Musicians Are Cowards | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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I was going to wait until the morning to post this, but most of Europe is awake by now so I guess I’m writing this for all of you! I had someone write on my Last.fm page last week wondering when I was going to release another mixtape, so I dug up an old mix I had, re-mixed it, created some new artwork, and VOILA!, brand new mixtape for your Monday morning.
This mix was made about a year or so ago but I think that it still holds up pretty well. It was created out of an effort to use songs by bands that weren’t very popular or songs by popular bands that may have been overlooked or unheard by most people. The best example is Ancient Curse by Peter Bjorn and John, a song that’s extremely haunting and downbeat, the absolute opposite of Young Folks. The mix actually had an extra song tacked onto the end of it, but I felt like A Silver Mt. Zion was a more fitting way to end this mix and to cut back on time, I don’t like mixes that drag on too long.
So I hope you all enjoy the mix! The cover was taken from a couple of photos I took with my Lomo back in the day. The front is a photo of Wilco performing at the Greek Theater which accidently got double exposed and ended up looking even more cool. But I have no idea what the back is, just a random shot out the window probably, haha…
01 Marmaillette by A Hawk and a Hacksaw
02 Brother by Annuals
03 Ultimatum by The Long Winters
04 Start Wearing Purple by Gogol Bordello
05 Till The End of Time by Devotchka
06 Ancient Curse by Peter Bjorn and John
07 Spider’s House by Califone
08 Kept Our Hands Warm by The Robot Ate Me
09 Lying in the Snow by The Bees
10 Interior of a Dutch House by Beirut
11 The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes by A Silver Mt. Zion
This is pretty old news for most people, but I just got around to watching the video for Bjork’s Wanderlust like two days ago. Usually when I see something posted all over the blogs I frequent I tend to just get annoyed and ignore whatever everyone’s talking about. I know, I’m lame, whatever. But I was having dinner with some friends last weekend and one of them suggested that I really should watch it, that it does live up to the hype, and I totally agree with that conclusion.
The video is hard to pinpoint, it’s like something between CGI, claymation, and live action, all coming together to make this really crazy but beautiful world. I really have no idea what the video is about, it’s sort of like her backpack has some sort of raisin-looking chick in it that tries to kill her or something and then some sort of fruit bat-god-thing with a silly tongue shows up and starts messing with her. I really love the ending where she’s falling though, it looks soooo epic, and the water kind of looks like strings or spaghetti is really beautiful as well.
lame cool like me and haven’t seen it yet, click here for a really nice hi-res version of it.
UPDATE: Wired just posted a photo essay of showing a ‘Making Of’ of the Wanderlust video. Sure enough the video was inpsired by Hayao Miyazaki, which I totally thought about the whole time I watched it.
I just had the opportunity to watch Mister Lonely, Harmony Korine’s newest film. A friend of mine is a writer for a big, fancy magazine, so he gets screeners quite often, in fact he’s interviewing Mr. Korine tomorrow. As most of you know I’ve been pretty excited about seeing this for a while now, so it’s kind of sad to say that it wasn’t what I was hoping for.
The movie actually has two plots, that of Diego Luna (as a Michael Jackson impersonator) and Samantha Morton (as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator) meeting in Paris where she convinces him to join her in a commune with other impersonators in a castle in the highlands. The other plot line follows a group of missionaries in the rainforests somewhere in Brazil. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find any sort of dual meaning in the two plot lines, in fact they couldn’t have been any different. In fact the story was a rather simple one, but it seemed like it went on too long and if there were hidden metaphors, I think they were hidden a bit too well.
I thought Luna and Morton were actually quite good, Morton in particular and her scenes with Denis Lavant who plays Charlie Chaplin. Probably the best part of the movie was the cinematography by Marcel Zyskind. His camera work was beautiful and definitely made the movie feel very ethereal and dream-like all through out, especially in the part with the flying nuns and Buckwheat riding the miniature Shetland pony… yeah you read that right.
Overall though, I’d say that Harmony Korine wasn’t able to make it bizarro weird like Gummo, nor was it mainstream enough to just be enjoyed, it sort of sits in this weird middle ground. Unfortunately that middle ground is probably best described as awkward, which makes me kind of bummed. If you’re a diehard Korine fan I’m sure you’re going to see it no matter what, and maybe you can more in then I could, but I’m pretty sure Harms lost that loving feelin’.
When it comes to art with a deeper message, or that requires you to think about what the artist was intending, I’m usually pretty turned off by it. Art to me is meant to be simple, if you look at it and you like it, it’s good. Thinking hurts my brain… But reading this new monograph of Jorge Pardo at least helps me understand that frame of mind better.
Pardo was born in Cuba, raised in Chicago, and then eventually made his way Los Angeles where he studied fine art at Art Center.
