Mount Eerie’s releases his new album, ‘Clear Moon’

Mount Eerie - 'Clear Moon'

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Today is the release of Mount Eerie’s newest album Clear Moon and I’m super excited for it. If you’re not familiar with Mount Eerie, it’s actually just one guy, Phil Elverum, though you may have also been heard him called The Microphones as well, though he’s purely Mount Eerie these days. It’s been three years since the last album, and this new one I have to admit may be favorite since The Glow Pt. 2, which Elverum released way back in 2001.

This new album may be the most cohesive and intriguing album he’s made yet. It’s dark and brooding like much of Elverum’s work, but there’s this incredible flow to the album which makes it so easy to listen to. There’s such a contrast between his voice, and the few female voices on the album, with the music itself. Check out the track above for an idea of what you can expect. You can also listen to the album in it’s entirety over on NPR for a more full preview.

You can buy the album for only $9 by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

May 22, 2012 / By

Pernicals Bedow creates a temperature sensitive beer label for Mikkeller

Pernicals Bedow creates a temperature sensitive beer label for Mikkeller

Pernicals Bedow creates a temperature sensitive beer label for Mikkeller

It’s been super hot here in Los Angeles lately, so this beer bottle design from Perniclas Bedow feels extremely appropriate. In collaboration with Danish brewert Mikkeller, Bedow created a temperature sensitive design for their Pale Spring Ale which let’s you know that your beer is still cold or not. It’s a pretty clever idea that was beautifully, and simply, executed. The bottle was limited to 3,500, so if you’re near Copenhagen you should try to grab one.

Bobby Solomon

May 22, 2012 / By

Wonderful hand embroidered type by Maricor/Maricar

Maricor Maricar - Sale

Maricor/Maricar - Bert and Ernie

Maricor/Maricar are Maricor and Maricar Manalo. A Sydney-based studio that create wonderful hand crafted illustrations and type using embroidery and paper cut outs. Their embroidered type is particularly impressive and the way in which they translate their fresh use of color and pattern through needle and thread is really wonderful.

Over the years they have produced work for album covers, animations, music videos, posters and exhibitions and currently it seems that their work in type is in hot demand after working with the likes of Wired, UNICEF and Esquire over the last few months. Check out more of their work here and make sure to take a look at my personal favourite of theirs – work for the Jim Henson tribute show ‘The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me’ here.

Philip Kennedy

May 22, 2012 / By

Trailer for ‘The Master’, a new film by Paul Thomas Anderson

Trailer for 'The Master', a new film by Paul Thomas Anderson

Trailer for 'The Master', a new film by Paul Thomas Anderson

The trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film The Master was released yesterday, and though you can’t see much, there’s still a ton of potential. I’m definitely one of those people who doesn’t like to know anything about a movie, but here a tiny blip of what it’s about.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern. The plot involves a religion called “The Cause” which has been compared to Scientology.

Based on the clip above, I have no idea what to expect. Joaquin Phoenix though seems like he’s going to give a pretty fantastic performance, so that’s exciting to look forward to. It’s not really surprising though, as P.T. Anderson tends to bring the best out of his actors. Is it too much to say that Paul Thomas Anderson is the best living director? Maybe The Master will seal the deal on that topic.

Bobby Solomon

May 21, 2012 / By

An Interview With Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder

An Interview With Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder

An Interview With Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder

An Interview With Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder

An Interview With Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder

Boing Boing is arguably the go-to spot for culture on the Internet, the grandparent website to such culture destinations like Neatorama, Mental Floss, and Buzzfeed. We had the chance to meet up with and interview the man behind the Boing, Mark Frauenfelder, who co-founded the brand as a zine with his wife a few decades ago.

Mark is an extreme maker, someone who is constantly working on writing and editing and designing and even building little items from electronic devices to musical instruments, all of which he showed us. He’s a person who has an insatiable fascination with things and a need to share those things, hence why Boing Boing and MAKE (which he edits) are so exciting to read. And, equally as fascinating, the story of Boing Boing is one that maps the history of recent technology and how the Internet has enhanced magazines and journalism. Check out our interview with him on Los Angeles, I’m Yours, where he shares his story and shares tons of cool, crazy gadgets he made.

KYLE FITZPATRICK

May 21, 2012 / By

Expressive illustrations by Damien Cuypers

Expressive illustrations by Damien Florebert Cuypers

Expressive illustrations by Damien Florebert Cuypers

Expressive illustrations by Damien Florebert Cuypers

A couple weeks back I was browsing around YCN and admiring the really nice illustrations they have on their Case Studies page. This led me to discover Damien Cuypers, an illustrator who’s style I’m completely jealous of. There’s an expressiveness to his work. His lines are quick and rough, almost naive seeming, but there’s definitely purpose behind each one of them.

The images above ate from a series of two minute portraits he did at the Frieze Art Fair for NOWNESS. There’s something genius to me about John Baldessari’s green pickle-esque nose. If you enjoy his illustrations you should also check out this series of sketches he did for London Fashion Week over on T Magazine. A lot like the pieces above but with a fashion edge.

Bobby Solomon

May 21, 2012 / By

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Here is a white box fighting against itself: a minimal white gallery space insulated from the tug-of-war happening between the circulation paths and the gossamer chain link that wraps around the exterior of the gallery. The architects behind this Seoul-based gallery are Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO-IL (that’s Solid Objectives- Idenburg Liu). The firm describes the pliable mesh as a solution to a problem with white cubes being “too rigid within the historic fabric” of the surrounding neighborhood, so the firm wrapped the project “in a permanent ‘nebula’ — a pliable chainmail veil.”

