Good Monday, hopefully your day has been good so far. This week’s #musicmonday definitely feels better than last week’s, though I’m not sure why. Numero Uno is Beach House since I haven’t stopped listening to their upcoming Teen Dream. It’s my late-twenties dream. I’ve really been enjoying the Bowerbids album Upper Air, though I’m annoyed that their name isn’t BowerbiRds. Doesn’t that sound better? (EDIT – They are called Bowerbirds. Phew.) Animal Collective snuck back in there because of their new Fall Be Kind EP, which lead me into listening to Feels a lot as well.
I came across this band called Venice is Sinking and their album Azar and have really been digging it. Kind of remind me of Dirty on Purpose mixed with Explosions in the Sky. I’ve also been listening to Princeton when I walk around town, it’s cheery and upbeat with hints of Magentic Fields and more than a nod to Jens Lekman. Girls and Real Estate round out the list, and you can catch the latter on the Mixcast No.015.
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After five years Acne art director Daniel Carlstein has decided to head off into the wilderness of freelance design, so in preparation he’s put together a portfolio of his work and there’s some nice looking stuff. He did a series of posters for Restaurang de Ville which make me laugh (and hungry) but my favorite piece was this invitation for Acne Paper’s 5th issue, the elegant issue, that’s been shaped like a gentleman’s get-up. Fold it open and voila, all is revealed. Cute and charming.
I can’t remember how I came across I Love Hot Dogs, but I’m really in love with this little blog. Runby Shannon Maldonado, she posts still from films old and new, showing the beauty (and randomness) of movies. She also puts up old movie posters as well, a lot of them being older and quite campy. One entry that really caught my eye was the entry for the 1967 film called A Colt Is My Passport, about a hitman who’s sent to eliminate a rival gang boss. Of course after Googling it I see that it’s in a Criterion collection which absolutely makes sense, it’s an amazing looking Japanese film noir. I’m definitely going to put this on my X-Mas list.
It’s Friday! This week’s Mixcast is both fun and kind of silly. It’s fun because there’s a theme, which about oceans, beaches, water, surfing and those kinds of things. The reason is because I’ve noticed that a lot of bands these days are taking their names and titles of songs/albums from these sorts of themes. For the past 10 years or so it was animals, but I think that’s starting to change…
The reason the mix is silly is that I honestly don’t know a lot about these bands, they’re all pretty new and I never really had a good chance to learn about them yet. So if I sound like a fool you have my sincere apologies. I guess it’s also kind of silly because I basically made a summer album in the middle of winter… well, it was 70º again here in LA, so I suppose I have a good reason.
Enjoy the mix.
Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums
It’s Kate’s Birthday by Washed Out
Over The Ocean by Best Coast
Daydream by Beach Fossils
Bird of Paradise by WIndsurf
Punk Spirit by Wave Machines
To the Love Within by Megapuss
Friends by Ducktails
Asleep at the Party by Memory Cassette
Black Lake by real estate
Slow Jabroni by Surfer Blood
Take Care by Beach House
“These photographs document several of the various types of mould which can be found growing on your average loaf of bread, given enough time and neglect.”
So says Martin Scott-Jupp, the photographer behind these amazing photos. They’re from a series called Colony featuring the beauty and wonder you can find in decaying matter and growing fungi. If you weren’t told that these were molds you probably wouldn’t have ever known, thinking they were some kind of tiny flowers or a set of miniatures shot in a sort of tilt shift way. Who know something so gross could be so beautiful?