I was listening to KCRW yesterday morning when a loud, reverberating song came on the radio. It sounded familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on who it was. It turned out to be a new song from The Magnetic Fields called California Girls, an Anti-Beach Boys-ian ditty about how trashy the girls around here really are. The song reminds me much more of 69 Love Songs of Holiday, and nothing at all like I, which is kind of disappointing because I was a huge fan of the last album.
Give the song a listen if you’re a fan, it’s really pretty good.
When I think of cute things, my mind automatically goes to the image of a viking. Okay, that’s not true, but after seeing Sandra Monat’s wonderfully cute stuffed plush vikings, they will now hold a soft spot in my heart.
andra runs a website called Herzensart from which she sells all sorts of adorable, hand made creations like the two friends you see above. Currently she has about a half dozen left in her store, along with some other wonderful creations as well. All of the vikings are made out of different scraps of beautiful colored fabrics, and go for around $100 each.
Hurry up and get your’s before they run out of stock!
There’s another cute image under the cut as well, so check it out.
The first is a boat that resembles something out of Jaws floating a blue spaghetti sea. The second is a scenic landscape featuring fluffy clouds, pointy mountaintops and rolling, green hills. The third is a series of brightly colored, but complacent looking faces, and the fourth is a wild geometric explosion with blues, greens, and lavenders. All of the wallpapers are so rad looking, I would love to have a wall full of these!
I was lucky enough to see him perform at Family earlier this year, to a very intimate gathering of about 30 people. It was really amazing, just him and his guitar. His book and photos are equally amazing. Looking through the book, you feel the same haunting, but very calm vibe that his music carries. The photos in the book were all taken with an antique camera using expired film. The webpage for the book gives a nice rundown of what he used for that that are interested.
I have an old livejournal that I sometimes check up on to see what old friends are doing and if any of the creative ones have posted anything exciting. Last night, I noticed my friend Sipho had posted about something called Tecktonik, a new kind of dancing that’s blowing up over in France. It’s a kind of mash up of several styles, like hip hop, rave, disco and pop and lock. I watched the videos he had posted (like the one above) and I was absolutely transfixed by them! They moved so fluidly and so fast, and it just looks so rad! I like when they move their feet along with the arm movements, it’s kind of surreal!
It’s also interesting to note that the term ‘Tecktonik’ is a copyrighted word, and “they can legally force “anti-tecktonik” blogs to be closed in order to protect their brand”. Or at least that’s what Wikipedia says (so it must be true). If you enjoyed the video above, look up Tecktonik on Youtube where there are a whole lot more of these videos.
A lot of you readers are from Europe, and some of you have probably seen this before. What do you think about it?
Lately I’ve been listening to Bishop Allen’s new album The Broken String quite a lot because of how fun it is too sing along with. Even though 10 of the 12 songs were taken from their previous EPs, these versions are great and their choices of songs make for a really cohesive album. One of my favorite songs on the album is definitely Click Click Click Click which now has a really cute music video to go along with it.
On a side note, I’m totally in love with Vimeo. More people should use them, simply for the ease of uploading, renaming, tagging, customization. They definitely have the online video sharing thing down to an art.
The amazing part of his blog are his photos, and how he stitches them together to create these otherworldly, urban environments. Buildings that grow out of shrubs, or giant shrubs that are overgrowing a city, they’re all pretty amazing. He also has an extremely amazing eye for architecture as well. I put a couple more of his photos under the cut, one of them is REALLY big and amazing.
Also be sure to check out his site, where he has a whole lot of these beauties.