Archive for March, 2009

Warning! this may be hazardous

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

There is a lot of noise flowing around about the upcoming Spike Jonze take on “Where the Wild Things Are”. I don’t know, it seems like it’ll be tough to pull off. I’m often disappointed by the majority of films that are released these days, especially domestic productions. All that said, the trailer for this little fellow looks pretty cool and has an interesting version of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”. Where the Wild Things Are.
Those who’ve seen the Animal Collective’s latest record “Merriweather Post Pavillion” will no doubt express their appreciation for the album’s artwork inside and out (not to mention the music)! Here are some interesting works by the same artists that contributed to the album art:

This guy’s stuff is truly awesome! It is optical art for the 21st century that somehow retains an early 90’s vibe. To give you a better idea before you click on this link here is the what they have posted at the top of the page:

Warning: This page contains some works of “anomalous motion illusion”, which might make sensitive observers dizzy or sick. Should you feel dizzy, you had better leave this page immediately.

Akiyoshi KITAOKA

bulge 02 by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

bulge 02 by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The other work associated with MPP is one of the nice photos that grace the inside sleeve of the record. His stuff can be seen here:

David Doubilet (make sure to click the widescreen option to get the full effect).

That’s probably enough distractions for today. Now go get busy!

Scene ain’t dead

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Myspace seems to be going the way of the dinosaur but there is still a lot of interesting unknown artists putting music up. Much of it is good but not great, some of it is pretty bad and sometimes you come across something that is really good. Here are a few people that I’ve come across that are relatively unknown but worth a visit:

This dude is from Argentina and makes some really great ambient stuff that is at times reminiscent of Boards of Canada: http://www.myspace.com/ralf

Another project by the same artist from Argentina but more dance oriented: http://www.myspace.com/frikstailers

This duo is from Ireland and makes some weird electronic folk stuff: http://www.myspace.com/killkrinkleclub

I’m excited to hear that the new Grizzly Bear album Veckatimest will be out in May on Warp. For now they are giving away this track “cheerleader” which doesn’t disappoint! Thanks to Stereogum for the mp3.

…can last forever?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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I was given this little postcard on Saturday by a sister missionary of the Mormon faith who was kind enough to help me unload some plywood from the back of my truck. I found this picture so amusing that I had to post it here for your enjoyment. It’s easy to see how one could be persuaded to join up with the latter day saints with such awesome and inspiring advertising!:) I can’t tell if this is something they had left over from the 50’s or if it is a recent production made to remind you of those carefree halycon days. Is this supposed to be heaven? If you are a Mormon and read this I hope you will tell your church leaders to use your tithing money to buy better PR and marketing services.

Below is another little thing from the archives. The first mp3 and this one are both out takes from the ill fated “Dog” movie soundtrack. If I said that these represented a preview of the next I and I album I would be a liar, but they would make for a very wierd I and I release!

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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