Why America Is Fucked… Graphically, At Least

People who are excited about design always gets me excited, but when they start releasing passionate, foul-mouthed, rants about the current state of half-ass design out there, well now you really have something! Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. along with the folks over at Coudal are creating a three part documentary called Draplin Project, which obviously stars Aaron and I guess it’s going to be his thoughts on the world.

But what they’ve decided to do is give everyone a sneak peak of the film, with Mr. Draplin going on an amazing tirade of how design in America can seriously blow, and how we need to take back design and make it something amazing again. The clip is titled, Why America Is Fucked, and is really amazing, like I couldn’t agree with him more. It’s also filled with a lot of “fucks”, so if you’re sensitive you probably shouldn’t watch the video. As a sidenote, Aaron wrote a note to his parents with the video post, which I’d like to share with you all as well:

DEAR MOM AND DAD: I know you raised me well, and taught me how to speak and behave like an appropriate adult and all that, but, Jess asked the question and I got all fired up and then started swearing like a sailor. These things happen. Don’t excommunicate me.


Click here to watch the video directly
, but definitely visit his Aaron’s site as well if you’ve never been. I can’t WAIT to see what else he has to say!

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Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2008 / By

Little People

This is kind of old, and I’m sure a lot of people already know about this, but my roommate’s awesome girly forwarded the link on to me a few days ago so I thought I’d give it a re-mention. Little People is a project that’s technically considered street art, it’s just that you might not see it at first. Why? Because they’re a bunch of miniature people set up in places which are suddenly given meaning. All of these people are the work and brainchild of a fellow named Slinkachu who takes photos of each of his set-ups, showing how even on a micro-scale you can make something beautiful. I loved the image above because it looks so serene and perfect, but you pull back and see the scale and it’s kind of mind boggling.

Check out more of his works by clicking the link above, and if you’d like to know more about the artist, click here to read a Fused Magazine interview that gives some more insight on the project and his inspirations.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2008 / By

Perfect Pairs: Earlimart and She & Him

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Face Down in the Right Town by Earlimart

Somehow I totally missed the fact that Earlimart had released a brand new album on July 1st entitled Hymn and Her. I guess why this surprised me so much was that they just released an album last August, especially in age where bands can take up to 10 stupid years to release an album, this is shocking and amazing. This is their sixth album so far, and there’s also been a drastic change in line-up, as the band is now compromised of only Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray. All of that being said, this new album is just as amazing as their last.

There aren’t any drastic like the transition from Treble and Tremble to Mentor Toremnetor, and it almost feels like a more thoughtful, less melancholy extension of Mentor. The songs are somewhat more simple, but overall they sound like people who are happier with their new situation. It’s basically pure pop goodness. Check out the song above, Face Down in the Right Town, and be sure to get to the ending where the horns start in, it’s pretty amazing.

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I Thought I Saw Your Face by She & Him

The other half of this perfect pairs post are the folks from She & Him, comprised of the amazing M. Ward and the surprisingly talented Zooey Deschanel. Ever since I saw The Go-Getter I’ve had a big crush on the both of them, as the music was all done by M. Ward and Ms. Deschanel stared in it. I knew they were making music together as well, but I hadn’t had a chance to check out what they created until a few days ago.

The album, titled Volume One, is another burst of pop goodness, Zooey Deschanel’s voice ranging anywhere from Joanna Newsome, a little bit of Jenny Lewis, Linda Ronstadt, and a number of soul singers from the 60′s. M. Ward’s production is also crisp and precise, helping to not only make her vocals stand out even more, but rounding things out nicely. My only beef with the album was that I wanted M. Ward to sing a little bit more, not just do back-up vocals on a couple of tracks. If you like the song above I would highly suggest giving the album a try.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2008 / By

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes

I just finished watching this really great documentary called Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, a rather self-explanatory title but extremely interesting to watch. Stanley Kubrick is somewhat of a cult figure (just read through Coudal on any given day) so people trying to figure out the deepest parts of Kubrick is nothing new. But in this documentary Jon Ronson is invited to the Kubrick estate to go through his immense collections of boxes, which number into the thousands. The contents of the boxes are extremely varied and all over the place, from photos to fan letters, and show what a detailed and intelligent man he really was.

One of the things I found most interesting was his obsession with perfection, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. For many of his films he’d have his nephew Manuel Harlan take tens of thousands of photos to see what was out there. He took photos of doorways, morgues, estate gates, costume shops, anything that might be useful. He did those for most of his movies as well, like trying to find the perfect hat for the droogies to wear in A Clockwork Orange.

If you have any interest in Kubrick I would definitely suggest watching this, it’s quite insightful. Also, I don’t know how long the video will stay up, so watch it ASAP.

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Bobby Solomon

July 23, 2008 / By

No Parachute Required

Hey Torontonians! Tomorrow night there’s a new art show opening up called No Parachute Required at Gallery 1313, and it looks like it’s gonna be awesome. The show features artwork from +KN buddy Rey Ortega, Christina Ung, Alexei Vella, Greg Hill, Michael Byers and Kyung Soon Park. Honestly I wasn’t familiar with most of these artists, but going through their sites I was quite pleased to see some really great work. So if you’re in the Parkdale District tomorrow night between 7 and 10 I would highly suggest stopping by and supporting your local artists.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 23, 2008 / By

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