There are people who go to art school and study and study to become great artists, and then there are people like Lauren Dukoff who had cameras at her disposal since she was a little kid, learning how to take photos along the way. Funny enough “along the way” for her was taking portraits of her childhood friend Devendra Banhart as he practiced at school. As Devendra’s career began to take off Lauren followed him around the country documenting everything. Eventually she herself became more well known, and people were asking her to take their picture.
Looking through her photos you see a totally natural beauty to all of her photos, like she’s doing what comes naturally. It’s also kind of cool to see all of her Devendra photos, as I would have hard time thinking of a better muse to follow around and photograph. Have a peek over at her site, there’s a whole lot of work to look through.
My favorite project of their’s is one of there newest, a complete branding for lux*, which as far as I can tell is like a big art show that takes place in Valence, France. They were given a prompt that read “a new territory dedicated to the image in all its forms”, so they designed everything to look sort of like a map, to help you get to different places. They created posters, leaflets and programs all with the images above, which are details of the main poster. I really love the colors and layering of all the objects on there, it’s busy without feeling overwhelming.
I’ve translated most of their site through Babel Fish, so these are close approximations to what they said. If you speak French, you’re in luck, you’ll understand it much better than I. If you don’t, go to look at the pretty pictures.
On Sundays I teach a design class at Art Center for kids between 8 and 13. Yesterday we had a couple of kids who were picked up really late because the dad picking them up thought the class ended at 5, not 4. Thankfully these kids were the older ones, so my friend Eric (who I teach the class with) and I had things to talk about with them. Well they’re kinda’ hip 13 year olds, and one of them showed me these short cartoons called Miniscule. They basically feature a bunch of computer generated bugs in real environments doing funny things.
The cartoons are released by a French animation studio called Futurikon and written and directed by Thomas Szabo. They seem to have a bunch of DVDs of this stuff. I guess the shorts are also on Toon Disney as well, which might be where he found it. I’ve posted some of these under the cut so you can see for yourself.
I wrote last week that I had received a bottle of Pepsi Raw in the mail and wanted to do a taste test to see how it was. So on Saturday I headed over to my friend Frank’s house to have a lunch/taste testing with him and his boyfriend Jonny. Saturday was the most beautiful day on record, and Frank has an amazingly beautiful house, so it was perfect for an outdoor lunch. We ended up making mini cheese burgers with bleu cheese and Jonny had tuna steak because he doesn’t eat cuddly cows. We also had French fries which Frank had dyed purple which were also topped with bleu cheese, orzo salad, a green salad, and of course, Pepsi Raw to wash it all down.
The Pepsi Raw was served three different ways, plain, with a lemon, and with whiskey. I figured that these were the most common ways people would drink soda, so we poured the soda into three tiny glasses (we only had one bottle, so we had to make this work), and gave it a go. The Pepsi Raw plain tasted a lot like Diet Pepsi, sort of that overly sweet taste that I’m not personally fond of. But if you like DIet Pepsi, you’ll totally like Raw. After that we tried it with lemon, which was really good. The sour/bitterness of the lemon mellowed out the overly sweet flavor of the soda, making it taste really good. Finally we tried it with some Knob Creek whiskey, which ended up just tasting like whiskey because we didn’t really have enough to make a proper whiskey soda.
So overall it’s pretty damn yummy, a little bit healthier for you, and really fun to look at. I’ve posted some more photos of our lunch, which I’ve tried to make look like a photo shoot out of Gourmet Magazine. There’s also a photo of me under there, which is pretty rare, I’m usually behind the camera!
