I totally love the fact that Ashley Wood just doesn’t give a shit about what anyone else is doing, he just keeps going his own crazy little way.
First he made Zombies vs. Robots, an epic adventure about robots trying to re-populate the earth with people again, after they’ve all been turned into flesh eating zombies! Sadly things go awry, and most of the zombies and robots (and last living human) are destroyed in a giant nuclear explosion… but one robot rises from the wreckage… and some of the zombies have started to wash up on Amazon Island! Dun-dun-dun!
Gake no ue no Ponyo, or Ponyo on a Cliff in English, is Hayao Miyazaki’s next upcoming movie!
I’m so excited for this! Ponyo on a Cliff is the story of a 5 year old boy who befriends a goldfish princess who longs to be a human. Totally Miyazaki. One exciting part about the film is that it’s all going to look like it’s been water-colored, and that about 80% of it takes place on the sea/underwater. SOOOO EXCITING!
For lots of information, check out the rad fan site Ghibli World!
I stumbled upon Stars with their last album, Set Yourself On Fire, which I totally loved. Then eventually I got into their older stuff through Jeff. I think my favorite album of theirs has to be Nightsongs, which is a sweet little electronic love song.
Do You Trust Your Friends? is their new album, coming out on May 22nd. Technically it’s not a new album, it’s a remix album. They got all of their Arts & Crafts friends together and had a big remix party! The album starts out with a Final Fantasy remix of ‘Your Ex-Lover Is Dead’, stripping it down to a really bare, stringed arranged version, which is completely beautiful. I’ve been listening to the Most Serene Republic remix of Ageless Beauty since last year, in fact it was one of my favorite songs of last year. The other ‘friends’ on the album are Jason Collett, The Dears, Apostle of Hustle, Metric The Stills and other cool people I don’t know. If you liked Stars at all in the past, you should definitely pick this up.
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead (Final Fantasy Remix) – Stars
Paul Pope posted this little tidbit 2 days ago on his blog:
“Been fascinated with symmetry lately. This is art for the tip-in bookplate we are doing for the PULPHOPE hardcover. The final image will be a 3 color letterpress print, orchestrated through Secret Headquarters in LA. I’ll be doing a separate, larger letter press print this summer for SHQ as well.”
OH MY GOD.
First, I love love love Secret Headquarters, hands down the coolest comic shop I’ve ever been too. Second, I’m going there tomorrow morning to harass the nice guy who works there about this, and to see what’s going on with this! I want Paul Pope prints! I want to MEET Paul fucking Pope!
More info to come for sure…
Friends With You, probably the most creative designers out there right now, have just redone their entire website! I absolutely adore FWY, their style is totally amazing and they always create the weirdest/cutest little things out there! Be sure to check out their store as well, which has their new book (which is like a million pages of radness) and there are bumper sticker packs too!
Urban Outfitters has started to get a reputation for “borrowing” ideas, but now they seem to be carrying other copycats as well…
The one on the left is by WESC, and the one on the right by Analog. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve seen the WESC version out for a while now, while Jeff just showed me the Analog one today, which is in Urban’s What’s New/New Things section.
They need to stop biting/endorsing this stuff!
Tonight is the opening of Six-String Masterpieces at Le Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood. A bunch of big name musicians and artists have painted guitars in a tribute to “Dimebag” Darrell, who was murdered on stage about 3 years ago. They’re also auctioning off the guitars in support of Little Kids Rock, a music education program aimed at teaching the importance of music in public schools.
Among the people who’ve painted guitars are Billy Corgan, Mark Mothersbaugh, Derek Hess, Dave Grohl, Kirk Hammett, Tommy Lee, Chino Moreno, James Hetfield, Jerry Cantrell, Dave Navarro, Rob Zombie, Ace Frehley, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Mark Ryden, Ozzy Osbourne, Les Claypool, Mody, Tom Morello, Kelly Clarkson (WHAT!?!), Ryan McGinness, Joe Satriani, Dalek, and Sammy Hagar.
Ted Nugent also painted a guitar that says, “In the wind, he’s still alive!” and “American Blood Brotherz!”… which I’m going to take off the wall and smash.
Le Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Show starts at 7 PM.
Click here for the list of auction items!
Most music visualizers are really horrible. They all have the same random particle generating crap going on and none of them are really worth a damn. But now there’s Magnetosphere, a new iTunes visualizer by Barbarian.
The difference between Magnetosphere and the others, I guess, is that it uses magnetism and gravity to effect the glowing balls and ribbons n shit. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple caught wind of this and eventually added it into iTunes, much like they did with Coverflow.
Also be sure to check out Robert Hodgin’s blog, Flight 404. He’s the brains behind Magnetosphere, and overall graphics genius. You can get a peek at all of the crazy experiments he’s working on!