Four years ago hip hop suffered a major blow when one of the most talented and imaginative guys, J Dilla, passed away at the age of 32. I’m far from an expert on Dilla and his career, but I bought Donuts when it came out in 2006 and loved it from the first time I heard it. It’s basically a giant mixtape of random loops and beats taken from all over and who knows where.
Unfortunately there are still a lot of people out there who don’t know J Dilla or his music, so Stussy has teamed up with his record label Stones Throw and the Dilla Estate to release a three part documentary outlining his short but incredibly influential life. So far only part one and two have been released but I’ve already learned a lot of things that I never knew. It’s so great to hear guys like Peanut Butter Wolf and DJ Rhettmatic from Beat Junkies retelling Dilla’s rise from his days in Detroit to his blossoming as a producer in Los Angeles.
I’m really looking forward to part three, and I’ll be sure to update this post (and put a reminder on the blog) when it’s released. Until then, enjoy these two 8 minute parts and learn about a talented man who left an amazing impact.
In my favorite albums of last year I think I was pretty clear that Hospice by The Antlers was hands down my favorite. So it’s kind of funny that there’s just now a brand new video out for one of my favorites off of the album, Bear. I’m pretty sure the song is about a young couple who end up getting pregnant and then choose to abort the baby. But I think they make the choice because they’re so old, or as he repeats in the song over and over, “Just too old… we’re not old at all…”
I’m not quite sure what the video has to do with the song at all, but it’s certainly beautiful. It was directed by Evan Owen Dennis and was shot by Aaron Phillips, who I think did a great job. LIke the video in the previous post, there’s a lot of contrast and very desaturated colors which really give the video an old, somber kind of feeling. Is the ball meant to represent the baby? I honestly have no idea what any of this means but if you do please share it in the comments.
The other day I got an email from a guy named Stebs Schinnerer, who was writing to tell me that he filmed himself doing some tricks on his bike in the middle of the snow in Massachusetts. On the video description it says that it took him about 3 hours to shoot and edit the entire video… which was done by just himself. That’s right, he shot it, he edited it, and he rode around the snow.
The video itself, while simple, is shot really beautifully. There’s kind of a quiet beauty to the video, with Mr. Schinnerer cruising around to the sound of Efterklang’s Mirador. He did an amazing job of editing the video together and creating a look and feel. The contrast was amped up and the color desaturated, giving the video look even chillier. It would be really great if more people could do small, beautiful projects like these in only three hours.
I’m not sure if you’d heard, but Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has released his latest game Noby Noby Boy on the iPhone, and boy is it weird. You basically control this little turd guy, making him stretch and interact with all kinds of weird objects. I downloaded the game last night and I’m not sure I’ve discovered the point of it…. if it even has one.
I think it’s interesting that the game really doesn’t have a point, that’s it’s just entertaining, especially for kids. To promote the game they’ve made a series of trailers showing the characters in a board room talking about the game and giving you a preview of it as well. Like I said, it’s totally weird, but worth checking out.
Good morning, I hope you’re having a good day so far. I’m writing this from a hotel in San Francisco today, which is quite a change of scenery but I couldn’t be happier. For today’s wallpaper we have something a little different, a beautiful paper cut collage by the amazing Ciara Phelan. Ciara is a designer currently living in London where she’s been creating this intricate, hand-cut collages that are both playful and extremely colorful.
I really thought that her desktop wallpaper went well with the things I’ve posted over the last few days so I thought I’d share it today. I love the color palette on this one, I think it’ll work great as a wallpaper. Not too flashy and distracting but with a few splashes of color and some nice textures to give it some pop. A big thanks to Ciara for sending me such a rad wallpaper!
Criminals by Atlas Sound
Last year when I made my best songs of the year Mixcast I probably should have included a few more songs. But it was a rather lengthy mix, so it was probably best that I chose to edit a few out. But if there’s one that I really regret leaving out it would be Atlas Sound’sCriminals. The song comes off of his album Logos which is a totally amazing album, but I’ve been listening to it a lot lately and Criminals keeps popping into my head.
So I thought I’d share this live version of the song which was recorded by Southern Shelter on New Years Eve last year. The performance is one of my favorites and I love how it turned out. There are some annoying people talking during the performance but listen in the background for the keyboard kind of sounds and the harmonica, definitely makes the song even better.
My friend Frank Chimero filled me in on a little project he had been working on a couple weeks ago and it’s finally seeing the light of day. Scout Books is a little company started by Pinball Publishing who began creating these Field Notes-esque notepads last year but have teamed up with artists like Frank to create an artist series. Frank’s design is the one on the right and funny enough is called Muttnik, which was a nickname for Laika, the first dog in space. Next month is going to feature Mike Perry, so we should be in for some treats throughout the year.
What’s also fun is that you can create your own notebooks and they’re pretty dang cheap. You can get 50 made for $195, so around $4 each. Think about selling each for $10 and you’re more than doubling your profit, nice, huh? Lots of really rad notebooks to check out so get clicking!
Amy Martino is a New York based illustrator who’s got quite an eye for color. I spotted the pair of shoes you see at the top there which actually sparked my desire to post a bunch of shoe related stuff today. I can’t say that I’d ever wear a pair of shoes with such… personality, but I would put them in a plexiglass box like pieces of art. I also included a few images that I think she drew inspiration from as well. I love the colors, textures and patterns that she used. The combination of all of these elements are really beautiful. Be sure to check out Amy’s portfolio as well, she’s got a ton of great work to look through.