#musicmonday

I thought I’d start sharing my Last.fm stats again, something I used to do a while back. This is what I’ve been listening to over the last week, maybe there’s some bands you’ve never heard that you might like to try out?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 26, 2009 / By

Ashore and Afloat: An Interview with Swoon

The folks over at Gestalten were kind enough to send me a really rad interview with paper/street artist Swoon. I always love seeing behind the scenes looks at artists and Swoon is one of the most innovative artists creating today. When I saw her installation at the New Images Art Gallery I was totally blown away. She’s able to create entire worlds out of found objects and cut paper and her craft is simply outstanding. I’m also really loving her boats which I read an article about a couple months ago, so it’s cool to hear about that as well.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 25, 2009 / By

Concreto 2 – Papel Y Street Art

This is a heads up for all the readers in Mexico City! The gang at the Art Dump is a part of a museum exhibition at the Casa Del Lago Juan Arreola. The show runs from October 28th till December 13th and features Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, Evan Hecox, Andy Jenkins, Michael Leon, Cody Hudson, Andy Mueller, Steven Harrington, Teddy Kelly, Acomonchi, Russ Pope, Michael Coleman, Ciler, Michael Sieben, Nat Swope, Watchavato. It looks like it’s going to be an amazing show so if you’re in the area definitely stop and let me know how it is.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 25, 2009 / By

Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.012



It’s Friday, aren’t you excited? This week’s Mixcast is just a crop of songs that I enjoy and or have been enjoying lately. There’s no real theme, it’s just a bunch of music to dance around to or enjoy while you’re cleaning the house. The first chunk of music should keep you going and the second half brings it back down again, with the last song totally making you feel like all is right in the world.

Next week is Mixcsat No.013 and it’s going to be a special Halloween Mixcast! Isn’t it funny how it worked out that way? We’ll also be having a very special artist creating the covers, something new I’ve been wanting to try.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Regina Holding Hands by White Denim
Caspian Can Wait by The Velvet Teen
Electronic Renaissance by Belle & Sebastian
IRM by Charlotte gainsbourg
The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!) & The Wanting Comes in Waves by The Decemberists
Wrapped in Piano Strings by Radical Face
Some of Them Were Superstitious by Midlake
Big Chair by Travis
Smoke Like Ribbons by Ugly Cassanova
We Sleep on the Porch by Joel P West
Honeymoon by Phoenix

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 23, 2009 / By

Obselete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By





A couple weeks ago my buddy James Gulliver Hancock sent me a book he illustrated called Obselete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. The book is a funny look into how quickly things are becoming obsolete, everything from body hair to lickable stamps, hotel keys to tonsillectomies. The author, Anna Jane Grossman, is really funny and gives you a little history on each of these things, how they fared and ultimately why they’re going away. James also provides some really great illustrations for some of the stories as well. Here are a couple of passages which made me giggle.

Here she writes about Privacy:

In the late 90s in Japan, the assumption that people would be lucky to have their private lives publicized was taken one ste further when a weekly “reality” show called Denpa Shonen featured a naked man locked in a room where he had to subsist ob only what he could win from sweepstakes advertised in a pile of magazines he was given. His place in the room was the prize he received after winning a raffle; he wasn’t told he’d be filmed. He went long stretches of time crying and eating nothing but rice cooked in a tin can. The crew left him inthere for more than a year before they told him that his confinement was being broadcast all over the country.

The show received stellar ratings.

And one more part about Eating for Pleasure:

Sara Moulton, Gourmet magazine’s longtime executive chef, has watched wholesomeness challenge convenience – while pleasure sits on the bench.

“It’s gotten to an extreme, and I could without the snobbishness. At the end of the day, food should be fun and tasty and that’s what maters more than anything else,” she says. “The plus side of the so called ‘locavore’ movement – getting food from local sources – is that that food tastes better because it’s not being grown with the purpose of holding up during shipping, it’s being grown for taste and not sturdiness. But a side effect is that it’s made some people view food as a religion, which is ridiculous. Food is first and foremost there to nurture us. It should never be this intellectual, psychological, crazy thing. To get so obsessed about where thing on your plate came from and what’s in season – it’s admirable but also elitist.” Indeed, the poorest people in this country are also the most obese, largely because they can’t afford to shop at local farmers’ markets or Whole Foods. They’re instead trying to get enjoyment from fast-food burgers, “which to be honest, don’t taste as good as they used to if they’re not made with trans fats!” Ms. Moulton says. “So on the one hand, you have the elitists who are worshipping their food instead of enjoying it – those who just assume that because something is organic it automatically means it’ll taste better – and on theother you have those who are craving sugars and salts and fatty things because it’s what they’re used to and what they can afford”

Definitely pick up a copy of yourself by clicking here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 23, 2009 / By

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