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.
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.
Julia Robbs is the type of photographer who takes photos of the life you wish you lived. Whether she’s drinking espressos in the French Alps, feeding pigeons in Paris or just hanging with friends in Big Sur, she always has a camera on hand and a great eye as a visual story-teller. I particularly love these shots of Palm Desert.
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.
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.