I’ve been working on this mix for about… 2 or 3 months now, and I’m so happy to finally finish it. It started out one way, and has ended up in a whole new form. I really just decided to go with what I know, and made a mix that’s overall folk influenced, but not necessarily consumed by it. Some of the songs are over 30 years old, some came out more recently, one song came out a month ago. Overall it’s a really laid back mix, good for driving home after a shitty day of work, when you need to unwind, or when you’re ready to go to bed. Personally, those are all my favorite times, haha…
This is also the first time anyone other than myself has heard it in it’s new form. I literally finished it at 1 AM this morning and decided that I should make a front and back cover and post it so I can feel like I’m finally finished. I’m really happy how it turned out, I feel like it came together really strongly. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
01 Been So Long by Vetiver
02 God Only Knows by The Langley Schools Music Project
03 Push Upstairs (Live) by Underworld
04 Ram On by Paul McCartney
05 Our House by Phantom Planet
06 I’d Like to Walk Around In Your Mind by Vashti Bunyan
07 Phone Call by Jon Brion
08 Palms by Jana Hunter
09 This Room by Erick Messler
10 Karl Blau by The Microphones
11 Little Satchel by Samamidon
12 A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill by Jens Lekman
13 Sunshine Sometime by Paul McCartney
14 Needle of Death by Yo La Tengo
15 Lost Art of Murder by Babyshambles
P.S. I took the photo on the front cover exactly as you see it, there was no digital manipulation.
What’s better than buying a new awesome t-shirt? How about buying a new awesome t-shirt that one of your favorite bands designed? What if it got even better? How about buying a new awesome t-shirt that one of your favorite bands designed that also helps people in need? Well, Yellow Bird Project has done just that.
Based out of Montreal, Yellow Bird Project teams up with some of the raddest bands out there who come up with a cool looking t-shirt graphic, sells the t-shirts online and then donates the money to a charity of the bands choosing. I think this is such a great idea on so many levels. So far the participants include bands like Rilo Kiley, Devendra Banhart, Stars, Wolf Parade and The National, who’s t-shirt you see above, which is also my personal favorite of the batch.
For more information and to check out the rest of the designs, go visit Yellow Bird Project to help people and look cool at the same time.
This weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a really long time, so I thought I’d share some of it with you all. Friday night I had the chance to meet up with DWP contributor Mcbess and some of his friends out in Santa Monica for a little California Pizza Kitchen. Mcbess and his friend Patrick were visiting from London for the weekend to visit their friend Xavier, so we thought it would be rad to meet up outside of the internet/email world. They ended up being a bunch of really rad guys so later in the night we headed out to Cha Cha’s in Silverlake to watch the hipsters and drink vodka tonics. I now have an official crash pad in London, sweet!
Saturday around noon I headed over to my friend Frank’s house and he and his boyfriend Jonny and I had an official Pepsi Raw taste testing luncheon. It was filled with amazingly delicious foods, great conversations, and the nicest afternoon Los Angeles has had in months. I also took lots of pictures so keep a look out for those, as well as the official verdict on how Pepsi Raw really tastes!
Then earlier tonight I had the pleasure of meeting up with +KN friend Neil Doshi who was visiting from Montreal. We ended up walking around Family and Turntable Lab over on Fairfax, then eating some French fries and carrot cake over at Canter’s. Neil was also a really rad guy and we had a good time chatting about the liquidity of design and how great Candian music is. He also gave me a rad zine he made called feeeeeeelings vol. 1 (the image above is a bit of the cover) and a white Furni x Cool Hunting watch as well, which is pretty sweet.
Hopefully this is just a preview of a totally awesome summer.
P.S. Many thanks to Misa, for writing me the sweetest email ever.
Today was an absolutely beautiful day in Los Angeles, and it really felt like the first day of spring. In honor of having such great weather, here’s an amazing new song by Grizzly Bear that I found over on It’s Nice That. I’ll make an educated guess here that we’ll be hearing this song on their upcoming EP, but for now you can listen to this awesome live performance from KCRW. If the song resembles anything else on their next album we’re all definitely in for a treat.
On a quick side note for you tech folks out there, Kitsune Noir is now in the top 10,000 blogs on Technorati. This was a really great thing to wake up to this morning, as it really shows proves that this blog really has some legs now. Yay!