For whatever reason I was thinking about more awesome songs from the 90′s when the classic R.E.M. jam Crush With Eyeliner popped into my head. I’m pretty sure that this, along with What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?, was one of the last great jams from R.E.M., or at least that I can recognize.
I’m pretty sure I remember hearing that the song was written about Courtney Love, and if you listen to the lyrics they certainly fit. I didn’t realize it but Spike Jonze directed this video, and I remember watching it and being so confused that there was a Japanese dude singing instead of a skinny bald dude. Also of note is that Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth sings the back up vocals in the chorus.
What’s also kind of funny to think about is how stuff like this probably influenced Sophia Coppola in writing Lost in Translation, since the movie is basically about her and Spike’s relationship. I can totally imagine her sitting in a hotel in Tokyo while Spike ran around the city shooting crazy videos like this.
Such a rad song that I think kind of goes overlooked in the epic R.E.M. back catalog.
A couple months back Pogo, master of splicing old movies into new musical pieces, released Skynet Symphonic, his tribute to the movie Terminator 2. This is his first non-children’s movie I believe and one of his best, in my opinion. I’m still absolutely impressed that he can create songs from nothing but sounds from these films but the editing involved in these videos as well must be quite a process.
If you’ve never seen any of Pogo’s other videos you may have been living under a rock, and you should probably click here to see the rest of his work. Be sure to start with Alice.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I don’t have a themed wallpaper (not necessarily a bad thing) but I thought that this was still a fitting image. Today’s wallpaper comes from Diego Soprano, an Italian artist living in Milan and creating all kinds of weird/awesome art. You might remember this post about Studio Fantastico, the name he designs under, from last September and the James Dean image in specific. I’ve been a big fan of what he’s doing so I was stoked when he wrote me asking if he could contribute to the project.
I’m not 100% sure what’s going on in this image, but I totally love it. It’s warm and inviting and weird, all the best things in life. It’s kind of like if aliens invaded on the nicest day in summer. Be sure to check out the iPhone one as well, it’s a gem.
I don’t come across Chinese artists that often so I was stoked to see these crazy illustrations by Zhou Fan. I’m in love with his style, these bizarre, ultra-detailed pieces and that fact that he uses neons like he does just makes these even better. It’s kind of like you took the styles of Geoff Darrow, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusami and threw them all into the blender. Totally beautiful and crazy stuff, I would love to see these in person.
I came across this image by Bee Combs calle Excavation and instantly fell in love with it. The idea alone is genius, essentially taking apart the pieces that make up our world and then laying them out in layers. His execution though is spot on, you instantly know what this piece is trying to convey and it’s beautifully done. Funny enough you can also get this design as a t-shirt over on Threadless.