Scott Teplin has created a really fun series called Alphabet City which features letters as tiny dwellings. The little spaces aren’t ordinary homes though, they’re filled with all kinds of random things mad scientist laboratories and piles of what appear to be donuts, as you can see above. Each letter is totally different and unique, so be sure to check out each one.
I love the letter B one, it’s made to have a nautical feeling like a boat which is pretty awesome. each print is a 10 x 12 inch print and they go for $80 each. To order one click here.
The second trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland went up a few days ago and I have to say I’m even more excited to see it. In this trailer you get a lot of sneak peeks at things that I hadn’t seen before.
To start, Crispin Glover looks like an absolute bad ass. I hope he doesn’t say anything in the movie, just fights people. I’m also enjoying the CGI more and more, it’s almost like a cartoon at this point which is kind of exciting. When you look at Johnny Depp’s face it’s almost like it moves in unnatural way, sort of like when you watch an anime and their hair moves to show a reaction to something.
Then there are the little details. The Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter, leads an army of playing cards, while the White Queen, played by Anne Hathaway, leads an army of chess pieces. Alice appears on the side of the White Queen in a suit or armor, perhaps representing the knight on a chessboard. Then toward the end of the trailer there’s something that looks like a giant dragon, which I’m pretty sure is the Jabberwocky, a creature which was first written about in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
The film comes out on May 5th, 2010, which now seems farther away then I want it to be.
Good Monday! I’m sure everyone is getting ready for the holidays, hopefully you’re already enjoying yours. This week’s #musicmonday is filled with some new fun stuff. First off though, I was listening to a lot of Wolf Parade thanks in part to the new Moonface EP Spencer Krug just put out. I still think Wolf Parade is better than his other bands, though Mount Zoomer was kinda eh. Then you have Midlake popping up with their new album The Courage of Others. The album is darker in tone than Van Occupanther and I haven’t been totally wowed yet, though it has only been like 24 hours since I got it.
After that is a band called Big Spider’s Back, and though the name is kinda silly, the music is spot on. This was sent to me by a publicist or reader, I can’t really tell, but it ended up being an awesome album with a Panda Bear/Washed Out vibe. Finishing up the list was Los Campesinos and their new album Romance is Boring. So far the album sounds really fun and I’m definitely excited to listen to it more. It’s definitely a more mature album and they’re not so crazy and all over the place anymore.
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Last night my buddy Andy Miller posted this new pattern and I was smitten with it as soon as I saw it. I think it’s called Skull Flower and features, well, just that, as well as a few books and some fun abstract patterns. I actually love that it’s black and white, it’s simple that way and colors might just get in the way. I could definitely see this pattern on a pillow in my living room. Wonderful work Andy!
Spencer Krug is an odd fellow. He’s in like 5 bands including Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Fifths of Seven and Frog Eyes and now has started his own side project called Moonface. He’ll be releasing an EP through Jagjaguwar on January 26 but until then he’s giving away an “EP” of sorts called Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-drums. Like it sounds, the only instruments on the album are marimba and shitty sounding drums, like wet drums you’d hear in a bad 80’s song.
Did I mention the song is like 20 minutes long? 20 minutes of miramba, Spencer’s vocals and shitty drums. I know, this sounds like it can’t be good, but you know what, the download is free and you should try it anyway. I’ve listened to it like 10 times now, including while I was walking around doing my errands, and it’s really awesome. I’m really excited for the whole album, I just hope it doesn’t get too weird.
You can download the EP by clicking here.
I’m still looking for the perfect calendar for my wall in 2010 and I think this is pretty dang close to what I want. Wüsthof, maker of some of the best knives in the world, has released a calendar which features an onion being chopped into 356 slices, showing just how sharp their knives are. The idea is simple and totally clever, appealing to chefs, who these were most likely sent to, and anyone with an eye for design, food or photography.
Found through Ads of the World
When Universal Everything did they’re global rebrand for MTV International they created a ton of bumpers that were pretty amazing but I seemed to have missed the one above. My buddy Wes pointed me to this video called Dance x 1000% / Musicbrain which sounds like the title of some kind of exclusive Michael Lau figure. It features a dude old school break dancing, and as he does it his “Musicbrain”keeps expanding, getting more complex and crazy as he goes. It’s a simple but eye-catching spot that makes MTV feel like old MTV for a change.
This week’s Mixcast is my attempt at a contemporary, indie X-Mas sing-along. The songs on this mix are from all of your favorite indie rock bands, some doing covers, others doing original pieces. It starts out fast and ends slow and smooth. I figure that a lot of you are going to be traveling this weekend and into the next week, so I wanted you to have something to pass the time and get you into the holiday spirit.
I hope you enjoy the mix and hopefully there are some songs on here that are new to you. I think it definitely turned out pretty well and maybe you’ll find some new favorites.
Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Winter Wonderland by Phantom Planet
O Little Town of Bethlehem by Belle & Sebastian
Everything Is Gonna Be Cool This Christmas by Eels
Get Behind Me, Santa! by Sufjan Stevens
Whack Bat Majorette by Alexandre Desplat
It’s Christmas Time by Yo La Tengo
Blue Christmas by Bright Eyes
Cold White Christmas by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Wild Animals Approaching The Lovely Country Funeral by Jason Lytle
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by Pedro The Lion
O Holy Night by My Morning Jacket
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming by Feist