This week on Los Angeles, I’m Yours, we are going to be sharing all things Gary Baseman. We sat down with him a few months ago, hearing about his life, his process, and his relationship with Los Angeles. We ended up getting so much information that, instead of doing one long post, we’re sharing a different post each day, focused on various parts of Gary’s life, from the story of his parents who are Holocaust survivors to how he won multiple Emmy awards to how he generates ideas to explaining what exactly The Enlightened Chou is.
Simian Mobile Disco have been mum for some time, likely a little sore for a few slight missteps in the past few years. Well, they are back and they seem like they have their stuff together both musically and visually, which is super, super fantastic to hear. They recently released their new single “Cerulean” with an accompanying video by fellow UK folk Jack Featherstone and Will Samuel of ISO Studio.
One of the reasons why this song is so great is because the video they’ve released for it is a brilliant pairing, really personifying the song. The video follows a little circle who is on a journey. To where? It doesn’t matter. He is just pushing along through a video game like world and, even though there is no talking or “story,” the song articulates what this little guy is going through, which you see as he confronts sticky acute angles, color changing shapes, entrapping boxes, and other geometric landscapes. It’s a very simple, visual approach to a music video and has to be one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while from a band. Big high fives for Featherstone and Samuel of ISO on this. (And, if you guys did in fact make this into a video game, I would play this so much. I would give you my money and I would play this game forever.)
Check out the video above and be on the lookout for the release of the band’s new LP on May 14.
The landmark Pacific Standard Time in Southern California is drawing to an end, an art event/happening/showcase that shared the history of mid-century Los Angeles and Southern California. The series of art shows kicked off in October and pushes on (officially) through Saturday, when it will end. To celebrate its closing and wish it a fond farewell, we have acquired a ton of limited edition matte posters that we want to giveaway!
This answer could be as long or as short as you want it to be: we just want to hear why Southern California art is important to you and what you think its place in the world at large is. Entries are due by April 10. If you want to up your chances of winning a poster, you can also enter a concurrent contest over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Everyone’s new favorite grooming product makers, Malin + Goetz, has skipped coasts and has very recently opened up shop in Los Angeles. The store they opened is very much like their products, impeccably designed, cool, and clean, definitely a very inspiring place to pick up things that keep you looking your best. We got a chance to take a peek at it opening night, which brought out Mr. Malin and Mr. Goetz themselves to kick off the store’s opening and to welcome Angelenos into the store. It also must be noted that the brand scored a great spot in Larchmont Village, a cool, historic, and central neighborhood, making it easy for everyone to visit. They’re right next door to fellow New Yorkers Babycakes‘ second Los Angeles location, which definitely confirms that they are destined to do great business and keep their cool train running quite quickly. Take a peek into the store here.
A few weeks ago, Bobby and I were looking to buy some sort of bench or shelf to place underneath a window in our apartment. We wanted a little plant shelf, to introduce color and greens into our space (because it was completely devoid of both). While at CB2, we happened upon an old looking bench that was nearly $300. It was a nice bench, yes, but $300?? Are you serious?? I could get something for a fifth of the price if I hunted around thrift stores for a day or if I just built it myself. So, I built a shelf myself. And, you should too.
With a lengthy, impromptu stay at Home Depot and an hour or two of planning, sanding, painting, and planting, I refined the wood, painted it, and hung it while Bobby planted and readied plants. Within the span of about three, maybe four, hours and one hundred dollars from our pockets, we had this floating slate grey shelf that was just as good–if not better–than that expensive CB2 creation. It was quite simple to make too because all it is is a piece of wood I painted and sanded screwed into a wall by way of support from three brackets you don’t even notice. It was absurdly easy and so cheap: the wood, brackets, sandpaper, and paint only cost about twenty dollars! The plants and pots were the expensive part. (Yes, we spent $70 on plants and pots. It was an investment!)
If you have a free afternoon this weekend and want to change up your space for Spring, this is a simple and elegant solution. For more details on the specs of the shelf and more photos of it, check out Los Angeles, I’m Yours. Hopefully we’ll all start building our own shelves and objects and make it so silly homeware stores recognize that their prices are a *little* absurd–and that we can do what they do ourselves.