I’m a sucker for a certain kind of photography. I like long exposures, saturated colors and foreign locations and the photos of Kevin Cooley definitely fit all three criteria. Kevin calls Brooklyn his home base but he takes beautiful photos from all over the world. He has this amazing way of catching light streaks from airplanes and fireworks that seem to light up the night sky like I’ve never seen before. Definitely be sure to check out his Iceland and Svalbard sets, they were two of my favorites.
I’ve seen Christopher Bettig’s work before, but the other day I realized that I’d never posted about him, so this is here to remedy that. Chris is a Los Angeles based designer who got a degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since been making lots of rad stuff. The guy does a little bit of everything, from CD covers to apparel and even dinnerware. My favorite bits of his work are the mixed media pieces he does that you see above. I love all the random shapes and textures and the colors, man oh man, the colors are beautiful. Lots of fun stuff to look at.
My friends over at Gama-Go sent me a little email yesterday saying that they’ve released a new set of floati pens with their trademark characters. You might remember floati pens, those cheesy pens you’d see in the 80′s that most of the time would reveal a naked ladies boobs. These pens however feature the Gama-Go characters like the Yeti and Dirty Bird. Totally adorable and I’m sure your co-workers will totally try to steal them.
I love meat. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s delicious and I’m never going to stop eating it. If you don’t eat meat, that’s cool too, one of my best friends hasn’t eat meat in 18 years (he’s 30). One of the reasons that people choose not to eat meat is the cruel treatment of animals in regards to factory farming. I don’t really want to get into that aspect of it, what I do want to talk about is the people who do treat animals with respect.
The video above is a butcher named Vadim Akimenko who is butchering a 211 pound pig. After all is said and done, he’s left with only 1 pound of meat that he doesn’t use. To me that’s the ultimate sign of respect to an animal that was raised purposefully to feed us. I don’t know where the pig in the video above was raised, but my guess would be a local farm as the pig is pretty fresh. And while the video is quite intense, I don’t think it should be viewed as graphic. Going to McDonald’s is not the natural way, there’s nothing natural about any of it.
I also keep reading a lot about butchers lately, especially how it’s starting to become more mainstream. I think this is something that we need to start embracing and learning more about. It goes along with the idea of growing your own food and raising chickens. Even in big cities or stretched out suburban neighborhoods these are small changes we can make to do things differently, and more importantly, better.
Good Monday, I hope you had a nice weekend. This week’s #musicmonday is filled with all kinds of new goodies that I’ve really been looking forward to. We start out with Owen Pallett who was my number one artist last week as well. Heartland is such an amazing record and I can’t stop praising it, so pick it up tomorrow! After that came Atlas Sound who I’ve been listening to quite a bit, there’s something so new but nostalgic feeling about his music. Plus his album Logos was one of the best of last year, I highly recommend it as well.
Then we had a batch of new artists. First was Massive Attack and their new record Heligoland. I was a huge fan of Mezzanine and this new record is of the same quality, though with much less trip-hop to it. Then came Spoon with their upcoming record Transference, which I will admit to absolutely loving. The album still sounds exactly what you think of when you thin of Spoon, but there’s something so fresh and exciting about this album. The album feels almost experimental in it’s nature, with vocals glitching and electronic sounds haunting the album.
Vampire Weekend pops up after that with their upcoming album Contra, which I’d guess a lot of people are looking forward to. I think the album is a nice progression from their last and they’ve evaded the dreaded sophomore slump. They’ve brought in a lot more instruments, weren’t afraid of trying new sounds, though I think it’ll take some time to grow on you. The last of the new batch is Broken Bells and their upcoming self-titled release. I’m still not sure if I’m a big fan of this album, but I’m going to continue giving it a try. Finishing things off are my good buddies Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sufjan, who appear on this list quite a lot.