The folks over at La Blogotheque started a new series earlier this year called Soirée de Poche, which is like their Take Away Shows except for the fact they play in front of a very small, intimate audience. So far there have only been 5 shows but with amazing artists like Kings of Conveneience, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Bowerbirds and Beirut, who I’ve pasted above.
The style of these videos feels very off the cuff and you absolutely feel like you’re there partying and singing along with the band. Beirut just has the best energy of any band I’ve seen live and the French certainly know how to have a good time, especially when they start singing Shiki Shiki Baba. I want to go to there.
Hey it’s Monday and here’s what I was listening to last week. It’s surprisingly different from last week, with the only hold over being Mr. Banhart. I’ve had the new Holiday Shores album Columbus’d The Whim for a while now but for some reason I’ve been listening to it a ton, along with the new Princeton album Cocoon of Love and Surfer Blood’s Astrocoast. Air’s Love 2 is kind of a constant for me, it’s perfect music for walking around town or heading somewhere on the bus. I don’t know much about Horse Stories but he’s kind of folky but with a lot of great instruments that really round out a great sound.
Saturday night I popped over to the opening of the Michael, Kevin & Geoff exhibit at HVW8, a small gallery right off of Melrose Blvd. The show featured the work of Michael Leon, Kevin Lyons and Geoff McFetridge, an incredible line-up of extremely talented dudes. The show overall was pretty compact but I saw some pretty cool work.
I was able to chat with Geoff for a bit and asked him about his new work.
I’ve fallen in deeply in love with this amazing alphabet by Eibatova Karina, who also goes by the name Eika. She wanted to create an alphabet that was made of natural and organic shapes and objects, like they were naturally found that way or suddenly captured.
The idea of the project is to represent a letter in a natural form and appearance. Like something alive has turned into a letter and stood still. In some letters it’s possible to find symbolism, others are just an abstract form. In the alphabet you can find only one human – a woman in space. And one unreal creature – a dragon, also a very symbolical sign.
I’ve pasted some more under the cut which were my other favorites.
There isn’t much (or any) information about these iPhone mock-ups by Fedra Malara but they definitely caught my eye. What I’ve interpreted it as is a redesigned lock screen, giving you all pertinent information without having to unlock your phone or access any programs. It’s definitely an interesting idea and something I’m sure Apple will get to eventually, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.
I think the colors are interesting though maybe not my first choices. I also love the playfulness of the type, with several different weights and sizes to create distinctions between the information presented. My guess would be that you would click on a certain section and it would expand, displaying the relevant info. While this may not be perfect I think it’s well executed and overall fun to think about.