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.
Are you one of those people who are crazy about your coffee and are borderline obsessed with your morning cup of Joe? Well, we have something for you! We came a little late to the party on this but Newport Beach’s Column Five sent us a rad poster to log our coffee consumption. It’s basically an IRL personalized infographic. They were having people log their coffee consumption and return findings for them to share. Even though it was a holiday gift, we somehow didn’t get it until recently and missed the boat on sharing findings. Nevertheless, we had to share because it’s pretty great, both sleek and inviting for you to paint on your coffee every day (and then use it to brag about your coffee findings). Check out more of what they sent and how you can get your own here.
As we notice so many young, sexy sounding craftsmen entering into the world to make a living from creating it should be noted that there are probably hundreds of people who have been slaving over the same craft for a lifetime without the same recognition. John Talbot is a woodman who turns pieces of wood, freshly cut from trees, into beautiful bowls and objects. He isn’t young, he isn’t opening some cute shop in Williamsburg to sell his goods, and he isn’t trying to make it a trend: this is something that he does and has done for a long time–he’s just now getting able to speak about it.
He is the subject of a video by Wiley Rogers where we get a glimpse of Talbot’s work process and what he thinks about it all. He speaks about how the bowls–which he sells at farmers markets–are like people to him, each with their own imperfections and souls that he has to accept and not try to change. You see him carving away and sanding and tuning a piece to his liking as it rotates quickly on a spit. The video is much like the video posted last week on ceramicist Sue Paraskeva but provides insight into the thought process behind the work.
Kelly Wearstler is an icon in the interior design world and is quickly gaining momentum as an interdisciplinary designer, crossing from interiors to fashion to an as of yet named design world. She very recently released her Fall 2012 collection, which is a decidedly more accessibly yet edgier entry into her canon. We were able to view the collection in her studio and showroom, which is a space full of seamless and elegant extensions of her personality and aesthetic, spanning from clothes to homewares to jewelry to food, even.