I promised more mixtapes, so here we are, and here you go. This mix was made by my good buddy Justin Gage over at Aquarium Drunkard, one of the very best music blogs out there. He’s crafted up 8 summery songs that will give you a half an hour of aural enjoyment. I’ve been listening to Justin’s mix for the last couple of weeks and it’s amazingly fun. It’s got a great vibe and should brighten your day no matter what the weather outside may be.
Here’s the tracklist:
Oregon Bike Trails – “High School Lover”
Dirty Gold – “California Sunrise”
Eddie The Wheel – “Nearsayerfive”
Gardens & Villa – “Black Hills”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Thought Ballune”
White Denim – “I’d Have It Just the Way We Were”
Monster Rally – “Surf Erie”
Hotel Mexico – “Dear Les Friends”
Jeremy Dower is a Melbourne based artist who’s making work like nothing I’ve seen before. His paintings remind me of the vibe I got when I was watching Enter The Void, very bright and graphic, lots of shine and gloss but a bit chaotic and fucked up. He calls these pieces paintings, though I’m taking that to mean digital paintings, though I could be, and hopefully I am, wrong. The way he’s able to create pieces that look like holograms or fuzzed out TVs is remarkable, I can’t imagine how long it would take to create one of these. I’m also curious about the scale of these pieces, I’m guessing they’d have be pretty gigantic because there’s so much detail in all the distorted looking areas.
A few days ago I saw this post over on GOOD about Knowhow Shop LA (written by Carren Jao, who will soon be contributing to TFIB) and the image of the GIANT comb totally got me excited. The Knowhow Shop is a co-op space where you can learn to build things, paying only for the time you’re there. The comb was created for the city of Roanoke as a piece of public art, and I think it looks fantastic. The comb weights over 400 pounds, and “is handcrafted out of Mangaris using full mortise and tenon construction, while the hair is made from powder coated steel.” The details in this are amazing, the subtle rounding of the corners, and I love the idea of one big, wiry hair weaving through the teeth. The shop is right around the corner from me in Highland Park, I think I’m going to have to take a trip out there and try and build my own 400 pound comb.
This is nice. To coincide with the end of NASA’s shuttle missions, artist/designer/independent publisher Nate Utesch launched a year-long project called OrbitalFleets. The project is, in his words, “screen-printed posters that have a bunch of nerdy data and icons for all 5 of the shuttles’ lifespans. One for each shuttle.” Nate is also “making 5 art prints that are illustrations of an astronaut from one of those shuttles.” And the posters are educational! For instance: did you know that the shuttle Discovery participated in a classified mission for the Department of Defense? Both of Nate’s series (the shuttle series of first-edition screenprints and the crew series) are stellar and affordable. The dollars he rakes in from this project will fund another excellent project of his: Ferocious Quarterly which binds together fresh illustrators, writers and artists.
One of the perks of living in Los Angeles – besides all the stereotypes like great weather, beautiful people and Californian beauty – is that variety is really garden-variety. More specifically, the city draws on so many cultures and influences that amalgamations of taste, style and culture are not a surefire way to be recognized or noticed. Variety is almost commonplace. Hardwork and talent rise to the top. People even work hard to be weird here. And in this hyper competitive culinary city, restauranteurs of all types will pull out any stop necessary, weird or otherwise.
Culver City, a section of West Los Angeles, has undergone a thirty year revitalization. The area surrounding the long-defunct Helms Bakery has been renovated into a hotbed of shopping and eating for the current batch of young professionals. Twenty Gauge, a vintage steel furniture store, is pressed next to the now iconic Fathers Office. The Fathers Office remains the paradigm of the American gastro-pub. Owner Sang Yoon made fresh, Californian-influenced versions of classic pub dishes and coupled them with the best local craft beers. It seems so obvious, but before this millenium… well, it wasn’t. Now in two locations, it is safe to call the Father’s Office a Los Angeles institution with a following in all corners of the city.