I got an email from a guy named P. Williams a couple days ago letting me know he had updated his site. As always I took a look and came across an installation he did called The Finishing Touch, which was a 400 sq. ft. space filled with giant buildings and a monster. It also happens to be a performance art, because the monster is filled with a human who then goes through the town, trashing it to the delight of the on-lookers.
I would have loved being at this exhibit and seeing this giant monster destroying this town. There’s so much detail to the buildings and the monster is pretty rad looking as well. I’m pretty easily amused but I think things like this need to be done more, simply for the fun of it.
Click here for more photos from the exhibit.
It’s another week and X-Mas music has been on repeat for me. My number one artist two weeks in a row now is Vince Guaraldi Trio because of the Charlie Brown Christmas album. It’s hands down my favorite X-Mas album and I can’t X-mas without it. Coming up next Sufjan, been listening to a lot of BQE and Seven Swans a lot, the latter feels like it’s kind of an underrated album.
After that is Alexandre Desplat who did the score for the soundtrack to The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Alexandre took the place of Mark Mothersbaugh for Wes Anderson’s newest flick. He’s done a really great job of setting up the mood of the movie and it’s even more apparent when you sit down and listen to the soundtrack. It’s also got some Beach Boys and Rolling Stones on there so you can’t go wrong.
Number four was Bright Eyes as I’ve been listening to the X-Mas album he put together. It’s actually a rather faithful rendition of classic songs done in his own creative way. No matter what you think of his music you can’t deny that he’s a talented musician and it definitely shows. Then came The Walkmen and M. Ward, two of my usual favorites. Following that up was Jason Lytle who released a fun new X-Mas present filled with beautiful piano songs. It’s a wonderful treat. Finishing things up is Casio for the Painfully Alone who’s always good for cold, holiday days.
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This week’s Mixcast is a collection of my favorite songs from 2009. You’ll have seen a lot of these songs on other Mixtapes and Mixcasts but I wanted to make a definitive list, the creme of the crop, list of songs. It was kind of hard to narrow them down but I feel like this is a pretty good spread of songs I loved.
The Mixcast is also over an hour long, I decided to mix together a huge chunk of songs in the middle, so you’ll get about 50 minutes of continuous music. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you think I missed anything, though I’m telling you right now I didn’t, haha…
Here’s this week’s tracklist:
My Girls by Animal Collective
That’s That by MF Doom
Silver Trembling Hands by The Flaming Lips
Home by Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Wild Young Hearts by The Noisettes
Missing the Light of the Day by AIR
Cello Song by The Books & José González
Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.) by Monsters of Folk
Sister by Vetiver
Columns Steps Pillars by The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice
James by Camera Obscura
Singing Joy to the World by The Fruit Bats
While You Wait For The Others by Grizzly Bear
Little Shadow by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Epilogue by The Antlers
Shangri-La by M. Ward
I’m really enjoying this new trend in bands creating films around albums, much like Edward Sharpe did, and now you can add Noah And The Whale to that list. Charlie Fin, the lead singer of the band, has created a 45 minute long movie that accompanies and is scored by their newest album, The First Days of Spring.
The film is really incredibly shot, with lots of beautiful locations and wide landscapes. From what I’ve been able to put together the film is about life and death, love and loss. The whole thing was shot in 8 days on a meager budget, but honestly I don’t think you can tell that at all. Hopefully this trend continues and more musicians start to dabble in film.
CXXVI is one of those brands that I’ve been keeping to myself for about a month now. I can’t remember how I came across them but their branding, done by Onetwentysix, is absolutely beautiful and I’m totally smitten with it. Adding to it is that their products are also great, with a line of hand screened t-shirts that evoke that antique nautical look that’s all the rage with the kids these days. Recently though they’ve added this beautiful silkscreened poster you see above to their online shop.
The poster is in an edition of 50 and is dyed and aged to give it that weathered look. It’s a really fun print and the black and red look totally amazing. It’s also only $30, so someone should definitely buy this for me for X-Mas *hint hint boyfriend nudge nudge*.
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