Pulp’s ‘This Is Hardcore’ Turns 15

Pulp - This Is Hardcore

Last Saturday Pulp’s sixth studio album This Is Hardcore turned 15. Released on March 30th 1998, the album was the ambitious follow-up to their 1995 breakthrough, Different Class. The album was eagerly anticipated and on its release it received both critical acclaim and a number one spot in the UK charts.

For me, This Is Hardcore might not necessarily be the bands crowning moment, but there’s so many great things about it that I can’t help but celebrate it today. So, I invite you to raise a glass and join me in wishing This Is Hardcore a happy fifteenth-birthday.

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Philip Kennedy

April 1, 2013 / By

Tutumu+: Cheerful Pattern-Based Illustrations from Naoko Horiguchi

Naoko Horiguchi - Tutumu

Naoko Horiguchi - Tutumu

This work by Japanese artist Naoko Horiguchi is so bright and cheerful – I just love it! Horiguchi’s motto is “to try out anything”, and a quick visit to her website proves that she does exactly that. Creating work in collage, inks, acrylics and rubber-stamps, her work is always fun and playful.

Personally, I love her pattern-based series tutumu+. “Tutumu” is the Japanese word for wrapping and Horiguchi says that these illustrations are printed on A3 kraft paper so they’re ideal for gift wrapping as well as for hanging on your wall. You can view the full set online here.

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Philip Kennedy

March 27, 2013 / By

Dee Shin’s Magical Video for Patrick Watson’s ‘Blackwind’

Patrick Watson's 'Blackwind'

Screenshot from Patrick Watson - Blackwind

Late last year the Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson ran a competition asking fans to create a music-video for his track “Blackwind”. The entries were really impressive and it’s incredible to see the quality of fan-made videos being made. Last month he finally announced the winner as Chloe Poirier-Sauve but also gave special mention to six other entries; one of which is this video created by the South-Korean director Dee Shin.

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Philip Kennedy

March 25, 2013 / By

The Leisure Society’s fantastically fun ‘Fight For Everyone’ video

'Fight For Everyone' Music Promo

'Fight For Everyone' Music Promo

This is a delightful little animated promo for The Leisure Society’s new single “Fight For Everyone” which is animated by the British animation studio Persistent Peril. The video shows the creation of a new planet by a giant blue hand but unfortunately things don’t go quite according to plan as chaos unfolds when evolution steps in. It’s a lot of fun, featuring great colors and a lot of playful whimsy.

The track is taken from the bands third album Alone Aboard The Ark which comes out on April 01st on Full Time Hobby.

Philip Kennedy

March 21, 2013 / By

A Beautiful Minimilist Bathroom Basin by Note Design Studio

Step bathroom basin | Note Design Studio

Step bathroom basin | Note Design Studio - Sideview

Note Design Studio make some absolutely beautiful and unique work. In truth, I could have happily featured any piece of theirs on the site but today I’ve decided to focus on this really elegant bathroom basin.

Described as “the perfect blend of Italian craftsmanship and Nordic aesthetics”, the Swedish studio’s basin is particularly smart on account of it’s two-level design. I love how the sink’s upper-level holds a removable wooden decking which is just perfect for placing bathroom accessories on. It’s the ideal place to let your shaver drain-off or let your soap stay dry. Its combination of wood and ceramic strikes a perfect balance and I’d happily have one of these take pride and place in my bathroom.

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Philip Kennedy

March 19, 2013 / By

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