I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how great of a year this has been for music. I kind of feel like in 20 years
people historians will look back and be amazed at all the greatness. So I decided to write all of my favorites artists who had amazing albums so far in 2007. A list of 21 bands, only halfway through the year, is pretty damn remarkable. If you don’t know what they’ve put out this year, then wiki it, it’s worth the trouble.
Still coming up there’s the new Rilo Kiley, Beirut, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, and I’m sure many more that I can’t think of right now. It’s gonna’ be an exciting year.
P.S. The new Modest Mouse is shit, I didn’t forget it, and you can keep your Icky Thump, I don’t want it.
P.P.S. I forgot the new Shins album, which was amazing, definitely top 10 material.
Stroom Den Haag is a Netherlands based design, visual arts and architecture activity center. This is the best way I can seem to describe what they actually do. What I know for sure is that they do a lot of really amazing art and architectural projects for their community.
Above are pictures from an intervention done for the De Paradijsvogel elementary school. The project was completed by Marleen Kaptein and Stijn Roodnat (also known as KapteinRoodnat). The intervention consisted of hundreds of meters of bright green tubes that occupied not only the schoolyard, but the assembly hall as well.
Be sure to check out all of the amazing projects Stroom has at their website, definitely not something to miss!
Boicozine has a really great post about Buckminster Fuller and a lot of the really rad things he did. And honestly, I posted this entry because I was so amazed by the image above.
Go check out his awesome blog for all sorts of informative goodness!
I’d heard of these guys a while ago and just recently stumbled upon them again.
Confederate Motor Company was started in 1991 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sadly, in autumn 2005 the entire company was destroyed due to Hurricane Katrina, like so many others. Unable to find any place around New Orleans to settle down, they decided upon Birmingham, Alabama. But despite this huge drawback, it made the company more focused, reevaluating and rethinking the entire architecture and production of the bikes.
I’m not a huge motorcycle fan, but these things are works of art. The first picture above, the B120 Wraith, is almost steam punk looking, with it’s Swiss army knife-esque front end and huge exposed pipes. The form is absolutely beautiful in my opinion, I would buy a bike like this.
The second bike pictured above is the F131 Hellcat, which has more of a traditional look, but still extremely exotic looking.
Definitely check out their site for much more info about these awesome bikes!
Brian Finke is a New York based photographer who likes to shoots all sorts of sports stuff. That is an entirely inadequate description, and truly fails to describe how awesome his photos are, catching behind the scene glances of life.
Be sure to also check out his rad paintball story he just shot for Wired.
New Young Pony Club
are a London based band that was just recently signed to Modular Records
(home of awesomeness such as The Avalanches, Chromeo, and Cut Copy). They sound somewhere in-between Blondie and The Blow, with a tinge of Madonna-esque vocals. Lots of great bass lines and hot keyboard action make them really fun to dance to.
Grey – New Young Pony Club
I was browsing around Partizan’s site after posting that Teenagers video, so I’ve been watching a bunch of really great videos and commercials all morning. This commercial for Honda by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet really stuck out to me though. Honda has been really hitting the nail on the head with their commercials lately, and this one is no exception. The art direction is totally stunning, the lighting around the choir slightly mimicking the shots of the car. Even the clothes that the choir are wearing, the women’s outfits in particular, are so well done and stylish.
Just watch it and you’ll get to see “what a Honda feels like”.
This video for The Teenagers, directed by Kinga Burza, is so beautiful and dreamy, even though the song itself is kinda’ raunchy and talks about getting down with your step-cousin or something. The song and video remind of something that Sofia Coppola would do, sort of like her short film, ‘Lick The Star’.
The Teenagers released the single for Homecoming a week ago on Merok Records. Also be sure to check out their really good remix Myspace!