Danish Dutch designer Christian Borstlap sent me an email with some images of a set of national stamps he’s created that benefit children. The images on the stamps are totally adorable and make me jealous that the U.S. doesn’t have stamps like these. My favorite is the one where the squiggle people are all standing around the book reading it. Too much awesomeness.
Tonight at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus The Decemberists will be playing a very special show as a part of their tour. They’ve commissioned four filmmakers, Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Mari, to create visuals that coincide with their most recent album, The Hazards of Love. The show is called Here Comes The Waves and will feature the band playing the entire album along to the visuals that have been created.
This is being put on by friends over at Flux, who’ve yet again created another amazing event to go to here in Los Angeles. The event is also benefiting The Grammy Foundation helps support music programs for high school students. Check out the preview above, it’s a pretty great look at how amazing the work in the show is.
Royce Hall / UCLA
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Box Office 310-825-2101
While I may think my description of Where The Wild Things Are was pretty good, I have no idea what to say about Spike Jonze’s newest endeavor. This 11 minute short features Kanye West in a film called We Were Once A Fairytale, a bizarre little journey that I still don’t quite understand, but am strangely intrigued by. The best parts are at the end, so you’ll have to watch and see for yourself.
Last Friday morning I took the bus down to the Arclight to see Where The Wild Things Are, something I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while. I saw the movie by myself, I guess in hopes that I could soak up the movie to the fullest. The build up for this movie is unlike any I’ve ever seen for a movie. I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect going into it, but I can say I was more than pleased and was immensely touched by the movie.
If you’ve seen the movie, keep reading under the cut for my thoughts on the movie. If you haven’t I suggest you go see it and then let me know what you think.
Earlier tonight I went to see Monsters of Folk at the Greek Theatre, a band made up of Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and M. Ward, one of my all time favorites. From what I had heard about the show, I knew I was in for a treat. The show was 2.5 hours long, and featured not only songs from the new Monsters of Folk album, but also songs from their respective careers. Consider me sold.
I got there a little late, sadly, but walked in hearing M. Ward playing 100 Millions Years off of his new album, Hold Time. After that the next two or so hours was a blur of amazing songs and incredible performances. From Bright Eyes I got to hear Lime Tree, The Big Picture, At The Bottom of Everything, Another Travelin’ Song, and a duette with M. Ward on Smoke Without Fire. I was pretty excited to hear these older songs, something I honestly never thought would happen. Jim James played the My Morning Jacket song Golden, which I’ve posted above, though it’s from their performance in Portland. I’d also like to mention Mike Mogis who totally made these guys sound great. He’s a master of the slide guitar and the mandolin and he definitely deserves a ton of credit.
Overall it was a spectacular show, and if you appreciate any of these artists alone or together as Monsters of Folkf the I highly suggest getting tickets right away. Also a big thanks to Justin over at Aquarium Drunkard for helping me out with some tickets, thanks buddy!