I love meat. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s delicious and I’m never going to stop eating it. If you don’t eat meat, that’s cool too, one of my best friends hasn’t eat meat in 18 years (he’s 30). One of the reasons that people choose not to eat meat is the cruel treatment of animals in regards to factory farming. I don’t really want to get into that aspect of it, what I do want to talk about is the people who do treat animals with respect.
The video above is a butcher named Vadim Akimenko who is butchering a 211 pound pig. After all is said and done, he’s left with only 1 pound of meat that he doesn’t use. To me that’s the ultimate sign of respect to an animal that was raised purposefully to feed us. I don’t know where the pig in the video above was raised, but my guess would be a local farm as the pig is pretty fresh. And while the video is quite intense, I don’t think it should be viewed as graphic. Going to McDonald’s is not the natural way, there’s nothing natural about any of it.
I also keep reading a lot about butchers lately, especially how it’s starting to become more mainstream. I think this is something that we need to start embracing and learning more about. It goes along with the idea of growing your own food and raising chickens. Even in big cities or stretched out suburban neighborhoods these are small changes we can make to do things differently, and more importantly, better.
Good Monday, I hope you had a nice weekend. This week’s #musicmonday is filled with all kinds of new goodies that I’ve really been looking forward to. We start out with Owen Pallett who was my number one artist last week as well. Heartland is such an amazing record and I can’t stop praising it, so pick it up tomorrow! After that came Atlas Sound who I’ve been listening to quite a bit, there’s something so new but nostalgic feeling about his music. Plus his album Logos was one of the best of last year, I highly recommend it as well.
Then we had a batch of new artists. First was Massive Attack and their new record Heligoland. I was a huge fan of Mezzanine and this new record is of the same quality, though with much less trip-hop to it. Then came Spoon with their upcoming record Transference, which I will admit to absolutely loving. The album still sounds exactly what you think of when you thin of Spoon, but there’s something so fresh and exciting about this album. The album feels almost experimental in it’s nature, with vocals glitching and electronic sounds haunting the album.
Vampire Weekend pops up after that with their upcoming album Contra, which I’d guess a lot of people are looking forward to. I think the album is a nice progression from their last and they’ve evaded the dreaded sophomore slump. They’ve brought in a lot more instruments, weren’t afraid of trying new sounds, though I think it’ll take some time to grow on you. The last of the new batch is Broken Bells and their upcoming self-titled release. I’m still not sure if I’m a big fan of this album, but I’m going to continue giving it a try. Finishing things off are my good buddies Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sufjan, who appear on this list quite a lot.
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I was instantly smitten with the work of Matthew Lyons as soon as I set eyes upon it. His style lies somewhere between Tim Biskup and Kevin Dart but there’s something really abstract about it as well though that really sets what he does apart.
Everything he does also looks like a James Bond movie, with very modern interiors and interesting color schemes. His lighting and color is something that really makes his work pop out to me. The mixture of reds and greens contrasting makes his work just that more dramatic.
I’d highly suggest you pay a visit to his site to see these images big, giant sized, you get much more of the effect that way. You can also check out his work on his Flickr as well.
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In trying to stay consistent with my message of working hard and making change as a creative person, I thought I’d post this list of friendly advice by Bruce Mau. Mr. Mau calls this his Incomplete Manifesto For Growth and it features beliefs, strategies and motivations to help you succeed at your work. He started writing it back in 1998 and has been adding to it since then, currently it’s at 43 points.
I posted my top three points because they fit me well. The first one is ‘Don’t Be Cool’, which is something I’ve tried to stay away from since the day I started this blog. Cool is just style over substance. I’m not trying to be cool, I don’t write this to be cool, I do like to do things which I think are cool but at the end of the day I’m a computer nerd with a boner for well designed things.
After that is ‘Ask Stupid Questions.’ I’ve always been one of those people who asks a ton of questions, smart or stupid, I just want information. The more information I can soak up the more prepared I am. I also like that he says “Growth is fueled by desire,” and I can definitely say I have an immense thirst for knowledge. I’m on Wikipedia at least five to ten times a day, easy.
My last favorite is ‘Stay Up Late,’ though sometimes I wish I didn’t embody this one so well. I’m currently writing this at 3:53 AM, obviously I should be in bed. But like Bruce says, things happen when you push yourself beyond your normal limits. For me personally I tend to really get “in the zone” or whatever when it’s late. There are less distractions, outside my window and inside my computer, and I can really start to dream up crazy things.
I hope you enjoy the list, be sure post your favorites and why in the comments!
ICE CREAM FOR FREE™ is a Berlin based design studio with a rather impressive collection of work. I came across these record covers (on a blog which unfortunately I’m totally spacing on, my apologies) which have these amazing sections of patterns and colors. The covers were created for a fictional record label called Dipsie As Well Records and may or may not have been created when someone accidentally took three caffeine pills at one time.
I love how the albums have a very similar structure and palette to them but each one still feels unique. I would definitely frame these and put them on my walls.