I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of The Simpsons. I never had anything against it, but it wasn’t something that I marked down in my schedule, either. I watched the movie, and I actually found it pretty entertaining, though I can’t say I would have paid to see it. But I really started to respect the Simpsons franchise after they converted all of those 7-11′s into Kwik-E-Marts. That was in fact, a stroke of marketing genius.
The new season started yesterday, and with it, new intro aired, showing the doomed and destroyed Springfield we saw in the movie (sorry to those who haven’t seen the movie yet). I really hoped by seeing that intro, that the residents of Springfield would have to start rebuilding the town, and that there might actually be ramifications from the movie! But after reading the episode guide, I don’t think that’s true at all.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have an epic storyline in The Simpsons a la Lost?! Think of how many people would tune in for something like that! It might just make The Simpsons cool again!
Last week in Music ended up being kind of all over the place, I really wasn’t quite sure what mood I was in musically.
I read a review of Foreign Born’s new album last week, so I decided to check it out, and it turns it’s pretty good. The album is called ‘On The Wing Now‘, and it’s sort of a mixture of the lead singer of Cold War Kids, the music of Starsailor, with a splash of Lou Reed, for some reason. The album has a nice epic feel, with lots of layering, and his lyrics are really great as well, and are fun to song along with in the car.
Next up was The Radio Dept., who I talked about last Monday, and popped up yet again this week. I’ve only been listening to their first record, Lesser Matters, but I should probably check out their other ones and see how they are as well. A brand new one this week was the band Vetiver, who is fronted by Andy Cabic, and collaborates with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsome. I listened mostly to his first self-titled album. I gave his second album, To Find Me Gone a try, but I didn’t like it quite as much. His style is pretty folk-y, and it’s great driving to work in the morning music.
The rest of the stuff is pretty much the stuff I listen to everyday. I promise for a much more entertaining Last Week in Music next week!
What do you get when you mix the alphabet, giant geometric shaped beings, flying sushi, and beautifully painted landscapes? I would probably answer “a bunch of shit”, but then I saw the portfolio of Ronald Kurniawan, which definitely isn’t. Kurniawan is an Art Center grad who currently lives in Los Angeles and paints with his pug Ruffles.
His style reminds me of a blend of Wayne White (who I just posted about here) and Jeff Soto. All of his work is incredibly detailed, like this painting of the Best of Los Angeles, and they’re always extremely colorful. Really beautiful stuff.
You may or may not know that I’m a contributor to the LA-centric blog, LAist. I’ve just recently started to blog more frequently, so I thought I’d let everyone who reads this blog what else I’ve been writing as well.
Starting this coming Friday, September 28th, Coudal Partners will be proudly presenting the return of Layer Tennis! For those who aren’t sure, Layer Tennis is similar to tennis, but instead of rackets and balls you get Photoshop, Flash and any other creative medium of your choice. Given 15 minutes to complete a “volley”, you add to, twist, warp, and completely change an image in any way you want. That image is then passed to the other player who does the very same, but tries to one up you as well. Each round lasts for ten volleys, and when it’s all done, the site visitors get to vote on who won.
I’m really excited for this to start up again, these can be so much fun. I’m most looking forward to the third week of competitions, which take place on October 12th. The match features Chuck Anderson of No Pattem versus Steven Harrington, with commentary by the great Jason Kottke. This should be really interesting because of how different their respective styles are. Chuck Anderson is all about the multi-colored gradients and light trails, while Steven Harrington likes line drawings and half-tones.
I’m really biting my tongue a lot on this match-up, so I’m just going to say that I hope that Steven Harrington knocks the lens flares outta’ Chuck Anderson. But I’m also really hoping that they create something really bad ass together.
I believe that if you live in Los Angeles, you have to be pretty damn crazy to ride your bike around town. Most of the time there are no bike lanes at all, and the idea of riding between parked and moving cars doesn’t sound appealing to me in the slightest. But I do like the idea of an art show featuring bicycles with a retro feel, and graced with artwork and designs by some of the best artists around.
The Bike Show is taking place at the HVW8 Gallery on September 29th, from 7-10PM. The bikes themselves were designed by Tobias Adolfsson, who is a Swedish designer who wanted to create something that was well-designed, but still affordable and relatively low maintenance. The artists chosen to design the bikes are Swedish designer Parra, Ego Trip collective member Brent Rollins, my favorite designer in the world, Geoff McFetridge, jack-of-all-trades Willo Perron, HVW8 founder Tyler Gibney, photographer Adrian Nyman, and awesome illustrator, Grotesk. This should be a lot of fun! I’m definitely going and bringing my camera!
Michel Gondry has teamed up with Motorola for their latest RAZR2 (can’t they think up any new 4 letter abbreviations?!) commercial called, Gondry’s Dream. The commercial is pretty cute overall, though I feel like he rehashed a bunch of ideas from old projects and mashed them all into this one. You’ve got fake cities, a forest that grows out of said fake city, a drummer, and then the overall surreal, dream environment.
I really feel like homeboy needs to start branching out more, because I really love his work, but I don’t want him to be a one trick pony. He looks like he’s sort of accomplishing this with his next movie, Be Kind Rewind, but it’s still got the DIY, home video thing going again.
Also noteworthy is the site itself. They did okay with it, but overall it’s a mess of Flash, sounds and music. Sadly, my biggest beef is with the video itself. I clicked to watch it, and I notice that there’s a blog option, which I thought was pretty cool and progressive. Motorola seemed to have gotten the memo that blogs will spread the word for you. So I copied the code and pasted it into Scribefire, and then changed the height and width to fit my blog better. But I noticed something was off, so I decided to publish this entry without writing anything, just to see what would show up.
It turns out that the code was absolute shit. The video is Flash based, it’s size cannot be changed, and it auto-plays right away. There were no sound controls or even player controls for that matter! It’s really too bad that they didn’t get it right, because this would have been a post about how Motorola understands how bloggers work.
But sadly Motorola, you really dropped the ball on this one.
He also has a bunch of random photos of patterns, photos of new work, and other random items. Definitely something to check out. Also be sure to check out some of the other bloggers at 12oz as well, such as Cody Hudson, Grotesk, Todd James, and Krink.