It’s a pretty common fact that just about every other band out there is named after an animal. The biggest band the world’s ever seen were named after beetles and the trend hasn’t lost any steam, especially as of the last 15 years. With that in mind Okayboss has created a series of animal band inspired prints that feature his beautiful illustrations. The series so far includes Animal Collective, The Dodos, Grizzly Bear, Wolf Parade, Modest Mouse, Deerhunter, The Mountain Goats and Noah and the Whale.
I’m the first to admit that I’m kind of over prints in general, but hot damn is is his work amazing. It’s all so playful and colorful, like hard drugs for your eyeballs. My absolute favorite are the Animal Collective (top) and Wolf Parade (bottom) posters, there’s just so much life and exuberance to these, I can’t stop smiling over them.
Each poster measures in at 12″ x 16″, come in a limited edition of 50 and are printed on 310gsm Canson Rag Archival Fine Art paper. Each is only $45, which isn’t honestly too bad. And you’re in the mood for something larger there’s always the 18″ x 24″… Click here to visit the Okayboss Shop.
Typography for Lawyers is a useful resource for those of us who didn’t study graphic design in school and want to avoid snide looks from our friends who did. Maybe you are a Lawyer, and have been wanting to add pizzaz to your next memo by selecting a new typeface… maybe you just want to distinguish between en and em dashes for personal pleasure. In either instance, Butterick (the site’s creator) explains the principles clearly. For instance, about font selection he says: “Distinctive is fine; goofy is not. Novelty fonts, weird fonts, outline fonts, shadow fonts—these have no place in any document created by a lawyer. Save it for your next career as a designer of breakfast-cereal boxes.”
While the site’s emphasis is on legal writing, but much of the sites content is easily applied to type outside the lexicon of lexis nexis.
I got an email earlier tonight from a band named JETSKIIS who describe themselves as “a singer living under house arrest, a bassist without a valid mailing address, two recently unemployed drummers, and a guitarist in the midst of a gender epiphany.” Nonetheless I took a chance and decided to listen to what they were selling.
As it turns out they make some pretty fun music. The call it ‘island skuzz’, which is one of the most disgusting descriptions I’ve ever heard, but as it turns out it’s kind of rad. They sound a bit like Roxy Music, very lo-fi, and it really works. Definitely curious to hear more from these guys.
Last week was kinda stressful with traveling and trying to get my life back into order so unfortunately I didn’t have time to put together a quality Mixcast. To make up for it I’ve decided to release a Mixtape that was put together by the folks of Pollyn. This Los Angeles based band is made up of vocalist Genevieve Artadi, guitarist Anthony Cava, and beatmaker Adam Jay Weissman, who together make dark and moody music fronted by a beautiful voice and backed by rad beats.
They’re having a show this Saturday at Bordello here in Los Angeles with The Robotanists which I’m actually presenting. It’s always fun to try new things! So I thought it would be awesome if they made a little Mixtape and then gave it away to you. It’s a pretty wide range of songs from all over the place but I think you’ll really like. You’ll also have to check it out for their cover for Tom’s Diner, it’s absolutely top notch.
If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend be sure to snag some tickets to the show by clicking here, they’re only $10. And for more information and music from Pollyn click here. Big thanks to Pollyn for making such a rad mix.
Enjoy the Mixtape and I’ll be back next week with a brand new Mixcast, cross my heart.
1. Blue Jay Way – The Beatles
2. Bad Trip – Cilibrinas Do Eden
3. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy – Radiohead
4. Hearts Entwine – Branda Ray
5. Histoire A Suivre – The Honeymoon Killers
6. Tom’s Diner – Pollyn
7. Destination Vertical – Masha Qrella
8. King Kong – Psapp
9. My Rocky Mountain – Erik Sumo
10. Lawdy Rolla – The Guerrillas
11. Roscoe (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix) – Midlake
12. Black Balloon – The Kills
13. Nightless Night – Husky Rescue
14. Ice House – The Creatures
15. D.A.R.E (Pollyn Remix) – Gorillaz
16. Captain Easychord – Stereolab
17. Moscow Nights – The Feelies
18. Purple (Ummah Remix) – Crustation
19. All Is Full of Love – Bitone
20. This Deed – Electrelane
I haven’t done a #musicmonday post in a while, I feel like I hadn’t been listening to anything really new and exciting lately. But that’s all changed and now I have all kinds of rad tunes to share.
First up is Ratatat and their upcoming album LP4 which comes out June 8th. I wouldn’t say this album is a vast departure from any of their others but there’s still something new and fresh about it. The production sounds crisper, they’ve introduced strings in some songs but it’s still the Ratatat you’ve grown to love. Then there’s Smog, who’s A River Ain’t Too Much To Love album was playing for a good chunk of time. I’d highly suggest listening to I Feel Like The Mother of the World if you’re curious.
As I posted last night I listened to the new Catacombkid album Deep Sleep quite a bit. Like I said it’s great to listen to while you work, plus it’s free, so you can’t beat that. After that came Avi Buffalo, which yes, I’m still listening to. I can’t get over this album, it’s struck me so perfectly. When I don’t know what to listen to lately, this is the first thing that goes on. Then there’s Seabear, who I also just posted about, and their new one We Built A Fire. I had been meaning to get this album for a while and I randomly remembered it was out, so I immediately snagged it. So far I love it, though I’m trying not to play it out. There’s something about the lead singers voice that I totally love.
Rounding things out are the new albums from Flying Lotus, Born Ruffians and my old standby Deerhunter. Both the Flying Lotus and Born Ruffians albums are pretty good, but they’re still growing on me, I haven’t been totally enamored yet.