Since then he’s been creating works of art that are not only beautiful, but intend for people to think about the art he creates as well the industry of art in general. The book covers numerous points in his career, ranging from architecture to designing lights to fake J. Crew catalogs featuring Matthew Barney as the model. His use of color is also astounding, especially in reference to his ceramix tiles and lights.
His monograph is being published by Phaidon and will be coming out at the end of next month. Check out under the cut for more photos!
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If you’re in Los Angeles tonight I highly suggest stopping by my favorite comic book shop Secret Headquarters for the opening of a new art show titled, Mats!? Traveler of Time and SPACE. Mats was born in France to Swedish parents, and has been drawing weird shit since he was in kindergarten. I stopped by the shop yesterday night and was able to take a sneak peek at the artwork and it looks like it’s going to be a really rad show.
The opening goes from 8 to 10 pm tonight and Mats artwork will be up until April 30th in case you can’t make it tonight!
Good morning everyone! First off I just want to say that I think today is going to be a really good day. Last night I signed the lease on my new apartment, so that stress is gone. And then after that I met up with my friend Max and we talked about some upcoming business with the blog, and I also randomly got to see my friends Kyle, Michael, Aron and Elliel as well. Then this morning I actually woke up rather early for a change, and I’ve already come across something awesome to post about!
The poster you see above was created by Kasper Eistrup, a Danish musician who is in the band Kashmir, one of Denmark’s more popular bands. For years now he’s done the covers and music videos for his band, but in 2006 he took the time to create enough work for a one man show at the Falkener Gallery in Copenhagen. Because of his obvious talent, the folks at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival commissioned him to create this years poster, and I would admit that it’s incredibly rad. The poster features a random jazz fan, it’s really no one in particular, which was Eistrup’s point:
â€I have chosen to shift the focus away from the performing musician and his or her instrument, and instead portray an ardent music lover as he stands before a current of sound waves. I wanted to create a picture that was steaming with music, without directly using the usual symbols to depict it. It turned out to be a harder task than Iâ€™d expected, since a saxophone or well-know jazz figure would have given an instant, clear signal, but my objective was to achieve the same effect without them. As to whether or not Iâ€™ve succeeded, I leave that up to the observer.â€
I’m absolutely in love with the “current of sound waves” behind him. And so you know, the poster is watercolor or gouache, I can’t really tell, but it’s all hand-painted, which is really nice to see these days. The color choices and the lighting is also extremely spot on, like in my mind this poster couldn’t be any better, it’s as close to perfection as you can get.
To see a larger version of the poster, you can click here, or to buy for yourself, take a visit over to here.
Found through Dansk Dynamit
Carried Away by French Kicks
Sex Tourists by French Kicks
I first heard the French Kicks about 6 years ago when they opened up for Hot Hot Heat back when I lived in Sacramento. I hadn’t ever heard of them before that, and up until a month ago I hadn’t heard from them since. But now they’ve released a new album called Swimming, and I swear that this album is going to make them huge.
French Kicks is made up of four guys, Jamie Krents, Nick Stumpf, Matthew Stinchcomb, and Aaron Thurston, and the band has had several different incarnations. Around 2004, Nick who played drums started to sing at live shows, which is how Aaron got into the band playing drums in his absence. Now though the band sounds amazing, with hints of the past influencing their new sound.
When I put the record on for the first time, my jaw literally dropped. It’s a weird description, but it sounds like a classic. Their sound is obviously influenced by the 60’s and 70’s, but it doesn’t sound dated, it sounds really timeless. Nick Stumpf’s voice is layered and melodic, and it sounds perfect. The music itself though is mixed kind of odd, I guess in a way that makes it sound older. Nothing is crisp and precise, it just sounds like they got together and decided to record some songs. This album is going to play non-stop this summer, it’s an amazing album that I think will be a classic for years to come. I’ve posted my two favorite songs from the album above, Carried Away and Sex Tourists. If you like these songs you’ll love the rest of the album.
I found Out My Window NYC through Something Rotten and I thought it was a pretty rad idea. Gail Albert Halaban has started taking photos of apartments in New York to see what they see out their windows. The project has also started to focus on people who have windows that look out onto someone else’s window, specifically to get the neighbors to meet and possibly make a connection through the experience of having their picture taken.
What I really like about this project is that you get to see into people’s everyday lives, something I think everyone kind of enjoys in our modern voyeuristic society. The photos themselves are also shot in a really beautiful way which obviously adds to the overall enjoyment. The subjects are pretty interesting as well, like the woman in her bathroom while a construction worker outside her window looks in. If you live in New York you should check the site out, and maybe even try to be a part of the project, and if you enjoy good photography, go check it out as well.