I came across this video the other day and was totally taken by it. I watched it again last night and it honestly made me question my entire existence! It’s a short film called Umbra by Malcom Sutherland, a filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec. It’s interesting because you’re not really sure what the story is about, it’s all kind of random, but as you watch you realize that’s a part of the point of the whole thing. Be sure to watch it once and then watch it again right away.
To say that I’m excited for the new Fleet Foxes album, Helplessness Blues, would be an understatement. I’m a huge fan of their work and I think Robin Pecknold, who is only 24, is an amazingly talented guy. It’s also exciting to hear J. Tillman on drums, I think he’ll bring a good sound to this new album. To get a taste of what the album is going to sound like here’s the title track which I’ve been listening to on repeat today. If you like Fleet Foxes you won’t be disappointed. The album comes out on May 3, 2011, so we don’t have much longer to wait.
In my experience, there are two types of home cooks: those that fanatically and meticulously follow every instruction attached to a specific recipe and those that briefly glance at the recipe and use their innate sense of taste to guide them through the rest of the cooking process. I am, sadly, an anally retentive type who follows most recipes to the letter; however, Katie Shelly’s latest project, Picture Cook, may just free me from the shackles of my self-imposed control mania.
Each recipe, which is accompanied by one of Shelly’s lovely and detailed illustrations, is designed to “inspire experimentation, improvisation and play in the kitchen.” To this end, Shelly uses her imagery to communicate the directions for each dish and provides the cook with the flexibility to determine how much of each ingredient they will use. Something tells me that sweet potato fries will be on the dinner menu at my place tonight.
Cutting a bunker in half can’t be easy, but it sure looks sweet. This project, Bunker 599 is a collaboration between Rietveld Landscape (the folks behind the Vacant NL pavilion full of blue foam) and Atelier de Lyon. It seems a little too obvious to compare Bunker 599 to the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, but it also seems too obvious not to: the architects have created a new space by cutting through an existing one.
It’s a straightforward idea, but uh… how do you go about actually cutting so cleanly through the cubic meters of concrete standing in your way? The contrasts this operation sets up (between rough and smooth, old and new, solid and void) lend this bunker the feeling of a memorial or a monument. But it may just be that the photos were taken on a gloomy day.
Looking for the perfect soundtrack to any quite late night, then look no further then the Malmö based duo Beast who’s track Fredhäll is the ideal accompaniment to the last gentle hours of any day. The band is made up of Henrik Kihlberg and David Hagberg who play organ and digital drums respectively.
While the band is fairly new on the scene I get the impression that this track is a little more downtempo to their regular sound, and features a beautiful video edited together by band member Henrik. The footage comes from the controversial Italian documentary Ultime Grida Dalla Savana but fortunately doesn’t feature any of the shocking violence of the film, instead it shows some incredible shots of a mans encounter with a pack of wolves. While the band have only released their first track (a split 12″ with Magic State and Roll The Dice) it seems that they’ll soon be releasing new material, and with gigs in Berlin and Rio De Janeiro in the next few months we will hopefully be hearing a lot more from this duo.