After my delicious meal at Isaac Toast I met up with Matt and we headed over to the Hammer Museum for the Flux Screening Series. This month’s series presented Mia Doi Todd & Michel Gondry as the center piece with a screening of her newest video which was directed by Mr. Gondry.
The night started with music videos for Grizzly Bear, NASA, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Múm and more. My favorite of all of them was the NASA video for the song Spacious Thoughts which features Kool Keith and Tom Waits. The video was made by Fluorescent Hill and as I started to watch it my jaw dropped. More on this video in another post. After the videos they had some of the directors come up and talk about their videos and some of the process behind each of them, which was really fun to see and hear. What I learned is that most directors are totally crazy.
Then we were treated to a live performance by Mia Doi Todd and her band which included Michel Gondry on drums. It was a beautiful performance and Ms. Doi Todd has a really beautiful voice. At times her music sounded like Portishead, Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan, but with a more Latin flavor. I’m hoping she releases an album next year, the songs she played could be a perfect compliment to the summer of 2010.
Overall it was one of the best Flux events I’ve been to and I left with a huge smile on my face. If you’re in Los Angeles next year I highly suggest checking out one of their events.
On my way to the Flux event last night I was in need of some dinner. So as usual I turned to Twitter to see if anyone had any suggestions for a quick and cheap meal in Westwood. One response was from a guy named Adam who suggested I try a place called Isaac Toast which also happened to just open up yesterday. He said they served Korean sandwiches which totally peaked my interest, so I decided to stop by.
As it turns out Isaac Toast is a chain of restaurants from Korea which all started from as a street food vendor. The new location in Westwood is the first in America as they’re trying to branch out. As for the menu it’s pretty dang simple, basically just sandwiches, but it’s what they put on the sammies that really makes these stand out. You’ll find the basic things like lettuce, tomato and cheese, but then they also throw egg mixed with corn, mushrooms and their special Isaac sauce to top it all off.
Overall the sandwich was amazing and totally fresh tasting. I got a soda and a turkey sandwich and it was only $7, which is quite a deal. I’d much rather get a sandwich like the one above than a crappy, foot long blah sandwich at Subway. If you happen to be in Westwood and want a cheap but yummy place to eat, definitely check this place out.
Continuing our series of interviews with the artists behind the first series of the Kitsune Noir Poster Club I’d like to present a fellow named Cody Hoyt. Cody grew up in Florida, studied printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art, and now lives in Los Angeles. I don’t remember how I came across Cody’s work but about a year and a half ago I asked him to create a desktop wallpaper and he obliged. Since then I’ve been absolutely in love with his work. It still boggles my mind that Cody isn’t a super famous artist, I tell him this all the time, and his Infinite Jest poster further proves this.
To give a little background, Infinite Jest is a book by the recently deceased David Foster Wallace that was written in 1996. If you haven’t heard of it you should have, because Time magazine put the book in it’s list of best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. Wikipedia sums up the book nicely as being about “tennis, substance addiction and recovery programs, depression, child abuse, family relationships, advertising and popular entertainment, film theory, and Quebec separatism.” So you see, it’s a chaotic book about a lot of stuff, and Cody nailed it on the head.
Why did you choose Infinite Jest?
I made a short list of potential candidates. I had originally chosen A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K. Dick, which was a tragic mind-fuck of a book. Infinite Jest was my second choice, but should have been my first, because its absolutely perfect. Its also a tragic mind-fuck, but more so, and hasn’t been made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves yet. Its an epic, dark and touching jackpot of cinematic imagery.
A couple months ago I was sent a t-shirt by the folks at T-post and I’ve been meaning to write about it since. You see, this isn’t any normal t-shirt, no, this is also a piece of useful information. You see the folks at T-post write an article about a recent topic, say the recording industry suing people or that Cuba is starting to run out of toilet paper. They then get a really cool artist, say like Siggi Eggertsson above, who then does an illustration based on the story.
So far they’ve had a ton of great artists like Andy Rementer, Von, Jeremyville and so on, so it’s definitely worth a peek. The shirts are released every six weeks through a subscription which I think is kind of fun. Getting surprises in the mail is always fun.
There is a prevalent trend in technology right now which is trying to turn traditional forms of media, books and magazines mostly, into a new digital counterpart. So far though no one has really gotten it anywhere near optimal. For more personally, I’d much rather carry around a new, crisp magazine or an old, loved book than any kind of Kindle Or Nook.
That being said, the concept shown by Bonnier Research & Development have gotten closer to an ideal candidate than anything else I’ve seen. The reason their idea seems so great is that they’re trying to rethink the idea of a magazine altogether. Instead of flipping pages, why not just simply scroll like you do on an iPhone or in a browser? What about the spine of the reader? Why don’t you see any information on it like a magazine would have?
While this is a great concept it’ll be interested if anyone picks up on the ideas they present. With the supposed release of the Apple Tablet thingy next year it’ll be interesting if any similar ideas pop up. Watch the video and get a glimpse at what real R&D can create.