T. rex is a Big Chicken

T. Rex

So, this is pretty cool.
Paleontologists recently found a fossil thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus that was so well preserved that scientists could actually isolate proteins from the sample. By comparing the proteins found in the T. rex to proteins in other animals, scientists were able to see which animal the T. rex’s proteins most closely resemble. And, tah-frickin’-dah, the protein was almost spot on with that of a chicken, showing “the first molecular evidence of this link between birds and dinosaurs.”

Just something to think about next time you have KFC.

P.S. This is Bob’s nerdy boyfriend, Jeff. Hope you all enjoy the article!

Bobby Solomon

April 15, 2007 / By

Mt. Eerie Live at Family

Mt. Eerie Live at Family

Thursday night I headed over to the Mt. Eerie show at Family. I parked, walk in right at 7 when the show starts… and there are like 7 people in the bookstore. Mega lame. Finally, my friend Mark shows up and people trickle in, and the shows starts about 30-45 minutes later. It was a completely amazing show.

He sat down on a speaker with just his acoustic guitar and started playing. This will sound kind of cheesy, but he controlled his voice like a second instrument. He played about 16 songs, some new, some that I didn’t recognize. Overall, it was a really amazing experience.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 14, 2007 / By

LCD Soundsystem / Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem / Sound of Silver

I just got the new LCD Soundsystem CD, Sound of Silver, and I’m liking it WAY more than his last one. I’ve listened to it about 5 times through so far, and I think it’s a lot more structured and concise then his last one. The album sounds like a hybrid of Underworld/New Order/other 80’s synth pop and 70’s disco.

The beats throughout the album are pretty repetitive, but his voice carries the songs completely. This is especially true on the last song, ‘New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down’. His voice sounds fragile and heartfelt… it’s just damn good. My other favorites are ‘Someone Great’ and ‘All My Friends’.

Well done, James Murphy.

Bobby

P.S. His website says he’s playing in LA on April 29th, the day after Coachella, but the venue is TBD.

Bobby Solomon

April 12, 2007 / By

Clutchy Hopkins

Clutchy Hopkins

I was browsing around Gorilla vs. Bear earlier when I came across a link to a guy named Clutchy Hopkins. At first it seemed like one of those overly weird bands/artists that I pass on because of their overt weirdness. But I decided to give him a listen to see what it was all about.

Shit. This guy is so good.
He’s got a crazy blend of jazz/funk/hip hop that just sounds so perfect.
You can listen to 12 of his songs on his Stage.FM site in order to get a good feel of what he’s all about.
His official site says that he has some records at the Amoeba on Sunset, so I’m going to have to check that out tomorrow.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 11, 2007 / By

New Balance A02

New Balance A02

I usually don’t like New Balances, but I have to say that these are totallllyyyy hot.
I love the use of the dark denim with the neon stitching and hand painted N. They come in a bunch of other crazy colors too, but these ones are definitely my style.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2007 / By

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit is a an exhibit of artist paying homage to classic video games. Everyone has their own takes on the characters, and the list of contributors is amazing. So far, there’s:

Erik Alos, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Crystal Bedford, Leanne Biank, Brandon Bird, Blinky, Mark Bodnar, Ryan Bubnis, Jude Buffum, Jon Burgerman, Mike Burnett, Scott Cambell, Martin Cendreda, Anna Chambers, Paul Chatem, Dave Chung, Sean Clarity, Matt Clark, Nic Cowen, Steven Daily, Matt Dangler, Bob Dob, Nome Edonna, Ekundayo, Sandra Equihua, Jose Emroca Flores, Carl Greenblatt, Peter Gronquist, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Mr. Joe Hahn, Ryan Heshka, Elizabeth Ito, Aaron Jasinski, James Jean, Brian Kesling, KMNDZ, Travis Lampe, Mike Leavitt, Joe Ledbetter, Jesse LeDoux, Christopher Lee, Ryan Lesser, Travis Louis, Jim Mahfood, Benjamin Marra, El Maz, Brian McCarty, Chris McD, Jeff McMillan, Brandi Milne, Misha, Tony Mora, Scott Morse, Chris Nichols, Ciro Nieli, Kieth Nordzy, NVC (Dr. Bao and Spive), Kathie Olivas, Nathan Ota, Annie Owens, Daniel Peacock, Peekaboo, Vincent Perea, John Pham, Isaac Pierro, Dave Pressler, Steve Purcell, Jen Rarey, Lesley Reppeteaux, Lou Romano, Reuben Rude, Dan Santat, Scott Scheidly, SEEN, Jason Sho Green, Erik Siador, Greg Simkins, Amy Sol, Nathan Stapley, Stone, Shuji Suzuki, Gabe Swarr, Sean Szeles, Peter Taylor, Jeremy Tinder, Roland Tamayo, Rich Tuzon, Yosuke Ueno, Michelle Valigura, Joe Vaux, Amanda Visell, Paul Wall, Dave Wasson, Andrew Wilson, Rachel Wong, Johnny Yanok.

That’s just the tentative list, with more probably to come.
I’m most excited for James Jean, Jim Mahfood and Martin Cendreda. I have original sketches from both James Jean and Jim Mahfood, but I’ve only met Jim Mahfood. I would LOVE to meet James Jean. He is hands down one of the best illustrators in the world right now.

So if you’re in LA, and free on April 17th (though the show goes till may 12th), definitely go check this show out!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

The Divine Gas

The Divine Gas

Chiho Aoshima

Photo by Claudine Ko

Chiho Aoshima has this HUGE piece up at The Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston until October 28th of this year. I’m absolutely amazed by the scale and color and complexity of this. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to check it out in person! You can see more images of the show here.
For more info on the show, visit here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

Do you have time for beauty?

Joshua Bell
Pearls Before Breakfast

This is an article from the Washington Post that I saw on Kottke. The photo above is Joshua Bell, the focus of the article. But overall the story is a brilliant social experiment.

“No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made.”

So, would you stop?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

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