Laura Williams





A couple of days ago I received an email from North Carolina artist Laura Williams who has a portfolio filled with some rather beautiful patterns. All of her patterns are rather sophisticated feeling and seem contemporary without going too far and looking like a sad pattern you might see in Z Gallerie. I also love how she uses color, a lot of these remind of Fantasia, and I mean that in a really good way.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

December 29, 2009 / By

Kayce Lomas



Kayce Lomas created this awesome little alphabet made up of random textures that correspond to the letter. So as you can see in the top image The A is a sea anemone, the B is Barnacles, the C is clouds and the D is diamonds. This isn’t a new idea but it’s a well-executed one and I think she did a great job of giving these letters a lot of character. I really love the N, which I think is a nest, and the Q which I think is made of quartz.

To see more of Kayce’s type experiments you can click here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

December 29, 2009 / By

What’s To Come Hasn’t Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

What's To Come Hasn't Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

What's To Come Hasn't Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

What’s To Come Hasn’t Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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Merry X-Mas, I hope you’re having a nice holiday or are happy doing whatever you may do. I decided that my present to you this year would be a shiny new Mixtape called What’s To Come Hasn’t Come Yet.

This mix is filled with song that remind me of winter, or the idea of winter. I wanted something soft and beautiful to listen to, so I put together this little collection of songs that make me think of snow and peaceful things. The main theme of the songs is a lot of acoustic guitars as well as pianos, which flow throughout most of them. I think this turned out pretty well, though the Andrew Bird song is called Master Sigh not Sign, but I’ll fix that on Monday. I hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.

Here’s the track listing:

01 St. Echo by Atlas Sound
02 Still by Volcano Choir
03 I Remember by Devendra Banhart
04 Foreground by Grizzly Bear
05 Donkey Ride by Windsor for the Derby
06 Crosswinds by J. Tillman
07 Om Nashi Me by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
08 Movement II: Sleeping Invader by Sufjan Stevens
09 Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) by Yim Yames
10 Master Sigh by Andrew Bird
11 Saturday Sun by Nick Drake

Bobby Solomon

December 25, 2009 / By

The Holiday Wallpaper Competition Winner – Humanhand

The Holiday Wallpaper Competition Winner - Humanhand

Humanhand

I decided to create a third place winner as well because I loved their wallpaper so much. It’s from a group of Hawaiin desginers who call themselves Humanhand. They created a very pretty wallpaper that sums up a Hawaiian holiday beautifully. In good conscience I couldn’t let this amazing wallpaper be wasted. You can download it by clicking here.

You can download the other Holiday Wallpaper Competition wallpapers by clicking here:

Luke Pearson
• Hendra Permana

Bobby Solomon

December 23, 2009 / By

The Holiday Wallpaper Competition Winner – Hendra Permana

The Holiday Wallpaper Competition Winner - Hendra Permana

Hendra Permana

Coming in second place was Hendra Permana, an Indonesian designer/illustrator who came up with a clever way of detaching from your computer. I also love the little icon of the Santa riding the bike, which is the focus of the iPhone wallpaper as well. Good job Hendra, you totally nailed it.

You can download the other Holiday Wallpaper Competition wallpapers by clicking here:

Luke Pearson
• Humanhand

Bobby Solomon

December 23, 2009 / By

The Holiday Wallpaper Competition Winner – Luke Pearson

The Holiday Wallpaper Competition Winner - Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson

Well it’s two days before Christmas which makes me realize that I should have had this contest a little sooner. Nonetheless I’ve got three amazing wallpapers for you by three very talented folks… well two of them are folks.

The winning wallpaper comes from a fellow named Luke Pearson who’s an illustrator currently studying at Loughborough University in the UK. I had never seen Luke’s work before but he tweeted something about entering the contest, so I checked out his work and I was really impressed. Thankfully he ended up participating and entered the amazing wallpaper you see at top.

I think this sums up the holidays extremely well. Everyone’s in a hurry, you’ve always got a million things in your suitcase and you try to jam everything into your already over-crowded schedule. Plus I feel like it’s a wallpaper that’s still appropriate even for the next few weeks. Congrats Luke!

You can download the other Holiday Wallpaper Competition wallpapers by clicking here:

• Hendra Permana
Humanhand

I hope you enjoy these wallpapers, have a wonderful Holiday no matter what you do or don’t celebrate. I have a present waiting for you on Friday, a present that’s long overdue.

Bobby Solomon

December 23, 2009 / By

Kitsune Noir’s Favorite Albums of 2009

Well the year is almost over so I thought I’d put up my list of my favorite albums of the year. Just like the Mixcast I did these are just my personal favorites, I don’t claim them to be the best in any way, it’s just what I was enjoying in 2009. If you listen to my Mixtapes/casts you’ll see a lot of familiar faces but I hope you enjoy it anyhow.

The list is in alphabetical order (by album name) and there’s no numbering. I hate trying to decide an order so consider them all equally amazing.


Bonfires on the Heath
by The Clientele

I’ve been a big fan of The Clientele for a long time and this album was long overdo. As the weather started to get colder it started to be my album that I walked around town to. It’s a festive album, for sure, and there’s just something timeless about their music. My favorite song on the album is definitely Tonight, a soft ballad that melts my heart every time I hear it.


