It’s Friday! This week’s Mixcast is both fun and kind of silly. It’s fun because there’s a theme, which about oceans, beaches, water, surfing and those kinds of things. The reason is because I’ve noticed that a lot of bands these days are taking their names and titles of songs/albums from these sorts of themes. For the past 10 years or so it was animals, but I think that’s starting to change…
The reason the mix is silly is that I honestly don’t know a lot about these bands, they’re all pretty new and I never really had a good chance to learn about them yet. So if I sound like a fool you have my sincere apologies. I guess it’s also kind of silly because I basically made a summer album in the middle of winter… well, it was 70º again here in LA, so I suppose I have a good reason.
Enjoy the mix.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums It’s Kate’s Birthday by Washed Out Over The Ocean by Best Coast Daydream by Beach Fossils Bird of Paradise by WIndsurf Punk Spirit by Wave Machines To the Love Within by Megapuss Friends by Ducktails Asleep at the Party by Memory Cassette Black Lake by real estate Slow Jabroni by Surfer Blood Take Care by Beach House
“These photographs document several of the various types of mould which can be found growing on your average loaf of bread, given enough time and neglect.”
So says Martin Scott-Jupp, the photographer behind these amazing photos. They’re from a series called Colony featuring the beauty and wonder you can find in decaying matter and growing fungi. If you weren’t told that these were molds you probably wouldn’t have ever known, thinking they were some kind of tiny flowers or a set of miniatures shot in a sort of tilt shift way. Who know something so gross could be so beautiful?
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new album seems to be shaping up nicely, especially now that I’ve heard her new song Heaven Can Wait. Beck, who produced her upcoming album IRM, is also featured on this track and the two of them sound pretty great together. But it’s funny because it’s not only the song, the video is equally creative and amazing.
It was directed by Keith Schofied whom also did the video for BPA’s Toe Jam, where the people make fun shapes out of the censor bars. I’ve watched this video like 10 times now and I”m still catching new things. It’s funny how it seems like such a weird and bizarre version of Los Angeles, but not that far from the truth. How rad is the part where the guy is being chased by the ax?!
Amazing track and an amazing video, definitely one (two?) of the best of the year.
I received an email earlier today from Mr. Josh Cochran letting me know that him and his studio mates have created a fun little project called 15 Uses For Newsprint. It’s like a little newspaper filled with art on one side and tips for what you can do with it if you happen to get sick of it, like writing a ransom note, wraping a fish or covering a hole in a wall to escape jail. The artists participating are San Weber, Jillian Tamaki, Leif Parsons, Jessica Hische, Chris Silas Neal, Ted McGrath, Grady McFerring, Rachel Salomon, Gilbert Ford, Jennifer Daniel, Alex Eben Meyer, Zach O’Hora, Kim Bost, Joel Speakmaker and Josh Cochran himself. It’s a really cute project and it’s only $10.
I was browsing through FFFFound when I came across the work of Albert Exergian, who might have the coolest middle ages/King Arthur sounding name ever. What I found him through was his Popular TV Shows Poster Series but what really caught my eye was this short series he did around Mathematics. Yet again I’m writing about math concepts that I don’t really understand, but when you visualize them like this, kind of like Michæl Paukner does, it’s pretty awesome. This makes me hate math a fraction less.