I rather enjoyed the song featured in Isenseven’s Let’s Go Get Lost trailer. So naturally I looked into the artist a bit more was very pleased. Not only does Kyle Andrews have one of the most sweetical looking boombox audio players on his site, but the music coming out of the speakers is also Real Blasty and a good listen.
With Thrice being plagued by a leaked album months before the release date, they went ahead and decided to release a digital version early with the hard copy to be released on September 15th that will include extra material. I think this is possible one of their best albums to date. It’s definitely their most mature sounding. Here’s what they had to say about the leak:
“Obviously, we’re incredibly disappointed with what happened. We understand that records leak constantly and that it’s almost entirely unavoidable nowadays, but we never thought we’d have to deal with a record leaking three months before it’s release date, and certainly never thought we’d have to deal with a leak before anyone in the band had even gotten a master reference of the record, or before the artwork for the booklet had even been completed. We’re also disappointed that you’re hearing the record for the first time, watermarked, with a Vagrant Records voiceover over every song. And we’re disappointed that the leak has thrown a massive and immovable wrench into the efforts that many people have made to prepare for the three months leading up to release. That said, what’s done is done, and we’re moving forward.” You can read the rest of Thrice’s statement here.
Interpol lead singer Paul Banks has released his first solo album Julian Plenti… Is Skyscraper. I’ve always loved his voice and I’m really enjoying the album so far. He also has some weird ass videos on the Julian Plenti Vimeo page, but I love them!
Kyle Andrews – I wanted to Paint a Rainbow
Thrice – Beggars
Julian Plenti – Only if You Run
Julian Plenti – Games For Days
I’m not exactly sure what it is about these Deer heads by Jennifer Khoshbin, but I absolutely love them. I will definitely be purchasing one of them but I’m not sure which one yet, I have it narrowed down to two. And I probably wouldn’t tell you which one anyway because I wouldn’t want it to sell out before I got a hold of it.
Jennifer’s book manipulations and illustrations are also spectacular. The cut out circle concept is great and her word selection is so fitting for each piece. Jen is currently on exhibition with the Jen11 Show, which features the work of 11 artists named Jennifer. The exhibit will be displayed at Composition through September. I will be making my way down to see the peices and I suggest you do the same.
“My work expresses the idea of the story, fable, or tale, attempting to sort out the past and create new beginnings. How these stories have affected me and my culture are represented through a combination of book and animal sculptures, drawings and writings. I am artificially reimagining things in a handmade wilderness.”
The Insight Dopamine (I & II) campaign is stunning. What’s even more amazing is these pictures aren’t photoshopped. The underwater scenes are very intriguing alone, and then you add a surfer completely barreled and you have some of the most extraordinary surf photos ever. I absolutely love this campaign and can’t imagine the type of coordinating it must have taken to capture some of these scenes.
I find it necessary in life for everyone to give of their time, money, or both. I don’t care of your religion, race, or income. It’s the duty of all human beings to do their part in making life better for the human race. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s very easy to let others slip out of your mind and pursue our own selfish goals. In fact, I haven’t done very much for others over the past year or so and am pretty disappointed in myself. That’s why I’d like to start a weekly segment called Movement. Each week I will spotlight non-profits throughout the world that are making amazing changes in other peoples lives. The point of this is to encourage you to do what you can for each movement. Whether it’s donations or purchases, volunteering or just spreading the word. Do what you can, as will I.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. – Martin Luther King Jr.
I thought that I’d start out this first week with something easy for everyone. TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. It doesn’t get much easier than purchasing something for yourself in order to give to someone else. I went with the Burlap Woven TOMS. Some of my other favorite designs that I’d recommend (for men) are the Rope Sole TOMS, Vegan Stitchout TOMS, and the Gabe Lacktman TOMS. Go find a pair of TOMS shoes that fit your style and help give to those in need!
Here the story of TOMS movement: In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.
Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.
Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement. Join us.
My favorite european snowboard production company, Isenseven is bringing it again. I love their fun style combined with great cinematography, good editing, and, more often than not, great songs. Every time I watch one of their videos it makes me want to drop everything I’m doing and just go ride.
