Pablo Picasso showed up! I hadn’t thought of him off the top of my head, honestly, so I was glad to see someone that famous. And who knows, maybe Picasso got cravings for honey? Then I spent a few hours pasting it all together in Photoshop, and there you have it. A new hip brand of Pablo (Picasso) Honey, and a new take on a classic album cover.
Be sure to check back everyday for the next week for a new wallpaper each day!
Tomorrows wallpaper is the The Bends, and I promise you that it’s absolutely nothing like the Pablo Honey one today!
I’m in love with these little vinyl figures created by Jon Burgerman, who created a limited edition run of 500 per character for the Sydney morning Herald. My favorite is the one with the pink hair, she looks like some sort of secret agent. I also love that they come with tiny little papers (which you have to visit his site to see)!
Also be sure to check out Jon’s Downloads section, which has a ton of (free) wallpapers for your computer, PSP, mobile phone, everything.
Last Friday, Coudal started their exciting Layer Tennis again, having Shaun Inman face up against Kevin Cornell with John Gruber of Daring Fireball provide the commentary. The whole thing was pretty interesting. From the start Cornell was definitely doing better, his images and tweaks were definitely more exciting. But in the end, Shaun Inman found his stirde and definitely took off, possibly scoring the winning point with his final submission, which you see above, at the bottom.
I’m pretty excited to see this next match, even if it’s half as good as this last one. Be sure to check it out on Friday, starting at 12PM PST.
Come tomorrow morning, the internet will be a buzz with the news that Radiohead is releasing their new album, In Rainbows, on October 10th. The album is being released through their official In Rainbows website, now that their 6 record contract is up with EMI.
You can order the new album in two different ways, the first is what they call a Discbox, which is the new album on CD and 2 vinyl records, as well as digital photos, artwork and a lyrics booklet, all wrapped up in a hardback book slipcase. That little gem is going to run you Â£40 or about $81. The other option is that you can simply download the album, but there’s a catch. You get to decide how much you want to pay for it!
I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea. I’m guessing that no one saw this one coming? I know I didn’t. I hadn’t realized their contract was up and that they can play the game any way they want to now. And I’m actually excited about them again, and it’s been a very long time since I’ve been excited about them, especially after the mildly exciting Hail to the Thief. Hopefully this will be the grand return of one of the best bands of the last 20 years!
The awesome guys over Yokoland have created the really sweet infographic above for a New York Times Magazine article titled, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Students’. The article discusses which parts of college end up meaning the most to students in the long run, whether it be your classes, life lessons or your friends. I think the styling that went into the image they created looks great, almost a Sesame Street meets campus life.
Sigg Jones is a heavyweight, champion wrestler who’s getting ready for a match against The Dentist. Unfortunately, he downs a bad energy drink, causing all of the good to come out of him, and making him want to fight his Agent. Thankfully, the Agent has a little help of his own…
This is the plot behind the quirky short film by Matthieu Bessudo, Douglas Lassance, and Jonathan Vuillemin, three amazingly talented students from the Supinfocom School in France. Together they have created an absolutely brilliant video that is just as good as anything coming out of any major computer graphics studio.
The style of the characters are similar to those of Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz. They move compltely fluidly and gracefully, and I love that they have an almost clay appearance to them. The styling of the characters is also brilliant, outfitting the Agent in a pair of black and white Nike Vandals and Paul Smith jacket with a fluorescent green lining. Sigg Jones gets a pair of Puma Slipstreams and a creamy Reebok Power Glove. Their attention to detail definitely paid off, giving the whole video a pure sense of realism. I feel this is also true when it comes to the sounds they put in. Sound is often downplayed in videos like this. But while you watch it, you can’t help but feel you’re in the action with them.
It’s a truly amazing video. Definitely the best thing you’ve watched in a long time.