My favorite French DJ living in Japan Digiki has released Polypunk 25, the last one of the year. He says that it was “selected in Tokyo, designed in London, and posted from Brooklyn, hopefully enjoyed by the world.” I’m listening to it right now and certainly liking it. The songs are all over the place stylistically, but it still goes together extremely well.
The cover is pretty cool as well. It’s got all sorts of little bits and bobs and reminds me of Katamari Damacy sort of. It was created by Marc Kremers.
You can download the awesomeness by clicking here.
With American Craft Magazine’s big redesign last month, it’s only fitting that they also gave their website a makeover as well. The site takes on a lot of the style that the magazine has, and even lets you read the main feature from the new December/January issue, featuring Steven and William Land. There’s also a blog type section that covers books, galleris, people and places, as well as things going on around the net. In addition to all of that, they also have a calender section to check for upcoming shows. You can even narrow down your search to your local area.
Overall the redesign looks awesome, and is definitely carrying over the clean and modern vibe the magazine gives off.
I opened up Gmail this morning to see that I had a X-mas newsletter from Paul Smith. While I don’t actually shop at Paul Smith, or can even afford to, I do love his clothes. The first thing I see Is the giant lightning bolt you see above. I click the picture, and it turns out it’s a giant letter opener.
It’s made out of solid played brass (that sounds janky) and measures a little over 12″ from end to end. I think this would be so great to get a dad for X-mas!
They also have a really rad Cassette Tape Dispenser that’s exactly as it sounds. It’s a cassette that dispenses tape! Very clever and cute, not to mention much cheaper than the giant brass letter opener.
Click here to check out all of the other fun Paul Smith goodies they have for the holidays.
I was checking up on all things RVCA yesterday, it had been kind of a while, when I noticed that they now have a store in San Francisco. It seems like a pretty rad store, and looks to be carrying everything that they carry. They also have a wide variety of books thanks to the guys over at Family, who they’ve teamed up with to keep the store stocked with literary delights.
I hope RVCA decides to open one of these down here some time soon. RVCA is one of the best and most consistent brands out there, and I love how they really support artists and the art scene here in LA. You can check out the RVCA store at 1485 Haight St. in San Francisco.
I remember seeing these awesome shoes by Zuriick a few months back, but they must have slipped my mind because I never ended up posting about them. But I was browsing around on Blackbird when I spotted them again! They’re pretty much your basic slip on, but I like the subtle changes that make them stick out. Above is the charcoal color with blue rubber, but they also make a black with off-white rubber one as well, which is what I would get.
The best part is that they’re only $55, which is pretty dang cheap. But I really don’t need anymore slip-ons, I think I have about 10 pairs at this point…
I really love X-mas. Notice how I spelled it there?
I don’t celebrate Christmas because I’m not a Christian, and I don’t believe in Jesus and all that stuff, not that there’s anything wrong with it. But because I don’t, I’ve decided that I celebrate X-mas, a time for giving presents and decorating trees and being with the people you love.
But my boyfriend Jeff is Jewish. So my desire for a X-mas trees clashes somewhat with his menorah. Or at least he thinks so. He wants us to celebrate only Hannukah, but there’s no way in hell I’m giving up my stockings and X-mas lights. But I think I may have found a happy medium for us.
Designer Sahar Bastry has come up with the Tree Menorah, a cross between everyone’s favorite holidays. I couldn’t find this on her site anywhere (maybe I’m blind?) but I would totally love to get one of these. Although, it would just end up on a table next to a giant, well-decorated X-mas tree, haha…
Update: My mom found it online for $25.
Found through Core 77
I didn’t post a Last Week in Music last week because I was in Boston, and I wasn’t home or at work to listen to anything. But it’s back now, although the totals are really low again this week. Whatever, I think it covers what I listened to mostly.
I tried to listen to a lot of wintery things last week, so I put on the Forbidden Love EP by Death Cab for Cutie. Such an amazing EP, it’s too bad they don’t make music like that anymore. When I was in Uniqlo in New York, I actually saw Ben Gibbard. I should have stopped him to have a chat about the sad state of his music these days.
The new Bishop Allen album, The Broken String, is still being listened to quite a lot as well. It’s a really nice album, very catchy. Also adding to my wintery mood, I listened to a lot of Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. They sound like the season right now. At the end of the list is Elliott Smith, who may be depressing, but he’s so somber that it makes for good music to read to.
The wonderful Paul Paper is having a 3 day photo exhibit from December 5th to the 7th, featuring “some seen and unsee pictures”. He’s also debuting a new video, entitled ‘To Sea The See’.
There’s one catch, though. It’s taking place in a flat on Antokolskio street in the small town of Vilmius, which happens to be the capital of Lithunia, the place Paul calls home.
So if you happen to have some friends or family in Lithunia, you should check out his show, he’ll have tea and cakes for everyone.