Terminally Chill by Neon Indian
Neon Indian is exactly what I want summer 2K9 to sound like. Last summer it was Cut Copy, and this summer it’s definitely going to be the trippy, laid back sounds of Alan Palamo. His label says the new album, Psyhic Chasms, was inspired by “drug induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances”, which sounds like a gem to me. The album doesn’t come out until October 13th though, so be sure to get his first EP and download two new songs from his label.
Found through Gorilla vs. Bear
P.S. Cover above is by me, and has nothing to do with Alan or Lefse.
It’s really pretty stupid that I haven’t posted about Frank Chimero before. I’ve seen and loved his work for about a year now, I follow him on the Twitters, there’s really no good reason. But I was browsing his Flickr yesterday and I came across his new laser-etched wood panels he’s in the process of making and I thought it went well with the things I’ve been posting today…. oh yeah, and they’re freaking beautiful. I’m not sure what size these will be or when they’re going to be released, but I’m sure I’ll re-post about them when they’re available.
My favorites are the log (the irony!) and the record with the hands, though that face one looks pretty sweet as well. Keep up the excellent work Mr. Chimero.
I came across this great project by Littlepixel yesterday while I was searching the Penguin Paperback Spotters’ Guild and I thought it was a pretty great idea. He describes it most succinctly as “Classic records lost in time and format, re-emerged as Pelican books”, and they actually look really great. While this vintage book-inspired redesign idea has been around for a little while, it’s nice to see this idea continuing to evolve.
Click here to check out the rest of the covers.
Good morning everyone! Today’s wallpaper comes from someone that I’ve really admired for a long time, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually written about him before. His name is Christopher David Ryan, and he’s an absolutely prolific designer. On his personal site, he does a daily design, something a lot of people talk about doing, but in Chris’ case, he has 10 months worth of proof. Then there’s his other site Atmostheory, which features projects and other fun stuff he’s created. And if that wasn’t enough, he even has a shop called My Little Underground which has things for sale like books and posters, all of which are affordable and totally beautiful.
For Chris’ wallpaper he came up with a bold and simple design, a bunch of hands holding record sleeves and pulling records out of the sleeves at the same time, all in a brightly colored gradient. I’ve got this up on my second screen at work and it looks really good. On a sidenote, Chris also gave me another image he made a while back that I might need to release as well, so you might be seeing him again on the DWP!
Last night I ended up heading over to Amoeba Records to see Vampire Weekend play. I figured this would be my only chance to see them in the near future since their show at the El Rey in March is already sold out.
I got there around 6 pm, and the show started at 7, so I thought I’d have a pretty good spot. I was wrong. The first two aisles on each side were already filled to the brim with people, which meant I wasn’t that far away, just far enough to make taking photos hard. Jonah Hill from Superbad was also hanging out as well. I wanted to give him my card but he vanished before I could!
The show itself ended up being really good, and they were really great live. They nearly played their entire album, it is quite short, but I was particularly happy that they played M79 (which is about a bus or bus line), The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance, and ended with Oxford Comma. By the end, all of Amoeba was jam packed with people listening, which kind of surprised me.
As for my photos, I think they turned out pretty shitty at first, but I tweaked the hell out of them and made ‘em look like they came out of an Urban Outfitters catalog. So if you think they look lame now, you should have seen them before!