Saturday, March 22, 2008

Why? "Sad Song of the Assassin" video

Joy! Why? (Yoni Wolf + Co.) have just released an amazing new video for "Sad Song of the Assassin" from their new album Alopecia. This song is definitely one of my favorites from the album. I love the darker side to Alopecia, in contrast to the light side of their previous album Elephant Eyelash.

Given that Why? is based out of Oakland, I would expect them to play shows in SF somewhat frequently. So far I have seen them in town twice, but could not make either show. Atleast I have the music video for now. Also, I love the concept of using a rib cage to represent a piano!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ashley Wood's World War Robot

Ashley Wood is easily one of my all time favorite artists, and certainly my favorite artist of the moment. I first stumbled across his work at a comic book store in London last summer. I saw a book with a cover of a nude woman sitting on top of a robot, and the number 48 in the bottom corner. I immediately ran over, picked up the book, and my jaw hit the floor. First, this guy has an amazing style, with impressionistic influences. Second, he paints gorgeous nudes. I have always wanted to paint nudes, but have been to timid to do so.

I recently learned of a new project of his called "World War Robot." This is a new web-based comic that Ashley is working on. In addition, he is coming out with a vinyl figure of Bertie the Pipebomb, who I assume must be a character in the comic, if not the main comic. I will certainly have to pick these both up once they drop.

By the way, I have finally stepped up and am taking a shot at painting nudes. Thanks to Ashley Wood for the inspiration. (I'll put up pics once complete.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Korg MS-10 meet your clone Korg DS-10. Now rock out!

AQ Interactive has just announced that they have been working with Korg to recreate the vintage KORG MS-10 analog synthesizer as an application for the Nintendo DS. Of course it is aptly named the Korg DS-10.

I have always dreamed of owning my own Korg synthesizer, but have never been hardcore enough to invest the cash. Well, here is my chance! This is great news also as I have been playing with Little Sound DJ which is a application that runs on a Nintendo to create 8-bit jams a la Crystal Castles

Speaking of which, I stumbled into the Enormous Room in Boston with my friend Matt once on a night where a bunch of the orignal Gameboy Music artists were rocking out. Ever heard Usher's Yeah in 8 bit, sung by a German guy?

Now my only concern is whether to import the Japanese DS-10 or wait for the US release...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Listen to then entire new Cut Copy "In Ghost Colors" album

Just posted on their myspace page, the entire Cuty Copy "In Ghost Colors" album is available to stream! It's officially released next week and it freaking rocks.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lamy: No design writes better

This past summer I visited London for work & vacation. While I was out there I went to Paperchase, a two story stationary shop in downtown London. I happened to run across Lamy, a pen brand which I had never seen before. Apparently Lamy is a German pen company with a very reputable history.

While browsing, I ran across the Lamy Al-Star pen. I was intrigued by the pen's design, and also the fact that it was made of aluminum. I picked it up, and haven't put it down since. This pen has made me essentially stop using any other pens. Period. There are so many reasons why I am in love with this pen: wide aluminum body, cool embedded logo, perfect amount of ink flow, ergonomic but angular acrylic lower. Cheers to designer Wolfgang Fabian for creating a great pen that gets tons of compliments.

This past week I was in Seattle for work. I decided to drop into Paperhaus to pick up another Al-Star for home, since I keep my original at work. While browsing around I saw the Lamy 2000 fountain pen, which I have glanced at numerous times before. Previously I had strayed from purchasing it due to what I assumed was an insane price. Well, after reading a few reviews of the 2000 online, and also holding it in hand, I had to buy it!

I'll get to the 2000 in a minute, but first have to mention a solid reason not to be careful when buying a pen in person. I had decided after reading online that I wanted to get a fine point Lamy 2000, as the nib runs slightly large, and my Lamy Al-Star is a medium. I checked online, and the Lamy 2000 that Paperhaus had was a fine point. Perfect. I shot back over to Paperhaus to pick up the pen. I quickly purchased it, and then headed back to my hotel. When I got back I realized that the pen was a medium point not a fine point. Damn! I gave Paperhaus a call, and told them what happened. I asked if I could swap the pen for a fine point, given there website claims that's what they sold. Guess what, I bought the last 2000. This ruled out an exchange. I then asked if I could make a return. Guess what, they don't allow returns. So basically I am stuck with the wrong size pen.

Luckily for me I called up Lamy USA. I told them my story, and they are more than happy to swap it for me. This is a very cool way to ensure people will continue to respect your brand!

Back to the 2000. This pen is amazing. I bought it due to its super modern styling. Little did I know that this pen was designed by Gerd A. Müller in 1966, and has NEVER changed since. Apparently this is a prime example of Bauhaus design being applied to consumer products. Just the housing of the nib alone is incredible. In addition, the body is made of a special type of fiberglass that feels somewhat like wood. Then there is the fact that you can't see any lines where the pin disassembles. The back end of the pen is actually a piston ink filler, but you would never be able to tell. Damn this design is amazing. I am ecstatic to get my replacement from Lamy, and try this thing out!

By the way, the slogan on the box says "No design writes better." In addition they ensure that the designer of each pen is accredited on the Lamy site. I really appreciate the respect Lamy has for design.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Barry the Beaver.... by Jeremy Fish

I just saw the great new vinyl figure from Jeremy Fish. Traditionally these urban vinyl figures are collectibles that you spend too much money on, place them on a shelf, and show them off to your girlfriend (who can't understand why you are collecting silly toys or vinyl urban whatever at your mature age.)

Well guess what... Mr. Fish just came up with the greatest idea ever. If your girlfriend isn't down with you buying urban vinyl figures instead of taking her out to dinner, the pick her up Barry the Beaver! What a clever name! Features include variable speeds controlled by the tree stump, and also a bendable tail. Anyways, once she has one of these guys she'll love you forever. Shit, she might even front the $500 you need to get the next over-hyped Kaws figure! For those of you lucky enough to live in San Francisco, just head over to Double Punch in North Beach to snag one a Barry of your own (if this applies to you).

Pitchfork.TV... the new MTV?

Looks like everyone's favorite blog that they love to hate is launching an online TV channel capturing independent music as it happens. They will be hosting the following types of content:
- Original documentaries
- Exclusive performances (very similar to the La Blogoteque Take-Away Shows)
- Concerts
- Interviews
- Music videos
- Music DVDs
- Vintage concerts
- Feature films

In addition to a broadcast model, Pitchfork TV will also have an on demand system.

I must admit I am pretty excited for this. MTV failed not once but twice (MTV2), and so someone needs to make a music channel that isn't about teen drama / dating someones mom / sweet 16 parties / and all the other ad nauseum that MTV shows. Best of luck Pitchfork! (But please don't put any of your elitist reviewers on TV.)