Sébastien Tellier / Sexuality

Continuing with a French theme here, I finally was able to hear Sébastien Tellier’s new album, Sexuality, and I have to say I’m impressed. Since the first time I heard Fantino in Lost in Translation, I was obsessed with finding out more about him. It turns out that Sébastien is signed to Air’s label, Record Makers, which is how he got connected with Sofia Coppola and Brian Retzell.
His first album, L’incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth) is extremely dark and brooding, but beautiful in it’s nuances and details. His next album, Politics, was… well, pretty weird. But there were a few beautiful exceptions like the song La Ritournelle, an endless piano melody played over drums, strings that dramatically kick in midway, and then finally Tellier’s beautiful, disco-tinged voice.

Now with Sexuality, I would say that he’s gone almost to the point of experimental. Gone are most traditional instruments, traded in for the synthetic sounds of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as one half of Daft Punk. The album was supposedly inspired by a late night soft-core TV broadcast, and the album certainly reflects that. Imagine Daft Punk directing an 80′s, cyber punk porn, with Sébastien Tellier as the sweat drenched star. That sounds cheesy, and the album almost is, except it’s done so well that it’s extremely enjoyable to listen to.

Below I’ve posted some mp3′s for everyone to listen to, hopefully everyone can enjoy him as much as I do.

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Sébastien Tellier / Fantino

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Sébastien Tellier / La Ritournelle

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Sébastien Tellier / Look

Bobby Solomon

January 28, 2008 / By

Air’s Pocket Symphony Site

Since I was listening to Air all weekend, I decided to check out their website, wondering if they came out with any more new music videos. Upon visiting, I couldn’t believe how simple and beautiful their site was! I love that their whole site is presented on a desk, with all of the objects representing links to the rest of the site. The small figures of the band members is the bio section, the speakers is the audio section, the TV is music videos, so on and so forth. To top it all off is the atmospheric lights and the big, beautiful window showing what looks like the dawn coming up, with birds flying by. I’ve also seen it before where there are stars in the sky, so possibly the window’s view changes?

More sites should evoke such simple beauty as this, the internet would be better for it.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 28, 2008 / By

Last Week in Music | 1/20/08 – 1/27/08

Last week I decided to download and start using iScrobbler and completely ditch Last.fm’s silly scrobbler. The thing never worked for me, but iScrobbler is doing a much, MUCH better job. It works through Growl, (which some of you may know what that is, I barely do) and has been a lot more simple to use.

As for music, the most played artist was Air, as I was having some weird craving for easy listening French music. Next up was Spoon, which came up while I was listening to my iTunes on random, and I then played every album multiple times. Caribou and Beirut’s older stuff has been going still, and then is a chunk of songs that are from mixes that I made. After that is Destroyer, who I’ve been trying to get into and The Magnetic Fields, who’s new album is really great. Explosions in the Sky popped in there because I was listening to them while I read The Road. Their sound definitely matched up with the tone of the book, and it definitely helped while I read it.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 28, 2008 / By

Jeff and I Are Famous

Okay, so this is totally bizarre.
I just got an e-mail from my friend Graham, telling me that Jeff and I are on Getty. We both work for and are friends with photographers, so there are photos of us on Getty. But he attached a screen shot, and we’re on the FRONT PAGE! We represent all creative photos in the Getty universe! So totally weird!

The photo was taken by our friend Christa Renee, who shoots for companies like Pacific Sunwear, Roxy, and Apple. She’s really rad and takes some awesome photos, as evidenced by what you see above!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 28, 2008 / By

Nixon’s Winter ’08 Collections

Nixon’s new winter collections definitely don’t disappoint as they continue to build upon they’re already strong base of products. They’ve got 5 new collections, one of which I’ve posted about previously. There’s the Cambrdige collection (for men & women) which is a fresh take on old, collegiate style, Prowler for men, which blends houndstooth with a Ferrari color palette, and Mod Pop for women, a British inspired colelction full of strong lines and a lot of purple.

A couple of my favorite pieces are the wallets above. When I look at them, I think they look ‘smart’, something you would be complimented about at the bank. I really like how they’re putting a lot more textures into everything they make. It makes their products feel like they’re for people of all ages.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 28, 2008 / By

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