It’s difficult to categorize Dutch photographer Arjan Benning. A master of still life tableaus, his work breathes with a sense of movement and wonder. Though prolific in the worlds of advertising, magazines, and cultural institutions, his photos stand alone as quiet works of art.
I’ve recently become rather smitten with the work of Gabor Schablitzki, who also happens to DJ under a ton of different names including the one this mix was made under, Robag Wruhme. Recently I found his Soundcloud page where he has a page of great material including this mix titled “MOPPA NOEL PODDOF.” It’s a weird name, but all his tracks are quite oddly named. It’s a pretty great mix and it definitely shows the range of material he draws from. If you like this you should also listen to his album Thora Vukk which has been on repeat for me.
Here’s the tracklist:
Praezisa Rapid 3000 – “Hello”
KRTS – “The Dread Of An Unknown Evil”
Botany – “Waterparker”
Devendra Banhart – “Santa Maria de Feira”
Guts – “Brand New Revolution”
Mo Kolours – “8 Hours”
De La Soul – “Forever”
Helge Schneider – “…”
Alif Tree Feat. Shirley Horn – “Forgotten Places”
Plaid – “Gel Lab”
Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins – “If I stay here, I’ll be alone” (feat. Beegs Alchemy)
Obama and Death Cab For Cutie
Kev Brown – “Listen”
Khrysis – “Yeah! Yeeeaaah!”
Dijf Sanders – “Etheric Landmarch”
Little Dragon – “Scribbled Papers”
Terry Callier – “When My Lady Danced”
Fraktus – “Affe, Sucht, Liebe”
Ryan Katrina, who some of you know as Neuarmy, is always up to something amazing. It seems like he’s always releasing a rad new t-shirt or a hand-printed linocut done in his signature style – a mix of bold fonts and symbols that take their cues from old signage and army paraphernalia. Last week he put out the poster you see above with the bold phrase Like A Champ, which started out as a hand-carved, 4?x6? linocut. I think the gold ink looks great on the black paper. There’s a subtlety to the printing that makes the gold feel subtle and not overly garish.
You can get a poster for yourself by clicking here.
Swedish band Junip, made up of Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn, and José González, is back with a new self-titled sophomore album on April 23. In anticipation, they’ve released the first installment of a new two-part video for the song “Line of Fire”. Languid, atmospheric, and hypnotically unsettling, it was directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikel Cee Karlsson and tells the story of an older man who is seemingly questioning his place in life. With slow-motion camera work that sweeps over the characters or pulls in slowly while they remain still—only one part of their body moving—the video is strangely beautiful yet foreboding and ominous at the same time. You have no idea where it’s going but are left wanting more. The same can be said about the new song, too, which begs for repeated listenings on nighttime drives through empty canyons.
Like many projects, the Morphosis-designed Emerson College Los Angeles has a construction camera that allows anyone with internet access and the latest Flash plugin to watch the slow-going construction process. It’s an excruciating pace for me but some folks find it entertaining. The project was developed over the course of nearly three years before construction started. The project will finish sometime in 2014, providing Seniors from the Boston-based Emerson College with a place to stay while they intern within the television and film industry.