A couple weeks ago I was going to try and start putting up more fun games to play on the weekends so here’s one that I had a blast playing a few months back. It’s called Crush the Castle, the premise of which is to crush… the… castle. You have a trusty trebuchet and fling things at the castle like rocks, bigger rocks and bombs. I’ve been playing a game on my iPhone lately called Angry Birds which is a lot like this and possibly even more fun.
One thing I love about this game are the sounds. There’s the clinking of the metal and wood as you smash things but the best part are the people screaming, which reminds me of a Monty Python film. Sorry if you don’t get anything else done with the rest of your Sunday.
First off I wanted to say sorry for not releasing a Mixcast last week. Like I’ve said here and there, real life got in the way, and I’m trying my hardest to stay consistent with everything. That said, this week’s Mixcast is a diverse mix of new and not-so-new stuff and I think you’ll like what you hear.
I’d also like to hear your suggestions on a theme next week in the comments. If you can, please refrain from asking for a mix full of covers. Yes I know everyone loves these but I find them kind of boring, sorry! Anyhow, suggest away.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Change of Time by Josh Ritter Sun by Caribou Finn Bikkjen! by Casiokids Empire Ants by Gorillaz Around Us by Jónsi Go Outside by Cults Round and Round by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Leftovers by Jarvis Cocker Range Life by Pavement I Have Nothing by Noah and the Whale Bankrupt on Selling by Modest Mouse
I haven’t shared any of my personal work in a while so I thought I’d show you this album art I created about a month ago. It was for a band called In Silent Movies, a little band from Ohio that wrote me out of the blue and asked if I’d be interested in creating artwork for their album. I took a listen to their MySpace page, liked what I heard, and decided to take on the project.
They liked the style I already had and let me go in any direction I wanted. Listening to their songs there was definitely a nautical feeling to it that I wanted to play up. Overall I went with some older images of captains and boat crashes and women falling off of cliffs. Just looking at the tracklist you can see that I was playing with certain ideas, so you get a good sense of what you’re getting into musically.
I also tried to tie things together with color, so you have this big splashes of red that catch your eye on each image. For the title I just wrote out the name and surprisingly it turned out pretty well. Funny enough I cropped out the guys face before I knew the name of the album, which is They Had Faces Then. It was a happy accident that was clearly meant to be.
Having an entire board dedicated to statistics based around your business is such a rad idea, and Panic has created a beautiful monster called the Panic Status Board. What they’ve done is created a way to track all of the major things they do, like emails to return, their status on products and even a feed of their Twitter updates.
This seems like something every person could use. Imagine if you had a board like this to keep track of your life? Sure, you could say that we have things like computers and iPhones that do that kind of stuff, but I like that this board is dedicated to just certain statistics. Imagine if it kept track of the contents of your fridge, or when your bills are due, or when to pick up your kids from their playdate, so on and so forth. An entire board dedicated to keeping track of your life.
I was sent this music video last week by a reader and since then I’ve seen it totally explode all over the place, and rightfully so. The folks over at L’Ogre have created a great video for the band Hold Your Horses! and their song 70 Million. The video features the band dressed up in costumes and in scenery that mimics classic paintings. You’ve got Renoir and Picasso and all those guys represented, and it’s amazing that they were able to get the lighting on these so right. Plus, the song itself is pretty good as well, I’d love to hear more.