The new Gorillaz album is going to come out in about 3 weeks and I’m really excited to see what happens next in their epic saga. The new album is called Plastic Beach, and to further illustrate this, it seems like Jamie Hewlett has created an entire island refuge for the band, one I’m guessing we’ll be able to virtually explore like in previous incarnations of their website.
The line-up for the album is al over the place, and I might be a touch skeptical, but I trust in Mr. Albarn to bring it all together:
1. “Orchestral Intro” (featuring sinfonia ViVA)
2. “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach” (featuring Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
3. “White Flag” (featuring Kano, Bashy and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music)
4. “Rhinestone Eyes”
5. “Stylo” (featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def) 4:33
6. “Superfast Jellyfish” (featuring Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
7. “Empire Ants” (featuring Little Dragon)
8. “Glitter Freeze” (featuring Mark E. Smith)
9. “Some Kind of Nature” (featuring Lou Reed)
10. “On Melancholy Hill”
12. “Sweepstakes” (featuring Mos Def and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. “Plastic Beach” (featuring Mick Jones and Paul Simonon)
14. “To Binge” (featuring Little Dragon)
15. “Cloud of Unknowing” (featuring Bobby Womack and sinfonia ViVA)
16. “Pirate Jet”
17. “Pirate’s Progress” (Japanese Bonus Track and non-Japanese “Experience Edition” Bonus Track)
18. “Three Hearts, Seven Seas, Twelve Moons”
If you want to see more previews of the island you should check out the Gorillaz YouTube page and if you want some music to listen to check out Murdock’s Pirate Radio. I’ve been listening to it for about 10 minutes and so far I’ve heard Dead Weather and Kirk Douglas… yes, Spartacus.
I’ve never been more excited about a movie that seems so contrary. Avatar: The Last Airbender is new movie that is directed by M. Night Shyamalan based on a children’s cartoon about a boy who can control the element of air. The first oddity is M. Night, who’s last great film was Unbreakable (though some will argue this) which was released back in 2000. The second weird thing is that it’s a live-action movie based on a cartoon that I definitely didn’t grow up with, and I’ve only seen two episodes ever. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed what I saw, in fact based on the trailer above I think I saw the episodes that the movie is based on.
But like I said, I’m really excited for this. I think as long as they don’t stray too far from the original and make it have a bunch of fun, action-y stuff, it should be great to watch. I also think it’s great that Mr. Shyamalan cast Noah Ringer as the main character Aang, a kid from Texas who’s just an amazing martial artist, instead of trying to stuff some B-list Disney star in a gi.
The video above is called Tokyo Sky Drive and is utterly beautiful. I can’t really tell you how he did it, but I think he drove around Tokyo taking footage of the streets at night, mirrored it horizontally and then went from there. I say went from there because you’ll seem like you’re driving down a street and then you’ll enter some kind of tunnel or be under a strange overhang, and well, it just doesn’t process in my brain.
I’m pretty sure that some of these images are stitched together, but how I’m not sure, and I could definitely be wrong on this. But combined with the music by Sugar Plant it makes for quite a relaxing viewing.
If there was one thing I could learn how to do it would be creating motion visuals and animations. It’s a realm that seems so beyond my current skills but that I love to watch. This video for the Efterklang song Polygene is a great example. The video was directed by Carolina Melis and features a ton of amazing shapes and colors that remind of mixture between old cartoons and It’s A Small World. I love how the visuals slowly start to evolve over time with the song, it’s a really beautiful video, even if it is a few years old.
You may have seen Christop Niemann’s work pop-up a lot recently. The first time I had really heard of him was through his I LEGO N.Y. project, where he illustrated the daily life of New York through nothing but LEGO pieces. None of them really looked like anything at all, but with his narration and context given these blocks came to life and made you giggle. After that came Bio-Diversity, where he shaped leaves into random shapes, yet again giving them context and making you laugh the whole time.
Gestalten recently sat down with him to talk about his work and ho he visualizes all of his ideas in different ways. There’s also a great part where he talks about when he left New York for Berlin, and his main reason was to try new things, even if he failed at them, or there was a chance of failure. This allowed him to start his blog on The New York Times creating the two pieces that I mentioned earlier. I love this mindset, and is something I touched on in a post on Monday.