Justice’s DVNO Video Directed by So-Me

With all the hoopla of the DWP I have a backlog of stuff that I need to post about, such as Justice’s new video for their song DVNO. While the song isn’t one of my favorite’s on the album, the video is awesome. It was directed by So-Me, Ed Banger’s creative director and all around illustrating genius, and features reworkings of old logos. Just the fact that someone can make an entire music video around something like that totally amazes me.

I snagged the picture above from the new issue of Nylon Guys, which has a quick but informative article about So-Me (who’s real name is Bertrand de Langeron).

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 6, 2008 / By

My Love/Hate Affair with Twitter

I’ve been using Twitter in my sidebar for the last few months, and I have to say that I really like it. I just think it’s fun that I can share with anyone reading the blog what I’m doing. But at the same time it’s completely unreliable and half the time it causes my sidebar not to load completely, making me want to lash out at the ones I love.

I’m pretty good with Google-ing stuff and finding fixes for problems like this, but for the life of me I have no idea how to write my own code to stop Twitter from being the most obnoxious thing on the planet. Can anyone help me write some code so that Twitter loads correctly and doesn’t gum up my blog? One of you out there has to know something about this! If you think you can help, email me at [email protected].

Bobby

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March 6, 2008 / By

Last Week in Music | 02/24/08 – 03/02/08

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Boy with a Coin by Iron & Wine

I’m yet again having problems with my tracks getting recorded… I swear I can’t win, haha.
Anyway, last week I did listen to a lot of Iron & Wine, which is something that’s been growing on my for a while now. I was a big fan of Our Endless Numbered Days, but when the new album came out I really wasn’t a big fan at all. But that completely went away and I now love this new album and his older work seems to pale in comparison. The Shepherd’s Dog is amazingly rich and detailed and shows just what a musical genius Sam Beam is. I think his beard might have magical properties as well, but don’t quote me on that.

After that was a lot of Gorillaz, listening to their ‘D-Sides’ as they’re now being called. Radiohead came next, and then Jon Brion and the Punch Drunk Love soundtrack. The Jon Brion comes in because I was listening to the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack as well, so he got some extra loving.
The only other band on the list that was a stand out for me was Cut Copy, who’s So Cosmic mix I’ve been listening to non-stop. It’s so damn good.

Bobby

P.S. I also meant to mention that the best song on Iron & Wine’s new album is Boy with a Coin, which I’ve posted above. If those amazing background hand claps don’t make your day better, I don’t know what will.

Bobby Solomon

March 6, 2008 / By

Thank You

I just wanted to take a moment before regular blogging commences to thank you all for visiting the blog and I’m really glad you’re all enjoying the wallpapers. Big thanks as well to Alex at Neatorama, Evan at Josh Spear, Jim at Coudal, Katie at Juxtapoz, Johnny over at Drawn!, David at High Snobiety, and everyone else who posted about this project. You all really helped to get the word out.

On a couple of side notes I wanted to mention that Mcbess’ wallpaper is title ‘Le Jardin’, and the wood pattern in the title and name banners is a free downloadable pattern from Stuntkid. Just wanted to make sure that he gets the props he deserves. And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming!

Bobby Solomon

March 6, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Andrew Groves

Andrew Groves Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Our last wallpaper for today comes from Andrew Groves. Andrew is a British illustrator who’s style borders on the edge of creepy and cute. His art is inhabited by tons of black creatures with bright white teeth and red eyes. But then he places them into the magically colorful backgrounds, and for some reason they don’t seem so scary any more, just awesome. The image above is some sort of haunted forest, or so I’d guess. I’m especially fond of the floating crystals which are also hanging out, though I doubt they’re haunted. The color of this wallpaper alone instantly made it one of my favorites.

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March 5, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Mcbess

Mcbess Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Mcbess is the alias of Matthieu Bessudo, an amazing illustrator who lives in France and graduated from the art school Supinfocom in 2006. I came across Matthieu because of an awesome little animation project he helped work on called Sigg Jones, which was one of the best things I watched all last year. He ended up sending me a link and I was totally blown away by his style, somewhere between old Disney cartoons and anime. I honestly have no idea what’s going on in the wallpaper above, but I’m absolutely in love with it, and I’m sure that Mcbess is going to become a huge star in the illustration world.

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March 5, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tim Biskup

Tim Biksup wallpaper - iPhone, Desktop

Tim Biskup is one of those artists that I’ve admired for years now and consider to be one of the best out there. I first came across his work on a Gama-Go t-shirt which I bought in Villains on Haight Street. It was a design called Gama Turtle, a giant blue monster with some janky looking teeth and a massive spiked shell. Since then he’s created vinyl figures, giant murals and fine art that’s hung in galleries all over the world.

In his wallpaper is a little character he created called Calli, which in real life are cardboard cut-outs that turn into tiny stackable figures. I oddly enough bought a bunch of these as X-mas and birthday presents for friends, unbeknownst to Tim when he was creating this. In between the figures is the kanji for Black Fox, aka Kitsune Noir.

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March 5, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project

The Desktop Wallpaper Project

Since I started my blog almost a year ago I’ve written almost a thousand posts, made a ton of amazing and talented friends, and learned that keeping a blog going isn’t as easy some people make it look. I’ve also felt that I wanted this blog to be more, and do more, than a normal blog does. Finding the new, cool thing is fun and all, but my blog has grown so much since it started that I felt like I should try and do something more, something that would benefit you, the reader.

First and foremost I decided that I wanted this new project to be free. Well, free doesn’t leave a whole lot of options that don’t include me going into debt, so I had to be creative. What I decided to do was start a project based off the of the Radiohead Desktop Wallpapers I created last year in honor of In Rainbows coming out. This time I decided to write all of my favorite artists and designers, many of which you’ve seen featured on this blog, and see if they’d contribute a wallpaper. As it turns out, my favorite artists and designers happen to be some of the nicest people out there, and so many of them were more than happy to help and be a part of this project, which I’ve called The Desktop Wallpaper Project.

Here’s the plan: I’ll be releasing one desktop wallpaper every Wednesday morning (California time) until I run out of wallpapers. They’ll be free to download, and come in a multitude of monitor sizes, as well as iPhone and PSP versions just for the fun of it. As of writing this, there are 60 artists involved with the project, some of them providing multiple wallpapers. Who are these 60 artists that are participating? Well I’m not telling because I really like secrets and surprises, and I want you all to be surprised and excited come Wednesday.

To get things started though, I’m releasing three wallpapers by three amazing artists: Tim Biskup, Mcbess, and Andrew Groves. Having to narrow down which three wallpapers would go first wasn’t easy, but I wanted to give you a good idea of what the coming months have in store. There are going to be some of the biggest artists out there today, mixed in with some artists you may have never heard of. But the one thing they all have in common is just how creative they all are. Without further ado, here are the first three wallpapers.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tim Biskup

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Mcbess

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Andrew Groves

I just want to say thank you to all the artists that are involved with this project. Without them this obviously wouldn’t have been near exciting. Please come back next Wednesday to see who’s wallpaper will pop up next.

Bobby Solomon

March 5, 2008 / By

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