One album that I’m super stoked about this year is Jónsi’s new album Go, which should be released on April 6 here in the States. I know a lot of you really loved the first sample we heard, the song Boy Lilikoi, but now there are a few more tracks to check out.
A couple weeks back Jónsi visited WNYC and had a little interview and played a few songs off of Go. It’s amazing to hear him perform because even though it’s just him and a ukelele (with three strings) his songs sound epic. He plays three songs live, one called Go Do and another called Around Us and Boy Lilikoi, and then we get to hear an album version of a song called Animal Arithmetic. I hope this brightens up your Monday some.
The photos above are from Canadian photographer Markus Nurmi who has a really great eye. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a sucker for moody photography. I feel you need to be a really talented person to know exactly when to take photos like these. There are so many considerations to take in to account like lighting, time of day, your subject, the environment they’re in and so on. I really love the density of textures in these, they’re packed to the brim with things going on.
It’s Friday, it’s almost the weekend, and here’s a delicious Mixcast to wash your cares away. This week’s Mixcast is based around the theme of women’s names. I think most rock stars end up going through break ups or fall desperately in love so women’s names tend to be quite prevalent in music. Not that there are only male singers on this album.
For the album artwork I hunted through my old National Geographic’s and found as many odd images as I could, putting together a diverse collage of woman-ness. The back is my favorite though and I didn’t have to do anything to it, that’s exactly how it was.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Jolene by Cake Griselda by Yo La Tengo Vanessa From Queens by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Ashley by The Dodos Tila and I by Harlem Dear Jennifer by The Clientele Selfish Jean by Travis Oh Christine by The Cave Singers Pretty Mary K by Elliott Smith Carey by Joni Mitchell Savannah Smiles by Okkervil River Anna by Taken by Trees Shirin by Jens Lekman Ada by The National Goodnight Laura by Spoon
I spotted this little video on Vimeo’s featured videos page and was extremely curious about it. It’s a story about “a girl named Eddie who spends her pocket money obsessively hoarding fireworks and carefully planning for cracker night. When it finally it arrives, Eddie and her family head to the local football oval. In the frosty air Eddie lights the fuse of her first cracker and experiences a pivotal moment, one of the seemingly small experiences of childhood, that affects us for the rest of our lives.”
To say that this short film is beautiful and touching is an understatement. The little girl Eddie, played by Edith Cattell, is absolutely amazing and I believe every second that she is this character. The styling of the film is spot on as well. It’s set in the 1980′s and everything about it feels like the time period without falling into any cliches. The film was brought Cannes in 2003 and won the Palme D’Or – Short Film award, so clearly I’m not alone in my passion for it.
The directors name is Glendyn Ivin, and I really hope that he gets some sort of feature fim some time soon, I think he could make something really special. I’d also like to suggest you check out the short film he made with his six year old son about their three chickens which is called The Brunswick Browns. I smiled and giggled a lot and it should make you happy as well.
My friends over at Ghostly sent me this video for their artist Syntaks, which is made up of Danish duo Jakob Skott and Anna Cecilia. The video was directed by Mr. Skott and features an elaborate mixture of old and new footage all merging together, kind of like a dream. It reminds me a lot of when I work, how I like to mix together images to create something new and original.
Ghostly’s hooked me up with the MP3 of Blue Sunshine as a free download, which you can download here. You can also download their Mistral Moon EP (as you can see to the left) for free as well by clicking here. I love what Ghostly records does, and there really isn’t any label like them, so if you’re not familiar with them you should definitely pay them a visit. Maybe I can start giving away some from MP3s to sample on Fridays along with the Mixcasts?
Could be fun.