When you’re a guy like Nicholas Krgovich you’ve had a very interesting career. He made a name for himself with acts like P:iano and No Kids (who I put on this mixtape 5 years ago), though for me it was his appearance on Casiotone for the Painfully Alone’s track “Old Panda Days” that really sold me.
Now he’s back with a new solo record On Sunset which I’ve had on repeat for the past week. It’s a record about Los Angeles which in many ways sounds like Los Angeles and that numerous musical styles that have come from here. If I had to sum up the sound the record in one sentence I’d say it sounds like Jens Lekman tinged with R&B and the lyrical structure of 90s gangsta rap. Sounds crazy right? If you listen to Let’s Take The Car Out, the fifth track on the album, you’ll hear a distinct 90s way of presenting the lyrics yet it’s backed by elegant strings and a graceful piano.
I’m surprised that no one has picked up on this album yet, it might be the dark horse of 2014, but it’s certainly going to be in my top favorites.
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Striking out and doing what you truly love is never an easy decision, though it can lead to true happiness. That’s the case with James Chororos, a New York photographer who left his position as an architect with Studio Daniel Libeskind to concentrate on photography full-time. This proved to be a smart move as evidenced by the incredibly rich work that James put online.
His finest photos can be found under his portrait section. He’s captured an incredibly diverse range of people in such interesting places, all of which draw you in and make you want to know more. I hope to see James’ work showing up in more places soon.
It’s always fun visiting with old friends. That’s today’s vibe as we feature a new wallpaper from Andy J. Miller, who back in 2008 was one of our very first wallpaper contributors. He’s a beast of illustration and design, combining a charming, folksy aesthetic with crazy shapes and great hand-done type.
This wallpaper is titled I Hate Parties, which is about “that dreadful feeling when for one reason or another, you clam up at a social gathering of some sort, and just sit back and detach yourself from the situation and those around you.” I think we’ve all been that person at a party before so it’s easy to relate to this. Plus this is just a downright beautiful piece of art, I mean, look at all those great characters. Thanks again Andy, glad to have you back on the site.
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The more digital our lives become the more we start to value the things that are made by hand. Mike Heist is a beautiful example of this, a Portland artist who has been working with neon for over 30 years.
The Pressure, the studio of Adam Garcia, produced this video of Mike, showcasing his fascinating process. The sign, designed by Garcia, was a component of the event branding for the AIGA Portland event “Design and Happiness,” a lecture by Stefan Sagmeister during Design Week Portland.
For those who are in Los Angeles you should take the time to stop by Poketo on Thursday for their most recent pop-up with the fantastic Friends of Type. The exhibition will include eight exclusive framed letterpress prints printed by San Francisco based boutique print house Aesthetic Union—two prints per each Friends of Type artist, each a limited edition of 25. The guys have been posting sneak peeks on their Instagram and the work is looking sharp as usual.
When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 6-8pm
Where: Poketo Flagship, 820 E. 3rd Street, Downtown LA
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Last week I came upon this lovely packaging for Suiyoubi no Neko beer which is crafted by the Yo-Ho Brewing. I think the patchwork cat on the can couldn’t be more charming with a striking color palette that’s sure to catch your eye. This is but one of a series of great looking beers Yo-Ho is brewing, Serious Eats has a great rundown from last year of their line-up, which shows their care of both flavor and design.
Also of note last week was Kirin’s announcement that it would be purchasing a 30%-plus stake in Yo-Ho Brewing, showing that craft brewing is clearly the way to a larger market share. Still, the major Japanese beer producers, Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Santori, make up 98% of the beer market in Japan. It will be interesting to see if more small breweries are snatched up by the big guys to earn more cultural cool points.