While solving their geometry problem, the stretchy skin highlights the tension between the gallery’s shape and the supporting program that leads to and from the gallery. The walkways and stairs that protrude from the gallery’s rectangular prism are constrained by the mesh, the same detail calling attention to these protrusions in the first place. And while the overall effect is impressive, I starts to resemble insects trapped in a cocoon of spider’s silk and struggling break free. It gives the project a kind of energy while also a kind of cohesion.

Found through designboom

Alex Dent

May 21, 2012 / By

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

Nate Utesch is not only talented, but busy. Based out of Indiana he’s an art director, an illustrator, he plays in bands and he’s a self-publisher. He recently released the newest edition of Ferocious Quarterly who’s theme this time around is based around the term, “Survival.”

I follow Nate on Twitter and I know he’s been working really hard on this project for a while now, so I thought it would be interesting to hear about the issue itself as well as the process he went through to have it made. What he learned could certainly be helpful to anyone out there who’s interested in self-publishing.

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

Hey Nate. So the new issue of Ferocious Quarterly was just released, tell us what this issue is about.

Issue no.3 is called, “Be Prepared.” The theme for “Be Prepared” was simply one word: survival. And to make the artist/writer collaborations a little more difficult this time around, we had the artists illustrate their pieces first…then give the contributions to the writers. So all the written word in “Be Prepared” is based on the illustration rather than the other way around.

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

There’s a good group of people involved with this issue, what are some highlights we can look forward to?

Ah! That’s so hard. Like choosing a favorite child. I think the thing we were most blown away with in “Be Prepared” was how well the writers worked with the illustrators. Switching things up this time around was an exciting element. The writers blew our expectations out of the water. We’re so proud of the folks involved. After all, we’re asking incredible people to donate so many hours to this silly thing. When the contributions came back with as much heart and soul as these did it was truly incredible.

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

Following you on Twitter it seems like you’ve definitely put a lot of hard work into this issue, how was the process for you? Any interesting challenges you can share?

To back up about a year ago from this time—we were trying to raise money on Kickstarter for our 3rd issue. And it failed! A huge kick in all the soft places. Pretty discouraging. A little embarrassing. We learned some important lessons, but we kept moving forward.

We concepted an online division of Ferocious called “Short Works” headed up by FQ editor, Jason Roemer. It will debut this year with a series of one-off short stories created just for our online readers. Jason put together a little teaser with writer, Joseph Mau, and illustrator, Ward Jenkis, last December. It’s AMAZING!! I can’t wait to see the rest of these stories unfold this year.

We also started more heavily pursuing the physical stocking of our books. Myself and FQ editor/co-officer of distribution, Scott Kirkpatrick, and I are each in bands that tour on and off throughout the year. We let a couple tours last year double as a scouting adventure to find shops who would take a risk and carry these ugly mugs. The result is now nine local bookstores and comic shops that carry FQ on their shelves.

Ok, 2012. This year has been an absolute madhouse. These contributors are hard-working men and women with careers and lives and a slew of extracurricular projects. If somebody needs to drop-out or needs an extension, we have to be ok with it. The least we can do is be accommodating considering what we’re asking of them. And then there’s our own schedules. I am almost inclined to say that I’ve regretfully let the production of issue 3 overlap with a half a dozen other side projects. But damn… we’re all a bunch of workaholic nightmares of a human being right? I live for those seasons of 95 hour work-weeks and consecutive all-nighters. Wherever your studio is, if you don’t find yourself sleeping there at least twice a week, you’re doing something wrong, right? I’m being a little facetious, but seriously, even though it’s been a blur it’s been fruitful. This is one of the most rewarding pieces of junk in my life!

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

Why does Ferocious mean to you? Is there a particular reason you choose to publish your own magazine still, in a time of digital products?

This whole mess started out as an idea at the design boutique I call home (One Lucky Guitar, Inc.). Amidst the side projects we fill our evenings with, I thought we’d create a blog and spend the summer populating it with interviews and short stories. I finished the design flats, got about two-thirds of the way through the front-end programming…and then we tossed it. Something got in the way (except for the fact that this blog would’ve been a drop in the bucket).

Paper!

I’d like to believe that even though we are truly in an age where print is diminishing and reading a book has nothing to do with turning a page…by jove, if you create something that is meant to be touched — folks wanna touch it! AdHouse Books, Sing Statistics, Nobrow, Koyama Press—those peeps are my heroes! I want to see Ferocious move beyond its quarterly issues and start publishing the “Short Works” stories on paper, put a comic in print, publish a work of poetry, publish a work from our friends and collaborators… I want to go broke and I want to be surrounded by the smell of offset ink and uncoated paper. I believe in it.

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

When do you think we’ll see the next issue? Any idea what it might be about?

My FQ partner in crime and co-manager of operations, Matt Beers (No, I’m not making these titles up as I go… sheesh. FQ is legit, man), came up with a theme I’m so stoked on. Issue No.4 is called “Deep.” In “Deep,” we decided to experiment with the way our contributors worked together. Half of our contributors illustrated only one half of an image. Their piece was themed after deep sea. Then the rest of our contributors were given those illustrations and were charged with illustrating the remaining half of the image in their own style. Except their theme was not deep sea. It was deep space. I say all this in past tense, but this is actually happening as we speak. All the deep sea illustrations were handed over to the deep space artists last week. Our goal is to have “Deep” in our hands this August.

Q & A with Nate Utesch: The making of Ferocious Quarterly No.3

Something to look forward to in this issue that we haven’t done before are a couple limited edition goodies. We are going to package them with each issue until they run out. The goodies include a folded “Scout Laws” poster illustrated by Dan Cassaro, Dan Christofferson and myself, and an embroidered merit badge.

Purchase yourself a copy of Ferocious Quarterly No.3 by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

May 21, 2012 / By

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