Travis / The Boy with No Name

Travis / The Boy with No Name

I’ve loved Travis since basically forever. I was that sensitive kid in high school wondering “why does it always rain on me?” and cutting my hair into a faux hawk because Fran Healy, the lead singer of Travis, had it that way. I want to interject here, that Fran Healy totally, and completely started the faux hawk. He was rocking it WAY before everyone, and I copied him way before it was the cool thing to do… we’re talking 10 years ago.

Anywho, The Boy with No Name is an excellent album so far. It’s a return to form for the band, after their last album, 12 Memories. This new album seems much happier again, moving away from the dark political feel of the last one. It might be partially because Nigel Godrich came back to produce for them again, injecting his bit of genius into the mix. I’ve only listened to it about 3 times through… but so far, so good.

Bobby

P.S. I read this on Wikipedia and thought it was really rad.
“When Travis took the stage to perform [Why Does It Always Rain On Me?"] at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being dry for several hours, it began to rain as soon as the first line was sung.”

I wish I would have been there for that, I’m sure it was such an incredible experience.

Bobby Solomon

April 25, 2007 / By

Want 2 Be Square

Want 2 Be Square

Last Saturday I went to Scion’s Want 2 B Square show in Culver City. It was a one night only event which featured Dalek, UPSO, Maya Hayuk, Sage Vaughn, Matzu MTP, Kelsey Brookes, and Freddi C. The artists painted 48″x 48″and 24″x 24″panels, the larger ones being constructed into boxes that hung from the ceiling. You could then step onto a platform and look at the art from inside the box. A very cool way to display it.

The show ended up being really awesome. I recognized UPSO, but didn’t speak to him. All of the artists did a really great job on their pieces, and there was free beer, which is always good. There was also a really rad custom built photo booth that took while it took your picture, it showed a piece of art on your face. At the same time, it was broadcast the picture to projectors around the room, showing everyone the pictures you took. Garrett and I made friends with the creator of the thing, and were able to each get a print of it.
We also got a big bag of free shit, which ended up not being that great. But they did put a lot of effort into it, I’ll give them that.

Lots more pictures after the jump!
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Bobby Solomon

April 25, 2007 / By

Koji Tomoto / Welcome To Balls!

Koji Tomoto

I love the Japanese, but I have to say it’s pretty hard to get them sometimes. Take for example the website of Koji Tomoto. He does these awesome illustrations using bright contrasting colors and simple shapes. Really cute art. But the front page of his website definitely says, “welcome to balls!”.

… right.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 24, 2007 / By

Polar Clock by Pixelbreaker

Polar Clock by Pixelbreaker

The image above is of the Polar Clock by Pixelbreaker.
It’s one of the cleanest, most beautiful screen savers I’ve ever seen. I’ve been turning it on randomly all day so I feel like I’m in a sci-fi movie.

You can download it here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 24, 2007 / By

Urban Outfitters Blog

Urban Outfitters Blog

I remember the first time I went to Urban Outfitters, it was the one down the street from Union Square in San Francisco. It was the coolest store I had ever been in. The fact that it was like 4 stories just made it amazing to me. Now near 10 years later, I realize that Urban Outfitters is really over priced and rips off t-shirt designs.

But the one thing I still love, is their graphic and in store design. It’s always consistently well done, they’re current design being done by the EXTREMELY wonderful National Forest. Now they’ve taken the style that they carry so well and translated it into a blog. So far it seems pretty cool showcasing magazines, music videos, bands… although it seems like most entries are somehow tied into the brand of the store. The formatting of it is really interesting as well, with the entires being divided up by place, like Los Angeles or London, instead of category.

+URBAN OUTFITTERS BLOG

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 24, 2007 / By

The Graffiti Project at Kelburn Castle

Os Gemeos

Kelburn Castle in Scotland started out as a stone building around 1200 AD. By 1581 AD a grander castle had been constructed by David Boyle, a time when the family was emerging from relative obscurity and beginning to wield some influence within the local community. Fast forward 426 years to the present owners of the castle, a Lord Glasgow and his two children, Alice and David. David had the idea of somehow getting Banksy to do a small piece on the side of the castle (most likely to attract visitors to the castle). A year later David received the book, Graffiti Brasil, featuring the work of Brazilian graffiti geniuses Os Gemeos and Nina Pandolfo and Nunca.

Circumstances ended up working favorably for David, and the outside of the castle needed to be re-harled, which means the outside protective pebbledash needed to be taken off and replaced. He contacted the biggest names in Brazil, and the Graffiti Project was born.

This is such an awesome idea. Transplanting 3 amazing South American artists and letting them go to town on a 500 year old castle in Scotland! I’m most excited for Os Gemeos, who’s large scale paintings of giant yellow faces are so rad. I can already imagine the castle turret being turned into a giant yellow man with wallpaper patterned pants with his shirt over his head (See above, duh).

The painting beginss on May 12th, and goes for 30 days.m I’m not really sure how long the pieces will stay up, but I would love to be able to check this out at some point. For a ton of info on the project, go to The Graffiti Project home page.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 23, 2007 / By

Carlos Ramos

Carlos Ramos

I noticed this guys art while I was at the I Am 8-Bit show. It totally stood out to me and I instantly loved it. This piece reminds a lot of what Jamie Hewlett would do if he wasn’t so attached to computer coloring these days. The grunge-y feel of it so awesome.

To see more of Carlos’ art, check out his blog.
And to see the rest of the painting above, click the link below.

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Bobby Solomon

April 23, 2007 / By

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