Saturday, 30 January 2010

Friday, 29 January 2010

Musical Interlude: Beach House "walk in the park"

I love Beach House. I was a latecomer to their album "devotion" which i would absolutely recommend to anyone, especially those who like things on the dreamier end of the scale (the scale of dreaminess?). This is a new one from their freshly released album "teen dream" which i havn't got, but have absolute faith in it being amazing. (update: i got it, its amazing)

2010 is shaping up to be a pretty good year musically so far, especially in pop - Vampire Weekend, Toro Y Moi, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beach House, and its only the end of january.

Photo: Laney & Loren

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Adrian Tomine

Do you like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware or Charles Burns? If the answer is no, please allow me to punch you in the face. If you answered "i don't know who those people are" please vacate the premises before I call security. If you answered "YES! YES! YES!" Please direct your browser to the link below.

Illustrator Adrian Tomine

Monday, 25 January 2010

Photo: Snow Day

So you may remember that it snowed heavily recently? I have photos to prove it.

It is ON

Teach yourself Swedish, and why the hell not.

to be continued (in swedish)!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Quote: What inspires you?

"I'm inspired by my monthly mortgage repayment"
- Chip Kidd

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Musical Interlude: Washed Out "feel it all around" (Toro Y Moi remix)

you may remember a while back i posted the original "feel it all around" (possibly best track of 2009? mind blowing, people like to give this new thing a name like 'glo-fi'. I dont know what its supposed to be called but i know i love it) and this is the remix version by the equally fantastic Toro Y Moi. I think we will be hearing a lot more of him (as well as Washed Out) in 2010 and thats just fine by me. If the original "feel it all around" made you want to go swimming with a beautiful girl (it did, right?) then this version is the tequila sunrise at the beach bar afterwards (drinking then swimming is unsafe, kids). Imagine "something about us" by Daft Punk meets 'caught up" by Metro Area. Big words, i know.

Photo: Lucy

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

New (old) Work: Indian Tiger

An illustration of an angry Indian tiger done a few months back for a project about a man's travels through India.

100 Free Geometric Patterns

I stumbled across through a google image search looking up some geometric patterns. It is a download of a .ai file with 100 hundred geometric pattern swatches. Very useful, and some of them are pretty attractive to boot.

Another thing that i discovered whilst searching geometric patterns is that the University of Cumbria's internet filter block a LOT of content hosted on websites and blogs about Islamic culture, with titles such as Peace In Islam. I wonder why...

Thursday, 14 January 2010

R.I.P. Jay Reatard

may 1 1980 - january 13 2010
hammer, we'll miss you

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Records of 2009

How has it taken me this long to post this? Anyway...

Top 5 records of 2009 in no particular order:
Atlas Sound "logos"
Grizzly Bear "veckatimest"
The XX "xx"
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart "the pains of being pure at heart"
Ganglians "monster head room"

Honourable mentions:
Vivian Girls "everything goes wrong"
Pissed Jeans "king of jeans"
Lotus Plaza "the floodlight collective"
The Strange Boys "the strange boys and girls club"
Thee Oh Sees "help"
Mika Miko "we be xuxa"
Sky Larkin "the golden spike"

Most disappointing record of 2009:
Yo La Tengo "popular songs"

Most overrated record of 2009:
Girls "album"

2 record that i really loved but then after about 2 weeks forgot about (but don't get me wrong, theyre still good):
The Horrors "primary colours"
Animal Collective "merriweather post pavilion"

Least favourite thing in music in 2009:

Favourite record cover of 2009:

New Work: Valentines ball (amended)

Poster for Valentines ball at Concrete. Thanks Ilka for turning me into a total sissy soppy girl!

Valentines Masquerade & Sunglasses Ball
Saturday 13th Febuary 2010
Come to dance, romance & maybe even fall in love

Musical Interlude: David Bowie "rebel rebel"

Fried gold.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Styling & Salvage

great blog "Recording the projects and interests of Rupert Blanchard. London, UK.
"An art director specialising in conceptual salvage and interiors"
- Adam Carr (Today Is Boring)", go and check it out.

p.s happy new year