My buddy Dave Franzese sent me an email with a hysterical little promotional video his studio Dark Igloo did for New York eatery The Pump and I can’t stop laughing. The video centers around the fictitious Crap corporation, with ads featuring Crap being put on all manners of foods and made to look like modern day twists on old advertisements.
When watching the video you should watch all the way through the first time, then watch again but pause each at each new scenario so you can read the copy that was written, it’s really funny. The ads themselves area also really well done, looking like something you’ve definitely seen before but with a more demented angle to them all.
When I first started this blog I was desperately looking for a WordPress theme that I liked, which if you’ve ever tried to parse through WordPress themes it’s a bit crappy. But I was able to come across a blog by a fellow named Michael Bojkowski who had a theme that was simple and everything I wanted. Well, I still use that theme to this day, though it’s been tweaked to the nth degree, but I owe Michael for helping me out.
Anyhow, he now runs a blog called Linefeed which is filled with all kinds of interesting design and ideas. Every time I visit I’m always amazed by all the new stuff he has up, it’s like he finds things from a different universe, it’s amazing. One thing he does consistently is his Reading List, which is his review of magazines from the month. The one above is a mixture of December and January, but he presents some interesting magazines you might not know about and some insightful commentary on ones you do.
I love meat. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s delicious and I’m never going to stop eating it. If you don’t eat meat, that’s cool too, one of my best friends hasn’t eat meat in 18 years (he’s 30). One of the reasons that people choose not to eat meat is the cruel treatment of animals in regards to factory farming. I don’t really want to get into that aspect of it, what I do want to talk about is the people who do treat animals with respect.
The video above is a butcher named Vadim Akimenko who is butchering a 211 pound pig. After all is said and done, he’s left with only 1 pound of meat that he doesn’t use. To me that’s the ultimate sign of respect to an animal that was raised purposefully to feed us. I don’t know where the pig in the video above was raised, but my guess would be a local farm as the pig is pretty fresh. And while the video is quite intense, I don’t think it should be viewed as graphic. Going to McDonald’s is not the natural way, there’s nothing natural about any of it.
I also keep reading a lot about butchers lately, especially how it’s starting to become more mainstream. I think this is something that we need to start embracing and learning more about. It goes along with the idea of growing your own food and raising chickens. Even in big cities or stretched out suburban neighborhoods these are small changes we can make to do things differently, and more importantly, better.
Back in the end of 2008 Shoot The Player (it’s like the Australian La Blogotheque) got together with the folks in Beach House to record a song. They ended up playing the song Used To Be which wasn’t released until their most recent album Teen Dream. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, but the album is pretty flawless anyhow. She also does a janky rendition of TLC’s Waterfalls which is pretty funny, it’s almost a karaoke quality performance. I hadn’t seen this video until the other day, I’m probably a little behind on this, but I thought I’d share it with you.
On the last #musicmonday I was expressing how much I’m in love with the new Owen Pallett album, Heartland, so I have a little bit of proof to show exactly how great it is. About a week ago the folks at Yours Truly put together a little Twitter contest to be a part of intimate studio session with Owen, so basically a tiny, private concert (insert me being insanely jealous). Owen, along with his fellow musician Thomas, played some of the songs off of new album and they sounded great. The song above is Lewis Takes Action and is one of my favorites.
Heartland comes out on January 12th here in the States and on the 18th in Europe, so be prepared. There’s also another video of the guys performing which you can see here.
As a part of PBS’ Art:21, which takes a look at art in the 21st century, they did a short clip about twoof my all time favorite artists, Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee. This video was filmed back in 2001 and shows a glimpse into the lives of the husband and wife duo. They speak about how advertising is worse than graffiti, the fine line between installation work and street art and the benefits of creating art by hand.
If you’re not familiar with both of these artists I’d stress that you take the 12 minutes to watch this. This is one of those videos that really let you get a sense of how very talented Margaret Kilgallen was and what a tragedy it was that her life was cut short. It makes me quite thankful to be able to watch something like this and be reminded of her beautiful work.
When Universal Everything did they’re global rebrand for MTV International they created a ton of bumpers that were pretty amazing but I seemed to have missed the one above. My buddy Wes pointed me to this video called Dance x 1000% / Musicbrain which sounds like the title of some kind of exclusive Michael Lau figure. It features a dude old school break dancing, and as he does it his “Musicbrain”keeps expanding, getting more complex and crazy as he goes. It’s a simple but eye-catching spot that makes MTV feel like old MTV for a change.
There is a prevalent trend in technology right now which is trying to turn traditional forms of media, books and magazines mostly, into a new digital counterpart. So far though no one has really gotten it anywhere near optimal. For more personally, I’d much rather carry around a new, crisp magazine or an old, loved book than any kind of Kindle Or Nook.
That being said, the concept shown by Bonnier Research & Development have gotten closer to an ideal candidate than anything else I’ve seen. The reason their idea seems so great is that they’re trying to rethink the idea of a magazine altogether. Instead of flipping pages, why not just simply scroll like you do on an iPhone or in a browser? What about the spine of the reader? Why don’t you see any information on it like a magazine would have?
While this is a great concept it’ll be interested if anyone picks up on the ideas they present. With the supposed release of the Apple Tablet thingy next year it’ll be interesting if any similar ideas pop up. Watch the video and get a glimpse at what real R&D can create.