I’m not really sure if The Books are a popular group, but I’d definitely say that they’re geniuses. The Books are made up of Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, who hideaway in Massachusetts and create amazing aleatoric/electronic music.
After my last post I decided to check out James Kochalka’s website, American Elf, to see what’s new in his life. He keeps a daily comic strip of his life, and it seems that’s his wife Amy is pregnant again! Yay! Anyway, I noticed that he’s having a little painting sale at the Giant Robot in San Francisco! He has 188 of ‘em up for sale, and there’s still a bunch left. The best part is that they’re only $60! Go get a whole bunch and use ‘em as stocking stuffers for X-mas!
This looks so exciting! Marvel has decided to hook up with a bunch of “indie” artists such as Dash Shaw, Paul Pope, Johnny Ryan, James Kolchalka and Michael Kupperman for a Marvel Indie Anthology. Anyone who reads my blog knows of my art boner for Paul Pope, and I absolutely adore James Kochalka, but it’s too bad that the Hulk won’t get to drop a ton of f-bombs. Shown above is Dash Shaw’s version of Dr. Strange fighting Nightmare after he eats a poisoned bowl of alphabet soup! So rad!!
I have an intense love for patterns, and even more so if they involve science-y things. Ray Fenwick is an illustrator living in Canada who has a great old-fashioned, hand-drawn style. He draws lots of things too, like t-shirts and posters and comics. Also be sure to check out his Hall of Best Knowledge will be published in 2008 by Fantagraphics.
I forgot that this album had come out altogether, but I was excited when Jeff reminded me of it. Dntel has been making music for quite a while now, and I think a lot of people might even recognize his name at this point. A lot of people would know him better as Jimmy Tamborello, who is the other half of the indie-pop super-group, The Postal Service. His new album, Dumb Luck, has been in the works for five years now, being distracted by about a billion side projects.
I have to say it was well worth the wait. The list of guests on the album alone is worth a few raised eyebrows. There’s Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher of Lali Puna, Mia Doi Todd, Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott (Arthur & Yu), Andrew Broder (Fog), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Christopher and Jennifer Gunst (Mystic Chords of Memory). The only song that doesn’t have a guest vocalist is the first, which is handled by Mr. Tamborello himself.
If you’re a fan of The Postal Service, this is definitely one to pick up. Lots of beautiful vocals with complex beats and instrumentation to back it up.
I remember when I used to go down to San Francisco and I’d love to shop on Haight Street. My favorite store of all was Villains, because they always had tons of rad t-shirts. But my favorite above all other t-shirts was Gama-Go. Thanks to Tim Biskup’s fantastic art, they made me want to buy every one I came across.
Well now Gama-Go is releasing Art and Design of Gama-Go, a complete, up-to-date cataloging of all of Gama-Go’s designs from the past 6 years. The book comes out July 15th, and is sure to be huge.
They all have some fun pictures from the book release party up on their blog as wel, so check those out.
James Jean is probably one of the finest painters alive right now, and his covers for Fables are always stunning. Right now he has the cover to issue 65 on sale at eBay for a starting price of $4000. It’s totally worth every penny… so can anyone let me borrow 400,000 pennies?