Back in 2001 DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist got together for a little session/album where they only spun 45′s, calling the end result Product Placement. Together they created one of the most amazing DJ sets I’ve ever heard, mixing together songs like Freddie Scott’s (You) Got What I Need into James & Bobby Purify’s I’m Your Puppet. This actually came out way back in 2001, and funny enough I used to listen to this while I would mow the lawn on my Philips/Nike MP3 player wayyyy back in the day. That thing was so shitty and this was the only thing I could get on there.
Anyhow, this isn’t the video isn’t that exciting to watch, but it’s brilliant to sit and listen to. If you’re not familiar with either of these guys this should be a much watch. You have to get at least to Rappin’ With Gas, you won’t be sorry.
What word describes the feeling you get when you look back on bad design decisions you’ve made in the past? You think: “Did I really think it was okay to use a photoshop filter on top of fully saturated cyan verdana type?”
Moments of insight are always a little suspicious. Maybe this is because I grew up in the Bible Belt and heard stories about dramatic revelations almost incessantly. But there was a moment in my second year of college when I saw the light and realized that everything is designed. This is probably one of the biggest eye-openers I took away from architecture school that literally changed the way I perceive things. And not just the objects that surround us that are explicitly designed, but also ideas and language around those ideas are cleverly and critically constructed. Which is really a long way to say: I like to make up words.
Verbotomy is a place for people who also like to make up words. It’s a daily competition to create a word for some gap in language. For instance: What do you call folks who Googles themselves? What should you call congratulating a woman on her pregnancy only to realize she isn’t pregnant? Anyone can submit words and anyone can vote for their favorites. I do this almost every day and I enjoy doing it. Maybe you will enjoy it too?
In my first year of primary school I was sent to an extra-curricula Japanese class where, instead of learning the nuances of the Japanese dialect, we were made to practice picking up Rice Bubbles (aka Rice Krispies) with chopsticks. Had this experience turned out differently I would possibly be able to tell you more about Japanese brand OLIVEdesOLIVE, because, at this stage, I am struggling with the Japanese characters on their site and dexterity with chopsticks isn’t much help.
Thankfully, you don’t need to understand Japanese to appreciate OLIVEdesOLIVE’s Spring/Summer collection for 2010. Its very sweet and feminine without being too saccharine, and features a nice mix of floral patterns combined with neutral tones and pops of watermelon pink. Now, if only I could read the print on their online shop.
I’ve got a really awesome Mixcast this week, I’m really excited to see what you think. I had previously mentioned on my Twitter that it would be about criminals, though I think officially it would based around degenerates, people who might not be quite so on the up and up. It’s definitely not a dark album, that’s kind of the funny thing. The beginning is definitely upbeat and peppy, though some of the lyrics might be a bit dark, but that’s kind of the point. This was a fun mix to put together, even if it was a bit of a challenge.
I’d also like to say that the Devendra Banhart track is on here because wizards are definitely degenerates, I mean look at Dumbledore or Gandalf, those dudes were totally seedy.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Killers by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone The Mercy Seat by Johnny Cash Black by Okkervil River Of Minor Prophets And Their Prostitute Wives by Pedro The Lion Criminals (Electronic) by Atlas Sound An Animated Description of Mr. Maps by The Books Pyschotic Girl by The Black Keys Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth by The Dandy Warhols Needle of Death by Bert Jansch Horseheadedfleshwizard by Devendra Banhart Grave Robbers by Mount Eerie John Wayne Gacy Jr. by Sufjan Stevens Arms of a Thief by Iron & Wine
If you’ve been following along my current musical obsession is Avi Buffalo, the Long Beach band who’s new album make my heart a’flutter. There’s something about lead singer Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg;s voice that I totally love, and the fact they’ve released their new album on Sub Pop records should say something as well.
Today they released the first video in support of the album for the song What’s It In For and boy is it amazing. I guess it’s sort of Avatar-esque, though having not seen Avatar I can’t say if that’s true. It’s a beautifully shot video featuring all kinds of alien looking plants growing all over the place while the band performs and runs around. It’s really well done and a great introduction to this new, extremely talented band.