My Rights Versus Yours by The New Pornographers
Myriad Harbour by The New Pornographers
A lot of the time I can say I’m pretty hip when it comes to new music. But then other times I’m completely clueless and later on can’t understand how the hell I hadn’t listened to a band sooner. Well that’s what sort of happened with The New Pornographers.
I’d listened to The New Pornagrapher a few years back and never really got into them. I really liked A. C. Newman, but wasn’t really into the rest of the album. But I recently got their album Challengers and I’m really loving it.
The album starts out really strong with My Rights Versus Yours, which sounds somewhere between the Beach Boys and Belle & Sebastian and is probably one of the strongest openers I’ve heard in a while. After that they go all over the place, like I can’t put a style on most of the music. Myriad Harbour is another favorite of mine with some vocals by Dan Bejar. I really can’t say enough about this album, it’s a completely awesome record in it’s entirety.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now so I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it.
The D/A Clock was created by Alvin Aronson and is a pretty neat idea. Instead of having traditional hands or a digital display, the numbers slowly push themselves through the surface, transitioning from one to the next. It’s kind of beautiful how simple the idea is, and being all white definitely helps as well. Check out the video to see the clock in action. The transition is so subtle that I hardly noticed that it started to change.
Last weekend Chris over at Gama-Go emailed me letting me know that they released a bunch of new hoodies and they look pretty rad. My favorite of the bunch is definitely the Yeti Woodland which you see above. The design has a forest wrapping all around it, and then a yeti tearing through the trees on the back. The hoodies also come with a little pocket inside them which can hold your iPhone or iPod and a sleeve on the inside of it that you string your headphones through. Pretty smart thinking.
I also had a look around the rest of the site and they have a ton of other cute little things as well! In their Bric-a-brac section they have a couple really cute mugs, one with an owl and the other with the Yeti Woodland print, serving trays, a funny sleep mask, and a ton more. I want to get those serving trays so bad and have a party just to show them off. But there wouldn’t be anything on them, there would just be awesome looking trays sitting out, haha…
The last awesome thing I found was a Deathbot Suit Wooden Figure, which is probably the raddest/cutest thing ever. This little guy comes in at 5.5″ and has little poseable arms and legs so you can make him look like he’s dancing. I don’t know what it is about this little guy that I love so much, but it’s a fun mix of new design with an old fashion toy.
Check under the cut for pictures of the Deathbot figure and the serving trays!
Hopefully you’re having a miserable day so far which is now going to be turned completely around by what you see above. This week’s wallpaper is brought you all by the extremely talented Rey Ortega. Rey is a Toronto based illustrator who graduated last summer from the Sheridan Institute of Design. Since graduating he’s been drawing up a storm including creating pieces for an upcoming show at the Pony Club in Portland that opens on April 3rd. I personally came across Rey’s work from his participation in the I Am 8-Bit show at Gallery 1988 last summer. I totally lied, he commented on the blog and stalked him through that, haha… Since then I’ve been keeping tabs on Rey and his work and had to ask him to participate in the project.
The piece above is titled ‘Fantômes’, and when I opened my email and saw this I just about shit myself. I couldn’t believe all the detail and effort Rey went to, and I had a feeling of utter excitement that didn’t go away for days. He describes the piece in pretty simple terms as a bunch of ninjas chasing after a fox over some French rooftops. So it’s a little bit Japanese, a little bit French, perfect for Kitsune Noir. Here’s a little bit more he had to say about the piece:
The wallpaper image, called ‘Fantômes’ is one of the largest pieces I’ve done yet, the original is 15″ x 26″. I tried to leave a decent amount of open space at the top half of the art, that way desktop icons can be easily seen, for both mac and pc users.
I hope you all enjoy his wallpaper as much as I do. One of my absolute favorite parts about the whole thing is the +KN that he hid in there… can you guys find it? As for next week I’m not 100% sure who is going to be next, but I think it’ll be something a little different from the last few weeks… you’ll just have to come back next week to see what I mean.
Newsarama posted some new images of the second run of Astonishing X-Men, one of the best things in comic books these days. Currently it’s being written by Joss Whedon and drawn by John Cassaday, both incredibly talented people, but their run ends with Giant Size Astonishing X-Men. That leaves the reins falling to two other extremely talented guys, Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi.
Warren Ellis has helped to change the landscape of comics over the last 10 years or so. His creation of The Authority brought a more mature, grittier edge to comics (along with others of course) and one of my personal favorites, Planetary, showed everyone how a brand new comic book could have an immensely rich past and a mystery that unravels after every issue. Simone Bianchi on the other hand is a relative newcomer, who’s only mainstream work that I know of was a few issues of Wolverine. But as you can see in the image above he’s definitely got an amazing style.
Together I think these guys are gonna’ make some rad comics, hopefully just as good as the previous run.
This Friday night I’m flying out to Florida to spend some time with Jeff, relax, and get a tan! Because of my leisure time, posting will obviously be a little slow next week, but I think I’m going to keep my Tumblr filled with photos like I did last weekend, I really enjoyed doing that.
The thing is, I’ve never been to Florida, so I want to get suggestions from all you awesome readers who might know a couple places I should check out. I’ll be staying in Miami, but I’ll be visiting the Keys and South beach and… well those are the only places I really know of, haha. I’ve got the Wallpaper City Guide for Miami, so that should help somewhat, but I want to know about all the cool, artsy, hipster places and yummy restaurants to eat at! Rad art shows would also be fun, as well as parties or anything else exciting going on.
I’m having a pretty busy morning so this is going to be kind kind of brief.
These New Puritans led the pack again, so I may as well talk about them now because I doubt I’ll get around to writing them their own post. TNP are an English quartet who sound somewhere between electro or punk or, hell, I really don’t know. It’s been tough for me to try and put them in a category. So when I started listening to the, I wasn’t quite sure if I liked them, but they’ve really grown on me.
They are also favorites of Mr. Hedi Slimane who had them create the music for the Dior Homme Show 2007, so that might give a few of you and idea of their freshness. Their album Beat Pyramid came out in January in the UK and comes out tomorrow here in the States.
After that was the Illinois sweethearts Headlights again, then came Jason Collett and his new album Here’s to Being Here, which sounds a whole lot like Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. Then there was The Books, which I think are on here because I fell asleep while listening to them. After that is Gnarls Barkley who’s new album The Odd Couple is light years better than St. Elsewhere. Cee-Lo’s voice is way less annoying and Danger Mouse’s production has never sounded more crisp and awesome. It also has a great soul/60′s/70′s sound this time around, which I’m much happier with. Definitely check it out even if you didn’t liek the last one.
On a sidenote I’ve started linking to Last.fm pages so that if you click any of the links you’ll be able to hear what the artists sound like. This makes way more sense, and hopefully you guys can see if you like a band easier.
I’m back home from Northern California and I had a really great weekend. While I was up there I had a chance to watch Saturday Night Live which I never get to do because I don’t have cable… or a TV. The episode wasn’t very funny, but the special appearance by Tracy Morgan made the whole thing worthwhile. As of lately SNL has been catching a little flack for being too “Hillary friendly”, so they got Tracy Morgan to even the tide a little bit. I thought what he said was really great, but the very last part had me laughing and jumping out of my seat. Just watch the clip (which might have a commercial before the video, not my fault) and see for yourself.