Let’s Go Get Lost will be Isenseven’s 8th consecutive movie, presenting you fun and creative snowboarding, sophisticated filmmaking plus tons of bonus footage. It features the riding of your well-known Isenseven friends Erik Botner, Ludwig Lejkner, Fredrik Evensen, André Kuhlmann, Christophe Schmidt, Philipp Strauss, Torgeir Berre, Michi Zirngibl, Tobi Strauss as well as the recent team-additions Marc Swoboda, Alex Tank, Tom Klocker and Anton Gunnarson.
During my trip to Russia in 2007 we visited a flea market outside of Moscow. There was some classic Russian products and trinkets, but I wanted something more. It seemed I had gone through the entire grounds and I hadn’t found what I was looking for. It was looking dim, but suddenly I came to the last little nook and my eyes went wide. To my delight there were original Soviet propaganda posters strung about everywhere. I walked past each as if I were at an art museum. Eventually I found the two posters I wanted to purchase and went through the process of negotiation. I still have not got mine framed because I want to do it right and just haven’t fit the $1,000 frame into my budget yet, but once I do I will make sure and write a post about it.
It’s easy to see the influence of Russian poster design in many of today’s design, it’s also easy to see why. There are so many great pieces of inspiration to be found and one of the best resources for them online is A Soviet Poster A Day. Although the site hasn’t been updated with any new posts since December 2007, there is a great archive of posters with wonderful descriptions and “historical reference essential for understanding the layers of meaning” each poster carries through time. I grabbed 10 of my favorites to present here, but make sure and go look through the archives for yourself.
Back in June I posted Ken Block’s newest Gymkhana video. To date, the video has received over 5 million views, something that the producers over at Top Gear could not ignore. With Ken Block’s driving skills, the production quality of Top Gear, and a cameo by Ricky Carmichael, this is one of the most epic rally car television segments I’ve ever seen.
If you follow me on Twitter then you have probably read some of my twats recently about the @Flashbulb Fires. My friend Pat McGuire is the lead vocalist and pianist for Flashbulb Fires and I’ve enjoyed watching his, I say “his” because oddly enough I’ve never really met the rest of the band, progression as an artist. He/They really have grown leaps and bounds. My recent twating about Flashbulb Fires has been in regards to two things:
First, they have been recording and producing their new album Glory, on track to be released later this Fall, and as a gift to their fans they have made two of the songs off the new album available for FREE! Since downloading the songs I have been quite addicted, listening to them double digit times per day. So I’ll say it again, go download the two new Flashbulb Fires’ songs, what do you have to lose? It’s free.
Second, I am very excited to let everyone know that I’m going to be involved in the artwork for their new album. The only way I happily take on pro-bono work is if I’m extremely excited about the project and if I see potential in the outcome. And obviously I’m excited for this opportunity and see a lot of potential in the Flashbulb Fires and their new album. It’s going to be big and I know they are going to kill it, I feel fortunate they’re allowing me to be a part of it and wish them the best of luck. Stayed tuned for more as we get further into the artwork.
I don’t know if Pat remembers this story, but when Pat was a freshman in High School I was his room leader on a youth trip to San Francisco. I wasn’t the most responsible kid back then and one morning we all slept in, missing the departure of the rest of the group. My dad lives in the Bay Area so I felt comfortable leading my roomies to Pier 39, trying to catch up with the rest of the group. But really, I didn’t have much of an idea if we were even going in the right direction. During our hour(s) long trip there was plenty of complaining, sore feet, tired pouting, and “scary” situations. In the end we eventually met up with the group, but I’m pretty sure the guys hated me for awhile. Haha.
Beyond their main pop singles that I recognize and many songs that I didn’t realize was them, I’ve never really dove into the music of the Talking Heads. I find this fact very odd since many, many of the bands I enjoy were heavily influenced by them. For example, Radiohead got their name from the Talking Heads song Radio Head. I recently got the Talking Heads discography and have found many gems beyond all their radio popular songs.
If you’re a fan of Pinback, you’ll be a fan of Years Around the Sun. They released a remix EP over the weekend and it sounds great. All 4 songs, remixed by Ginormous and The Protist, will fit perfectly into your late night electro playlist.
Flashbulb Fires – Revenge
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
Years Around the Sun – In the Lights (Ginormous Remix)