Last night my buddy Andy Miller posted this new pattern and I was smitten with it as soon as I saw it. I think it’s called Skull Flower and features, well, just that, as well as a few books and some fun abstract patterns. I actually love that it’s black and white, it’s simple that way and colors might just get in the way. I could definitely see this pattern on a pillow in my living room. Wonderful work Andy!
Spencer Krug is an odd fellow. He’s in like 5 bands including Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Fifths of Seven and Frog Eyes and now has started his own side project called Moonface. He’ll be releasing an EP through Jagjaguwar on January 26 but until then he’s giving away an “EP” of sorts called Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-drums. Like it sounds, the only instruments on the album are marimba and shitty sounding drums, like wet drums you’d hear in a bad 80′s song.
Did I mention the song is like 20 minutes long? 20 minutes of miramba, Spencer’s vocals and shitty drums. I know, this sounds like it can’t be good, but you know what, the download is free and you should try it anyway. I’ve listened to it like 10 times now, including while I was walking around doing my errands, and it’s really awesome. I’m really excited for the whole album, I just hope it doesn’t get too weird.
You can download the EP by clicking here.
I’m still looking for the perfect calendar for my wall in 2010 and I think this is pretty dang close to what I want. Wüsthof, maker of some of the best knives in the world, has released a calendar which features an onion being chopped into 356 slices, showing just how sharp their knives are. The idea is simple and totally clever, appealing to chefs, who these were most likely sent to, and anyone with an eye for design, food or photography.
Found through Ads of the World
When Universal Everything did they’re global rebrand for MTV International they created a ton of bumpers that were pretty amazing but I seemed to have missed the one above. My buddy Wes pointed me to this video called Dance x 1000% / Musicbrain which sounds like the title of some kind of exclusive Michael Lau figure. It features a dude old school break dancing, and as he does it his “Musicbrain”keeps expanding, getting more complex and crazy as he goes. It’s a simple but eye-catching spot that makes MTV feel like old MTV for a change.
This week’s Mixcast is my attempt at a contemporary, indie X-Mas sing-along. The songs on this mix are from all of your favorite indie rock bands, some doing covers, others doing original pieces. It starts out fast and ends slow and smooth. I figure that a lot of you are going to be traveling this weekend and into the next week, so I wanted you to have something to pass the time and get you into the holiday spirit.
I hope you enjoy the mix and hopefully there are some songs on here that are new to you. I think it definitely turned out pretty well and maybe you’ll find some new favorites.
Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Winter Wonderland by Phantom Planet
O Little Town of Bethlehem by Belle & Sebastian
Everything Is Gonna Be Cool This Christmas by Eels
Get Behind Me, Santa! by Sufjan Stevens
Whack Bat Majorette by Alexandre Desplat
It’s Christmas Time by Yo La Tengo
Blue Christmas by Bright Eyes
Cold White Christmas by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Wild Animals Approaching The Lovely Country Funeral by Jason Lytle
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by Pedro The Lion
O Holy Night by My Morning Jacket
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming by Feist