After my post about Pepsi’s more health conscious beverage, the Pepsi Raw, Meg over at Ziggurat was kind enough to send me a bottle so I could taste it myself. Ziggurat is the design company that came up with the Pepsi Raw logo, which is how she could get her hands on it. Well I haven’t tasted it yet, let me say that first. What I’m gonna’ do is get some friends together and hold some taste tests. Maybe it could be a video podcast? That would be kind of fun.
The test will include Pepsi Raw plain, Pepsi Raw with lemon, and Pepsi Raw with whiskey. I think this pretty much covers all bases and ways that people might drink it. Hopefully that will be tonight or tomorrow night, sometime soon-ish for sure.
Until the taste test though, I’ve taken a ton of photos of the bottle, which you can see under the cut.
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).
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].
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.