Last Week in Music | 04/20/08 – 04/27/08

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Gloomy Planets by The Notwist

I’ve really been enjoying the same bands for the last couple weeks, so there weren’t any big changes on what I was listening to. French Kicks came out on top yet again, they seriously have one of the very best albums of the year. I know many of you have checked them out, but if you haven’t yet please do so. Then came The Notwist because of their new album, The Devil, You + Me, which my best Swiss friend FW suggested to me. It’s a brilliant little album, not so gloomy as Neon Golden and a little more experimental as well.

After that was Broadcast, I can’t stop listening to Tender Buttons, then Devendra Banhart, Belle and Sebastian and Cut Copy. Grizzly Bear was next, I’ve been listening to their first record Horn of Plenty a lot because I need more music for them but there’s been no word on when their next album is coming out. The end of the list includes Earlimart, Radiohead, and Elliot Smith, all normal faces on my weekly list.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 28, 2008 / By

A Tour of ‘Quit Your Sobbing And Call Me in the Afternoon’

Saturday night I headed out to New Image Art Gallery to check out the newest show by Anthony Lister. The show is called Quit Your Sobbing And Call Me in the Afternoon, and I have to admit, I was expecting a little more. I’ve been to about 4 or 5 shows at the New Image, and usually there’s a ton of art, Swoon and Neckface being two prime examples. But Lister’s only had 4 paintings in the main room, a bunch of masks tied together, and the a performer in a small room which seemed to have more art in than the rest. Nonetheless, I’d say it was pretty rad to see his art up close. His paintings were beautiful, and it was really cool to see the brush strokes and splatters in the art. There were also a ton of great little details hidden all over the space, so it was fun trying to find them as well.

I took a bunch of photos as I usually do, but instead of posting them to my Flickr, I decided to edit together a video of the show. I’d love to know what you guys think of this. I hosted the video on Flickr, which means that it could be a maximum of 90 seconds long, so that was a fun limitation. I can still post the photos if you all would like, just leave me a comment and let me know! I hope you enjoy it!

Bobby

P.S. The song is Light Powered by Daestro off of the Ghostly Swim album!

Bobby Solomon

April 28, 2008 / By

Rubber Johnny

This is far from new, but yesterday I was thinking about how awesome Chris Cunningham’s Rubber Johnny was, so I figured I’d post it because I’m sure some of you out there haven’t seen it. The video/short film came out in 2005 and features Johnny, a creepy naked guy in a wheelchair who bends, stretches and generally freaks out while his chihuahua watches. The whole thing is really weird but amazing at the same time, especially if you enjoy good special effects and amazing editing.

That being said, this might not be for everyone. It’s got sort-of-nudity and a crazy Aphex Twin soundtrack, nor does it really make any sense. It’s also kind of disturbing, especially the beginning. I wouldn’t suggest watching this at night time alone, in fact this video sort of freaks me out.

But that’s sort of the fun of it!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 27, 2008 / By

George Clooney Photos by Jean-Bapitiste Mondino

I try and read The New York Times Magazine every week, it’s consistently fresh and up to date and it has some of the best stories out there. While reading about young, gay marriage I noticed the top image of George Clooney from The New York Times Style Magazine.

The article is called The Muckraker which is written by Lynne Hirschberg and photos by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The article is a quick read and covers several topics, but the photos were what really excited me. I love the stark black and white-ness of the photos, as well as the textures of them. Some really beautiful images for a beautiful Sunday.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 27, 2008 / By

House Uc by Miyahara Architect Office

When it comes to architecture I prefer clean and minimal. I’m also a fan of smaller spaces, which is probably why I’m so smitten for Japanese architecture like the building above, called House Uc. House Uc was created by Miyahara Architect Office, a company run by Teruo Miyahara.

I pretty much love everything about this house, but what stands out to me most is the stained, polished concrete that surrounds the whole it. It look so natural but clean at the same time. I’m also in love with the shape of it as well, the way they took a large slice of the building away. The front door is also pretty smart as well, leaving a place for people to stand in case it’s raining. The interior is extremely white and minimal which is good, but I’d need to throw in some color here and there.

To see more photos of the house, click here.

Found through today and tomorrow

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 26, 2008 / By

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