Cocoon of Love
by Princeton

Los Angeles based Princeton makes my list for their completely charming album Cocoon of Love. This is their first major release and they already show a ton of potential. The album has tinges of all of your favorite bands like Magnetic Fields, Jens Lekman and Bishop Allen but definitely make their sound something fresh. I’m also smitten with Jesse Kivel’s voice which I think really sets them apart.


Columbus’d The Whim
by Holiday Shores

Holiday Shores is yet another new and upcoming band from 2009 that really struck a chord with me. Led by the rough yet dreamy vocals of Nathan Pemberton this is one of those albums that I listened to on repeat. I don’t think they had any hit songs, but I swear that the album is made up of nothing but gems. I also love that they use a lot of organs as well as the occasional horn. I’d say this reminds me of summertime pop you listen to at the lake.


Embryonic
by The Flaming Lips

Embryonic was probably hands down the best record of the year. Is it the most listenable? Probably not. Was it the most exciting and cutting edge? Definitely. This album reminded me of OK Computer in its range mixed with bits of jazz and psychedelic rock albums from the late 70′s. A bizarre, trippy album that was exactly what 2009 needed.


Hold Time
by M. Ward

If you look on my Last.fm you’ll see that M. Ward is my number one all-time played artist. There’s just something about his music that really clicks with me and his album Hold Time didn’t disappoint. It was really exciting to see him play live because he played a lot of the songs off of this album like To Save Me, which is by far one of his best hits yet, though I’ll always have a soft spot for Shangri-La.


Hospice
by The Antlers

I said I didn’t want to rank any of these albums but if I had to pick an absolute favorite of the year, that was something I put on repeat and was touched by, it would be Hospice. This album has it all: hard parts, soft parts, passion, fear and every other emotion you can possibly think of all wrapped up into ten songs. This is going to be the album that I equate with 2009.


Love 2
by AIR

Love 2 came later in 2009 but it definitely made a huge impression on me. When I take the bus places at night or really walk anywhere at night I usually put this album on. I’d consider this one of their best albums so far as it was a return to songs that were driven more by the music and less by vocals. Kind of like a darker version of Moon Safari.


Monsters of Folk
by Monsters of Folk

Take four extremely talented guys, get them to create one epic album together and what do you get? Monsters of Folk. This was definitely one of my absolute favorites of the year because Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Jim James are geniuses and combining that talent only intensified it all. Plus I have to give props yet again to Mike Mogis who I think really made things come together.


The Ruminant Band
by Fruit Bats

The Ruminant Band by Fruits Bats was one of those albums that took me by surprise. It’s an extremely folk-y feeling album, which I think is augmented by lead singer Eric Johnson’s voice. The album feels like a good summer album, something to listen to while the sun sets and you’ve got a beer in your hand.


Tight Knit
by Vetiver

As I write all of these I’m listening to the album, remembering what I loved about each one, and Tight Knit really brings back some good memories. I remember seeing Vetiver play live in Eagle Rock, standing about 8 feet from the band. It was a beautiful performance by an incredibly talented band. Tight Knit is another timeless sounding album, an album you just let wash over you.


Up From Below
by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

What’s there to say about an album that I’ve already professed my love for over and over? Up From Below is an epic album that sprawls numerous genres and styles and never lets you down. It’s interesting that this is technically their first release, although the lead singer Alex Ebert used to be the singer for Ima Robot. Hopefully album number two will be just as amazing.


Veckatimest
by Grizzly Bear

I was extremely tempted to not put Veckatimest on this list. I do think it’s a pretty great album, but there are some songs I’m not fond of, and I flat out hate the song Dory. That being said, the good songs on this album really outweigh the bad as soon as I listened to the whole thing on vinyl my resignation melted away. Veckatimest is a beautiful album when listened to as a whole and the production levels are out of this world.


Welcome Joy
by The Cave Singers

Hen of the Woods is another one of those albums that kind of surprised me. It feels like a mix between a country and a folk album which is augmented by Peter Quark’s vocals. The album is really simple, kind of minimal and stripped down, which was nice especially because the weather had started to change when I began listening to it. It’s music that makes you want to grow a beard and drink whiskey.


What Will We Be
by Devendra Banhart

The minute I put this album on I began to smile, just like the name of the first song. I remember walking up to my local bookstore listening to this, the sun shining brightly and not having a damn care in the world. I have a huge soft spot for Devendra and this is definitely his most polished and well done record. It’s absolutely a summer 2009 record that I won’t forget.


Wolfgang Amadeus
by Phoenix

It’s entirely possible that Phoenix may have written the best pop album of 2009. It’s only 10 songs long but each and everyone of them make you want to get up and dance… okay, except for Love Like A Sunset. It’s amazing that in such a short time they went from having that one cool song on Lost in Translation to being nominated for a Grammy best alternative music album. But thankfully they’ve done it on their terms and made everyone dance.

Bobby Solomon

December 22, 2009 / By

‘Island, IS’ by Volcano Choir

One of my favorite albums of this year is Volcano Choir’s Unmap which features Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and the guy from Collection of Colonies of Bees and a few other gents. The video is for the song Island, IS which I put on a Mixcast No.007, it’s definitely one of my favorite’s off of the album.

The video is a rather simple idea, they’ve taken a projector and projected a series of colored squares that correspond to the song. Certain colors reflect certain instruments while white symbolizes his voice. What’s interesting and totally subtle is that the video is shot during sunrise, so slowly you can see more of the surrounding area but the lights start to get lost.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

December 22, 2009 / By

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