Last week I chose to profile just some of the artists I listened to from the previous week so I think I’ll stick with that formula again this week. The number one most listened to band of last week was The Go Find, who was suggested to be by my friend Sam. They’re a Belgian band who just released their newest album Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight, and I can’t stop listening to it. I’d also suggest you check out the beautiful cover art which was done by Julia Guther. I might just run a separate post on her, she’s really great. They kind of remind me of The Rosebuds a bit, but that’s the best I got.
Then we had some Travis mixed in their, who I could probably say are one of my favorite bands of all time. I was hooked as soon as I heard Why Does It Always Rain On Me? when I was in high school and I’ve been loyal since, even through the mess of 12 Memories. If you’ve never heard anything by Travis before I’d suggest starting first with The Man Who, then jumping up to The Boy With No Name.
After that I wanted to talk about Hot Chip and their new album One Life Stand. I wasn’t a big fan of the last album, but I really loved The Warning. I’d say this is more in line with The Warning, just a fun dance record that doesn’t take itself seriously. There are a couple tracks I’m not hot on (Slush and Take It In) but I’d still consider it to be an outstanding album. Anyone know who did the artwork for the new album?
My good friend FW has recently updated the portfolio for his company unfolded and he has quite a few really fun projects to show for it. Browsing through I found two that I really caught my eye. First up is a poster they did for the Zurich University of the Arts, which promoted their fine arts, photography, media arts and theory programs. I love the giant, graphic photo you discover as you begin to unfold the poster, it would certainly grab my attention.
The second one I really liked was this birth announcement for a little girl. They folded together some rather geometrical looking balloons and shot the photo from above. In the end the little girl appears to be floating by, supported the balloons. Totally cute and charming idea.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about clothing, especially expensive stuff, but as soon as I spotted the spring/summer 2010 collection by Gitman Vintage I knew I had to post it. This collection was inspired by their collection from 1984, obviously everything old is new again, but I don’t think you’d be able to tell that by looking.
I’m pretty sure the patterns are the same but it seems like the colors and fits have been updated for a more contemporary feeling. Personally I’m totally in love with the Cotton Madras shirts, but there are some other good looking ones in the Cotton Popplins and the pastel colored Chambrays. Now they need to start putting these out into shops so I can start buying them. Sorry South Willard, I’m gonna be emailing you weekly.
I love when I get emails from younger artists, people who are still finding their style but you can see the absolute potential they have. That’s what I think of his Sean Lewis and his paintings. Sean is a 21 year old illustrator/art student who currently lives in Toronto. He has this really raw, graphic style that is extremely expressive in every piece he does. There’s also a lot of detail and chaos to his work but it just ends up looking really exciting. I think his work is really impressive already, but I can’t wait to see it in a few years when he gets even more skill and confidence.
Don’t you think he should make a print of the top image? I’d buy one.
The video above is a combination of old cameras mixed together with modern day sound and video editing to create a juxtaposition. It’s called Digital Analogue and was directed by Lu Sisi, a Glasgow School of Art student who made this beautiful stop-motion video out of over 6,000 photo stills. Not only that, but all of the sounds you hear in the video are taken from cameras, edited together to create a soundtrack of sorts.
I can’t even imagine how long it would take to edit something like this together. There’s so much going on it almost becomes abstract art. You can’t even tell that you’re looking at cameras half the time. It also reminds me of a giant clock, with lots of gears moving in unison to power one larger object. I have to say that my favorite part is when the focus starts to rise around the 1:15 mark and then stutters with the music. Too cool.